Lessons are scheduled weekly Monday through Friday and Sunday. Time slots of 30, 45 and 60 minutes are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Students wanting to change or swap scheduled lesson times with other students should themselves make such arrangements and notify Ms. Druzhinina as soon as possible.
Lessons are required to occur for at least one hour per week for students. This is to ensure that the training is able to be absorbed in and that the student will progress properly.
The lesson time may be split up into 30 minute intervals. Vocal Students need at least 2 seasons per week due to the need of training. It can be any combination of in-studio and online sessions. Frequency of sessions are critically important so the minimum of 1 hour per week can not be done in one instance but instead can be split between the week. Vocal Students may split the 1 hour requirement until 2 or 3, 30 minute or 20 minute intervals (mainly for beginners).
Parents’ attendance is strongly suggested at regular lessons and required at competitions. Parents who want to video record their children’s lessons should bring a memory card for lesson time.
A Home Assignment Book is required for students and parents to track and review practice progress. The Book shall include a Time Chart that must be filled out each practice. Parents should supervise home practice and record it on the Time Chart. Otherwise, Ms. Druzhinina will report that the “Student did not practice!”
Lessons cancelled less than 24 hours prior to the scheduled time will not be rescheduled, nor will refunds be given except under extraordinary circumstances as determined solely at Ms. Druzhinina’s discretion. Any lessons cancelled by Ms. Druzhinina shall be made up at no additional cost to the student at a mutually convenient time. Lessons cancelled more than 24 hours prior to the scheduled time will be made up on the last Sunday of the month. Snow days can be made up either on the last Sunday of the month or in July or August.
Monthly tuition is to be prepaid prior to the student being placed on a monthly schedule. Fees are due every first of the Month. Late payments will be charge with $20.00
CONTEST, COMPETITION, AUDITION & RECITAL PREPARATION
Students participating in contests and recitals often need additional lesson time to prepare. Olga’s Music Studio shall be compensated for this extra time either when the extra lessons are completed, or when taking an extended break from lessons such as vacation or holidays.
Summer is a time for students to participate in competitions, as well as train to improve technique and expand their theory base. Summer is also vacation time for many families. Students wanting to keep their current scheduled lesson time, while on vacation, must pay half of their regular monthly tuition. Students who interrupt tuition payments for two weeks or more may lose their original scheduled lesson time.
Students will be responsible for any damage they cause to Ms. Druzhinina’s studio. All minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times during a scheduled lesson time and while at Ms. Druzhinina’s studio. The student, parent and legal guardian waive all rights and claims for any injuries they or others may sustain while at Ms. Druzhinina’s studio that could have otherwise been prevented with proper supervision.
TERMINATION & LEVEL CHANGES
Parents and students can terminate a private lessons contract at the end of a prepaid month provided they give Ms. Druzhinina two weeks notice. Level changes from Certificate to Basic and from Competition to Certificate or to Basic may be made at any time. Level changes from Basic to Certificate or to Competition may be made no less than three months ahead of event application deadlines.
USE OF PHOTOS, VIDEO AND AUDIO RECORDINGS
Olga’s Music Studio has the right to photograph, videotape, or audio record its students musical performances at public concerts, contests and competitions. The recordings may be used for training of students or to promote Olga’s Music Studio.
Parents not wanting to have their children’s musical performances photographed or recorded should state so in writing. However, such privacy requirements will exclude student participation in public concerts, contests, and competitions.