Studio Policies

Music Texts and Materials

Lesson books, workbooks, and theory books are not included in rates; I will indicate required materials prior to first lesson. Materials can be purchased online or via Long and McQuade. Students are also required to provide a notebook for homework assignments.

Instrument

In order to receive the most from piano lessons, it is necessary for students to have an adequate instrument at home to practice between lessons. Clavinova and electronic pianos (88 weighted keys) are suitable for beginner students; however, as students progress, it is recommended that they upgrade to an acoustic piano to better develop their technical abilities. Keyboards are not adequate for development at the piano.

Goals and Tonara

Every week, the student and I will work together to create goals (let’s say, “homework”) for the following week. Goals keep us on task and moving forward. For school aged children, these goals will be captured in Tonara; adult students will utilize Google Drive.

In terms of practice, I want students to commit to at least 5 personal practice sessions a week. I am not necessarily concerned with the length of their practice sessions as we all learn at different paces; I am most concerned with seeing some progress from week to week, by targeting their outlined goals. When students begin witnessing their own growth due to regular practice, they often become inspired to practice beyond the minimum. Your support at home is very much required to help develop an independent young musician!

Communications

Studio communications (teacher to parent/adult student) are managed primarily through email and text. School-aged students may contact me through the week via the messaging function in Tonara, or by email.

Cancellation Policy

With a full teaching schedule, your lesson slot is reserved for you. There will be no make-up lessons or refunds issued for missed lessons. Each student is allotted two absences for the year as stated above. Please provide me with notice should you wish to use one of your absences.

COVID-19 & Illness

As we learn to live with COVID-19, health and safety are important considerations moving forward. Students (parents) will be asked to sign a waiver at the beginning of the school year; a reminder will be sent prior to the first lesson.

It is imperative that your child stay home from their lesson if they are feeling unwell. Even if their symptoms are not related to COVID-19, I want to protect my health, and the health of all students who are coming into my home. If your child is ill, but well enough to participate in a lesson, we can arrange to complete the lesson online via Zoom.

Other safety protocol:

  • Students should use the washroom and wash their hands at home prior to their lesson; I am trying to keep my bathroom off limits;
  • Students will be required to use hand sanitizer before and after their lesson;
  • Students are required to wear a mask;
  • Students should bring their own pencils;
  • Students should arrive as close to their scheduled lesson as possible; it is required that time be left between lessons to sanitize, let aerosols settle, and to allow minimal contact between students

Storm Days

Lessons do not correspond with school board cancellations and will go ahead as scheduled unless otherwise stated; if you are unable to travel to your lesson, we can arrange to complete the lesson online via Zoom.

Discontinuing your lessons

If you decide to discontinue lessons, please give one month’s notification prior to your last lesson. The remaining cheques will be returned.


For more information regarding studio policies and payment plans, please contact Andrea directly.