Brenda Hunting's Piano Studio, Shailer Park. Two make up lessons shall be permitted each term, and may not be carried into a new term. Independence Day. A make-up lesson is scheduled later, after the lesson was missed at the appointed time. Monthly tuition covers piano lessons from September to May (30 individual 45-minute lessons and 4 90-minute group classes) and 7 piano lessons June through August (dates and times TBD). In most circumstances, lessons missed because of snow will be made up. I’d like to explain to other parents why I feel – quite strongly, actually – that it is unreasonable of we parents to expect our teachers to make up lessons we miss, even if I know as well as they do just how expensive lessons are, and, equally importantly, how important that weekly contact is with the teacher to keeping practicing ticking along smoothly. No lesson is given on the following Holiday: New Year's Eve. In: American Suzuki Journal, Vol. This is a commitment on both our parts. Cancellations / Missed Lessons. My current policy is to allow for cancelations (and issue a credit) if I get 24 hours notice. The only time that I would feel entitled to discuss shifting a lesson time is if the reason I can’t make the lesson is because (i) I have to do something for the Suzuki school and the only time at which that other event can happen is during my lesson time; (ii) my teacher were to ask us to participate in some other activity (e.g., orchestra, etc.) I certainly don’t expect her to credit me with three make-up lessons; there is no way for her to find a student to fill a three-week hole in her schedule during our absence. Events such as school camps, excursions, speech night, and the like, are normally gazetted well in advance. When it is impossible to reschedule piano lessons missed due to illness and/or family emergencies, the missed piano lessons will be credited. "The Piano Lesson" premiered in … - If your student/s must miss a lesson please contact me a minimum of 24 hours in advance of the lesson. "The Piano Lesson" is part of August Wilson's cycle of 10 plays known as the Pittsburg Cycle. You can arrange to swap lessons with another student by asking me to give you the telephone number of any student with a similar lesson length to you. It was originally published by Vicky Barnham in the American Suzuki Journal in 2001. Aug 18, 2017 - Explore Heather Nanney/ Fun Key Music's board "Piano Lessons: Policy Statement", followed by 791 people on Pinterest. If a permanent conflict arises with this lesson time, please feel free to contact us to discuss alternate arrangements. Missed Lessons: Due to the teacher's limited availability, rescheduling lessons cannot be guaranteed. Lessons missed through the student’s non-attendance shall be charged, unless the circumstances, in the teacher’s opinion, warrant a special concession, in which case the teacher will endeavour to (but does not guarantee to) find an alternative time to make up the lesson within the term. If you choose to take holidays during term time, you will still need to pay for any lessons you might miss. - If notice is given less than 24 hours the lesson will be considered missed and the lesson fee/s will still be charged with no refund. Group lessons enhance the private lesson and are held in lieu of the private lesson on group weeks. PO Box 7352, Loganholme 4129. Clear statements of policy on recurring matters (e.g. Available at, This article has also been published in The Piano Teacher, The only way she would be able to give him a lesson later in the week would be if she were to give up time that she had scheduled for her own private life; and that seems pretty unreasonable – I can’t think of many employees who would be thrilled if their bosses were to announce that they couldn’t work from 3:30 to 4:30 this afternoon, but would they please stay until 6:30 on Thursday, because there will be work for them then! Regular attendance at piano and keyboard lessons is an issue of responsibility and choice on the part of students and their parents. Tuning the piano; Tuition is charged monthly. Your tuition fees secure an exclusive lesson time slot in my schedule each week. However I understand that 'life happens' (especially with regard to illness) and I will use my discretion when you contact me about needing to cancel a lesson. As with University tuition, piano lesson tuition is payable whether the student attends or not. Give someone 4 simple points and they’ll remember each one. 1, pp. will be rescheduled subject my discretion/availability. The missed lesson is then counted in the tally of lessons given (included in the lessons given report in MTH). 30, No. If your clients can't or won't fit piano lessons into a mutually agreeable time, then they either miss the lessons with no commitment on your part to give make-ups or stop taking lessons. Creating extra teaching time in which to give make-up lessons means that I have to forgo time that I have set aside for other activities (usually family time). When a lesson is missed, continuity is broken, interest slides downward, and the clarification of concepts is lost. Tuition is not refunded, reimbursed, or forwarded to the next month. It’s important to still come so we can practice together and keep your child moving in a positive direction. Many teachers hesitate to refuse our request to shift lesson times (because our busy schedules *do* change), because unless they keep us parents happy, we will decide to take our child somewhere else for lessons (or to drop musical study), and they will lose part of their income. Lessons are based on a monthly tuition which reserves the student a specific weekly slot and membership within the studio. I understand – fully – that if I can’t make it to the lesson one week (perhaps my son is sick, or we are away on holiday, or there is some other major event at school) then we will pay for the lesson, but that my teacher is under no obligation to find another spot for me that week, or to refund me for the untaught lesson. If you are going to be away for any length of time during the term, an adjustment may be made on the fees if notification is given before the start of term. This enables me to offer your time slot to another student who needs a make-up lesson, and gives me time to find a similar cancellation slot to offer you a make-up. Online make up lesson will be offered for lessons missed by student. A student not attending a lesson simply misses the benefit of that lesson. If the conflict arises because my child is in the School play, and they have their dress-rehearsal during his lesson time, then I feel that I must choose between the two activities, and if he attends the dress rehearsal my private lesson teacher doesn’t owe me anything. Another attempt to bring more fairness to a no-make-up-lesson policy is the swap list, wherein students can call each other to switch times. If you'd like to use Music Teachers Helper to help you run your teaching studio, enter the code, Brenda Hunting - Piano Teacher, Music Educator, Online Lessons (via Zoom/Skype/Google Hangout). I do not make up lessons missed … missed lessons: Because specific times are set aside for specific students, a student who does not attend a lesson will simply miss the benefit of that lesson. Music teachers receive no sick pay, holiday pay or superannuation. This means that whether there are 4 or 5 lessons in that month, the tuition fee is the same for each month. Each student has a reserved lesson time, and is responsible for that time. Piano Policies and Courtesy Information. Holidays. MAKEUP LESSONS: Makeup lessons will only be given for missed lessons involving school events, in which the attendance at the school event affects the student’s grade, real emergencies, sickness, or weather-related missed lessons. Students who are suffering from colds or other infectious illnesses shall not attend the studio. However, too few parents ask to switch only when absolutely necessary, and too many parents want lesson times when it suits them this week, which is not the same time that suited last week. It is unfair for the ill student to spread infection to the teacher, or to other students. My lesson price is $35 per lesson x 38 weeks = $1330 yearly tuition; I want to collect monthly, so $1330/12 = $110.83 per month. your policy on discounts, missed lessons, etc) that the teacher can cite to clients; Legally defensible positions in the event a problem arises with a client; There is no easier and more effective way of handling many thorny issues than to have them defined in your studio policy. Pre-emptively striking on every possible situation or problem does nothing but a) make your clients feel as though they’re bombarded with rules and regulations and b) negates the impact of your most important policies. Missed lesson time may be made up in other ways beneficial to the student: FaceTime or Zoom lesson: if a student is ill/contagious but feels well enough to play, or if inclement weather prevents students from traveling, this is a viable alternative to a missed lesson. Piano lessons consistently missed for any non-illness, non-emergency personal reasons (such as a party, a sporting event, etc.) Please refrain from copying and using this handout as is. Missed Lessons. They cannot be changed or rolled over into the next semester. The important point is to put the onus and responsibility on your clients for resolving the conflicts they have created. So rather than telling us that ‘well, actually, the only time when I’m not teaching and that you can bring your son for lesson is during the time I set aside each week to go for a long soul-cleansing walk, and I *can’t* do that on Monday at 3:30 when you should have turned up’, they agree to teach us at a time that really doesn’t suit their schedule. At Applause Piano Studio, when a student commits to a lesson day and time, it is expected that he/she will honor this commitment. Like many parents, I pay in advance for lessons each term. Cancelled make-up lessons shall not be made up. In order to encourage this practice, I have the following policy: Lessons are only to be missed in the event of illness or an unavoidable conflict. Vacations. and that other activity were to create the conflict. This means that I will collect $110.83 per 30 minute student per month, regardless of whether the month has 1 or 4 lessons in it. During May, my eldest son will be missing three lessons because he is going to accompany me on a trip to New Zealand to visit his great-grandparents. See more ideas about piano lessons, piano teaching, piano. I do not expect my son’s teacher to refund me for those missed lessons, or to reschedule them by ‘doubling up’ lessons in the weeks before or after our departure. Speaking now as an economist, I would claim that the reason is that items like clothing are “durable goods’ – meaning, they can be returned and then resold at the original price – whereas music lessons are non-durable goods – meaning, once my Monday slot at 3:30 is gone, my son’s teacher can’t turn around and sell it again. An online lesson (via Zoom/Skype/Google Hangout) is the preferred solution to this situation. Missed lessons are an inevitable fact of a piano teacher’s life and a written private music lesson cancellation policy that you can give to your students and their parents is therefore essential if you want to run your piano teaching business effectively. You might like to read an article written by an economist on this topic: Make-Up Lessons. Missed Lessons by the Teacher. We have one piano lesson and one group class in theory or other musical activity in our school every week. Any lessons missed to inclement weather will not be affected by this policy. No shows or failure to notify the school/teacher within 24 hours is considered a forfeited lesson. Here is the full version of my policy: Lessons missed through the student’s non-attendance shall be charged, unless the circumstances, in the teacher’s opinion, warrant a special concession, in which case the teacher will endeavour to (but does not guarantee to) find an alternative time to make up the lesson … Should the student be too unwell to participate in an online lesson, provided as much notice as possible is given, every effort will be made to make up the lesson (limited to two per term). Online lessons (via Zoom, Skype or Google Plus Hangout) are available for students who are well enough to have a lesson but not well enough to leave home, or for situations such as lack of transport. The reasoning behind this policy is that the teacher is scheduled to be present for the student’s lesson at a specific time. It’s unfortunate, but true. Please note that makeup lessons are only available for the quarters listed. My timetable is very full at the moment, so scheduling make-up lessons is rather challenging. I will then use that time or other times to plan for the student’s progress, locate materials, provide a progress report to the parent(s), etc. Hope it helps in making your own! I’ve provided… Continue reading Example Studio Policies handout I reserve the right to choose not to make up a missed lesson for such events if you give me short notice. I’m a parent of children enrolled in Suzuki music lessons. As soon as you become aware of an event which may clash with your regular lesson schedule, you should notify me. In my ‘other life’ I am an economist and teach at our local university. So there are lots of situations in our everyday lives where we regularly pay in advance for goods or some service, and if we end up not using what we have purchased, we have to just ‘swallow our losses’. Here’s a sample of my Studio Policies handout I made during my Piano Pedagogy class at college. If however there is another cancelled lesson time during that week, you will be offered that time slot. Any more misses, and the lesson is forfeited. In my studio, unfortunately, except in exceptional circumstances, fees cannot be adjusted for missed lessons. I give a missed lesson sometimes as a masterclass lesson –where the rest of the small group have a list of things to listen to. I do not make up no call/no shows. Tuition is non-refundable. Vacations are considered unexcused absences. The dramas take place in a different decade, from the early 1900s until the 1990s. $10 will be deducted from the student’s Materials and Activities Deposit for every 5 days that tuition is late.