A.G. Studios

Where music comes to life!

Studio Policies

Lessons
 Lessons are typically held weekly following the yearly calendar that is published on the studio website. Please be on time for your lesson and when picking up your child. If your lesson is from 4:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. and you come at 4:15, the lesson will still end at 5:00 p.m. This insures that none of my lessons will run behind. Please come in exactly at your lesson time or wait on the landing as I finish up the previous student.

Each student commits to the full semester. However, a free interview/mini lesson is available prior to that commitment.

Please no chewing gum or hard candy during lessons. Students will be asked to spit out any items in their mouth prior to playing/singing.  

Candy and treats are stocked in the incentive store with other fun non edible prizes. If your student has a severe allergy, please make sure I am aware of this or if you would prefer your child not have sugar prizes, let me know as well.

Please be considerate of others and keep your student home if they have a fever or a fever or throwing up in the last 24 hrs or are contagious in any way. One makeup lessons is built into the semester, so you are welcome to use those if sickness occurs. Skype lessons are also available when a light sickness has occurred and the student feels up to playing. Please email what is needed when you request a skype lesson.
 
The waiting area is available for families if desired. Please supervise closely any children waiting with you and they must be relatively quiet. Siblings are welcome to play outside, but unfortunately the trampoline and backyard is not allowed due to liability. Parents are always welcome to stay, but please note many students do better without parents nearby.

Students will be given progress reports every year to help the parents be updated on how their child is progressing. Please feel free to touch base at any time for updates during the semester or with any concerns or feedback

Please note A. G. Studios office is closed from Fridays at 5:00 through Sundays at 8:00 so should an email or text arrive during this family time, it will be returned at 8:00 Sunday evenings or my earliest convenience Sunday evenings/Mondays. Thank you for your understanding and patience.

 Materials
 *Each student will be required to purchase books for lessons (both voice and piano). I am happy to order them for you or send you the links. If ordering for you, I require payment in advance for books. (Please note I do not charge for these services.)
 *Each student needs a weighted key, full sized key keyboard or piano -with 88 keys recommended and 76 keys required.
  *Each student by the second year of piano lessons will need a pedal.
  *Each student needs a metronome or metronome app (free ones available)
  *Each student needs a spiral notebook and folder each week for lessons to write assignments in and keep handouts. 

Starting mid semester

Occasionally, I have an opening mid semester to fill as students move. If starting mid semester, the following months will be pro-rated until the next semester begins.

Registration Fee
To register for lessons, a registration fee of $35.00  is required. This goes toward the incentive program, awards, extra music, worksheets, the lending library, and other resources each student benefits from. 

Practice
Students are expected to practice each week (the time length will depend on the student's level). The more practice, the more they will progress and the more they will get from lessons. I recommend 5 -6 days a week but at least 3 to continue to progress.  Statistics show that more often practice is more beneficial than a cram session prior to lessons and truly working on sections of pieces more beneficial than just singing/playing once and going on. Thank you to the parents in encouraging this great habit. and for helping the younger ones in their practicing. It is quite common for students through age twelve to need reminding and help scheduling in practice and sometimes older. 
Important note: Sometime during the course of taking piano lessons, your child may say something like, “I don’t want to practice,” or “I don’t want to go- I want to play with my friends,” “I want to quit,” etc… Just be aware that your child’s interest will probably not be consistent; but to be successful, you will need to be consistent in your encouragement and commitment to music instruction. In most cases, simply acknowledge your child’s comments, but then go on with your normal routine just as you would if you heard the comment, “I don’t want to brush my teeth,” or “I don’t want to go to bed.”


Practicing Problems
A regular practice time per day is very helpful for every student. Home incentives also help motivate students. If your student is unsure about what to practice, or is becoming frustrated and does not want to practice, please contact me immediately so I can help. Even taking a picture of what is confusing and texting me is very helpful, and I will call as soon as I'm able. Sometimes an answer over the phone can make all the difference. Also, please still plan to attend lessons even if it has been a difficult practice week or an extremely busy week. I will take care not to embarrass your student and even if you were just on vacation for most of the week, we can work on rhythm, sight reading, terms, games for notes/key signature, improvisation, etc so your time will be used well.

Payment
Payment is required monthly and due on the 1st lesson of each month and prior to the 10th of each month. A late fee of $10.00 will be added to lessons paid more than 5 days after the first lesson of the month. If you will have to miss a lesson, paypal is available (for a small fee) and mailing your payment in is also encouraged. Tuition is due even if you miss that lesson as it reserves your time slot. Any miss without payment may result in lesson termination. 

Please make all payments out to 'Angela Gaynor'.

Lesson Cancellation
Since this is what I do for a living, I ask you to please be at each lesson and give 24 hour notice when lessons must be missed. If a child is sick please touch base by 8:00 the day of the lesson.  Texting, calling, or email is all fine. If you miss with no notice, payment will still be required and the two makeup lessons in the schedule will not be available. Unfortunately numerous cancellations may result in having to give your lesson spot to someone else.

Missed Lessons
 Your tuition reserves a time slot in my schedule for the academic year from August-May, whether the lessons are attended or not. Credit will not be given for missed lessons, except in the case of my absence. Tuition is due regardless of missed lessons. Students will not be billed for studio breaks and select holidays throughout the year. As my studio operates at full capacity, weekly make-up lessons unfortunately are not possible except for the specific makeup days allotted at the end of each semester. Make sure to schedule those early to get one that works with your schedule.

Inclement Weather/School closings 
I do not cancel studio for inclement weather or if schools are closing. Many of my students live close by and many live in various parts of the triad where  driving conditions will vary. However, I do now offer a skype lesson at your lesson day/time if bad weather exists. Make sure to place a request for skype lessons by 8:00 a.m. that day and email/text a picture of the students current assignment page at that time. 

Performance Opportunities
A spring recital will happen each spring that is required of all students 18 and below. Adults students are encouraged but it is optional for adults. This is a wonderful time to celebrate your accomplishments, share your gift of music with friends and family, and get experience that only performing will allow.  Recitals are scheduled with a great deal of notice so make sure to place it on your calendar early.


Discontinuing Lessons
Every student stops taking lessons at some point. Please make this decision thoughtfully with plenty of discussion between the teacher, parent, and student so that lessons can cease with a positive sense of closure. Because tuition includes much more than the reserved lesson time the studio requires a one-month written and paid notice before the semester ends. The student must finish the remainder of the semester paid in full or forego any unused lessons, as there is no refund given. (ie: Fall Semester: one month notice by Dec. 1st; Spring Semester: one month notice by May 1st) This month also gives time to wrap up any current projects, give words to the student, and end on a positive note, and allows me the necessary time to fill that empty lesson slot so that I can avoid a loss in income. 


Dismissal & Termination
 Should any of the following situations occur after parental notification has been made along with time provided to correct the situation, dismissal will result: 
- Failure to make payments promptly. 
- Failure to maintain practice standards. 
- Persistent unexcused absences or tardiness. 
- Failure to honor studio policies. 
- Repeated neglect on the student’s part to take responsibility for bringing materials, following assignment & practice directions.
 - Inappropriate or disrespectful behavior, theft, and/or misbehavior in my home.