2013-2014 Changes and information/Calendar

Hi everyone!  Fall is coming fast so I want to send out all the information needed to get ready for the 2013-2013 Piano/Voice lesson season.  I have a few changes that I would like to explain.  Here goes...
In the past I haven't had any commitment requirements but I believe it would be beneficial to have the students sign a commitment agreement for practicing.  Students should practice five days a week for 30 minutes per day for every 25 minute lesson they take.  (If taking voice and piano that would be 5 days 30 minutes piano 30 minutes vocal).  That goal is not always possible however it gives the best results for the student.  This way they know before lessons start what is expected of them and they can set their goals accordingly.  I will have this paperwork at the audition.
Another change is the payment schedule which is listed below.  The payment is set by when a student begins lessons.   If you start in October you would pay what is listed for October through December. After January  the fee changes.  Payment is due at the first lesson for each month.  Payments are for each monthly 25 minute session.  If two sessions are required then it would be the amount times two, three the amount times three, etc. 
Payment is for the month no matter how many lessons are attended. Payment is for the time slot not for the actual lesson given. However I will have make-up lessons available 1-2 times per month on Thursdays, especially during the winter when sicknesses are more common. Each student should be able to use three make-up lessons during the year.  Lessons will be the months of September through May so payment is only due during those months, not during the summer months of June, July and August.
Those who currently have unused prepaid lessons (two students) will have the choice to use the payment as we have in the past with the above conditions and begin the monthly rate when those lessons run out or have payment go toward the monthly rate beginning in September.
Payment schedule for 2013-2014
If starting in                            payments will be _____ per month
This schedule helps account for weeks off especially during the fall. 
         For example, if you start on September 10th your monthly payment will be $66/mo each month through May.  This applies to all current students.  The other payment schedules  arew for students who are on the waiting list and start during the other times of the year.  If starting anytime during the middle of the month the standard rate of $17.50/25min applies on all lessons until the next month is reached.
The calendar follows the basic calendar for the school year but does not take off for snow days, half days,  teachers professional days or other various days.  Holidays and Vacation days are off the same as Midland District Calendar excepting Thanksgiving in which we have the whole week off.  If you feel the roads are not acceptable for driving due to current afternoon or evening snow/ice a make-up session can be used.
Thanksgiving week Nov   25-29  no lessons
Winter Break  Dec   23- Jan 3  no lessons
Spring Break  March 31- April 4  no lesson
Choices for Weekly Lesson Times
Monday 3:30, 5:30-9:00
Tuesday  4:00-7:00
Wednesday 4:00-6:00
AUDITION SCHEDULE- one time appointment
Saturday August 24th 11 am to 1pm every 10 minutes.
Saturday August 31st  11am to 1pm every 10 minutes (this is labor day weekend)
I am gone August 25-30 but the other days are variable.  If the above times don't work out please contact me and you can drop in on a day I am home for the audition.  BUT...I find it is easier on students if they see others auditioning as well as themselves so there are benefits to using the audition times.
I am looking forward to a wonderful amazing year with all the students!!  See you soon!!!
Dawn M Ward
It's My Forte Music Studio