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Policy Update - Lesson Swapping Now Available!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 by Hannah Violette | Policy

Hello, Harmonics Parents and Students!

The countdown is on and we are just moments away from a new school and, thus, piano year.  Please take a few minutes to refresh yourself on the studio policies (http://harmonics.mymusicstaff.com/Studio-Policies) and make special note of these two new features:

1.  Lesson swapping.  As you know, sick absences are excused, as are up to two personal absences during the year.  However, if you would like to avoid those absences, you might try the lesson swap option.  At the first lesson, each student will be provided with a student schedule that will have each student family and telephone number.  If you know your student will be gone on Tuesday during their normal lesson, you can call other families to see if they would be willing to trade lesson times that week.  If you do arrange this, please notify me immediately.

2.  No materials.  If a student arrives without their piano materials, the lesson will be cancelled and treated as a no-show.  I don't have duplicates of most students' lesson materials and so it is imperative that each student retain responsibility of bringing them to each lesson.

I am SO EXCITED for this new year!  Now that my super-intensive grad program is OVER (praise be to God!), I have energy and vision that I can pour into each student at a much higher capacity.  We have more performance opportunities than ever before, and it will just be an exciting year!

New Year Begins August 28

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 by Hannah Violette | Uncategorized

Hello, Harmonics Students and Families!

It's been an active, busy summer and I personally can't wait to settle into the normal routine of the school year, which begins on August 28 and all continuing students WILL HAVE LESSONS that week!  New students will begin after Labor Day.  We have a lot of exciting performance events scheduled this year; be sure and check out the Studio Calendar to see all of the upcoming opportunities!

See you all very soon!


Spring Recital, Studio Policies, and SUMMERTIME!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 by Hannah Violette | Uncategorized

It is that time of year again, when the flowers are blooming, temperatures are rising, and thoughts of summer freedom are looming on all of our minds.  This means only one thing...IT'S TIME FOR THE SPRING RECITAL!

The Spring Recital will be held on Saturday, June 4, at 10:00 am in the Garden Room at the Baker County Library.  As always, there will be snacks provided.  Please come support your students who have been working so hard this year!  Two students, Lincoln Nemec and Matthew Rabourne, will be recognized for their achievements in the Oregon Music Teachers' Association Syllabus program.

FINAL LESSON, SUMMER LESSONS, AND FALL ENROLLMENT: The final week of school will also be the final week of academic year lessons.  After having to work with returning students remedially following a summer with no study, I am asking that all students take at least 2 lessons per month in July and August, to avoid the dramatic loss of knowledge and skill.  Please anticipate spending at least 10 minutes with your student at that final lesson in June to arrange your summer lesson times.  If you absolutely cannot schedule your student for summer lessons, please remit the $100 fall enrollment fee no later than your student's last lesson.  Otherwise, the annual enrollment fee of $100 will be invoiced in August.

This brings me to a significant studio policy change: rather than billing a flat monthly rate, starting in July, I will be billing per lesson at my going rate of $25.  You can review the new studio policies which are now live on the website by clicking here.  I decided to implement this for 2 reasons:  1) Even with a strict make-up policy in place, several students expected that I would be making up no-shows or last minute cancellations, and 2) I am returning to graduate school in July and there will be several weeks throughout the year when I will be unable to meet with students. I believe that it will be much easier to track your tuition dollar this way than by charging annual/monthly tuition, and will relieve everyone from the make-up lesson scheduling dance.  You will note that, to replace the 2 make-up credits (which will no longer be given), 2 excused absences are allowed with the money paid for the missed lesson being applied to the next month.  Please review the new policies correctly so that you understand the change in business model, and, as always, call me with questions.

Next year's studio calendar will be posted by the end of May.

I have had a thrilling year working with all of the students, and am looking forward to making more music with more students in the coming months!  See you at the recital!