Upon enrollment there is a one time $30.00 registration fee. Lessons must be paid for in advance on the 1st day of every month for the lessons in that month. There will be a $10.00 late fee if payments are not received by the 20th of the month. Lessons will be suspended if your bill runs a few months past due. After payment is resolved you will be required to read and agree to lesson policy through email verification once again. .
Payment Methods: Teachers don't collect payments at lessons
After the current bill is paid and processed, the bill for the following month is emailed. If the amount doesn't look correct, please see the details in the billing statement to get clarification.
3) Parents & Students
Parents must be home at the time of lesson. Parents must monitor their child's time to make sure they practice. Students must practice a minimum of 30 minutes / day. Click HERE for more about practice.
4) Student Cancellations
Teachers are holding your time slot every week, therefore monthly tuition must be consistent and all cancellations must be paid for. Essentially, You are paying for a time slot. DO NOT deduct student cancellations from the following month’s tuition. If you can't commit to a weekly lesson due to sports, dance class, karate, tutoring or other activities, this may not be the best fit for you. No make ups are provided for kids who miss group classes: RE 101, RE 201 and RE 301.
5) 24 Hours Notice
If a minimum of 24 hours notice is given (to your teacher, not business line) a make-up lesson will be provided. This includes cancelling due to sickness or other school activities.
6) Quarterly Allowance
Teachers are only required to make up one cancellation per quarter. If Quarterly Cancellation Allowance is not used in a quarter it DOES NOT mean that you have two allowed in the following quarter.
1st Quarter: January – March
2nd Quarter: April – June
3rd Quarter: July – September
4th Quarter: October – December
7) Is a reschedule counted as a cancellation ?
If a lesson is rescheduled to another day within the same week this is not a cancellation and will not be counted against your quarterly allowance. However, a reschedule is not always possible with teachers who have a full schedule.
8) Teacher Cancellations
You are not required to make up teacher cancellations and can deduct that from the following month’s tuition. This also keeps teachers from slacking off and canceling excessively. If they cancel, they don't get paid.
There are no lessons on:
4th of July
New Year's Day
You don't pay for lessons that fall on these dates. Note, it must fall on the specific date. It doesn't include the whole holiday weekend.
10) Can I Lose My Time Slot?
You may be removed from schedule for the following reasons:
1. Not Practicing
2. Excessive Cancellations
3. Unwarranted Complaints Against Teacher
4. Haggling Over Lesson Policy
5. Haggling Over Pricing
6. Asking teacher to give music lessons outside of their contractual agreement with Music Lessons In Your House.
11) Vacation & Stops
If you go away for 3 or more weeks at a time this is considered a vacation or stop from lessons. You are not required to pay for lessons while you are on vacation and a new time slot (and possibly a new teacher) will be assigned when you return. The only way to secure your time slot is to pay for the slot while you are away and you will not be removed from the schedule. Paying for the time slot doesn’t mean you will get make up lessons when you return. It just holds your time slot to keep you from going on a waiting list. Rental rate increases to non-student status when you are not actively enrolled for lessons.
12) Summer Schedule
If you move to an earlier time during the summer, the time slot that you had during the school season will not be held for you when school starts back up. When school resumes you will have to find a new time.
13) Family Discounts
$10.00 off your weekly lesson rate when family members book lessons back to back. Family discounts only apply to family members, not friends meeting at one home. Families save $520.00 / year with this discount ( For families who schedule weekly 60min, 90min or 120 min lessons, the maximum weekly discount is still the same, $10.00 / family ).
14) Hourly Discounts
$10.00 off your weekly lesson rate when student takes hour lessons. Families save $520.00 / year with this discount.
15) Referral Credit / Mileage Discount
The question often comes up about referral credit or discounts for referring business to Music Lessons In Your House. This doesn't go unnoticed and is appreciated. It is not a one time discount. By referring friends in your area it allows teachers to give weekly discounts on rates in the 30 to 45 mile range because they are not traveling to an area just to give one lesson. Families save from $260.00 to $1560.00 / year with this discount.
At the time of enrollment you are billed for the book, Rhythm. If you do the digital download [ CLICK HERE ], the $15.00 will be removed from your bill. It is required reading for all students and a prerequisite for participating in exams. Teachers will decide what other books to use and you pay the teachers directly for those books.
Guitar students must own a guitar with good intonation (guitar must stay in tune). All piano students are required to play on a full size 88 key piano. Keys must be fully weighted. We provide rentals to meet this need.
18) Rent To Own
50% of your rental money can be used to purchase a used or new piano. If your piano is picked up and taken off rental program without - at that time - using your 'rent to own credit' toward a purchase, you lose the option to use that credit toward a future purchase.
19) Student Performances
Performances are held every year during the 4th Quarter (Fall Season Oct - Dec). When the notice is sent out, please register ASAP if there is a specific date you need. Students performing don't need tickets, but others attending pay $10.00 / ticket. Once your reservation is made your tickets are non-refundable. Students should prepare music selections that collectively total no more than 5 minutes of performance time. A Performance Trophy is given to a student after 7 performances.
20) Rock Ensembles
RE 101, RE 201 and RE103 are group classes that are held once / month (fee $35 / hour). There must be at least 3 students enrolled for a class to take place. Typically classes are done last the drummer's home. Classes held with the goal of performing in the Fall Performances (Oct - Dec).
More info here: Rock Ensembles
21) Percussion Ensembles
PE101, PE1201 and PE 301 are group classes that are held once / month (fee $35 / hour). There must be at least 3 students enrolled for a class to take place. Classes are held with the goal of performing in the Fall Performances (Oct - Dec ).
22) You Tube Videos
Not all students like to perform in front of people. Students have the option to record YouTube Videos as an alternative to live performances. A YouTube Trophy is given to a student after 7 videos are posted on my channel. Your name can be posted or you can use an anonymous stage name. We can shoot a full video or a video of just your hands playing the instrument. Click HERE to see student videos and subscribe to get updates. Look for the Red Subscribe Button.