Studio Policies & Studio Calendar
Lesson policies will also be sent via email. Please electronically sign and return your studio lesson policies form to enroll and receive a lesson time.
Please print and review the STUDIO CALENDAR for important lesson dates, holidays and other events.
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Private lessons are offered in half class (23-30), full block (45) or hour (60) minute sessions. Lessons are typically held weekly from September-May following the studio calendar attached here and posted on the website. Students are expected to arrive for lessons in a timely manner with all required materials and music. If the student arrives late, the lesson will still end on time and the time will not be made up. This ensures lessons run on schedule.
Group lessons are held at least 3 times per year. These group classes may serve as "make-ups" for those unavoidable occasions when a student or, rarely, the teacher must miss a lesson. Students with perfect attendance may consider these as a free bonus.
1-2 extra-help and make-up lessons are available most weeks at the teacher’s home studio or via Skype and may be used as free bonus lessons or make-up lessons. Login anytime at bluemoonbassoon.com/login to reserve an available extra help lesson.
Students are expected to continue lessons during the summer. The teacher feels strongly about continuing the student's musical education throughout the summer months, which ensures continued progress for the student. If a student fails to observe this policy by refusing to continue through the summer, the student cannot be guaranteed a spot in the studio in the fall.
Students are required to have the following supplies: silk bassoon swab, seat strap, reed soaking cup, bocal brush or swab, cork grease, metronome/tuner, and 3 functioning reeds securely stored in a reed case with holes for ventilation. Reeds must be requested 7 days in advance whenever possible, rush orders may not be available. The student should also bring a binder with their music, lesson assignment book, lesson music, and a pencil to every lesson. A functioning instrument is also vital to the student’s success. Please communicate with your band director regarding issues and repairs to ensure the instrument is in proper working condition.
A non-refundable $25 materials fee is billed annually in September to cover the student assignment book, repair supplies, solo music, and access to the lending library. This saves parents the trouble and cost of having to buy any music or supplies for lessons and provides access to a huge library of free music as well as free instrument repairs. If the student is missing any supplies, the teacher will replace them and the cost will be deducted from your materials fee up to $25. You will be notified of any necessary supplies or repairs above that amount and will be billed at cost.
Tuition is based on a 9-month period (September-May) and divided into equal monthly payments. Tuition does not change regardless of the actual number of lessons per month. (See studio calendar) The studio runs much like a private school; Tuition remains the same each month and is based on enrollment and total lessons/reeds offered, not attendance, reserving your student’s exclusive lesson time throughout the year, whether they attend the lesson or not. The teacher reserves the right to raise fees at the beginning of each new academic year (September 1st).
Rates are determined based on a calendar of 30 private lessons and 10 reeds to be provided during the academic year which runs September 1, 2019 to May 22, 2019. Reeds will be delivered no more than 2 at a time BY REQUEST of the student.
Lesson and reed credits expire August 31, 2020. Credits do not roll over and no refunds will be offered for unused credits.
Lessons are PRE-PAID. You will receive an invoice on the 20th and your invoice is due by the 1st. You may pay via Credit Card, Online Billpay (automatic check payments through your bank), or mail a check to the address listed on your invoice. Lessons may be discontinued until payments are current, and any missed lessons will not be made up. A $15 LATE FEE will be applied to any invoice that is 5 or more days past due.
Automatic payment is highly encouraged. Your credit card or bank account is stored securely in your account and billed when the invoice is emailed. This saves time and ensures you never owe late fees or miss a payment. You can add a credit card or bank account to your studio account at any time.
Student Absences: 24 hours notice is requested for all lesson absences. Please login to your studio account and click on your lesson date to cancel for all absences including illness, appointments, and school conflicts such as field trips, UIL competitions, assemblies and testing. A student who does not attend a lesson will simply miss the benefit of that lesson. Your tuition reserves you a weekly time slot and benefits within the studio. Lessons will not be rescheduled or receieve a make up credit when cancelled by the student; however there are up to 3 bonus group lessons scheduled throughout the academic year and free weekly extra-help and make up lessons available at the teacher’s home studio or via Skype. Three or more unexcused absences (no notice given) from lessons are grounds for dismissal from private lessons.
Teacher Absences: The teacher will do her best to attend all lessons as scheduled. If the teacher is unable to attend, she will give notice immediately via email and/or text message and make up the lesson as soon as possible. Scheduled absences (such as vacations and conferences) will be listed on the studio calendar. Scheduled teacher absences will not be made up as they are already accounted for in the tuition total.
Students should bring their bassoons home daily and have a quiet area set up to practice with a music stand and chair. Students are expected to practice lesson materials in addition to their band music at least 15 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Parents are encouraged to read the student’s lesson notes, sent weekly via email, and offer guidance and encouragement to practice at home. The study of music is rewarding and enjoyable, but it is also work! Remember, “You get out of it what you put into it.” Students should opt to participate in events such as region auditions, summer camps, recitals, masterclasses, as much as they are able.
Students are expected to enroll in lessons for the full academic year. One month’s notice in writing prior to discontinuing lessons is requested. All students stop taking lessons at some point. Ideally, this decision is made thoughtfully with plenty of discussion between the teacher, parent, and student so that lessons can conclude with a positive sense of closure.
At the discretion of the teacher, students may be asked to discontinue lessons at any time due to: unpaid tuition, persistent absences, failure to prepare for lessons, failure to honor studio policies, inappropriate or disrespectful behavior. Should any of the above situations occur, parental notification will be given and time will be provided to correct the situation prior to termination.
Payments will be discontinued at the time of cancellation, but NO REFUNDS will be offered for pre-paid tuition.
Watch your inbox for important emails which include lesson reminders, invoices and monthly newsletters.
Visit www.bluemoonbassoon.com to login to your account, find teacher contact information, current studio policies and procedures, the studio calendar, download music assignments, and more.
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The best way to contact the teacher is via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, which will be promptly returned. The teacher welcomes emails or text messages at (512) 537-4828 from parents and students Monday-Friday. Due to the teacher’s schedule, it is difficult to communicate via phone, but you are welcome to leave a voicemail or send a text.
The teacher’s responsibility to the student is to provide a welcoming atmosphere for learning and a well-balanced musical education. Working with students individually allows the teacher to tailor every lesson to the student’s particular skills and challenges. Professional standards will be maintained and clear objectives will be established for each student. It is the teacher’s goal to give your student the best possible music education. The teacher belongs to professional organizations, attends workshops and engages in other activities on a continuing basis in order to provide opportunities for professional growth and enhance teaching skills.
I hereby release Amanda Pierce from all liability from personal injury, illness, property loss, or damages resulting directly or indirectly from studio activities, lessons or reeds. During student and group gatherings and performances the teacher reserves the right to use video recording or to take photographs of students for use in advertising materials, lesson demonstration and studio websites/platforms. Photos taken by the teacher or shared with the teacher by other parents or students become the property of the studio and can be used at the discretion of the teacher in regards to the studio. The studio follows online safety rules in this matter.