The Lark's Nest Music Studio Policies - 2020

Student Enrollment/Registration:
Every Academic Year all new and returning students will complete these three items:
1. Enrollment Agreement
2. Registration form
3. Make the Tuition payment at least 5 days in advance of beginning study.

New students must schedule a ZOOM 'Meet The Teacher' visit prior to enrolling.
If choosing to enroll, a Registration Form must then be completed, which will include
a Photo and Video Release form for media used on this website and our Facebook
and YouTube pages, along with the Enrollment Agreement.

Please read the Studio Policies and Enrollment Agreement carefully!

Arrival and Departure:
In music, timing is everything! Now that all lessons and classes are VIRTUAL, please
be punctual for lessons/classes and take into consideration computer issues that may
Lost time because of late arrivals cannot be made up or added to the end of the lesson.

Being Prepared for Lessons:
Students must have all books currently in use available at each lesson. This includes
music books, supplemental materials, as well as items you may need - pencil,
sticky notes, and the like.
Being prepared with assignments as requested and being responsible for having
all the relevant books and materials at hand are an organizational skill and an
important component of music study.

Daily Playing Time:
Making music a daily part of everyday activities will make a huge difference in a
student's success and progress. A student must have uninterrupted and concentrated
time without distractions from other family members and sounds in the home.

Assignments will be given each week based on age and ability to encourage
progress and the enjoyment of music study. Special assignments will be given
including the whole family by listening or participating in some way, for a student
thrives with family support and encouragement.

The amount of time required throughout the week for each student to complete
assignments varies, but the following basic guideline is a good recommendation:

● Young Beginner: 10-20 minutes each day
● Older Beginner: 20-30 minutes each day
● Intermediate: 30-45 minutes each day
● Advanced: 1 hour each day

If concentration is a problem, it is suggested that the total time be divided into
smaller segments suitable for the student. If the student is quite young,
parent involvement is essential! Playing time should be an enjoyable, productive time,
not a struggle. It is quite helpful for parents of beginning students to sit with the
student at least 3 times a week to help the student organize their time and to support
the student's endeavors and progress.

The most important reminder for students of all ages is to enjoy making music.
It is such a gift to have the opportunity to make music and it is my primary goal
to help you discover what makes it the 'best thing ever' for you!

Opportunities will be available at least twice a year to share music with others.
The experience gained from these performances is immeasurable, building
confidence and self-esteem. We love to play for coffee houses, art walks,
and retirement communities, just to name a few. Now that live music is not a
possibility, we are exploring ways we continue to bring the joy of music
to others virtually!

In addition, students will gather together several times throughout the year for
all-studio events. These ZOOM gatherings showcase a variety of ages, skills,
abilities, broader repertoire, and...are just plain FUN! Students are given the
incentive to improve their performance skills and polish pieces, thus improving
practice habits. And, best of all, students develop a camaraderie for their fellow
students and encourage each other in a positive way.

Absences and Missed Lessons:
Enrollment as a student in The Lark's Nest Music Studio reserves an exclusive
weekly time on the Music Studio Calendar. Choose a lesson time which you feel
confident will work for your schedule.

Student absences will NOT be made up or rescheduled.

The beauty of virtual lessons means traffic or weather never gets in the way.
And having the Virtual Music Studio and Music Library and resources easily
accessible makes keeping up to date, if missing a lesson/class
is unavoidable due to illness or family vacation.

Teacher absences will always be made-up, either at your earliest convenience
or with an adjustment to tuition.

Tuition and Fees:
Tuition for the Academic Year - September through June - $140 per month.

Tuition covers enrollment as a student at The Lark's Nest Music Studio for
the Academic Year of September through June. Summer Music Camp is
encouraged, but not required, and is billed separately.

Tuition offers students 32 lessons/classes, plus masterclasses, recitals,
resources, and more.
Tuition is divided into ten equal monthly installments, due on or before
the 1st of each month.
Tuition will be prorated for students who enroll after the start of the Fall session.
Reminders for tuition due dates will be posted in advance on our website calendar
and in email correspondence.
Late payments will incur a late fee of $1 for each day late.

Only cash (no checks), automatic withdrawal using your bank's online bill pay,
or credit card/debit card via Paypal payments are accepted for tuition payments.
Receipts will be available upon request for record- keeping.

Other fees will include music books and supplemental material, adjudication
fees (if applicable), etc. which are the student's financial responsibility.

Changes in Enrollment/Moving:
Thirty days advance notice of any changes to enrollment at The Lark's Nest Music
is required, as tuition fees will still be the responsibility of the student should they
discontinue without thirty days' notice.

Have a question or comment?
The best ways to reach me are
emailing - or texting - 360-701-1844.
I welcome emails or text messages from students or parents during the week,
for questions or comments regarding assignments or other matters.
I will always reply as soon as I am able!

Thank you for enrolling at The Lark's Nest Music Studio
and making music an important part of your world!

Music Instruction Policies - August 2020
The Lark’s Nest Music Studio
Enrollment Agreement

(Student) I have read and agree to the policies outlined in The Lark's Nest Music Studio Policies.

I will:

Put forth my best effort and positive attitude

Make music-making a daily treat

Have all books and assignment book/folder at lessons

Find a way to share what I am learning with my family and friends

(Parent, if applicable) I have read and agree to the policies outlined in The Lark's Nest Music Studio Policies. I will do my best to support my child on this musical journey with consistent attendance at lessons, a daily time set for making music, and assistance and encouragement with assignments.

A note to parents from Carol: Up until about age 11, children need hands-on help with home practice. And even though a parent may not read music or play the piano, their assistance is still very much needed! Parental help can take the form of reading lesson notes, organizing practice time wisely, providing encouragement through difficult sections or situations, and seeking out answers for “I’m stuck on this” problems.
I have read and agree to enroll as a student of The Lark's Nest Music Studio! *
Student's Name: *
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