2020-2021 – Frances Schwemmer – Studio Policies

School Year Lessons and Missed Lessons:
I charge a monthly tuition fee during the school year regardless of the number of lessons in the month. It remains the same unless I have to cancel a lesson. When that occurs I deduct that lesson from the next month’s statement or reschedule it. I take the responsibility of purchasing the music for the students and add that cost to the monthly statement. I am sending the monthly statements through an on line billing service at the beginning of each month. This gives you the option of paying on line, mailing a check to me or using my “drop box.” If you find that you must miss a lesson you may schedule a lesson swap with another student. Lesson swaps may be done by going to my web site and clicking on “Schedules.” After entering the password you will see the necessary contact information. Please send me an email to let me know if you do this. During the school year my schedule is not flexible and missed lessons will not be rescheduled.

Summer Lessons:
During June and July I charge by the lesson rather than a monthly tuition because students are in and out of town. It’s easy to reschedule lessons in the summer because the students are not in school. If possible please let me know in advance if you will be absent. All students are expected to study in the summer in order to be scheduled for fall lessons.

I have a Schedule Request form on my web site (2020-2021 Schedule Request Form) that you may use to schedule a lesson or a lesson change. I will honor the requests if possible. Students may request a certain day or time and I may not have enough slots available to honor that request, especially during the school year. If this happens, I will notify you immediately if that time were to become available. Scheduling is done by email. My teaching schedule and the contact information for each student is posted on my web site and it is password protected. If you do not want to be listed on this, please let me know.

You may park on the right or left side of our driveway or on Robin Lane. Please do not park in the middle, because that blocks the next student from having a parking space. I ask that we please limit the number of vehicles parked on Robin Lane during the Theory – Performance Class times. My neighbors and I say a big Thank You for being so considerate.

Students are expected to arrive on time for Lessons and for the Theory – Performance classes. Please wait quietly until it is lesson time. Bring all books to lessons, please.

Theory-Performance Group Classes:
Six group classes are scheduled on a Saturday morning in my studio during the school year. The dates and times are listed on my web site under “Studio Calendar.” Please do not bring guests to these classes because space is limited. If it is necessary to miss a class, please let me know at your preceding lesson or send me an email. I do not charge a fee for these classes and there are no make-up classes. Please bring your book when you are performing at the class.

Spring Recitals have not been scheduled at this time.
The students are divided into 2 or 3 groups according to age. Students are encouraged to invite guests! This is a dress-up event and a formal setting. Jeans, tee shirts and shorts are not considered to be appropriate attire. There is no recital fee. All students are expected to perform in the spring recitals.

AMTA Auditions for the District has not been scheduled for 2021:
The auditions are held at the First Baptist Church, Huntsville, beginning at 9:00 a.m. and ending around 2:00 p.m. There is a $25 registration fee which will be added to the monthly statement. Students are required to play three pieces by memory plus age-level keyboard theory. The judges are out-of-town piano teachers.

AMTA State Auditions have not been scheduled for 2021:

All students must receive the top grade of Outstanding in both solo and theory and be age 10 by Sept. 1, 2019, to go to the State AMTA Audition at the University of Alabama on May 9th or 10th. Concerto Auditions are held in February. The Solo Auditions are held on Friday afternoon and Saturday from 9 – 3 usually. The fee is $25 which is added to the monthly statement. There is no theory requirement for the State audition. The judges are out-of-state college faculty members.

There will be other optional Performance Opportunities throughout the year. When I learn about them I will send an email to the students who may want to enter with the requirements and date listed. I do not have the information at this time.

Other Information:

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