Enrollment at the studio acknowledges your understanding and agreement of the following policy.
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Our goal as a studio is for every student to find their musical voice!
Everyone needs to make special promises for Music Rhapsody to work.
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 musical talent.
PARENTS (LIFE COACH):
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.
Adhere to Payment Policy listed below.
You may not ask for your music coach's personal contact information.
Please find alternate care for younger siblings to ensure focused attention with your child.
Relay all advanced absences through our studio contact information, or any last minute absences through your weekly Square appointment notifications.
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:
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.
MAKING MUSIC WITH YOUR CHILD
Orff Rules for Children
Walk Around: Walk around all instruments, even the smallest ones so you don’t hurt yourself or the instrument.
Leave the Bars as They Are! The teacher prepares the bars ahead of time.
No Mallets in the Holes. Do not let children put the mallets in any holes on the Orff instruments. Mallets can crack the delicate soundboards. Mallets can rest on top of the bars.
Bottoms Up! For the bigger instruments, we need to stand up on our knees.
Butterflies, not Elephants - Never pound the glockenspiel.
Listen to your infant, baby or toddler and repeat the sounds back at their pitch. Babies will sing before speaking if encouraged! Explain to the baby that you’re singing together! Singing is natural and instinctive at this age but if not encouraged, the child will not develop to his potential and can even lose his ability to sing.
Sing to and with the child at times of personal interaction such as during bathing, dressing and eating. Listen to their pitch when they join in and sing back to them. Use singing to make daily tasks more enjoyable and take the edge off of stressful times. Singing will calm the fussy baby, make car rides more enjoyable (especially if you have your instrument kit and CD), and make cleaning up easier.
Encourage your child to sing. Help them to copy your starting pitches and play echo games. Try always to sing where your baby is singing (on the same pitch) when baby initiates singing. Usually your child’s voice is higher than yours because of their short vocal chords. Encourage dad to use his falsetto (high) voice when singing with the baby.
You must sing in class! Children will notice your participation and imitate your example. Do not worry about how well you sing; what matters is that you do sing. Even in speech, babies respond to higher pitched voices.
Choose simple songs with a four to five note range and do a lot of repetition.
When you sing, you are teaching both melodies and vocabulary. What your child hears will be stored in his memory until singing and speaking begin.
Singing is taught just like speaking. You must take the time to teach singing just as you teach speaking (by speaking!), throwing a ball or brushing teeth. Be patient and wait for your baby to respond rather than giving them the answer immediately. Babies’ nervous systems process auditory information at least twice as slowly as adults. Sing pitches such as, “sol-mi” and wait for baby to echo. Let baby “sing” the last word of the phrase. Give it time!
Repeat the pitch matching games and activities learned in class at home. Repetition brings accuracy.
Listen to your child’s singing.
Provide excellent music listening by playing classical music of the highest quality. Choose a wide variety of genres of music for your child to listen to.
We love what we know. By repeating music, your child will become more and more comfortable with that style of music. For example, people who have never heard opera as a child will often not enjoy opera as an adult.
Bring your child to live music events and expose your child to many instrumental sounds and styles of music.
Promote discriminate listening by calling attention to particulars in a recording or song—i.e. ask, is it fast or slow, high or low, do you hear drums, do you hear the piano, etc. Auditory discrimination is enhances as the child learns about these concepts.
WHY: 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. It would be impossible to impart all the musicality your child can learn in one hour a week. Rather, we give each student and parent the tools and knowledge they need each week to thrive everywhere! Each child’s success in any given week is entirely dependent on how committed you as a parent at making music a natural part of their lives. Who will you be for your child during the week?
2019 Group Rate: $103/1 student $185/2 students $247/3 students
To begin lessons, you must commit and pay for a minimum of three months of lessons.
The first three month’s payment is due at the time of enrollment and is non-refundable.
We accept credit/debit card only for monthly payments.
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING NON NEGOTIABLE PAYMENT TERMS:
SCHEDULING: The only way to reserve a lesson time at the studio is to pay the first three months of payment. By prepaying for a lesson time, you will be the first scheduled when your time preferences become available.
ENROLLMENT: We require a minimum of three months commitment with Music Rhapsody lessons at Passion Studios.
PAYMENT: *Once you agree to this policy, a specific class time, specific start date and prepay for your first month of lessons via Square, you are enrolled at Passion Studios, and the first three months of tuition are non-refundable.
Payment is managed on a month to month basis via Square. A credit/debit card on file via Square is required for enrollment. Payments are due and automatically withdrawn from the card on your account on the 29th day of the month to reserve your class spot for the following month. If payment is not received by 11:59pm on the 29th 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: We take commitment very seriously, and can not teach you what you need to create a lifelong relationship with music in a matter of months. Your instructor has reserved a specific time of the week to teach you and additional time throughout the week to prepare for that lesson. We respectfully ask that if you are over committed or would like to “try it out” that you wait to enroll in Music Rhapsody classes at Passion Studios until you have a regular time five days a week to commit to practicing.
Please note the following cancellation terms carefully:
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. Our admin may request some exit feedback, and the teacher may request a meeting from student and parent. We encourage you to continue to attend piano lessons during the 30 day period!
Regardless of when you submit your cancellation, the next month’s lesson fee for the month will still be charged to your account as a part of the 30 day notice. All following payments after the 30 day period will be stopped.
Should you decide to cancel lessons before the three month commitment of lessons has ended, we will charge the remainder of the three months of lessons to the card on file.
If lessons are cancelled by a failure to attend music lessons two weeks in a row, at a total of 14 days with no communication between Passion Studios and the parent (text, email, phone call or in person meeting), your account will be charged an additional $50 no show fee due to no written cancellation per the policy. 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.
ATTENDANCE: 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. PASSION STUDIOS DOES NOT OFFER MAKE UP LESSONS. No shows will NOT be credited, refunded or reimbursed on ANY condition. If a vacation is being planned, the only way to secure the scheduled lesson time is to pay the monthly fee for the scheduled lesson time. Student and Parent are responsible and must obtain missed lesson material from a fellow student before the next lesson. One substitute is allowed to attend the class time in the student’s absence.
WHY: We charge on a subscription based model. It is imperative that Passion Studios knows the number of students scheduled on a month to month basis for budgeting purposes and planning ahead for the future. Colleges, private schools, and even fitness centers do not offer refunds or reimbursements for missed classes. Each teacher has made a commitment to each student and parent to consistently attend, plan, and teach every lesson, so naturally 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.
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 4 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 already calculated
based on a 46 week year as opposed to a 52 week year, allowing 2 weeks for possible sickness. Students who take lessons with Gabi will have a 45 week year, allowing 3 weeks for possible sickness and/or travel. 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.)