Tuition and Studio Policies
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LAKE CITY MUSIC MAKER

EFFECTIVE AUGUST 1, 2017

Tuition is for one 45 Minute weekly lesson, and is recommended for the best overall learning experience.  Should you be interested in a different lesson length please feel free to let me know so we can discuss the options. 

LESSONS CONSIST OF:

Various styles of music- including Classical and Contemporary, Theory, Technique, Sight-Reading, Ear-Training & Transposition, Two-Recitals (Christmas & Spring) and Festival (FFMC event in the spring). As students advance, training in Composition, Improvisation, Accompanist Techniques, etc.  will be included - tailored to each students needs and tastes. 

TUITION

$120 per four week month; $150 per five week month

Families who are interested in adding a second instrument or child - please ask me about different lesson length/tuition options.

THERE IS A $25 ANNUAL REGISTRATION FEE PER STUDENT.  This fee helps covers  dues for student membership in the Federation of Music Clubs (Lake City Music Makers), recital fees, Piano Explorer magazine, and other items that help ensure a positive music education experience throughout the year. This fee is due along with your enrollment form, before the first lesson commences. 

Tuition is due by the last lesson before the upcoming month. (Ex: September tuition will be due at the last lesson in August.)

Tuition is billed MONTHLY via Paypal.  Tuition payments may be made by check or cash (always appreciated.)  Please note: Paypal is for billing only.  If you prefer to receive billing through a different means than Paypal, please let me know.

Please be aware that payment is necessary before a lesson can be taught. 

Tuition unpaid by the 3rd of the month will be considered late, and will be subject to a $20 late fee.  If an unforseen circumstance occurs, please communicate with me so we can work together for a solution.

Please understand that space is held in my schedule especially for you, not only for lessons taught.  Tuition works similar to private education.  Therefore, tuition payments are not refundable.  Lesson credit is available for one lesson per school year, as explained in the Attendance section of the policy. 

As the schedule is very full, it may not be possible to make changes in your lesson time during the year for sports, etc.  Please take this into account when considering adding other activities to your child’s schedule. 

ATTENDANCE: PLEASE READ THIS CAREFULLY!

Regular lesson attendance is necessary to ensure steady progress, a positive attitude and a sense  of satisfaction for the student.  

If I must cancel a lesson for any reason you will always receive a credit or makeup.

CANCELATIONS:  With adequate notice it may be possible to make a trade or otherwise reschedule a missed lesson. If you must cancel a lesson due to illness, pre -scheduled doctor visits, field trips, vacations,  family emergencies, etc., 24 hours notice is required to be eligible for a makeup lesson. No shows  or 'forgotten' lessons are not eligible for makeup lessons.

ANNUAL EXCUSED ABSENCE:  Each student will be allowed ONE absence per school year that will be eligible for credit.  No other cancellations will be credited.  

HOLIDAYS: Students may cancel up to TWO lessons during Christmas break, and ONE during Spring break with no charge.  However, please plan for lessons to continue through these periods whenever possible. No other cancellations will be credited, except for the annual excused absence

SUMMER:  I encourage students to continue in the summer to help avoid the ‘rusties’ in the fall, and often summer is a very productive time for lessons.  I am very flexible in regard to lesson frequency in summer, but request that students attend at least  6 lessons, unless travel makes this impossible. This will also assure your placement in the fall schedule.  Tuition will be billed according to the number of lessons we are able to schedule.  Payment is expected monthly in advance as usual, and 24 hours notice for cancelations is necessary in order to be eligible for make up lessons.

INSTRUMENT/PRACTICE:

For instrumental students an adequate instrument is essential.  Acoustic Pianos or High Quality Electronic Keyboards with standard 88 touch sensitive keyboards are best for piano lessons.  High quality electronic keyboards with 72 keys are generally acceptable for keyboard lessons. (If you have further questions about instruments please feel free to call me.) Local music stores, or online stores can help with sizing, renting or purchasing violins.

A average of FIVE DAYS OF PRACTICE PER WEEK for approximately 30 minutes is expected to ensure steady and rewarding progress. Sometimes beginners require slightly less time.  Generally, assignments perfected in small sections, played several times in a row with no errors, produces fast results and enjoyable learning.  Please feel free to contact me for help in developing effective practice habits for your child. Very young children who are not yet reading will need to be monitored at home as they practice and complete their assignments.  It is often helpful for parents of young children to plan on attending lessons with the child to be able to fully assist the student at home.  (All parents are always welcome to sit in on any lesson.)

As students advance (usually level 4 or higher) or if a student needs more intensive attention, lesson and/or practice time may need to be increased to 60 minutes.  We will discuss these issues together as your child progresses.

Please READ and SIGN your child's ASSIGNMENT BOOK each week.  You will find it helpful to use the PRACTICE RECORD provided.   Please keep and eye on your email inbox - as most of my communication comes through email.  Of course,  please free to call me to discuss any concerns or questions you might have.

MATERIALS:

I use a broad variety of curriculum which and strive to tailor materials to match each student’s ability, maturity and personality.  As students progress their need for educational material increases as well.  The early level students generally require approximately $60-worth of materially annually.  Intermediate and advanced students may need an average of $70-$90 worth of material.  Of course, this depends on the student’s progress and personal interests/tastes.  Early level string students will probably require a little less material.  Beginning in 3rd Grade, students will receive Piano Explorer magazine each month.  Reading and completing assignments  in each issue is part of the curriculum.

Usually, I will be able to purchase music for you.   I will reflect music charges as part of your monthly billing statement.

Please be sure your child brings ALL materials to each and every lesson.  

Voice students need some method of recording material at their lessons.  Many bring an MP3 player, or smart phone with a recorder to their lessons. Often I can also email accompaniments, etc. as an audio file.

PERFORMANCE:

There will be several activities during the year including:

Christmas Recital

Federation’s Festival in February 

State Festival in May

Spring Recital in May

These events are totally optional, but I strongly urge all students to take advantage of these opportunities whenever possible.  My recitals are informal in nature, and I choose non-competitive events to help students gain confidence and feel as comfortable as possible when performing.

All students are junior members of the National Federation of Music Clubs (Music Makers of North Central Florida) and are encouraged to participate in Festival Auditions (February), and State Festival in May.   You will receive details information about Festival in the fall. 

Thank you for your confidence in me as your child's music teacher.  I look forward to a fun and rewarding year as we work together.  Please feel free to contact me via phone at 407-415-8230 or email at LCMusicMaker@gmail.com anytime with questions you might have.  I will do my best to return your call within 24 hours!

(References available upon request)