2017 - 2018 Studio Policies
Hourly rate: $46/hour - prorated based on lesson length (5% discount for all lessons beginning prior to 4 PM)
Lesson Times: Standard lesson time is 45 minutes in length, however, 30 minute lesson slots are available for beginners and 1 hour lessons are available for more advanced students or those taking multiple instruments.
Invoicing & Payment: Invoices will be issued at the end of each month and due by the first lesson of the next month. Payments may be made online via PayPal (direct link provided with every invoice), checks (made payable to teacher), cash or credit card at the lesson.
Cancellations: All cancellations require prior notice in order to be eligible for a lesson credit of either a make-up lesson (when available) or to avoid charges (24 hours notice for all cancellations except in the case of sudden illness.) If no noticed is received, the lesson shall be considered a "no-show" and will be charged to the student's account. The same shall apply for those rare instances when the teacher must re-schedule or cancel the lesson. In those circumstances, should a make-up lesson not be available, there will be no charge for the lesson. In lieu of a cancellation, students are encouraged to utilize and online lesson or a pre-recorded lesson if possible to maintain consistent progress and momentum. (NEW REVISION EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 23, 2017 - Any cancellation other than illness requires not less than 1 full week notice. Alternatives to cancellation are highly recommended and include the option for Online Real Time Lessons via video conference, Online Pre-Recorded lessons via shared files, and rescheduling or swapping lesson times with other students).
Books, Materials & Other Fees: The teacher will purchase necessary books & materials for the student. The cost of those books will be included on the student's monthly invoice. Entry fees for recitals or special events will also be included when applicable. A one time $40 Student Activity Fee is charged at the beginning of each academic year to help offset expenses associated with maintaining the student's musiclearningcommunity.com subscription, photocopying of theory materials and music downloads, and recital expenses.
Components of Instruction: In addition to the study of piano, flute, oboe or vocal coaching, all students' lessons will include elements of music theory, sightreading and performance etiquette as we assist each student to become a well-rounded, skillful musician. Additionally, piano students will work to develop skills of accompanying, improvisation and harmonization.
Special Events: Throughout the school year, students will be offered the opportunity to perform in studio classes, mini-recitals, formal recitals and other types of performances in a variety of venues. Students are encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities as they provide a goal and purpose to learning repertoire more thoroughly and developing the skills of performing. Studio classes and master classes provide opportunities for students to work on theory games with other students and learn new material presented by special guests and resources above and beyond private lessons. Students are encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities whenever possible.
Inclement Weather: As it is the exception rather than the rule, inclement weather impacting private lessons is handled on a case by case basis. Usually, lessons can be changed to online or switched to a different time when roads are clear, rather than cancelling a lesson. Early morning lessons on days that have a delayed opening for Calvert County Schools, will also be delayed by the same amount.