x Studio Philosophy & Policies 2012 Audrey Kelley, M.Mus. CLARINET•PIANO•THEORY COMPOSITION•GENERAL MUSIC CALL OR TEXT | 253.241.1158 EMAIL | email@example.com WEB |audreykelleystudio.com
I. the lesson environment For in-home lessons, the lesson environment should be quiet with as few distractions as possible. TVs should be turned off if in view/hearing range of student. Ample lighting is necessary; pianos should have a piano lamp or be in a bright room. Parents, siblings, room mates and others should be in a different room. Parents are welcome to observe lessons on occasion. Students should be ready with all materials at the scheduled lesson time. For clarinettists, the instrument should be put together ahead of time so that as much time as possible can be spent learning.
II. instrument requirements Piano: An acoustic piano in the home is essential. The feel of the keys (â€œactionâ€?) on a digital keyboard is so different from the action of an acoustic piano keyboard that students are unable to develop proper strength and technique. Families who already own digital keyboards can begin lessons, but must upgrade to an acoustic instrument within one year to ensure maximum student progress (exceptions are made for students who are primarily studying theory/composition). Acoustic pianos should be tuned every 6-12 months. Clarinet: Entry level/beginner models are fine through the first few years of study. When students advance toward an intermediate level, upgrading the instrument to an intermediate or advanced model is highly recommended. At a minimum, the student should upgrade his or her mouthpiece when the intermediate level is reached. Theory/Composition/General music: Students should have a keyboard available to them at home to aid in study.
Lesson fees are due monthly, at the first scheduled lesson of each month. Payment can be made by cash, check or credit card (via Square, 3% fee). For in-home lessons outside of Ann Arbor zip codes, a small travel fee will apply to each lesson. In-studio lesson fees are the same as in-home fees. The current fee schedule is $30/$40/$50 for 30/45/60 minute lessons.
IV. practice makes perfect!
Regular practice time is extremely important. Studies show that retention can be as high as 90% if repetition (practice) occurs within 24 hours of the lesson. Thus, all students should make a habit of practicing the day after their lesson. For young students, a parent must help determine a regular daily time, around five days per week when the student will practice. Students are expected to read their notebook and complete the entire assignment listed. Reading, written, and/or listening assignments should be completed during the week they are given.
V. canceling and rescheduling
2 cancellations/reschedules per semester Minimum 24 hour notice for all cancellation and reschedule requests Music lessons are an important scheduled activity just like a sport or club. Please carefully select a lesson time that will not conflict with any current or upcoming extracurricular activities (winter/spring sports, clubs, volunteer work, finals, etc.). To help the studio run smoothly, please limit cancellations or reschedule requests to 2 per semester. Lessons missed due to emergencies and illness can be made up as the studio schedule allows. Although I am generally able to respond to email, texts and voicemail within 24 hours, please know that if I don't respond to your cancellation or reschedule request, it means that I have not received your message and will likely be showing up at your door for our regular lesson time. I am unable to offer a refund or credit if this happens. If a lesson is missed or canceled by me, you will receive a make-up lesson or credit.
VI. discontinuing lessons If the choice is made to discontinue lessons, a minimum of one month advance notice is requested along with payment for the final month of lessons. This helps me know how to shape a student's final lessons and also allows me to notify students on the waiting list.
VII. prioritizing music lessons Outside of holidays/vacations, I require a minimum of one lesson per student each week because I am committed to creating an environment that will enable each student to reach her or his highest potential. Consistent weekly lessons ensure student success and enable reinforcement of skills critical to learning an instrument (and/or music theory/composition). Anything less is unfair to the student; infrequent lessons cause slow progress and always lead to feelings of frustration and discouragement in the student. I simply wish to hold the studio to a higher standard than that. Although this is a private studio not affiliated with any school district, it is still an educational institution, and should be regarded as such. Lessons should be treated with the same level of importance as any other subject students study in school. Sporting events and other extracurricular activities are not valid excuses for not practicing during the week. I take pride in my students and strive to shape them into accomplished musicians while passing on my love of music. These guidelines are a culmination of 20+ years in music. Please respect my curriculum, years of experience, and commitment to music education by maintaining a priority level for music lessons equal to that of other school subjects and activities.