Returning to Lessons Post COVID-19
Beginning September 10th, I will begin teaching lessons in-studio according to the following protocols:
- Any student/parent who wishes to continue online lessons may do so. No one will be forced to return to the studio.
- Brass, woodwind, and vocal lessons will remain online till further notice.
- Students who wish to return to the studio will do so on an alternating basis, one week in-studio, one week online. This will reduce exposure and make contact tracing easier in the event of an exposure.
- Masks are recommended during the lesson and will help mitigate any concerns with the return to the studio. I will wear a mask as well.
- The piano and key surfaces will be sanitized regularly between lessons.
These policies will be evaluated and revised periodically as we move forward into the Fall.
Fees for private lessons depend on the time slot chosen. Rates for weekdays 9:00am – 3:30pm (as well as summer lessons prior to 5:00pm) are calculated at
$23.50 / 30 min.
$35.25 / 45 min.
$47.00 / 60 min.
Rates for weekdays 3:30pm and later (summer lessons 5:00pm and later) are calculated at
$27.00 / 30 min.
$40.50 / 45 min.
$54.00 / 60 min.
Fees may vary for theory classes, group lessons, etc.
Monthly post-dated cheques payable to Ashby Musical Enterprises must be submitted for each term (September-December, January-June, July-August). Cheques should be dated for the first of each month. There will be a $20 charge for N.S.F. cheques.
Alternatively, you may request that invoices be emailed to you at the beginning of each month for payment by Interac E-Transfer.
No lessons will be taught without prior payment. Monthly tuition is calculated according to the number of lesson days per calendar month.
A payment schedule can be downloaded here or hard copies can be obtained in the studio:
I will notify you when study materials are needed. You are welcome to purchase materials at the store of your choice, however, Ashby Musical Enterprises offers the majority of required lesson books at competitive prices and you will likely find it convenient to allow AME to provide these materials. Material fees will be invoiced.
I attempt to create a schedule that is convenient for all; however, some flexibility is required from all parties. The lesson year runs from September through June. Students are encouraged to take lessons in the summer as this is an opportunity to be free of academic pressures and focus on improving technique or studying theory. However, the choice to not take summer lessons/classes will not forfeit a student’s acceptance in the fall. Each summer, the fall lesson schedule is formed by giving choices to students in order of longevity with the studio (i.e. Families who have been with me longest get first choice on lesson times.) The current weekly lesson schedule is posted here for your perusal if you would like to request a time change.
Cancelled or Missed Lessons
I recognize that sickness, weather, vacations, and unforeseen circumstances sometimes cause interruptions in your schedule. I ask you to recognize that, as a music teacher, a good portion of my livelihood is derived from lesson fees. These factors are the motivation for my missed lesson policies.
The general policy for missed lessons is a make-up lesson, not a refund. Teacher-initiated cancellations will be rescheduled or credited. Student-initiated cancellations will only be rescheduled in legitimate circumstances (sickness, unsafe travel due to weather, etc.) if advance notice is given. Please notify me as far in advance as possible of any foreseen conflicts (vacations, school trips, etc.) so that we can work these out in the best way possible.
Lessons begin at the scheduled time. I cannot be responsible for late arrivals. Please do your best to arrive on time.
If you need to withdraw from lessons for some reason, I would appreciate a minimum of 2 weeks notice.
Communication is vital to preventing misunderstandings. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me here or call 905-963-1268.