Tucker Road Practical Information – Instrumental Music Lessons

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Correspondence

All correspondence including invoices, are sent via email. If at any time you change your email address, please let me know so you are kept up to date with the latest happenings in the program.

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Home Practice & Student Organisation

Children are required to practice on a regular basis and are given weekly homework tasks. Please encourage your child to do regular home practice as this greatly enhances their progress

Practise Guidelines are as follows:

  • 1st Year Students: 10-15 mins 3-4 times a week
  • 2nd Year Students: 15-20 mins 4-5 times a week
  • 3rd & 4th Year Students: 15-20 mins 5-6 times a week

Please note that it is much better for your child to practice in shorter amounts of time more frequently than one long practice session.

 
Books and Materials

All new students will be given an instrument method book and parents will be required to provide their child with an A4 display book. This display book will be used for extra songs or worksheets that they may receive during the year. Please encourage your child to remember their books each week. It becomes very difficult for the teacher when a child forgets their books and also disadvantages the child as their progress is somewhat slowed. Any books that are left behind at the end of the school day will be kept in a box in the room where your child has their lesson. Your child is welcome to check this box at anytime through the week with the permission of their teacher, if they are missing a book.

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Attendance

It is the responsibility of the student to remember to attend their weekly lesson. The teacher will try their best to locate the child when they forget to come but at times this is not always possible, especially if the lesson occurs during a breaktime or the child’s class is not in their usual location. If you are worried that your child may not remember, I would suggest you purchase a watch with an alarm so that where ever they are they will know to come to their lesson.

 

 
Fees

Invoices are sent via email 3 weeks prior to the end of term and are due at the end of the previous term. You can choose to pay directly into my account (see banking details on invoice), by cheque, or by cash. All fees need to be attentioned to Cath Dowling and given either directly to me or the school office. At all times fees need to be put in an envelope with your child’s name clearly marked on the envelope. If you are paying by cash it is advisable to take your payment directly to the school office. If you are paying by internet banking please make sure you include both your child’s name and invoice number as a reference.

All fees are the same amount each term and constitute 8 lessons per term. When terms are longer than 8 weeks long there will usually be 1 or 2 weeks with no scheduled lesson, but in the event that there is less than 8 weeks (which usually happens in term 1) an additional lesson will be given the following term.

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Holding Bond

All new enrolments are charged a holding bondof $25 which is refundable when your child leaves the program. The reason I charge a holding bond is to encourage parents to let me know in advance when their child is leaving the program. Once a child is enrolled, their place in the program is automatically continued from one term to the next. I pay my staff according to the numbers enrolled so if I do not know until a few weeks into the term that a child has left, this holding bond covers the wages to my staff.

Parents can get the money back in full by giving 2 weeks notice (via email) prior to the end of the term that your child is leaving. The holding bond will be credited to a nominated bank account if the required notice is given and bank details are supplied. (This information is also detailed in the program conditions).

Testimonials

After one year of keyboard, we were pleasantly surprised how well Christy performed as part of a group in a lovely end of year concert. Christy found further motivation when I finally made time to squeeze in a few private lessons so that she could measure her progress by completing exams. The group and private lessons provide complementary outcomes, by creating a musician who wants to improve and who can play as part of a group. Cath has a caring approach, and there is no pressure to take on private lessons.

Stephanie Mitten

My daughter has been attending Kids on Key through our school for the last 4 years. In this time she has developed a love of music and fostered a wonderful relationship with her music teacher. Kids on Key has provided my daughter with a positive, fun and challenging music program. My daughter is excited to be partaking in her next ANZCA exam for piano this year and I am positive that her love of music and piano is because of the fantastic environment provided by Kids on Key.

Kylie Kibsgaard

My children have been learning keyboard for about 4 years with Kids on Key. I think it is a fantastic program, especially as these classes can be done around school times. My children have learned to read music as well as learn keyboard, both of which I truly believe helps to expand our children’s mind for many other areas of their life, similar to the benefits of learning another language, and Susan is just a wonderful teacher. The opportunity to further the education with exams and grading is there for the students that wish to pursue their instruments further.

Nancy Gibson

My daughter has really enjoyed her Zoom guitar lessons during ISO. The audio is great at both ends, the teacher can see everything she’s doing with her hands and she is very engaged. On the technical side, I'm amazed how seamless the process is and how well it all works.

Catherine Green – St Peter’s

During the COVID lockdown, music lessons went online and I was a bit apprehensive about how it would work. After we sorted all the technical stuff, I was really surprised by how much Nate engaged in the lessons. He told me after a month or so that he really enjoys having the lessons online and that he finds it easier to focus and learn. The way Cath sets it up works really well in terms of seeing the keyboard and taking turns in playing and listening. Nate's been more motivated than ever to practice and engage in the end of term concert. He's thinking about continuing online lessons when school returns, so he doesn't miss out on school time.

Gwyneth Rees - Tucker Rd Primary

The online music lessons offered by Kids on Key have been fabulous. The sessions were scheduled around our existing commitments, were well structured and tailored to suit the needs of my son. It was easier for my son to focus, without any external disruptions, and he made good progress during this time. I will certainly be considering online lessons for the future.

Lorraine Theodore – Resurrection Primary