Policies



Welcome to B sharp Music Studio!  I am committed to making your musical education experience fun, challenging, and inspiring. I offer private lessons in Beginning Piano, Beginning Guitar, and Voice lessons in Classical, Musical Theater, Jazz, and Pop genres as well as Audition Prep.  Group classes are offered as interest demands. Here is some general information about lessons that, hopefully, will answer any questions you may have.
 

RATES:  Tuition is $20 per half hour lesson.  The studio is closed on New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving week and the week before and after Christmas.  If there is a Snow Day for the schools, the studio will be closed at no charge to the student. Lesson tuition is due at the first lesson of each month or each week at lesson time if you prefer.  Monthly tuition not paid by the 10th of the month will incur a $10 late charge.  If paying by the week, tuition not paid within 10 days will incur a 10% late charge.  Tuition not paid by the end of the month can result in losing your lesson spot.  Please note that there are no refunds for unused lessons. I accept cash, checks, Visa, Mastercard, Discover as well as Venmo, Apple Pay, and autopay options. Please note: There are no refunds on lesson tuition.


ATTENDANCE:  Most lessons are scheduled back-to-back.  Therefore, it’s important to arrive for your lesson on time.  If you arrive late, your lesson will not be extended.  Please come prepared with any material you may need (music books, water, etc.)

 
CANCELLATIONS:  I understand that there are other things in your life besides music lessons (although I can’t imagine what is more fun!).  Vacations, school activities, illness…all those are reasons that you might have to miss a lesson.  If you are unable to be at your lesson, please call or text me right away.  I know that “life happens” and students can’t always predict a missed lesson.   Make-up lessons are available for cancelled lessons with a 24-hr notice.

If you cancel your lesson with less than 24-hours-notice, you will be charged for the lesson. This is a pretty standard policy for music studios.  It can be difficult, especially in the cold and flu season, to enforce the policy because I understand that you can’t plan on whether or not you’re sick and if you are sick, I don’t want your cooties!  I have instituted the Lesson Sharing policy so that if you cancel your lesson with less than 24-hours-notice, someone else in your family can take the lesson spot that day or you may give the spot to a friend! This way, the spot isn’t “wasted” since you will have to pay for it anyway.  If you cancel your lesson with less than 24-hour’s notice and can’t find a replacement to use your spot that day, I will try and fill your spot with someone who is looking for an extra lesson.  If I can’t fill your spot, you will incur the regular lesson charge and will not be eligible for a makeup lesson.    Makeup lesson credits will expire after 1 month if a makeup lesson has not been scheduled.  No makeup lesson is offered for a missed (no show) lesson.  Two missed (no show) lessons may result in loss of spot.


PRACTICE:  Practice, practice, practice! As your teacher, I can do a lot of things to help you learn, but I can’t practice for you.   If you really want to improve your musical skills, there is nothing like good, old-fashioned, focused practice time.  This can be as little as 15 minutes a day preferably working up to at least half-hour a day.  You will see marked improvement with consistent, focused practicing.


MATERIALS:
Pianists:  I use the Piano Adventures series of piano course books. 
Guitarists: I use the Justin Guitar series for guitar lessons. 

You can find all of the materials on Amazon.  We can talk about the proper level for you before you begin lessons.

Singers: While I believe that singers should practice with a live accompanist, this is not always possible.  Backing tracks (karaoke tracks) are great for daily practice and for learning songs.  Some sources for backing tracks are YouTube or iTunes.  Sheet music is valuable for learning songs and sight-singing.  Sources for sheet music are amazon, musicnotes.com (print right from your computer), or sheetmusicplus.com.  For free lyric and lead sheets, check out www.ultimate-guitar.com.

Song Selection:  Students should be choosing songs that are a little difficult for them.  I find that singers (myself included) will rise to the occasion and learn a lot more if challenged.  If a student presents a song that is easy for them, I can’t really help!  On the other hand, don’t choose a song that is so difficult that it is frustrating.  Students should keep an open mind when selecting new songs to work on.  Sometimes choosing a song in a genre that is out of a singer’s comfort zone will actually help them become a better singer!

 
RECITALS:  We are a performance-based studio and we perform an average of six times a year.  This gives the students an opportunity to constantly be preparing for a performance.  Students will never be forced to participate in the recitals, however, it is highly recommended to students to fight those nerves and do it anyway!  Our recital audience is very forgiving and supportive.  The fact is, the more often a musician performs in front of an audience, the easier it gets.  Trust me on this one! I will usually suggest a “theme” for these events.  It tends to help get out of the comfort zone and explore new music.

 
RECITAL COST:  I usually have the recital date two months in advance, which should be plenty of time to commit to the performance. 

Singers: One month before the recital, I will ask for a commitment from you.  The accompanists will need to start practicing the music and I need to set up programs, rehearsal schedules, etc.  At this one-month deadline, there is a $10 per student recital fee that will be due as well as any accompanist fees (typically $15 per song).  The recital and accompaniment fees are non-refundable.


Guitarists/Pianists: You may perform at the recitals, too! There is a $10 recital fee   Once you reach a certain skill level, you may have the option to accompany singers.  If that is something that interests you, we can discuss it!


OTHER THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW:  Parents are welcome to sit in on the lessons as long as they act as observers.  It’s important that I develop a working relationship with each student to understand how they learn new things so that I can be the most help to them.

Please feel free to call with any questions or concerns.  I am here to help you grow along your musical journey with a unique and fun learning experience!

Teri Grubbs – Owner/Instructor
Member of MTNA (Music Teachers National Association)
Certified Elementary Piano Teacher – Royal Conservatory of Music
Member NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing)

B sharp Music Studio
Hayden, ID  83835
Cell (208) 661-8790

Email:  bsharpvocals@gmail.com
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