ARROW ACADEMY of MUSIC STUDIO POLICY
Students are expected to practice 6 times a week, possibly doubling up practice times if a day has been missed. A completed practice is when all instructions for that day have been fulfilled. Therefore, practice sessions are not timed – students may need more time at the beginning of the week than at the end. The goal is to accomplish the tasks assigned. Parents are asked to sign each week’s practice sheet as witness to their child’s fulfillment of their practicing goal. Parents, please be around the house when your student practices, and spend some time looking over their practicing. They should be practicing without headphones on. Having you involved will encourage your student, and keep them accountable. It will also keep you informed as to how they are doing. Students who have practiced 6 days will receive rewards to spend at the studio store. Students who practice 6 days each week for the entire session, will receive a trophy at the end of the session (students may miss one practice and still receive the trophy). Students must turn in their practice sheet no more than 2 weeks after the original due date to earn a trophy. Students who complete the practice sheet at least 28 times during the year will receive a certificate of recognition at the end of the year.
A regular practice time per day is very helpful for every student. Home incentives also help motivate students! If your student is unsure about what to practice, or is becoming frustrated and does not want to practice, please contact us immediately so we can help. Sometimes an answer over the phone can make all the difference! Please still plan to attend lessons, even if it has been a difficult practice week. We will take care not to embarrass your student.
PERCEIVED CLASS DIFFICULTIES
If your student starts to fall behind in class, we will contact you and discuss some options. Sometimes it’s simply a need to be re-motivated for practicing. Other times, a class change is appropriate. Communication between teacher and parent is vital. Please let us know whenever you have any concerns.
WHEN A STUDENT MISSES A LESSON
Unfortunately, it is impossible to make-up missed lessons. Usually one missed lesson here or there will not affect a student’s performance. Parents will be able to access the missed practice sheet so students who miss lessons can still continue to practice for the next lesson. If new music is handed out that day, a pick-up time may be arranged. Parents may also schedule a 20 minute individual Learning Lab to meet with one of our exceptional assistants who will help students catch up, or teach any new concept that may have been missed by an absence. These labs are free of charge.
WHEN A TEACHER MISSES A LESSON OR THERE’S INCLEMENT WEATHER
Sometimes an entire class must be canceled due to illness or weather. In those cases, you will be contacted via e-mail, text, and/or telephone. There are extra weeks built into the schedule (both fall and spring sessions) to allow for make-up classes. If needed, classes will be extended into the summer to ensure that each class has 32 lessons (25 lessons for Spring Term students & 20 lessons for Straight Shot students).
A healthy studio is a happy studio! Students will be asked to wash their hands with a sanitary wipe each time they enter. Please be considerate of others and keep your student home if they have a fever, or are contagious in any way. Thank you!
CANDY AND SNACKS
We will have treats and candy at our studio. We try to stock our incentive store with other things, like toys/games/puzzles, etc. as we also care about your child’s health! If your student has a severe allergy we need to be aware of, please let us know.
Students may shop at our studio store whenever they like. Students will be given a punch card, on which we will keep track of the number of rewards he/she earns each week. The number of punches will be the amount available to spend. Punch cards will be kept at the studio.
The waiting area is available for families. PLEASE SUPERVISE CLOSELY ANY CHILDREN WAITING WITH YOU.
Students who desire to perform for a judge have the opportunity to earn awards with the National Guild each spring. This is an optional event, and will require an additional fee. However, all classes will prepare AS IF everyone were being judged at Guild, for the experience of such special preparation.
PARENTS IN LESSONS
Parents are always welcome in lessons. Parents of students needing extra support, or of students in Kindergarten or 1st grade, are required to attend each lesson with their student. This is so that the parent is well informed as to the material presented, and therefore able to function as a coach during practice times at home.
All Fall sessions students have an opportunity to perform at four different events during the year: Fall and Spring Solo Performances, Christmas performances, and ensembles in the spring. Check your studio schedule for dates, and put them on your calendar early!
Periodically, piano students will record their progress on his/her thumb drive. You should be able to hear their performance on your computer, and even e-mail their songs! We will keep the drives at the studio for safe-keeping, however if you would like to take it home for a while, please check it out with a teacher before you leave, and be sure to return it as soon as you are able, in case we are recording at the next lesson!
METRONOMES ARE REQUIRED
Each family is responsible for having a working metronome at home for practicing. Most electronic keyboards already have one on board. If you prefer to use your smartphone or tablet, there’s a good application called Tempo from Frozen Ape that you can download.
Lessons are scheduled based upon ability, age, and availability. Once registration closes, we work with families to coordinate an agreeable lesson time that works for everyone involved. We appreciate communication of all possible availability to help us achieve this specialized service for our families.
Summer enrichment courses are available to enhance students’ musical experiences in a fun way, and are encouraged to maintain or even improve student’s valuable skills attained during the year. It is possible to advance through an entire year’s curriculum with STRAIGHT SHOT. Beginning drum set lessons are also taught in the summer, along with Creative Composition, individual lessons, and an Intro to Music class called Mini Music Makers for pre-school aged children. Ask for more information.
TUITION and PAYMENTS
A one-time non-refundable materials fee is due upon registration and covers everything your student will need for the entire year, including all music, incentives, and concert fees. Fall tuition covers classes August through May. Summer programs are paid in full at registration. Lessons are pro-rated for a consistent payment, no matter how many lessons are in a particular month, or if your child has attended every lesson. Tuition may be paid in full, by semester, or by recurring monthly payment arranged through Arrow with your credit card or bank.
If for any reason you need to stop lessons at our studio, please notify us in writing. Materials fees and prepaid tuition are non-refundable.