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« on: August 10, 2006, 07:35:35 PM »

As per title.  Would anyone care to post examples of their studio policies?
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« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2006, 03:22:57 AM »

Here's mine. Unchanged for eight years, except the rates are higher now. Lol I'm wondering when I can raise them again. The best teacher in the state (imo) charges only $20 more per hour than I do, sometimes I think teachers here are undercutting each other. That doesn't happen back east. Here in this small western USA city last year I believe I was the first teacher to go to $50 per hour. All the other serious teachers now charge the same rate.

I have found that this piece of paper makes the client pay attention and take lessons seriously, it sends the message that I am serious about this, not a babysitter. But it's getting to the point where those people don't come around and only the truly interested contact me, which is how I want it. Anyway, I hope you find this useful in creating your own studio policy. I copied this out of a book and adjusted it to suit my needs.

ARENSKY PIANO STUDIO

ARENSKY MUSIC
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(888) 888-8888


STUDIO POLICY

TIME:     Lessons will be either thirty minutes, forty-five minutes or
one hour in length.
             Note:   All parents/guardians are welcome at any time to observe.

COST:     Twenty-five dollars ($25.00) per half-hour lesson;
Thirty –seven dollars and fifty cents ($37.50) per 45 minute lesson;
Fifty dollars ($50.00) per full hour lesson.
         

PAYMENT:    Please make checks payable to ARENSKY MUSIC.  Lessons will be billed on a monthly basis at the beginning of each month.  Checks should be remitted at the first lesson each month and will total the cost of the number of lessons to be taken during the month. 

CANCELLATIONS:    Lessons canceled with twenty-four (24) hours advance notice will be rescheduled schedule permitting.  Students are responsible to pay for lessons canceled without twenty-four hours notice.  No refund will be given for no-shows or tardiness.  If you think you will be delayed, please call to let me know if you will be coming.

STUDIO PHONE:  The Studio phone number is (888) 888-8888.  Please feel free to call between the hours of 9AM and 9 PM if you have any cancellations, questions, or need to arrange a conference.  If I am teaching or out when you call, an answering machine will take your message. 


It is my sincerest hope that you understand the necessity of establishing a STUDIO POLICY.  If you have questions regarding this policy don't hesitate to call. 

Welcome to the Studio,
Sincerely yours,



arensky

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« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2006, 08:57:09 PM »

This is a rather large studio I teach for.  The policy is strictly enforced since there are so many teachers and students. 


Courtesy Information

Payment
Monthly tuition rates are based upon the nine-month school year during which there are 34 weeks of instruction plus the recitals and festivals. The monthly tuition payment is due September through May. Summer lessons can be pro-rated when a schedule is agreed upon at the beginning of each month, June through August.
Tuition payments are due by the first lesson of the month. If tuition is not received before the tenth of the month, a $10 late fee will be incurred and lessons will be suspended until tuition is paid.

Special Activities, Awards, and Fees Due
We offer weekly motivational contests sponsored by each teacher, the Winter Recital and the annual Spring Recital with awards and memorization trophies, and our own annual Piano Fest in late Spring for all school-age students.

The annual registration fee of $35 for school-age students covers the cost of registration, recital fees, Music Fest fees, and a subscription to the Piano Explorer. The annual registration fee for adults is $15. Fees for optional events are collected separately.

Returned Checks
There is a $20.00 fee for all returned checks.

Missed Lessons
Each student has a reserved lesson time, and is responsible for that time. We regret that missed lessons cannot be made up except in cases of teacher absence or snow days. Lesson time cannot be extended due to late arrival. Please note that tuition is due regardless of missed lessons.

Thirty-Day Notice of Cancellation
If a student must discontinue lessons, a written, thirty-day notice is required. Payment is due during this thirty-day period whether or not lessons are taken.

Supplies
All instrumental students must have an instrument on which to practice regularly. An assignment notebook is provided at the first lesson. Bills for music will be sent by the teacher as necessary. Please pay for the music by the next lesson.

Practice Time
Students need a daily, non-interrupted time to practice. Time will vary according to teacher assignments and student levels.

Parental Involvement
Parental support is crucial to the success of each student. The assignment notebook is our means of weekly communication about expectations, assignments, scheduling reminders, and progress.

Keyboard Tuning and Maintenance
Piano Central Music Studios highly recommends Mr. S.T., an experienced, local piano tuner. Mr. T. can be reached at 288-2353. For questions about digital keyboards, please contact D. or C., owners of Piano Store, at 555-5555.

 
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« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2006, 09:16:28 AM »

Thanks amanfang and arensky.

Here's a site I found with several to choose from

http://www.toddfamily.com/policies/Policies/Policies.htm
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« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2006, 02:40:50 AM »

the points in H1 are good too, about the parent paying for supplementary items in addition to the lesson (such as theory cards, music, metronome, whatever).  most parents have no problem with this - but i distinctly remember the second or third time a girl came for lessons with me and brought nothing.  the method book i let her use was temporary until she bought her own.  so, i talked with the mom and said - 'let's go to the music store together and i'll help you pick out what she needs.'  well, we got there and she went off in a huff when she realized i meant that she buy the materials.  apparently she must have thought that i would buy everything.  that was my only bad experience and i could have misinterpreted it.  anyway, for the record - it doesn't hurt to explain things fairly precisely.  in fact, you might just tell them ahead of time - 'you need a decent piano.  you need a metronome along the way in the first year or so, you need some music, flashcards, a good piano lamp (very important for eyesight), occasional books, music dictionary.
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« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2006, 11:16:11 AM »

Here is a detailed one:
http://www.ceciliaborders.com/policy.htm
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« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2007, 07:13:31 AM »

This is detailed:
http://www.kaublepianostudio.com/

What to include:
http://www.serve.com/marbeth/policy.html
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« Reply #7 on: September 22, 2007, 02:39:24 AM »

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« Reply #8 on: January 20, 2009, 05:48:16 PM »

I think that the policy needs to be short and to the point.  I have revised my studio policy several times this past year, due to different situations that comes along.  I make a list of what is needful for parents to know.  The general information of fees,  missed/makeup lessons.  Then what is expected of the students and parents.  I inform the parents of the number of weeks of school and therefore, my fees cover the 5 month block for the Spring semester as well as the Fall semester which is the 4 month time block.  Summer can vary due to vacation times for the teacher and students.  I am so glad for my laptop to make the revisions when needed. 
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« Reply #9 on: April 09, 2009, 07:15:14 PM »

My studio policy can be downloaded from http://www.williamhay.co.uk/faq.pdf. I put it together a few months ago and it seems to be working well so far. I am considering increasing my prices though from September as they have been at the current rate now for two years.

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« Reply #10 on: July 24, 2010, 05:15:21 PM »



Dude, to be honest, that's pretty tense, a little too tense, I'd be scared to even BREATHE during a lessons.
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« Reply #11 on: July 24, 2010, 06:40:52 PM »


Dude, to be honest, that's pretty tense, a little too tense, I'd be scared to even BREATHE during a lessons.

Please~~ You must breathe !   Wink
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« Reply #12 on: December 03, 2010, 04:42:19 PM »

This is incredibly useful. Thanks to all.
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« Reply #13 on: January 05, 2011, 01:57:38 PM »

One thing that might be added is that you should not use any photocopied material that is under copyright. Contacting students outside of school times also should not be condoned. These things need to also be in studio policy to cover their ass if a teacher decides to break the rules.
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