Studio Policy

A TOUCH OF CLASSICAL PLUS, INC STUDIO POLICIES

LESSON STUDIO FEES & DISCOUNTS

  • Lesson Fee:  Rate increase effective Sept 2020. Click the link for rate changes https://atouchofclassicalplus.musicteachershelper.com/lessons-classes-virtualinstruction.
  • Billed monthly and based on 33 instructional weeks (8 months) for the 2020-2021 school year, from Sept 14 to June 6. If you wish to pay in full for the year or for a term, see below and specify this option when enrolling.   
    • Pay for the full year, take $75 off the total.
    • Pay in full per quarter (Fall, Winter, Spring), take $25 off the total.  
    • Note: Nov 23-28, Dec 13 to Jan 2, and Mar 29-Apr 10 are not factored into the 33 weeks.
  • Registration Fee is $35 per student per year
  • Second Lesson Discount. 10 percent off.
  • Family Discount. A 10 percent discount is applied to the 2nd, 3rd, etc., students.  No family discounts are given for Musiclink students.  
  • MusicLink Foundation students. ​Students receiving this scholarship will complete a contract and abide by the guidelines.
  • Referral Discount. We love referrals! Receive a $25 credit when your referral enrolls! ​

SCHEDULING LESSONS FOR SUBSEQUENT TERMS OF STUDY

  • Students are scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Lesson times are not kept if payment has not been made.
  • Lesson time slots for current students who take a term of study off but wish to resume in the future may not be guaranteed their previous time slot.

MAKE-UP LESSONS / PARENT CONFERENCES

  • Effective the 2020 season, make-up lessons will involve Swap Lessons or Monthly Make-up Day (which could involve either an individual lesson or a group).
  • For inclement weather or other emergencies preventing attendance, email a practice video for comments, and receive a video and/or notes from the teacher.
  • Swap lessons. Switch with another student if unable to attend on your day.
  • If your lesson falls on a Studio-scheduled holiday, the lesson will be given on the monthly make-up day.
  • There are no make-up lessons during the 8-week summer session since you may choose the number of weeks upon enrolling. 
  • There are no make-up lessons for classes unless the teacher has canceled.  If the teacher has to cancel, classes will be made up automatically or a substitute teacher will be provided.  
  • Students will receive progress reports after the Fall and Spring quarters.
  • On occasion, parents will be invited to attend a Zoom topical conference call every other month.   

SUMMER TERM LESSONS.  There are no make-up lessons during the summer term.  With the exception of group classes, you may sign up for the number of private lessons you desire.

PRACTICE REQUIREMENTS.  You have made a wise decision to study a musical instrument.  Learning an instrument is both challenging and rewarding.  Following these guidelines will assist you in having a great experience.

  1. Practice every day.  It is better to practice a little bit daily than it is to practice longer the day before a lesson.  Consistent, daily practice builds physical and mental endurance.
  2. Play the CD every day or listen to your piece on YouTube.
  3. Watch the suggested videos and the lesson video (Zoom instruction) for reference.
  4. Use the MTH practice chart to record your lessons. Read the lesson notes before practice and/or your lesson notebook as a guide for what and how to practice.  Students not showing consistent evidence of practice and progress on a weekly basis may be dismissed from the Studio.  Parents of very young students must take notes or record the lesson.
  5. Parents must monitor and work with their children.  It is encouraged that parents attend lessons with their children and learn the instrument and skills with them.  

RECITALS/PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES

  1. Students are invited to sign up to perform at informal recitals during the year at Blackstone Library or The Montgomery Place.
  2. All students participate in two formal recitals in June and December.
  3. Students attaining the necessary skills from their book level will perform in a graduation recital at a place and time determined by parent and teacher.
  4. Students who show progress through effective practice will be invited to participate in special performances at book stores, museums, banks, church events, and nursing homes and hospitals, throughout the city.  Students may also be invited to participate in scholarship competitions.

PARENT RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Pay promptly for all lessons.
  2. Attend class with your beginner child.
  3. Make sure the child's nails are short, and hands are cleaned before touching the instrument.
  4. Do not interfere with the lesson, but take notes and ask questions before or after the lesson.  Videotaping the lesson is recommended.
  5. Follow through on all assignments given by the teacher.

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Make sure nails are short.
  2. Always wash your hands before touching the instrument.
  3. Cooperate during practice and lessons. Participate during the Zoom classes.
  4. Listen to your parents; treat parents and teachers with respect.
  5. Bring all the music books, a pencil, a binder, and a notebook for every lesson.
  6. Listen every day to the reference CDs or good YouTube videos of the pieces you are studying.

TEACHER RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Be qualified to teach any materials the student receives.
  2. Be very specific with assignments and expectations for the week.
  3. Give practice ideas and support to the student and parent, for each assignment given.
  4. Make a commitment to continue education on a regular basis.
  5. Provide students ample opportunities for solos and performances.
  6. Teach all lessons at the appointed time except for reasons of illness or family emergency.

 

Rates/fees are subject to change every two years
updated 08.21.20