Handbook (Continued)

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I AM  SICK?

Sometimes parents send their kids to lessons even if they are sick - “because we pay
for the time and want to get our moneys worth”.  Please re-think this.  When your
child is sick he or she is here in body only and has a horrible time trying to
concentrate and doesn’t get much (your moneys worth) out of the lesson.  Lets keep
them home and get them well and practicing as quickly as possible.    Playing takes a
lot of focus and when students are extremely overtired or sick, they just can’t do it.
Broken legs, arms and fingers, etc.  I can work with.  Consider too, that other people
will appreciate not being exposed and some of my students are very susceptible to
catching everything because of other illnesses.


MAKEUP LESSONS

Lessons that are missed due to icy roads and bad weather will be made up, generally
on the following Friday or Saturday.  You decide if it is too dangerous to come.  
Tuition for lessons that I cancel and cannot make up will be subtracted from your
monthly tuition the following month.

Every attempt to makeup lessons that are missed for any other reason will be made
within the following week as openings during teaching time occur.  Please do not
expect me to makeup a lesson during my non-teaching time.  It would add hours to
my teaching day.

Two days are set aside in the spring to schedule in makeup lessons.  Keep that in
mind.  During the year, I first schedule makeups for those students that are actively
working and practicing for competitions and festivals.  Then those that have missed a
lot of lessons receive priority regardless of how long it has been since the missed
lesson(s).

REMINDER:  YOU ALWAYS CAN SWITCH WITH ANOTHER STUDENT
AND ASSURE YOURSELF YOUR WEEKLY LESSON.   Call me if you would like
a list of names you may be able to trade with.  Leave me a message indicating the
switch.  (Sometimes I may postpone a trip to purchase music, for example, if the
student won’t be at his or her lesson that day).

PERFORMANCES

Part of learning to play the piano is learning to perform the pieces you have studied.  
I will do everything I can to ready a student for a performance.  The final call is up to
them as to whether or not they want to go through with the festival or competition.    
Part of my agreement to play for the Tri-Lakes United Methodist Church in
Monument is that my students can perform there to get experience regardless of your
faith.  It takes several performances to get over being so nervous that your ability to
play in the way you’d like is no longer affected.  The more you perform, the more
your confidence builds.   Let me know if you have an interest.

Those students feeling extremely anxious about performing are excused until they feel
ready.

Students who are not sufficiently prepared for a festival/competition one week in
advance will be asked to drop out and will forfeit the enrollment fee.


CALLING TO LET ME KNOW YOU CAN’T MAKE A LESSON

Please call as soon as you realize that you can’t make a lesson so I can schedule a
makeup for someone else. Even when the student has been home sick or otherwise
unavailable all day I’m often not notified until their lesson hour.  If makeup’s are
important to you – help someone else out and maybe they’ll do the same for you.  
The Barbara Taylor Music Studio