Policy 

Student Drop off

Parents are permitted to drop off students during scheduled class hours. Please be mindful to pick up students within a decent hour prior to closing.

 

Waiting Area

Non-students must minimize the noise in the waiting area during sessions to not distract students. If noise volume exceeds sessions, you may be asked to step outside of the classroom or come back when the student's lesson is over.

 

Sitting in

Parents are welcome to observe lessons.

 

Restroom

Children are to be assisted in the restroom.

 

Safety

To ensure child safety parents must be attentive to their child. PIAMISTRY is not responsible for any incidents. If an incident were to occur, please notify an administrator.

*Ahmun is CPR Certified through the American Heart Association and is a licensed Emergency Medical Technician through National Registry*

 

Security

Doors will be lock during late classroom hours.

 

Fire

PIAMISTRY operates under the code of WaterMark Place fire and water safety systems. In the case of energy, we will follow the general safety precaution guidelines.

 

Lost & Found

All missing items are to be reported and returned to a designated area, to be reclaimed by the parent and/or student.

 

Tuition / Registration

Registration and tuition are due at the time of the class. *There is no Contract. You can register online by filling out the pre-registration form and submitting the registration fee or you can register in person. *Registration forms are available online for print.

Open Enrollment: 

PIAMISTRY offers an open enrollment registration so that you may register for classes at any time. For example, if a student registers in the middle of the week, the lesson will start at the beginning of the next available day of the week.

There is a registration fee per quarter for each student and $20 off each additional family member you enroll. The registration fee is non-refundable.

 

Class Scheduling

Students or parents are required to schedule, preferably a week in advance, for lessons via phone or text. Classes are scheduled tentatively based on availability.  

 

Class Rescheduling / Cancelations

If you wish to reschedule a lesson, makeup lessons are offered to all students. Makeup Lessons can be requested for any missed lesson if there’s a notice of the cancellation via test or phone prior to the scheduled lesson. Makeup Lessons are NOT guaranteed, as they are subject to the teacher’s availability. There will be a cancellation fee of $25. Cancellations are to be made at least 24 hours in advance in order to avoid cancelation fees. unless there is an emergency.

 

In-Home Lesson

If for some reason a student wants to attend PIAMISTRY but can’t make it to a class and/or wants to reschedule, PIAMISTRY offers the option of an in-home studio session, where lessons are brought to you for your convivence. * An additional travel fee will be applied to the lesson.

 

Holiday, Breaks

Exceptions will be made with respect to school breaks, national and religious holidays.

 

Weather

It is the policy of WaterMark Place to remain open or closed during most periods of inclement weather; however, where extraordinary circumstances warrant, due to weather or other unforeseen business interruption, the company reserves the right to close the facility. Should this occur, students are encouraged not to come to class. If the facility remains open on an adverse weather day, students who report to class are entitled to their full lesson. If the weather worsens, lightning occurs,  tornado watch or warning is warranted, it will be advised that students wait in class until further instructions from the news anchor; however, it is up to the parent or adult student to leave the facility at their own discretion.

 

Regardless of the facility remains open or closed on an inclement day, it is each parent/student's decision to determine if they can safely arrive at a class under the conditions. There will be a courtesy phone call or text to the parent/student advising their status for the day.

 

Student Illness

If a student is feeling sick, it is encouraged that the student reschedules his/her class. If a student arrives at a lesson exhibiting possible signs and symptoms of illness, in this case, the instructor has the right to dismiss a student from their scheduled lesson.

 

Attendance

It is very imperative that students attend as many lessons as possible throughout the school year to progress further in their education. If a student does not attend the class for more than 3 months, he/she will be obligated to reregister *All registration fees apply.

 

Absence

If a student does not show up for class without acknowledgment of their absence in advance, they will be obligated to pay for that full lesson for the inconvenience of the teacher and other students, which will be due the next scheduled class period. 

 

Discontinuance / Refund

Each student is free to suspend lessons at any point in the school year. There is no contract therefore, they are entitled to a full refund of credits and their classes will be suspended effectively. If you or your child wants to withdraw from instruction, please notify the instructor before the next scheduled class day.

 

Payment Forms

Payments are to be made via cash or check during the beginning of the lesson or afterward.    *All registration fees are paid at the time of registration. Parents have the option of paying in advance as credit. Those credits are only designated towards one specific child. * We accept Visa, MasterCard, or Discover card payments made through PayPal or Square Card reader for your convenience. * Payments options are available online.

 

Delinquent Account

PIAMISTRY reserves the right to suspend or discontinue instruction of any student who is delinquent in fulfilling his/her financial obligations at any time during the quarter.

 

Return Check Fee

There is a $35-dollar return check fee, in addition to any additional bank charges that may occur.

 

 

Classroom Etiquette

Students are expected to acknowledge the teacher and other students. Students are free to express themselves. If a student is dealing with an issue, we will keep all confidential information within the school.

 

Cleanliness

The health of students and parents is very important to us, therefore PIAMISTRY practices having a clean environment. Piano keys and other surfaces can be a medium for collecting germs; simple cleanliness and personal hygiene on everyone’s part can help reduce the spread of viruses, such as washing hands, picking up trash, sweeping floors, dusting, and wiping off instruments after use. All Instruments, desk chairs, walls, door frames, counters etc. will be sanitized with cleaning wipes to eliminate the level of bacteria.

 

Nails

Shortly trimmed nails are required to play the piano. Long nails tend to hinder your ability to play, clack, or get caught in between keys.  It is understood that students may have freshly manicured nails with acrylic, however, it is imperative to trim low or remove false nails as soon as possible.

 

Respect
We are committed to ensuring a positive and respectful school environment where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. Bullying or harassment could be any of the following behaviors that interfere with an individual's performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment: Name-calling • Making threats • Spreading rumors • Making fun of someone • Gestures • Physical intimidation • Hitting • Touching • Vandalism • Destruction of property Directed toward an individual or group because of: • Gender • Race • Religion • Nationality • Sexual orientation • Physical traits • Individual characteristics • Physical disability • Mental disability • Emotional or behavioral disability. [ 

 

No Discrimination

PIAMISTRY admits students of any religion, gender, race, color, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, and activities generally accorded. It does not discriminate based on age, race, color, nationality, ethnic origin, religious belief, gender, or sexual orientation practices or in the administration of its education.

 

Zero-Tolerance

PIAMISTRY has a zero-tolerance for bullying, therefore, if any student exhibit or is reported performing any of the above behaviors, he/she will be considered disqualified and removed from the school, as a result, the student will be suspended from further lessons. *All money credit will be refunded to parents and any awards certificates or medals the student earned may be taken away.

If for ANY reason the student was provoked, or the student/parent wants to dispute the issue, there may be forgiveness granted to both student/parent or each person involved in the incident. (* Please read Forgiveness policy)

 

Forgiveness Policy

If a student wishes to continue instruction, they are required to attend a meeting with the instructor with a mediator present.

 

Discontinuance

If a student continues to act out of character and refuses to comply with the policies of PIAMSITRY, he/she will be forced to suspend further instruction.

Learning disability

It is understood that all students, regardless of age and background, comprehend at different levels, therefore, PIAMISTRY is willing to make accommodations for any student with deficits and/or learning disabilities.

 

Practicing

All students are highly encouraged to practice their assignments daily; however, each person is free to practice at their own pace. Parental involvement, in-home practice, is crucial for student success.  If you are the parent of the student, please help the student to establish a practice routine and see that practice time is free of distractions; plan to sit with your child for at least a portion of their daily practice time.

 

Participation
The key to success in piano study is participation from the student and, to a degree, the parent. Participation includes: practicing between lessons, attending lessons, performing in recitals, and taking part in enrichment activities. Parents are encouraged NOT to make a child who does not really wish to learn to play the piano take lessons.

Assignment

It is mandatory for students to bring ALL their books and materials to class. Parents are expected to review each child’s assignment and provide a signature to ensure that the child completes their work.

 

  • Materials - At the first consultation, students will be suggested a list of needed books and materials to purchase. Books and materials can be purchased at several music stores around the Birmingham area such as; Guitar Center, Ellis Piano Store, Alabama Piano Gallery, Highland Music Store, Arts Music Shop or Baily Brothers, as well as on a multitude of online stores such as Amazon.com and SheetMusicPlus.com. The teacher will purchase books; however, the full price reimbursement is expected.

 

  • Carrying Bags- Students are recommended to use a canvas tote bag to carry books to and from lessons. * Students will be assigned a bag during registration.

 

  • Assignment books - to receive weekly written guidance.

 

  • Metronome - Students must have access to a working metronome during home practice. You may choose a mechanical or digital metronome. We suggest purchasing a separate metronome at a music store or online, new or used or use the existing metronome on your keyboard, you may also be able to install a metronome app via smartphone and tablets.

 

  • Electric Keyboard- The Keyboard is the most vital part of practicing lessons. It is mandatory that each student has some form of a keyboard to practice on if not, you should purchase one from one of the music stores listed above. *The 66-key-keyboard is fine, typically for younger students, but an 88-key-keyboard is highly recommended for students to get the full scale of the piano for proper positioning of the hands-on the keys.

  • Piano- If your home includes a satisfactory, playable acoustic piano, regular tuning is crucial to the development of the student's aural ear so that the student is hearing the proper pitches of each note on the piano. The instrument should be tuned at least once a year. Ask your piano technician to check the functions of all pedals and keys. Practicing a fine, tuned piano is important!

 

Calendar

All Events, Trips, and Activities will be posted on the school website and will be updated in the school calendar tentatively. A notice will be sent out to parents and students once events are planned and scheduled.

 

 

Recitals

A student recital will be given annually for students who participated diligently throughout the year highlighting outstanding discipline commitment and excellence. An award ceremony will be held in honor of those student’s accomplishments for the year.