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Piano Lesson Policy

Piano Lesson Policy




Calendar – I follow the school calendar, so there will be no lessons on long weekends, during Fall and Spring break, Easter Weekend, and Christmas break.  I will still be teaching on PD days and teachers’ convention that land on a Friday, as long as they aren’t connected to one of the major school breaks.

Lesson Cancellation/Sickness – Lessons are typically cancelled due to sickness or a conflict with another event, however there will be no reimbursement for that lesson.  

Emergency situations will be dealt with on an individual basis.  If the student is late to the lesson, the lesson will still end at the scheduled time.

Please stay home if you or your child is sick, and I will do the same if I am sick. Please give me as much advance notice as possible if you need to cancel your lesson on the same day due to sickness. Lessons cancelled due to sickness will be rescheduled on a Saturday at some point in each semester. If it is a minor sickness and the student feels that they can still participate, there is the option to move to an online lesson.

If you know in advance (1 week or more) that you will not be able to make your lesson for other reasons, please let me know, and you’ll be given credit. I’m fine to make this exception once per semester (September to December and January to June).

I will provide a contact list at the beginning of September for families who wish to put their name on a list. This is for the purpose of contacting another family in order to occasionally exchange lesson times as needed.

Termination of Lessons – Please provide 2 weeks notice if you cannot continue with lessons. This will allow me to open a spot for a new student as soon as possible. I offer a three month trial period if you aren’t sure piano lessons are a good fit for your family.

Payment – Payment can be sent by e-transfer to Payment is due on the first of the month.

Media – Parent and/or Student hereby consents to and authorizes capture and use video-audio recordings and photographic images of Student and Student’s musical performances and quoted statements in print, electronic, or online media, for educational and program promotional purposes. Please let us know additionally, if you would like to cancel participation in media.

Liability – You release Lisa Jespersen and Keephills Community Association, and any of its agents representing or related to Keephills Community Association from all liability relating to injuries and/or illnesses that may occur during activity participation. By accepting this agreement, I agree to hold the above mentioned parties entirely free from any and all liability for personal injuries and/or illnesses (including death), financial responsibility for injuries and/or illnesses incurred, regardless of whether injuries and/or illnesses are caused by negligence, and property losses or damage occasioned by or in connection with any activity or accommodations for this program.

Availibility  – I will hold your spot if you are able to commit to having two lessons or more per month. I am not able to acomodate students who desire to have lessons less frequently than this.

Practicing – It is a lot of fun to play the piano for enjoyment, self-expression and to develop musical skills, however it does takes discipline and consistent practice.  My recommendation for students of all ages is to aim to practice 5 days/week (or more), and the amount per day will depend on the age of each student.  I realize that some weeks are busier than others, however consistency is the key, even if the duration is shorter due to a busy week. Practice times can be broken down into two segments of shorter duration, if this is better for a students’s attention span and ability to stick with it.

Involvement of Parents – For parents of younger children (8 and under) I recommend that parents stay closely involved in their child’s practice schedule.  This may look like sitting down next to the piano and helping them with their practicing. Parents (with kids of any age) are welcome to sit in the lesson in order to know how to best support their child in their learning.

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