Private lessons are first and foremost for a student to learn to play their instrument to the best of their ability. I believe knowledge of music theory and appreciation of music is necessary for one to be an outstanding musician. All activities in lessons involve playing skills, music theory or music appreciation. I try and make music study as enjoyable as possible whether it be playing educational songs that the student is familiar with or playing music theory games. However, music is not always 'fun and games', hard work and dedication are a must for students to achieve the goal of playing their instrument to the best of their ability. I once read a quote that states, "Music is fun. The better you are, the more fun you have. It takes work to be good"
School Year Tuition & Fees
$50 per student or $75 per family due July 31st, or when enrolling for lessons.
Reserves a student's lesson time for school year lessons. A lesson time will not be reserved until the deposit is received.
Covers materials given to the student by the instructor, such as books and any other fees such as recital fees.
Any balance remaining in May can be applied to summer lessons, if the student has taken lessons continuously for the school year.
This deposit is not refundable if the student chooses to quit lessons or not take summer lessons.
If the instructor chooses to discontinue lessons, the remaining balance will be applied to the last month's tuition.
Two tuition options are available for the months of September - May:
(See the summer section for information on lesson tuition in June, July and August)
The year is divided into 4 quarters, 3 during the school year and 1 in the summer.
Three payments of $245 (30 min) or $320 (40 min) are due at the 1st lesson in September (covers Sept 1st – Nov 30th), the 1st lesson in December (covers Dec 1st- Feb 28th) and the 1st lesson in March (covers March 1st – June 1st ).
Nine payments of $85 (30 min) or $110 (40 min) are due at the 1st lesson of each month from Sept-May.
Tuition reserves a student’s exclusive lesson time. It does not include music books, supplies, recital fees, or other fees. Failure to pay tuition forfeits the student’s lesson time.
You may switch tuition plans at the beginning of September, December and March.
Payment is accepted by Paypal, cash or check. Checks are to be made payable to Erin Winchell.
A late fee of $20 is charged for payments not received by the end of the second lesson of the month.
A $20 service charge is applied for checks returned for insufficient funds.
No refunds will be offered either for missed lessons or if you cancel lessons.
If you give Erin 9 monthly tuition checks dated the 1st of each month from September to May or 3 quarterly tuition checks dated September 1st, December 1st and March 1st, you may subtract $20 from the last check. These checks are due at your first lesson of the school year.
Lessons will be taught from Wednesday September 7th until Thursday June 1st. There will not be lessons on the following dates: September 19th-23rd, November 23rd and 24th (Thanksgiving), December 20th – January 6th (Winter Break)
Your tuition also includes 2 summer lessons in June, July or August to be scheduled in May.
Weekly attendance is expected and necessary for musical progress. Except in extreme circumstances, students should miss no more than 1 lesson every 3 months.
Enrollment in lessons is a purchase of teacher and studio time, reserved exclusively for your child. Since the time passes whether the student uses it or not, a lesson missed is time lost. Therefore, I do not give tuition adjustments or make-up lessons.
Please try and schedule as much as you can around your lesson time. However, unavoidable conflicts do arise occasionally. If you are unable to make your scheduled lesson time, you may reschedule your lesson to any other open times I have during my teaching hours that week. Any time changes must be reserved at least 24 hours in advance.
If you are unable to reschedule a lesson to another open lesson time, your lesson may be made up in a group class. A minimum of 2 group classes will be offered during the school year.
In the event of inclement weather (if my and/or your school district dismisses early or cancels evening activities lessons will be rescheduled), or if I must reschedule your regular lesson time the lesson will be rescheduled at a time mutually convenient for both student and teacher.
Lessons via Skype will be available if circumstances do not allow you to attend your lesson in person (such as in the event of illness or inclement weather). Skype lessons will take place at the same time as your regular lesson.
The teacher may cancel one lesson during the school year without rescheduling.
Students arriving late will not be given extra time to make up for their tardiness.
If you started lessons before January 1, 2017, your tuition includes 2 summer lessons or 50% of tuition towards an ensemble camp. These lessons are scheduled at times that are convenient for you. If you elect not to schedule these 2 summer lessons, no refunds will be offered.
Additional summer lessons may be scheduled if you want to take more than 2 summer lessons.
Attendance policies remain the same as during the school year but only for the lessons you have scheduled.
Students taking at least 4 summer lessons or participating in a summer ensemble will receive scheduling priority for the next school year.
Please be careful while entering and leaving the studio and while in the studio. Erin is not responsible for accidents.
While teaching, Erin's focus is only on the student she is teaching. Please do not drop your child off more than 5 minutes before their lesson time, if you need to speak with Erin, you may do so only during your child's lesson time. Parents are invited and sometimes required to sit in on lessons, though if you must bring other children, please bring something to keep them entertained.
Erin is only responsible for the well being of your child during his/her scheduled lesson time.
Park only on the right side of the driveway.
Please do not use any of Erin's neighbors' driveways.
Students are to have used the restroom and washed their hands prior to coming to their lesson.
Anyone entering the studio must remove their shoes on the rug.
No food, gum or drink is allowed in the studio. No smoking in the studio or on the studio's property.
Students using their own instrument are expected to have it in good working order upon arrival (valves oiled, corks greased, etc).
Students will bring all materials to every lesson. A tote bag is recommended for all music books and a folder for papers.
Please remember the studio is an extension of Erin's private residence and must be regarded as such.
Erin does not answer the phone while teaching.
Other Lesson Information
Students are expected to practice 5 times or more each week. Preferably these times occur over 5 days. Unless otherwise stated, Erin does not require a certain amount of time; though expect your child to spend at least 10 minutes at each practice session, practice time will increase as students take lessons.
Recital opportunities will be offered throughout the year. These opportunities will include two studio recitals as well as other opportunities offered through the South Suburban Music Teacher's Association. More information, including dates and registration deadlines, will be available in September.
Erin will communicate with families outside of lessons by the following methods:
Email: important items such as recitals, rescheduling lessons and student progress.
Phone/text: items that require short notice (<24 hours), such as in the case of severe weather.
All students will be asked to sign a media release at their first lesson of the school year.
Students will have an assignment notebook that is filled in with their weekly assignment at each lesson. Parents are expected to check this notebook to stay in touch with what their child should be practicing.
To allow students to explore music outside of their lesson books, students will have an opportunity to use Erin's lending library. It is expected that these are treated like library books and kept in good condition and not written in. If Erin is dissatisfied with a book’s condition upon return, she will subtract the cost of the book from your enrollment deposit.
Your instrument must be kept tuned and in good working order.
Piano students must own an acoustic piano or weighted key electric piano, instrumental students must own a quality name brand instrument.
Tonic Tutor Information
Tonic Tutor is a website where students play a variety of music games related to what we are studying in lessons.
All students will be signed up for a Tonic Tutor account when one becomes available. Students are expected to log in and play the assigned games as part of their weekly assignment.
Due to the fact I have a limited number of accounts, students' accounts will be canceled if:
1. You tell me you are not interested in Tonic Tutor and ask me to cancel your account.
2. Your child does not play a single game for 1 month (30 days)
3. Your child does not complete at least 1 lesson in 2 months (60 days)
Should any of the following situations become habitual, the parents will be notified that the student has been placed on probation. After parents have been notified, continuation of the problem will result in termination of lessons.
Failure to make payments on time.
Failure to be prepared for lessons.
Excessive absences, (more than 1 every 3 months unless a special situation arises).
Repeated neglect on the student's part to take responsibility for bringing materials, nail care (piano/violin), or following assignment and practice instructions.
Inappropriate or disrespectful behavior, vandalism, theft, and/or misbehavior during lessons.
Failure to honor studio policies.
Should the student wish to terminate lessons for any reason, you must give 30 days notice. You are responsible for paying for all lessons that occur within 30 days after you give your notice regardless of if you choose to attend or not. Your enrollment deposit will not be refunded.
This policy may change. You will be given one month's notice of any changes.