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2019 - 2020 Studio Policy



Thank you for choosing to give the gift of music to your child. Music is an art that can truly provide a lifetime of enjoyment. It has been found that music affects the brain in many positive ways. Music makes us smarter, happier, and more productive at any age. The studio policies below will ensure I can provide the best possible experience for your child’s musical journey.



Instrument Needed

  • All students must have an well-maintained, acoustic piano or 88-key modern digital piano with weighted hammer action and foot pedals for home practice. If you have a digital piano, it must sit on a stand and have a bench.
  • Students must have a metronome. The metronome may be portable or an app located on an electronic device such as your cell phone or tablet.
  • The quality of your student's home instrument plays a significant role in their potential for success.



What Tuition Covers

  • Weekly Private Lessons
  • All Core Music 
  • Spiral Bound Music Keeper
  • Exclusive Access to Studio Resources
  • Customized Lesson Plans
  • Participation in Incentive Programs 
  • Game Library 
  • Studio-licensed Music Library
  • Holiday Music Lending Library
  • Recitals



Practicing

  • Students should complete their assignments each week and bring all materials/books to lessons.
  • Daily practice is vital to musical progress. If you treat piano lessons like an academic subject, students will progress and grow and enjoy it more in the long run. The study of music is rewarding and enjoyable, but it is also work!
  • The recommended amount of practice time will be discussed with the student, and should be practiced at least 5 days a week. Unprepared lessons cost the same as prepared ones but their value is substantially compromised.



Tuition, Fees, & Payment Policy

  • The studio runs much like a private school; tuition remains the same each month during the Academic Year Term (Fall Semester/Spring Semester) and is based on enrollment, not attendance, reserving your child’s exclusive lesson time throughout the year. 
  • The year is divided into two terms. The Academic Year Term is a 10-month term (August – May) consisting of 34 lesson opportunities and 1 annual recital. The Summer Term is a two-month term (June – July) which offers flexible lesson packages to accommodate vacations, camps, etc.
  • Competition/festival fees and other performance fees will occur throughout the year and will be billed in addition to your monthly tuition payment as they occur. 
  • There is a $30.00 enrollment fee for ALL NEW STUDENTS, which is non-refundable. A new student is anyone who is going to sign up for lessons for the first time at the studio or a previous student who is returning to the studio after taking a leave of absence.
  • Tuition does not change regardless of the actual number of lessons per month. (See yearly calendar). 
  • Monthly tuition installments are due no later than the 25th day prior to the upcoming month. Payments received  after the 1st day of the month will automatically be charged a $20.00 late penalty (no exceptions).


1st Payment 

Deadline: August 1st  


6th Payment 

December 26th

2nd Payment 

August 25th


7th Payment 

January 25th

3rd Payment 

September 25th


8th Payment 

February 25th

4th Payment 

October 25th


9th Payment 

March 25th

5th Payment 

November 25th


10th Payment 

April 25th

         

Payments can be made in the following ways:

  • Dropped off in the black mail box located on the front porch.
  • Online banking. You can use your personal bank’s “online bill pay system” to schedule your monthly payment installments. Extra expenses like festival fees, one-times fees, or other expenses can also be made via the same online banking bill pay but will be a one-time payment instead of recurring payment.
  • Payments can be made at your piano lesson if it is on or before the first day of the month.
  • Out of town, forgot your checkbook, or time got away from you? No worries, use the “Pay Online” link at the bottom of your invoice (You must use this link. Please do not send me money directly through PayPal.) You will be taken to a new page that first will display the studio logo and a few other details about your payment before you are taken to PayPal. There is a 3.5% convenience fee for using the Online Payment option. If you do not wish to pay a 3.5% convenience fee, please feel free to use the other payment options listed above.
  • A $30 fee will be added to your account for any check that is returned for insufficient funds. If your check fails to clear more than twice you will be asked to make all future tuition payments in cash.


Monthly Payment Installment Plans for the Academic Year:

  • 30-minute lesson = $90.00/month (Early Elementary - Early Intermediate Levels)
  • 45-minute lesson = $135.00/month (Intermediate - Early Advanced Levels)
  • 60-minute lesson = $180.00/month (Early Advanced Levels & Students Planning to Pursue a Music Degree in College)



Location and Parking

The studio is located at 2123 Bainbridge Road, Jackson, Missouri 636755. You may park in the driveway or on the street in front of the house. When parking in the driveway please park on one side and pull completely forward. Do not park in the middle of the driveway as that blocks all entrances and exits to those who may wish to also use the driveway.



Attendance

  • Keep it clean! ALL students are REQUIRED to wash their hands before each lesson.
  • Arrive at each lesson punctually, well-prepared, and with all necessary materials. If you arrive five minutes late, your lesson is five minutes shorter. You reserve the time slot, not the number of minutes.
  • Students should arrive to their lesson appointment no more than 5 minutes early. If you find that you have arrived more than 5 minutes early for you scheduled lesson time, please wait in your vehicle with your parents until it is time for you to enter the studio.
  • Students should be picked up no more than 5 minutes passed their scheduled lesson time. Parents, please make sure you arrive in plenty of time to pick up your child as I am usually not available to ensure the safety of your child once he/she leaves the studio. Also, there are certain times that may require me to leave directly after your child’s lesson time.
  • Food and non-water drinks are prohibited in the piano studio.
  • Student's nails should be kept trim at all times. It is not safe nor can they play with good hand position if they have long nails.
  • The Spring Piano Recital is a mandatory performance event. Students who do not participate in this event will not be guaranteed a spot in the studio for the next year and will be placed at the bottom of the waiting list.
  • Students who do not enroll for summer lessons OR pay the equivalent of are not guaranteed a spot in the studio for the next year and will be placed at the bottom of the waiting list.



Missed Lessons & Unavoidable Conflicts

  • No refunds or credits are given for missed lessons.
  • If you find yourself needing to reschedule a lesson due to an unavoidable conflict, you must notify the studio no later than 6pm the day prior to your lesson in order to qualify for a reschedule. If you notify the studio within the required time, a link to the Studio Calendar (with instructions) will be sent to you so you can look for other possible “Open” times in the schedule. 
  • If you do not meet the “notification requirement” you will simply miss out on that lesson opportunity. In case of illness or family emergency, please contact the studio via text message at (573) 225-2110.
  • Makeup lessons are NOT guaranteed. The more notice given, the more flexibility YOU have to reschedule. Look at your schedule in advance! Life can be crazy sometimes – talk to me – open communication is the key!
  • If you choose to swap lesson times with another family, the family that is exchanging the lesson needs to let me know the exchange information. Exchanges are not obligatory; they are reciprocal. If someone says, “No” to an exchange request, please respect that. If someone exchanges with you, however, be kind and return the favor when possible.
  • “No-Show/No-Call” Lessons are Forfeit: Repeat “no shows/no call” will result in removal from the schedule without tuition reimbursement. (3 Strike Rule!)
  • Should the studio need to close due to inclement weather conditions, you will be notified via email, text, and it will be posted on the studio’s Facebook page. NOTE: The studio does not normally cancel lessons for inclement weather conditions due to the fact that most of the time the roads have cleared by the afternoon when most lessons take place. 



Dismissal/Withdrawing from the Studio

  • Continued payment secures enrollment.  Students who wish to “take a break” will be essentially withdrawing from the studio. The studio cannot hold a student’s spot without payment.
  • If a student wishes to withdraw from the studio during the Term then a final bill will be sent to the student based on the number of lesson opportunities that have occurred.  Since the studio is set up on a monthly payment system that is NOT based on the amount of lessons you receive in a month, but rather on the lesson opportunities you receive for the the term.
  • The teacher may terminate lessons due to negative behavior, failure to practice, or failure to comply with studio etiquette.



Miscellaneous

  • Email or text is the best and preferred way to reach me. If you need to cancel a lesson at the last minute, please text. I let the voice mail take calls during lessons.
  • Please remember to check your email once or twice a week as I often like to communicate through email.
  • Parents may occasionally observe lessons by appointment only, but must refrain from adding comments when I am teaching.
  • If a student loses their music or damages borrowed music, parents will be sent information on where they can purchase a replacement copy.
  • Students may not enter performances, competitions, or auditions without the knowledge of the teacher. All adjudication results will remain at the piano studio in the student's file. The student will be provided a copy of the results to share with their parents/family members. The original copies are important for any errors that may occur in record keeping at a competition/festival. Scoring results/comments are also used at the studio to help the student grow as a musician. In the event a student leaves the studio, all adjudication sheets will be released to the parent.
  • Mrs. R's Piano Studio and Christa Rapp are released from any liabilities, accidents or injuries that may incur from the enrolled student with the participation of piano lessons, group classes, piano parties or piano events.





 



 Mrs. R's Piano Studio

Christa Rapp **** Cell: (573) 225-2110 **** Email: mrs.rspianostudio@gmail.com ****

Website: mrsrspianostudio.mymusicstaff.com****Christa is an active Member of the NFMC and the Encore Music Club of which she is currently serving as treasurer.