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A Touch of Classical Plus, Inc. - Calderon Music Studio

“Teaching is not my main purpose. I want to make good citizens.” – Shinichi Suzuki
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Studio Policy

Tuition

Tuition is due by the 15th of each month. A late fee of $25 is applied to your account if the invoice is late. Forms of acceptable payment are cash, Zelle, Venmo, or Paypal, or you may pay directly from the invoice or payment link sent to your email. Checks are made payable to A Touch of Classical Plus.

Thirty-minute lesson + class: $158/month (recommended for young beginners to Book 1)
Forty-five-minute lesson + class: $187/month (recommended for Books 2 and up)

One-hour lesson + class: $250/month (recommended for the advancing student)
Private lessons only start at $165/month
Classes only are $250/month
Music Adventures class is $90/month

*Tuition may increase every three years 

 

What the monthly tuition includes

Private lessons at A Touch of Classical Plus are weekly Monday-Friday, and Group Classes are weekly on Tuesdays or Wednesdays. Monthly tuition covers 33 weeks of instruction from September to June (breaks are not included). There are four private lessons, four group classes, two yearly formal recitals, in-house studio recitals, enrichment classes, supplemental resource videos, access to the Studio Google Drive folder, and ATCP-partner organizations' performance and music education opportunities, plus quarterly parent education classes. We are a year-round program but operate for only six or eight weeks in the summer. 
 

Other fees & discounts

  • Annual registration fee: $35 per student
  • Late fee: $25
  • Accompanist fee: $60
  • Family discount: 10 percent off each additional sibling or family member who enrolls
  • Referral discount: $25 statement credit when your referral enrolls
  • MusicLink Foundation: This discount is 50 percent off tuition if you qualify. Apply here.

Make-up lessons & holidays

There are no makeups for casually missed lessons. A 24-hour cancellation notice is required, and the teacher will make up the lesson pending the teacher's availability. Failure to notify the teacher of a missed lesson means you forfeit the lesson. Classes missed by the teacher are automatically made up. This also applies to Zoom lessons.
  • There are no make-up lessons for classes unless the teacher has canceled. If the teacher has to cancel, students receive make-up automatically.  
  • There are no make-up lessons during the 6-week summer session since you may choose the number of private lessons per week. However, for classes missed, these are not made up.
  • Casually missing a lesson means you still need to pay for the time the teacher reserved for you. 
  • For inclement weather or other emergencies preventing attendance, send a video for critique and receive a video and feedback from the teacher.

Practice Requirements

You have made a wise decision to study a musical instrument. Learning an instrument is both challenging and rewarding. Following these guidelines will assist you in having a great experience. Daily practice and listening are required of all students. Progress is made by practicing inside and outside the Studio, and lessons are not designed to be your only playing time each week.

  1. Practice every day. It is better to practice a little bit daily than practice longer the day before a lesson. Consistent, daily routine builds physical and mental endurance.
  2. Play the CD every day or listen to your piece on YouTube.
  3. Watch the suggested videos for reference.
  4. Use the practice log to record your lessons. Log into your account page to log practice. Read your lesson notebook before practicing. Students not showing consistent evidence of progress every week may be dismissed from the Studio. Parents of very young students must take notes or videotape the lesson.
  5. Parents must monitor and work with their children. Parents are encouraged to attend lessons with their children and learn the instrument.  

Recital/Performance Opportunities 

  1. All students participate in two formal recitals in June and December, plus the Black History Concert in February.
  2. Students attaining the necessary skills from their book level will perform in a graduation recital at a place and time determined by parents and teachers.
  3. Students who show progress through effective practice will participate in special performances at book stores, museums, banks, church events, nursing homes, and hospitals throughout the city. Students may also participate in scholarship competitions.
  4. Recitals will be recorded via Live FB, YouTube, or pre-recorded videos. The Zoom link is sent the day before the recital.

Parent Responsibilities

  1. Pay promptly for all lessons.
  2. Attend class with your beginner child.
  3. Ensure the child's nails are short and hands cleaned before touching the instrument.
  4. Do not interfere with the lesson; take notes and ask questions before or after the class. Videotaping the lesson is recommended.
  5. Follow through on all assignments given by the teacher.

Student Responsibilities

  1. Make sure nails are short.
  2. Always wash your hands before touching the instrument.
  3. Cooperate during practice and lessons. Participate in the Zoom classes by turning on your video.
  4. Listen to your parents; treat parents and teachers with respect.
  5. Bring all the music books, a pencil, a binder, and a notebook for every lesson.
  6. Listen daily to the reference CDs or good YouTube videos of your studying pieces.

Teacher Responsibilities

  1. Be qualified to teach any materials the student receives.
  2. Be very specific with assignments and expectations for the week.
  3. Give practice ideas and support to the student and parent for each assignment.
  4. Commit to continuing education regularly.
  5. Provide students ample opportunities for solos and performances.
  6. Teach all lessons at the appointed time except for illness or family emergencies.

 

Fees are subject to change every three years,
updated 07/27/2022