Studio Policies

Oct 2, 2019 -- Posted by : kpdrobnak05

If this is your first time as a band parent, welcome to a very large club! If your student is a beginner, please keep in mind that they must walk before they can run . . . Lessons are one of the best things that you can do to help your child progress, especially with low brass instruments. 

Lesson Prices: The price of your students' lessons are set by your student's school district's fine arts programs; usually by the fine arts director. Please see their policy. The schools that I service range from $20-$30 for one lesson that lasts approximately 25 minutes. Longer lessons are available, but they will need to take place before or after school. Lessons during the summer months are approximately 30 minutes.

Lesson Payments: Lessons are billed for the month in advance and are due by the 12th or the second Friday of the month. If your child misses a lesson due to sickness, I will make every effort to make it up. Absences due to sickness will result in a credit to the following month, or a refund, if they cannot be made up. Other absences require 24 hour notice. Lessons missed without notice may or may not be made up, and no refund will be issued except in extraordinary circumstances. If I must miss a lesson, which is  rare, the lesson will be made up or a credit issued.

Payment Options: Cash, check, credit cards or Venmo, please contact me for information. Scholarship funding is available from most schools through your child's band director. Check out the STORE page on this website for a current list of payment forms.

Payment Types: Credit cards and electronic payments are accepted through my online Square store. Checks and cash are accepted. Exact change is appreciated. I am also accepting Venmo, Paypal, and Zelle. Check out the STORE page on this website for a current list of payment forms.

Missed/Make Up Lessons: If your student must miss their lesson, please notify me at least 24 hours in advance, otherwise a credit may not be issued for the lesson. The only exception is: If your child wakes up with an illness on the morning of lesson day. Make-up lessons can be scheduled if a mutually agreeable time is reached. In general, if a student is sick and no makeup is made by the end of the month, one credit is awarded to the next month.

Late Payments: Consistent late payments could incur a late fee of $10 per month and/or a student may lose their lesson slot, especially if payment is more than 30 days delinquent. Communication is the key. Lesson slots may be given to another student when an account is delinquent. Credit cards may be charged for accounts delinquent more than 60 days.

Returned Payments: Returned checks may incur a $35 fee. 

Appointments: Please try and schedule any doctor/dentist appointments on a day other than your lesson day. In many cases I am only in your child's school one day a week, and sometimes only for three class periods or less. Dental/Orthodontic Appointments: Please try to avoid dental appointments the day before your student's lesson and a week before any contests, festivals or performance. It really can hinder the quality of a performance for the entire organization!

Practice: It is important that your child practices on a regular basis. Practice time should be regularly scheduled and setup to motivate students to succeed - set achievable goals! Much more progress will be made if students practice regularly. Students can download free apps to their phones for assistance while practicing, such as a tuner and metronome. "MusiciansKit" is available for iOS and Android phones. There are many other options, though the "pay" versions tend to have more functionality and fewer bugs. Most band programs in in the Metroplex have tuners and metronomes available for student practice!

Summer Lessons: Lessons are available as my schedule allows.

Privacy: Registration Information will not be shared, sold or otherwise given away. The only exception is for communication with your school band director and/or relevant school district employee(s) or booster treasurer for lesson scheduling and/or scholarship invoicing, and as needed to conduct business activities.

Terms of Service: Students and parents must adhere to district policies and students must follow school code of conduct policies. Students who want to pursue activities not associated with tuba, euphonium or low brass during lessons will be denied future lesson service. In addition, it is expected that students will enroll in lessons for the school year. Parents who cancel lessons immediately after fall region auditions may not receive lesson services for the following school year, or may not receive lessons during the school day. The use of cell phones during lessons is discouraged. Students are responsible for purchasing original copies of music performed at solo and chamber festivals. Drobnakbrass studios will not provide original copies of music.



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