Studio Policies and Fees - Updated June 25, 2018
1. Lesson Scheduling: The student will meet with the instructor weekly.
Recommended length of lesson is as follows: Beginners: 30 min; Lower Intermediate: 45 min, Upper Intermediate & Advanced: 60 min. NOTE: Tardiness is deducted from your lesson time. There will be NO MAKE-UP LESSONS for holiday closures.
2. Tuition: Lesson fees are flat rate based on 48 lessons annually ($54/hr).
-60-minute lessons $216/month
- 45-minute lessons $162/month
- 30-minute lessons $108/month
Recital fees will be invoiced separately.Electronic payment methods are preferred. Please choose from the following options:
If you take lessons at another location, fees and payment options may be different.
- Music & Arts: Private lesson fees are based on $57 per hour. A one-time registration fee of $35 applies. (Scheduling and payments are done through Music & Arts.)
3. Missed/Lesson Policy:
Lessons missed by the student, for any reason, will not be refunded. The student is granted TWO (2) make-up lessons per semester (Aug-Dec and Jan-May) that must be used within two weeks of the missed lesson (at the discretion of my schedule). Summer months (June-July) are granted one (1) makeup lesson. A make-up lesson is defined as an additionally scheduled lesson, not a credit towards future lessons. Lessons missed/canceled by the teacher WILL be made up but will not be refunded. Same day changes will not be considered unless it is a lesson swap. If more than 2 lessons are missed in a row, you may be dropped from the roster.
*For explanation on why this policy is in place, please see the article below “Make up Lessons from an Economist’s Point of View”.
4. Make-up Lesson Dates: Login to the website and check the calendar for available days and times. There will NOT be make-up credits issued for holiday closures.
2018-2019 Holiday Closure Calendar
The studio is closed on the following dates. There will be no make-ups for lessons that fall on these days, however, there are no extra charges for months where 5 weeks occur. ALL students are invited to attend the make-up classes once a month.
July 4th - Independance Day
August 8th-12th - National Flute Association Convention (Eligible for Aug 5th Masterclass Make-Up)
September 3rd - Labor Day
October 31st - Halloween
November 11th - Veterans Day
November 21st-23rd - Thanksgiving Holiday
December 21st - 26th - Christmas Holiday
December 31st - New Year's Eve
January 1st - New Year's Day
January 21st - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 25th - FL Flute Convention
February 18th - President's Day
March 11th - 15th - Spring Break (Duval)
May 27th - Memorial Day
Group/Masterclass Lesson Times:
5. Parent/ Guardian Responsibilities: The parent is to pay lesson fees on time, assist in scheduling make-up lessons, communicate in a timely manner, provide an instrument in the best possible condition, and assist and encourage regular practice. If maintenance is required on the instrument, this should be done as soon as possible. The student's attendance at all scheduled lessons and recitals is necessary for continued progress. Parents must arrange their schedules accordingly to ensure the student arrives on time for each lesson.
-While it is, ultimately, the student's responsibility to practice regularly, parents must actively participate by providing a distraction-free time and place for the student's daily practice, by checking assignments, communicating with the teacher via the student's notebook, and listening while your child plays for you often. You can further help your child's musical development by enrolling them in group classes, piano lessons (for flutists), a school-based ensemble, and by attending musical events together regularly.
6. Student's Responsibilities: (Also see the Lesson Checklist tab on the website). The student should arrive at each lesson
On time, Well prepared, With all the necessary materials. He/she must schedule routine, daily practice without distractions and utilize/reference the spiral notebook during practice for refresher on teacher's notes and assignments. Students must communicate with the teacher regarding missed and make-up lessons.
7. Library: The student may be lent CD's, sheet music, or other materials. These materials are checked out, logged in records, and the student marks it in their notebook. These are educational materials and SHOULD NOT BE DUPLICATED unless specified. All materials should be returned at the following week's lesson, unless renewed. Replacement fees will be charged for any items not returned after 30 days.
8. Recitals: The Spring recital will be held on the Sunday before Memorial Day in May. There will be two (2) rehearsals scheduled with the accompanist the week or two prior to the recital. The recital fee for students utilizing the accompanist is $55.00 – (this fee includes the facility/program fee). A facility/program fee of $25.00 for all others. This fee assists with costs related to venue, equipment, program printing, recital reception, etc. All students are EXPECTED to participate in studio recitals. Additionally, students are strongly encouraged to participate in other festivals and competitions (Solo & Ensemble, All-State, Honor Bands,honors flute choir, competitions, scholarship competitions, etc.).
9. Dismissal/ Dropping: If the student or parent decides to discontinue lessons,
30 days’ notice is required AND the equivalent payment must be made.
The instructor reserves the right to dismiss any student who cannot or will not practice consistently or whose behavior/ attitude is not conducive to progress. Students may be dismissed for continually being unprepared, for showing disrespect to the instructor or the learning process, or for other reasons. A probationary period is given in most cases, following a consultation with the parent.
*Make-up Lessons From An Economist’s Point of View
"I’m a parent of children enrolled in Suzuki music lessons. 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. I think that it is natural for we parents to share the point of view that students should have their missed lessons rescheduled, but if we were to ‘walk a mile’ in our teachers’ shoes, we might change our minds about what it is reasonable for us to expect of our teachers.
Like many parents, I pay in advance for lessons each term. In my mind, what this means is that I have reserved a regular spot in the busy schedules of my sons’ teachers. 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. And this is the way it should be.
In my ‘other life’ I am an economist and teach at our local university. Students pay good money to attend classes at the university; but if they don’t come to my lecture on a Monday morning, then I am not going to turn around and deliver them a private tutorial on Tuesday afternoon. When I go to the store and buy groceries, I may purchase something that
’t get used. Days or months later, I end up throwing it out. I don’t get a refund from the grocery store for the unused merchandise. If I sign my child up for swimming lessons at the local pool, and s/he refuses to return after the first lesson, I can’t get my money back. 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’. On the other hand, if I purchase an item of clothing, and get home and change my mind, I can take it back and expect either a refund or a store credit.
So why do I believe that music lessons fall into the first category of ‘non-returnable merchandise’, rather than into the second case of ‘exchange privileges unlimited’ (which I think is one of the advertising slogans of an established women’s clothing store!)? 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. 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
’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!
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. This is particularly true in areas with lower average income, where it can be particularly difficult to find students. 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
’t suit their schedule. Teachers who are ‘nice’ in this way often, in the long run, end up exhausted, and feeling exploited; they try to draw a line in the sand. 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. 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
’t owe me anything.
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. 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. Since there will be lots of advanced notice, I might ask her to consider preparing a special ‘practice tape’ for that period, or to answer my questions via e-mail, but if she
’t have the time (the second half of April is going to be really busy for her, and she
’t be able to do the tape until more or less the week we left) and so has to refuse, then that’s fine. 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. Instead, I hope that she will enjoy the extra hour of rest during those three weeks, and that we will all feel renewed enthusiasm when we return to lessons at the end of the trip."
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