OUR STUDENT & PARENT HANDBOOK

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PHILOSOPHY

At Liberty Music Academy we believe music instruction should be:

  • Excellent – Music lessons should be individualized while still being comprehensive, helping students develop excellent technique, reading and performance skills, and in-depth musical knowledge.

  • Creative – Creativity is a critical and fun part of learning music – we’re creative in every lesson at Liberty Music Academy.

  • Social – It’s powerful and inspiring to play and create music with others.

TEACHER RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide individualized instruction for each student, maintain a positive and enthusiastic atmosphere for learning, and encourage a feeling of success at each student’s individual rate of learning.

  • Provide music and materials and assignments matched to individual student’s needs, goals, and learning style and maintain a large music lending library.

  • Offer performance and enrichment activities with a balanced program of theory, technique, ear-training, sight-reading, and performance opportunities.

  • Continue to develop teaching skills and music knowledge by belonging to professional organizations, attending workshops and conferences, reading professional publications, and engaging in other activities leading to professional growth.

PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Be involved and be a cheerleader – helpful, interested, and supportive!

  • Provide a well-maintained and good quality instrument.

  • Help students reserve a regular time for practice each day.  This can be done all at once or divided into two or more daily practice sessions.

  • Provide a practice environment that is free from interruptions – family, friends, TV, computer, or phones.

  • Be financially responsible and communicative.  Check your student’s notebook,  and studio emails regularly and communicate any questions or concerns you may have about your child’s progress.

PARENT INVOLVEMENT

Students have the greatest success when parents are involved in a student’s music education. Please show your support by doing at least TWO of the following each week:

  • Be involved in your child’s at-home practice as appropriate for their age and skill level – younger children especially need help from parents with their practicing and will benefit from one-on-one daily assistance.

  • Learn to improvise with your child and improvise together frequently (no music skills needed).

  • Play duets with your child.

  • Listen to classical, jazz, and other music together, and discuss what you like.

  • Take lessons or practice yourself!

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Arrive at each lesson on time, well-prepared, and with all books and materials.

  • Practice – time with your instrument is important, and so is what you do with that time.  You’ll make the most progress if you spend time playing every day and practice with the tools that will get you results!

  • Participate in studio activities, and performances. Students may also participate in programs, such as recitals.

WHAT DOES TUITION PAY FOR? 

Far more than a weekly musicianship lesson!

  • An individualized plan for the student’s course of study.

  • Teacher experience and training accumulated over a lifetime.

  • Preparation and rehearsal time for the semester recital for enrolled students.

  • Continuing education including annual state and national conferences.

  • Studio scheduling, planning, communications, administration, and organization.

  • Planning and expenses for performances and recitals.

  • Office supplies, computer lab equipment, and software.

  • Facilities, taxes, and insurance, utilities.

TUITION

  • Scheduled lessons and events – private and group lessons.

  • Performance Opportunities year-round.

  • Incentives and Rewards

Monthly Tuition

Monthly payments are due a month in advance, on or before the 1st of the month, and maybe paid by credit card.  Students will be enrolled when registration forms are completed and tuition payments are made.

A late fee of $25 will be applied to invoices not paid by the due date. If payment is late more than once, automatic payments will be required. Students may not participate in lessons or studio events if tuition has not been paid and lessons missed due to nonpayment will not be rescheduled.

All past-due accounts receive a courtesy email and phone call before lesson termination occurs.  Should something come up where you cannot financially fulfill your commitment to your child’s lessons, we appreciate and encourage advanced notice and open, ongoing communication. Returned check fees are $30.00.

 

Families should expect a yearly increase in tuition appropriate to the cost of living increases, expenses, and services offered.

Music learning happens over time, therefore, we recommend not pausing memberships when possible. Private Lessons and musical development is supported best through consistent lessons, practice, and performance opportunities. There is a $35 fee for re-enrollment within the calendar year.

CANCELLED AND/OR RESCHEDULED LESSONS

The tuition you pay reserves your student’s space in a lesson or group class as well as many additional benefits (see above). Missed lessons are inevitable and, therefore, have been taken into account in the overall tuition cost. No credits or refunds are given for missed lessons and tuition remains consistent regardless of the number of lessons attended.

Consider the following options should you need to miss a lesson or group class.

  • Email our friendly staff at our Liberty Music Academy office.

  • Email videos of your assignments in advance and they will be reviewed and responded to during your lesson time.

  • Request a recorded video lesson if you need new material to work on.

Due to their nature, it’s not possible for group activities such as ensembles, enrichment activities, summer workshops, and recitals to be rescheduled or made up.  “No show” lessons will not be rescheduled.

Please note that the instructor may cancel lessons from time to time for various reasons including (but not limited to) personal illness, family needs, or professional travel. Although planning and scheduling are done ahead of time, an exact number of lessons for each year is not guaranteed. As stated above, the inevitability of missed lessons on the part of the student or the teacher has already been considered in the formulation of the term tuition.

DISCONTINUING LESSONS

Every student stops taking lessons at some point and its important lessons culminate positively.  Please provide one month’s notice prior to the 9th of the month to discontinue lessons.  When you give notice, you will have one more month of instruction that is required to be covered by the parent.  There is a $35 fee for re-enrollment within the calendar year.

Either party may terminate lessons at any time as long as a 30-day notice is given.  However, at the discretion of the teacher, students may be asked to discontinue lessons at any time if they have unpaid tuition, an excessive amount of absences/unprepared lessons, or if they show a lack of interest or refusal to cooperate during lessons.  Tuition and fees are non-refundable regardless of the party terminating the lessons.

PLEASE NOTE: If you've entered into a contract and choose to terminate or cancel your service before your contract ends, you will be charged an early termination fee of up to 50% of the remaining contract balance as well as all charges and fees of small claims court.

RESPECTING STUDENTS AND STUDIO PROPERTY

Students are expected to respect studio instruments, equipment, and music, and will be responsible for replacing damaged items.  Students are also expected to show respect for the instructors and other students in the studio.

MEDICAL AND LIABILITY STATEMENTS

This Studio Policy is a legal contract made between Liberty Music Academy, and the family, for the provision of private music instruction services by Liberty Music Academy, to Student. The undersigned has read the Liberty Music Academy Policies found at www.libertymusicacademy.com, and fully understands its terms, conditions, and provisions. The undersigned agrees that if any portion of this Studio Policy is held to be invalid, then the remaining portions shall continue in full force and effect.

Unless written notice is given to the studio, permission is granted to Liberty Music Academy, and its operators to seek medical treatment for the participant in the event they are not able to reach a parent or guardian.

To ensure your students’ safety, please be sure to pick him/her up promptly after class/lesson time. Liberty Music Academy, instructors, and staff do not supervise children before and/or after classes/lessons. Children are under supervision during their instruction time only. Neither instructors nor staff is responsible for supervising children outside of teaching time.

Parents, legal guardians of minor students, and adult students fully waive and relinquish any and all claims against Liberty Music Academy and its owners, instructors, agents, and employees from injuries or damages as a result of participating in any activities or classes in any way associated with Liberty Music Academy. I further agree to indemnify and hold harmless Liberty Music Academy from any and all claims resulting in injuries, damages arising out of, connected with, or in any way associated with the activities of any of the programs.

PHOTO AND VIDEO RELEASE

By initially below, I hereby give permission to Liberty Music Academy to take photographs and videos of my child(ren) and use them in printed or online formats for advertising and educational purposes. Photos and videos may be used in the studio scrapbook, advertising materials, lesson demonstrations, professional presentations and blogs, and on studio owned websites, blogs, and Facebook pages. The academy follows online safety rules in this matter. Photos taken by the teacher OR that are shared with the teacher by other parents or students of gatherings or performances become the property of the academy, may be edited and can be used at the discretion of the teacher in regards to the studio. I expressly release Liberty Music Academy from all claims which I have or may have for invasion of privacy, defamation, or any other cause of action arising out of exhibition or distribution of any materials in which my child(ren) may appear. This Consent is binding upon heirs and future legal representatives.

Please INITIAL one line below:

_____ Instructor may use student photos and videos, as described above, may identify the student by the first name, and may tag the parent(s)

_____ Instructor may use student photos and videos as described above but please do not identify or tag the student

_____ Instructor may NOT use student photos or videos as described above

PARENT AGREEMENT: I have read the Academy’s Handbook and Policies at www.libertymusicacademy.com and agree to abide by all the terms and conditions in that document.  I acknowledge my financial responsibility to Liberty Music Academy and understand the cancellation and rescheduling policies.

________________________________________ Parent Signature

________________________________________ Date

This handbook spells out the respective contractual obligations and responsibilities between Liberty Music Academy and the student/responsible Parent. Liberty Music Academy has found that the relationship between Liberty Music Academy and student/responsible Parent works to everyone’s benefit if we clearly set out the terms and conditions under which the Liberty Music Academy, will provide the music instruction program to the student. Therefore, all parties agree to be bound by the terms and conditions of this Agreement.

Liberty Music Academy reserves the right to update or modify these policies at any time and without prior notice unless a material change is made; in which case we will notify you through the email you have on file. Your use of our services following any such change constitutes your agreement to follow and be bound by the policies as changed.

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