Frequently asked Questions

Teaching Dates

What are your Teaching Dates for 2017-18?

 

Teaching Weeks for the remainder of 2017:

Monday 9th October – Tues 19th December

closed from Wed 20th Dec- Monday 22nd January 2018

Teaching Weeks for 2018:

Fri 19th Jan – Sat 14th April

closed Sun 15th April – Sun 22nd April 

Mon 23rd April – Sat 7th July

closed Sun 8th July – Sun 22nd July 

Monday 23rd July – Sat 29th Sept

closed Sun 30th Sept – Sun 7th Oct

Mon 8th Oct – Thurs 20th Dec

closed from Friday 21st Dec

Pricing Information

What are the lesson fees?

30 min lessons are $37

45 min lessons are $55.50

60 min lessons are $74

How do the monthly payments work?

At The Fleurys Music School, we teach 44 weeks of the year.

A monthly fee is calculated by multiplying your lesson fee by 44 lessons, then divided by 12 months.

For example: 30 min lessons are $37 x 44 lessons divided by 12 months =  $135.65 per month.

This system allows students to start anytime, with 44 lessons being delivered over the course of the following 12 months. However, you are not locked into a whole year at a time; if you wish to discontinue, you may give one month paid notice.

If you are hiring an instrument from us, $15 per month will be added to your fee.

($150.65 per month with this example) 

The first month’s lesson fees must be paid prior to your first lesson.

What forms of payment do you accept?

We prefer you to organise a monthly direct debit with your bank as this is the most efficient method of payment to avoid late fees.

Any payment method must be made by your due date. For example, if you start lessons on the 18th of the month (at any point in the year), your payment date is always the 18th of each month.

We do not accept cash or cheque. 

Late Payments

Late payments will be charged at a rate of $5 per day. If we spend time chasing payments, we will charge you for this time. We would much rather only be paid for our teaching which is why more than 3 late payments will result in us asking you to seek tuition elsewhere. Please set up an automated payment to avoid late fees. 

Can I have one lesson to try it out before I start?

Yes, you may have one introductory lesson for 30 mins at a cost of $37 payable either on the day of your lesson by cash or with our PayPal machine.

Policies

What if I have to miss a lesson?

If you miss a lesson, we will do our best to make up a lesson to you although this is not always possible with a full timetable of students, so we advise you to try not to miss lessons. There are no refunds for missed lessons.

How much notice do I need to give if I wish to discontinue?

We require one month paid notice. Pro Rate does not apply – the last month of lessons must be paid in full on your due date with your notice. There is no such thing as “pausing” lessons.

Students must not come to their music lesson if they are ill and have not attended school.

If your child has not attended school because they have not been well, it is not reasonable to bring them to their music lesson. Please keep your child at home if they have an illness such as flu, vomiting, sinusitis, bronchitis, and other contagious illnesses. Consider your music teacher’s health and the health of other children in our program.

Privacy

We do not hand out your contact details to anyone, neither do we use images or recorded material, visual or audio, without your written permission.

Queries

Where do the lessons take place?

Copacabana, NSW 2251

We teach in an air-conditioned studio and parents or siblings have use of a small waiting room, toilet and a kitchen (with good coffee!)

Do I have to have my own instrument?

If you are learning the piano, you must have either a piano at home, or a weighted or touch sensitive keyboard. If you are learning a string or woodwind instrument, we may have one for you to hire at a cost of $15 per month, depending on availability. This would be payable with your monthly tuition fee.

Am I expected to pay for my own sheet music?

Yes. There are strict laws regarding photocopying music to protect hard working and talented musicians who arrange music on our behalf. Be prepared to spend about $50 on sheet music and/or accessories like a music stand, or spike holder when you begin lessons.

Are there performing opportunities?

Yes! We host 4 concerts a year for students to play to their families. They are not compulsory but are warmly encouraged and we find even usually quite shy children love to play in the concerts. Performing gives even a new beginner great confidence and is a big part of learning an instrument. Our performances are fairly informal, but we kindly ask for the following from you, so that all parents and children involved can enjoy a positive experience: 

1) We require you and all attending to be present 5-10 mins before the start of the concert.

2) We require you to be present for the whole concert (allow 1 hour but they are usually around 45 mins)

3) We require your quiet attention to our performers and to encourage siblings to be soft and listen too. 

4) Most importantly: If you are running late for a concert, then we kindly request that you travel home rather than walk in late as it’s unfair to other students and parents.

Concerts work when we all listen to one another performing and provide an audience for all other students.

How much practice should be done at home?

The best answer is: AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE! We are not super strict when it comes to practice, as available times for practice vary from week to week and family to family. The more practice is done, the more improvement and the more the enjoyment. Children are unlikely to schedule their own practice. It takes parental involvement.
Practising helps set children up for success and creates enjoyable learning and performing experiences.

Are there opportunities to play in groups?

Throughout the year, there are various opportunities to play in groups which offer some external performance opportunities.

Can myself or my child be entered for AMEB exams?

We frequently enter children for AMEB exams with most winning an A or a B. An AMEB ‘B’ grade is 75% so AMEB exams are not to be taken lightly! We also hold our own in-house exams annually with highly respected musicians and teachers we invite from Sydney and Interstate. These are a useful practice run for an AMEB exam, but also an excellent alternative. (See below)

Do you hold in-house assessments?

We do! Currently they run once a year and are extremely popular. They attract many students from Sydney to Newcastle to take part in this positive and beneficial experience for all ages.

Do you teach adults?

We teach all ages – adults are always welcome.
We coach professionals and nurture adult beginners also.

We hold groups workshops at various points in the year which is a valuable opportunity to play in a group.

Can I learn musicianship with you?

Sure can. Either for your own interest, in conjunction with your instrumental lesson to pass your AMEB Musicianship Exams.

Still have a question?

Contact us on email: learnmusic@thefleurysmusicschool.com.au
or call us on 0414 694 208

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