Lee Piano Studio Policies for August 2017– August 2018

The policy is strictly enforced and applies to all students and the parents/guardians of students under 21 years old, studying piano at Lee Piano Studio.  The policy for adult students can be found here.

Tuition and Payment:
Tuition reserves a lesson time specifically for a student and is not refundable. Tuition is paid in 10 equal monthly payments the 15th of each month starting in August 15 through May 15.  Payment received after the 15th of the month incurs a $15 late fee.  Tuition that is mailed to the studio at, 26 Reynolds Farm Rd. New Milford, CT 06776, must arrive by the 15th of the month.  Tuition will increase periodically to offset the increase in the cost of living.
 
Monthly tuition fees: Private Lessons:  60-minutes: xx   45-minutes: xx
30-minutes (for preschoolers):xx

 A registration/materials fee of $100 reserves a student’s time in the teaching schedule. The fee helps defray the cost of music given to and borrowed by the students, incentive programs, CDs, and rental fees for concert venues. This fee is $80 for siblings.  The registration/materials fee will be refunded if the student cannot be placed in the teaching schedule for the 2017-18 school year.  Student events that are sponsored by organizations outside the studio are not included in this fee.  Checks should be made payable to Roxane Lee. There is a $25 fee charged for returned checks.

 Summer Lessons:

The summer session is generally held during June and July.  The summer policy is flexible, and students can pay for the number of lessons they wish to take at the first lesson of the summer.  The dates of the summer session will be available in late May.

 Schedule Changes/Swap List
A student’s lesson time cannot be changed after the first week of lessons.  Registration reserves a specific lesson time for that student, which that student keeps for the remainder of the school year.  If a student needs to change his lesson time for one week due to a schedule conflict, it is the responsibility of the parent/guardian if the student is a minor, to reschedule the lesson by contacting another parent/guardian of a student on the Swap List and to notify the studio of the change 24 hours in advance.  Tuition will be forfeited if a swap cannot be arranged with 24 hours’ notice. 

 Cancellations/Studio Closings/Skype Lessons

Rescheduled lessons due to teacher cancellation will be given in the form of a group class at the end of the school year.  No rescheduled lessons are given for cancellations made by students.


Studio closings are listed in the studio calendar found at leepianostudio.com.  The calendar, which is subject to change, includes 3 weeks of unscheduled closings.

Lessons via Skype may be offered in the case of inclement weather and will count as a regular lesson.

 Royal Conservatory Music Development Program and Performance Opportunities
Students participating in the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program must complete theory assignments weekly.  Students Level 5 and above must be enrolled in 60-minute lessons to participate.  Informal performances (group class) and/or community concerts are open to all students and memorization n of pieces is not required.  Participation is expected.  Participation events sponsored by other music organizations is at the teacher’s discretion. The teacher reserves the right to withdraw a student from an event if the student is not sufficiently prepared.

All students 18 years and under are expected to perform in the formal studio recitals, held twice a year.  Memorization of solo pieces performed at the formal recitals is required for participation.  It is expected that the audience at the recitals will act in a respectful and courteous manner and give the performers their full attention.  Use of a cell phone and electronic devices are prohibited during the concert.  

 Instrument/Accessories

A student taking piano lessons should practice on an acoustic piano, tuned twice a year.  Practicing on a piano that is out of tune or in poor condition will prevent a student from making progress.  If a student only has access to a digital instrument, it is recommended that a student use it for no more than the first year of lessons.  Beyond the first year of lessons, a student who practices only on a digital instrument will not receive the full benefit of piano lessons, as it is not possible to fully or effectively develop technique or musicality unless an acoustic piano is used for practice.

Students should have an adjustable bench, a working metronome and a pedal extender, if they are unable to reach the pedals of the piano.  The teacher may be contacted for recommended models and sources.

 Practice
A student’s practice should be focused on achieving specific goals.  Daily practice equal or longer than the student’s lesson time produces the best results.  This means a student who takes a 45-minute lesson should practice at least 45-minutes a day.  Students who practice less than the recommended amount can expect slower progress.  It is the student’s responsibility to practice daily and effectively.  Effective practice should include practice at a slow tempo with careful attention to detail, active listening and self-assessment.  If needed, a parent should supervise the practice time of the student as much as possible.  Parents of students who are minors should check the weekly assignment sheet during the week to make sure that everything on the assignment has been practiced or completed.
 
Teacher, Parent and Student Communication

Studio communication is sent by email.  Students are encouraged to contact the teacher if any questions arise during the week.


 Student and Parent Attendance
Students should arrive and depart from their lessons promptly.  Please do not arrive more than 5 minutes before your scheduled lesson time.  Your lesson time begins and ends at the scheduled time.  If you are late, the lesson will still end at the scheduled time.  Parents are encouraged to observe lessons regularly, especially for students 13 and under, in order to help the student practice during the week.  Parents should be silent observers and reserve questions for the end of the lesson.  If the teacher finds that the parent is disrupting the lesson, parent observation privileges will be withdrawn for that parent.
 
Studio Environment and Personal Hygiene

Please do not wear cologne or perfume when you come to lessons.  I am very sensitive to strong scents.
 
Please remove your shoes and place them on the shoe tray on the inside of the door.  No food or beverages are allowed inside the studio, including gum or candy.  The waiting area has reading and drawing materials for students.  Please leave everything the way you found it.

 A student’s hands should be clean and nails should be trimmed short.  It is not possible to play with good technique with long nails.  Nails will be trimmed at the lesson if they are too long to make it possible to play with the correct hand position.  The hand sanitizer should be used before touching the piano.
 
Dismissals
The teacher can dismiss a student for reasons including but not limited to: excessive absence, absence from studio events without explanation or notice, repeated failure to pay tuition promptly, lack of progress due to lack of practice,  disrespect to the teacher or other students, and abuse of studio property.  Once dismissed, a student may not continue studying piano at Lee Piano Studio.
 
Termination of Lessons/Liability Waiver   One month of paid notice is required if a student wishes to discontinue lessons.  The notice must be made in writing and signed by the parent if the student is a minor.  Lee Piano Studio and Roxane Lee are released from any liabilities or injuries that result from the enrolled student participating in piano lessons, piano recitals, group classes, and piano events within and outside of the studio.

 


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LEE PIANO STUDIO

Dedicated, Professional Piano Instruction

Roxane Lee, M. S.,  Nationally Certified Teacher of Music