School of Music

policy

Registration obligates a student to payment for a full semester of lessons whether taken or missed. Late entries are prorated.

One makeup lesson is provided per semester. This lesson is given at the end of each semester during the designated make-up week.

As a courtesy, The Westport Music Center may offer makeup lessons during another student's cancellation. Makeup lessons which are cancelled or missed by the student will be considered made up. If makeup lessons are offered twice and refused, the lesson will be considered made up.

Lessons cancelled due to inclement weather or teacher unavailability will be made up during the semester at a time agreed upon by the teacher and student, or by extending the spring semester.

Tuition does not include teaching materials or the use of a musical instrument. (The cost of books, accessories, and your instrument is not included in your tuition. The Music Center is equipped with pianos, amplifiers and drums for use during lessons.)

The Westport Music Center reserves the right to substitute a teacher in the event of teacher illness or unavailability.

The Westport Music Center calendar does not necessarily follow those of the public schools. Please consult our semester calendar for closings.

In the event of a student discontinuing lessons, the Music Center will refund the balance of the tuition once the vacated time slot is refilled with another student.

Students are required to adhere to the practice regimen prescribed by their instructor. Adult supervision during practice time is often required.

The Westport Music Center is not responsible for any articles or items of any kind left in lesson studios or anywhere within the Music Center.


Minimum age requirements for lessons:

Piano: 6

Guitar: 8 (7-year-olds accepted if they've had a year or more of guitar study elsewhere, subject to the availability of a faculty member who specializes in early childhood education.)

Drums: Must be at least 8, and big enough to sit at a full size drum set.

Violin: 6 (5-year-olds accepted if they've had a year or more of violin study elsewhere, subject to the availability of a faculty member who specializes in early childhood education.)

Brass/Woodwinds/Strings (other than guitar or violin): 4th grade

Voice: Traditional voice curriculum can generally begin around the 6th grade, or approaching teenage years. Younger students may be enrolled, but will not work on some specific things (such as increasing their range) until they are older.

If you're looking for music instruction for younger students, we confidently recommend Mary Ann Hall's Music for Children program.

 

 


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