Policies

Please take some time to read over the following Studio Policies and expectations. When things are running smoothly your teachers time, energy, and attention are able to be focused on the class and its students.

 

Terms Glossary

  • Create an Account (Sign-In) = Letting Mapleford know who you are and that you are interested in taking classes.

  • Class Program = the offerings of the studio, such as - Music Pups, Sunrise, Sunbeam, Kids at the Keys, Adults at the Guitar.

  • Registration = Getting into a class program and making a payment. Choosing a class day, time, and make payment via a registration form on our website or in studio.

  • Quarter Tuition = your cost for the session in which your class will meet. Payment is due on or before the first class meeting of the session.

  • Session = Length of time which a class meets within a Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer Quarter.

  • Segment = a 4 week option in our Music Pups classes.

  • Class = a specific topic, in one session, which meets 1 time a week for 45 to 55 minutes.

  • Class Section = An individual class day, time, level, and teacher in a Session.

  • Class Meeting = One meeting of your class.

Free Trial Class- a "Try-It" Class. All classes are open for a free visit with participation if a seat is available. If no seat is available you may observe the class.

From time to time we offer a week of "Try-It" classes.  We open a number of new level 1 classes in a week for students to Try one class meeting.

Enrollment = Mapleford Studio has open enrollment. New students are accepted at any time but Registration and placement into a class depends on availability of a level 1 class.  We encourage you to contact us and get on a wait list for a class!

Class Registration

Each type of class is on a quarterly Session.   Our Registration always includes a package of: one quarter of tuition; materials for the quarter; materials; office fee; shipping; taxes; and processing fees. 

Please note: materials we order for the students we must often buy for the entire level. As needed we pass some or all to the students’ session quarter fees. So as you register for a level 1 class you may be buying most to all level 1 needed materials in the First Quarter which will possibly be used over the entire year or level.

  • For Music Pups ® registration is open through the 3rd week of each session. Classes are offered every Session with a new collection of music! We have 12 Collections of new music learning for our Music Pups. Tuition, not materials or fees, will be pro-rated. All class fees included: Tuition; Books; Cd; Materials; and all processing Fees.

  • For our classes which have levels, new student Registration is limited to the first weeks of a level 1 class.

  • Many of our level 1& book 1 classes are able to be started as soon as we have 3 or 4 students on a wait list. Please contact us and request to be on a wait list for the class you want!

  • The Music for Young Children Level 1 classes are only able to begin in Fall to January 9. These classes are Sunshine, Sunbeams, Moonbeams, and My Choice which are our conservatory styled classes. Please contact us and request to be on a wait list for the class for which you are interested.

Class Withdrawal

Please speak with your teacher or a staff member as soon as you consider withdrawing from your class program. We may have assistance to enable you to stay in the class.

Please request a Withdrawal form, complete, and return to your teacher or mail to: Mapleford Studio LLC, 9374 Fabian Street, Byron MN 55920. Refunds are for full months of tuition and unused and originally wrapped materials. Therefore, Withdrawal Forms must be received by the 10th of the month to be able to be prepared for release by the 1st of the upcoming month.

Tuition

Each type of class starts on a Quarterly Session.  The Leveled classes may have materials which are used in 2 to 3 Quarters and so require tuition payments in the additional Quarters for which the materials are planed to cover.

New inquiries

Students and parents may contact by phone, web page contact, or email to schedule a Free Trial Class- a Try-It Class. All classes are open for a free visit with participation if a seat is available. If no seat is available you may observe the class. We value the opportunity to meet with potential students and parents to discuss questions that you may have concerning music study. 

From time to time we offer "Try-It" classes.  We open a number of new level 1 classes for students to Try a class for one meeting. We do Not charge a fee for each class meeting per student in "Try-It" promotions.

Cancellations: Missed Class, Weather, Holidays

Our preference is to maintain consistent instruction for students. We will post on the Mapleford Studio web page and Facebook page our status in winter weather. If we are open in winter weather in which you are uncomfortable with the road conditions we will work with you with-in our policies for making up the class time missed.

Studio Closed - We have a few days per year the Studio is closed, they are noted below. We never schedule classes on these dates so you are not paying for a class meeting falling on these days off.

Student Illness - If the student is sick and unable to attend a class day we do not refund any tuition. We do want to have you attend another Section of your class to make up the lost class time. It is the responsibility of the student/parent to initiate a make-up. The best avenue is through the contact page at our website, MaplefordStudio.com. On occasion we may set up an additional class meeting as a make-up class when there are many absences due to illness or bad weather in a session.

Planned Absents– In the case of travel or conflict with other activities, we request advance notice for these known absentses. Often a class time can be made-up in advance of the date which a student will be unavailable at their scheduled time.

School District Calendars – Mapleford Studio has students from many school districts in our Greater Rochester MN area and therefore we do not follow any school calendars.

Bad weather or Teacher ill - Occasionally a class needs to be canceled because of bad weather or a teacher is sick and there is not a substitute available to hold your class. In these instances we work to reschedule the class or have students attend another class section. If you are not able to attend the make-up class or schedule to attend another section, your class time is lost.

In regard to a lost class time, do remember we work hard to keep our tuition costs low. Compare our tuition to a private lesson at $25/half hour to $60/half hour locally.

Mapleford Annual Holiday Calendar:

  • First day of class in January is January the 3rd

  • Easter Weekend Thursday thru Sunday off

  • Memorial Day Weekend – Sat thru Monday off

  • Fourth of July Week – Sat to the next Sun off - 9 days

  • Labor Day weekend Sat thru Monday off

  • Thanksgiving – Wed thru Sunday off

  • Christmas – Dec 22 thru Jan 2 off

At home expectations for our class childrens programs

Daily repetition of a music activity is the most important for your youngest students

music pups

Listen to the CD songs often and have fun with the activity suggestions given in the music book for each song or your own ideas or ideas from class time. Ideally, listening to the whole CD every day and engaging in a few of the songs each day. We hear most children love to hear the music multiple times each day.

sunrise, sunshine 1 & 2, sunbeams 1

With a parent leading, 5 to 10 minutes 5 to 6 days in a week is ideal. In this time you can do 1 to 5 items on your take home sheet. Children love to play something on the piano keys each day - but keep it short and simple. One of our primary goals in the first years is to develop “the happy habit of music learning”!

An example of reviewing a keyboard page is: First have the child play the page with your assistance by counting is a start and use the pointer to assist the child in tracking the notes across the page(same as is done in class); next, tell the child something that went the best “you played all our music street friends correctly! - WOW. ; next mention something they could try to add as we play it one more time such as “can you try to add the correct Rhythm Street friends this time?” play and praise what went well for the rhythm - even if it was just some of the piece; then ask could we play it one last time? if no move on if yes point out one more thing on the page for the child to notice like a dynamic mark “p” for play quietly. Now, count in, play, pointing, praise honestly, move on. All this should be done is about 2 minutes. keep it simple.

sunbeams 2, moonbeams 1, mouse-n-bear 1 & 2

We still like to see the parent leading and increase the time a little to 8 to 15 minutes 5 to 6 days in a week. Again, in this time you can get 2 to 5 or more items on your take home sheet gone over. Some of it is as simple as reviewing the Listening Page completed in our last class meeting, Simply open the book to the Listening page, ask the child what were two of the stepping patterns we were listening for on this page. That’s it! Page reviewed.

sunbeams 3, moonbeams 2, mouse-n-bear 3 & 4

Do continue to add time to daily practice. Be aware the younger children should still be around the 10 to 15 minutes 5 to 6 days in a week. the older children of 7 to 9 yrs should be allowed to vary 10 to 20 minutes a day - so aim to have these older children get the 20 minutes 2 times in the week. This grows their ability to stay focused on a single task. Parents should still be involved but as assistant. Phrase any corrections in an either/or question. Like “when you played that through did you notice a legato sound or a separated sound? Which is the music asking to be played?” Some of the older children will be receiving their first piano literature books and may get involved in learning new steps in their piece. Do allow the extra time and praise not only the time but listen for the improvements and praise the child for such good effort.

ukulele, keys, guitar for kids, & teens. adults too

The goal is a minimum of a 15 minute review each day up to 30 minutes of skill building and songs from the lessons with additional fun playing time. Do go back to songs and exercises for the early pages in your lesson books - the review is fantastic!

Ukulele and guitar students need to build up tolerance to the pressure of the strings on their fingers. So, 5 to 10 minutes twice a day for the first weeks is strongly recommended. After that, 20 to 25 minutes will work well for the beginners. Caution, don’t skip more than 2 days in a row or more than 2 days in a week - the callouses you built up will too quickly slough off.

At the Studio (For Individual Lessons)

Students are expected to arrive on time with all their books each week. We strongly recommend a canvas or zippered bag for student’s music and lesson books. (As a suggestion, the night before pack the music bag with the class materials and place by the door.) Parents are always welcome to wait in the studio during their students’ lesson. Students may wait in the waiting area quietly before or after their lesson. We request parents monitor their waiting children. We will be focused with a student and will not be able to monitor the activity of any waiting students. I expect parents to supervise and teach their children to stay in designated “studio areas” and to monitor all their children in the waiting areas and in the rest rooms. The waiting area has chairs and a activity box. An additional waiting option is in the lobby of the Health Club. They have tables, chairs, and coffee is available earlier in the day.

Practice Expectations (For Individual Lessons)

We expect students to be prepared for each lesson and to make weekly progress. This requires a commitment to going over the music lesson materials at home at least 5 to 6 days each week.

Consistent daily practice is the key to enjoying lessons and having long-term success. Parents, do attend at least some lessons with your child. Observe how your teacher first listens to the child play a piece, then point out positives, next a teacher will bring out something to correct(hand shape, dynamics) then have the child play it again attempting to add the item to the play through. Your child will appreciate it if you recognize broader elements to praise and to encourage your child to add. They may not be as welcoming of going rigidly over and over a piece of music to try to add many things in one practice day.

  • Age 7-9: 25 minutes daily

  • Age 10-13: 40 minutes daily

  • Age 13 and up 45 to 90 minutes daily

These times are for basic advancement to progress and be successful. Students need a consistent time that is distraction free, with family encouragement, and should not have to practice while being rushed. It helps if the practice session is set and the student is able to keep concentration and focus on their music skills development.  I encourage parents to frequently sit in at lessons, this way the parent is aware of what music they should be hearing at home.

As a thought…
A student chooses to take music lessons to learn an instrument. The lesson is just the time where the teacher steers the ongoing movement of the students’ efforts to play their instrument. Most of the ability of playing an instrument happens when the student is alone and applies the new elements gained at lesson by reviewing, practicing, and adding their new skills to trying music outside of the lesson material. The teacher is important because they know many, many resources and can give the student individual assistance by giving or directing them to music or a skill which will help them take the next step or steps in their musical growth.

Contact you

We use email, phone, or web page posts to send out information that you will need from time to time. Please make sure that we have a current email address and also phone numbers for you.

Contact Us

The best way to contact is through the website, in which case we will reply or call you. You may call but we may not be able to take phone calls while classes are in progress, after 9pm, or on weekends.

MaplefordStudiollc@gmail.com

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Call the office in Byron – 507.775.2226
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