Elizabeth's Music Studio

2020-21 MYC Keyboard Pricing & Policies 

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:

Single Payment
(Elizabeth's students: upon registration)
(Sarah's students: Aug 11)
Two Payments
(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)


Sunshine 1 
(new students) 
this package includes 3 extra rhythm instruments & backpack

$1070 $535
NA
$145
 
Sunshine 1 
(Sunrise graduates)

$1020
$510
$107
$138

Monday Classes
(11 week program)

$450 $225 NA NA

Sunshine 2
Sunbeams 2

$942
$471
$99
$129

Sunbeams 3
Moonbeams 3

$1068
$534
$112
$144

Optional supplementary private lessons are also available for an additional cost.

BONUS! All registrations this year also include at least one complimentary rhythm instrument!


Cancellation Policy

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. 


Online Classes

Classes were held exclusively online during the COVID-19 lockdown. Please click here to read more about how online classes work. 

We are offering a mix of online and in-studio classes this fall. Parents choose the format they prefer. If you choose to come to the studio, keep in mind that 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).

Online options will always 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).


Class Size

The standard MYC keyboard class size is 4-6 children. Classes with insufficient registration may be subject to cancellation.

During physical distancing times, in-studio class size is limited to 5 students, unless two students are part of the same bubble group (e.g. two siblings enrolled in the same class).

Exceptions may be made to standard class sizes but we will do our best to ensure you still get the full value for your class. Larger classes will be handled in a variety of ways, depending on the situation:

  • When possible, if there are 8 students, we will split into 2 classes of 4 students. If this is not possible for scheduling reasons, or if there are 7 students, we will do one of the following:
    • For mixed online/in-studio classes: 
      • We will have an exclusively online check-in for online students 15 minutes before (or possibly after) the regular class. During this check-in we will do solos, check homework and practice, and possibly do other individual activities. Class size will be kept to a maximum of 8 (in studio + online) with this format.
    • For exclusively online or exclusively in-studio classes, we will do ONE of the following:
      • have a 15-min check-in for some of the students before class - either on a rotating basis or it may be the same students each week, depending on what works best for everyone.
      • partially split the class, with the first half the students coming for 15 min on their own, then 45 min with all students, then 15 min for the second half of the students (or something comparable to this; may be 10+50+10 for example).
      • make the entire class longer by 15 min - don't worry; we won't do this option very young kids!
      • supplement the group classes with a number of 15-min private lesson spots scheduled throughout the year. With 7 students in the class, there will be 5 private lessons per student; with 8 students in the class there will be 8 private lessons per student.
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.



Tentative Schedule

Classes are 1 hour long, once per week.

36 lessons are scheduled for the year, as follows:

 
Monday*

Tuesday

Wednesday Thursday
Saturday
Start Date 
Sept 28

Sept 8

Sept 9 Sept 10 Sept 12
No classes on these dates 
Oct 12
Dec 22
Dec 29
Mar 16


Dec 23
Dec 30
Mar 17
Dec 24
Dec 31
Mar 18
Dec 26
Jan 2

Mar 19

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.


Missed Classes

  • 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.


Parent Participation

  • 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.


Keyboard/Piano

  • Students need a quality instrument for home practice.

  • The minimum requirement is a keyboard with at least 61 standard size, touch sensitive, keys.


Practice

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


Motivation/Progress

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.


Communication

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!