PIANO LESSONS IN DERBY
TERMS & CONDITIONS SEPTEMBER 2018
To give you or your child the most comprehensive music education available. Students will be exposed to a whole range of music, technology, styles and creative endeavours. All lessons are created to suit the individual goals, desires and loves of each student.
I encourage my students to be curious and creative. I help students learn music that they want to learn. I develop their reading and technique.
Students will learn a large amount of repertoire and enjoy a wholistic education that suits their level and goals for the future.
Students are responsible for arriving at lessons on-time, with correct books and having completed their practice. Students should practice to achieve goals, not to fill time and it is expected that all instructions are followed week-to-week.
Late arrival times will not be made up as I often have other students or commitments immediately around lesson times.
Lessons are conducted over 37 weeks during school term time according to the Derbyshire schools calendars (including private and state schools which differ slightly.) This includes 39 weeks term time minus 2 weeks I am unavailable to teach.
Lessons are only conducted on weekdays. Lessons are conducted during holidays via arrangement on a case-by-case basis.
Tuition covers not only the actual lesson time spent with the student, but time preparing for each student as well and my ongoing business costs, including:
An individualised plan for each student’s course of study
My training and experience
Apps such as Joytunes which have a monthly membership fee
Professional organisation memberships
Printing, scanning, copying
Travel time & cost (where necessary)
Lessons are paid for in advance - either monthly or weekly depending on what is agreed with the teacher.
Students will be able to pay by cash or set up payments by debit/credit card through the online portal.
Lesson fees are subject to annual review.
Upon committing to lessons with me each student is reserved an exclusive weekly slot. Missed lessons, therefore, due to forgetfulness, illness, inconvenience, holidays or dental appointments etc are non-refundable. Any missed lessons need to be paid for the following week or absorbed through pre-payment. Exceptions will be made for prolonged sicknesses and serious extenuating circumstances on an individual basis
If a student will be missing their lesson for any reason they should inform me by text or email, with as much notice as possible. If I have another time free that week (such as another student's cancellation) I will offer it - although I cannot guarantee availability. Missed lessons cannot be carried over into subsequent weeks and are therefore still chargeable.
If I am sick or otherwise unable to attend a lesson I will refund the lesson fees or endeavour to make them up.
In the case of lessons in my home, if a student is late this simply takes time out of the lesson i.e. the lesson will start when the student arrives and will still finish at the usual time.
If the lesson is in the student's home and the student is not there at the arranged time, I will wait outside the house for 10 minutes. If the student arrives within this time the lesson will proceed as normal and will still finish at the arranged time.
Practice efficiency is more important than the amount of practice time.
Every student should develop a plan so that 5 practice times are part of their weekly schedule (just like football practice, homework time, Xbox time, etc.)
Although I highly encourage doodling at the keys, practicing what is assigned each week will ensure progress.
I advise between 10 minutes and 30 minutes practice per day depending on level and experience.
Students wishing to sit practical music exams will need to have been learning with me for at least one year before I will enter them for an exam. I need this time to ensure they are ready, that exams are the right thing for the student and to cover areas missing in a student’s prior education.
Students looking to take exams should be aware that it takes a huge amount of effort, determination and stamina and significantly reduces the time available to follow other more creative pursuits. Extra lessons may be required.
Students are entered for exams only when they are fully prepared. This is to avoid the situation where a student has to be pulled out of an exam due to lack of preparation which is not a pleasant experience for anyone involved. If proceeding, students will sit ABRSM Exams.
If you wish to finish lessons, please provide notice by email. Students will continue to receive the lessons they’ve paid for until the end of the monthly/ weekly cycle when the termination will take effect. Refunds will not be issued.
Parents and adult students are welcome to call me during daytime hours to discuss any matters associated with their education (you will be provided with my number when you sign up). You may also email anytime.
The continuation or commencement of lessons is deemed acceptance of these terms.