Studio policies are in place to support consistency and fairness among all students and to protect our professional and personal time. Thank you for respecting them!
Payment Policy and Methods
Tuition is due by the first of the month. A $35 late fee will be applied to payments made after the 15th of the month. Tuition will be prorated for students who enroll mid-month. All tuition fees are non-refundable. Payments may be made via Direct Payment Agreement (ACH Debit), bank transfer via QuickBooks invoicing, check (made out to Little Bird Music) or cash. A $35 fee will be charged for each returned check.
Makeup Lesson Policy
Monthly tuition reserves a weekly spot for each student. As a general rule of thumb, there are no guaranteed makeups or refunds for any missed lessons. However, if a student plans to miss a lesson and at least two weeks of advanced notice is given, we will do our best to reschedule within 30 days of the missed lesson. Last-minute cancellations or no-shows will not be made up. Should the public school system cancel school due to inclement weather, Little Bird Music will make a call mid-day if studio lessons are also canceled. Any lessons canceled due to weather or the unlikely event of teacher cancellation will be rescheduled.
Holidays, Breaks, and Summer Session
Depending on how the calendar falls, some months will have more lessons than others. Over the course of the ten-month school year, students will average four lessons per month. With the exception of July and August, tuition remains the same each month. The studio will be closed on the following holidays/dates:
Thanksgiving and the Friday after
Christmas week through New Year's Day
Fourth of July
Two weeks during the summer (TBD)
Lessons will continue on other federal holidays (Columbus Day, MLK Day, the presidential holidays) and during fall break, ski/skate week, and spring break. Tuition is still due even if students leave for vacation.
Some students take the summer off from lessons. However, a modified summer session is available in July and August. To secure a spot in the fall, an enrollment deposit for the following school year is due July 1.
A month-to-month commitment is required at Little Bird Music. If a student wishes to end lessons, he/she or the parent are asked to give notification to the teacher at least two weeks before the next tuition installment is due. Failure to do so will result in payment for the following month. The teacher retains the right to end lessons with a student if the relationship is unworkable or for lack of meaningful progress. The teacher will communicate any problems to the parent in advance. However, if the teacher thinks it is best to end lessons, two weeks notice will be given to the student and parent.
Our goal at Little Bird Music is to provide a fun and encouraging environment for productive learning. In order to do so, students should follow this set of guidelines:
Please arrive to lessons on time. Any missed time due to lateness will not be made up.
Please come to each lesson with your piano books.
Make a window of time to practice each day (10 minutes to an hour or more, depending on the level of the student). Meaningful progress can only occur if the student actively practices even just a few minutes a day. If a situation should occur to prevent practice, please communicate this to the teacher.
A studio recital is given twice a year, and every student is encouraged to participate.
Most importantly, have fun! After all, the mission of Little Bird Music is to help students cultivate a lifelong love of music and learning.
To ensure optimal learning results for students, parents should follow this set of guidelines:
Create a gentle structure or routine that encourages your child to play each day.
Parental involvement for students under the age of seven is strongly recommended. Students usually have a more positive learning experience if parents actively (and lovingly) participate in practicing with the student 10-15 minutes each day.
Please provide an acoustic piano or keyboard for your child. Set it up in a space that encourages playing (i.e. in the living room rather than the basement!).
Please be on time when dropping off/picking up the student to/from lessons and make sure your child has his/her piano books.
Parents are responsible for purchasing new piano books when necessary. The teacher will supply all piano books and charge for reimbursement accordingly.
Should certain circumstances arise (i.e. the child does not wish to practice or seems to be losing motivation), the parent will communicate the situation to the teacher in a timely manner. Likewise, the teacher will communicate feedback to the parent about student progress, level of interest, and continued motivation.
Parents are respectfully asked to remain in the waiting area and refrain from interrupting the teacher during studio lessons. This ensures the most productive one-on-one learning time between teacher and student. The teacher will take a few moments after the lesson to give each parent a brief recap of the session.
Since the studio waiting area is in the same room as the teaching area, parents and siblings are asked to be respectful and quiet while waiting.
Parents/guardians of students under the age of 18 must either be present on the premises during lessons or 100% available via cell phone contact for the duration of each lesson. If a relative, nanny, or friend unknown by the teacher is to pick up the student, the parent/guardian must inform the teacher in advance.