tuition vs per lesson

Lisa Hansen said: Jul 27, 2011
Lisa Hansen
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
21 posts

I’m thinking of switching to a semester tuition approach instead of charging per lesson. My main worry is what to do if I need to cancel lessons myself. How do you handle it?
Do you offer make up lessons?
Do you offer a credit for the next semester?
Thanks so much for your time.

Zohara said: Jul 27, 2011
Zohara Rotem
Suzuki Association Member
Piano, Suzuki Early Childhood Education
Sunshine Coast, QLD, Australia
8 posts

I charge for a term ( 10 lessons) .
If i cancel i either make up ( if convenient for students) or refund the money ( by deducting the lesson fee from next term fee).
If a student cancel ( from any reason ) no refund or make up is given.

good luck.

Zohara
Pianist . Educator . Teacher Trainer
Sunshine Piano School
Listen . Love . Learn .
Suzuki Talent Education , Sunshine Coast, Q. Australia

Edie Bennett said: Jul 27, 2011
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
Portland, OR
3 posts

I charge 4 weeks at a time (occasionally 5 weeks with an extra fee for the 5th week). If students miss for any reason, I offer makeups. I prefer they not come when they are sick, and if a child is in an especially bad mood, they are welcome to reschedule. I don’t offer refunds or credits, so everyone pays full tuition whether they attend or not. I leave it to them to count up lessons they have missed and to reschedule the lessons with me. Missed lessons have no expiration date.

Edie Bennett

Barb said: Jul 27, 2011
Barb Ennis
Suzuki Association Member
Cello
678 posts

I charge by term (3 terms) and in July and August I charge by lesson for those who book. I think it is easier to not offer a refund on a missed lesson (not a cancelled lesson, but a missed one) than it is to ask for payment after the fact.

My cancellation policy is that I offer a make up lesson if the cancellation is received 24 hours in advance, or if they are sick or the roads are bad. I only allow 2 make ups per term because I had one student that was constantly cancelling and it did mean more of my time to offer so many make-ups. It is up to the students (parents) to book the make ups I have on my online calendar (Music Teachers’ Helper).

The only time I have been sick in three years—and was I sick!—was right when I had planned to open my studio. My students had all had free introductory lessons and were waiting to start. I had to delay them about a month and adjusted the term fee accordingly. If I were sick for only a few days after the term had been paid for I would first offer an extra make-up lesson, or perhaps deduct it from the next term’s fee.

Barb
Music Teachers Helper—for individual teachers
Studio Helper—for entire music studios or schools

Teresa said: Jul 27, 2011
Teresa Skinner
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
69 posts

Malgosia-
I appreciate your downloadable file. Mine is quite similar to yours, though my studio runs 39 weeks and is divided into 3 trimesters. I LOVE THE NO MAKE-UPS! (I really need to be more assertive about this item. Many families travel that reside in Hawaii, and many ask for ’special consideration. Others do not.
Great to hear your system is working for you. Keep it up!
Aloha,
Teresa

…if you listen to the music, it tells you what to do…

Teresa said: Jul 27, 2011
Teresa Skinner
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
69 posts

WOW! Approx. what is your student load, Edie?

…if you listen to the music, it tells you what to do…

Edie Bennett said: Jul 28, 2011
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
Portland, OR
3 posts

I have 40—45 students.

Edie Bennett

Mary Anne Polk O'Meara said: Jul 28, 2011
Mary Anne Polk O’Meara
Suzuki Association Member
16 posts

I’m the director of a Suzuki School. This topic is one that I think all instrumental teachers are concerned about, and probably spend a lot of time thinking and worrying about. Over 20 years ago I went to a “business for music teachers” seminar in which the leader said she told parents they pay for her time every week, and if they come, they get a free lesson! I really believe as professionals we should all charge in advance, whether it be monthly, by semester or term, or the year. No one should be paid only when the students come to a lesson. We arrange our life around our teaching schedule, prepare in advance, etc., etc.

I am including our payment policy and our attendance policy. Some of the language we have developed, but we have relied heavily on policies given freely by other teachers over the years. It is not perfect, and these two policies are the ones that we seem to revisit every year, since some families seem find a way to wheedle around our them no matter how much we tweak them. Please feel free to use or edit either at will. [Most of the music schools in our area allow no makeups. One requires a doctor’s note for makeups.] Here they are:

METHODS OF PAYMENT

School Year and Summer Tuition. Tuition for the 34-week “school year” may be paid in one of two ways: 1) payment by semester – fall payment due September 1 and spring payment due January 1 [fyi our payment for the spring semester is due Jan 1, but the semester doesn’t start til the end of January] or 2) as a courtesy to families for whom paying for the whole semester at once is a hardship, by an installment plan (see below). Payments by method 1 includes a small discount. Families who pay less than the semester rate by its due date will be charged at the installment plan rate.
Materials. All purchases of materials must be paid for at time of purchase.
Invoices. Invoices are sent only at the beginning of the school year, unless you are delinquent or there has been a change in lessons. Summer tuition is determined by how many lessons the students commit to at the beginning of the summer.
Timely payment. Timely payment lets us focus on teaching music, rather than bookkeeping.
We urge you to set up a system so that you do not forget to pay on time. Several families have arranged for automatic payment with a bill-paying service or their bank.
Installment Plan. There are 4 installment payments for each semester or 8 per school year. The payments are due on the first day of each of these months: September, October, November, December, February, March, April and May. Installment payments include a small charge, which is prorated over the 8 payments. Summer tuition is due June 1 or may be paid ½ by June 1 and ½ on or before the 3rd summer lesson.
Late payment. A late charge of $10 per student is automatically added when payment is not received by the 10th of the month it is due, whether or not the student has attended a lesson yet that month. Payment should be mailed if not delivered in person. Students will be removed from our student roster if payments are 3 weeks late (2 weeks in summer). Students will be reinstated when the family’s account is brought current (without reduction for any missed lessons during any hiatus) and payment for the last installment of the school year is paid in advance, provided the teacher still has space available. A family which is experiencing financial difficulties that effect timely payments should contact the Executive Director before payments become late. There is a $25 charge for returned checks.
Scholarships. A limited number of partial Scholarships are available based on need. A summary of how to apply and the criteria used is printed elsewhere in this Handbook.
Preference for scholarships will be given to students who in the previous 12 months: 1) have not had late payments, 2) have not missed more than 2 lessons, 3) have attended both January and May recitals and whose parent has attended 2 or more parent meetings. In no event will scholarships be given to students who in the previous 12 months have failed to give proper prior notice to the school of any absence.

ATTENDANCE AND MISSED LESSONS
Learning a musical instrument requires regular attention for success. This is why we require and expect regular attendance at lessons. Frequent (more than twice a term) absences or requests to reschedule, whatever the reasons, teach the child that music lessons are not important. Even though you cheerfully pay for every missed lesson (and we do appreciate that!), you are teaching the child that attending is not important. We want you to succeed and your child to succeed and to love succeeding! We want to teach your child every week of the school year and we are prepared to do so.
In the 34 week “school year” of September to June, students are expected to attend lessons weekly and group classes approximately every other week. Parents are expected to attend at least 2 of the scheduled Parent Meetings. Parent Meetings held in the evening are scheduled in weeks with no student group classes in consideration of parents’ busy schedules. Families who fail to attend lessons, groups and/or parent meetings regularly generally do not do as well as families who do and may be asked to leave. Specific attendance requirements for performance eligibility, scholarship eligibility and for annual re-enrollment are distributed in the annual Policy Sheet.
Missed Lessons. Each term is 17 weeks of lessons. Families pay to reserve the teacher’s time on a weekly basis for the entire school year and s/he will be here, prepared to teach each week. There are no refunds for missed lessons. Our teachers depend on the income from the school for their livelihood, and like school teachers cannot be expected to either add more hours to their already busy days, give up their bathroom or dinner break, or not be paid because a student does not keep an appointment. Tuition also pays for regular groups, recitals, parent meetings, etc.
Student Illness. Students should not attend lessons, classes or rehearsals if they are ill or contagious. Teachers have the right to send students home if they determine that the student is ill. A makeup will not be offered to the student.
Rescheduling lessons. Unlike most schools, we offer rescheduling of ONE excused absence for the fall and ONE for the winter term (not in the summer term). This may be rescheduled at the convenience of the instructor, either during the term or during the term’s rescheduled lesson week. Excused absences are allowed only for illness or unusual, unanticipated circumstances. LESSONS MISSED CASUALLY OR FOR VACATIONS, SOCIAL ENGAGEMENTS OR SPORTS EVENTS WILL NOT BE RESCHEDULED. When you give notice that you have to miss a lesson, we will assume it is not an excused absence unless you tell us at the time of notice that your child is sick or describe another other emergency. Please do not ask your teacher to “makeup” more than one lesson per term. Any unusual circumstance that may warrant an unusual solution must be authorized by the Executive Director and not the teacher and only when and if appropriate notice is given to the Executive Director. For planned, unexcused absences (social events, routine doctors’ appointments, school or sports events, vacations, etc.) arrange to switch lessons with another student (and notify the teacher of the change as soon as you do). If you must miss a lesson which cannot be rescheduled you can benefit from observing another student’s lesson.
When you must miss a lesson, please leave a message (including the reason for the absence) the night before if possible and no later than noon at the school’s number, or as early as possible for a morning lesson. We do not always have someone answering the phones after noon and the teacher may not have a chance to check messages between students. When you have a planned absence, please notify your teacher as soon as it is planned (vacation, religious holiday, etc). The instructor may be able to reschedule someone else’s missed lesson and your courtesy will be appreciated. LESSONS CANCELED WITHOUT ADVANCE NOTICE WILL NOT BE RESCHEDULED. Excused absences must be rescheduled during the same term as the absence.
If the teacher cannot keep an appointment, s/he will reschedule the missed lesson. Sometimes this means that you will have more than one lesson in rescheduled lesson week (one because of your excused absence and others because of teacher’s absence).
Should the appointment for a rescheduled lesson be missed by the student, the lesson will be considered made up. Lessons suspended because tuition payment is delinquent will not be rescheduled. If the student does not accept and attend one of at least two reasonable times offered for rescheduling by the teacher, at least one of which is within an hour of the student’s regular lesson time in rescheduling week, the teacher is not required to offer any more times, and the absence (for either the student’s absence or the teacher’s), will be considered made up.
SUMMER LESSONS are scheduled in advance for convenience to both student and teacher, and cannot be rescheduled unless an opening occurs when another student misses a lesson and has notified the school and/or teacher in advance. Please be courteous and give timely notice. However, a student who is scheduled for more than 6 lessons in the summer may cancel the 7th or 8th lesson provided notice is received BY THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR at least one week in advance of the intended absence. In that case, a credit (less $5) will be applied towards the school year tuition.
Missed Group Classes. Groups are not rescheduled, whether missed by the student or because of teacher sickness or emergency.
How to “makeup” missed groups: If you miss group, you are encouraged to observe another group or another student’s lesson. Students can do activities and games from class at home or extra listening and practice. Students who miss multiple Group classes may not be permitted to perform at school recitals.
Religious and other Holidays. Our major holidays are Thanksgiving and Winter and Spring vacations similar to the Public Schools. In addition we are closed Independence Day, the week before Labor Day, Labor Day and Memorial Day.
Since we only see each student once a week for lessons, we cannot be closed for other holidays. There are inevitably some lessons scheduled for major religious holidays as well as lessons on other holidays which we do not observe. The teachers do not have time to reschedule more than one missed lesson per term. Our students come from diverse religious backgrounds and we rely on the families to notify us of major religious holidays that preclude attendance at lessons. We ask that when you receive the school calendar in the fall you check it against your own religious and holiday calendar. Arrangements to switch with other students can usually be made if they are done well in advance (at least two weeks). If this is not possible, the lesson can be made up in the rescheduling week at the end of the term.
If a lesson missed for religious reasons cannot be made up during the rescheduling week at the end of the term it occurred, a credit will be given towards the next payment, PROVIDED the school was notified at least two weeks in advance of the missed lesson. No more than one lesson per term missed for religious reasons may be rescheduled or earn a credit. No credits or rescheduling will be given for religious absences without two weeks’ notice. Please trade lessons with another student so that progress continues.

Teresa said: Jul 28, 2011
Teresa Skinner
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
69 posts

Thank you for posting your policy. I appreciate all the thought that went into it!

…if you listen to the music, it tells you what to do…

said: Jul 29, 2011
 7 posts

I charge monthly in advance using Quickbooks to create the invoices. I don’t give make up lessons except for illness or for a planned vacation that I’ve been given at least several weeks notice for. I also explicitly state in my policy sheet that lessons begin and end on time. The studio is open 12 months out of the year, but I give more leeway for reschedules in the summer. Of course there are always families who refuse to follow the policies…. I had one family whose child was “sick” 13 times last school year! And another family who would routinely miss the first lesson of the month and then pointedly cross out the amount on their invoice and deduct the missed lesson. Both are no longer students of mine.

Diane said: Jul 29, 2011
Diane AllenViolin
244 posts

I shifted the language from “my policies” to “students’ & parents pledge”. This was done to help families take more ownership and responsibility rather than follow Diane’s directions.

I send out annually:
Tuition Pledge
Attendance Pledge
Student Pledge

All are signed and returned to me.

For example -
Policy language—tuition is due at the first lesson of the month
Pledge language—I agree to pay tuition at the first lesson of the month

Policy language—100% attendance is expected
Pledge language—I will attend all scheduled lessons. In case of illness I will contact Diane.

The Student Pledge outlines that the student understands what practicing, listening and attitudes they need to follow. There is space for them to add their own pledge which oftentimes is quite endearing to read.

Diane
http://www.myviolinvideos.com
Videos of student violin recitals and violin tutorials.

Carrie said: Jul 29, 2011
 
Suzuki Association Member
58 posts

I just have one family that seems unable to remember lessons, come on time, etc… I am resisting writing a policy for my whole studio when it is one family that needs something. I’ve been planning on trying to work with this mom, starting with, “What can you do to help you remember to bring your children to the lesson?” She would be happy if I would send her text reminders, but I want to keep the responsibility in her court.

Diane, I really like your wording for your pledge as opposed to policy. When I do break down and write a “policy” for my studio, I’d like to use your pledges as a spring board for mine. Would you be willing to post them so I can see them in their entirety?

I love the idea of a student pledge. I have two teenage sisters who have not listened to the CD or practiced much through book 1. I recently had a talk with them, basically asking for a verbal pledge that they would listen to the CD and practice if they were going to continue with lessons in the fall. They were both very agreeable. I assume you have them sign a new pledge each fall. Do you give them any reminders through out the year of what they have agreed to?

carebear1158

Diane said: Jul 29, 2011
Diane AllenViolin
244 posts

Student Pledge

___ I understand that studying the violin is a privilege and that it is special.

___ I will remain open and willing to try new things and follow directions.

___ I understand that improvement involves repeating things over and over again.

___ I know that I will get the best results if I practice 5 – 7 days a week.

___ I will listen to the music I’m learning as well as other classical music.

___ I promise to continue to work on my posture because my violin playing will greatly benefit from beautiful posture.

___ I understand that violin study is all encompassing. It’s a great opportunity for me to be both creative and industrious.

Write your own pledge(s) here:

Attendance Pledge
2010 – 2011

Lessons:

___ I will attend all lessons scheduled from September 2010 – June 2011.

___ I understand that a missed lesson is my responsibility and can be addressed in the following manner:
- Switch lessons with another student
- Give the lesson to another student – expect the favor to be returned
- Make up your lesson during 1 of the designated Make-up days
- Forfeit the lesson

___ In the event of a missed lesson, I promise to call or email as soon as possible.

___ I will arrive early, unpack my instrument and take out my music so as to make the most of my lesson time.

Make Up Lessons:

___ I understand that Make Ups are offered as a courtesy before Winter, Spring and Summer breaks.

___ I understand that I am eligible to make up 1 lesson per semester.

___ I understand that a missed Make Up lesson will not be made up or refunded.

Group Classes:

___ I will attend all classes that I’ve signed up for from September 2010 – June 2011.

___ In the event of a missed class, I promise to call or email as soon as possible.

___ I know that there is no opportunity for classes to be made up or refunded.

___ I commit to arriving on time and remaining for the duration of the class.

Rehearsals, Recitals, and Concerts:

___ I commit to attending all the rehearsals, recitals and concerts that I am involved in.

___ I will arrive on time and remain for the duration of the performances.

Teachers Absence:

___ I understand that if Diane needs to be absent she will handle the lessons in one of these ways:
- Hire a substitute teacher
- Make up all lessons
- Refund lesson tuition

Signature_________________________________________ Date____________________

Diane
http://www.myviolinvideos.com
Videos of student violin recitals and violin tutorials.

Malgosia Lis said: Jul 29, 2011
Malgosia LisInstitute Director
Suzuki Association Member
Piano
West Hartford, CT
15 posts

This is great Diane!
Thank you!!!

Malgosia
Sent from my iPhone

Diane said: Jul 29, 2011
Diane AllenViolin
244 posts

My pleasure!

In addition to having a great set of policies—I think it’s super crucial to have incoming students go through an introductory observation process. A picture is worth a thousand words. It’s wonderful to watch my current students leading a great example when they are being observed. Seeing that manifest in the new student and parent’s attitude and openness to embrace how my studio is run, how to act during a lesson and overall vibe of what is expected.

Diane
http://www.myviolinvideos.com
Videos of student violin recitals and violin tutorials.

Irene Mitchell said: Jul 29, 2011
Irene Mitchell
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Dallas, TX
111 posts

Brilliant psychology, Diane! Instead of the teacher & parent imposing our will/policy/demands on the child, we become collaborators by all three of us
signing these pledges to remind ourselves that we are here for the student’s highest good.
I’ll do it at the beginning of the school year with each student. Thank you for sharing!

My thought on makeup lessons is that I would rather be poorer & healthier than richer & sick… so I have requested that if a student is ill, that they not come to lesson. I appreciate 24 hr notice, but sometimes they pick up an ill child from school. It’s worth it to me to make it up, because since I instituted this 5 years ago, I haven’t been sick with the flu.

Irene Mitchell

Barb said: Jul 29, 2011
Barb Ennis
Suzuki Association Member
Cello
678 posts

Diane—what a great idea! Thank you for sharing that.

Carrie—I use Music Teacher’s Helper which automatically send out reminder emails one day in advance (you can set it for any number of days). I pay for a subscription, but they also have a free plan if you want to use it for just a few students. I find it WELL worth the money to use for my studio as it also invoices, gives a free website and allows students to download files, etc. etc. etc. You can follow the link in my signature for more details. I have only had one adult student who had the tendency to forget—she never looked at her email. Your parent should also be able to set up her own calendar-reminder system! I do recommend having a policy (or pledge), even if you keep it very basic. Having clear expectations up front is usually better than having to deal with things after the fact.

Irene—I am with you on the illness thing!

Barb
Music Teachers Helper—for individual teachers
Studio Helper—for entire music studios or schools

Carrie said: Jul 30, 2011
 
Suzuki Association Member
58 posts

Hey Barb,
Thanks for the input. I am seriously considering a pledge. Though right now all I can think about it getting out to Connecticut to see my first grandbaby who is 8 days old. :-)

Wouldn’t you know, the parent who forgets lessons also does not check her email. I’m hoping to get her to use the calendar on her phone.

carebear1158

Lisa Hansen said: Jul 31, 2011
Lisa Hansen
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
21 posts

Thank you everybody for your great ideas!!!! I really appreciate your time.
I have questions now about musicteachershelper.com & any other websites others may use, but I’ll begin a new thread.

Barb said: Aug 2, 2011
Barb Ennis
Suzuki Association Member
Cello
678 posts

Here’s the student pledge I’m thinking of having my students sign. I still have parent details in my policy (for now, anyway). Feedback? (I took my name out—my students don’t really call me Mrs. X. :) )

My Cello Pledge

_____ I understand that learning to play the cello is a privilege given to me by my parents and Mrs. X. Breaking my pledge could mean losing that privilege.
______ I understand that my cello is a valuable instrument, not a toy. I will take good care of my cello and my bow and always handle them with clean hands.
______ I will be respectful and cooperative with Mrs. X, my parents, and other students at lessons, practice and performances. This includes trying new things, following directions, and being kind to one another.
______ I will listen to my recordings every day because that will make learning the music easier.
______ I will practice at least five days and no more than seven days per week. :) Practice makes playing easier.
______ I will watch the video of the week on Mrs. X’s website every week, and answer the question(s). This will help me to learn even more about the cello and music.
______ I will participate in recitals and group playing. Learning to perform is part of learning to play the cello, and playing with others is fun!
______ I will keep my fingernails clipped short at all times so that I can make good finger tunnels.
______ I will not bring snacks or drinks or gum into Mrs. X’s home. Mrs. X needs all the help she can get in keeping things neat and clean!
______ ___________________________________________________________________

I am thinking of adding to the first one something like “Mistakes happen, but repeatedly breaking the pledge…” because I don’t want any students to get too uptight worrying that if they forget to spit out their gum before coming they will get kicked out of lessons! What do you think?

Barb
Music Teachers Helper—for individual teachers
Studio Helper—for entire music studios or schools

Diane said: Aug 2, 2011
Diane AllenViolin
244 posts

Love it! I find that last year’s problems become this year’s policies. I can almost see into your studio and guess what’s happened this year based on your pledge choices! I may just have to add the fingernail clipping to my students’ pledge as well!!!

Smiles!
Diane

Diane
http://www.myviolinvideos.com
Videos of student violin recitals and violin tutorials.

Barb said: Aug 2, 2011
Barb Ennis
Suzuki Association Member
Cello
678 posts

Thanks, Diane. Some of them have been problems in the past (you can see the french fry I found between the cushions? Probably we’ve all seen gunky fingerboards—they make shifting kind of sticky!), and some have been in the policy since I first designed one before I taught my first lesson. And some I stole from you, more or less!

Barb
Music Teachers Helper—for individual teachers
Studio Helper—for entire music studios or schools

Paula Bird said: Aug 5, 2011
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

Delaine Fedson, Suzuki harp trainer, once told me she has two nail clippers: the one hanging outside her studio door is free. The one inside the studio costs $5. How about a sign on the outer door: “Thou Shalt Cut Thy Nails”?

I got a tip from Laurie Scott Young years ago. I do a tuition basis, and it eliminated my financial and scheduling stress immensely. There are about 33-34 lessons in a 9 month school year (allowing 3 weeks off at Xmas, 1 week at Thanksgiving and 1 week at spring break). I charge for 30 lessons. This means that there is a little cushion there. This cushion is for my benefit. I may have a special performance or symphony event come up and need to cancel, but I have 3-4 lessons that I can cancel because they weren’t paid for. These extras are not for my students’/parents’ cancellation use. If I don’t need to cancel, then the student who comes to everything will get the benefit of extra lessons.

I figured out the tuition for the entire 9 month period (30 lessons), divided it by 9, and that is the monthly amount paid to me for tuition. This amount is the same every month, whether there are 2 lessons or 5 in the month, because I have amortized the total over the 9 months. For the summer, we do something a little different because I might be gone teaching for 6 weeks. That’s another forum discussion.

This next year, I’m starting a little bit earlier so it’s 9.5 months. I’ll just take the regular month’s tuition and divide it in half for that extra half month. I ask for tuition at the beginning of the month (or first month’s lesson). I can take credit cards through the little device attached to my iPhone from square.com (check this out! It’s sent to you free and it costs less than paypal). Somewhere in the 2nd week or mid-month, I start following up with those students who haven’t paid. I live a month in advance with my bills (you might check this out too: www.youneedabudget.com to help you learn how to live on the previous month’s income).

I was considering Music Teacher’s Helper next year. I had used practicespot.com in the past, but with our rural community, internet downloading took too much time. Things have improved now, so I’m willing to try something new, and MTH looked great. Thanks for your advice about this.

I DO NOT OFFER MAKEUPS. I remind my parents not to even ask for a makeup (because they know that I’m a pushover and will stress about giving a makeup). Instead, if a student cancels, I might call the other student and offer the available time. Sometimes it works, sometimes not. If a parent is smart, they will check their calendars well in advance and reschedule their lesson to avoid the conflict. Sadly, a lot of parents aren’t so on top of things to do that.

The only issue I haven’t been able to figure out is chicken pox. That usually means that I won’t see the student for 6 weeks. Thankfully, it’s only happened two times in the last decade what with the vaccines now. I’ve handled that by just not seeing them but leaving the spot open. Since it happens during the teaching season, I don’t usually have someone standing in the wings to take the slot.

I have written studio policies about all of this. Having things in writing and going over them with parents once a year is helpful.

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
http://teachsuzuki.blogspot.com (blog)
http://teachsuzuki.com (podcast)

Barb said: Aug 12, 2011
Barb Ennis
Suzuki Association Member
Cello
678 posts

Paula,

That is an interesting idea to just have some extra lessons as cushion for your cancellations, and not offering make-up lessons. Thanks for sharing that. Someone, here, I think, shared an article once on why students should not expect make up lessons. If I find it I’ll come back and add a link.

Edit—the search function works pretty well on this forum! Here is the previous discussion on make up lessons.

And Here is the direct link to the article by Vicky Barnham.

I love the nail clipper idea. :lol: But as someone pointed out in an older post, it really isn’t a good idea to offer nail clippers which the students share.

I used practice spot my first year, but MTH offers a lot more, I think, and their support is better than any other website I’ve ever dealt with.

I haven’t dealt with chicken pox in the studio yet, but I did have a case of mono last year. In spite of my policy, the student came to her lesson when she was sick, before she was diagnosed. :confused:

Barb
Music Teachers Helper—for individual teachers
Studio Helper—for entire music studios or schools

Irene Mitchell said: Dec 8, 2012
Irene Mitchell
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Dallas, TX
111 posts

Behold the perfect example of a scam letter…
If you get it, ignore it; if it is your email that has been hacked (groan) you just need to change your email password.

Irene Mitchell

Edie Bennett said: Dec 8, 2012
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
Portland, OR
3 posts

Sorry everyone. My email was hacked. I’m not in Manila and didn’t lose my passport.

Edie Bennett

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