Natalie Grossmann, NCTM
2016-2017 Piano Studio Policy
Learning to play the piano is a rewarding but long-term challenge. It will take all of us to keep moving forward with inspired study. Please check your child's piano binder weekly for messages and updates. Also, please feel free to contact me with concerns regarding piano studies: It is better to talk outside of the lesson time whenever possible!
Calendar and Scheduling
Lesson times are scheduled individually and updated in August. During the summer months, scheduling is more flexible. There will be some scheduled breaks throughout the year. In general, students make an annual commitment to lessons and aim to attend a minimum of 42 lessons per year. This plan allows for 10 absences, including; holiday breaks & vacations, student and teacher absences, poor weather conditions, etc.
Payment is due by the 5th of each month. Please mail your payment to me or use the buttons found on the Payment Options page of the website www.tcpianoteacher.com. A discount is given for annual payments. Current rates are as follows:
Music, Material & More (MMM) Account
A deposit of $40 per student is required upon to begin a Music, Materials, & More (MMM) account. The teacher will purchase and present music and materials to the student at the appropriate times. Items deducted may include method books, supplemental new music, event fees, etc. The cost varies, and a detailed statement will be sent when the balance nears zero and a new deposit is needed.
The teacher may send home music or materials on loan as needed in addition to any purchased methods or music for the individual student, including flashcards, CD’s, supplementary items, etc. Items will be charged (the replacement cost) to the MMM account, but will be credited upon return less a $0.25 usage fee. Thank you for helping with this project, as students enjoy the greater variety of music this system allows.
Good attendance is crucial to ensure consistent progress. Lessons may be rescheduled in the case of illness or dangerous weather, etc. if schedules permit. However, extra lesson dates are built into the annual plan to allow for a few absences. Missed lessons may be forfeited if scheduling is difficult. Please DO stay home if a child is ill or you feel the drive is dangerous! Special allowances are usually made for long-term illnesses, moving and family emergencies/funerals. Lesson credit for such circumstances is decided on an individual basis by the teacher.
Students commit to a year of lessons. If a student wishes to discontinue lessons for the following academic year, please give notice by August 1. Any MMM balance will be returned at the start of the next session. Lessons may be terminated by the teacher at any time for poor attendance, repeated failure to attempt materials, payment problems or disruptive behavior, etc.
Please let me know, preferably in writing, if you object to any prizes or incentive programs that may involve rewards; stickers, candy, small toys, etc.
Students are given a new assignment at each lesson. Parents should check sometime in the week to see that the student understands the assignment and help the student bring all needed materials to each lesson. When in doubt, send extra! Parent should encourage their child by listening and helping find the assigned pages, but are respectfully asked to avoid teaching them. How they learn new concepts is as important as what they learn to ensure success. Please call or send a note if something is confusing instead.
The teacher will encourage regular, positive, “task-oriented” practice, but there may be days when the student is ill, doesn’t feel like it, is out of town, etc. A few guidelines follow:
Music theory involves written work that should be completed in the first few days after a lesson. In many cases, the material is sequential. Having the work done will save valuable lesson time to review or move ahead rather than completing the previous assignment.
The teacher will make appropriate suggestions for recitals and piano events from time to time. Options usually increase with length of study. The teacher reserves the right to deny entrance to an event if she feels the student is unprepared or the event is inappropriate for the student.
Photos and Videos
Please notify me in writing if you do not wish your child to appear in photos and/or videos taken during piano lessons and associated events. Otherwise, they may be used by the teacher in publications, including on-line postings on the tcpianoteacher.com website.