DewMusic Studio Policies
DewMusic Studio endeavors to provide quality music lessons by integrating a variety of teaching methods.
Students will receive private lessons. The following policies explain how DewMusic Studio runs and what is expected of students.
DewMusic Studio's teaching philosophy centers on creating dedicated music students with a life-long love of music. The policies below reflect those goals.
Studio Semester and Number of Lessons
The Fall/Spring Semesters are based on a 9 month calendar (Sept. – May). Fall Semester has 17 lessons and Spring Semester has 19 lessons. Most studio breaks coincide with the school systems in this area, but some holidays (e.g. Columbus Day) are not observed and lessons will occur.
Summer Schedule is announced mid-spring. Students who take lessons in the summer are guaranteed a spot during the Fall Semester. Students who take the summer off will be placed on a waiting list for Fall.
Please Note: There are no reimbursements for missed lessons and tuition is never adjusted unless the teacher cannot provide the promised number of lessons.
Tuition Payments and Schedule
Lessons will be paid in monthly installments beginning the first lesson of every month. DewMusic Studio accepts Check, Cash, and Venmo/Paypal.
Tuition reserves your weekly time slot and studio membership. It also covers the cost of:
Lesson planning and repertoire selection
Piano tuning and maintenance
Incentive programs and game materials
Tuition does not include the cost of music. Students should expect to spend approximately $50 per year on repertoire.
$20 Late Fee for all payments received past the 2nd lesson of the month
Forgot your payment? Miss the first lesson? Venmo/Paypal or drop-off/mail payment to avoid the late fee.
If payment is not received by the second lesson of the month… no lesson will be given.
Should something come up where you cannot financially fulfill your commitment to your lessons, advanced notice and open, ongoing communication is appreciated and encouraged!
Inquiries: For current tuition rates, please contact DewMusic Studio via email (DewMusicStudio@gmail.com).
Lesson times are standing appointments; a student’s lesson time is reserved for only them each week, and it is their responsibility to attend. Dance classes and sports teams do not offer reimbursements if you cannot attend a rehearsal or game – music lessons are no different. Because specific times are set aside for specific students, a student who does not attend a lesson will simply miss the benefit of that lesson.
Students who are ill SHOULD NOT attend lessons. If you are too sick to attend school, you are too sick to attend your lesson. Please notify the teacher by 1if you cannot attend.
“No-Show” Lessons are Forfeit: Repeat “no shows” will result in removal from the schedule without tuition reimbursement. (3 Strike Rule!)
Exceptions to the Rules: The more notice given, the more flexibility YOU have to reschedule. Look at your schedule in advance!Life can be crazy sometimes – talk to me – open communication is key!
Please arrive at least a few minutes prior to your lesson. Students are expected to bring all materials (assignment folders, music books, and otherwise) to every lesson.
Keep it Clean! ALL students are REQUIRED to wash their hands before each lesson. Students must also remove wet/muddy shoes before entering the studio. (Bring an extra pair of clean shoes or socks!)
Food, gum, and non-water drinks are prohibited in the studio.
Waiting Room: Please feel free to relax in the waiting room. This allows the student my full attention and vice versa. exception – Feel free to use the restrooms. Well-behaved siblings are welcome in the waiting room. Do not allow children to climb/play on the furniture.
** Siblings who take lessons back-to-back are welcome to wait in the studio and silently read, draw, play on tablets, or work on homework during each other’s lessons. Please bring enough materials to stay occupied.
Contacting the Teacher Outside of Studio Hours
Questions? Need to talk? Quick questions can be handled during your lesson time, text is welcome between 8am-8pm Monday – Friday. Email me at any time and I'll get back with you as quickly as possible.
Practice Expectations and Instrument Requirements
If there is a lack of progress, there is probably a lack of practice! A student’s progress is determined by dedicated practice, not by simply attending lessons. Ideally, students should practice at least 4-5 days a week. Specific amounts of practice time are not assigned to each student. Instead, students should practice long enough to complete their weekly assignments.
The quality of practice time is more important than the quantity of practice time.
Parental Support is an extremely important factor in musical training. Students whose parents take an active role in their progress tend to be more enthusiastic and productive. Create a quiet space where the student can practice, and schedule a time for practice each day.
Instrument Requirements: All students (voice included) should have regular access to an acoustic piano or an 88 key modern digital piano with a weighted hammer action. The 61 key keyboards sold at most large retail stores are not satisfactory for the continued study of piano, though they will suffice for voice lessons if necessary. Acoustic piano should be kept in good working order and should be tuned at least once a year.
Holidays / Studio Breaks / Teacher Cancellation
Please Note that the studio is NOT closed on every national holiday. Sometimes Monday students WILL have lessons on a day when there is no school. The studio is ALWAYS closed on:
New Year’s Day
4th of July
Dec. 23rd – Jan 1st
Additional Studio Breaks or days off may occur during holiday breaks or between semesters, and are always announced well in advance. The calendar is subject to change.
If the Teacher Must Cancel Lessons (this happens very rarely), students will be offered an alternative time slot.
Studio breaks/closings: Additional studio breaks are announced on the studio calendar.
Discontinuation of Lessons
Music is a lifelong pursuit, but lessons are not always possible for a multitude of reasons. Whatever the reason, I will never take discontinuation of lessons personally. Remember: if you are unsatisfied with your lessons for any reason or if you are contemplating quitting lessons, please speak freely to me about your concerns.
Discontinuation of lessons requires a 3 week notice – This gives us time to wrap up any current projects and discuss how the student can continue to follow their music goals. This also allows me the necessary time to fill that empty lesson slot so that I can avoid a loss in income. Thank you for your consideration.
Mutual respect is a key goal in our studio. As studio owner, I reserve the right to remove students from the schedule if they have poor attendance, poor practice habits, or if they repeatedly break any studio policies