POLICIES

MUSIC CLASSES AND SUMMER CAMPS

  • Registration.  Currently, all music classes and summer camps are being offered on site with community partners.  To register for music classes and summer camps, you must register with the hosting community partner, such as LongHouse Reserve or CMEE.  Markard Music cannot process registrations for community partner sites.

  • Limited space.  Advance registration is required for the full session and space is typically limited to 10 children per class.   

  • Missed classes.  Tuition for missed classes is not refundable.  

  • Cancellation.  If class is cancelled due to Marlene Markard's illness, inclement weather, school closing, or act of God, a makeup class will be offered during the semester. 

  • Trial classes.  Trial classes are available.  If you would like to attend a trial class without charge, please contact me at least two days in advance.

  • Payment methods.  Payment methods and all payment-related policies are determined by the host community partner.

  • Scholarships.  Scholarships may be available at the discretion of the host community partner.  Scholarships are usually need-based.  If you are seeking a scholarship, please inquire with the host community partner upon registration.

  • Punctual start time.  Please be sure to arrive at least 10 minutes before class begins so that you have time to park,  remove your shoes and outerwear, and be in class at the start time.  All classes and lessons will begin on time.  Entering the class after it has begun can be disruptive to the other students.      

  • Medical condition or disability.  If your child has a medical condition, disability or known learning impairment, please discuss it with Marlene Markard before classes begin so that she may tailor the class to your child’s needs.  All such information will be kept strictly confidential.  

  • Illness.  If your child is ill, please keep your child at home for your child's own safety and the safety of others. 

  • Pictures.  By registering for a Markard Music class, you acknowledge that Markard Music or a member of the staff of a hosting community partner may take pictures or make recordings for marketing purposes.  By registering for a Markard Music class, you agree to the use of such media by Markard Music solely for marketing purposes. 

  • IndemnificationMarkard Music is not responsible for any loss or injury incurred while participating in the program or as a result of participating in the program.  Registration for any Markard Music class serves to release Marlene Markard and Markard Music from all liability incurred as a result of participating in our program.  Registration also constitutes your agreement to indemnify and hold harmless Marlene Markard and Markard Music from any liability, costs or claims, related either directly or indirectly to participation in a Markard Music program (regardless of location), including legal and/or medical expenses incurred for the participant’s benefit.

  • Parent and caregiver participation.  Our classes are most successful when parents and caregivers actively participate in class (and at home!).  Don’t worry about your own musical competence.  What’s important is that you are demonstrating respect for and enjoyment of music through your participation.  In doing so, you are modeling the joy of music making and music appreciation.  

  • Dress comfortably.  Please wear socks and dress comfortably for classes.

PIANO LESSONS

  • Registration.  For in-person and virtual piano lessons, please register using this registration link.  Registration is required for a full  session (for example, Fall, Spring or Summer session).

  • Tuition.  Tuition is payable monthly on the first of each month.  A 5% discount is available for advance payment in full. By registering for piano lessons, you acknowledge that Markard Music has reserved your spot exclusively for you and to the exclusion of other students.  You therefore acknowledge that you are ready, willing, and able to undertake the lessons for which you have registered and that you are financially responsible to pay for the entire session. 

  • Material fee.  A $100 materials fee will be charged at the time of registration in order to cover the reasonable cost of music and/or other educational materials that Marlene Markard feels are reasonably necessary for you or your child to learn to play the piano and build music literacy.  

  • Makeup lessons.  Tuition will not be refunded for student absences.  Markard Music offers up to two makeup lessons per semester. 

  • Cancellation.  If a lesson is cancelled due to Marlene Markard's illness, inclement weather, or act of God, a makeup lesson will be offered during the semester at a mutually agreeable time. 

  • Trial lessons.  30-minute trial lessons are available.  If you would like to schedule a trial class without charge, please contact me.

  • Payment methods.  Markard Music accepts payment by cash, check, Zelle, Venmo, and PayPal.  We will charge a $20 return check fee where applicable.

  • Sibling discounts.   Markard Music offers a 5% sibling discount if two or more siblings are registered during the same session.  

  • Punctual start time.  All lessons will begin on time.  Delayed start time due to student's tardiness will not be made up.      

  • Medical condition or disability.  If your child has a medical condition, disability or known learning impairment, please discuss it with Marlene Markard before lessons begin so that she may tailor lessons to your child’s needs.  All such information will be kept strictly confidential.  

  • Illness.  If your child is ill, please cancel the lesson and schedule a make-up lesson with Marlene Markard.   

  • Pictures.  By registering for piano lessons, you acknowledge that Markard Music may take pictures or make recordings for marketing purposes.  By registering for piano lessons, you agree to the use of such media by Markard Music solely for marketing purposes. 

  • Indemnification.  Markard Music is not responsible for any loss or injury incurred while participating in the program or as a result of participating in the program.  Registration for any Markard Music class serves to release Marlene Markard and Markard Music from all liability incurred as a result of participating in our program.  Registration also constitutes your agreement to indemnify and hold harmless Marlene Markard and Markard Music from any liability, costs or claims, related either directly or indirectly to participation in a Markard Music program (regardless of location), including legal and/or medical expenses incurred for the participant’s benefit.

  • Practice time.  In order to benefit from lessons and make reasonable progress, students should plan to practice at least 20-30 minutes a day, six days a week.  Marlene Markard will assist families in creating a practice plan that is feasible for each student. 

  • Piano ConditionPlease be sure your piano is tuned and in “playable” condition.  If you don’t have a piano technician, please ask me.  us.  I can recommend an excellent one that’s reasonably priced.  I do not receive any portion of piano technician fees.  

  • Student piano recitals.  Markard Music holds piano recitals and student workshops throughout the school-year.  I consider these important and meaningful opportunities for students to share their learning, gain performance experience, increase their repertoire, and socialize with other students.  For these reasons, piano students of school age are expected to participate in all such recitals and workshops.  Adult students are strongly encouraged to participate.

Where words leaves off, music begins. - Heinrich Heine

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