STUDIO POLICIES Policies help us be efficient so we have time to teach creatively and effectively.
Schedule Briargrove Music Arts offers 30 minute and 1 hour lessons once a week. Parents and teachers will arrange a particular day and time for the lesson. This time will be the student's permanent time each week secured by tuition paid on the first of each month by automatic draft.
Registration Briargrove Music Arts charges a family registration fee of $50.00. Students enrolled in lessons will not be required to renew their registration each semester unless the student withdraws for a period of one moth or more. Upon return, the student will be required to pay the registration fee if no other family members are enrolled.
Tuition Tuition is collected by auto-draft at the first of each month. For tuition rates, please see our "Tuition and Fees" page.
Consultation Lessons Our consultation lessons provide you with the opportunity to find out more about private lessons, explore student-teacher compatibility, teaching styles, and to discuss expectations and concerns. This type of lesson is great for students who are unsure of which instrument they would like to study, the very young beginner, and students with previous music experiences or changing teachers. Because we cannot offer this time permanently to a student ready to enroll, the rate is higher than a pro-rated lesson. If, at the completion of the consultation lesson, the potential student decides to register, the difference will be applied to the upcoming tuition. Consultation lessons may be scheduled and paid for only via our website. They must be paid for in advance in order for us to hold the time slot. You may find this option in the drop down menu under Register & Pay.
Pay-As-You-Go Lessons This option is perfect for adults with busy schedules and students that would like to take some lessons over the summer between travels. If you can't commit to a weekly spot, you can schedule individual lessons where openings are available.
Withdrawal There is no contract. Please notify the business office before the first lesson of the next month Your automatic draft will be stopped. Students taking a break for a month or longer over the summer will be considered withdrawn and will be subject to re-registration. Students withdrawing for summer may lose their times and may be required to find another available day and time upon return as we cannot hold lesson times. The re-registration fee per student will be charged.
Materials and Instruments Students are required to have materials assigned by their teacher. We can order them and provide a receipt for reimbursement or you may search for the materials online or at your local music store. Some teachers may recommend, but not require, some type of recording device (e.g. digital recorder, iPad, cell phone, etc.) so the student may record portions of the lesson, music, and other pertinent information. Students, excluding those learning piano and voice, are required to bring their instruments to lessons. Students studying piano need to have a keyboard, digital piano, or acoustic piano for practice at home. Your teacher will be happy to make recommedations.
Absences, Tardies, and Makeup-Lessons Briargrove Music Arts does not give make-up lessons. 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. We will then use that time or other times to plan for the student’s progress, email assignments, recordings, videos, or locate materials, etc. Remember that your tuition pays for more than your weekly lesson. If you know in advance that you cannot make your lesson, please consider these alternatives: Missed Lessons Alternatives - Facetime/Google Hangouts/Skype Lessons – Students who are ill should not come to lessons for the well-being of the student, teacher, and other students. If a student is physically able, the option to have a video-conference lesson during the regularly scheduled lesson time is a viable option. - Sibling Swap-out – During the regularly scheduled lesson time, a sibling may choose to use this time for extra lesson time. This could also be a great opportunity for a sibling who is interested in taking lessons to take a “trial” lesson. - Swap List - This can be used by a student to swap lesson times with another student. This is helpful in case of doctor’s appointments, being out of town, or even sickness. Parents, please fill out the Swap List sign up. - Performance and Theory Group Class – These classes are also an option for those who are unable to do a lesson due to illness (unable to do swaps or video conferences) .Two classes will be offered during the school year, one in the Fall Semester and one in the Spring Semester. Two classes will be offered during the summer.
No alternative lessons, refunds, or credits are given for the holidays we are closed. The tuition remains the same each month, regardless of any missed lessons. In the event that your teacher misses a lesson, the teacher will provide a make-up lesson or a substitute will be assigned to you. Please make every effort to arrive on time for your lesson. Many of our teachers book students back to back and cannot extend the lesson past the scheduled session time as following students have their own schedules to which they must adhere. Your cooperation is appreciated.
Holidays and Closings *Please refer to our Calendar of Events page for holiday closings