Julie B. Izatt Piano Studio
7860 S Danforth Ave
Tucson, Arizona 85747
(520) 784-9431
jbizatt2@msn.com



1 August 2013

Dear Parents and Students,

    The following are the policies of the Julie B. Izatt Piano Studio. Please review the policies and sign and return the bottom portion of this letter.

MATERIALS:

·    It is expected that students have a well-maintained instrument at home to practice on. An acoustic piano is not required, but strongly recommended. If an acoustic piano is not an option, a digital piano is an excellent alternative.
·    Each student will be assigned either a set of method books or specific music books to work out of. It is the responsibility of the student/parent to provide these books. It is possible for the teacher to pick up the required books, but reimbursement for the books will be expected.
·    Each student will be provided with a 3-ring binder. This binder needs to come to the lesson each week. This is where assignments will be tracked and resources will be kept.
·    A metronome is required and essential to developing a good sense of rhythm and tempo. A basic metronome can be purchased for around $20.00. There are also a lot of free metronome apps available on the myriad of mobile devices currently on the market.

TUITION

·    What does tuition cover?

  • Time spent with the student
  • Lessons, performance classes, group lessons.
  • Time spent in preparation for the student.
  • Trips to the music store, lesson planning, bookkeeping, development of curriculum, etc. It has been cited by professional music journals that for every hour enrolled in piano lessons, you are investing in at least 2 hours of the teacher’s time!
  • Your teacher’s training and experience.
  • Recital costs and preparations. (Programs, refreshments, facility rental.)
  • Professional organization memberships. Memberships are maintained by the teacher to enhance their teaching skills.
  • Professional journals - Publications to assist the teacher in keeping current on new teaching materials and trends.
  • Studio expenses - Copying, computer software, incentive programs, instruments, tunings, repairs, newsletters.
  • Music books and CDs - Materials purchased by the teacher to keep costs low for students.
  • Continuing education - Lessons and classes that keep the teacher current on methods and techniques
  • Certification costs - Professional Independent Music Teachers pay to be re-certified every five years provided they have met all the continuing education and studio requirements.  This keeps the teacher accountable to a professional organization.
  • Book and music club memberships - This enables many discounts to be passed to students.

·    Tuition is based on enrollment and not attendance. Payment of tuition reserves a weekly time slot for a private lesson.
·    Tuition is a flat monthly fee due in the amount of $86.00 on the first lesson of each month and is due absolutely no later than the 10th of every month. If received after the 10th of the month, a $10.00 late fee will be added. There is a $20.00 fee for any returned checks. Currently the studio accepts check or cash payments only.

ATTENDANCE

·    Regular attendance is necessary for progression in your musical education.
·    Tuition is based on enrollment, not attendance, and lessons you choose to miss or cancel will not be made up. Your tuition is a purchase of teacher and studio time. The time passes whether or not you choose to use it. Missed lessons are time lost for the studio. The studio is a full time career and no makeup lessons are available. When mutually convenient, occasional exchanges of lesson times may be arranged with enough notice (the week before), using the swap list placed in every student’s notebook.
·    Attendance will be tracked on a sheet in the front of every student’s binder. It is up to you to make sure that you attend all scheduled lessons.
·    If school is cancelled, lessons may be scheduled for earlier in the day when possible.
·    If your child is sick enough to stay home from school he/she is too sick to come to my home for a lesson.
·    Parents are welcome to sit in on any lesson if they choose. The function of the parent in the lesson is to observe and take notes of the teacher’s practice suggestions to the student.


DISCONTINUING LESSONS

·    There may come a time when your child wants to discontinue lessons.  Please make this decision thoughtfully with plenty of discussion between the teacher, parent, and student so that lessons can cease with a positive sense of closure.  For this reason, the teacher requires one month's notice in writing prior to discontinuing lessons.  
·    Note: At the discretion of the teacher, students may be asked to discontinue lessons at any time if they have unpaid tuition, an excess amount of absences/unprepared lessons, or if they show a lack of interest or refusal to cooperate during lessons. Students are expected to take ALL of the lessons that are scheduled.

PRACTICE GUIDELINES

Students are expected to be prepared for each week’s lesson. A regular time should be set aside each day for practice in order to establish a routine that will become a daily habit. Daily practice is important for reinforcement of concepts and to avoid cramming just before the lesson, which is never successful.  Five to six 30-minute undisturbed practice sessions per week are recommended. Of course it is very important for students to practice for results as well as minutes. Lessons are designed to achieve goals each week through regular practice. Remember “You get out of it what you put into it.”
~Unprepared lessons cost the same as prepared ones, but their value is substantially compromised.~
·    Important note: Sometime during the course of taking piano lessons, your child will probably say something like, “I don’t want to practice,” or “I’m too tired to go to piano lessons,” or “I don’t want to go- I want to play with my friends,” “I want to quit,” etc… Just be aware that your child’s interest will probably not be consistent; but to be successful, you will need to be consistent in your encouragement and commitment to music instruction. In most cases, simply acknowledge your child’s comments, but then go on with your normal routine just as you would if you heard the comment, “I don’t want to brush my teeth,” “I don’t want to go to school,” or “I don’t want to go to bed.”