Studio Policy

STUDENT LESSONS

Private lessons are held weekly, every-other-week, or on a drop-in basis. Lessons may be scheduled for 30, 45 or 60 minute blocks of time. Lessons are focused around sound technical training and individual student goals. Beginning from an individual student's strengths, we move forward into instruction tailored to the individual student's musical ambitions and potential. 

Students are expected to come prepared to their lessons with all their music, assignment books, projects and other necessary materials. Assignment books are purchased yearly from the teacher. Method books or any other supplemental materials recommended by the instructor may be ordered online (Amazon, SheetMusicPlus or MusicNotes.com) purchased at Boomer's Music in Fort Collins, or picked up by the teacher and billed to the student. Students please bring a 3-ring binder to keep assignments and additional handouts organized. Students should arrive on time and may enter the studio directly (there is no need to knock!) and sit quietly until their lesson or lab time. Parents are welcome to come and go as you please, as long as you arrive to pick up your child at the end of their lesson time!

 

PRACTICING

Students' progress is greatly determined by their ability to find time for focused practicing between lessons. As a general rule, students should practice a daily minimum that corresponds with the amount of their weekly lesson time (with one day off per week). Of course, life happens, and lessons are always productive, with or without preparation, so please do not cancel a lesson because of lack of practicing. When life gets hectic, remember that consistency and quality of practice is more important than quantity, so even just five minutes of practice is far better than skipping that day. If little or no practice starts to become the norm, or practicing issues are causing strife within the family, please contact me sooner than later to discuss the situation! Younger children need parental assistance in finding a regular optimal practice time and environment. They may do better if you are in close proximity, for moral support and clarification on lesson instructions, however you are not asked to teach or micromanage your child's practice time. All students need encouragement and positive feedback when it comes to practicing and performing :)

 

PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES

One 'formal' recital will be offered during the school year. Other performance opportunities might include one or more of the following: local talent shows, coffee shops, group lessons, sharing recitals at local retirement homes, or in-studio pizza & performance party. High School students may opt to do a shared Junior Recital, and a solo Senior Recital sometime during their last two years of high school.

 

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY

Music technology equipment and software is now available to all students at the Loveland studio. It is my hope student will take advantage of this asset by scheduling lab time as available before or after their private lesson, or on a separate day. Please inquire if you wish to take advantage of this opportunity! 

 

ATTENDANCE POLICY

24-hour advance notice is requested if a lesson must be rescheduled. If you need to reschedule a lesson, log into the website www.AlPrettyNotes.com and go to your calendar. Click on the lesson that needs to be rescheduled and choose an available time slot, or request a swap with another student. Please follow up with an email to notify of your change. No refund is given for missed lessons. If you feel you need a more flexible plan, please consider the Drop-In Plan. Also, if arranged ahead of time, you may request a lesson by FaceTime or Skype. With many options here to work with, make-up lessons are not to be expected.

 

 SUMMER OPTIONS

Students are encouraged to be year round students to continue their musical progress. This will also assure their time slot for the following school year. The summer session is extremely flexible, and often offers fun and informative workshops (drama, song writing, keyboarding, etc). Students are asked to take the minimum summer program in order to secure a space in the following fall schedule. Participation in the summer workshops is highly encouraged as a nice break from the routine, as well as a fun way to explore new musical areas or to concentrate on a specific area of musical interest!

 

LESSON PROGRAMS & TUITION

Studio Program:

This program includes a set number lessons during each session or semester. Lessons via Skype or FaceTime when out of town or unable to get a ride to the studio is an option if arranged ahead of time! Monthly payments are due no later than the first day of each month. 30 days notice is required to discontinue the program.

Christine's Lesson and Class Fees:

Private Lessons -

Studio Program Tuition:
 
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Lesson Length  /  Monthly Pmt (weekly lessons) / Monthly Pmt (every other week lessons)

30 minutes                       $120 / $60

45 minutes                       $160 / $80

60 minutes                       $200 / $100 

New! Semester Payment Option - 5% discount available when you choose to pay for the entire semester or summer session within the first 2 weeks of that session.


Please Note: The studio plan is a better deal for you, and it allows to minimize bookkeeping for the studio, and more time to focus on teaching lessons! However if payments are not made by the first of the month, the plan is ineffective. Therefore if payment is not made by the first of a given month, the student may be billed at drop-in rates for lessons that month.

 

Drop-In Lessons:

Drop-In Lessons are most ideal for those students who are not able to make a weekly or biweekly commitment. Lessons will be scheduled on an as-needed basis,  subject to studio availability. Payment is due at or prior to each lesson.

Drop-In Lesson Rates:

30 min $35

45 min $45

60 min   $55

 

A Sliding Fee Scale available on need basis. Lessons will be scheduled on a weekly or biweekly basis, subject to studio availability.

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Katie's Lesson Fees:

Studio Program Tuition: 

Lesson Length  /  Monthly Pmt (weekly lessons) / Monthly Pmt (every other week lessons)

30 minutes                       $100/ $50

45 minutes                       $140/ $70

 

Drop-In Lesson Rates:

30 min $30

45 min $40

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