New students may commence at any time throughout the year. All music lessons are carried out one-on-one weekly during the school term.
Lessons follow the 4 school term and are typically in 10 week blocks.
Tuition is billed in advance each term and due by the first week of each term. Mid-term enrolments are billed on a pro rata basis for the remaining weeks in the term.
Tuition fee is for the entire term and refund will not be given should a student withdraw before the term ends.
30-Minute Lesson: $350 / 10 week term
45-Minute Lesson: $530 / 10 week term
60-Minute Lesson: $680 / 10 week term
There is also a quarterly resource fee of $25 added to each account which will provide a subscription to Piano Explorer, recital venue fees and the use of online resources and photocopying.
Group lessons are also available throughout the terms and summer holidays at a cost of $15 per student.
KIDDY KEYS (group lesson for children age 3-5 year old) 30 -Minute Lesson: $144.00 / 8 week term.
Other fees incurred may include material fees, books and competition/exam entry fees.
Excessive or recurrent lateness in tuition payment may result in the suspension of lessons.
Our school operates according to Western Australia school calendar. Lessons take place on Monday public holidays unless otherwise specified.
Term 1, 2018: Tuesday Jan 30 – Friday April 13 (11 weeks)
Term 2, 2018: Monday April 30 – Friday June 29 (9 weeks)
Term 3, 2018: Monday July 16 – Friday September 21 (10 weeks)
Term 4, 2018: Monday October 8 – Thursday December 13 (10 weeks)
MISSED LESSON POLICIES
Regular attendance at lessons is essential for the student’s progress.
We understand that from time to time other things can crop up for families so we offer one make up lesson each term for absences that have more than 24 hours notice.
This make up lesson will be in the form of an end of term group lesson unless otherwise agreed.
Group make up classes cannot be rescheduled should you miss them and no refund will be given.
Lessons cancelled by your tutor will definitely be rescheduled.
PRACTICE and PARENTAL SUPPORT
Lesson attendance, alongside a consistent weekly practice schedule is critical for your child’s musical progress. Your support and encouragement in providing the right environment for this to take place is also important.
This repetitive action teaches not only responsibility but also patience, good attitude, consistency, concentration and tenacity. Your positive actions hold a vital role in shaping your child’s musical as well as educational future.
Consistent progress results in pride, satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment.
Independent Home Practice time is critical.
Without regular practice, progress will be slow and frustrating. If a student fails to show normal advancement through regular practice and lesson preparation, I, as the teacher, reserve the right to terminate lessons.
Before committing to lessons, please evaluate your understanding of the importance of regular practice and your willingness as a parent to work with your child toward achieving this necessary time.
Again, parental support and involvement are crucial to your child’s success.
Regular practice time divided into smaller, focused practice segments is much preferred to one or two crammed practice sessions a week. The suggested timeframe for a beginner student is a minimum of 20 minutes 5 days each week as consistency is the key to long term success. Students studying for exams or preparing for festival performances will need to increase this practice time.
If you have more than one child taking lessons, they may come together and quietly work on music worksheets or on computer based activities while waiting for their lesson. If they cause a disturbance, they will not be allowed to wait in the studio. They may bring snacks. Parents are required to be present during the lesson to help follow through on practice activities during the week ahead.
PIANO and METRONOME
All students will need to have a piano at home for daily practising. A tuned acoustic piano or a digital piano with 88 weighted and “touch sensitive” keys plus proper foot pedals is acceptable for early levels. All students will need a metronome.
A recital is held twice a year, exclusively for current Vivo Piano students. Students are encouraged to participate in these recitals. This is an excellent opportunity for students to perform in a non-competitive and friendly environment. It also helps to build students’ confidence in sharing their music with others. This is a family affair where family, relatives, and friends are welcome. Recitals usually occur during of Term 2 & 4.
PRACTICAL EXAMINATIONS & EISTEDDFODS
Students can enrol for a practical music examination when they are ready under the guidance of your tutor. It can serve as a motivation for students to work hard toward a goal. However, some students progress better without the additional pressure of examinations. Therefore, a careful decision is made only after consultation between the tutor and the parent/student. Some students find Eisteddfod competitions rewarding experiences.
The tutor may recommend students for a competition when they are ready.
Music theory is an integral part of music study. Students who are ready to take the theory examination will be encouraged to do so.