Music Lessons FAQ

What are some tips to help my child practice at home?

Practicing:

  • Decide exactly what you are working on each day. Don’t start at the beginning of the piece each time, start at a new place every day. Repeat a small section until it is perfect and then play it at least three times perfectly in a row.
  • Check your fingering and use the same fingering every time. If you keep changing the fingering, your mind becomes confused and you’ll never get a difficult passage to sound easy and beautiful.
  • Always establish the beat before you start to play and keep feeling the beat all the time. Counting out loud can help you keep this feeling. The goal of the practicing is to make the whole piece flow along with no little stumbles – feel the music.
  • Listen, listen, listen, to the sound you are making. You are communicating a certain mood or character with each piece that you play.  Remember, you are telling a story and it must be so interesting and exciting that everyone loves to listen.

How long should you practice?

  • Two or three 10-minute sessions five times a week.
  • Practicing should become a part of your day just like brushing your teeth. You need to get into the habit so that your day doesn’t feel complete unless you have practiced your instrument.
  • Choose your practice time carefully and stick with the same time each day as much as possible.

Beginners: 10 to 15 minutes – 5 days a week

Grades 1-3: 15 to 20 minutes – 5 days a week

Grades 4-6: 20 to 25 minutes – 5 days a week

Grades 7-8: 30 to 40 minutes – 5 days a week

Grade 9 and up: 45 to 60 minutes  – 6 days a week

Should I purchase or rent an instrument for my child to practice on?

Yes.

Please email Reinette (reinette@progressiveacademy.ca) to inquire about keyboard rental or purchase options. She can also direct you to other instrument rental or purchase options.

What are the performance opportunities?

**Normal performances are suspended during Covid. There will be a performance opportunity for all students, it just might look a different than the typical “stage and audience”.

  • The Junior Kindergarten student showcase is held at the end of their lesson package usually in early May.
  • The year-end recital for Kindergarten to High School will be in early June. Kindergarten to High School students will also have the opportunity to play at a continuing care facility as a dress rehearsal for their school recital.
  • Parents will be informed and invited to each of these performances.

How often should I expect to receive communication from my child’s instructor?

Each music teacher will send an introductory letter at the beginning of the
year to introduce themselves and go over specific policies that apply to
their teaching, and expected ways to communicate. Each music teacher
will also create an individualized google doc for each student. This google
doc will be updated each lesson. This is also where their lesson activity will
be uploaded if the student can’t attend their lessons in person or online. If
there are any lesson specific questions, parents may email their child’s
music teacher directly.

What is the Make-Up Lesson Policy?

  • Lessons missed due to school activity conflicts will be made up by
    scheduling another lesson in the week (either by switching with another student, or on their lunch break).
  • Lessons missed due to school conflicts may also be made up through adding extra time to a regular lesson.
  • If a student needs to stay at home due to Covid, or other illness, they may access their lesson virtually. You MUST contact the music teacher in the morning to access this option. If the student is too ill to attend a virtual lesson, the music teacher will spend their time slot working on a lesson activity to upload to their google doc.
  • If a student misses a lesson by choice (like taking a holiday), the music
    teacher will also spend that student’s time slot working on a lesson activity to upload to their google doc.
  • When you sign up for Private Music Lessons, you are securing a specific time slot in an instructor’s schedule. The music teacher is working for you during that time slot whether the student is able to make their lesson in-person or not.
  • The make-up lesson days are scheduled at the instructor’s discretion.
    Exceptions will only be made if the child has missed more than 3
    consecutive lessons due to medical emergency backed up by a doctor
    note.

What happens if the instructor misses a day of lessons?

  • In the unlikely event that an instructor misses more than 3 weeks of regular lessons, the remaining lessons will be refunded. They will otherwise schedule a make-up lesson day for any days that are missed.

What is the Cancellation Policy?

  • Progressive Academy reserves the right to cancel any student’s lesson on recommendation of their instructor with a seven-day notice. The student’s remaining lessons will not be charged to the account. The last month’s paid lessons will be refunded against lessons owed in current month.
  • Parents may cancel lessons for their child. They must give a 30-day notice to stop the payments starting the day Reinette is informed via an email to reinette@progressiveacademy.ca. Students may continue lessons during this 30-day notice, or they may forfeit the lessons at the choice of the parent. This is in addition to the $75 cancellation fee.
  • Exceptions may be made to the above policies due to unforeseen circumstances, this decision is made at Progressive Academy’s discretion.

What is the Refund Policy?

  • Under no circumstances are there refunds offered for lessons that have already been taught.
  • There are no refunds offered for lessons missed due to sickness or holidays, extra make-up lessons for these reasons are up to the instructor’s discretion.
  • There are only refunds offered if the child has missed more than 3 consecutive lessons due to medical emergency backed up by a doctor note.

What payment options are available?

  • Payments are processed monthly. The monthly payments will begin in
    September, with a charge of first and last month.
  • Built into the monthly payments is the expectation that students are signing up for the full year. The days off from regular school scheduling is taken into account and balanced across students in lessons from Monday to Friday. This means that students scheduled on Tuesdays and Wednesdays will likely finish earlier in the year. This leaves a few extra weeks to use as flexible weeks for scheduling make-up lessons as needed on these days.
  • Every student enrolled in the lesson program will have access to the same number of lessons, regardless of what day they are scheduled on.

Fees can be paid by cheque or credit card.