Since regular attendance is essential to musical growth, a commitment to lessons for the duration of the term is expected when a student enrolls. There can be no tuition deduction or reimbursement for missed lessons. Students should arrive no more than 5 minutes early and leave promptly at the conclusion of the lesson. I cannot be responsible for a student once the lesson is over. If a student is more than 15 minutes late to a lesson, that lesson is cancelled and is not possible to make up.
Make-up lessons are limited to one per term, and under the following conditions only:
- Absences due to illness of a student or parent. (Parent must call before lesson time.)
- Hazardous driving weather. (Studio may be closed. Call before lesson time.)
- Severe crisis, such as a death in the family.
There are no exceptions to this policy. Make-up lessons will be given the last week of the regular term or at our mutual convenience.
Because schedules are complicated and sports and other events are sometimes unpredictable, I will issue a copy of my schedule as a swap list. For conflicts with family vacations, sports activities, drama productions/rehearsals, transportation, church activities, etc, students are strongly encouraged to exchange lesson times with another student. Please notify me promptly if a lesson is exchanged.
In the event that I must cancel a scheduled lesson, I will provide a make-up or refund.
Termination of Lessons
Students may be dismissed from lessons for any of the following: inadequate practice in quality or quantity; failure to bring music books to lessons; failure to complete written work; excessive absences or tardiness at lessons or group classes; failure to perform on spring studio recital; rude, disrespectful, or uncooperative attitude towards the teacher or other students; failure to pay tuition.
I request that parents give two weeks advance notice before the end of the term to terminate lessons. Failure to notify will result in being billed for an additional two lessons. If I must dismiss a student in the middle of the term for reasons stated above, I will charge for one lesson from the date of dismissal, and issue a refund for those remaining.