I find that those who balk at my registration/materials fee typically don't last long...and having one is one of the best things I have done to increase student's length of study. Many of my students have been with me for at least 2 years, and one is at 5 years this week. It covers a lot of the incidental fees, I set it to $125 per student. And it avoids the problem of students not paying for materials.

Here skipping December is not really an option, especially with students who have exams in January. That's a reason I require almost all (with very rare exceptions) of my students to do them.

Meri
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Clarinet and Piano Teacher based out of Toronto, Canada.Web: http://donmillsmusicstudio.weebly.com