Weekly private lessons are offered in 30, 45, 60, or 90-minute sessions, depending on the student's age/level/choice.
At the Studio
Students are expected to arrive for lessons in a timely manner, with all required materials and music. Parents and siblings may quietly sit in the living room, wait in the vehicle in the parking lot, or run errands so long as they return to pick up the student in a timely fashion. To discuss student progress, parents are welcome to talk with the teacher during the first five minutes of the student's lesson - but not afterwards, in order to respect the next student's time slot. The teacher will email a progress report weekly to ensure all is being communicated. The teacher can also be reached by email or during phone during designated office hours.
Practice and Instrument
Private students are expected to practice daily on a well-maintained acoustic piano. Acoustic pianos should be tuned twice a year. To locate a qualified and often referrred technician, please contact the local music stores.
Students are recommended to use a tote bag to carry books to and from lessons. The student will be given an assignment notebook at their first lesson, which will be used to keep track of assigned pieces and practice suggestions/goals for each week. The teacher will obtain all needed books and materials for the student. The annual $50.00 non-refundable registration fee will be used to cover the cost of the books and materials.
Calendar and Schedule
The tuition rates are determined based on a calendar of 44 weekly private lessons as well as six Studio Classes, occasional studio outings, recital expenses, and more. The teacher does not teach during the week of Thanksgiving, the week of Christmas, the week after Christmas, the week of Spring Break, and two weeks during the summer. The other two weeks of the year are reserved for the teacher to take off from lessons as needed for extreme illness, teacher conference attendance, or teacher vacations (with advanced notice). Also, there are no classes offered on national holidays.
Tuition and Payment
Students have the option of paying tuition in one of the three following methods. The tuition rates are shown in the table below.
(1) In equal monthly installments. Payments are due on the 1st of each month and no invoice will be provided.
(2) In four quarterly, equal installments. Payments are due January 1, April 1, July 1, and October 1.
(3) In one large, yearly payment. Payment is due on September 1.
Payments may be mailed (postmarked by the 1st) or given to the teacher at a lesson. Late payments incur a late fee of $1 for each day late. The teacher reserves the right to raise fees at the beginning of each new academic year.
During the summer months, private students are still required to practice and take lessons; however, they will be provided with two options:
(1) Students may participate in monthly summer camps while taking five lessons scheduled approximately every other week around the student's family vacations. Themes for the summer camps vary each year. Camp themes may include Musical Olympics, Music Theory Boot Camp, Music History Blast from the Past, and more.
(2) Or, students may continue weekly lessons (10 in total) as normal. Students who choose this option may certainly also participate in summer camps for a nominal fee.
Not only does the teacher feel strongly about continuing the student's musical education throughout the summer months, but the teacher's livelihood depends upon a regular income the summer months because the tuition rate has been determined based on a 12-month calendar. For these reasons, if a student fails to observe this policy by refusing to continue throughout the summer, the student unfortunately cannot be guaranteed a spot in the studio in the fall.
Due to the teacher's limited availability, makeup lessons cannot be guaranteed. However, if an absence arises due to unforeseen situations, such as an accident or family emergency, and if the student indicates a desire for a makeup lesson, the teacher will make an effort to accommodate a makeup. Please be courteous to the teacher by providing notification at least 24-hours in advance regarding any known upcoming absences. If the roads are impassible due to weather or a student is contagiously ill but feels well enough to play, having a lesson via Skype or FaceTime is a viable option for that week.
Every student stops taking lessons at some point. Ideally, this decision is made thoughtfully and with plenty of discussion between the teacher, parent, and student so that lessons can cease with a positive sense of closure. For this reason, the teacher asks for one month's notice in writing prior to discontinuing lessons. However, the teacher respects the student's right to end lessons at any time.
Note: At the discretion of the teacher, students may be asked to discontinue lessons at any time if they have unpaid tuition, an excess amount of absences/unprepared lessons, or if they show a lack of interest.
Parents are encouraged to be supportive and active participants in practice at home. Parents are also encouraged to attend and quietly observe lessons approximately once a month.
Each year, the studio schedules a number of exciting events for private students and their parents. All of these events are provided at no extra cost, with the exception of festival and competition participation.
Studio Classes: Bi-Monthly Studio Classes are provided for private students of similar ages/levels to promote student camaraderie and to reinforce concepts taught during private lessons. Studio Classes typically include a theory segment, history segment, and a performance segment. With young private students, music and movement activities are also frequently included. With adult private students, there is a focus on piano literature history and repertoire performance in a relaxed environment.
Studio Recitals: Performing in a formal recital setting is an exciting opportunity for students to showcase their hard work and improvement over the year in the presence of their family and friends. There are five recitals scheduled for the 2015-2016 year. They are on the second Saturday of October, December, February, April, and August at 3PM.
Studio Outings: Throughout the year, studio outings are organized including trips to hear public solo piano performances or to perform at community centers. These outings are provided at no additional cost to the student. Parents are encouraged to accompany as drivers/chaperones and enjoy the music.
Festivals and Competitions: Students are welcome to participate in theory examinations and/or performance evaluations. These opportunities require additional entry fees. Please contact the instructor for more information.
There are many great ways to stay informed regarding studio news and events!
Monthly Studio Newsletters: Please watch for monthly studio newsletters and other occasional emails, which will arrive in your email inbox. Newsletters feature practice tips, recognize student achievements, and announce the dates of studio events.
Studio Website: Visit the website to find teacher contact information, current studio policies and procedures, studio calendar, achives of previous monthly studio newsletters, and much more.
FaceBook Page: Students and parents are welcome to join the studio's FaceBook page. "Liking" this page allows students to interact with the teacher and other students while maintaining the privacy of each student's FaceBook profile. This page can be found (and combined) with the Mad Pianist.
The best way to contact the teacher is via email, which will be promptly returned with an email reply or phone call. Phone calls are also wecome, especially weekdays between 10AM and 1PM. The teacher always welcomes email or text messages from students during the week if they have questions regarding their repertoire or other assignments.
Galloway Music Studio Policy 2015-2016