Studio Contract

Alana Laufman Music
Piano & Oboe Lessons
Bachelor of Music: Education, Master of Music: Performance
Member of Music Teachers National Association, 715.651.2480,
Studio Policy
September 1st, 2017-August 31st, 2018

Tuition* Rates and Scheduling:
o   Monthly tuition is $68 per student for a 30 minute lesson once per week (September1 -May 31) and due by the second lesson of the month by check (made out to Alana Laufman) or cash. Months may have 3, 4, or 5 lessons. Tuition is the same price regardless and rounds out to be approximately $17 per lesson if all lessons are attended.
o   Summer (June 1- August 31) lessons are optional and will be scheduled and charged on an individual a la carte rate of $17 per lesson.
o   Lesson times that are requested are only reserved for two weeks before lessons begin. After two weeks, the time may be offered to other students. I  will try to accommodate schedule change requests throughout the year.
o   If you would like to reserve your time slot for a temporary leave from the studio (up to a two month leave during September 1-May 31), you may reserve the spot by paying 50% of the tuition fee for each month missed. A 30-day notice is required. Unpaid time slots will not be reserved and your spot may be filled by the waiting list.
o   It is encouraged that each student will be enrolled for the entire school year however; a 30-day notice is required for students who are permanently leaving the studio. Any unused lessons will not be refunded.
*Tuition does not cover the cost of lesson books or competition fees. It does cover the cost of the lesson, teacher prep time, studio maintenance, studio lending library, student online music accounts, and studio recital expenses.
Practice Policy: Home practice is required for improvement. Please remember that if you think it is important that your child take music lessons, it also is important for you to see that she/he practices lesson materials.  She/He needs reminders about that, just as she/he needs reminders about brushing his teeth.  The value of a lesson is determined by the amount of practicing. These are recommended practice schedules for steady improvement.

o   Primer Level- each song assigned 3x per day/5 days per week with adult guidance
o   Level 1- 15 minutes/5 days per week with adult guidance
o   Level 2- 20 minutes/5 days per week
o   Level 3- 30 minutes/5 days per week
o   Level 4 and up- 45 minutes/5 days per week

Cancellation Policy: Notify me in advance if you are ever unable to make your lesson time via e-mail, phone call, or text. Give at least 24-hour notice for non-illness related cancellations.
o   Missed lessons without any advance notice will not be made up.
o   If Mrs. Laufman needs to cancel lessons, she will reschedule or makeup at the end of the school year.
o  Makeup lessons may be done during regular teaching hours. Up to two missed lessons over the school year may be transferred as summer lesson credit. Other missed lessons will not be refunded, but may be made up within four weeks of the missed lesson.
o Lessons may be done via Skype, Google Hangout, or FaceTime from home if no ride to lessons is available or because of travel, weather, or contagious disease.

Performance Opportunities: Performance is encouraged, but not required.
o   Fall Studio Recital in Rice Lake
o   Spring Studio Recital in Rice Lake
o   Contest Opportunities (speak to Mrs. Laufman about these offerings and dates)

Music: The student should bring all current lessons books. Mrs. Laufman will purchase any additional materials needed and will bill for reimbursement. Mrs. Laufman often lends out personal copies of music. It is assumed that the music will be returned in good condition.

Calendar Details: No Lesson Dates for 2017-2018 School Year
  • November 21 - 24, 2017
  • December 25, 2017- January 2, 2018
  • Labor Day, Maundy Thursday, Memorial Day

Mrs. Laufman reserves the right to release a student from her studio for the following reasons: General apathy towards lessons and music, lack of progress due to inconsistent practice, or late/missed lesson payments.

Please contact me with any questions or concerns regarding your child’s musical education.

“Where words fail, music speaks.” Hans Christian Anderson
“If music be the food of love, play on.” William Shakespeare

By enrolling in Alana Laufman’s music studio, I understand that I automatically agree to the studio policy.