Missed lessons and Make-up lesson Policy:
Your child’s music education is important so prioritize regular attendance. Please keep this in mind when you consider other activities.
It is not possible to schedule make-up lessons when a student misses a lesson for any reason including illness or prearranged vacation. With this in mind, make-up lessons are not provided. That being said, if the teacher is unavailable for a scheduled lesson time, for any reason, all efforts will be made to reschedule that missed lesson.
Why do I have a no make-up policy for students? Please read an article about 'Make-up Lessons from an Economist's Point of View'.
If a student arrives late for a lesson, the student will receive instruction for the remainder of the scheduled lesson only. Please keep in mind, unpacking, tuning, and packing up your instrument could take between 3-10 min depending on the student and instrument. Be sure to use your time wisely.
As a courtesy, please notify your teacher with at least 24 hours of advance notice via email, if a missed lesson is to be planned
Please understand that I have reserved this lesson time for you. If you choose to not use the reserved lesson time, it is lost forever. To make it up, I have to make another slot available, thus giving you twice the amount of time that you paid for.
There are no make-ups for school or other activities. It is a distinct disadvantage to myself because lessons are one-on-one, and therefore the easiest to cancel and reschedule on your part. It is your choice on how many activities you do and how busy you choose to be. My time is as valuable as any other person’s activity. If it is decided that another activity is more important than your lesson, then I will respect that decision however please do not ask for a make up. Sports teams, dance studios, martial arts dojos etc, do not allow for make ups, and to be fair it is the same for the lessons I teach. This includes vacations, school events, church events, sporting events, life events and celebrations. Life is about setting priorities and making choices and compromises. These choices are up to you and all I can do is make guaranteed space available to you and you are charged for reserving that space.
I want to be as accommodating, nice and fair as possible.
In the case of real illness, please refrain from coming to the lesson, stay home to rest until healthy again. If student or parent arrives at the studio ill, we reserve the right to send the parent and the child home. If a student is too ill for school, he/she is too ill for his/her music lesson. We work in close proximity and with our hands, so germs spread easily. Please consider the health and well being of our instructors and other students.
The lesson time includes the process of getting in the room, getting the instrument and materials out, tuning up, hellos and goodbyes, and talking and organizing what is going on in your musical life. An hour lesson will have 50-55 minutes of instruction, a 45 minute lesson will have 35-40 minutes of instruction and a 30 minute lesson will have 20-25 minutes of instruction. Lessons sometimes have a logical stopping point that may not always coincide with the exact second the lesson is supposed to end. I hope the quality of the instruction and the development of the student over the long haul and not the exact minutes of instruction at each meeting, is in your interest. It will all average out over the long haul.
Study during the summer is crucial for students to maintain their abilities.
During the summer semester (June-July-August), lessons are more flexible. Since I usually attend teacher conferences during the summer, I feel it is fair to allow flexibility in student schedules for missed lessons and make-up lessons. If you choose to remain enrolled in lessons throughout the summer, any lessons missed during the summer, we will only be able to have make-ups within the summer months. No make-ups will carry forward into the Fall/Winter/Spring semesters. All make ups will still depend on availability in the schedule.
For most families, in order to keep their preferred lesson time during the school year, they decide to stay enrolled throughout the summer even though they do take off for vacation. This way, they don't risk losing their preferred lesson time when fall begins, especially when many other students are getting into back-to-school enrollment. Ultimately, it's up to you to decide if you need to cancel/stop lessons for the summer and restart back up in the fall. Just keep in mind that canceling/stopping lessons means you'll forfeit your current lesson time leaving it open for other students to sign up for.
Please be very vigilant in maintaining communication with me regarding your plans to be away and scheduling make-ups. Families must make every effort/accommodations on their part in order to schedule make-up lessons to fit my teaching schedule. My teaching schedule/calendar is updated frequently, so please click directly onto the Calendar button to check for availability in my teaching schedule. Thank you!
Your enrollment in this studio signifies acceptance of the above policies and entire content of this informational website.
Thank you for understanding!