When booking a lesson, you are agreeing to the studio policy. You also give permission for the student to be photographed or filmed; and understand, agree, and give permission to display photographs on the studio website, social media, or other studio publications.
In order to ensure that you or your child get the most effective and creative teaching possible, the following policies have been established (Revised January 7, 2019). This policy is consistent with those of sports teams, camps, and dojo’s that place a high priority on regular attendance and diligent commitment. Please choose a time that works with your other extracurricular activities.
COST OF LESSONS
The semester package guarantees that an instructor will be present to teach 18 lessons each semester (August-December & January-May). Tuition is divided evenly between 5 months and can be paid by cash, check, credit card, or PayPal.
The 4-lesson package guarantees that an instructor will be present to teach 4 lessons each month. Should the instructor not be available; your rate will be prorated to reflect the number of lessons you have received.
Payment is due on the 5th of each month. If not fully paid by the 20th of the due month, a 10% charge will be added to the unpaid balance. A $25 charge will be added to all NSF checks. After receiving the second NSF check, all future payments must be in cash only. If you anticipate difficulties, please contact me so I can help.
If for any reason you must stop lessons, one month’s notice is required. At that time, tuition will be prorated for your final month to reflect the number of lessons that you have received based on the last lesson date. You will be required to pay this balance within 30 days.
Payment for the pay-as-you-go plan must be made 24 hours before the lesson takes place.
Please arrive to your lessons in a timely manner. Tardiness may not allow for the lesson to be extended. If there is a student after you, the lesson will be short and end at the time predetermined. For example: if the lesson is to be from 2:30pm to 3:00pm, and you arrive at 2:45pm, the lesson may only be 15 minutes long. This includes traffic.
If a student misses a lesson, they will simply miss the benefit of that lesson. Remember that tuition pays for far more than just lesson time.
If you or your child is well enough (not contagious and does not have a fever) to attend school or work, do not hesitate to come to your lesson. Although we may not be singing, we will have a non-singing lesson that includes music theory, ear-training, and rhythm reading exercises. We can also use this time to listen to new repertoire and choose new music. The non-singing lesson is very productive and yet allows the student to rest their instrument. (Please cancel lessons if you have a serious illness or you will be sent home!)
If you are concerned with the thought that you may be charged for services not rendered, please be assured that your tuition is always working for you. I spend a great deal of time outside of lessons choosing repertoire, planning, and participating in online and in-person professional development. I kindly remind all students and families that between teaching, planning, and audition prepping – I guarantee that all students receive more of my professional time than you actually pay for.
You can also opt to have an online lesson via Skype/Facetime; swap a time with another student; or simply call to chat about you or your child’s progress during the time your lesson is reserved.
I encourage students auditioning for shows to list their weekly voice lesson as a rehearsal conflict. Rehearsal is not an excused absence from a lesson, though we will do our best to reschedule the lesson if time allows.
Students are expected to come to their lessons prepared. This will mean different things for each student. This will always include coming to lessons with all of your materials including assigned music and a pencil. In the rare case that a student leaves their music behind or does not complete the preparation asked, the instructor reserves the right to end the lesson early.
DISMISSALS & TERMINATION
Regrettably, I will have to dismiss a student if any of these circumstances occur:
• Failure to pay tuition on time
• Persistent absences
• Uncooperative attitude
• Failure to follow practice as instructed
• Lack of progress due to insufficient practice or unfulfilled requirements
It is very important that the instructor have updated contact information for each student, including phone number, a mailing address, and an email address. Please notify the instructor of any changes in this information.
Feel free to email, call, or text. If you need to miss a lesson, please notify as soon as possible. Feel free to write at any time about what is happening with you or your child or just to ask questions. We love hearing from you!