Private Music Tuition
Policies for Learning an Instrument at MLC School
Students electing to have private music lessons are committing to the full year of tuition (ie up until the end of Term 4). Should a student withdraw from private music lessons, the balance of the year’s tuition fees must be paid. Changes to a student’s tuition must be approved in advance by the Director of Music.
The full yearly tuition fee is divided into four payments and must be paid in advance at the beginning of each term upon enrolment, the first term’s fees must be paid online by credit card. Students attending MLC School will have their fees for remainder of the year are charged to the school fees account.
External students (those not currently attending MLC School) must pay an additional 10% GST. There is a separate online enrolment form for External Students.
As Private Music Tuition is available to MLC School families and external students, the information is available on the MLC School Public Website accessible to the wider community
Contact: Please contact the Music Administrator: email@example.com for more information or phone 02 8741 3123
Organisation of Lessons
Private music tuition is given on the basis of 32 lessons per year, or the equivalent of 8 lessons per term.
Rotation of Lessons
It is MLC School policy that lessons must be rotated during the school day so students minimise their time away from any one subject. Girls in Year 11 and Year 12 have fixed lesson times during their ‘spare’ periods and this is negotiated directly with the teacher.
Extra lessons can be given (and are charged separately) after the 32 designated lessons have been given. The Music Centre staff are very happy to assist with recommending suitable teachers.
Senior students in Year 11 and Year 12 must timetable their tuition during their “spare” periods.
Students are assigned to a teacher by the Head of Strings, Head of Keyboard or Head of Bands. It is expected that parents liaise with the student’s teacher to ensure that clear lines of communication are established to inform the teacher about any absences for excursions, exams or sickness.
Cancellation of Lessons
If students or teachers need to cancel a lesson, 48 hours’ notice must be given. Please note that lessons missed without prior notification may not be made up by the teacher. This includes lessons missed due to equipment/instruments being forgotten, as well as lessons that need to be changed due to exams/tests, excursions/incursions, sports carnivals, etc., as well as music teachers having to change due to other extraordinary professional commitments. Extra lessons can be given (and are charged separately) after the 32 designated lessons have been given.
Co-Curricular Music Ensembles Membership Requirement
All students having vocal tuition or learning a string, woodwind, brass or percussion instrument at MLC School are required to participate in the music centre’s co-curricular ensemble programme. The minimum basic requirement is the weekly rehearsal and associated performances with the large ensemble in each of the Choirs, Orchestra, and Bands at the school. Students may also audition for smaller ensembles if they wish.
Once the enrolment for lessons has been received the co-curricular ensemble form will be emailed and must be completed, signed and returned to the Music Centre Office.
It is expected that each student has their own instrument. There are a limited number of instruments for hire from MLC School.
If you wish to hire an instrument, please discuss the availability of a stringed instrument with Head of Strings, Dr Joanna Dramatis firstname.lastname@example.org or for any woodwind or brass instrument the Head of Bands Mr Richard Coward email@example.com Telephone 02 8741 3123
The cost of hiring an instrument is $320 for one year.