studio policy

Thank you for taking the time to read and understand the Studio Policy.
Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.


2018 important dates

Term Dates  (subject to change)
Term 1: Monday 29 January - Thursday 29 March (9 weeks)
Term 2: Monday 16 April - Friday 15 June (9 weeks)
Term 3: Monday 16 July - Friday 14 September (9 weeks)
Term 4: Monday 8 October - Friday 7 December (9 weeks)

Public Holidays (no lessons conducted; affected lessons will be rescheduled or adjusted accordingly on the invoice)
Good Friday: Friday 30 March
ANZAC Day: Wednesday 25 April
Labour Day: Monday 7 May
Queen's Birthday: Monday 1 October

Toowoomba Eisteddfod
Piano: May 13 - 16 (due date for entries to be confirmed)
Vocal: May 11 - 15 (due date for entries to be confirmed)

Toowoomba IMEB Exams
Mid-October (due dates for entries, and exam dates to be confirmed)

Toowoomba AMEB Exams
Session 11: 25 May - 17 June (entries close 18 April)
Session 12: 19 October - 11 November (entries close 5 September)


fees and payment

Fees may be revised annually in accordance with the rates recommended by the Music Teachers' Association of Queensland

Individual Lesson Fees
30 minutes  -  $35
45 minutes  -  $52.50
60 minutes  -  $70

Accepted Payment Methods
Direct deposit, card (small surcharge applies), cash (no change provided). Payments are non refundable.

School Aged Students
Fees are payable per term, in advance. Mid-term enrolments are billed for the lessons remaining in the term. A registration fee of $10 is due with each term.

Adult Students
Adult students are required to pay for each lesson attended. Payment can be made prior to the lesson via direct deposit, or at the lesson via card or cash. 24 hours notice is required for cancellations to avoid full lesson fees being charged.


absence

When a student does not attend a private lesson (either with or without advanced notice), this causes direct financial loss to the teacher. The Music Teachers' Association of Queensland recommend that accredited members charge for all missed lessons, unless the circumstances warrant some special concession, in the teacher's opinion.

In the unlikely event that I cannot attend a lesson, students will be notified as soon as possible, and the lesson rescheduled or carried forward.

Make up lessons may become available in the event of student absences, but are not guaranteed.


general information

Lessons commence at the appointed time, not when the student arrives for their lesson.

Students are required to demonstrate a commitment to their studies, by practicing regularly (commensurate to their age and level of experience) and by arriving to their lessons with all required materials, and a positive work ethic.

Parents are welcome to attend the first lesson of school aged students. However, to ensure the most comfortable working environment for the student, parental attendance at subsequent lessons is welcomed, but not preferable.

Piano students will only be accepted once a suitable (teacher approved) instrument is made available for at-home-practice.

The reproduction of sheet music (hard and digital copies) and audio recordings is strictly prohibited by Australian Copyright Law. The purchase of all required lesson materials is at the expense of the student.

Vocal students are encouraged to bring a recording device (i.e. iPhone/iPod/voice recorder) to record each lesson for at-home practice.


safety

I have an open door policy and will happily address any questions or concerns that arise. Respectful correspondence and communication is required at all times.

I have a zero tolerance policy for uncooperative or disrespectful behaviour from students, including behaviour which may incur damage to studio equipment. 

I am not able to hold responsibility for school aged students outside of their allotted lesson time. Prompt arrival and collection (at the appointed lesson start and finish time) not only respects the safety and wellbeing of students, but also shows consideration of my time, and the time of students prior and subsequent.

In accordance with the requirements of the Commission for Children and Young Pople, and as a business regulated by the Commission's Act, I have a current Blue Suitability Card and Risk Management Strategy in place, showing a commitment to maintaining the safety and wellbeing of all students. These can be sighted upon request.


cancellation

Failure to respect any conditions outlined in the studio policy may result in cancellation of enrolment.

To discontinue lessons, written notice is required no later than the last lesson of the current term. Failure to provide the required notice will result in a cancellation fee (50% of the following term account).