MUSIC STUDIO POLICY
I provide one-on-one private personalized music lessons to students of all ages on the instruments piano, violin, and viola. Students choose the instrument they would like to learn how to play. Students learn how to read music, understand music and music theory, how to play their desired instrument and how to perform on it. Many musical genres are taught.
STUDENTS: Can be of any age 4 and up. (I prefer to start at 5 years old and above)
Lessons are open to children, teens, and adults of any age. Lessons are held one student at a time and never combined unless an ensemble lesson is planned and approved by all attending.
MUSIC LESSON LOCATION:
The lessons are held at my music studio. The student is to come to my music studio to receive lessons, I do not travel to student’s homes.
Music Studio address: 10120 NW 71st Pl. Tamarac, FL 33321
Lessons may be done online via Facetime, Google Duo, WhatsApp Video Call, Zoom, etc.
TRY OUT LESSON: The first lesson that is scheduled with StudiobySarah. It is non-commitment. Fee: $20 for a 30 minute session which includes a trial music lesson and personal discussion about music lessons.
For one student:
$50 – 1 hour lesson (60 minutes)
$40 – 45 minute lesson
$30 – half an hour lesson (30 minutes)
Lessons will be held once a week. Lesson may be twice a week if desired.
Music lessons are weekly, not “monthly”. For a student to progress at a steady rate it is crucial to have lessons on a regular basis.
If interested in having 2 or more of your children enrolled in music lessons the fees will be: Original price for the first student (sibling) and a $5 discount for each lesson for the additional sibling/s.
Siblings may be brought both on the same day, or on different days of the week.
Included in the lesson fees is 1 complimentary music recital per year where the student can perform in front of friends, family, and other students! (Additional recitals or other performance activities and opportunities may be complimentary or may include additional fees)
Cash, check, Paypal, Cash App, Venmo, Zelle or online credit card payment via QuickBooks invoice.
Checks are to be made out to “StudiobySarah LLC”.
Zelle and Venmo have no transaction fees.
If paying through PayPal, Cash App, or credit card there is an additional fee that I charge to cover the service fees of these companies.
Paypal: An additional 2.9% + $0.30 per transaction
Cash App: An additional 2.9% + $0.30 per transaction
QuickBooks credit card transactions: $2-3 additional fee depending on the cost of the lessons.
The first 30 minute “try out” lesson is $20. After this first lesson there will be an implemented payment plan. One of the 2 payment plans must be chosen. Weekly payments will not be accepted.
Option 1: Monthly Payments- Due by the 1st of the month
The full payment for the following month of lessons is due on the last lesson of every month. You may pay at any point. All payments are to be made by the 1st of the month for which you are paying.
Option 2: Bimonthly Payments- Due by the 1st and the 15th of the month
Payment 1-The payment for half of the upcoming month is due on the last lesson of the month. You may pay at any point. All payments are to be made by the 1st of the month for which you are paying.
Payment 2- The payment for the remaining half of the month are due by the 15th of the month. You may pay at any point before or on the 15th.
Each student is to be scheduled to a certain day and time. This will be his or her time every week. The student is expected to come at the same scheduled time and day each week.
CANCELLATIONS OR RESCHEDULING
If the student is unable to come at his or her time or day on a certain week, I need to be contacted at least 24 hours in advance. This shows consideration for me and for other students as well. The lesson is to be rescheduled if possible for another day of the same week to keep the regularity of the lessons. If unable, then the make up lesson will need to be done at some point during the same month or you will be responsible for the payment of the missed lesson.
Lessons will not be credited for the next month. They must all be completed within the same month. If not completed, then the amount for the lesson/s missed will not be refunded.
If I am contacted less than 24 hours before the lesson, and it is not an emergency or sudden sickness, you will still be responsible for the student to attend and pay for the lesson. The lesson will not be made up.
If the student does not attend the lesson and I have not been contacted, you will be responsible for payment of the missed lesson. The lesson will not be made up.
Important: If there is any anticipation that the student will not be able to attend or may be starting to feel sick, or unwell, I should be contacted to be made aware of the situation.
Sickness is not an excuse for a student to miss a lesson without notifying StudiobySarah. As soon as it may seem that a student is becoming sick and it may impede with the student’s lesson for the week, I should be notified. The lesson can be rescheduled after the sickness has passed.
If it is an emergency or important, unexpected event or situation that arises that causes the student to be unable to attend their lesson at a short notice, please notify me as soon as possible and we will discuss the situation and a make up lesson will be planned.
If the student misses the lesson due to minor reasons or an anticipated situation, you will be responsible for the payment of the missed lesson. The lesson will not be made up.
Why it is so important: There are many students enrolled in music lessons at StudiobySarah. Time slots are limited, and certain time slots are desired by several students, yet only one student may occupy each time slot. In order to accommodate students as best as possible, organization and communication are key. Please consider other students. When a student misses a lesson at last minute, a student that may need a make up lesson cannot use that time slot, adding stress to try to find another time slot when they are very limited.
If StudiobySarah is notified with ample notice, lessons can be rescheduled, schedules can be adjusted and make up lessons can be scheduled with as many time slots being filled as possible. Time slots will not be wasted or unfilled and needed make up lessons can be scheduled! Lessons will not be missed!
Are to be discussed and are to be done according to availability in my schedule.
If a make up is needed, it is to be done at some point during the same month that the lesson was missed. If not done during the same month, you will be responsible for payment for that lesson.
If the student is to be tardy for the lesson, please contact me at least one hour before the student’s lesson.Punctuality is expected. This is in consideration to a student who may follow your lesson time. I will not extend time for the lesson due to tardiness.
ATTENDANCE IN LESSONS
-Parents and family may be present during the lessons if desired. The presence of parents and or family is to help the student to feel more comfortable, but not to distract the student.
-Please refrain from talking on the phone or making any other distracting noises during the lesson that may make it difficult for the student to concentrate. A parent may step out if needed.
-If having a child present, please have him or her sit quietly throughout the lesson. If the child is unable to do so, it will be distracting to the student and the best option might be to wait outside, in the car, etc.
-Use of books, coloring books, silent cell phone or tablet applications, etc. are allowed during the lesson for those attending.
I recommend for parents or care takers to be observant during the lessons, and that way they may help the student when practicing at home, and possibly also learn about music! I can provide parents with guidance on how to help their student practice and progress at home. Parent’s help and motivation can make a big impact in a student’s progress!
If the lesson is to fall on a holiday, or the date of a religious observance and you wish to reschedule the lesson for the week, I need to be notified with time, a few weeks in advance.
StudiobySarah will be open ALL holidays that fall on a weekday except: Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day. (If closed on another holiday, I will notify those who have lessons on that day.