San Ramon Academy of Music Student Contract

Agreement to be Governed by California Law:

This agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the internal laws of the State of California applicable to contracts entered into and wholly performed within said state.

Rates:

Lessons are offered weekly in 30, 45, or 60 minute sessions:
$45 – per 30 minute lesson
$60 – per 45 minute lesson
$75 – per 60 minute lesson

Tuition:

Students are on an automatically renewing month-to-month contract. Tuition is paid on a weekly basis through the student portal. To cancel your monthly contract, 30 days written notice must be given. Any lessons within this 30 day period that are missed, are considered forfeit and will be paid for in full.

Cancellation Policy/Make-up Policy:

Cancellations must be given at least 24 hours in advance in order to receive a make-up lesson that is to be taken within a month of the cancellation. If the parent/student fails to comply with the 24-hour cancellation policy, the lesson will not be rescheduled and count as an unexcused paid absence.

In the event of an allowed make-up lesson: To schedule the parent/student can either book from their student portal or contact their instructor via their portal. Students/parents will be given reasonable notice of a possible make-up time directly from their instructor; however, if the student’s schedule does not permit for the make-up lesson, the lesson is a counted absence.

Credits will be given for emergencies and extenuating circumstances only and at the discretion of the instructor. If the instructor is unable to attend a lesson you will be given sufficient notice and either a credit or make-up lesson.

For planned instructor absences a substitute teacher will be assigned to you. In these cases, the same absence policies apply. Any student absences will be counted against your total or given a make up credit at your discretion.

Excused Absences:

September 1st – May 31st students are allowed 3 absences without being charged. The 4th and subsequent cancellations within this period will result in a full lesson charge. Lessons falling on New Years Eve, New Years Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas are excused absences that will not count towards the total.

June 1st-August 31st students are allowed 2 absences. For students taking a vacation of 4 or more weeks a $150 deposit must be paid to hold their time slot upon return. This deposit is used in place of paying for a 4th and subsequent absence(s) in this summer period.

Tardiness:

Please allow +/- 5 minutes of arrival time from your set lesson time. Instructor must teach for full-allotted time. If time cannot be made up the student will be reimbursed for a partial credit or have additional time at the end of the next lesson at the student’s discretion.

Schedule Requests:

Please be courteous of the instructor’s schedule and of other families in requesting frequent changes to the schedule. Most lessons occur during a very limited amount of hours after school and are at times very difficult to reschedule.

Recital Participation:

Two major recitals are given each year during the winter and summer months as well as other performance opportunities throughout the year. Students will be invited to perform during each recital contingent upon consistent practice. Competitions, festivals, and achievement days are available to all students. Suggested participation in these events depends on the student’s level of progress, involvement and dedication to practice.

Lesson Supplies:

Students are required to own their own music and materials, which the instructor will assign. If the teacher purchases the student’s materials, the parent will be billed accordingly at the end of the month. Every student is required to own and have their assignment book at every lesson.

Daily supplies for virtual lessons:

  • Internet connection of >30Mpbs
  • (2) screens: laptop for the student to view the teacher and a phone or tablet to provide a sufficient viewing angle for teacher corrections
  • Access to teacher assigned Google Drive folder

Parent Expectations:

Parental involvement is necessary to ensure that the student can benefit from their music lessons. Supervised and constructive practice time spent between the parent and student on a daily basis is necessary for the progress of the student. Parents of young children or beginning students must be willing to set aside 15-20 minutes per day to help their child practice and/or read their assignment book.

Parents/guardians of older children are asked to assist their child by assigning a regular practice schedule at home. They will be asked to check their assignment notebook regularly to ensure that all aspects of their studies have been practiced. Parents may be asked to discuss and listen to their child’s weekly assignments the day before their scheduled lesson. Consistent practice time is a must in order to progress.

Parents are responsible for acquiring an instrument for their child. The teacher will recommend music stores and websites to obtain an instrument upon parental request. This is in addition to having a home printer to print out supplemental material assigned by their teacher.

Disclaimer:

I agree to allow San Ramon Academy of Music to take photographs, videos, and/or recordings of me or my child during lessons, recitals, or other events to be used only for archival purposes and for promotional use.