POLICY

Enrollment at the studio acknowledges your understanding and agreement of the following policy.
An enrollment link is provided at the bottom of this page.

UPDATED 1/1/2020

 

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From Simply Music:
"We are committed to revolutionizing our teacher’s success in having students acquire and
retain music as a lifelong companion. In essence, the reasons behind the global success of the
Simply Music Piano method are:

  • The quantity and quality of music that our piano students play

  • How quickly and easily our students learn to play piano"


      Simply Music's has four primary goals for each teacher to be able to equip their
students with. The four goals are to:

  • Experience music as a natural self-expression

  • Play a broad repertoire of great-sounding music

  • Have a highly positive, self-affirming experience

  • Develop the ability to self-generate and progress on their own


As such, a three way commitment is needed from Teacher, Parent and Student in order to retain music as a lifelong companion.


TEACHER (MUSIC COACH):


Your music coach is fully committed to your success as a student at Passion Studios.
He or she will always:

  • Be prepared for class with appropriate material.

  • Be punctual for class time.

  • Be patient, enthusiastic and encouraging.

  • Maintain consistent, open communication with parents and student body.

  • Offer opportunities through recitals, events and volunteering for the student to share his or her musicality.

PARENTS (LIFE COACH):

We, as teachers, are only with the student for 30 minutes to an hour every WEEK. You are with them the other 23 hours and 6 days a week. Each student's success in any given week is entirely dependent on how committed you as a parent are to seeing them be successful through peaks, plateaus and valleys during practice time.
PLEASE NOTE:
If the following feels like something you can’t commit to at this time, we completely understand - please wait to enroll when you are ready, willing and able to help your student at the beginning stages of piano.

  • We need a partner we can count on in you. TRUST THE MUSIC COACH, even if you don't understand, don't agree, or if it’s inconvenient for you.

  • Attend and participate in lessons, discussions and recitals. Student and Parent must schedule accordingly to attend the first two lessons.

  • At home, ensure that student is completing assignments and keeping the playlist alive. Our expectation is for you to be sitting with your child during practice periodically during the week.

  • Adhere to Payment Policy listed below.

  • Relay all communication for your music coach through the Better Practice App or our studio contact information. Keep open communication with your teacher and feel free to ask any questions during the week. You may not ask for your music coach's personal contact information, or share yours with them.

  • Relay all absences through your Square appointment notifications, or our studio contact information.

  • Each student is required to participate in one performance event per year; please sign your student up for their preferred event when you receive the annual newsletter and plan accordingly to attend.

  • VIRTUAL LESSONS: Every class comes with an opportunity to utilize virtual lessons as the exception rather than the standard, i.e. sickness, out of town. We will help you learn how to use Zoom Meetings during your first few classes and give you a list of requirements for it to work successfully.

    To join virtually, you must notify your teacher before 2:00pm on your lesson day for us to plan around a Zoom conference. Your teacher’s zoom code is posted in the Better Practice App. Any notifications received after 2:00pm will be counted as absences.

    As a parent life coach, you need to be much more involved in a virtual lesson than in class; you will need to have a strong internet connection, hold the camera for your student, and help relay information/pull up books according to teacher requests. Please ask your music coach any questions. Virtual lessons may not be used to avoid an in class experience.

  • Read the monthly newsletter, “Off Key”, and keep up to date on studio communications. (Please be sure our email is coming into your primary inbox.) Utilize Passion Studios newsletter for any:

    • FAQ's

    • Upcoming Events

    • Announcements

    • Inclement weather announcements.
      In the event of bad weather, check your email and text messages for studio closing announcements. If the studio closes at that time, you will be issued a half credit for that lesson that can be applied to a future payment or in the Passion Studios store. If the studio remains open and you decide to not attend the lesson, no credits will be issued.

  • BE FLEXIBLE.
    In the event of a student progressing more quickly than the group or needing more review than the speed of the group or simply another group is developed, the teacher may evaluate the students needs and have the student switch groups as necessary, providing the best fit for everyone.

  • If bringing a sibling to class, ensure they are not a distraction to the rest of the group.

STUDENT:

If you were to sign up for a sports league and you decided you didn't want to follow your coaches instructions, you would be put on the bench. Likewise, if our teachers missed lessons regularly and were half prepared each week, both the student and parent would be sorely frustrated.

Passion Studios is a requirement based studio. We are 100% committed to each student acquiring the skill set to enjoy and create music for a lifetime, as such we need 100% commitment from the student in these 5 areas at both class and home.


CLASS

  • TRUST THE MUSIC COACH, even if you don't understand, don't agree, or if it’s inconvenient for you.

  • Class will begin at scheduled time. Student and Parent MUST schedule accordingly to attend the first two lessons. In case of absence, student must notify teacher at least two hours prior to scheduled lesson time. Student is responsible for gathering missed lesson material from a fellow student and the Better Practice App. PASSION STUDIOS DOES NOT OFFER MAKE UP LESSONS.

  • If student is under 18, a parent MUST be brought to class, no exceptions.

  • Do everything you are asked to do, and do not do anything you are not asked to do.

  • No gum, food or other distracting items in class besides water. You are free to purchase snacks and eat in the lobby outside of your class time. Do not play with the equipment or doors unless given permission. Cell phones must be on SILENT and PUT AWAY.

  • Participation is a requirement, not an option. Be ready to be involved in round robins, hand raising, and playing at any time. This includes participating in one performance event per year. Please sign up for your preferred event when you receive the annual newsletter and plan accordingly to attend.


HOME

  • Practice time established during the 1st lesson and must be completed 5 days a week, 15-20 min a day, and 30-35 minutes after level 4. PRACTICE TIME IS NON NEGOTIABLE. Any scheduling conflicts must be discussed with teacher prior to student defaulting on practice time. 100% effort is required, not 95%.

  • Playlist (list of songs you have learned) must be played on a daily via the Better Practice App at betterpracticeapp.com with the login we provide to you. If your internet connection isn't working, a substitute must be discussed with your teacher prior to defaulting on the app.

  • Complete all assignments in one week, following your music coach’s specific directions, and ensuring all your assignment circles on the home page are green.

  • Relay all communication for your music coach through the Better Practice App or our studio contact information. Keep open communication with your teacher and feel free to ask any questions during the week. You may not ask for your music coach's personal contact information, or share yours with them.

  • DO NOT WATCH AHEAD ON THE VIDEOS.

PAYMENT REQUIREMENTS

We take commitment very seriously, and can not teach you what you need to create a lifelong relationship with music in a matter of weeks or months. Colleges, private schools, and even fitness centers do not offer refunds or reimbursements for missed classes. Your instructor has reserved a specific time of the week to teach you and additional time throughout the week to prepare for each lesson; in the same way, we require 100% commitment of every student and parent to every teacher.

If at any time any of the above requirements are broken, the student’s enrollment at Passion Studios will be placed under review
. We respectfully ask that if you are over committed or would like to “try it out” that you wait to enroll at Passion Studios until you have a regular time five days a week, 15 minutes a day, to commit to practicing.

ENROLLMENT
 Application Fee: $25/student Commitment Fee: $60/family

MONTHLY CHARGES
2019 Group Rate: $103/1 student   $185/2 students   $247/3 students

ANNUAL
Registration Fee (charged August 25th): $20

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING NON NEGOTIABLE PAYMENT TERMS:

ENROLLMENT

  • To enroll at Passion Studios, you must sign the studio policy, pay the application fee and commitment fee at the time of enrollment. These fees are non-refundable.

  • To experience the fullness of our curriculum, we require a minimum of one year of lessons with Passion Studios. Should you take over one year of lessons, the commitment fee will be reflected as a discount on your 13th month of lessons.

SCHEDULING

  • Once you are given a class day and time based on the schedule you provided to us and prepay for your first month’s lessons, that is your weekly class time. Your class time will only change based on your instructor’s discretion. Your first month of lessons is not refundable on any condition.

  • We cannot guarantee a lesson time for you if you provide less than four time slot availabilities on our scheduling form during enrollment. We do not accommodate rescheduling requests.

  • If we do not currently have a spot available, you may prepay for a lesson time. You will be the first scheduled when your time preferences become available.

  • We accept credit/debit card only for monthly payments.

  • The annual registration fee covers scheduling, administrative costs, event organization, and includes two adult and two child tickets to our annual Student Showcase.

PAYMENT

  • A credit/debit card on file via Square is required for enrollment and payment. Payments are due and automatically withdrawn from the card on your account on the 25th day of the month to reserve your class spot for the following month.

  • If payment is not received by 11:59pm on the 27th of the month, a $2/day late fee is charged for the following two days. If payment is still not received by two days after the due date, the card on file will be charged the total in late fees, and the student’s scheduled lesson time is forfeited and is open to the student body . Weekly rate is subject to change on an ANNUAL BASIS.

CANCELLATION

  • CANCELLATION: Should you discontinue music lessons before the one year period, you will not receive your commitment discount, application fee or other refunds on any condition.
    Please note the following cancellation terms carefully:

  1. If at any time, student or parent is contemplating cancelling lessons for any reason, a 30 day written notice to Passion Studios is REQUIRED prior to cancellation. All payments following the 30 day notice period will be stopped. You may incur a prorated amount from the date of your last payment. Our admin may request some exit feedback, and the teacher may request a meeting/phone call from student and parent. We encourage you to continue to attend piano lessons during the 30 day period!

  2. If you submit your cancellation before a year’s period, you will not receive the commitment fee back on any condition.

  3. If you submit your cancellation without a 30 day notice or no show for two weeks, we will charge $25 to the account on file to compensate our teachers for their commitment to you.

  4. Past lessons and application fees are not refunded on any condition.

  5. If lessons are cancelled by a failure to attend piano lessons two weeks in a row, at a total of 14 days with no initiated communication from the parent to Passion Studios (text, email, phone call or in person meeting), your accounts with us will be cancelled immediately and you will no longer have a reserved lesson at the studio. Past lessons cancelled by failure to attend will not be refunded or reimbursed on any condition. You will not be eligible for re-enrollment at the studio.

Example: Susie only takes one month of lessons out of a three month commitment and stops attending lessons without any prior communication. She is charged a $25 cancellation fee and will not receive any refunds on any condition.

Example: Ellen realizes her family will be too overcommitted during the summer and submits her 30 day notice. Her son has received 9 months of lessons. She will not receive any refunds.

Example: Friedrich has taken 12 months of piano but unexpectedly has to move in two months. He submits his 30 day notice 60 days in advance, receives his $60 credit in his 13th month and is charged the one student rate of $103 for the last month of lessons.

SIMPLY MUSIC MATERIAL

During enrollment with Passion Studios, you agree to the following confidentiality agreement with Simply Music:

"Simply Music and/or its delegates” (“SM”) offers a unique “method of music instruction for students and teachers including specific approaches, ideas, techniques, musical compositions, written, electronic and audiovisual materials, Trade and Service Marks, and business or technical information (“The Program”). The program is presented to you solely for your personal use. You will receive proprietary materials that, along with your lessons, ensure that you are being provided with the highest level of support that is possible. The Program has been developed as a result of the investment of significant time, effort and expense, and is a highly valuable, special and unique asset that provides SM with a distinct and significant competitive advantage. By signing this form you agree not to copy, alter, modify, reverse engineer, reproduce, replicate or create any imitation or abstraction of the Program, or attempt to derive the composition or underlying information of The Program. You declare that you will not use The Program for commercial application, nor use it to influence the development of any music educational program that is intended for commercial application. You acknowledge and agree that due to the unique nature of SM’s Program, there can be no adequate remedy at law for any breach of its obligations hereunder, that any such breach may allow you or third parties to unfairly compete with SM resulting in irreparable harm to SM and, therefore that upon any such breach or threat thereof, SM shall be entitled to injunctions and other appropriate equitable relief in addition to whatever remedies it may have at law. SM shall also be entitled to recover all of SM’s costs, disbursements and legal fees incurred in seeking or obtaining enforcement hereof."                                                                                                                                                                             

You do not need to take any action. Your teacher will inform you when and how to purchase your material. This is for informational purposes only.

From Simply Music: Specific Costs
                        
“Regardless of whether students are in Private or Shared Lessons, Simply Music Teachers are entirely independent and determine their own fee structure. Contact your local Simply Music Piano Teacher to inquire about their fees.
                        
“Student Home Materials (SHMs) are a required part of students’ learning experience and these are acquired from time to time as directed by the teacher.
                        
“All digital SHMs, once purchased, will reside in each students’ account on the Student Intranet, where they can access them 24/7 – anywhere and anytime as long as they have an internet connection. Video files streaming only whereas audio files can be downloaded and readable files (PDFs) can be printed.
                        
“...for an additional cost, a physical copy of SHMs can be acquired.”        

Foundation Levels 1-9: $35.00-$45.00 USD
Development Levels 10-18: $8.00 - $10.00 USD
Special Programs: $8.00 - $30.00 USD
Supplemental Programs: $5.00 - $25.00 USD

SQUARE


The following is the privacy policy and terms of use with Square, our Credit Card processor.

https://squareup.com/us/en/legal/general/privacy-no-account

VACATION AND BREAK PERIODS


We use the following schedule to plan recitals and volunteer opportunities. The lesson schedule is divided into three terms:

Term 1: Jan - April | Term 2: May - August | Term 3: September - December

Passion Studios observes 5 break weeks that generally land around the following time frame:

Spring Break: March | Summer: [teacher’s discretion] | Thanksgiving: November | Christmas: December

These break weeks will shift depending on the year. Our pricing is calculated based on a 45 week year as opposed to a 52 week year, allowing 3 weeks for possible sickness/emergencies/vacation. Students who take lessons with Miss Gabi will have a 44 week year, allowing 4 weeks for possible sickness/emergencies/vacation. We also observe the following holidays:

Easter Weekend | Memorial Day | Independence Day
Labor Day | Beggar’s Night | Thanksgiving Day | Christmas Day

Each student will be given a handout of the break weeks and observed holidays at the
beginning of the calendar year. These dates can also be accessed on our Student Base (link found on Better Practice Home Page.)

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