Trumpet Studio

Guidelines and Policies

2019-2020 Lesson Studio

 

Parents and students of Leander, I am so excited to start working with you in private lessons! I am very much looking forward to getting to know you at this point in your trumpet journey and be a part of your next chapter during our upcoming months together. Below you will find some guidelines and policies that have been developed to ensure that this experience is valuable and enjoyable for everyone involved. Please contact me directly if you have any questions or concerns!

jordanwebbtrumpet@gmail.com


Tuition

Private lesson fees are regulated by Leander ISD and are determined based on several factors. For more information about pricing, grant funding, alternative payment plans, and scheduling options, please contact your band director or myself directly.


Payment

Private lesson tuition rates are pre-determined by the school district and can be paid monthly or semesterly. Students can enroll in 25 minute, 30 minute, 45 minute, and 60 minute lessons. Students joining the studio at the beginning of the semester are projected to have 12 lessons each semester. Tuition can be paid in full at the start of the semester or it can broken into monthly installments due at the beginning of each month. Monthly payments should be received within the first 7 days of the month. Payments not received by the end of the month will result in a discontinuation of lessons and waitlisted students will be offered the available lesson slot until payment is received.

Please review the Attendance Policy below for more information regarding cancelled lessons and make up lessons. Acceptable payment methods include PayPal, cash, or check. Specific information regarding these payment methods, including a PayPal link, will be listed in each individual invoice.

Note: To pay for lessons with a credit card without an online surcharge, please contact me to arrange an in-person transaction in compliance with section 339.001 of the Texas Finance Code.


Attendance Polices

My attendance policy is reliant on strong communication between me and all students/parents. Although we do the best we can to plan ahead and adhere to schedules, things do come up that affect our abilities to meet at our normal lesson time. In all cases, the first priority is to find a MAKE-UP LESSON for that week and have met for all 12 of our lessons each semester. Please communicate with me ASAP about upcoming appointments, family trips, field trips, or any other event that conflicts with our scheduled lesson time. All absences communicated in a timely manner will be considered EXCUSED ABSENCES. Any absences not communicated with more than 24 hours notice will be considered UNEXCUSED ABSENCES, and a make up lesson cannot be guaranteed. There are exceptions to the 24 hour policy that are determined on a case-by-case basis. Emergencies, illnesses, etc will be considered with compassion on my part. In these cases, please communicate with me as soon as you can. My policy regarding TARDIES also relies on strong communication. Students are responsible for arriving to lessons on time. Students who are late for their scheduled lesson time will only receive what is remaining of their scheduled lesson time. It is recommended that students arrive to before school and after school lessons to warm up prior to their lesson to also ensure the most productivity in our session.

If the semester is completed with unfulfilled make up lessons, those lessons will roll over as a credit to the next semester.


Practice Expectations and Curriculum Policies

Students are expected to keep up with their in-class assignments as well as material covered in private lessons each week. The values of learning a musical instrument are experienced most during the individual student’s personal practice time. Skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, and analytical skills are developed through learning to play an instrument. It is necessary that students practice their instrument daily and reinforce the skills learned in class and in our private sessions.

The curriculum studied during our private lessons has been discussed each year and determined by directors and private instructors in the area based on what is believed to be the most beneficial to student learning. Students are encouraged to explore musical interests beyond that covered in class and lessons, however, scheduled lesson times are reserved only for projects outlined within the pre-determined curriculum.

While studying trumpet privately with me, students will learn…

  • The fundamentals of trumpet playing
  • Repertoire and exercises from the standardized curriculum for trumpet students
  • Skills on how to practice their instrument efficiently and how to develop their own practice methods
  • How to set short-term and long-term goals, and create a plan toward achieving them

Students are required to bring the following materials to each lesson:

  • Instrument and mouthpiece in working condition
  • Student’s Band Binder containing all required repertoire and Lesson Assignment Booklet (provided)
  • Instrument maintenance supplies (valve oil, slide grease, etc)
  • Metronome and tuner
  • Pencil(s)

School Band Websites

Clint Small MS Band

Four Points MS Band

Canyon Ridge MS Band

Canyon Ridge MS Band


More information regarding excused/unexcused lessons and make ups:

Why will some lessons be made up, but not others?
Notification 24 hours ahead of time, regardless of the cause, automatically makes the absence excused. Absences are marked unexcused when a student misses a lesson without prior notice, and it is less likely that a make up lesson can be scheduled. Sometimes it’s not possible to provide 24 hour notice, and there are some cases that the absence can still be marked ‘excused’ and therefore will be prioritized for a make-up lesson. Some examples include…

  • A student wakes up with a fever the day of their lesson, and the parent (or student) emails/texts immediately to notify of absence. Although there was less than 24 hours notice, SOME notice is better than none, and the circumstance was unavoidable. This student is typically very reliable in their communication and prompt to their lesson time. The absence will likely be made up.
  • A student arrives to school and finds out their PIT/Flight/Smart Lunch time has been locked, and they cannot attend their lesson that is usually scheduled during that time. Even though their lesson is in an hour, the student emails/texts immediately to notify of the schedule change. Although there was less than 24 hours notice, SOME notice is better than none, and the circumstance was unavoidable. This student is typically very reliable in their communication and prompt to their lesson time. The absence will likely be made up.
  • There is an emergency that requires the student to be picked up from school immediately, without any notification regarding the lesson being missed that day. Later in the evening, after the chaos of the emergency has settled, the parent and student realize there was a trumpet lesson missed that day, so they immediately email to notify of the absence and explain the unavoidable circumstances. The situation was unavoidable and the lack of prior notice is understandable. This student is typically very reliable in their communication and prompt to their lesson. The absence will likely be made up.

Why will some lessons be made up, but not others?
Notification 24 hours ahead of time, regardless of the cause, automatically makes the absence excused. Absences are marked unexcused when a student misses a lesson without prior notice, and it is less likely that a make up lesson can be scheduled. Sometimes it’s not possible to provide 24 hour notice, and there are some cases that the absence can still be marked ‘excused’ and therefore will be prioritized for a make-up lesson. Some examples include…

So, which missed lessons will not be made up?  Any absence that is not communicated in a timely manner. For example…

  • A student is absent from school due to planned a family vacation. The student’s classroom teachers were notified, but the lesson teacher was not. This is an unexcused absence and will not be made up.
  • There is a soccer game rescheduled due to weather, and the student goes to their game after school instead of their lesson without notifying the lesson teacher. This is an unexcused absence and will not be made up.
  • A student signs up for tutoring and forgets to tell their lesson teacher that they need to attend tutoring instead of their lesson. Although we DEFINITELY support the success of our students in all areas, the lesson could have been rescheduled if notice had been given. This is an unexcused absence and will not be made up.
  • The student misses their morning lesson because they oversleep. The student is embarrassed, because they have been late in the past due to oversleeping, and therefore doesn’t send any message later that day to explain. The teacher sends a follow up email checking in on the student, and the parent responds later in the week. Although an honest mistake, the teacher could have potentially pulled another student for a lesson if they had known the student wasn’t showing up at all. This is an unexcused absence and will not be made up.

Why am I being charged for services not given? Although it may appear that you are simply paying for a service, there is actually more included in what you’re paying for in your lesson tuition. The lesson rate is set based on degrees held by the teacher and years of experience. You are paying for those resources to be available at your child’s school each week. Many private lesson teachers commit to a rigorous schedule of driving (up to three hours daily) in order to meet with students at their schools. Without this policy, teachers risk driving all the way to school only to arrive and find out there is no ‘work’ to do and they will not be paid for that day. Furthermore, teaching lessons is the primary source of income for many private lesson teachers, and is therefore treated as a full time job. In order to maintain a healthy financial lifestyle, it is necessary that teachers be able to predict an accurate income, and this is impossible to do with a culture of regularly missed lessons and lack of communication. Communication and attendance policies are in place in order to provide a stable work situation for lesson teachers, so that they can make long-term commitments to their students, their directors, and the band programs.