When you choose your lesson time, you are reserving and agreeing to pay for each occurrence of that specific lesson time in a month. The only exceptions to this are the holidays listed below. Lessons are to be paid for in full at the first lesson of each month.
I accept cash, check, PayPal (lovemusicstudios.com), and Venmo (@Andrea-Ducas-1). All checks should be made out to Andrea Love, Love Music Studios.
Any lessons paid for after the 10th of the month will incur a $20 late fee. There is a $25 fee for returned checks.
MISSED LESSONS & GROUP MAKE-UP LESSONS
If you cannot make a lesson during one of your regularly scheduled times you are still expected to pay for that time. No exceptions. Once you reserve that time, I cannot fill it with someone else if you miss a week.
***Due to Covid, we are currently unable to meet for group make-up lessons. We are exploring ways to implement this offering online in a way which would be productive and engaging for attending students, however until further notice, there will be no make-up opportunities for missed lessons. Please make every effort to attend your regularly scheduled lessons.
Under normal, non-Covid, circumstances: If you miss your regularly scheduled lesson you may attend the monthly group make-up lesson. This group lesson will serve as the make-up lesson for any/all missed lessons that month. If you cannot make it to the group make-up in the month during which you missed your regular lesson, you forfeit the missed lesson(s). Make-ups will not roll over from month to month. The group make-up lesson will be taught in a similar format to a master class or higher level music course.
There are no tuition credits or refunds for no-shows/forgotten lessons.
If I need to cancel your lesson for any reason, your lesson will absolutely be made up. I will make sure you receive your individual lesson at an alternate time.
The studio is closed for the following holidays: Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving week and Christmas week.
Because I have students from various school districts, my studio will stay open during school and summer breaks. Any absences during school breaks will be handled as per the cancellation policy stated above.
If I need to miss a less for any reason, I will arrange alternate lessons in advance.
30 DAY NOTICE (TO TERMINATE LESSONS)
If, for some reason, you need to stop taking lessons, termination with Love Music Studios requires a 30-day notice in writing via e-mail or hard copy so that I can work on filling your spot when you leave. If you are just taking a hiatus from lessons, this notice policy applies, and I cannot guarantee your same time slot in the future. However, I will do my best to get you back into a lesson time that works mutually for everyone.
If you know that your schedule will be changing due to extracurricular activities, work schedule changes, etc., please notify me at least two weeks in advance so we can accommodate a new day/time for your lesson that works with your new schedule.
Private lessons require intense concentration from both myself as the instructor and the student. Therefore, anyone accompanying a new student (parent, guardian, friend) should plan to sit-in on only the first one or two lessons for the new student. Parents, siblings and friends who come with the student to the lesson may wait in the sitting room while the student's lesson takes place.
A student may bring a guest who is interested in observing the lesson to see if they would like to take lessons, provided that guest will not be a distraction (e.g. gum chewing, video game music, ringing phones and/or phone calls, or interjections.) If a student would like a friend to participate in a lesson with them, it must be pre-arranged with me and upon approval they are welcome to attend.
Please make every effort to arrive on time, or even better, 5 minutes early. If you arrive late, you forfeit the missed time and your lesson will be shorter as we will still end on time. The front door will be open prior to your lesson time. Please enter quietly, remove your shoes and go downstairs to the studio sitting room until the student before you is finished.
WHAT TO BRING TO YOUR LESSONS
It is very important that you bring a water bottle for your voice lessons, your music books, a 3-ring binder to hold your sheet music, and an MP3 device (or recording app on your phone) to record your lessons.
PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!!!
In music, practice is what you do in-between your lessons and not AT your lessons. Let's consider personal fitness training. Unless you invest significant sums of money, you will likely only see a personal trainer once or twice per week for an hour or so. Those one or two sessions per week do not excuse you from a clean diet and regular exercise during the rest of the week. If you leave a session with your personal trainer, head straight for the closest fast food drive-thru establishment, and do not visit the gym again until your next session, you will most certainly not see results. If you do, they will be negligible at best. Music lessons are no different; the hour you spend with me each week will only help you grow a little, however when you practice applying the concepts you learn during lessons consistently throughout the week you will see greater results at a much quicker rate. I will give you access to the Love Music Studios Dropbox which contains many vocal exercises and accompaniment tracks for your songs, so you have something to practice with. I will also give you specific techniques to practice for your songs. In order to achieve your greatest potential, you must put in the work. The more you put in, the more you'll get out of lessons.