Clive Piano Studio Policies

1. Tuition: payment of fees is due on the first lesson of the month. Tuition covers your weekly private lesson, monthly group class, recital costs, overhead and incentives, as well as teacher’s administrative time. Your tuition worksheet is in your family file folder located at the entrance to the studio and available for review at any time. If you pay by the semester (I: SEP-DEC, II: JAN-MAY), you may deduct 5% of the total semester cost from your check each semester as it saves me time bookkeeping. Summer lessons are scheduled individually based on yours and my availability and no discount is available in the summer.

 

2. Books: charges for books and for festival registration fees are written on your accounting worksheet, also in your family file folder. I ask a $150 deposit each summer to cover music and fees accruing in the upcoming year. Any funds remaining at the termination of lessons will be refunded to you. Arrive at your lesson with all of your books, your binder and your theory book. This is the responsibility of the student, not the parent. I will generally select and purchase materials for you on my own time and have them ready for you at the lesson, as I know parents are very busy.

 

3. Group classes: (see Calendar). Many students say their favorite part of piano is group class. Group class cannot be replaced by more practicing or lesson time. It is about performance and immediate peer feedback. It’s about friendly competition and esprit de corps combined. The perception that it is “an extra” is hard to overcome because it is infrequent, but regular attendance is mandatory and indispensable. In addition, performing at our two annual recitals is mandatory.

 

4. Create success: feel free to audio or video-record your lesson. Listening to or watching your lessons later is a great way to improve more than twice as fast as the average student. Parents are responsible for providing students with opportunities to be exposed to and listen to great music, in the car, at home and in live performances. Parents are also responsible for providing students with a well-working tuned acoustic piano, and a practice area free from distractions. Parents are reminded to create a calm environment on the way to the lesson, free from electronics or stress so the child arrives ready to focus. You are encouraged to arrive 5 minutes early in order to wash hands.

 

5. Parents and Practicing: the “practice parent” is of the utmost importance, especially for beginners as the actual learning goes on at home. Children get lonely practicing by themselves, and they can quickly get the feeling you have decided he/she will do piano, and you are leaving it to them to accomplish it. By sitting with the child, guiding and reminding, praising and rewarding, you show you feel it is important enough that you devote some of your own valuable time to it. There are many resources online as well as books to help parents with ideas on making practicing fun.

 

6. Practicing guidelines: the first year of lessons, parents practice with students on all 5 practice days and attend all lessons and take notes. Year 2 parents practice with the student on days 1,2,4 and 5; year 3, parents practice with student on practice days 1,4 and 5; year 4 parents practice with students on days 1 and 5; year 5 parents practice with student on day 5 only. From then on the student practices on their own and parents should attend lessons as needed until the student is advanced or driving. Remember, it is normal to balk at practicing, even after years of accomplishments and achievements! The best advice on getting kids to practice is this: decide on a specific time to practice each day, and stick to that plan. The best days to practice are after your lesson the day of your lesson, and the day after your lesson. Practice bucks can be earned for practicing all 7 Piano Habits at every practice session for 5 or more practice days and can be spend in the Studio Store.

 

7. I love all my students regardless of practice habits, but due to my limited studio time and in the interest of maintaining the highest quality standards, students who do not progress well may be asked to transfer to another studio. 30-days notice is kindly requested before terminating lessons.

 

8. Busy students occasionally have activities that conflict with lesson times. I wish I could accommodate everyone! I will of course refund or make up any lessons missed due to teacher cancellation. However, there are no refunds or make-up lessons for missed lessons. If you have questions about this policy, please go to ottawasuzukistrings.ca/makeuplessons/ .

 

9. Students are responsible for keeping their fingernails trimmed short. Finish snacks and wash your hands before you come to piano.

 

10. If for any reason you desire to discuss the progress of your child in times other than the lesson, feel free to contact me. Email is best, and for very urgent matters texting is best. It is helpful when I am kept up to date on what is going on at home, good or bad, or if there are ways you can see that I can help your child learn better.