2018-19 Studio Policies
TuitionThere are 36 lessons each year, scheduled from September through June. The schedule will be distributed at the beginning of the 2017-18 academic year.
30-minute lessons $125.00 per month
45-minute lessons $165.00 per month
60-minute lessons $205.00 per month
Tuition encompasses lesson time and overhead costs including materials, lesson preparation, office hours, event preparation, and studio recital performance opportunities. Lesson lengths are recommended by the teacher based on student age, level, and availability. Monthly tuition is divided evenly throughout the academic year of 10 months from September to June. Monthly tuition is due on the first of each month and may be paid at the last lesson of the previous month or sent in the mail. Tuition may be collected via check made payable to Blythe Quelin.
AttendanceJust as strong attendance is expected in school, strong attendance is expected at music lessons. As a courtesy of the studio, one make-up lesson is offered per student per academic year. Make-up lesson times will be offered according to the teacher’s availability. The studio will not assume responsibility for the student's absences outside of this allotted absence.
In the event of a student cancellation, the teacher is to be contacted via email, text message, or phone call for notification as soon as the student is aware of the cancellation.
In anticipation of absence, students/parents may choose from the following options to facilitate the student’s continued progress:
• The student/parent may send the teacher a video recording (via DropBox or similar service). The teacher can provide an electronic critique, utilizing the lesson time to watch, listen, and write a critique and assignment for the week.
• The student/parent may elect to use the Student Swap Directory*.
Make-up lessons will not be offered for after-school events (including field trips, tournaments, concerts, etc.), family vacations, or non-emergency medical appointments.
If the student stays home from school or work on their lesson day due to contagious illness, or was excused early from school due to contagious illness, the teacher kindly requests the student not attend their lesson. The teacher reserves the right to send a student home due to contagious illness. In these situations, make-ups will be offered upon request outside of the allotted absence.
In the event the teacher needs to cancel due to an unforeseen circumstance, she will notify students and parents of the cancellation as soon as possible through email and/or phone.
For every cancellation made by the teacher, two make-up date options will be offered to the student. The student must select one. If the student cancels or does not attend the scheduled make-up lesson, the make-up lesson the make-up lesson cannot be rescheduled. The teacher reserves the right to offer a credit or electronic critique in lieu of the above-mentioned make-up lesson when appropriate.
Lesson times are assigned for the entire academic year. Please consider schedules for all extra-curricular activities when choosing a lesson time. If the assigned time is not compatible with a spring activity, the student/parent may use the Student Swap Directory* to find another lesson time. The studio will not assume responsibility for contacting other students to rearrange lesson times. The student/parent may, however, inquire about any open spots that may be available.
*Student Swap DirectoryStudents/parents may elect to be a part of the Student Swap Directory, designed to offer possible opportunities for students to swap lessons with one another in anticipation of a lesson conflict. Parents/students are responsible for arranging their lesson swaps. If a lesson swap is made, it is the responsibility of the parent/student to inform the teacher as early as possible. The Student Swap Directory will be handed out at the start of the 2018-19 academic year.
Weather EmergenciesLessons will generally not be held in the studio on days when West Windsor-Plainsboro Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather. If there is a one- or two-hour delay, lessons will still be held according to the lesson schedule.
When West Windsor-Plainsboro Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather, Facetime, Google Hangouts, or Skype lessons will be conducted from the studio. The teacher will contact the students/parents to arrange the lesson. This will prioritize safety and will also allow students to adhere to the lesson schedule for optimized progress. Laptops, tablets, and smartphones may be used when the camera and microphone are adjusted and set in view of the student at the piano. Students are to have their music, theory book, assignment book, and a pencil ready to go. Students are to sign on approximately 5 minutes prior to their lesson time, with all settings appropriately adjusted. They are to call at their lesson time.
In lieu of a Facetime, Google Hangouts, or Skype lesson, students may opt to send the teacher a video recording (i.e. via DropBox or YouTube link) before the lesson. The teacher can provide an electronic critique, utilizing the lesson time to watch, listen, and write a critique and assignment for the week.
PracticingRegular practice is essential to musical development. Lessons will include the development of effective practice skills so that students are clear on how to practice. Practice builds muscle strength, coordination, problem-solving skills, focus, self-discipline, a sense of accomplishment, and the enjoyment of being able to make beautiful music through the process. In addition, the student will greatly improve their musical proficiency. The teacher will include written practice instructions in the student’s notebook. These instructions are to be read carefully each week to maximize effective practice time.
Students should practice a minimum of 5 days per week and the amount of daily practice should correlate with the length of their lessons. Students taking 30-minute lessons should practice 30 minutes a day, students taking 45-minute lessons should practice 45 minutes a day, and students taking 60-minute lessons should practice one hour each day. Practice time should be divided into 2-3 focused sessions with specific goals set for each practice session.
Instruments and MaintenanceVoice lessons will include information on achieving and maintaining good vocal health. In some cases, the teacher may recommend that the student contact a vocal health expert or a physician. It is the responsibility of the student/parent to arrange an appointment at the teacher’s suggestion.
Piano students must have a well-maintained grand or upright piano, and it must be tuned every six months. It is the responsibility of the student/parent to arrange tunings and repairs for their instrument at the suggestion of the teacher. Pianos may be purchased or rented through Jacobs Music at 2450 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648, (609) 434-0222. Tunings can be arranged by calling (215) 659-5423.
Violin students must have a well-maintained violin. Lessons will include instruction on tuning and basic instrument care. It is the responsibility of the student/parent to arrange repairs as suggested by the teacher. Such repairs include but are not limited to: new strings (which shall be installed by the teacher), bridge replacement (which must be done by a trained luthier, or violin maker), and re-hairing of the bow (also done by a trained luthier). Violins may be purchased, rented, and serviced through JC Strings at 4110 Quakerbridge Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648, (609) 936-9038.