Lessons scheduled for the year are divided into 4 quarters
FALL: Early Fall, September - October Late fall, November - December
Winter: January - March
Spring: April - May
Summer: June - August
Option 1: Payment is due on the first lesson of each quarter
Option 2: Pay half at the first lesson of the quarter and the remainder at the first lesson of the second month
Option 3: Arrange a payment plan with the teacher that will meet your needs
--There will be no refund for lessons that you miss
--There will be no charge for vacation time if you make prior arrangements with the teacher
--There will be no charge for lessons missed due to teacher illness
Make-up days will be provided for the students each trimester, one per student per trimester. They are provided solely for the purpose of an illness or family emergency. Any missed lessons after one make up issued is the financial responsibility of the student. If the teacher must miss a teaching day, the student will be given the choice of a make-up lesson or a credit, and will not count towards your make up for the trimester.
Bad weather cancellation
In the winter months if school in the Harvard district has been cancelled because of inclement weather, piano lessons are automatically cancelled. If you belong to a school district other than Harvard or are home-schooled, you may call to verify lessons during bad weather. Every attempt will be make to make up lessons missed because of weather. If no make-up can be worked out, credit will be given.
8-10 weeks of lessons are offered each summer. The minimum number of required lessons for summer is 6. Each student who wishes to remain on the roll must pay for at least 6 lessons (45 minute length)
A star for a piece means that the teacher has been pleased with the student’s preparation, or that the student is now ready to go on to a new song. A star may indicate that the piece is ready for memory, or that the teacher is asking the student to keep the piece on review just for fun.
A sticker on piece means that the student has played the piece perfectly for the teacher at the lesson by memory, a truly great achievement.
A reward system using stars and gold coins has also been created to further motivate the younger students.
- 6 days of required practice and a good lesson earns a star on that week’s practice sheet
- 4 practice sheets with stars earns 1 gold coin
- Attendance at an all-student recital, 1 gold coin
- Attendance at a piano class, 1 gold coin
- Attendance at a solo recital, 1 gold coin
- Performance at a solo recital, 2 gold coins
Gold coins may be used to purchase items from the Prize Box. Prizes range in cost from 5 – 20 gold coins.
Awards are given at the annual spring recital to deserving junior-high and older students