Encore Music Studios
Lessons are currently taught at St. Michael's Church in Duluth, MN (4901 E Superior St).
following polices have been established to create an environment of mutual
respect and consideration for a better learning experience. In order to best
serve the students it is necessary that everyone is informed and understands
the policies and procedures that affect them. Please read the document, sign at
the end, and observe these policies.
studio offers all students the opportunity of learning about the world of music
and music appreciation, which is something that will permanently enrich their
lives. My goal is to provide quality and professional private music instruction
tailored to students of all ages, to teach them to “see and hear” the beauty of
music and art, as well as to empower them to pursue their personal achievements
in the studio offer the students an opportunity to develop a well-rounded music
education encompassing music fundamentals, technique, performance, theory,
sight reading, ensemble, ear training and other skills.
everyone has different reasons for continuing to create music after childhood
lessons are over, all who play and sing say they do it for enjoyment; and the
enjoyment increases with greater proficiency and lasts a lifetime. Music is a
life-long learning experience. Lessons keep a student’s skill-set fresh and
facilitates growth in all areas of creativity.
are always a welcome guest in the studio. Please respect the time of others who
may be finishing a lesson. Kindly ring the doorbell or knock at the inside door
and wait in the hallway until the lesson preceding yours is completed.
allow a few minutes before the lesson start-time to calm yourself by breathing
slowly and rhythmically, by stretching lightly, and by preparing yourself
mentally. You should not attend a lesson in the studio when you are ill.
Practicing – The System is goal
oriented, not time oriented. It is very common for practicing to take longer
during the first days of a new assignment and decrease as the assignment is
mastered. Consistency in practice is
the key to a student’s success. Enrolling in this studio is a
commitment to practicing at least 30 minutes daily. Once later on in the
learning process, you may be asked to practice more. A regular practice
schedule is vitally important to the success of each individual. If a serious
commitment to practice time is not made, student progress slows and may become
stagnant. At this point, my guidance can only do so much. YOU are the product.
Invest in yourself.
financial investment in music lessons pays its dividends through the skills
acquired over the years. Remember you are giving yourself (your child) a music
education for artistic use, for self-expression, and for pleasure.
Parents) An active interest by parents is necessary for successful music
achievement of younger students. Parents need to encourage regular practice
sessions. Your child has their own unique pace, so please try to avoid
comparing him/her to siblings or neighbors’ children who may appear to be
playing better than them. Anticipate ups and downs in attitude and progress, along
with a number of “growing pain” periods.
tuition reserves you a weekly time slot and membership within the studio. The
time of your lesson has been reserved and is unavailable to any other student.
I am also committed to instruct at that time as well.
Late students will have only the remaining portion of their scheduled lesson time due to scheduling procedures.
Missed Lessons – If proper notice is given (minimum of 24 hours), a make-up lesson will be given. Use my personal e-mail or phone number for this purpose. No credit or refunds will be given for missed lessons with improper notice.
There will be no
monetary credit for cancellations made except in case of extended illness.
planned absences, advance notice
(minimum 24-hours) should be given unless there is a medical emergency. If vacation
time is planned during the September-May period, and you will be missing some
of your regularly scheduled sessions, you are required to pay in full for the
month unless it is discussed ahead of time. Attendance is mandatory for all
lessons. The Studio is keeping track of all attendance and absences.
will be made up if I make the cancellation. Every effort will be made to
reschedule the missed lesson; however, if the lesson is unable to be
rescheduled, a refund will be given for that lesson. All non-emergency or
non-illness related cancellations will be announced well in advance.
studio offers a year-round program and is open throughout the year, except for
certain holidays and breaks throughout the year (announced well in advance).
Tuition will be invoiced by the 1 of the month and is due by the
15 of each month. Except for the summer months (June-August),
there will be a $20 late fee if the payment is received after the 15
of the month.
During the June-August Summer period, lessons are
subject to cancellations according to the needs of the teacher or
parent/student and will be calculated accordingly.
lesson rates are based on the teacher’s education, experience, teaching
environment, ongoing professional development, location, and student
achievement. The tuition rates include time invested in planning repertoire,
student development research outside of lesson time, assignments,
administration, business needs, membership in professional teaching
organizations, and continuing education, which gives the chance to offer
students the latest ideas, pedagogical techniques, and music.
or check is accepted. Sorry… no credit cards or online payment methods
available at this time.
of 10 paid-up sessions are available for Adult Students who have lengthy