STUDIO POLICY

Lesson Schedule & ATTENDANCE

Lessons are divided into sessions as follows:

  • Fall Session 2019: September 3 – December 20

  • Winter/Spring Session 2020: January 6 – May 31

  • Summer Session 2020: June 1 – August 31

Tuition for lessons in the Fall and Winter/Spring Sessions are paid for on a monthly basis while lessons in the Summer Session are flexible and based on demand. Students must pay for a minimum of four lessons in the Summer Session in order to be guaranteed a spot in the schedule for the Fall Session.

Attendance is expected for all lessons and time lost due to student’s tardiness will not be made up. Please call or text me if you will be later than five minutes. The lesson will be forfeited after 15 minutes in the case of no-show/no-call. If I am late, the full lesson will still be given, or the time will be made up at a later lesson.

TUITION & PAYMENTS

Private individual lessons are conducted on a weekly basis for 30, 45, or 60 minutes. The rates for in-home* lessons are:

  • 30 minutes – $55/lesson (recommended only for students under age of 8)

  • 45 minutes – $65/lesson

  • 60 minutes – $80/lesson

  • Additional lesson time is billed at rate of $60/hour

For new students, there will be a one-time registration fee of $50 added to the first month’s tuition.

Payments made during the school year (September – May) must be received by the first lesson of the month, or by the 15th of the month, whichever comes first. Payments made during the Summer Session must be received by the first lesson of the month. A $10 fee will be assessed on all late payments.

You may pay by cash, personal check (payable to JULIE BARWICK MUSIC), credit card, or PayPal. PayPal payments may be accepted at PayPal.me/JuliePiano. If mailing a check, please send to the address found in your registration packet.

Families should expect a yearly increase in tuition appropriate to cost of living increases and services offered.

*Depending on the location, an additional travel fee may be added. Please contact me to inquire about in-studio rates and availability.

CANCELLATIONS & MAKE-UPS

Lessons must be cancelled at least 24 hours in advance in order to qualify for a make-up lesson. Exceptions will only be made for illness if I receive notification at least four hours before the scheduled lesson time.

During the school year, there will be a maximum of three make-up lessons allowed. Families are expected to pay for additional lessons that are missed due to school concerts, sporting events, travel plans, other activities, etc. Exceptions may be made for illness.

If I need to cancel the lesson for any reason, the lesson will be made up or credited at my discretion.

MATERIALS & ACTIVITY FEES

Students will be informed of the required materials and are responsible to purchase these directly from the store or online, unless otherwise provided by me. If I purchase new books or materials for the student, payment (cash or check only) is required at the time of purchase. The cost of materials and fees for participation in festivals, evaluations, competitions and other activities may also be charged separately.

Borrowed materials which have been subsequently lost by the student will be charged the replacement cost.

STUDENT & Family RESPONSIBILITIES

Students are expected to:

  • Treat me, my property, and other students respectfully

  • Be well-prepared for lessons by completing practice and written assignments

  • Bring required lesson materials and books to each lesson

Students should practice on an acoustic piano that it is regularly tuned (approximately once every 6–12 months). Keyboards are not acceptable.

DISCONTINUATION OF LESSONS

To discontinue lessons, the student must provide at least one month’s advance written notice. If the student does not provide one month’s advance written notice, the student shall be liable for one month’s tuition in full, even if no lessons are provided during that month.

I reserve the right to discontinue lessons for any reason. If I decide to terminate lessons, tuition will be pro-rated up to the last lesson taken and a refund provided, if applicable. The reasons for discontinuation may be:

  • Persistent absences/tardiness

  • Excessive requests for scheduling changes

  • Lack of progress due to insufficient practice

  • Uncooperative attitude or general dislike of lessons

PHOTO & VIDEO RELEASe

Throughout the year, I may wish to use audio recordings, videos, or images from our studio events on this website and/or social media. Students will never be identified by last name, school grade, or school name. Please let me know if you do not want your child’s photos or videos to be used.

By registering and paying tuition, you certify that you understand and agree to the Julie Barwick Piano Studio policies for the 2019/2020 year.

Effective: August 2019