mfMusic Studio offers both in-studio and in-home music lessons. Certain studio policies are dependent on the location of the lessons and thus may vary for in-studio vs in-home lessons.
Missed Lessons Attendance is expected at all scheduled lessons, as each lesson time is reserved exclusively for that student. Enrolling for lessons is a purchase of a specific time slot with the instructor. There will be no tuition credits for missed lessons or recitals. In-studio students may utilize the swap list or video lesson option if a lesson is to be missed; make-up lessons will not be offered. In-home students must notify the teacher and cancel the lesson with a minimum of 24-hour notice in order to receive a make-up credit. Only one make-up credits will be issued per semester and must be redeemed by the end of the semester. A make-up credit will not be offered for additional canceled lessons within the semester. It is the responsibility of the student/parent to arrange this make-up at a time that is convenient to both the student and teacher. No-call and no-shows are not eligible for make-up credit for any reason. Should the instructor need to miss a lesson, it will be rescheduled for a time that is convenient for both instructor and student.
Inclement Weather In the event of inclement weather, in-studio lessons will NOT be cancelled or rescheduled. Use your best judgment to decide if you will still attend the lesson. If you feel it is not possible, please try to swap with someone within walking distance of the studio, request an online lesson or submit a video lesson. In-home lessons may be rescheduled or converted to online lessons at instructor’s discretion.
Student Illness DO NOT attend lessons if the student is showing signs of illness. Students must be fever-free for at least 24 hours prior to the lesson. The lesson will end immediately for students who are showing signs of illness with symptoms such as coughing and/or sneezing repeatedly or uncontrollable runny noses. Please respect the health of the instructor and other students who share the space and materials of the studio.
Online Lessons Virtual lessons are offered as an alternative option when in-person lessons are not possible. Please click this link to read about the requirements for student set-up.
Lesson Swap Lesson Swap Students will be given the option to have their name, email, phone number and lesson time shared with all participating families. Students included in this list are willing to swap a single lesson in order to accommodate an illness, family vacation or school activity. It is the parents responsibility to arrange the swap and notify the teacher of the change. Please note that it is preferred that the lesson swap occur within the same week of lessons. However, if a family will be out of town for an entire week and would like to swap lessons so that each student will have 2 lessons in 1 week, then the first lesson will be taught as a normal lesson, while the second lesson in the same week will be spent doing supplemental learning activities only. Please refrain from arranging swaps for multiple weeks in a row (like an entire track out), as learning voice or piano takes consistent practice and moving forward with new material each week to keep it exciting and interesting for the student. To practice the same material for 3 weeks straight can become boring (particularly at the beginning level). There is also the possibility of practicing something wrong and without correction over 3 weeks could be much more challenging to remediate.
Video Lessons In the event that you are unable to attend a lesson or find a swap, you may choose to submit a video recording of the student presenting each assignment. Text or uploaded the video to a private YouTube channel and email the link to the teacher prior to the scheduled lesson time. The teacher will use the allotted lesson time to review the video and create a new assignments video. The video to you will be emailed within 24 hours after the normally scheduled lesson. Videos will not be accepted after the start of the scheduled lesson time and lesson will be considered missed. (Do not wait until the last minute! Allow time for technical difficulties.)
Dismissal from Lessons Regrettably, should any of the following situations become habitual, the parents will be notified that the student has been placed on probation. After parents have been notified, continuation of the problem will result in termination of lessons without refund. *Persistent Absence *Repeated failure to pay tuition on time *Uncooperative Attitude *Discourtesy towards the teacher or another student by a child or his/her parent.
Withdrawal from Lessons
Proper withdrawal requires written notice (by letter or e-mail) and receipt of notice one month prior to the date on which the last lesson will occur. This applies to all withdrawals and long- term absences of 3 weeks or more. Please Note: Tuition will not be refunded or prorated for mid-month withdrawals.
Arrival and Departure Times In-Studio students should enter the studio upon arrival without ringing the doorbell unless the door is locked. Students should arrive no earlier than five minutes before their lesson time and no later than the start time of the lesson. Lesson times will not be extended to accommodate late arrivals. Students should be picked up no later than five minutes after their lesson is completed. This allows the teacher to focus completely on one student at a time without the possible distraction another student could cause for the teacher or current student. Students should sit in the music office while waiting for their lesson to begin. Other family members are welcome to wait quietly in the office, on the front porch or in your car parked on the street. In-home students should have their books and other materials on the piano bench and be ready to begin the lessons as soon as the teacher arrives. The room must be clear of distractions and noises in adjoining rooms should be kept to a minimum. In the event that the student is not home at the start of the lesson, the teacher will wait no more than 10 minutes, after which the lesson will be forfeited.
Parking Please park on the street and do not block the driveway at any time.
Mock Recitals All students are expected to participate in the mock recitals, held three times a year in addition to the normally scheduled lesson. These events are carefully planned to give students the invaluable opportunity to perform for their peers in a safe and friendly atmosphere, socialize with other students who share the same interest in music and enjoy fun and educational theory and music history activities.
Performances All students are expected to attend the studio spring recital and encouraged to participate. Students are also encouraged to perform in festivals, competitions, and other local performances. The instructor is willing to help the student prepare for these events with ample notice.
ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Teacher Each teacher’s goal is to develop the student’s musical abilities with keyboard or singing techniques, balanced repertoire, music theory, music history, practice techniques, and performance opportunities. A sequential format is followed and both long and short-term goals are set for the students. We aim to teach students to teach themselves – to foster independence in approaching music and learn various practice strategies. We work to create an interest and curiosity that will encourage the student to want to learn. We strive to make lessons interesting and fun and fully believe making beautiful music can be challenging and hard work but a very rewarding experience and a wonderful medium in which to express one’s self.
Parents Parental support is a must for your child’s musical growth. Parents should agree to get the student to the lesson on time, check the assignment binder weekly, help the student budget time to allow for daily practice and provide the student with undisturbed practice time. Parents of students under the age of 10 should assist students during practice time each day and parents of any age student should verify daily/weekly that the student is practicing his or her entire assignment. Parents should maintain open communication with the instructor and share concerns or comments the students may not feel comfortable voicing themselves.
Students The student is expected to arrive punctually for the lessons with all required materials. The student is responsible for paying close attention at lessons, asking questions whenever her or she does not understand something, completing all assignments before each lesson and accurately record daily practice on assignment sheets. The student is also responsible for giving his or her best effort when performing, seeking to apply the skills and concepts the instructor has taught. Voice students should bring a water bottle and recording device to each lesson. Piano students should keep fingernails trimmed short to insure proper hand position and good technique and wash hands before playing studio piano. NO chewing gum, please!
Practice Space and Piano Parents should ensure that student practice space is well lit and away from distractions—TV, siblings/friends, pets, video games—but situated where you can hear your child practicing. Students should have access to an audio player with quality speakers that allow for playing or singing along to a recording. Pianos should be kept in good repair and functioning properly with all keys and pedals working. Acoustic pianos should be tuned once a year. Digital pianos should be on a stand, have 88 fully weighted keys, full-sized pedals (at least sustain) and a music stand. The piano bench should be at the correct height for the piano student, which is demonstrated and practiced in lessons – please make adjustments as needed. Voice students should have access to a half/full length mirror near the piano and a device for video recording.
Home Practice Students who establish good practice habits from the beginning will progress more rapidly and find practice and lessons more enjoyable. The amount of time required for good quality practice will vary depending on the student’s age and level. It is important that practice is done on a consistent daily basis with a clear goal in mind.
Conferences In person or telephone conferences concerning the student’s progress may be scheduled at any mutually convenient time during the year. Mid-year parent observation will be held during student lessons for one week in February.