A mutual respect between a teacher, student and parent(s) is critical for the student to progress. AJ’s Music Factory’s lesson policies exist as a structure that supports a relationship of integrity in order to support you or your child in growth as a musician.
The calendar year for the studio starts the day after Labor Day and runs through part of May (final lesson date TBD based on teacher absences and snow days) plus the required addition of summer session June – July if continuing into the next school year.
School Year Session (Sept-May):
Guitar Students: Instructor will be available to teach 32 private lessons within the school year.
Piano and/or Vocal Students: Instructor will be available to teach 28 regular lessons plus 4 group lessons within the school year. All lessons will be semi-private with time divided between one-on-one instructor time and off bench time. For more details on off bench time, please visit www.ajsmusicfactory.com.
Summer Session: In order to maintain their teacher’s availability for fall, all students are required to participate in summer lessons and/or camps. If you choose not to participate in summer session, you will risk losing your slot with your teacher. Summer registration will be sent out in early spring.
Recitals and Events: Each student is expected to participate in at least two performances per year, though all performances are optional. Please see calendar for specific dates.
Practice Time and Requirements: A minimum of 15-30 minutes a day, 5 days a week is necessary for students to advance and mature as musicians. Quality over quantity is essential for good practice techniques. Parent’s should always read their child’s assignments and assist in practicing, especially for younger children. Parental involvement is instrumental in a student’s success. For piano lessons, access to a tuned, well-maintained piano or weighted, 88-key electric keyboard/piano with pedal is required for learning. A 3-ring binder should be brought to all lessons. Students need to supply their own instrument for guitar and ukulele lessons.
Registration: The annual enrollment fee due August 1st includes all technology fees, administrative fees, sheet music, music books, theory books, incentive programs, performance and recital costs. Registration fee will be pro-rated if student starts mid-year.
Registration fees per student are as follows:
• $100 – One instrument
• $150 – Two instruments
Tuition: Tuition is divided into 11 equal monthly (Sept-July) payments at the following rates:
*Please check with instructor to advise on length of lesson appropriate for student
- Piano/Voice lessons are offered in 3 semi-private formats:
- 60 minute lessons (30 min with instructor/30 min Off Bench Time) – $125 monthly tuition
- 60 minute lessons (45 min with instructor/15 min Off Bench Time) – $175 monthly tuition
- 75 minute lessons (60 min with instructor/15 min Off Bench Time) – $225 monthly tuition
- ***60 (45/15) or 75 (60/15) option must be chosen for students combining vocal and piano instruction or as an option for advanced students covering harder repertoire (Grades 7-12)***
- Guitar/Ukulele lessons are 30 minute private lessons – $100 monthly tuition
At this price the student is guaranteed that the instructor will be present to teach 32 weeks of the school year (September-May) and students can take one of the summer options for June and July. Tuition is not merely an hourly fee for services rendered. Each student is paying not only for high-quality music instruction at the instrument, but also for a guaranteed place in the studio and preparatory planning for each lesson.
Tuition covers the following: time spent with students in both private and group lessons, lesson preparation time, teacher training and experience, recital costs and preparations, professional organization memberships, professional journals, studio expenses, property taxes, self-employment taxes, insurance, business licenses, retirement, continuing education, and certification costs. The commitment to your child’s musical advancement is a full-time effort, and goes above and beyond an hourly fee.
*Families should expect an annual tuition increase.
Payments: Tuition is collected by automatic deduction from your credit card or debit card on file on the first of the month.
Because specific times are set-aside for specific students, a student who does not attend a lesson will simply miss the benefit of that lesson. The instructor will then use that time or other times to plan for the student’s progress, locate and create materials, etc. There are no refunds, discounts or makeups given unless the instructor is unable to teach the promised number of lessons. If the student is unable to come in for the lesson due to transportation or slight illness, FaceTime or Skype lessons are always an option at their lesson time.
Swap List: Families may opt to be a part of the swap list and may trade their lesson time with another student to help avoid absences. The instructor must be informed of a swap. No make-up lessons will be given if any confusion arises. Should two people arrive at once, the instructor will teach the student whose lesson is normally at that time.
Illness: Students who are ill should not come to lessons. The instructor reserves the right to send a student home if they arrive sick.
Inclement Weather: AJ’s Music Factory will follow the South Washington County School District’s closings and cancelations of after-school activities. Notice will also be given via email and AJ’s Music Factory Facebook. An extra day of lessons will be added to the end of the lessons calendar if lessons are canceled.
Dismissal and Termination
Should you want to discontinue lessons, you can opt out of classes at any time by providing written notice via e-mail 30 days before the 1st of any month. Regrettably the instructor will have to dismiss a student from lessons if any of these situations occur: Failure to pay tuition on time, uncooperative attitude, lack of progress due to insufficient practice or absences.
Photo and Video Release
AJ’s Music Factory has permission to take photo and video of students to be used for marketing and website content. If you do not allow for the use of this content, an emailed notice must be given the first week of lessons.
Open communication between students, parents and teachers is essential for optimum success. Please keep in contact with me regarding your child’s progress and practice habits.
Phone: Andrea: 612.275.1895
AJ’s Music Factory recognizes the important role an educator plays in a student’s musical journey. Being invited to share in the musical development of a student is a great privilege, and we honor the responsibility to create a positive environment in which they can learn. Thank you for entrusting your child’s musical interests into our care.