THE STUDIO SPACE
All lessons will be held at a home studio. This home studio is a safe teaching/learning environment and is clean and welcoming to all. It is expected that all students respect the room, furniture and equipment and come with an open mind to learning. Parents are welcome to sit in and observe the lesson.
Students are responsible for arriving to lessons on time. If a student arrived late, they will not have their lesson time extended. All students must bring to class; an exercise book, display folder and all sheet music, a USB key and a bottle of water (please note water bottles are NOT to be near the piano or stereo system at any time). Piano students must have clean hands with trimmed fingernails.
Lauren will ensure that lesson outcomes are catered to the student’s needs and will regularly monitor their progress. Special requests will be considered and added to the student's program. Student and parents will be treated with respect and honesty. All feedback will be answered and resolved.
Fees are non-refundable. An invoice will be emailed at the beginning of the term.
There are two payment options:
FULL FEE – payment due on the date noted on the invoice.
WEEKLY – payment due after every lesson.
Payment can be made via cash, direct deposit or cheques (made out to Blackbird Vocals). For direct deposit please SMS the transfer reference number to Lauren. You will be notified when payment is received. Payment is not required during a free half hour introductory session. Blackbird Vocals does not offer payment through credit or debit cards.
Lessons are weekly. Once booked in, your lesson will occur on the same day and time.
Lessons are offered in 30, 40 or 60 minute lengths.
LESSON CANCELLATION Applicable to all students
Where 24 hours’ notice is given, the student will be offered an alternate time for that lesson.
Where 24 hours’ notice is not given, the music lesson is forfeited and must be paid in full.
If a makeup lessons is missed, it will not be rescheduled and must be paid for in full.
Cancelling on the day of your lesson does not qualify for a makeup.
If Lauren cannot attend the scheduled lesson for any reason, 24 hours’ notice will be given and a makeup lesson will be provided.
DISCONTINUATION OF LESSONS
If you have decided to discontinue lessons with Blackbird Vocals, two weeks’ notice is required for termination. Where notice is not given, there will be a termination fee (value of 2 lessons. E.g. If you were booked in for 30 minute lessons, the termination fee will come to $60.00).
However, if you have a special circumstance, please contact Lauren directly.
Lauren will encourage and instruct how much practice is ideal for each student to practice. It is up to the student to do their own practicing away from the studio. Progress will be achieved quicker by those students who maintain the recommended practice time. Parents are also encouraged to support and be involved in their child's practice. Attending musicals and concerts is a great way to motivate your child.
The information in this contract is between the student/parent and Lauren Kucera. Information will not be shared, it will be kept private.
To ensure everyone’s safety, the following requirements are now in place at Blackbird Vocals Studio and must be followed by all students and parents.
1. CHECK-IN QR CODE
Please ensure you have a QR code reader installed on your phone prior to arriving to your lesson. Code is available for scanning at the door.
2. SANITISE HANDS
Every student/parent must sanitiser their hands before entering the house. Piano students must arrive with clean hands or the practical element will be forfeited for a theory lesson.
3. WEAR A FACE MASK
Everyone must wear a face mask. Singing students - these can be removed when singing but must be worn at all other times.
4. MAINTAIN 1.5m DISTANCE
Areas will be marked for students and parents. Due to the 2m square rule, only 1 student can be in the studio with Lauren. An exemption will be made for primary school aged students who need a parent present.
5. IF SICK, STAY HOME
If you, or a family member, show signs of the following symptoms, get tested, stay home, and inform Lauren.
SHORTNESS OF BREATH
LOSS OF SENSE OF SMELL OR TASTE
6. NO WAITING IN HALLWAY
Please wait in your car until one minute before your lesson time, allowing enough time for checking in and entering the premises.
7. NO TOILET FACILITIES OR WATER REFILL STATIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE.
8. IN-STUDIO 30-minute LESSONS ONLY
45- and 60-minute lessons are available via Skype only.