Lesson Schedule and Fees:
A full term consists of one lesson per week for a specified number of weeks.
Summer Term runs from June 1st to August 31st, 2019.
School Year Term runs from September 7th 2019 - May 30th, 2020.
Statutory Holidays & Spring Break:
Lessons that fall on statutory holidays are not included in the term fees. Lessons will not be taught on statutory holidays. There are no lessons September 28th; December 21 - January 1st for Christmas break; March 7th due to spring break.
All School Year students are strongly encouraged to schedule at least 2 piano lessons over the summer break (July – August of 2020). This will help ensure that they are able to keep up their skills over the holiday. Students that do not schedule lessons over the summer months generally require 2 – 3 months of review in the fall to get their piano skills back up to where they were in June.
A non-refundable $30 registration fee per student must accompany your registration. This fee guarantees you a lesson time for the year and covers use of recital overhead, and photocopies. If a mutually agreeable lesson time cannot be agreed upon the $30 registration fee will be refunded within 30 days.
Weekly Piano Lesson length:
A 30 minute piano lesson is recommended, however older students can request 45 or 60 minute lessons.
30 minutes: $15 45 minutes: $23 60 minutes: $30
1.) A series of post-dated cheques made out for the first day of each month (eg. June 1, 2019, July 1, 2019 etc).
*Cheques can be made out to Laura Martin. Please have all cheques ready on your first lesson.
2.) Payment for the school year in full by cash, e-transfer, or with two cheques , on or before September 1st 2019 and January 1st 2020.
3.) Cash/cheque/e-transfer payment on or before the 1st of every month. *Cheques can be made out to Laura Martin. Students who have difficulty remembering tuition payments at the beginning of the month will be asked to switch to post-dated cheques.
Overdue accounts will be charged a $10.00 administration fee per month. NSF Cheques will be charged a $20.00 service fee. If a student’s fee becomes more than 30 days overdue lessons may be discontinued and the student’s lesson time may be given to a child on the waiting list.
For students withdrawing from private lessons, a cancellation fee that is equivalent to 4 lessons will be charged unless 4 full weeks’ notice is given (28 days).
Students must have a keyboard, electric piano or traditional piano to practice on outside of lesson time. The piano must be tuned and maintained regularly. All piano books used in the course of study will be purchased by the teacher and billed to the student. Payment must be received before the books will be given to the student. The average cost for piano books is $50 twice per year.
Missed Lesson Policy:
Laura is under no obligation to provide refunds or make-up missed lessons unless the lesson is cancelled by the teacher. Lessons missed by the teacher will be re-scheduled or a refund will be offered. If 12 hours’ notice is provided by the parent/student that a lesson will be missed due to sickness Laura will place your name on a list and will inform you of any available lesson times that open up in the next 5 weeks. A make-up lesson however is not guaranteed and you will still be charged the full amount for the missed lesson.
All students must wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water before their piano lesson. Fingernails must be kept short to ensure they do not click and slide on the piano keys.
Parents are welcome to sit in on the entire lesson if they wish. But I do ask that you sit in on the last 5 minutes of their child’s lesson. This will allow me to communicate with the parents, celebrate progress and achievements, and set goals for the future. Siblings are generally encouraged to not be in the room where the piano is kept during lesson times as they can be distracting. If there is a specific issue that you would like to address with the teacher please come in at the start of your child’s lesson to allow ample time for discussion.
Parent Teacher Interviews:
In November Parent Teacher Interviews can take the place of one of your child’s regular lessons. Parents can choose which lesson during the month of October that they will attend and do not need to let the teacher know beforehand which date this will be. This time can be used to discuss progress, set goals, and make decisions about participation in events.
Daily practice goals are set at the beginning of each term for each student. A practice log will be given to the student each week to record their progress. Students who achieve their practice goal 5 times in a week will receive an incentive at the next class.