Laura's Music Studio
Policies

PAYMENT

 

The student will pay the SAME amount for tuition each month, even if a lesson is canceled or rescheduled.  The student is RESERVING specific times, not a certain number of lessons.    Only July and August lessons can be pro-rated.  Tuition is due by the first of the month.   Payment received after the 10th, will trigger a $10 late fee.  Tuition can be paid at the scheduled lesson or mailed, if you prefer.

 

CANCELLATIONS

 

The following policy has been established in accordance with the guidelines of the Olympia Music Teacher’s Association and the American College of Musicians:  “As with other schools, public and private, it is NOT possible to offer rescheduling for missed lessons.”   Regular attendance contributes to the best learning environment.  It is also a business necessity; I would simply not be able to continue teaching without some control of my schedule.

 

However, recognizing that issues do come up, if I am given at least 24 hours notice and I have time slots available; I have offered two or three make-up times.  If I am the one unable to make a scheduled lesson, I will certainly give you notice and offer up to three time slots for a make-up.  If none of these works for you, then the make-up option passes. 

 

RECITALS

 

There are two recitals every year.  Students pay a $10 recital fee to help defray expenses.  I strongly encourage all students to participate in recitals as they promote both musical and personal growth, and will be fondly remembered for many years to come.  Many students choose to use their written music in their performances.

PRACTICING

 

Students practice 4 to 7 times a week using the current lesson assignment as a guide.   Beginners need to focus for at least 20 minutes each time they practice.  Intermediate students practice for 45 minutes each session.  Advanced students practice at least an hour a day.

usic during their performances.

I can be reached at my studio:

Yenney Music, Studio 3, 1404 Harrison Ave NW, Olympia, WA 98502, 360-943-7500


http://www.yenneymusic.com/lessons.html

Or at home at 360-870-6990

lauralfairbanks@comcast.net


QUALIFICATIONS

I obtained a Bachelor of Science in Music Education and Music Therapy at Augsburg College, Minnesota, and recently completed a Master of Science at Chapman University.

Thirty-four years teaching privately and in the public schools, as a music therapist in nursing homes, performing in musical and theatrical groups.
 

EQUIPMENT NEEDED

 

Each student needs their assignment book and music books when practicing and to bring them to their lessons.  I also stress the importance of using a pencil to mark passages that need special attention.

 

I will let you know when the time comes to get a metronome.  It helps with accurate rhythm, steady tempo and fast technique.

 

Flute students need a music stand and at some point, a tuner to provide reference pitches.  I prefer sturdy music stands, but wire ones are adequate.

 

INSTRUMENT MAINTENANCE

 

 

Put simply, if something is wrong with an instrument that is practiced on, what is being learned will not be learned correctly.

 

Pianos should be tuned at least once a year and placed at an inside wall away from fluctuations in temperature and humidity.

 

Flutes should be cleaned out at the end of each practice session and polished once a month (without silver polish, which causes problems).  Moisture in flute pads causes them to be sticky, so we dry them with the material coffee filters are made of.   Carry these with your flute.  Once a year a flute should get an “oil and adjustment” by a professional. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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