2020-21 MYC Keyboard Pricing & Policies
This page includes information for classes held September - June. For summer programs please click here.
MYC All-Inclusive Class Fees
Prices include all materials, taxes, and tuition fees for the entire academic year. Fees may be paid up front at the time of registration, or you may choose to pay half up front and half Aug 11. Monthly payment plans are also available, as outlined below:
(Elizabeth's students: upon registration)
(Sarah's students: Aug 11)
(Elizabeth's students: registration date & Aug 11)
(Sarah's students: Aug 11 & Sept 10)
Monthly Payments x10
(Elizabeth's students, early bird registration only: registration date,
then June - February)
|Monthly Payments x8
(Elizabeth's students and Sarah's students: August - March)
(11 week program)
Optional supplementary private lessons are also available for an additional cost.
BONUS! All registrations this year also include at least one complimentary rhythm instrument!
MYC is a year long curriculum, not a lesson-by-lesson program. By registering for classes, you are making a commitment to continue for the entire year. Classes are small and your space is saved for you - in many cases another child has been turned away. For this reason, fees are non-refundable (unless the studio cancels a program).
If you are unsure about committing to the entire year, please talk to me before you register. Depending on the situation, it may be possible to make an exception if I am informed in advance.
Classes are being held online during the COVID-19 lockdown. Please click here to read more about how online classes work.
While we hope to return to the studio in the fall, there is no guarantee that we can do so. Even if we are able to begin classes in the studio, we may need to return online if restrictions are re-instated. Therefore, at this time we are asking families signing up for the year to commit to classes, whatever the format (online or in-studio). *Exception for Sarah's students: see below.
After we return to in-studio classes, online options will continue to be available for snow days, remote students, and other special situations. Some classes may be exclusively online; others may be mixed (with some students online and others in the studio).
*We are not asking Sarah's students to commit to online classes. If we are unable to return to the studio in the fall, we may postpone the start date until January, OR we may decide to offer the program online. If we offer the program online, parents will make the decision to participate on an individual basis for their own child. However, we do require that you try one free online class so that you can make an informed decision, after you see how your child responds to the online format. If, after trying it out, you feel that your child is not ready for online classes, you have the option to withdraw your registration, in which case you will receive a full refund.
- Please note that if we begin classes in the studio but lockdowns are re-instated, students who have begun lessons are expected to continue online for the duration of the term they have signed up for.
The standard MYC keyboard class size is 4-6 children. Classes with insufficient registration may be subject to cancellation.
Sunshine 2/Sunbeams 2: If not enough children are registered by the Early Bird deadline, the class will be put into Sunbeams 1 or Moonbeams 1, respectively. These level 1 programs offer some review at the beginning (allowing new students to join in) but will move more quickly and finish at the same place as the equivalent level 2 program.
Classes are 1 hour long, once per week.
36 lessons are scheduled for the year, as follows:
|Sept 9||Sept 10||Sept 12
|No classes on these dates
Tentative End Date
|Dec 14||June 1||June 2||June 3||June 5
There will be at least 3 performance opportunities during the year.
*Monday students are only committing to an 11 week program. The schedule will be updated when registration is opened to Monday students for the new year.
Advance notification is expected of missing a class. There are no refunds for missed classes.
If you miss a class, it is imperative that we make up the class in some way so that your child does not fall behind:
Homework is available online so that you can practice the new material and be prepared for the next class.
You may join the class through live video online. Videos or at least sound recordings are available if you are unable to join us live.
You are encouraged to send me a video of your child playing 1-3 of their keyboard selections for feedback.
If possible, the parent is welcome to attend without their child in order to better help them with their homework.
Bad Weather: Everyone has different vehicles, different distances to drive, and different comfort levels with driving in bad weather. If you are not comfortable driving, please stay home and stay safe! Please contact me if you plan to stay home.
Classes may be moved to an online format due to bad weather or other extenuating circumstances.
If you will miss a class, please cancel your attendance on the online calendar. This gives you a "make up credit" which you can use to sign up for a free private lesson on the calendar when one becomes available. Please note that these spots are limited and a make up lesson is not guaranteed.
A parent or other adult is required to attend class with each child.
With permission, one parent may be allowed to bring two siblings to the same class.
If the regularly attending parent cannot attend, you may send another adult.
With permission from the teacher, you may occasionally ask another parent in the class to help your child as well as their own if you run into an impossible situation.
Siblings Waiting During Class
You must ask the teacher in advance if you may need to bring siblings to class.
For more details, please click here.
Students need a quality instrument for home practice.
The minimum requirement is a keyboard with at least 61 standard size, touch sensitive, keys.
Daily home practice (minimum 5 days per week) with parental supervision is required. Only a short time is needed each day, but regular daily practice is essential to keep children motivated and ready for the new concepts that are presented at every class.
Younger students need parents to sit with them and be completely involved in their practice. As students mature, they may begin to practice more independently, but throughout the MYC program at least some level of parental involvement will be needed.
Practicing includes more than just playing the piano. It should be fun and engaging! Your teacher will provide you with all the information you need by the first class.
This is approximately how much time will be needed each day:
- Sunshine I: very little time at first, 10-15 minutes by the end of the year
- Sunbeams I, Sunshine II: 10-20 minutes
- Moonbeams I, Sunbeams II: 20-30 minutes
- Moonbeams II, Sunbeams III: 20-30 minutes
- Moonbeams III: 30-40 minutes
It is normal for children's interest in music learning to fluctuate. It is also normal for children to need to be told to practice every day.
If you as a parent are confident that music learning is good for your child, that attitude will influence your child to be interested and motivated. If you are constantly unsure and looking for indications as to whether your child is interested, very often your child can sense that and will be more likely to give up when they face a challenge.
As I a teacher, I am not always aware of it when a student is struggling with practice at home. Please do not hesitate to contact me immediately if you are facing challenges with practice! Usually we can make positive changes before the issue becomes a major problem.
Please do not compare your child to other children in the class. In a group setting, children will have different strengths and weaknesses, and will progress at different rates in different areas. Some strengths and weaknesses are more apparent than others. If you feel the material being assigned is too difficult or too easy for your child, please discuss this with me. There is room for a wide range of abilities in a single class, and often the practice assignment can be made easier or more challenging, while still covering the necessary concepts.
In some cases, a child may benefit from being held back or accelerated a level. At registration time, I will let you know if I feel another level would be more appropriate for your child. If you would like to make a change, please ask me about this option.
I am eager to stay in touch! Please call or e-mail during the week with any questions or concerns you may have, or we can set up an appointment outside of class time. Please do not discuss questions or concerns about your child's progress in front of your child.
A Final Word
The benefits of studying music are well documented. In addition to the pleasure of creating beautiful sound, learning to play an instrument helps to develop motor skills and good memory. Music also teaches children self-discipline, concentration and co-operation. It helps them with abstract thinking and builds their power of attention. They learn to work out detailed solutions and how to organise their time to meet deadlines. In the process, they learn to work and think independently. The skills acquired through the discipline of learning to play a musical instrument prove a major factor in the student’s success in all aspects of life. You parents are doing a good thing for your children! Thank you for choosing Music for Young Children. I look forward to spending this music year with you and your child!