Credit Card or Bank Debit Auto Payments to be processed the 26th of each month for the upcoming month’s lessons.
Except: 1st tuition payment per Semester (Aug & Jan.) is due by July 20th &
PAYMENTS & LATE FEES December 20th + mat. fee or upon enrolling.
Membership includes: Online Account to access billing/payment, scheduling, homework & practice.
Payments will be automatically billed to the credit card or bank account you select in your account.
Your card information will be processed in the event that the student quits lessons without paying or does not give adequate notice for Discontinuing Lessons. (See details below.)
Payment must be received before the first class. Spaces are reserved upon receipt of an online enrollment form and payment through your online account. La-ti-Da instructors have attendance sheets – if you are not listed on the instructors roster, you will not be able to attend class. We DO NOT allow payment and enrollment at the time of the class. Teachers are there to teach not handle admissions.
Observe a Classes:
La-ti-Da Music doesn’t offer a trial class since these classes build from the previous weeks concepts but you may observe a class in session to see if you’d like to join for the next session opening. Families must complete the Visitor/ Trial Class Waiver in advance. We do offer open enrollment so you may start class at any time. This means if you’d like to join a class that isn’t full please contact Miss Aubrey. If there is space you will be able to join the session for a prorated amount. (See Prorating) This applies to Music Family and Music Babies. Our other classes are only open at the beginning of a new session.
We do not offer refunds if you are enrolled in a session. You may discontinue after the session. In order to have the class we rely on minimum enrollment for these small group classes. La-ti-Da Music reserves the right to cancel any class due to inadequate enrollment any time with refunds provided.
ATTENDANCE/ MISSING CLASS
Tuition reserves the student a weekly time slot & benefits within the studio.
Keep in mind for every hour enrolled in lessons, teachers & staff invest an average of 2-3 hours of their time outside of the regular teaching schedule. AND we account for some missed classes in the annual tuition amount.
We guarantee that every student receives much more of teacher’s and staff’s time than the 30/60 minutes we see you each week.
There will be no rescheduled classes when canceled by the student due to illness, vacations, weather, or forgetfulness etc.
See options for missing classes on the School Handbook.
No-shows and cancellations will not be refunded.
If the teacher must miss a class, which happens rarely, we will reschedule when there is a convenient time to do so.
CANCEL a class & let teacher/staff know and then check your account for homework for the week after class. Check Parent Account info. in the Survival Guide HANDBOOK for CANCELATION Instructions
Options if the student can’t attend their reserved class time:
VIDEO LESSON or Assignment posted in Teacher Zone:
Homework will be listed in the groups online account and the student is responsible for checking the work that was missed and work on it at home.
MATERIALS/INSTRUMENT NEEDED (provided by each parent/student)
Home Instrument – please see “Choosing Instrument and When to Upgrade” & “Practice & Home Setup” documents for more details including suggested ways for students to listen to music tracks and/or CD’s.
Computer, iPad or Smart phone access – Since we are a modern school we do use technology to teach and assign homework. This means a student might have an online assignment, a video from a teacher, a backing track to play along with or a teaching game to help master a music concept that requires they can access one of the devices listed.
DISMISSAL OF STUDENT- Students may be dismissed from class/ lessons for any of the following reasons:
Destruction or theft of property in the studio
Disrespect or uncooperative attitude toward teachers or other students
Failure to comply with studio policy
Failure to pay tuition by the due date
Music Family Class- La-ti-Da Music is happy to provide make-ups. In order to maintain small class sizes and provide a consistent, optimal learning environment we limit make ups. For Family Music Class you may make up two classes per session, within that session. Makeups do not carry over. If you are unable to attend your regularly scheduled class (due to illness or some other excusable event), you may arrange to make up the class at another time, as long as there is room. Makeup space is limited, so if you know that you are going to miss a class, please contact us through your online account. If class is cancelled due to teacher illness, it will be rescheduled.
Glee Club, Kiddy Keys– We DO NOT offer makeups for these classes. If you miss the class you can see what was covered in class on your online account under homework.
You must sign up for an entire session. It’s important students in these classes start at the beginning because of the cumulative nature of the class.
There are minimum and maximum class sizes. Timely registration is highly recommended.
Food, Drinks, Toys etc.:
Please encourage children to leave special toys, blankets, snacks, drinks etc. in the car. We like to keep their hands and mouths busy during class and stay on the move! If this presents a particular problem, let us know, and we will try to find a special place for the object in question in one of the cubbies. We request that no food, drinks, bottles or sippy cups be used in the teaching areas (once one child sees a juice cup or snack then they all want one!) and please no chewing gum.
Talking during class:
Since one of our key goals is to enhance the parent/care giver – child relationship, please refrain from lengthy conversations with other parents when class is in progress. Not only do such conversations cause distractions, but the child also quickly notices when the parent’s attention is diverted. Please feel free to visit with others after class, during the transition time.
A special aspect of La-ti-Da Music is our small class size. We cannot allow friends to attend class on a one-time basis. However, we do understand that sometimes it is necessary to bring along an older sibling. If you need to bring a sibling to class, please call or email the office in advance to reserve a spot – knowing who is coming in advance will allow our classes to remain intimate! Siblings may attend for $10. La-ti-Da Music reserves the right to limit the amount of visitors per class. Babies under six months and grownup visitors, such as grandparents or mommies and daddies, who want to attend together are always welcome but please let us know in advance. Friends who would like to do a trial class must contact the office and complete a Visitor Waiver.
Kiddy Keys– does NOT offer siblings or friends to drop in. We do allow observation so you can see if this class might be a good fit for the student.
We reserve the right to update or modify these Studio Policies at any time and without prior notice, by posting the revised version of these Studio Policies on our website.
Your use of the Site following any such change constitutes your agreement with all posted Studio Policies updates, and you will be subject to the terms of the revised Studio Policies.
You may access the current version of these Studio Policies at any time on our web site.
Ready to Enroll in Lessons??? Complete the following steps to be assigned a lesson slot.
1. Complete Online Enrollment Form & Agreement to Group Lesson Terms & Conditions
2. Create your Parent Account Profile
3. Pay Tuition & Material Fee. Plus $20 Enrollment Fee due for new students
Please arrive on time. See Before or After Class below. If your child needs to use the restroom before the lesson please come early enough to allow time for that. We recommend that you arrive 5 minutes early to do a bathroom break or hand washing as needed.
Arriving late means the student’s class time will be shorter and will still end as scheduled.
Parents may wait in the waiting area during their child’s class or (as most parents choose) can wait in their vehicle. (Please see Parent Lesson Attendance below for more details.)
Provide a home instrument (if you have questions about instrument details let us know so we can help you choose), music books, a working metronome and other materials as requested. See Home Setup
Provide quality listening music for your child to help them to become aware of different musical styles and provide a broad background and knowledge of classical music.
Provide time, support, encouragement, and discipline for regular & consistent practice. Make sure that your child practices the piano each day. Many students will not take the initiative to do this on their own and need to be reminded. Be involved in your child’s practice at home. Particularly with younger students or beginners, parents will need to help the child organize. It is helpful to review the class assignment with your child to ensure reasonable preparation for lessons.
NOTE TO PARENTS: It’s likely that at some point over the course of your child taking lessons/ classes they will start saying something to the effect of “I don’t want to practice” or “I’m too tired to go to my lesson” or I don’t want to go.” That’s normal and even professional musicians have days (or weeks) like that!!!! Please be aware that your child’s interest in lesson may not be 100% consistent, but to be successful you will beed to be consistent in your encouragement and commitment to their music education. In most cases, it is a temporary road block and will pass. Please keep us in the loop so we can try to re-inspire them and provide them with some extra encouragement.
PARENT LESSON ATTENDANCE
Please make sure you are available the last minutes of each lesson (see below for amount of time) so the teacher can make sure you understand homework in order to be helpful for students at home practice.
It’s also a good idea to periodically check the announcements board in the waiting area.
Before or After Class:
If student arrives early for their class and the teacher is teaching another student/class, please wait in waiting area. Some students are easily distracted or are very shy about playing in front of other people. We want to make sure each student gets his or her full piano lesson/class without interruption. CHECK OUT the fun, engaging things to look at or do in the waiting area.
Parents must bring and pick students up on time
Cleanliness- Make sure your child’s hands are clean. If your child needs to wash them please arrive with enough time to do so before your lesson starts.
FOOD/ DRINK: No food, drinks or gum in the music studios – please eat your snack in the waiting area. Closed water bottles are allowed.
Young children may not be left unattended.
Stay in the waiting area as students/parents moving about the lesson rooms or classroom is very distracting to other students in lessons.
Students MUST silence their phones during classes.
Many parents wait in the car during lessons. If you choose to do so make sure you are back in the studio if you need to attend the end of your child’s lessons (See Parent Lesson Attendance)
Children under the age of 8 must be picked up in the waiting area. Young children are not allowed to go into the parking lot without an adult. We are located on a very busy street.
We also encourage you to have your children wear shoes because we are located on a highly trafficked area we have found rubbish in the parking lots & would hate for children to get hurt walking to or from the studio.
Students should come to class well-prepared with all assignments from the previous class, music books & binder
Wash your hands throughly before your class begins
Read & practice the assignments in your Online Student account
Practice as recommended below. Each student will have a personal practice recommendation that may differ based on their level, potential, and ability. Dividing the practice time before school and after school works well
We believe and support student driven learning…
This means the more a student practices & puts in the effort to do their assignments the faster they will excel through the curriculum.