Pricing

The cost of all Music lessons is $80.00 per month for a 30 minute lesson each week.

$120.00 per month for a 45 minute lesson and $160 for an hour lesson.

Art lessons are also $80.00 per month but the lessons are longer.

Please call for details and more information about the lessons.

Policy

Welcome, students and parents, to the Academy of Music, Art, & Education. Our goal, as your teachers, is to cultivate a sincere and enduring love of the fine arts and learning, and a thorough understanding in a variety of styles and forms, while developing technical and practical skills. We are a teaching academy. We believe fine arts and education is an integral part of a balanced individual. They develop abstract thinking, hand-eye coordination, self-expression, listening skills, and self-confidence. Most importantly, it is fun to excel in many disciplines.

Music is fun! Art is fun! Learning is fun!

We have developed a unique curriculum. Please read these policies thoroughly and feel free to contact us if you have questions. We look forward to wonderful learning adventure with you.

Fees

  • Tuition fees are due on the first lesson day of each month.
  • Tuition is based on a four week month ($20 per lesson). Four weeks are left in the year that are not charged. These are used for lessons that are not made up, winter break, and teacher vacations.
  • A late fee of $15.00 are applied to past due tuition.
  • A return fee of $25.00 is charged for returned checks.
  • Prorated tuitions are provided for students starting mid-month.
  • The $29.00 registration fee is due with the first tuition payment. This fee reflects additional supplies provided to the students (i.e., newsletters, handouts, processing costs, etc.).
  • Notice of one month required for termination of lessons. No refunds for less notification.

Materials

  • Students are responsible for all materials required by their instructors.

Exams, Festivals, and Recitals

  • Students are required to participate in three of the four studio recitals.
  • Students are encouraged to participate in local, regional, state, national, and international recitals and competitions, such as: The Sonatina Festival, The National Federation of Music Club Festival, The Guild, and the Mid-American Music Festival.

Practicing & Studying

  • Assignments are to have the same priority as homework. In order to progress satisfactorily, daily practicing is essential. To help develop self-discipline and good work habits, it is suggested that a regular time for practice be set aside each day. It is the joint responsibility of the parent and student to see that daily practice is completed. Parents are encouraged to observe students during practice and study sessions and offer support and encouragement. After the teacher and student discuss and agree upon a reasonable amount of practice time, the student is asked to sign a contract.
  • Setting specific goals and rewarding their successful completion provides extra incentive to students who would otherwise find it difficult to stay motivated.
  • There are no penalties for not honoring the contract. If the student is consistently not meeting their goals, discussion follows to determine what the problem may be and how it can be resolved.

Cancellations, Rescheduling, & Termination

  • To reschedule a missed lesson you must notify the teacher 24 hours prior to the missed lesson.
  • A lesson missed without sufficient notice is forfeited unless it is due to an emergency or severe weather.
  • The teacher reserves the right to reschedule lessons in order to accommodate emergencies of their own.
  • The teacher reserves the right to terminate lessons with a student when it is believed the program is not the "right fit" for the student's specific needs.
  • You will be notified by your teacher if lessons are cancelled because of inclement weather.

Attendance, Lesson Preparation, & Behavior

  • Students are expected to attend lessons as scheduled. Arriving on time helps to ensure everyone will have their lessons on time. Please remember to bring required materials. If a student arrives late, the lesson will still end at the regular time.
  • All persons present in the teaching room during lessons must sit quietly and not interrupt, disturb, or otherwise distract the student or teacher.
  • All teachers and visitors must show reasonable caution when near studio equipment. children must be supervised at all times. Parents are responsible for any damage that may occur.

Vacations

  • There are no lessons during the Winter break, legal holidays, and the day after Thanksgiving. There is an additional week off for teachers at their discretion.
  • There are no credits issued for students taking vacations.
  • If a student discontinues lessons for the Summer, there is no guarantee their time slot will be available when they return. This practice is discouraged as the break in practice causes long-term problems.

Policies for Piano Students

Curriculum for Traditional Lessons

  • Basics of reading music and playing, using contemporary, pedagogical materials.
  • Foundations of a wide variety of music studied, covering all historical eras, various techniques, and beginning harmony.
  • Exploration in the study of specific composers, techniques, and genre with an emphasis on musical style and historical content.

Curriculum for Suzuki Lessons

  • Ear training by learning to recognize special differences.
  • Technique of beautiful tone and hand posture.
  • Reading music using contemporary pedagogical material.
  • Foundation of a wide variety of music studied, covering all historical eras, various techniques, and beginning harmony.
  • Exploration in the study of specific composers, techniques, and genre with an emphasis on musical style and historical content.

Lessons

  • Private Lessons - Students may choose between thirty, forty-five, and sixty minute lessons. However, students in the "Advanced" level are advised to take forty-five or sixty minute lessons.
  • Theory Class - Students are encouraged to enroll in Theory Lab. Please consult your teacher for enrollment forms and scheduling.
The student's piano should be tuned at least once a year and placed in a quiet area of the home that is conducive to productive study and practice. If keys are sticking or are not playing, the technician should be called immediately.