Studio Policies, 2020-2021
BOOKS AND MATERIALS: Students are expected to have all their current books and materials and a pencil ready for every lesson. The cost of new books or materials will be added to the monthly/quarterly invoice. Each student will also need to have a spiral notebook for assignments. A metronome is necessary for all students playing any level of technique. There are several free metronome apps available.
MAKEUPS AND MISSED LESSONS: In order to make appropriate progress, students are expected to honor their lesson times regularly and promptly throughout the year.
* There are NO makeups for a "no-call/no-show".
* There are no makeups for an extended vacation.
* Makeups will be made for illness and family emergencies (If this happens within the 24 hour window, please text/email me and I will assign a makeup credit).
If you cannot do a makeup in the week that you miss a private lesson, you may do two lessons in a future week.
*Lessons end at the scheduled time no matter if they begin late.
* You have 90 days to use your makeup credits. Any remaining credits will expire on August 1 of each year.
ZOOM LESSONS: All students do lessons by Zoom or phone. Please be prepared with all music, your assignment notebook and a pencil. Set your phone/iPad/tablet/computer near the keyboard so I can see both your hands on the keyboard from the side and "looking" down as though I was looking over your shoulder. Just before your scheduled lesson time, sign in to Zoom via the blue Zoom link you will find on your lesson time on the My Music Staff calendar, your emailed /texted lesson reminder or the MMS home page. You may enter the Waiting Room early and I will admit you when it is your lesson time. If you are unable to use any of the above electronic devices for a Zoom lesson, we will use our phones and manage that way.
RECITALS: Participation in the Almost Summer Awards Recital is expected. Be sure to mark your calendar well in advance! The bi-monthly Good Deed Recitals are presented as a YouTube Playlist with each student making a video recording of their pieces which are then compiled on the studio private channel and shared with families and nursing homes.
MASTERCLASS PERFORMANCES: These take place once a year for invited students in grades 6-12 and another for adult students. Students will perform one polished piece for a professional pianist/teacher in a non-competitive situation. The judge’s comments contribute to the attending/performing student’s learning, future work and success. The fee will be billed separately.
THE NATIONAL GUILD AUDITIONS: This is an annual, non-competitive event that includes playing several pieces from memory with the corresponding scale and cadence. The adjudicator provides supportive comments aimed at encouraging positive changes in the pianist. All ages and stages are welcome to participate. Date, time and location TBA. The Auditions in the Spring of 2021 will be conducted via FaceTime, Skype or Zoom. The fee will be billed separately.
DISMISSALS AND TERMINATION: If, for any reason, you must stop lessons, 1 month's notice or 1 month's pay is required within 30 days. Your full intentions MUST BE SUBMITTED IN WRITING via hardcopy or email. Regrettably, I will have to dismiss a student if any of these circumstances occur:
• Failure to pay tuition on time more than twice
• Persistent absences
• Uncooperative attitude
• Failure to follow practice as instructed
*Lack of progress due to insufficient practice or unfulfilled requirements