California Sound Music Academy

1. Tuition and Lesson Fees
For the convenience of students and teachers, tuition lesson fees are handled centrally and billed monthly in advance for student lessons. Lesson Fees are due the 1st of every month.   We submit monthly lesson fee invoices through PAYPAL which provides payment options of Visa, Mastercard, Paypal, or check. Checks should be addressed to California Sound Music Academy and mailed to the following address:       

           California Sound Music Academy
           28 Laconia
           Irvine, CA 92614

Upon receiving payment we will email you with a receipt of payment. Checks that that are denied/retuned for insufficient funds will be assessed a service fee of $25.00

You may also set up Lesson Fee Payment through Bill Pay Services in your Checking Account by using the address information above.


2. Attendance, Lesson Cancellation, and Make-up
It is expected that Students will be on time and prepared for their lesson with the appropriate lesson books, materials and any other work the teacher requested to be completed from the previous lesson.

If student is late for the lesson, the lesson will end at the scheduled time out of respect for other students that may be scheduled to have a lesson immediately after your lesson.

We have a 24 hour lesson cancellation policy for the Student and the Teacher at California Sound Music Academy. In order for a lesson to be rescheduled for a make-up, the student must phone California Sound Music Academy 24 hours before the lesson at 949.981.3372 and leave a message if we are not able to take the call. You can also email us at .

We will also contact you if the teacher must cancel. The make-up lesson will occur and be scheduled within 30 days of the original lesson date, or the lesson is forfeited. One of the options for a make-up is to add additional time to the next one or two lessons if schedules allow for this.

Exception: If you/your child becomes ill overnight or comes home sick, call California Sound Music Academy right away. We will schedule a make-up to be completed within 30 days of originally scheduled lesson. If it is necessary to cancel a lesson without making it up (per the guidelines above) please call the earliest possible time so teachers are not needlessly preparing or driving to a students home if the lesson will not occur. There will be no refund for missed or forgotten lessons.

Lessons cancelled for teacher illness or emergencies will be made up within 30 days of the originally scheduled lesson day or the tuition fee will be credited to your account.


3. Dismissal, Lesson Termination
We will make every effort to assure the success of every student. Regrettably circumstances where California Sound Music Academy reserves the right to dismiss a student if any of these circumstances occur:
• Failure to pay tuition on time.
• Persistent absences.
• Uncooperative attitude.
• Lack of progress due to insufficient practice or unfulfilled requirements.

To end music lessons with California Sound Music Academy the student will give 3 weeks notice prior to last lesson taken. Any tuition that has been billed for the month in which lesson termination occurs will not be refunded.

4. Instrument and Materials
Instruments should be in good working order. The student is responsible for the maintenance of their instrument. In the case of large investment instruments such as a piano, we suggest the option of renting a piano or purchase of a keyboard. A representative of California Sound Music Academy can direct you to reputable resources or suppliers of instruments if needed.

Students are responsible for the purchase of music method books used in the lesson. The teacher will assess and recommend the appropriate program and music book level for the student.

If requested by the Student, California Sound Music Academy can provide recommendations in the purchase of the music book materials, strings, or other items such as a metronome or tuner.


5. Practice
To increase and improve the music skills of every student, we encourage discipline around regular consistent practice habits.

As a guideline, beginning and young students should target at 30 minutes per day; Intermediate students 45-60 minutes; and Advanced students 1-3 hours. Regular, uninterrupted practice habits significantly improve sight-reading ability, muscle memory, and technical competency.


6. Student/Parent/Guardian and Teacher Conferences
School age students produce superior results and are more willing to practice when parents or guardians of the student are involved and provide support. We encourage parents or guardians to sit in on any lesson at any time.

Parents should have an open dialog with the teacher regarding questions or disciplinary concerns they may have. Students or parents are highly encouraged to contact the teacher between lessons if they don’t understand their lesson plans.


7. Recitals, Music Competitions, and other Fees
It is optional for students to participate in other events such as Certificate of Merit (Music Teacher’s Association of California, Solo & Ensemble Festivals, and Student Recitals. Students should expect to pay additional fees for Certificate of Merit study work, application process, accompaniment, administration fees, MTAC branch fees, misc. study materials, food costs for receptions etc.

We usually schedule 2 recitals per calendar year. Recital fees are usually $30 with piano, and covers items such as hall rental, flowers, trophies, and printing costs for recital program and food.


8. Vacation and Studio Closure

California Sound Music Academy observes the following holidays and the office is closed during these days:
New Year's Day January 1
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday
President's Day Memorial Day
Independence Day
Columbus Day
Veterans Day
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day

If a lesson is normally scheduled on a day of the week a holiday occurs, the teacher at California Sound Music Academy will accommodate a make-up lesson for that day. It can be in the form of a lesson on another day, or adding additional time to existing lessons. If student is planning a vacation, we ask for a 2 week advanced notice so the teacher may be scheduled for other services during the student vacation.

From time to time, teachers will take a vacation and we ask for advanced notice from the teacher, so we may notify you.

9. Responsibilities
We have found that a team approach to learning, especially students who are of school age, and under the support of a parent or guardian have higher success with active involvement in the learning process. We have outlined responsibilities for the teacher, student, and parent/guardian to promote effective learning and achievement towards student goals.

Teacher’s Responsibilities
1. Develop in students an enthusiasm, respect, and genuine love for music.
3. Discover the uniqueness of each student and respecting differences of musical taste and personality.
4. Help students learn how to practice.
5. Encourage and motivate students to practice.
6. Demonstrate a love of music.
7. Respect students’ opinions and value their creativity.
8. Create a studio atmosphere where students are free to feel comfortable and confident, able to recognize both the seriousness and fun of study.
9. Encourage communication between student/parent and teacher, answer any questions and help to solve problems.

Student’s Responsibilities
1. Arriving at each lesson with the week's assignment completed.
2. Bringing assignment notebooks, theory binders, and music books to each lesson.
3. Regular practice habits for the length of time necessary to meet goals.
4. Follow directions in class and at home.
5. Ask questions when you don’t understand.
6. Keep a positive attitude.
7. Respond cheerfully to parents’ reminders; remember they are helping you to be successful!
8. Arrive at lessons on time with all materials in hand. Late time is lost time.
10. Relax and have fun learning a new skill and a new expression!

Parent’s Responsibilities
1. Provide a tuned instrument in a well-lighted area as free from distractions as possible.
2. Pay for lessons the first of each month unless other arrangements have been made.
3. Encourage good practice habits. Provide daily praise and encouragement. A set time each day works well.
4. Remind students to practice.
5. You are welcome to sit in on lessons if the student does not object, but please keep other children, family members, or friends from the lesson so disruption is kept to a minimum.
6. Check to see that instructions are being followed and assignments completed.
7. Let the teacher know how things are going at home, relay concerns, and ask any questions needed.
8. Talk to teacher about any questions you or your child may have. Communication is important to a good learning relationship!


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