Studio Policy

As a music instructor, I know the value of healthy training, learning to express one’s self, and the significance of performing and professional skills.  I take very seriously my task as a teacher to relate to each student and share my knowledge in an understandable and professional manner.  To ensure the best learning experience, I ask that you as a student (or legal guardian of a student) read and agree to the following studio policy. 

Semester

Each semester includes 18 weeks (18 lessons or 18 classes).  See the schedule for start and ending dates as well as holidays. 

Lessons

Lessons register prior to the start of the semester, and remain at the same time and day every week unless both parties agree to a temporary or permanent change.

Classes

Classes remain at the same time and day every week as scheduled at registration.

8-Week Classes (As specified in the Lesson and Class Descriptions)

Eight-week classes register prior to the start of the course with payment due at registration.

Monthly Classes (As specified in the Lesson and Class Descriptions)

Registration and payment for monthly classes will occur upon arrival to the first class of the month.

Attendance/Tardiness

Students are expected to attend every lesson, arriving on time.  If a student arrives late, the missed time will not be compensated.

Missed Private Lessons

Up to 2 missed lessons per semester may be made up.  If a third lesson is missed, it will not be made up.  There are no refunds for missed lessons.  

In the event of a missed lesson, please notify Amanda Combs as soon as possible to allow other students to make up their lessons. 

Missed Classes

Due to the nature of the course, missed classes cannot be made up.  There are no refunds for missed classes.

Payments

Each semester covers 5 months.  Payments are set monthly prices and do not change with the number of weeks per month.  By registering, each student (or legal guardian) commits to paying for the full semester, even if the student does not finish the semester.

The first monthly payment for each semester is due at the time of registration.  The following monthly payments are due the first week of each month at the time of lesson/class.  Late payments may be subject to a $20 late fee. 

Payments are accepted via cash, check (made out to “Amanda Combs”), or PayPal (amandakcombs@gmail.com).  In the event of a NSF (bounced) check, a fee of $20 will be charged in addition to the original payment amount. After 2 NSF checks, only cash will be accepted. If a student must discontinue lessons or classes after pre-payment, no refunds will be made.  Upon exiting the vocal studio, all fees must be paid in full.  In the event legal action should become necessary to enforce payment of any charges, the student (or legal guardian) is responsible for all reasonable attorney’s fees and costs incurred.

Additional costs may include but are not limited to printed sheet music/published books, digital song downloads, CDs, binders, etc.

Materials

Each student is recommended to maintain a notebook for lessons including assignments and a practice journal. Students may be asked to obtain charts, sheet music or other physical or audio music relating to their lesson. Any such relevant materials should be easily accessible during each lesson.

Practice

Each student is expected to practice 5 days a week.  The practice material and time per day will be specified after each lesson or class.  Parents or guardians are asked to encourage students on their musical journey. 

Recitals

Each semester will conclude with a recital as specified in the Class Descriptions.  A student enrolled in private lessons or specified classes will NOT be eligible for recital under the following circumstances:  1.) He/she has not attended a minimum of 13 lessons or 14 classes in that semester, 2.)  He/she has not been deemed “recital-ready” by the instructor. 

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HopeSong Music Studio Policy