Music Discoveries Piano Studio Policies
Music Discoveries Piano Studio offers quality private instruction for students who are dedicated and eager to learn music. The following policies apply those registered for piano lessons.
How to Register
My current students are given the first opportunity to pre-register for Fall lessons and reserve a September lesson time. Pre-registration forms are due in May each year. New families may contact me by email to schedule a complimentary consultation. I value the opportunity to meet with potential students to discuss lessons and answer any questions you may have. If you choose to study with me, you may reserve a time in my teaching schedule with a non-refundable registration fee of $40. When you register for lessons you are confirming a commitment for the entire school year and you are agreeing to these studio policies.
Lesson tuition is based upon enrolment for 34 weeks of private 45-minute lessons. (September - June). Tuition cheques are due on the last day of August. You may choose to pay in 2, 4 or 10 equal instalments. Post-dated cheques should be dated for the 1st of the month and made payable to “Anne Crosby Gaudet”. Tuition for 2019/2020 is $1600.
Practice Expectations and Your Instrument
A consistent, daily practice routine is the key to success and progress with music. Students need to prepare for every lesson by making progress on all parts of the weekly assignment. This requires a commitment to reading the assignment and practicing at home every day. Parents will need to take on an active role in establishing the positive routine of spending time with music every day. Create a quiet space and schedule piano practice into the daily routine.
Your child will have much more fun learning music if you provide a quality instrument that sounds and feels nice to play. All students need to have an instrument at home for daily practicing. Piano students should have a tuned, acoustic piano in good working condition. Digital pianos must have 88 weighted keys and proper foot pedals. When you are setting up your music room, please think about providing good lighting and be sure to have a metronome, pencils and sticky notes close by.
At the Studio
Lessons begin and end at the scheduled time. Students are welcome to come in quietly without ringing the bell. Please remind your children to clip nails and wash hands before lesson time. Students may wait in the hall briefly before or after lessons, but this is not an appropriate waiting area for extended periods of time. When two children in the same family take private lessons, I request that parents drop off only one child at a time. Parents should always watch to see that children are safely inside the door before driving away.
Lesson times are standing appointments reserved for the student each week. There may be an occasional time when a student isn’t able to attend a lesson. My studio does not offer "make-up" lessons, however I have policies in place so we can do our best to keep your child's consistency and motivation on track.
Written Notice for Cancellations - A parent should give written notice by email if a lesson is going to be missed. Please do not pass this task onto your children during lesson valuable lesson time. The more advance notice you give, the more you are helping other families find rescheduling solutions. As a guide: vacations should receive 3-4 weeks notice; sports, appointments and special events 1-2 weeks; illness 1-3 days.
Rescheduling - I offer a rescheduling service on my website to help students stay on track with progress. If there is a cancellation I will post that available time on my website. Parents should check the Lesson Schedule page to view current openings before contacting me. If there is a suitable time available, simply email your request to me. Rescheduling must take place within 5 days of the cancelled lesson (before or after), otherwise the lesson is forfeited. You may also swap lessons with another family as long as you let me know the specific dates of the swap.
Snow Days - The studio does not automatically close when school is cancelled, as roads are usually clear by afternoon. If you cannot safely drive to the studio I may recommend a Skype/Facetime lesson or you may check the Lesson Schedule page for openings.
Holidays - The studio closes for Christmas, March Break and summer. In general, lessons will take place as usual on other holidays. Please check the Lesson Calendar for specific details. If your family chooses to take extended vacations during the school year, rescheduling is generally not possible.
Illness - Please do not send your children to piano lessons when they are sick. If your child is mildly ill I may recommend that we schedule a FaceTime/Skype lesson during the regular lesson time. Otherwise, please check the Lesson Schedule for openings within 5 days.
All students stop taking lessons at some point. Ideally, this decision is made thoughtfully with plenty of discussion between the teacher, parent and student so we can complete the year with a positive sense of closure. If a situation arises in which a family must discontinue lessons mid-year (for example: moving), I require written notice from the parent and one month of paid notice. When you register for lessons, please be prepared to make the commitment from September through June as it can be difficult to fill your reserved lesson time mid-year. If there is a problem at any time, please talk to me so I can help make necessary changes. The journey of studying music is full of ups and downs, I have navigated this path many times. Please keep me in the conversation and let's enjoy the journey from beginning to end.
I occasionally take photographs or video of students during lessons and performances for use in the studio scrapbook, advertising materials, lesson demonstration and studio owned websites. My studio celebrates all that technology and multi-media have to offer, keeping piano lessons relevant and engaging for your children. When you register for lessons you will have the opportunity to select your permission preferences.
Staying in Touch
Email - This is the best way to contact me, but please be mindful of when you choose to send email. If I receive work-related email late at night or on weekends I will get back to you during business hours.
Phone - If you need to speak with me, I can take calls between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm on weekdays. I do not take phone calls while I am teaching, after hours or on weekends. My phone number is on your child's lesson book cover.
Keeping in touch - I use MailChimp emails to send out studio information and newsletters from time to time, please make sure that I have a current email address that you check regularly. When you register for lessons you will be asked to opt-in for newsletters by email.