Lesson Policies and Fees
The fiscal year for students in the Butler Piano Studio begins on May 1of each year and concludes on April 30 of the following year. The year is divided into three semester periods with the first extending through December 31, the second through April 30 and the third period ending on July 31. New repertoire is discussed and assigned during the third period. Repertoire assignments and studio matters (fiscal changes, fees, etc.) are outlined and finalized by the end of June of each year. The studio usually closes for the month of August. All missed lessons, regardless of reason, are made up at mutually convenient times.
It might surprise some to learn that many music teachers charge in advance of the lesson, term or year and do not make up lessons missed for any reasons. The professionalism of this studio and the performance goals of most of its members mandate that all missed lessons are made up. Moreover, because of the diversity of our society, all religious, political, school holidays and family holidays/vacations throughout the year vary enormously. Accordingly, all missed lessons necessitated by the student or Dr. Butler, for whatever reason, will be made up at mutually convenient times, hopefully within the month the lessons are missed. However, with the many performance obligations of students in the studio, make-ups are often more beneficial when scheduled to best serve the performance needs of the individuals. Make-up fees are the same as those of regular lessons.
Even the most disciplined require, at peak performance times, extra help. As this is a performance-oriented studio, its members require very specialized, individual assistance. From time to time, the weekly, hourly lesson is just not sufficient to cover all the needs of the student and, thus, extra lessons are necessitated. This need is often minimized, even eliminated, through cleverly scheduled make-ups, but, for the budgeting conscious, the expectancy should be in the neighbourhood of five to eight extra lessons per fiscal year. These are most often required from February through the end of April in each fiscal year. Extra lesson fees are the same as those of regular lessons.
Master classes presently occur on Saturdays from 9:30am – 12:00pm throughout the fiscal year. These performance labs are essential for each and every student and must be attended. There is no charge for these sessions which begin in October and continue, with occasional cancellations, through the middle of June of each year. Parents and friends are encouraged to attend. All students and parents should mark these times in their calendars.
Students need to be studying theory and history from the Grade 6 level on. Presently, students contact Mrs. Lynne Stenlund at 519-966-3340 or Dr. Thomas Green at 519-256-5988.
When we perform the emphasis needs to be on the music, not the performer. Whatever the dress, it should never draw attention to the performer nor should it detract. In casual settings like ORMTA Recitals, Festival and Competitions, the performer should dress conservatively in basic concert black – shirts, slacks or trousers, black socks and shoes. White blouses or shirts are acceptable. In more formal settings – evening concerts, major solo performances, concerto appearances with orchestra, more elaborate attire is expected. Black suits would be the minimum for boys/men and more colourful three-quarter or full length gowns for the girls/ladies. In more serious venues, tuxedos and /or tails for the men and even more extravagant gowns for the women would be the expectation. However, for ninety-percent of this studio’s needs, the casual-setting-dress of basic black fulfills the need.
For all members of this studio, proper concert attire should be on hand, cleaned, polished and ready to wear, from the beginning of the fiscal year.
FEES – Lessons and Concerti
Students in the Butler Piano Studio are accepted through an interview/audition process. Interested students/parents need to request an appointment by phone or email. Dr. Butler meets with all new students and parents to determine acceptance in the studio and to assess the level and musical potential of each student.
THE PRESENT STUDIO FEE IS $75 PER LESSON
While cash is the preferred method of payment, lessons can be paid for individually or in advance for whatever term best suits the parents. All lessons are hourly and weekly. Lessons begin the first week after Labour Day and extend through the end of July. Students in this studio perform, when ready, in Master Class. There is no extra charge for master classes, but all students are expected to attend.
Most performance-oriented students in the Butler Piano Studio are assigned piano concerti (see Concerto Policy). The concertos are assigned in May of each fiscal year. The concerto fee of $500, is separate from any lesson fees, and must be paid on or before the second Friday of June of each fiscal year. Students joining the studio after this date and who wish to study and perform concerto, pay the concerto fee at that time. If it is the wish of parents and students to not study and/or perform a concerto, Dr. Butler must be informed by mid-May of each year.