The following is a copy of the letter that was mailed to all of my students earlier this week:
I’m sending this letter to all of my current and returning students, to let you know about lesson and recital dates for the upcoming months, and a minor change in my payment policy that I’ll be instituting beginning in September. I’m also planning to raise the price of lessons for incoming students to $16.50, but I will be keeping the price the same for all of my existing students and those who return in September.
On the following page I’ve outlined all of the dates that I’ll be available to teach for September 2007 through May 2008, two recital dates, and a discount offer for any students who wish to sign up for an entire session of lessons. Students are not required to make more than a one-month commitment to lessons at a time, but since most students attend lessons on an ongoing basis I thought it might be nice to have an extended schedule in place. I also hope that by laying out two entire sessions of lessons with recital dates ahead of time, we can look ahead and set more long-term goals as a part of your ongoing studies.
I’ve also outlined my cancelation policy on the following page with one significant change: Beginning in September students are required to pay for the following month’s lessons on the last lesson of each calendar month in order to reserve a lesson time for the coming month.
With the exception of the change to when payment is due, my policy remains essentially unchanged. However I must insist that everyone now honor this payment schedule. By receiving all my payments on a monthly basis, I can much spend much less time working as a secretary and an accountant and devote more time to preparing for your guitar lessons. I’ll also be enforcing the cancelation policy much more stringently than I have in the past.
If you have any questions or concerning this information or guitar lessons in general, please feel free to contact me. Thanks so much for your continued patronage, I look forward working with you and assisting in your continued musical growth.
Studio Schedule 2007-2008
Fall 2007 Session
Saturday September 1 through Thursday December 20
Recital Date: Sunday December 2 Location TBA
No lessons on the following dates: Sept. 3 and November 21 – 24
Advance payment for entire session (15 lessons) only $200.00. More than a 10% discount!
Winter/Spring 2008 Session
Monday January 7 through Saturday May 24
Recital Date: Sunday May 18 at The Front Room in Baker Center 2:00PM – 4:00PM
No lessons on the following dates: March 22 – 29
Advance payment for entire session (19 lessons) only $255.00. More than a 10% discount!
Summer 2008 Session
Updated Payment and Cancellation Policy
• Students are to pay for their lessons in advance on a monthly basis.
• Payment is due the on the last lesson of each calendar month to reserve a lesson time for the following month.
• Requests to reschedule should ideally be made one week in advance, but no less than 48 hours in advance.
• Lessons canceled with the appropriate notification may be rescheduled for the same week if the schedule permits.
• Fees for lessons missed or canceled with less than 48 hours notice will not be rescheduled or refunded.
• Failure to pay for the upcoming month’s lessons will result in the forfeiture of that lesson time.
• Sorry, no refunds on prepaid lessons.