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General Guidelines and Policies:

Fees
1. Fees must be paid in advance in the amount of four (4) lessons - per Cycle (A) of once-a-week
classes in a 30-day average period) or 8 (eight) lessons per Cycle B of twice-a-week classes in a
30-day average period.
2. Additional cost may be charged as agreed upon, on top of the regular rate based on the distance
of the residence where the lessons must be held.
3. Price rate given is solely upon the teachers discretion.
4. Recital fees must be paid when necessary.
Schedules and Attendance
1. It is presumed that a student enrolled, in his/her best, will commit a regular, scheduled time for
his/her lessons in order to get the best of what he/she is paying for. Since instrumental studies
involve different types of skill (most especially fine motor skill), regularity and constant
reinforcement during lessons aside from practice are needed in order to achieve remarkable
progress.
2. Choose the best slot that you think you can commit for the lesson. Bear in mind that the teacher
is also committing his/her own valuable time and slot for the student which during abrupt and
unreasonable cancellations would automatically void the teachers time which could have been
used for a make-up class to another student or other personal commitments. Mutual respect for
time must be observed.
3. In the event that the student cannot have lesson, cancellation must be done prior to the
scheduled day of class not less than 24 hours to give enough time to the teacher to utilize
vacancy of slot for other requesting students in case of make-up classes or other personal
productive pursuits. For example: If the scheduled slot/class is Wednesdays 4 pm, the
notification must be sent not later than Tuesday 4 pm. Failure to do so will result in the
forfeiture of the lesson and no make-up class shall be made.
4. In the event that the teacher is not able to come due to sickness, unfavorable weather, special
activities like seminars, master classes and any other productive pursuit, make up class or
extensions will always be given to the student and will not be deducted from the number of
lessons remaining. The cancelled class does not also count to affect the regular status of the
student.
5. Regular students are those who do not incur more than 1 absence (whether notified or
forfeited) per cycle (A) for two (2) consecutive cycles, and not more than 2 absences (whether
notified or forfeited) per cycle (B) for two (2) consecutive cycles.
6. Students will fall into the irregular or intermittent category if they absent themselves more than
one (1) per cycle (A) and more than two (2) per Cycle (B) for two consecutive cycles.
7. Irregular or intermittent students may remain in their slots for as long as there are no new or
regular students requesting those slots. The slots of considered intermittent students are still
fixed during a paid cycle, however, theres no guarantee that the same slots can be re-awarded
after, when there are requests for changes of schedule from regular and/or new incoming
students. Irregular students may need to re-evaluate their priorities and commitments and sit
down with the teacher for a truly working schedule.
8. Students with erratic schedules and those who apparently neglect their lessons by too many
absences which result in the over-extension of a cycle will be discontinued immediately after
the paid cycle expires.
9. Changing of slots or schedule is possible depending on the teachers availability and no conflict
with other students slots will arise.
10. A student who absents himself/herself with prior notification may re-arrange for a make-up
class so as to remain in the regular status provided that the schedule being chosen will not
create conflict in another students schedule or teachers availability. Re-scheduling for a make-
up class must be arranged properly and must not exceed the average 30-day cycle.
11. Regular students may notify for a leave of absence during out of the country vacation, sickness
or for other important reasons not more than sixty (60) days per year and will still be
considered regular. Exceeding more than the specified number of allowable days is deemed
discontinued which in case of return is not guaranteed of available slots or previously offered
price rate.
12. Leave of absence is only allowed twice per year for which the number of days in total must not
exceed the specified limit.
13. No classes are held and expected during these days of the year only except under special
arrangement and request by the student/parent and the availability of the teacher: Dec. 31,
New Year (January 1), Chinese New Year (for Chinese students only), Holy Thursday, Good
Friday, Black Saturday, Easter Sunday, All-Saints Day (November 1), December 24, and Christmas
Day (December 25). Class schedules falling on these dates are not considered absence for the
purpose of determining the regular or irregular status of a student.
Standards of Study
1. Students are expected to do their home works and must be prepared for their lesson at all
times.
2. Students are expected to devote time for practice which must be strongly encouraged by
parents/guardians because playing music is a skill that requires constant repetition to develop
just like any other endeavors, be it tennis, golf or swimming.
3. Practice time is not a matter of quantity but of quality and regularity to gain substantial progress
in lessons and to avoid waste of money, time and effort for all parties involved. A practice of 10
minutes daily with full focus is better than an hour of mindless, mere passive practice. The
study of musical instruments is not an overnight process and involves persistent training of our
fine motor skill (which involves little muscles like fingers and wrist). It is the same mechanism
that allows us to develop our hand-writing skill which from the initial time of learning as a kid
can only be perfected after years of constant practice and doing in school clear evidence that
fine motor memory is only fine-tuned upon years of repetitions.
4. Students are not barred to play and explore other genres of music like pop, broadway, jazz, etc
only that the specific musical works of art incorporated in the program or method must
primarily be met for the purpose of learning technique, artistry and the development of over-all
musical insight. Completed musical works incorporated may be determinants for level
graduation and recitals (if willing), preparation for conservatory auditions and may even be used
to qualify for an institutional certification program like the ABRSM: the exam board of the Royal
Schools of Music in the UK represented by the British Council based in Manila.
5. Students under the Integrative School of the Pianoforte program are required to learn by
memory all repertoire required for examination and recitals in order to move up to the next
level. There is no specific length of time required for a certain level to be completed and is solely
dependent on the students ability, parental support and devotion of practice time.
6. Outstanding students under the ISP will always have the opportunity for lower recital fees,
master class subsidies, and free lessons when necessary.

BASIC ENROLLMENT: All policies except Standards of Study nos. 4-6
INTEGRATIVE SCHOOL of PIANOFORTE: All policies are enforced.
Take note that for students attending piano under the roof of LYRIC music studio, the studios own
policy will apply. However, falling below these guidelines and standards will result in the teachers
decline for re-enrollment of the student under his tutelage after the paid Lyric cycle. Students are then
free to enroll to another teacher if they wish to.



I hereby understand and acknowledge the above-mentioned guidelines and policies and will do the best
to abide by them, for the sole purpose of getting substantial results and progress in the music education
I am paying for.

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