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Teacher/Parent Communication

We are committed to providing ongoing feedback to parents and students on a weekly basis, both verbally and through a dictation book, which each child must bring regularly to the lessons. Parents are also encouraged to provide written or verbal feedback to teachers as to their child's interest level, practicing habits, etc. A successful music education is always a product of the team of parent, child and teacher, and we therefore strongly encourage you to take an active role in your child's music studies by attending as many lessons as possible. Always feel free to ask questions or provide comments and suggestions.

Our Attendance Policy

Just as in school, regular attendance at the weekly music lesson is vitally essential! If your child is forced to miss a lesson, please provide 24 hours notice, whenever possible. Missed lessons for any reason do not excuse payment, as payment of the lesson fees not only covers the cost of the lessons, but also reserves your specific lesson time with the teacher. In the event of a statutory holiday, a teacher absence or when we are provided with at least 24 hours notice of a cancellation, we will be happy to reschedule a missed lesson. Lessons are provided on a year-round basis, and students are strongly encouraged to continue lessons during the summer months; taking the summer off can result in months of review upon the child's return to lessons.

Your Home Instrument

It is expected that parents will provide a suitable instrument for home practice. However, in some cases the London Music Conservatory can provide the loan of an instrument during the first month of studies. Please check with your child's teacher for the appropriateness of a child's practice instrument, based on the child's size and music level.

Hints About Practicing

The primary focus of your child's lessons should be enjoyment mixed with the gentle growth of personal discipline. It is important that a beginning child be encouraged to regard music practicing not as a chore, but as a daily routine that parallels other regular activities like going to school, eating dinner, etc. A parent, of course, plays the most important role in helping to establish a child's routine, and therefore, we have listed below a few suggestions to help develop good practice habits, which you might try at home:

Place the practice instrument in a permanent location that is free from general outside interference, but is not entirely isolated. Particularly when first beginning music lessons, it is important that the child have a sense that his/her playing is being heard and appreciated.

For the first few weeks of lessons, allow your child to determine the length of his/her practice time. The goal is to encourage enthusiasm for music practicing. A rigidly enforced length of practice time at first could possibly smother a budding enthusiasm. Later on, the teacher will determine with you the amount of time required.

The frequency of practicing is much more important than the length of practice time. It is much more productive to practice once or twice daily for small time intervals, than it is to practice only once or twice weekly for longer periods.

Let you child determine, with your help, the actual times of day for his/her practice. Once these times of day are determined, they should remain consistent.

The ideal practice situation would include the regular presence of a supportive parent who is aware of what has gone on in the lesson. If you are unable to practice regularly with your child, however, it would be useful if you could maintain a positive ongoing dialogue about what he/she has completed in each daily practicing session. Perhaps you could regularly ask to hear what your child has been preparing. And, of course, the more encouragement that you can provide, the better. Enthusiasm is contagious!