Q.Where are the lessons taught and when will they begin?
A. Lessons are taught by our teachers, on location at child care centers, private schools, and after school programs. We are currently serving in Texas, and Georgia. Please visit our contact page and choose your region to see where classes are currently available. Upon registration, you will soon receive email notification with your child's class time and start date Your first month's tuition will be prorated according to when your child begins and any credit applied to next month's tuition.
Q. How often are classes taught?
A. Classes meet once a week, on the same day of the week. Lessons are offered year round in a Fall Semester (19 lessons), Spring Semester (15 lessons) and Summer Session (10 lessons, flexible summer packages, and/or camps).
Q. How do I pay for lessons?
A. The preferred method of payment is monthly recurring debit or you may remit tuition payments via credit card or PayPal via our website. If paying on the website or PayPal, please remember to remit payment by the 10th of the month to avoid a $20 automatic late fee. Piano instructors are not authorized to receive payments.
Q. How will I be billed for lessons?
A. If recurring monthly debit is not authorized, monthly statements are electronically delivered on or around the 20th of each month for the upcoming month of lessons. Your billing statement will be attached as a .pdf document.
Is the teacher qualified?
A. YES! Most if not all of our teachers have degrees in their field and/or are professional musicians. They are all experienced professionals and are chosen not only for their qualifications, but for their love of teaching and their ability to relate to young children. Each Tickled Ivories’ instructor is trained in the Tickled Ivories’ curriculum and approach to piano instruction. To ensure your child’s safety and protection and in compliance with state law, all instructors are thoroughly vetted, undergo a criminal history check, FBI fingerprinting analysis, and possess (child) First Aid and CPR certification.
Q. Is a piano at home necessary to begin lessons?
A. NO! While an instrument at home is beneficial for practice and proficiency, it is certainly not a prerequisite to begin lessons. Preschoolers are definitely not expected to have regimented at-home practice. Purchasing an instrument may be considered in the future. (Electronic keyboards are great gift ideas!)
Q. Is 30 minutes long enough for a lesson?
A. YES. In the beginning, the half-hour lesson is adequate time for preschoolers to focus on class material, and to explore and discover the lesson objectives. In a half hour, school-age students will be presented enough material to achieve realistic weekly goals. Remember: :Each student is fully engaged in the entire 30-minute class.
Q. Can I sit in on my child's class?
A. Yes. We have an open door policy. Parent observations are discouraged however, as they have proven to be both a distraction to the child as well as their classmates. Discuss scheduling options for observations with the teacher or perhaps a possible alternative.
Q. What if my child is learning at a faster or slower pace than his/her peers?
A. Occasionally a student’s learning pace will differ from that of their peer group class. Teachers can recognize individual strengths or areas of challenge and will notify parents if another class would better suit a child’s learning style, pace, or skill level.
Q. What must I do if I decided to discontinue lessons?
A. Upon registration, each child’s class space is specifically reserved. So that we may have adequate time to fill your child’s class space, a 30-DAY WRITTEN CANCELLATION NOTICE (or a $60 cancellation fee in lieu of notice) is required to withdraw from lessons. Verbal notice or a cellular text message given to the childcare center or school staff is not considered sufficient notification and the cancellation fee will be assessed.
Q. What is your school year calendar of events?
A. We have a School year calendar you can view. The link is on our home page. Each region may have small variations in the schedule. If your child is already enrolled, please make sure to check your email box for notices in schedule changes from your TI teacher. If you have a question about lesson times, holidays, school closures and make up lessons, please contact your TI teacher for further information.
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