Becky Buckler Studio - Private Voice & Piano Instruction

"Never make someone a priority who only makes you an option."
My students and the schedule we set up are always my priority!  Thank you for extending the same courtesy to me.
Becky Buckler Studio Policy Update*
Tuition and Lesson Schedule Policy
Effective date:  September 1, 2014

Changes from the 2012 Policy update are indicated in bold italics.
·      Lessons will be scheduled for 30 minutes, on the same day each week.  Forty-five minute lessons can be arranged for advancing students or those requiring special instruction, for an increased fee.
·      New students can be added at the beginning of a calendar month.
·      Students will remain on the roster and will be expected to comply with scheduling and tuition payment policies until they give two weeks’ notice of the intent to terminate lessons at the end of the current calendar month.
·      If schedule conflicts arise, lessons can be rescheduled with a minimum of 24 hours notice.  When conflicts occur on a regular basis, we may need to look for a more workable lesson time.
·      If less than 24 hours notice is given, the notice is appreciated, but the lesson will be considered missed.  Missed lessons will not be made up.  There will be no refund for missed lessons and tuition will not be prorated. *
·      If inclement weather requires the cancellation of lessons, those lessons will be considered missed.
·      Lessons will not be held on Christmas Day, but other major holidays that fall on regular lesson days will not be considered vacation days by the teacher.  In lieu of those, the teacher reserves the right to take up to two weeks of “paid” vacation at her discretion during the year.
The above policies apply to both teacher and students.
·   Tuition for the month is due in advance, on the date of the first scheduled lesson of the month.
·   Tuition will be $70.00 per calendar month of scheduled 30-minute lessons and $100.00 per calendar month for 45-minute lessons.
·   Tuition payments not made by the third scheduled lesson date will incur a $10.00 late fee.
·   Payments can be made by cash, check, or credit card.  Credit cards accepted are Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.  Credit card payments are subject to a slightly increased tuition fee.  ($72/102)  For your convenience, you may want to set up automatic monthly payments through your bank.
·   If you know that you will be gone because of travel for two or more lessons in a given month, tuition will be based on $20.00 for a half-hour lesson ($30 for a 45 minute lesson) per lesson that you will be able to attend, provided that notification is given prior to the beginning of the month and payment is made in advance. (For example, if your lesson is scheduled on Tuesday and you know that you will be gone two of the four Tuesdays in the month, you will owe me $40.00 [$60] instead of the usual $70.00 [$100] for the month.)
·   If circumstances require a “break” from lessons for a period of a month or more, a fee of $45.00 per month will be required to hold your lesson time and keep you on the roster during your absence.  That fee will be assessed until you return to lessons or give notification of the intent to stop.
Exceptions or changes in policy will be handled on an individual basis as required, at the discretion of the teacher.
                     Please read this article regarding make-up lessons

*Why don’t I prorate missed lessons?
As stated in the Tuition Policy, the “a la carte” or per lesson fee for lessons is $20 for a half-hour lesson and $30 for a 45-minute lesson. This fee is assessed to students who, for various reasons, are unable to commit to a regular schedule.
Also, per the Scheduling Policy, I teach a minimum of 50 weeks per year.  (It often turns into 51 weeks because I forget to take vacation time!) At the per lesson rate, that would make the total tuition $1000 per year for half-hour lessons or $1500 per year for 45-minute lessons.
Since the number of lessons per month varies, I have chosen to assess a fixed monthly tuition amount for students who enroll for regularly scheduled lessons. That works out to a total yearly tuition of $840 ($70x12) for half-hour lessons and $1200 ($100x12) for 45-minute lessons. So, there are 8-10 “free” lessons already built into the tuition plan. Because policies apply equally to both the students and myself, this allows for the occasional “sick day”, snow day, or last minute cancellation without affecting the monthly tuition amount.
[$1000-840=160/20=8  “free” half-hour lessons
 $1500-1200=300/30=10 “free” 45-minute lessons]
The last increase in tuition was in 2014.