2021-2022 Private Student Policy
Thank you for choosing the Reedley School of Music for your family’s music instruction. We feel that a music education is an investment in a lifetime of musical enjoyment, so we have set up the following policies to assure consistency, fairness, and continuity of study. We ask that you read them carefully and return the back page.
An annual registration fee of $30.00 is required of all students. It is payable at the beginning of the school year or time of registration and is non-refundable.
Students will be scheduled for a regular lesson each week. We will make every effort to stay on schedule; please be prompt. Consistent weekly attendance is very important to your child’s musical success. ONLY ENROLLED STUDENTS AND THEIR PARENTS MAY ATTEND CLASS OR LESSON. NO SIBLINGS OR FRIENDS, PLEASE.
It is important that you have a well-tuned instrument in your home. If you need information on a piano tuner, please contact us.
Books & Music
Students are expected to have all current books and sheet music at every lesson.
Parents are responsible for music charges when they are incurred. Your child’s teacher will let you know what music is needed and what the charge is.
Tuition for the school year is based on an annual fee. The 2021-22 school year tuition is conveniently divided into 10 equal monthly payments and is due on the first lesson of the month. Tuition is the same each month regardless of the number of weeks or lessons in the month. No credit is given for absences. Books, materials, and recital fees are charged separately.
Tuition is delinquent if not paid by the fifteenth (15th) of that month. A $20.00 late fee will automatically be charged to your account on the sixteenth (16th). You can make your payment with check or cash at the music school or online at our website. We accept credit cards. Lessons may be suspended for non-payment of tuition. Please contact the office is you’d like to arrange an alternate payment date. Returned checks will incur a $25.00 service fee.
Tuition payments are accepted via cash, check or online through our website. Just click on the payment icon and choose the class or material you are paying for. If the correct amount does not show up on the screen, you can click on ‘Other Amount’ and enter the amount you are paying. We accept credit cards.
Consistent weekly attendance is very important to your child’s musical success. The tuition you pay reserves a place for you in a weekly lesson, therefore, there is no reduction for absences. If you know that you are going to be absent, please call the Music School and leave a message that you will not be coming, your teacher will then call you or post the assignments for that week. If an emergency necessitates a prolonged absence, please contact your teacher for help in making arrangements for your child to make up his/her work. Remember, tuition is a monthly fee; there is no reduction for absences. ONLY ENROLLED STUDENTS AND THEIR PARENTS MAY ATTEND LESSONS, NO SIBLINGS OR FRIENDS, PLEASE..
Two make-up lessons per school year are permitted for private and semi-private students if the teacher’s schedule permits. These make-ups will likely be offered on a different day if the teacher’s schedule is full. The teacher is not required to make up any lessons that are not cancelled, at least, 24 hours in advance, except for unexpected illness. There will be no further make-up scheduled if a student misses a make-up lesson.
Please remember to wash your hands before your lessons. No food, drinks or friends. We will provide bleach wipes for instruments before each lesson and hand sanitizer as needed. Check the face mask sign posted each week in the classroom and hallway, and please comply with those instructions. Be sure to bring all music and materials to each lesson, including the first one, if you are a returning student.
An exciting part of your child’s musical experience will be the opportunity to participate in recitals. Times for our Christmas and June recitals are already scheduled. Please see the 2021-2022 calendar, following in this policy, so you can reserve these dates now. Family, relatives and friends are encouraged to attend these events and share in our musical achievements. Two recitals will be held this year: A Christmas recital in December and our June combined recital. These programs offer students the chance to set and complete goals, share their music, and develop performance skills.
Each customer agrees to provide the Music School with a four (4) week written notice when withdrawing their student from a class or lesson. Failure to attend your lessons does not constitute a withdrawal notice. Should it be absolutely necessary for you to leave, we ask that you discuss this with your child’s teacher outside the lesson time. Please consider your child’s musical education a long-term commitment. Unofficial withdrawal and no shows will be held responsible for any tuition charges in the interim.
30-minute private lesson – $95.00
45-minute semi-private or small group (3 students) lesson – $85.00
There will be a $30.00 per family, recital fee due with the March tuition.
Labor Day Holiday – September 6, 2021
Thanksgiving Vacation – November 22 through November 27, 2021
Christmas Recitals – To Be Announced
Winter Vacation – December 20, 2021 through January 4, 2022
President’s Day – February 15, 2022
Spring Vacation – April 11, 2022 through April 15, 2022
Memorial Day Holiday – May 30, 2022
Spring Recital – Sunday, June 12, 2022 (Group Students) and Sunday, June 19, 2022 (Private Students)
Six Week Summer Enrichment Session Begins – June 15, 2022
Your child’s interest in music classes or private study may not always maintain a steady level. Some weeks there may be an abundance of practice and other weeks the practice times may be infrequent. These fluctuations are perfectly normal. Consistent attendance will aid in musical success, so do not skip class or lessons just because you haven’t practiced enough. Students will learn something in the group or lesson each week. If you are uncomfortable with any aspect of the class, please arrange to talk to your child’s teacher. This may well be the first serious commitment your child has ever made, and as you know; your child will be only as committed as you are. You can give your student a big advantage by helping them set up a daily practice schedule as soon as the new season starts. A “set time” each day will help them remember without constantly having to be reminded. The study of music is rewarding and enjoyable but it is also work, if it weren’t everybody could play. Remember, we all have bad days or even weeks. We will be concerned only if these “bad weeks” continue over a prolonged period. If this occurs we will contact you to see if we can work out a solution together. We hope that our teaching and your support at home (with encouragement, praise and guidance) will form a strong and effective team. By working together, we believe we can make music one of the most enjoyable experiences your child will ever undertake. weeks at a time. If this occurs, we will contact you to see if we can work out a solution together.
We hope that our teaching and your support at home (with encouragement, praise, and guidance) will form a strong and effective team. By working together, we believe we can make music one of the most enjoyable experiences your child will ever undertake. This is one of the few avenues of training that they will carry with them an entire lifetime.
Music is one of the few avenues of training that your student will carry with them for a lifetime.