These are the policies by which I conduct private drum lessons.
Please read them carefully and let me know if you have any questions.
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I will assign a weekly personalised practice plan for you each term.
Students will be given the opportunity to learn a wide range of music, including songs chosen by the student.
I will select books, videos, websites and other media to use in our lessons to make learning music a fun experience.
I will help students set and achieve goals so that they are working towards the things they enjoy.
Students are expected to arrive on time for every lesson with drumsticks and books, having completed their weekly practice.
Fees must be paid in advance to reserve a lesson time - no lessons will be given to students who haven’t paid.
Please login to your Student Portal each week to confirm your time.
Students need to practice on a decent instrument.
My recommendation would be a Pearl Export, which is the top selling drum kit in the world.
Other brands to consider are Tama, Yamaha, Gretsch, Ludwig, Sonor, PDP and Mapex.
Mute pads may also be purchased to reduce the volume.
Electronic drum kits are fine for quiet practice but you will benefit more from practicing on acoustic drums.
Roland or Yamaha are my recommended brands for electronic drums.
Lessons operate according to the school term calendar.
Lessons are conducted between Monday to Friday during school terms.
Students can login to the Student Portal to view the calendar containing all scheduled lessons.
There will be no lessons on school holidays, public holidays or long weekends.
Students are allocated 40 lessons per year (10 each term).
In the case of a shorter term extra lessons will be scheduled.
Lessons fees are set based on the tutors experience, qualifications and operating costs.
Tuition covers not only the actual lesson time spent with the student, but time preparing an individualised plan for each student's course of study.
Tuition is spread equally over the course of a year and charged each month in advance.
The debit will occur on the 1st of each month from February to December.
Fees are calculated based on lesson rate x 40 lessons, divided by 11 monthly payments.
eg. If the rate is $40 then, $40 x 40 lessons = $1600/11 months = $145.45 per month.
The calculated rate will be debited each month regardless of the number of lessons in the month.
There is no difference in monthly tuition for months containing 4, 5 or 2 lessons, since the total of the 11 monthly payments covers the 40 lessons for the year.
Students will set up an automatic monthly debit through My Music Staff software on my website.
All tuition payments are non refundable.
Students can reschedule for whatever reason at any time, provided I have been given notice the night before the scheduled lesson.
Rescheduling is the responsibility of the parent/student and is dependent upon availability on my calendar. To reschedule a lesson, login to the Student Portal and select an available spot on my calendar.
Each student has been allocated 40 lessons for the year.
It is your responsibility to ensure that you attend all 40 lessons or reschedule when necessary.
Any unused lessons at the end of the year will be forfeited.
Books and Materials
From time to time you will be required to purchase books and materials for use in lessons and home practice.
A seperate invoice will be sent for these items.
Students wishing to take part in practical exams through the AMEB will need to sit a mid-year trial exam with me so that I can assess whether you are ready or not.
You will not be enrolled for exams if you’re not ready by this mid year assessment.
Keep in mind that exam preparation takes a lot of extra work, increased practice time and will detract from the fun and creative part of our lessons.
For those students who are up for the challenge it can be a very rewarding experience.
Occasionally there will be opportunities to take part in concert and recitals.
This will always be optional but participation is encouraged to improve your performance skills.
If you wish to finish lessons, please provide notice by email.
Students will continue to receive the lessons they've paid for until the end of the monthly cycle when the termination will take effect.
Refunds will not be issued.
My preferred method of contact is text message or email, since I’m not usually available to talk on the phone during teaching times.
If you need to discuss anything with me just let me know by text or email and I will call you.
Sometimes in lessons I will record audio or video of something we’re working on to help with technical issues or to track progress.
Audio, video or images may be used for promotional purposes on my website, social media or marketing.
Generally students love to see themselves featured on my website or other marketing.
Students are identified only by first name.
If you do not want your child’s image being used please contact me by phone, email or in person.