For pupils under the age of 18, parents or carers must supply emergency contact details and detail any conditions – such as allergies – that the pupil may have that could require physical attention. They are also asked to be clear about who is collecting pupils. I will not allow pupils to leave by themselves without a parent’s or carer’s written permission.
A contact/health form can be downloaded here.
Fees and music
Fees from September 2017 will be £15 per half hour lesson. Pupils will also be charged for music and examination fees at cost when necessary. It is vital that pupils remember to bring their music to every lesson. I do not have duplicate copies of all the music I use and reserve the right to refuse to give a lesson if a student consistently arrives with no music.
Payment is per half term of either five or six weeks. There will be no more than 11 weeks in a term – see my calendar for more information. Invoices will be emailed in the first week of term and payment is due by the second lesson. Bank transfer is the preferred form of payment, but I am also happy to accept cash and cheques. In exceptional circumstances pupils may be allowed to pay on a weekly basis, but I reserve the right to withdraw this privilege if I feel it is being abused.
If I have to cancel a lesson it will be refunded on the next invoice or made up at a time to suit the pupil. Lessons cancelled or missed by pupils will not be refunded. However, I will try to make up one missed lesson per half term, subject to availability, providing I have been notified in advance (preferably by text). For lessons before 1pm this must be by the night before the lesson, for afternooon and evening pupils by 12am on the day of the lesson. ‘Make-up’ days for missed lessons will be indicated on the calendar. Pupils who have been allowed to pay weekly and miss a lesson without notification will be charged the full fee, payable by the next lesson.
Four weeks’ notice is normally required to discontinue lessons, although this may be waived if I am able to fill your lesson slot immediately. Lessons already paid for will not be refunded.
Practice makes perfect
Mastering an instrument is as much about practising as musical talent. Students should be encouraged to practise regularly – preferably every day. Short, frequent practice is the most effective way to learn, especially for beginners. Please be prepared to listen to your child practising and encourage and reward good practice.