Studio Policy

Payments:  Studio is open all year round. Lessons are grouped into four, three-month quarters for billing purpose. Tuition checks are due one week before the new quarter begins. A non-refundable registration fee is charged for new students at enrollment time and in the Fall for continuing students.

Bounced checks are subject to late payment fees and bank fees. For each week the payment is not received, a late fee of $25 will be added to the amount due. If payment is not made by the first lesson of the quarter, your child will not be allowed to attend lesson until the account is settled.

Expect yearly tuition adjustment usually in September. Please make checks payable to : Lydia McCool.

Absences: Punctuality must be observed. If the student is late for the lesson, I cannot extend the lesson time. Regular and prompt attendance is required to make appropriate progress. If students are unable to make it to a lesson, please inform the studio as soon as possible by email.

If it is on the lesson day, please leave a voice message. The quarterly tuition is for both the student's lesson, and for reserving a specific time in my schedule for the entire quarter. There will be no refunds or makeup lesson given unless I am unable to teach the promised number of lessons.

Studio recess dates will be provided before a new quarter begins. If the students take an extensive break, though I will always do my best to accommodate, I cannot guarantee that their spots will be open when they return.

Termination: Please notify studio 4 weeks in advance if planning to discontinue enrollment and to receive a refund for the remaining quarter beyond the 4 weeks.  

Attendance: Parents, siblings, family, care takers, and friends must wait outside studio during lessons. Please drop off and pick up your child on time at the studio door from the instructor.

If your child arrives earlier than her lesson time, please wait outside quietly till it's her time, and supervise your child during the wait. At pickup, please come to studio door 5 minutes before lesson ends for a briefing or if there is any question regarding your child's lesson.

Your child's lesson is the time for the student to make trials and errors and learn comfortably working with the instructor. It is in the best interest of the student that the lessons are with the teacher only to provide an atmosphere of focus and to relieve stress.

Studio features clear visibility from the waiting area. Parents are encouraged to attend and observe the student's lessons periodically with prior arrangement with the teacher, preferably at the last 10 minutes of the lesson to minimize undue pressure on the student.

Lesson Swapping: A lesson schedule of the studio can be requested so that students can swap lesson time among themselves if the needs arise.  Once the swap is decided, please notify the studio by phone or email by 12 noon of the lesson day. It will be students' responsibility to keep their swapped lessons.

Hygiene/Behavior: Proper personal hygiene practice is expected. All students must have clean hands, short fingernails, and reasonably clean clothes when they arrive for lessons. If students come from rough event before piano lesson, please clean up before coming to lessons. Street shoes must be left by the door as you come inside the studio. Please wear clean socks. Misbehavior, disrespect for teachers, and mistreatment of studio property inside or outside will not be tolerated. If such behavior persists, the lesson will be ended without a refund, and any damage to the studio property will be charged.

Practice:  Students are expected to follow a regular, daily practice schedule.  A typical beginning to early intermediate student should practice 15 to 30 minutes per day. Lack of consistent home practice, enthusiasm and willingness to participate during lessons, will result in students' dismissal.

Piano Assignment/Materials:Weekly Piano assignments will be recorded on a google doc that will be shared with the student and the guardian (for minors). Student should have a copy handy during daily practice and heed the practice instructions. Students are responsible for purchasing their own music materials, and when assigned, obtain them promptly to avoid delay in progress. The studio offers a lending library but only for short-term use. All borrowed materials must be treated with care.

Recitals/group performance classes: These give all students the opportunities to demonstrate and share their progress. Students of all levels are required to participate in the studio student recitals. Students may also participate in the MTAC students recitals if interested and qualified by MTAC, which are held monthly during the school year.

The studio recital/workshop/group classes are mandatory. They give students more opportunities to sharpen their musical and performance skills in a group setting. Themes and activities at these classes are designed to enhance their skills learned at private lessons. These recitals and classes will be scheduled on weekends and announced before a quarter begins.

Competition/Certification/Festivals: Competitions, certifications and festivals held by MTAC or other organizations are not mandatory but students are encouraged to participate. Students will be responsible for their own entrance or registration after the relevant information is provided.
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