Studio Policies

LESSONS

STUDIO CALENDAR 2019/2020

  • The studio year is divided into 3 terms, each with a different number of lessons depending on the time of year, holidays, and school breaks.  
  • Lessons begin in September and continue thru June.  
  • You can begin lessons at any time during the year.  
  • When you sign up for lessons, you are committing to one term of lessons.  
Term Lesson Dates Per Term  Number of Lessons
Per Term
1 Sept. 9th 2019 –  November 30th 2019 10 lessons
2 Jan. 6th 2020 – April 9th 2020 14 lessons
3 April 20th 2020 – June 19 2020 9 lessons

LESSON LENGTH

Weekly private lessons are offered in 30, 45, or 60 minute lesson lengths depending on a student’s age and experience. Beginner lessons are 30 minutes in length, however as a student progresses, lessons will remain at 30 minutes or increase, depending on the student’s goals.

TERM LESSON PLAN

  • When you sign up for lessons, you are committing to one term of lessons. 
  • Your lesson will be at the same time every week. (Ex: Wednesdays at 4pm)
  • Tuition is due at your first lesson. If the full amount is to much, a minimum of 50% is due at your first lesson. The remaining balance is to be paid within 30 days.
  • All lessons are to be paid for in full, canceled or missed lessons will not be refunded. 
  • Should you choose to discontinue lessons before the term is complete, the remaining lessons of that term will not be refunded.

TUITION AND PAYMENT

TUITION

Tuition is based on the number of lessons per term, lesson length, recital fee, and violin rental fee (if applicable). Tuition is due at your first lesson. If the full amount exceeds what you’re comfortable paying at one time, a minimum of 50% is due at your first lesson, and the remainder is to be paid in 30 days. 

Term

Lesson Dates Number of Lessons Tuition*

Term 1

Sept. 9 – Nov. 30th, 2019 10 lessons $265
Term 2 Jan. 6 – April 9, 2020

14 lessons

$365

Term 3 April 20 – June 19, 2020 9 lessons

$240

*based on 30 min lesson rate
*includes recital fee ($15/term)

REGISTRATION FEE

A one time registration fee of $20 is due at the time of registration. The registration fee secures your spot in the studio.  Should you wish to withdraw lessons before your start date, there is no cancellation fee, however the registration fee will not be refunded. 

PRIVATE LESSON FEES

$25 – 30 minutes
$37 – 45 minutes
$50 – 60 minutes

VIOLIN RENTAL FEE

$26/month

RECITAL FEE

A fee of $15 per student, per recital, is included in your tuition. This fee covers the cost of renting the recital space, and paying the accompanist for his/her time. 

Recitals provide students with performance-goals to work towards in their lesson, and provide an opportunity to share their most recent musical achievements with family and friends. There will be a studio recital at the end of each term. All students are highly encouraged to perform.

CANCELLATIONS

STUDENT CANCELLATION

I run my studio at full capacity, so if a lesson is cancelled, rescheduling is not always possible.

  • 1 lesson per term can be rescheduled as long as 24 hours notice is given, and the make-up lesson takes place during the term in which the lesson was originally scheduled.
  • To be eligible for a make-up lesson, the lesson must be canceled by phone call (709-770-2656) a minimum of 24 hours before your scheduled lesson time.
  • Lessons cancelled with less than 24 hours notice will not be given a make-up lesson, and will not be refunded.
  • All eligible make-up lessons must take place within the term they were originally scheduled. Lessons not made up within the term will not be refunded.

LESSON WITHDRAWAL

  • Should you choose to discontinue lessons before the term you’re registered for is complete, the remaining lessons of that term will not be refunded.

TEACHER CANCELLATION

As a freelance musician, performance opportunities are unpredictable and could conflict with our lesson time. Due to this nature, I reserve the right to reschedule lessons for performance reasons. Lessons that I cancel for any reason will be rescheduled or credit will be given towards the next term’s tuition.

WINTER WEATHER

Winter weather can be unpredictable, but lessons that are cancelled due to winter weather will not be rescheduled.

If you feel it is unsafe to travel to your lesson, you can do your lesson from home via FaceTime or Skype. This live video lesson must take place at your regular lesson time, on the day of winter weather.

Example: Your lesson is scheduled for Wednesday at 4pm, but there is a blizzard.  You feel the roads are unsafe, so rather than drive to your lesson, you have your lesson over FaceTime or Skype at your original lesson time of 4pm.

SUMMER LESSONS

Year-round study is essential for student progress, however everyone deserves a little vacation! Summer lessons are strongly encouraged, but are not mandatory. To register for the summer term please contact me as soon as possible to arrange your lesson time.