Valerie Alfonso Music Studio Online Piano Lessons

STUDIO POLICY
September 2019 - August 2020



TUITION
Yearly tuition for 30 minute lessons is $1560. If paying monthly, tuition is $132 (or $130 if paying by automated bank payment). Your tuition guarantees that I will be prepared and present to teach 45 lessons (or performance classes) for September 2019—August 2020.

At the start of the year, I will give out a calendar of scheduled vacations. If I need to use one of my 3 Flex Weeks (unscheduled time off), you will be notified by text and/or email.
Families should expect a yearly increase in tuition appropriate to cost of living increases and services offered.


PAYMENT
Please set up automated bank payment to arrive by the 10th. If paying by check, make check out to Valerie Alfonso.
Payments arriving after the 10th will be assessed a $25 late fee. If leaving a check under the mat, please send a text to notify me.

MISSED LESSONS
Regular and prompt attendance is required to make appropriate progress. If you are unable for any reason to attend your lesson time, you may forfeit the lesson or seek a lesson alternative.

Because specific times are set aside for specific students, a student who does not attend a lesson will simply miss the benefit of that lesson. Tuition covers far more than the time with your child, so you do not need to worry that missing a lesson means wasting money. I frequently use missed lessons to plan for your child’s progress, locate materials, etc.

If for any reason you must stop lessons, one month’s notice is required. At that time, I will pro-rate the tuition for your final month to reflect the number of lessons that you have received based on the last lesson date. You will be required to pay this balance.

LESSON ALTERNATIVES

LESSON SWAP: You may contact another student to see if they will switch lesson times with you for that week. A list of contact numbers will be provided for that purpose.
A Phone Lesson or Facetime/Skype Lesson can be conducted during the student’s lesson time. A YouTube option is also available.
Be assured that your tuition is working for you even when you are unable to attend.


BOOKFUND
An $80 bookfund will be collected prior to the start of lessons towards the purchase of the student’s books and further funds will be collected as needed.
These purchases will be listed for your records when collecting additional funds. The balance of the book fund is refundable by mail upon termination of lessons.


PERFORMING
Performing for family and friends is to be encouraged at all times
(hint: ask them to play their “Star Pieces” for you once a month).
Participation in all studio recitals throughout the year is requested for growth as a musician and as a person.
Opportunity to participate in Certificate of Merit evaluations is also available every other year, upon teacher’s recommendation.