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Swan's Music Studio
Piano Lessons & Musikgarten
Box 963, Vanderhoof, BC, V0J3A0
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"I would teach children music, physics and philosophy; but most importantly music, for in the patterns of music and all the arts are the keys to learning." - Plato

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Musikgarten

Policies

Musikgarten Policy 2019/20  

Registration: 

  • $25 per semester, or $30 for both winter and spring semesters.

  • Non- refundable, should you decide not to keep your place, or terminate classes at any point during the year, September to May.

  • May be paid via etransfer; enrolment is not considered complete until the registration fee is received.

  • Enrolment is limited and fills quickly.

Tuition:  

  • An invoice will be emailed after registration has taken place and is due on or before the first class begins. 

  • Tuition is due in full by the first class. It may be divided in two payments with the first payment including the materials fee dated September 1 (Fall/Winter) or January 1 (Winter/Spring) and the remainder owed via postdated cheque dated November 1 (Fall/Winter) or March 1 (Winter/Spring). 

  • Should you decide to withdraw from classes at any time, your current months' tuition and the following months tuition will be held back and the remainder returned. 

  • The fall/winter semester is 13-15 weeks (mid- September to mid- January)  and the spring semester is 12-14 weeks (mid- January to end of April). 

  • You may enrol for both semesters in September, or for one semester at a time (September and January). Separate enrolment requires a registration fee each time; both semesters registered September to April requires only one fee (see above).

  • Toddler classes are 30 minutes, $16.50/class (approx. $462 Sept-April, depending on lessons scheduled)

  • Preschool classes are 40 minutes, $22/class (approx. $616 Sept-April, depending on lessons scheduled)

 

Materials:

  • Toddler class: Song book, digital download and CD for home listening and activities, $55. This will be a fee included on your invoice.

  • Preschool class: Song book, digital download, 2 CD's, 2 listening games in a cloth bag, $65. This will be a fee included on your invoice.

  • These are one time purchases- any younger sibling can use these resources when those classes are offered again.

  • Materials are per semester, as each semester has different theme and music to learn.

  • Toddler classes are 4 semesters (2 years) in any order; Preschool classes are 2 semesters (1 year).

 

For New  and Returning Families: 

  • Parent Education evenings are required before beginning the classes; these are scheduled for the third Sunday in September at 4pm for the winter semester and the third Sunday in January at 4pm for the Spring semester.

  • Once per year for families enrolled for the full year. 

  • Parent (s) only, no children; free of charge. 

 

Missed classes: 

  • There are no refunds for classes missed by the student. Should the teacher need to cancel, a class will be made up.

  • Please keep your sick children at home, as sickness travels quickly amongst young ones.

  • Should you need to miss for any reason, please let me know via email or phone call as soon as possible. 

  • If it can be arranged, should you need to miss and another class is available to attend, a switch may be possible. 

 

Referral Credit: 

  • If you have attended classes previously, and are enrolled for the current semester, you can earn one free class on next semester's tuition by recruiting a new family! You can recruit more than one family! Please list the name(s) of the new family or families in the comment box on the registration form, or send an email and let me know.  All referrals will show as "0.00"  on the following semester's invoice for one or more lessons (depending on family sign-up). 

 

Attendance, parking:

  • Please do not arrive more than 5 minutes early for class.

  • Please park 3 in the driveway and one in the culdesac closest to the driveway so as not to disturb the neighbors. Parking down the street is fine as well.

 

Parent Responsibilities:  

  • Classes are active, so please wear comfortable clothes that are easy to move in

  • Please leave drinks, snacks, toys, pacifiers in your car so your child is free to explore the instruments and mouth is free to sing and communicate

  • Feel free to attend to your child's needs. Their comfort is important. If your child cries or tantrums, quietly take them out of the room and help them to calm down before joining the class again. 

  • Because you are your child's most important teacher, please be engaged in each lesson yourself and model for your child. Even if they appear to not be paying attention, learning is happening and your attitude and example are very important. 

  • Invite your child to participate, but never force them to. They will join in when they are ready. 

  • Please resist the urge to talk or provide a commentary on what is happening to your child during song or activity time. This allows them to focus on the activity presented and helps others to focus as well. It also shows your child that the activity is not 'background" noise and that you take an interest in what is happening.

  • Keep your cell phone out of sight and on mute during lessons. Be present and mindful and enjoy this time with your child. A time for taking pictures will be provided at various classes where we can all enjoy taking pictures.

  • Please socialize and visit before or after class, but not during class. This shows respect to the teacher, and lets your child know that this time with them is important to you.

  • If you have questions or concerns, please  do not talk to me during lesson time. Send me an email or leave a quick message on the phone and I will return it as soon as I am able. Thank you!

  • And most of all: relax and enjoy this time together with your child! This is not about who has the best voice, or can recite the most poetry or play the sticks in time- this is about enjoying music together and growing in relationship with your child. You can do no wrong, so sit back and come to the level of  wonder of the child! 

 

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