Studio Policies

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.

With your tuition, you are reserving a weekly lesson time for the entire session/month.  If you cannot make your reserved time due to illness, a 24-hour notice of cancellation is required in order to receive a make-up lesson. If you must cancel your lesson due to travel (work travel, family trip) or a school performance you are required to perform in, you must give a 48-hour notice of cancellation to receive a make-up lesson. Lessons will not be made up for forgotten lessons or lessons put off for reasons other than illness, being out of town or required school performances.  If you cannot attend your lesson for whatever reason, please call or text me so that I do not worry about you.
Make-up lessons are accommodated per my schedule and are not guaranteed. If able to be accommodated, lessons must be made up within that session/month (no roll-overs from month-to-month). 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, and Thanksgiving week and Christmas week.  My studio will also be closed from December 20th-January 1st.  

Because I have students from various school districts, my studio will stay open during school and summer breaks.  If you go out of town during those weeks and would like a make-up lesson, you must let me know in advance and we can set that up. The make-up lessons must be done within that same month, are accommodated per my schedule, and are not guaranteed.  If I am going out of town, I will arrange alternate lessons in advance.
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, please notify me at least two weeks in advance so I can try to accommodate a new day/time for your lesson per your schedule.
Private lessons require intense concentration from both myself as the instructor and the student. Therefore, visitors of a new student (such as parents, friends, and other family) 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. If guests demonstrate that they will not be a distraction (e.g. gum chewing, video game music, ringing phones and/or phone calls, or interjections), I welcome them to sit in on as many lessons as they would like.  If you’d like a friend to participate in a lesson with you, it must be pre-arranged with me and upon approval, they are welcome to attend, as long as they are focused on working (as you are) during the lesson.

Please make every effort to arrive on time, or even better, 5 minutes early.  If you arrive late, I cannot guarantee you your full time. The front door should be open prior to your lesson time.  Please enter quietly, remove your shoes and go downstairs to the studio sitting room prior to your lesson time so that you do not disturb the lesson before you.
It is very important that you bring a water bottle for your voice, your piano book/music if you take piano, a 3-ring binder to hold your sheet music and lyrics if you take voice, and an MP3 device (or recording app) to record your lessons. 
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 half-hour or hour you spend with me each week does not excuse you from learning your music and applying the concepts you learn during lessons consistently throughout the week. 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 with for your songs. In order to achieve your greatest potential, you must put in the work.