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Wright Music Academy Center for the Arts

WRIGHT MUSIC ACADEMY CENTER FOR THE ARTS, LLC

Policies and Procedures

Mission Statement 

 

The mission of Wright Music Academy is to prepare students and instill a lifelong love of music through a supportive, nurturing, and cross-disciplinary approach to teaching the fundamentals of music, technique, artistry, and musical expression. 

 

Vision Statement  

 

Wright Music Academy will prepare each student to develop into a well-rounded pianist, lasting them for the rest of their lives using academic methods, pedagogical approaches, and measurable evaluation methodology.  

 

 

 

Observing the lesson: Younger students benefit when parents observe the lesson. Doing so helps the parent understand what their child is supposed to work on for the week. As a result, many parents find themselves learning music too! 

 

The school rules for parents are as follows: 

 

Please   wait   quietly   in   the   waiting area do not wander around the school 

You are welcome to use the restroom 

Please make sure your child washes their hands BEFORE the lesson 

Silence all devices 

Siblings may come to wait quietly with an adult 

Please do not allow your children to play in the parking lot 

parents must supervise all children that are waiting 

 

The school rules for students are as follows: 

 

Come prepared for your lesson, be sure to PRACTICE 

WASH your hands before your lesson AT the school 

NO FOOD, DRINK, GUM, or CANDY in the music studios 

 

Expectations  : How to maximize your investment with the best results.  

 

The “magic 4” combo 

 

Students who do well on their instrument and progress in their lessons do four things : 

  1. Regularly practice everyday, studying their music fundamentals and their assigned repertoire 

  2. Have a suitable practice instrument 

  3. Involved in activities and festivals  

  4. Read music every day and work to increase their reading skills through specialized assignments 

 

Student Responsibility: Daily practice is required and should be treated like homework that must be done each day. A well-prepared student will get the full value out of their weekly lesson. In the lessons, our teachers will help guide and teach your child effective practice techniques so that they can use their time well and maximize their results. 

Below are some general practice guidelines:

 

6-7 years old: 15-20 minutes a day 

8-9 years old: 20-25 minutes a day 

10-11 years old: 25-30 minutes a day 

12-13 years old: 30-40 minutes a day 

14-15 years old: 45+ minutes a day 

16 years old and older: 45+ minutes a day 

 

Recitals and Activities: There will be recitals in December and April. A recital fee of $15.00 per student per recital will be assessed regardless of participation. We also encourage students to participate in Katy Music Teachers Associations (KMTA) opportunities to enhance their experience. There are fees associated with the KMTA events. To participate, the student must be prepared to the satisfaction of the instructor. Fees are non-refundable.  

 

The ROYAL CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC exams: For a more rigorous approach to learning music, we offer the Royal Conservatory of Music exams (RCM) at the school. The tests require dedication and commitment to studying on a regular basis. Please speak with your teacher about what exam will be best for your child. 

 

Materials    and   Equipment (PIANO ONLY):  

 

 

PIANO: All students need an acoustic piano that is tuned at least once a year or an appropriate digital piano. A digital piano is acceptable as long as it meets the following criteria: 

  • 88 keys 

  • Touch sensitive (can make piano sound loud or soft depending on amount of force used) 

  • Weighted keys 

  • Sustain/damper pedal 

  • Appropriate bench that is the right height 

  • A free standing instrument; a table top keyboard is not acceptable 

Down below are some digital pianos that meet the criteria that meet the above criteria: 

Donner DDP-100 : https://a.co/d/7yFyRhv 

Roland RP-30 https://a.co/d/3AuoLCe 

Houston Piano Company : Contact , Larry Harms (832) 541-7800‬ - The Houston Piano Company has piano rentals and pianos for purchase 

 

There are many more options available, please inquire if you need additional help! 

Students will also need a metronome for daily practice. You may purchase a free app for your smart device or buy a free-standing metronome.  

 

STRINGED INSTRUMENTS: All students should have an appropriate instrument that meets the satisfaction of the instructor. Your instructor will guide you and let you know about the best options for you. 

 

Attendance Policies: 

 
Missing lessons is sometimes unavoidable; inevitably “life happens”. If a lesson is missed, keep in mind that there are very few make up lessons available. The school calendar is created for some degree of flexibility in the event something does come up. 

  

When “life happens” just remember that lessons can be virtual on Zoom as an alternative. Some teachers may also offer asynchronous lessons in place of an “live” private lesson. Please ask your specific teacher if that is an option. Virtual lessons are an excellent alternative to maintaining the consistency needed in private weekly lessons. Students and parents are also able to manage their lessons in the mymusicstaff.com student/parent portal. In this portal, parents can cancel lessons and also find available make up slots. 

 

ILLNESS POLICY: If your child is sick, please do not bring them to their lesson. Children who have a fever will not be allowed to enter the school and will be sent home. This is to protect everyone at that the school and keep us all safe! We will work to find a makeup time slot. While 24 hours notice is not required for a makeup credit, we ask that you let us know in the morning if they will not be able to make their lesson. Please notify us before 12:00 pm. 

 

INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY: In the event of inclement weather and either the teacher or the student can not get to the school, we offer a virtual option for your lesson time via Zoom or FaceTime! This is designed to keep everyone safe and out of harms way but still maintaining the consistency for your child’s music training. 

 

24 HOURS OR GREATER NOTICE POLICY REQUIREMENT 

 

FALL AND SPRING MAKE-UP POLICY : Each student may be granted up to 2 make up lessons per fall semester (September 1 - December 31) and spring semester (January 1 - May 31). Make up credits will expire 60 days after the date they are given. The credits may be used in the following ways: 

 

 1. finding an open time slot in the calendar 

 2. attending a group class  

 3. coordinate an asynchronous lesson with your child’s teacher 

 

Furthermore, the parent understands by cancelling the lesson, that there is no guarantee that the lesson may be made up. Parents understand that make-up lessons are offered as a courtesy and that scheduling make-up lessons are dependent on teacher availability.  

 

LESS THAN 24 HOURS NOTICE Make-up lessons are not available when a lesson is cancelled less than 24 hours notice and no make-up credit will be issued. 

 

It’s your lesson time: Your lesson begins and ends at the agreed time. We will not accept students more than 5 minutes early.  

 

 

 SUMMER SESSION MAKE-UP POLICY :  

 

Notice of cancellation given more than 24 hours may give students the opportunity to make-up the missed lesson. In the summer, lessons that are cancelled can be rescheduled with more flexibility. However, while every effort will be made to make up the missed lesson that is cancelled in the summer time, there is no guarantee that all of the lessons can be made up.  

 

 

PAYMENT 

 

Music study is a year round monthly activity. Each month, the tuition remains the same. No matter how many lessons are in that month. 

 

Each family must have a credit card on file to enroll with Wright Music Academy. Tuition is automatically charged on the 1st of each month. Please note that tuition is prepaid in advance. If payment fails to go through on the first of the month there will be a $15.00 late fee assessed to the account by the 3rd of the month. 

 

 We only accept credit cards. Invoices can also be paid online using a credit card. Please note there is a 10% discount on one year of tuition when paid 1 full year in advance 

  

RATES 

 

The tuition rates on this policy will remain the same from June 2024-June 2025. Parents should expect a 2%-5% increase in tuition each year. 

 

Throughout the year, there are scheduled breaks that is figured into the tuition, Please keep in mind that students can have anywhere from 1-5 lessons within the month. The lessons are averaged throughout the year to and closely follow with KatyISD school calendar with a few exceptions. 

 

TUITION   RATES     

 

30   Minute   Program   of   Study   $2160.00   or   12   monthly  payments of $180.00 

45   Minute   Program   of   Study   $3240.00 or   12   monthly payments of  $270.00 

60   Minute   Program   of   Study   $4320.00 or  12 monthly  payments of   $360.00 

 

Your private monthly tuition includes the following: 

 

Guaranteed and secured placement in Wright Music Academy Center for the Arts 

33 Private Lessons from  

10 Private Lessons  

Performance opportunities within Wright Music Academy and the Katy Music Teachers Association festivals 

Competition opportunities to encourage students to excel and perform at a high level 

Winter and Spring Recitals at the Prestigious Kawai Piano Gallery 

 

*please   note   that   Wright Music Academy  does   not   credit   lessons 

Cancellation Policy: 

To avoid the $100 cancellation fee, parents may end this agreement by giving 30 day written notice prior to the end of each semester: fall, spring, summer. The deadline for notices are as follows: 

Fall : December  1, the last lesson per the studio calendar will be at the end of the winter semester on December  20

Spring : May 1, the last lesson per the studio calendar will be at the end of spring semester in May 31

Summer : August 1, the last lesson per the studio calendar will be at the end of the summer semester in August 31

 

A Special Note About Summer Lessons 

Summer is a great opportunity to enhance your skills as a musician. Wright Music Academy Center for the Arts requires all students to take summer lessons.  Due to the flexible nature of the summer months, scheduling multiple lessons per week is much easier to do than during the school year. During the summer term (June 1 – August 31) there are 10 lessons available to you. 

 

By maintaining summer lessons, you are not only making forward progress, but you also retain your spot in your teachers studio. Any student who takes a break during the summer time runs the risk of not being placed back with their teacher in the fall. Furthermore, continuing lessons throughout the summer helps us identify purpose and meaning for music in our daily lives. Making music a part of a students activites helps elevate self care, enhanced musical appreciation,  and fuller awareness of the arts! 

 

Group Piano Class – Fresh Beginners Piano Club 

Wright Music Academy Center for the Arts offers group piano class. Group class is a great opportunity to learn collaboration skills, peer to peer mentoring, and extra motivation to succeed and do more at the piano. Class size is small and is limted to 6 students and is a 30 minute class.  Group class tuition is $90.00 a month. I encourage all students who are in private lessons to try the group class out. Many students benefit from the additional study at the piano and make new discoveries they may not make in a private lesson.  

In order to participate in group class, students must have their own PianoMarvel account and practice setup with a computer/tablet and digital piano. Please go to PianoMarvel.com to set up your account. Please sign up with your email address and put this email address in the teacher email field: wrightmusicacademy@mac.com

**While this class is not contract base, 2 week notice of cancellation is required. If less than 2 week notice is given, then you will be bill for the next month. 

 

 

Group Violin Class – Suzuki Violin Club 

Wright Music Academy Center for the Arts offers group Suzuki violin class. Group class is a great opportunity to learn collaboration skills, peer to peer mentoring, and extra motivation to succeed and do more on the violin. Class size is small and is limted to 6 students and is a 45 minute class.  Group class tuition is $127.00 a month. I encourage all students who are in private lessons to try the group class out. Many students benefit from the additional study and make new discoveries they may not make in a private lesson.  

**Please note that two week notice of cancellation is required. If less than two week notice is given, then you will be billed for the next month. 

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