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#1527955 - 10/04/10 10:33 AM Christmas Schedule
Jose Hidalgo Offline
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Registered: 01/30/10
Posts: 187
Hi all,

What is your policy regarding the comming holidays / payments ?

All december free ?, starting the second week of January ?

I pay monthly either if I go or not, but I am pretty sure I am not going to practice any of those days until like the second week of Jan.

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#1528006 - 10/04/10 11:36 AM Re: Christmas Schedule [Re: Jose Hidalgo]
david_a Offline
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Registered: 11/11/09
Posts: 2913
Different teachers will do this differently of course.

I follow (pretty closely anyway) the school calendar where I live, and have my students pay accordingly. (i.e. they pay a bit less for December because of the holiday.)
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#1528113 - 10/04/10 03:03 PM Re: Christmas Schedule [Re: Jose Hidalgo]
Crayola Offline
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Registered: 11/23/09
Posts: 299
Loc: Chicago, IL
I have divided the entire school year into 35 weeks of lessons over the course of 9 months. Every family pays the same amount of monthly tuition in Dec as they do in Sept, although there are only 2 weeks of lessons in Dec. This keeps me financially stable and encourages regular attendance.
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#1528123 - 10/04/10 03:19 PM Re: Christmas Schedule [Re: Jose Hidalgo]
Jose Hidalgo Offline
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Registered: 01/30/10
Posts: 187
frown

but december is to spend money buying things and be with the family !

I mean, pianist have families too, you all work during december and the first week of january ?

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#1528152 - 10/04/10 04:15 PM Re: Christmas Schedule [Re: Jose Hidalgo]
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Registered: 09/16/06
Posts: 1267
Loc: California
My students pay the same every month, regardless of how many lessons there are in a month. It makes bookkeeping so much easier. There's no way I could keep up with charging one fee for 4 lessons in a month, one for 3 lessons (I take off 1 week for Thanksgiving, 2 for Christmas, 1 for Easter), and then those months where a student would get 5 lessons.

I think parents also appreciate knowing that the fee is the same each month.
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#1528162 - 10/04/10 04:27 PM Re: Christmas Schedule [Re: Jose Hidalgo]
Ebony and Ivory Offline
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Registered: 02/14/05
Posts: 1179
Loc: Minnesota
Originally Posted By: Jose Hidalgo
:(but december is to spend money buying things and be with the family !

The entire month?! Too much family time for me lol.

Originally Posted By: Jose Hidalgo
I mean, pianist have families too, you all work during december and the first week of january ?

Yes. My family doesn't get the month off. I will take off the actual holidays (Christmas and New Year) but otherwise it's business as usual.
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#1528213 - 10/04/10 06:26 PM Re: Christmas Schedule [Re: Jose Hidalgo]
John v.d.Brook Offline
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Registered: 03/18/06
Posts: 7410
Loc: Olympia, Washington, USA
When the title of your post said Christmas Schedule, I though you were going to ask about holiday open houses, recitals, etc.

We usually host an open house and student recital here at the studio, generally the week before the schools vacations begin. There is no extra charge for this, although it requires hours and hours of preparation on my part, expenses for the food and drinks, etc. It's just all part of their annual tuition, which they pay either up front (with a discount) or in ten monthly payments, their choice.

As several have noted, different teachers have different operations.

Just a side note - why aren't you planning on practicing? Every day you don't practice is an opportunity lost forever.
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#1528216 - 10/04/10 06:42 PM Re: Christmas Schedule [Re: Jose Hidalgo]
Exalted Wombat Offline
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Registered: 02/28/09
Posts: 1203
Loc: London UK
Originally Posted By: Jose Hidalgo
frown

but december is to spend money buying things and be with the family !

I mean, pianist have families too, you all work during december and the first week of january ?

You take FIVE weeks off for Christmas? :-)

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#1528317 - 10/04/10 11:20 PM Re: Christmas Schedule [Re: Crayola]
tdow Offline
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Registered: 04/13/10
Posts: 203
Loc: Canada
Originally Posted By: Crayola
I have divided the entire school year into 35 weeks of lessons over the course of 9 months. Every family pays the same amount of monthly tuition in Dec as they do in Sept, although there are only 2 weeks of lessons in Dec. This keeps me financially stable and encourages regular attendance.



I do the same with our studio and for the same reasons. It works!
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#1528532 - 10/05/10 09:41 AM Re: Christmas Schedule [Re: Jose Hidalgo]
Lollipop Offline
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Registered: 07/28/09
Posts: 820
Loc: Georgia
I have 2 semesters of 16 weeks each, and charge a "semester fee". And then I break it down into 4 equal payments for those who prefer to pay that way, and it becomes due the start of each 4-week period, not necessarily at the beginning of the month. Students/parents are given the due dates up front, and are reminded by email. Over half prefer to pay in one lump sum.

My schedule then allows for a week off for Thanksgiving in November, and 3 weeks off at Christmas / New Years. (Students get 2 weeks off from school, but I find it works better to have them start back a week after school starts - to get them back into practicing mode.)

As far as taking all of December and into January off, there are not many jobs in the world where folks can do that. My husband takes a week of (paid) vacation during the holidays, but his company doesn't automatically give him 6 weeks off for family. Why would you think piano teachers can do this?

As it is, I dread the January lessons, as I know there are some students who did not touch the piano during that time and we are going to have to do some remedial work.
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