Policies

As my students grow musically, my hope is that they will discover a love for music that will give them an appreciation of the arts for the years to come. If you are interested in online or in-person lessons, please read the studio’s policies below prior to registering:

Piano Practice

Students see progress when they practice their assignments deliberately and accurately for five to seven days per week in a distraction free environment. Working on this art form takes time, energy and focus. To accomplish this, parents are encouraged to schedule out a consistent practice time and to provide incentives to help develop good practicing habits. If the student is under the age of 8, a parent needs to be committed to practice daily with the student for maturity purposes. To assist in the practice experience, students are provided an online platform, such as Tonara, to encourage daily practice.

Basic Materials for Lessons and Practicing

  • Tuned acoustic piano* OR weighted, hammer-action keyboard with sustain pedal
  • Adjustable bench
  • Foot stool (for younger students to support feet)
  • ½” Binder for sheet music/handouts
  • Music Books or Sheet Music
  • Pencil with Eraser
  • Color Pencils
  • Nail clipper
  • Metronome (an app will be sufficient)

*Acoustic pianos need to be tuned annually, just like a vehicle that needs maintenance.

Basic Apps to download:

Equipment for Online Lessons

If you are considering music lessons online full-time, there is equipment that you can purchase, which will enhance the experience and provide more visual and audio clarity.

 

Registration & Scheduling

Private Piano Lessons are available in durations of 30, 45, 60, 90 or 120 minutes throughout the year located in Coconut Creek, Florida or Online. Weekly lessons are offered during the academic year, but if that is not conducive to your schedule, you may choose to schedule intermittent lessons instead.

Online registration is required annually to enroll into lessons for the Academic Year.  Please refer to the calendar for further details. If the student would like to mix between in-person and online lessons, the parent and teacher will create a schedule to prevent any misunderstanding.

To complete the registration process, parents will need to submit payment (click here for details) to hold their scheduled lesson time. If payment isn’t received by the second lesson of the semester, the lesson time may be relinquished.

If a student needs to discontinue lessons, please notify the instructor via email 30 days prior to the last lesson. No refunds will be provided.

At any time of the year, the instructor has the freedom to drop current students or deny prospective students. In the event that the instructor needs to dismiss a student from the studio, written notification will be provided.

Rescheduling & Cancellations

If the teacher cancels a lesson due to an unforeseen circumstance, the teacher will notify the student and the lesson will be rescheduled.

If a student is unable to attend the lesson, they may use the online scheduler to reschedule during an opening. When a situation arises where the student cannot make it to the studio for their lesson (ex. inclement weather; unable to find a ride; family vacation time has been extended; the student is not feeling well), the student should notify the teacher and have their lesson online (via Zoom, Face time). Please note that any rescheduled lessons are to be completed before the last week of the Academic Year.

If a student does not show up to the scheduled lesson (in-person or online), the lesson is forfeited. No refunds or credits will be given for missed or canceled lessons. Outside of these circumstances and emergencies (i.e. car accident, death of family member), no lessons cancelled within 24-hours of the scheduled lesson will be rescheduled. Master Classes and performances, which are at scheduled times other than the student’s regular lesson, will be considered make-up lesson times for last-minute cancellations. If a make-up lesson is not necessary, consider these extra opportunities a bonus for the student.

In-Person Lessons

In the midst of this global pandemic, there are precautions that the CDC and Broward County Authorities are requiring to ensure the safety of the people. Online lessons are available to all students; however, if in-person music lessons are preferred, please read the additional policy below.

Release Of Liability

I, the Parent/Legal Guardian or student, acknowledge, understand, and agree to the following:

I release and hold harmless Expressive Keys, Inc., its owner, and operators from any and all liability, demands, claims, and causes of action whatsoever, arising out of or related to any loss, damage, or injury, including death, that may be sustained by the participant and/or the undersigned, while in or upon vicinity under the control and supervision of Expressive Keys, Inc., its owner, and operators or in route to or from any of the said premises. For the safety of all our students, Expressive Keys, Inc., reserves the right to not allow participation in lessons if they are sick or have a malady that may be contagious.

  1. In light of COVID-19, the United States Government had to put in place certain regulations to prevent the spread of the virus. At this time, many of those regulations have been lifted, which enables many businesses (like Expressive Keys) to resume and/or continue operation in-person.
  2. Expressive Keys is taking additional safety protocols as a measure of caution, such as sanitizing equipment between lessons and  ensuring the health of teachers.
  3. Even though the Government is lifting regulations and Expressive Keys is taking extra safety measures, there is still an inherent risk in any form of social interaction (which includes music lessons).
  4. While taking the above into consideration, I am voluntarily choosing to begin or continue music lessons in-person with Expressive Keys.
  5. While taking the above into consideration, I voluntarily accept any risk of damage to myself, my child, or others while taking music lessons with Expressive Keys.
  6. In the case of illness, I agree to notify Expressive Keys of our absence within a reasonable time prior to the start of the lesson, and will opt for a lesson via video call.
  7. I agree to hold Expressive Keys, Inc. and its members harmless and released of liability, so I will not sue Expressive Keys, Inc. or its teachers and office workers for any consequence in connection with my decision to continue in-person music lessons in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, which includes injury, illness, and/or death (of either myself, my child, or anyone with whom I come into contact).


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