When you sign up for lessons, you are reserving a weekly lesson time for the entire session/month and you are expected to pay for the full month at the beginning the month.
I accept cash, check, or Paypal (for the use of Paypal, you will be charged an additional $3.00 fee in addition to your lesson fee). All checks should be made out to Andrea Love. It is imperative that you pay on time so that I can run my business effectively and plan for the appropriate resources. Any lessons paid for after the 10th of the month will incur a $10 late fee. There is a $15 fee for returned checks.
When you sign up for lessons, you are reserving a weekly lesson time for the entire session/month and you are expected to pay for the full month at the start of the month. You are allowed one make-up lesson per month, and you have 2 weeks from the date of the missed lesson to make it up. If you do not make up this lesson within the 2 week time period, you forfeit the lesson. Any additional lessons missed during the month are forfeit. If you forget that you have a lesson and are a no-show, you will not be allowed a make-up lesson for that missed lesson.
There are no tuition credits or refunds for missed/forgotten lessons.
If I must cancel for any reason, that lesson will be made up regardless. I will make sure you receive that lesson at an alternate time.
My studio is closed for the following holidays: Memorial Day Weekend, Independence Day, Labor Day Weekend, Halloween, 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 am going out of town, 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) 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.