TERM OF INSTRUCTION – Fountain Music Studio offers year-round instruction and the main instructional year begins in September when school starts and ends in June of the following year. Tuition includes 36 lessons between September and June and is payable in equal monthly installments. Two free performance workshops will be held in October and May and will act as bonus/makeup classes. In addition, students will have the opportunity to participate in competitions, festivals, ORMTA recitals and and the studio year-end recital during their studies. Students are encouraged to schedule as many additional summer lessons as family vacations permit. Summer lessons allow students to advance more quickly when they are not busy with their usual schoolwork. A non-refundable annual registration fee of $30 ($50 family rate) is required.
TUITION – Tuition is due on or before the 7th of each month. Any additional lessons, beyond the 36 included in the tuition, are billed separately. Regardless of the number of lessons per month due to holidays, professional obligations, etc., the Sept-May/June tuition payments remain approximately the same (unless additional lessons are requested).
Tuition fees are:
$90.00 per month for 30-minute lessons
$120.00 per month for 45-minute lessons
$165.00 per month for 60-minute lessons
Semester or annual payments are also available. Please inquire if interested.
The number of lessons is accordingly prorated for students who begin their instruction after the start of the academic year. Monthly tuition fees remain the same.
BILLING – Invoices are sent via email around the 25th of the previous month indicating the next month’s tuition, fees for music received, etc. Payments made be made via online banking, cheque or cash. Please make checks payable to Julia Fountain, and e-transfers should be sent to "firstname.lastname@example.org"
SCHEDULED LESSON TIMES – Lessons will be given weekly on the same day of the week and at same time of day (unless other arrangements are made). A reminder email is sent to each client two or three days in advance of the lesson. Clients should notify me immediately if no email is received or if an erroneous email is sent with inaccurate date/time information. Clients are responsible for verifying lesson times via the online calendar.
"NO-SHOW" LESSONS – A no-show lesson is defined as an absence without notice. No-show lessons will not be rescheduled. There are no refunds for no-show lessons.
CANCELLED LESSONS – A cancelled lesson is defined as an absence with 24-hour notice, if possible. Lessons will be rescheduled at my discretion or credit given for a maximum of two (2) lessons per semester (Sept-Dec, Jan-June) Clients should not assume that lessons will be rescheduled.
•A rescheduled lesson will not be scheduled a second time—missed or canceled rescheduled lessons will be forfeited.
Weather involving snow and ice will be treated on a daily basis; please call. With consultation, special arrangements may be made for individual religious observances.
ARRIVAL and DEPARTURE from lessons – Please be prompt when dropping off and picking up students. I cannot supervise or babysit waiting students while I am teaching. Students are not to wait alone outside.
FOOD – Please do not bring food, drinks or gum into the studio. Students should finish all snacks before arrival and wash their hands on entering the studio if they are sticky or oily.
PARENTAL OBSERVATION – Parents are welcome to observe all or part of the lesson.
PRACTICE – Practicing can be fun! Each student will learn and progress at their own rate, but I suggest that your child have an “assigned” special time set aside for piano practicing each day, away from radio, TV, computer, and other distractions. That way, your child will be able to meet their responsibility with a routine. Practice may be broken into 2 or 3 short sessions rather than one long session if that suits the student’s learning style better.
Beginners will need some parental supervision to make sure they are covering the appropriate pages as listed in their assignment books.
Please keep fingernails trimmed short—long nails prevent good hand position.
Please make sure that your piano is tuned regularly and is in good repair (all keys and pedals working properly). If you need the names of good piano technicians, please ask.
Practice intelligently! There is a speed, no matter how slow, at which you can play your assignment accurately (dynamics, articulations and all other details observed—not just pitches and rhythms). It is the student’s job to find that slow and accurate speed. If you have never physically felt nor heard the piece or exercise incorrectly, you are off to a solid start. Gradually speeding up something that is already otherwise correct is much wiser and far easier than trying to clean up a fast mess. Be patient and do several repetitions of each part of your assignment—once is not enough.
For best results each week:
1. Practice again after your lesson (on the same day). This is a great idea for students who “forget” what to do.
2. Students are encouraged to re-read the week’s assignment as they sit down for daily practice and to record their daily practice time on a chart which I can provide, or within their online iSCORE account
3. All homework is emailed a.s.a.p. after a student's lesson. It is recommended that parents check emails weekly to follow up on assignments, studio news and special activity dates.
MUSIC – All new music is given to the student at their lesson. This enables the student to receive instruction and then return home to practice—and saves the parent a trip to the music store. A charge for the music will appear on the following monthly invoice. It is best if music is kept together in a special place at home. All assigned music, including theory book, assignment book, and flashcards, should be brought to each lesson. It is very difficult to instruct the student if all of their music is not present. It is helpful for students to bring their music to lessons in a book bag or tote.
SPECIAL DATES – Please mark on your calendar the dates for any performing classes, competitions, contests, festivals, auditions, community performances, or recitals involving your child. These dates will be posted on the Music Teacher's Helper calendar and reminders will be in the student’s assignment emails and at the bottom of your monthly invoices.
PERFORMING – Students who have mastered a piece are encouraged to perform their music for others. Lessons may occasionally overlap five minutes to allow for these special performances.
PERFORMING OPPORTUNITIES – Students are invited to participate in as many performances as they are prepared. A full studio recital is scheduled in June. Additionally, at least two performance classes are held in October and late May. Students may furthermore participate in Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association events. Students also have the opportunity to participate in various music festivals in the area. Dates for all scheduled activities will be located on the studio calendar (at Music Teacher's Helper)
Phone calls during the day are fine. I do not answer the phone in the afternoons when I’m teaching, so leave a message or text me. Text is one of the best ways to reach me. You can also Email me at email@example.com. Phone or text: 905-621-3686