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2022-2023  Policies & Procedures

Student Expectations and Responsibilities
Below are general policy information guidelines.  Upon enrollment, the student will be given a specific Givi School of Music Policy Letter pertaining to their specific instrument.  A new studio policy letter will be distributed at the start of each academic year. 
Practicing
The ability to play an instrument well is the result of time spent practicing the right way.  Practice is essential!  Attending lessons once a week simply is not enough. 
 
  • Schedule 15-60 minutes of practice each day for at least five days per week. Two of those days should include the day of and following the private lesson. 
  • Complete all assignments the teacher has written down in the assignment notebook. Practice steps are included verbally at the lesson and written in the notebook.
  •  Arrive promptly at your lesson time. You reserve the time slot, not the number of minutes.
  • If questions arise, be sure to ask your teacher questions during lessons; We want you to understand the assignment and expectations.

Parental Involvement

While most students are initially excited to begin music lessons, please be aware that they will face challenges and sometimes frustrations. As initial enthusiasm is replaced by awareness of the discipline and commitment required to attain excellence, your support of practice and praise will be essential to your child's success!  

Without a doubt, students that have parental involvement will make much faster progress; for younger students, this is essential.  Please check the student notebook weekly for any necessary information.  Feel free to send messages to me this way as well.  Discussions concerning any questions you may have should be initiated at the beginning of the lesson.
 

Siblings

Siblings are welcomed to come and sit quietly in the waiting area, accompanied by an adult. 

In-Person/Remote Lessons

  • In-person lessons are always offered.

  • Remote lessons will always be an option to everyone. 

  • Students may switch between remote/in-person as necessary; just let your instructor know.

  • If you are ill, but would still like to have a lesson, please use remote lessons.

*Methods upon approach to remote lessons will be specified in each individual instructor's policy letter.*

Attendance & Make-up lessons
  • Regular attendance is essential for musical growth; a commitment to lessons is expected when a student enrolls.

  •  There can be no tuition deduction or reimbursement for missed lessons.

  • Students should arrive no more than 5 minutes early and leave promptly at the conclusion of the lesson. 

  • We have all become very adept at virtual lessons.  Going forward, virtual lessons can be used as a means for not missing lessons that would otherwise have had to be cancelled.

  • Make up lessons are available under the following conditions:

    • Extreme illness of the student only.

    • Family Emergency (i.e. death in the family.)

  • In the event the instructor must cancel a scheduled lesson, a makeup lesson will be provided.

  • If you must cancel a lesson on the day of, please text instructor ASAP.  Do not send an e-mail for same day cancellations. 

  • Make up lessons are limited to one per each, academic semester.

Commitment
  • When students enroll, they are reserving their time slot for the entire semester (September-December, and January-May). 
  • Anyone who decides to discontinue lessons should do so at the end of the semester with a two weeks’ notice. 
  • If a student/parent should decide to terminate lessons at any other time, two weeks’ notice is required.  Regardless of when appropriate notice is given, student/parent shall be responsible for payment of the following two weeks whether the student chooses to attend or not.

 

Materials Needed/Lesson Readiness
  • Lesson book details will be given prior to lessons. 

  • Please make sure to bring all pertinent books to each lesson. 

  • A notebook, plastic post-it flags, along with the books should be kept in a book bag.

  • If you are doing virtual lessons, be sure to have a pencil and colored pencil ready along with your notebook. Be ready to begin at the given time.

  • Please be sure that hands and nails are clean; nails should be trimmed before the lesson begins.  (Long nails are pretty but interfere with piano playing.)  Hair should be away from the eyes.  Restroom needs should be addressed before arriving at lessons.
     

Tuition
  • Tuition installments are divided into equal monthly payments regardless of the number of lessons in the month. 
  • All tuition payments are due by the 1st lesson of the month. Formal bills are not sent out.  Payments should be in an envelope with your name and date marked on the outside. 
  • A reminder message will be sent out on the 15th of each month to which a $5 late fee will be added. Credit cards will be charged on the 20th.

    The following rates will be effective beginning September 1, 2022
  •  30 minute lesson   $90/month
  •  45 minute lesson  $134/month          
  •  60 minute lesson  $180/month
Semester or yearly tuition payments will be accepted if this is more convenient.
 
Performance
  • Opportunities for performing will be offered to prepared students throughout the year.
  • Performance in studio recitals is part of the curriculum and is regarded as a lesson for that week.
"No Student Left Behind"
  • The Givi School of Music has a strict "No Student Left Behind" policy.  Everyone deserves the chance and opportunity of music education, and we accept students of all ages, ability levels, and special, personal circumstances.
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