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Policies and Procedures

We are proud that you have entrusted your child's pianistic development to us and want you to know that we take this responsibility very seriously. If you ever have any questions, concerns or comments regarding your child's study, please feel free to contact us. Your feedback is always appreciated.

Music needed for study is available through a variety of sources. Locally, it can be ordered through Julie's Music, located within King's Keyboard House (2333 E. Stadium Blvd; (734) 663-3381). Please call ahead to make sure materials are available. For Frederick Harris publications, it is suggested that materials be ordered directly from the publisher at frederickharrismusic.com. Materials generally arrive within 5 days. Another excellent source is Marshall Music in East Lansing, MI (1-800-221-1755, x370).

Pianos: a tuned acoustic piano is a necessity for daily practice. Students cannot develop technical proficiency or the ability to communicate a wide range of sound by using an electric keyboard. We will be happy to refer you to a qualified tuner / technician if your instrument needs some attention prior to the start of lessons.

Assignment sheets are given out at the weekly class lesson and provide the student with a handy checklist of materials and pieces that will need daily practice. Parent announcements are always at the top of the sheet.

Daily practice: an essential ingredient necessary for each student to reach his or her full potential! The amount of practice time will vary, depending on the length of the assignment, student's level, etc. We ask that our students do as much practice as is needed to perform each item on their assignment sheets with fluency and ease.

Parental help might be needed to assist younger students with practice following each lesson. Your family will want to discuss daily practice and determine a regular, convenient time for it to happen. Daily practice will be enjoyable with your loving support, encouragement and praise.

Performance opportunities: Students perform weekly in class. Beginning students will have a Parent's Day class in December. Continuing students participate in informal recitals, a more formal program at the beginning of May, and other activities throughout the year, such as The Music Development Program Assessments. Please refer to the Calendar of Events for specific dates of these events.

Punctuality: Classes and private lessons begin promptly at the scheduled time. It is important that students arrive early (with all materials and clean hands) so that they may get settled and warmed-up prior to the start of class. We ask that parents of elementary level children physically escort them to and from classes and private lessons.

Class absences: Regular attendance is essential for progress; there is not enough time in the private lesson to cover all the material that has been presented in a one-hour class. If an absence is unavoidable, please notify the PPLP office. Assignment sheets for a missed class can be mailed home or given out at the next private lesson. More than three class absences in one academic year will be grounds for expulsion from the program.

Private lesson absences: Private lessons will be made up if missed due to illness or emergency and if the teacher or PPLP office has been notified in advance of the lesson time. Because studying piano involves close contact (particularly hand-to-hand) we ask that students do not attend lessons if they are in the contagious stage of an illness. Lessons missed due to reasons other than those above will be made up at the teachers' discretion only. Lessons cancelled by the teacher will always be rescheduled.

Weather policy: You will be called or emailed if weather conditions force cancellation of classes and lessons. Public school closings in the morning do not necessarily cancel late afternoon lessons.

Parking: There is a metered parking lot south of the Moore Building. Parking regulations are in effect on weekdays until 5:00 p.m. Parents are welcome to wait in the lobby area outside of the Information Office, or in the Music Library during lessons. PLEASE NOTE: the circle drive in front of the building is for drop-off or pick-up only.

Student Progress Reports and Performance Records: Reports on the student's progress will be mailed to parents at the end of the academic year. A Performance record of all pieces completed and memorized during the year will be included.

Tuition payments: There is a $50, non-refundable registration fee for all students. We are pleased to offer a choice of tuition payment options. Tuition for the entire 27-week school year is $1,350, if paid by September 2, 2013. For the Payment Plan Option (in which tuition is divided into 4 payments), the cost is $1,425. NOTE: if a student withdraws from the program, pro-rated tuition will be refunded as long as the PPLP office is notified in writing and the withdrawal takes place before November 1, 2013. NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN AFTER THIS DATE; those who have elected the payment plan option will be expected to complete their payments.

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