Fees and Attendance
- Lessons are charged at the rate of $76 per hour. In paying tuition fees, you are reserving a place in Bella Sonata Music Studio for the year. Fees are payable each term in advance. Fees paid after the due date will be subject to a $15 late fee.
Students working at Beginner to Grade 1 level require a minimum 30 minute lesson
Students working at Grade 2-3 level require a minimum 45 minute lesson
Students working at Grade 4+ level require a minimum 60 minute lesson
- A Registration Fee of $60 per annum is charged to cover the cost of online memberships, digital sheet music, trophies, prizes and concerts for the benefit of students.
- Music books are a separate cost to be borne by the fee payer. Music books are supplied as needed by the teacher and can either be invoiced on a book-by-book basis or the fee payer can make a $75 book deposit to cover the cost of music books each year. Should the book deposit option be chosen a statement will be issued itemising the cost of purchases through the year.
- As Bella Sonata Music Studio operates at capacity, the scheduled lesson time slot is reserved for each student. Make up lessons for missed lessons are not guaranteed, although the teacher will make reasonable efforts to offer a make up lesson at a mutually arranged time. Parents should inform Mrs Lowe of an absence no later than 2 hours prior to the lesson time. Makeup lessons are limited to 1 per term and cannot be carried over into a new term.
- No-shows will be charged and are not eligible for make up lessons.
- Annual rate rises should be expected. These follow local Music Teacher Association recommended rates and reflect ongoing professional development and enhancement of my teaching skills. The fee payer will be notified in writing one term prior to implementation of any increase.
Practice & Performance
- Parental supervision is essential in establishing a routine of daily practice. The parent needs to review the lesson at home with the student and ensure that the practice instructions are followed correctly. The parent is also required to provide a good quality instrument for the student to practice on and ensure that it is tuned every year.
- Students agree to maintain a regular practice schedule. This is not intended to be excessive or laborious, but simply regular and in accordance with the lesson notes for that week. Recommended practice times are as follows:
Students in their first year of lessons 10 mins twice a day
Students in their second year of lessons to Preliminary Grade 30 mins per day
Grade 1 40 mins per day
Grades 2-3 45 mins per day
Grade 4 1 hour per day
Grade 5 1 ½ hours per day
Grade 6 1 ¾ hours per day
Grades 7-8 2 hours per day
- Regular performances are organised for students throughout the school year for the benefit and development of the students. It is expected that students will make every effort to attend and that families will support and encourage their attendance.
- Families should plan to commit to lessons for the full school year. If unforeseen circumstances require the student to terminate lessons mid-year, a half-term’s notice must be given, or the equivalent lesson fee will be charged in lieu.
- An appropriate amount of discussion between us should accompany any decision you make regarding ceasing lessons. It is beneficial for the student to have a “last lesson” and leave the studio on a positive note with a sense of closure.
- Although my students are important to me, I reserve the right to terminate a student for consistent poor or uncooperative attitude, continual lack of preparation, consistently late or unpaid term fees. Prior to termination parents will be notified and ample time will be given to rectify the situation.
Choosing an Instrument
- Purchasing a good quality new or second-hand piano protects the investment you are making in piano lessons and enables the student to make beautiful music!
- There are three main types of pianos/keyboards available.
- A keyboard such as this is of insufficient quality for piano lessons at Bella Sonata Music Studio. There is not a full range of 88 keys as per a standard instrument, and the flimsy stand is suited to playing standing up rather than sitting down. Purchasing an instrument like this is a false economy as the novelty of playing a keyboard wears off very quickly.
- A digital piano with 88 weighted keys, at least one fixed pedal and a full supportive frame is an acceptable instrument for student in their first 1-2 years of lessons. Digital pianos can depreciate in value quickly as new models are introduced. You can expect to pay between $750 – $2,000 for a second hand digital piano.
- The best option to replicate the beautiful music created during lessons is an upright piano (also known as an acoustic piano). Yamaha and Kawaii are the best brands for the Australian climate. When well maintained and regularly played, acoustic pianos hold their value well. A good quality second hand piano can cost between $1,500-$3,000.