Studio Lessons

General Information

By registering as a student with Walton Music Studio, both parents and students agree to respect and abide by all studio policies and procedures. Our policies and procedures are designed to ensure the effectiveness of each student’s learning experience and protect all stakeholders’ best interests. Walton Music Studio reserves the right to modify policies and procedures as needed. These changes, if any, will be published in newsletters and announced via email.

Expectations

The Parent

  • Support your child. Consistency is the key to learning a musical instrument. This means showing up to all lessons, practicing regularly, and participating in group classes and recitals.
  • Encourage progress.
  • Remind your son/daughter of daily practice and help them to schedule this practice time in their daily routine.
  • Be financially responsible and pay tuition on time.
  • Communicate with the teacher about any questions or concerns you have regarding the lesson content, practice specifics, recitals, etc..

The Student

  • Schedule 15-30 minutes of practice each day for at least five days per week.
  • Complete all assignments the teacher has written down on the assignment sheet. Practice steps are included verbally in the lesson, and on the lesson assignment sheet.
  • Review carefully any suggestions or instructions given in the previous lesson. Teachers will write the main goals of each assignment on your assignment sheet.
  • Arrive promptly at your lesson time. You reserve the time slot, not the number of minutes.
  • If questions arise, be sure to ask your teacher questions during lessons; We want you to understand the assignment and expectations.

The Teacher

  • Provide each student with the personal attention and respect necessary to develop his/her individual talents.
  • Guide each student to a greater understanding and enjoyment of all musical styles.
  • Guide each student towards an awareness of her/his capabilities – clearly communicating short-term and long-term goals. This may be verbal or written communication.
  • Encourage a feeling of success throughout each lesson.
  • Guide each student towards musical independence and initiative through a balanced program of theory, technique and repertoire.
  • Report the progress of the student to the parent, listen to any concerns and answer any questions that the parent and student may have.

The Studio

  • Establishes tuition rates and dates to be paid.
  • Sends monthly billing statements and newsletters via email.
  • Provides a username and password to access up-to-date billing statements, and other student information online.
  • Schedules all studio events.
  • Maintains studio spaces, instruments, and teaching materials.

Student books and music

Student books and music will be chosen by the teacher, with student input.  Links to these materials are emailed to the parent and should be purchased through Amazon or at a local music store as soon as possible. Parents should understand that materials are extremely important to learning and can expect spending $30 average per semester on books and materials. The primary curriculum used for the first several years of individual lessons is Faber’s Piano Adventures. Supplementary materials is used as well to enhance the enjoyment for each student.  Advanced students will be assigned repertoire on a case-by-case basis.  Other materials are provided with the registration fee.

Piano & Other Materials

It is preferred that all students have access to an acoustic piano in their home for practicing.  We understand that this is not always possible. If a keyboard is used during the first year, it should be weighted. By the time a student has passed level 2B, an acoustic piano is truly necessary to continue acceptable progress.  It is recommended that pianos are tuned every 6-12 months.  If a piano is moved, it should be tuned approximately one month afterward.  All students are required to bring their studio binders and piano books in a book bag each week.  This dramatically minimizes the number of books left behind after lessons.  All students are required to have a metronome to use during practice.

Registration Fee

An annual registration fee is due July 1st for each school year.  This cost: confirms student registration, reserves a spot with Walton Music Studio, and provides studio and student materials.   These materials may include, (but are not limited to): iPads and computers, apps, software and games, recital programs, handouts, incentives, treats, rental fees, piano maintenance and more. This cost may also cover: student recording CDs, and studio activity refreshments.  We invest this fee in buying new music, and replacing old music for student use in our lending library and store inventory.  This fee does not include student method books for private lessons.

Attendance: Students are expected to attend all scheduled lessons per each spring and fall semester.  All parents receive an attendance contract to sign upon enrollment.

Our tuition and enrollment fees are non-refundable and makeup lessons are not scheduled. Please plan lesson times and social engagements accordingly. Each student is allowed one makeup class each semester, in the form of a group performance class.  See calendar on My Music Staff for performance class makeup days. Summer participation in lessons or group classes will be expected and scheduled on an individual basis. Without participation in summer lessons, the student will risk losing their spot in the piano studio.

Practice: At Walton Music Studio we aim for six days and expect five days of practice weekly. If a student has 30 minute lessons, a good daily practice session would last between 20 and 30 minutes each day. If a student has a 45 minute lesson, a good daily practice session would last between 30 and 45 minutes.

A student’s progression will be slow if they are not practicing multiple days per week. The more consistent the student practices, the faster they will progress and the more they will enjoy playing the piano!

Absence: No makeup lessons are scheduled or guaranteed. At the conclusion of each semester there is a performance class day/makeup class with several times to choose from.  Please note that these makeup classes are not for students who miss lessons due to playdates, games, non-emergency doctor appointments or family vacations.

Substitutions: Walton Music Studio reserves the right to occasionally find a substitute teacher when the regularly scheduled teacher becomes ill or has an emergency in order to keep the scheduled lesson time intact.  Likewise, families with multiple children enrolled may send a substitute sibling to a lesson if the student scheduled becomes sick or has a scheduling conflict.  In either case, no make-up lesson credit will be issued. If no substitute is found for a teacher absence, the lesson will be cancelled and the lesson amount will be deducted from the following month’s invoice.

Drop-off/Pick-up: Prompt drop off and pick up are expected. Parents are welcome to wait in the waiting area and at times may be invited to observe the lesson.

Tuition & Payment: Individual lesson tuition includes private lessons, master classes, studio recitals, and occasional piano parties. Students are encouraged to attend all studio activities. Tuition is not prorated for students who choose to not participate in any of the above-mentioned events.

Tuition is to be paid on time, in one of three methods:

  1. In full at the beginning of the summer or school year (Due June 1 or August 1) or
  2. At the beginning of each semester (Due June 1, August 1 and January 1) or
  3. The first day of each month

The Studio reserves the right to terminate lessons if payment is not made by the 5th day of each month.  A $20 late payment fee will be charged to accounts not paid by the 5th of each month.

Tuition may be paid in check made out to Walton Music Studio or made online through the online invoice sent monthly. Monthly post-dated checks may also be submitted at the beginning of the school year, to be held by Walton Music Studio, and deposited each month. This has been found to be the most punctual, worry and fee-free method of payment.  Many families also choose to set up bill-pay, a service offered for free through most banks.

Address checks to:

Walton Music Studio

1140 N. Rico Cir.

Mesa, AZ 85213

Bounced checks will result in a $30 charge to your studio account

See Financial Responsibility Contract.

Discontinuation: From time to time, some students choose to discontinue lessons. It is hoped that this decision is made thoughtfully, after discussion with the teacher to have a sense of closure between parent, student, and teacher.  By signing the 2015-2016 financial and attendance agreement, you are under contract to pay tuition through the entire school year.  With this said, we understand that extenuating circumstances may arise.  If a student decides to discontinue lessons during the 2015-2016 school year, a written one-month notification must be given (email notification is acceptable) to a studio director.  If the student or parent fails to provide this notification, the parent/adult student will be held responsible to pay through the end of the following month. For example, if notice is given on March 1st, no payment would be expected in April.  If however, notice is given on March 15th, payment would still be expected through the end of April.  The teacher reserves the right to dismiss a student from lessons due to lack of practice, respect, or interest.

Communication: There are multiple ways to stay connected to the studio.  General information regarding lessons, recitals, and other events will be communicated via email through the My Music Staff website.  Most information can also be found online and in your personal studio account.  If you have questions regarding general studio information including calendar events and lesson schedules, please visit your My Music Staff account first. Afterward, feel free to contact Carly through email (waltonmusicstudio@gmail.com), text, or phone call (480-510-4276).        

Another way to stay connected is accepting the invitation to our Facebook page for students and families (Walton Music Studio).News, photos, and events are posted here frequently.  Parent permission is given or denied on the registration form to use student photos and videos on Facebook, the studio website, email newsletters, and other promotional items.

Recitals and Public Performances: Students will be given several opportunities to perform throughout the year. These include; student recitals, master classes, recitals, and occasional competitions. Each student is expected to participate in at least two performances per year. Please see calendar for more specific dates.

Summer: In order to maintain the teacher’s schedule for Fall, all students are required to register in one of our summer programs.  Should you choose not to participate in a summer session, you will risk losing your lesson time with your teacher of choice.