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STUDIO
POLICIES!

The Simply Music method promises breakthrough results, and I am committed to achieving those results with my students! BUT this requires a cooperative effort between student, teacher, and parent (if the student is a child). These policies are designed to facilitate the entire process and ensure that your investment in this lifelong skill yields the highest return.

LESSONS / LOCATION / SCHEDULE

  • Kids age 8+ are welcome, as are adults of all ages!
    Kids age 7 and younger are invited to contact me for information about my upcoming
    “Chrysalis Class,” an introduction to music for aspiring little students

  • Lessons are held in Studio #9 at the Pacific Grove Art Center on Lighthouse Ave.

  • Shared Lessons begin the first week of the month, once you have been grouped

  • Private Lessons can begin any time

  • Shared lessons are 30 to 45 minutes, depending on student ages and group size

  • Private lessons are 30 minutes

  • Classes are currently offered Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday / Friday

  • Lessons are year-round

 

PARENT ROLE

  • Monitor their child’s practice on an ongoing basis at home

  • Provide a piano in good condition, or a weighted digital keyboard with sustain pedal
    (I highly recommend the
    Casio Privia line, they are so good I bought two! And I can help source a new/used keyboard/piano, if you would like)

  • Ensure all assignments are completed between classes and the practice playlist is checked

  • PAY TUITION ON THE FIRST!

  • Parent attendance is required for students age 10 and younger, except in special cases

  • Commit to a long-term relationship with piano lessons and structured practice at home!

 

STUDENT ROLE

  • Bring their Orange Folder with all notes and materials to class

  • The songs must be kept “alive” practice marked daily and shown at each lesson

  • Student must practice on the same day after the lesson to reinforce the new learning

  • Watch any videos assigned 

  • Practice 10–20 minutes per day, at least 5 days per week

 

TUITION AND MATERIAL FEES

  • Monthly tuition for weekly lessons: Shared $130/month; Private $200/month

  • Tuition is due on the first of each month; late fees are $25/week after

  • Tuition remains the same regardless of the number of lessons in any given month---some months have more lessons, some months have less. Depends on planetary rotation or whatever.

  • Student Take-Home Materials are available and cost $30 per level

  • Supplemental Take-Home Materials (jazz, blues, accompaniment, Christmas, etc) cost $10-$20 each

  • Please make checks payable to: Michaela Kuenster

  • INSTANT / ONLINE / APP-BASED PAYMENTS ARE APPRECIATED AND ENCOURAGED!

    • Venmo: @MichaelaK

    • PayPal: @MichaelaKK

    • Zelle: 310-967-9594

MISSED LESSONS

  • Please contact me 24 hours prior to the missed lesson

  • Makeup lessons will be offered FOR A FEE OF $30, based on availability

  • No credit for missed lessons!!! Missing piano class is like missing Soccer practice

  • But if I have to cancel your weekly lesson for some reason, I will offer you a free make-up lesson or a discount to the following month's tuition 

HOLIDAYS AND VACATIONS

  • Taking a month off of lessons without paying tuition is not an option!

  • In order to maintain your time slot, you must pay 50% tuition during each month absent

DISCONTINUING LESSONS

  • A 30-day notice IS REQUIRED if you discontinue lessons

  • Tuition refunds cannot be issued within this 30-day period

  • If you quit out of the blue at the end of the month, YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR A MONTH.

  • If you discontinue lessons and re-enroll, you must re-enroll with the appropriate level and within the time slots that are open.  Time slots may not be immediately available upon return!

INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY

  • If public schools are closed due to insane weather, national emergency, civil unrest, etc., the general policy is that the Art Center will be closed for lessons as well

  • If the studio closes for another reason (i.e., gas leak, plumbing disaster, etc.) a discount will be given of $20 will be issued for the following month

 

PERFORMANCES

  • Opportunities will eventually be available (depending on Covid limitations) for students to share their talents, with recitals taking place in the Gill Gallery 

  • Students are strongly encouraged to play in front of people as often as possible, at home or at school, or wherever they see a piano!

  • Weekly classes also give students the opportunity to play for others, by way of the shared lesson concept, increasing their comfort and confidence, as well as providing a social setting in which to share music

 

REFERRAL BONUS

  • Receive a month of free lessons for each person you refer who enrolls! 

  • Referral bonus will be applied after the student has paid for their second month of lessons

  • No limits on referrals! Once Upon A Time, a lady brought me so many kids, she earned a free year of lessons!                                

 

 

 

 

Your commitment will guarantee results! 

Here’s to the beginning of your life-long relationship with music!

COME  PLAY

PACIFIC GROVE ART CENTER
568 Lighthouse Ave. Pacific Grove, CA 93950
MONARCHMUSIC.org
monarchmusic831@gmail.com

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