Reserving Your Space for Early Childhood Music Classes
Please register for a class by submitting an online or hard-copy registration form. In order to guarantee your space, full payment of the tuition for the session must be received within 7 days of your submission of an online reservation. After 7 days, we may give your space away to the next person on the waiting list. For hard-copy registrations, full payment of the tuition for the session must be mailed with the registration form.
Reserving Your Space for Piano Lessons
Please register for piano lessons by submitting an online or hard-copy registration form. Unless you have made other arrangements in writing with Marlene, when you register for piano lessons, you are registering for a full session (i.e., Fall session, Winter/Spring session or Summer session) (each, a “Piano Session”). Marlene will confirm in writing the exact days and times of your piano lessons for the applicable Piano Session at the time of registration.
By registering for piano lessons for the full Piano Session, you acknowledge that Markard Music has reserved your spot exclusively for you and to the exclusion of other students during the Piano Session. You therefore acknowledge that you are ready, willing, and able to undertake the lessons for which you have registered during the Piano Session and that you are financially responsible to pay for the entire Piano Session, even if you miss or cancel lessons for any reason.
We understand that emergencies do happen and scheduling conflicts arise unexpectedly. Therefore, if you must cancel lessons for any reason, please notify Marlene in writing by text message at 917-855-8079 or by email at as soon as possible and whenever possible, upon at least 24 hours’ advance notice. Marlene will provide up to 3 make-up lessons within each Piano Session. If a student cancels more than 3 lessons during any Piano Session, they will lose those lessons but remain financially liable therefor.
For Early Childhood Music Classes, payment for the full session is required in advance, upon registration. For piano lessons, payment for the full Piano Session is not required in advance. Instead, we require equal monthly payments, due and payable on the first of each month of the Piano Session. If you choose to pre-pay the full Piano Session, you will receive a 5% discount.
We accept cash, checks (made payable to Marlene Markard), or credit card payments (through PayPal or Zelle). We will charge a $20 return check fee where applicable. Please let us know if special arrangements are needed.
Punctual Start Time
Please be sure to arrive at least five 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. If you are unexpectedly delayed, please call, text or e-mail Marlene immediately at 917-855-8079 or email@example.com.
If your child has a medical condition or known learning impairment, please discuss it with Marlene before classes begin so that she may tailor the class or lesson to your child’s needs. All such information will be kept confidential.
Sickness and Absence
If your child is ill, please keep your child at home for your child's own safety and the safety of others.
For Early Childhood Music classes, please note that fees for missed classes will not be refunded; however, we are happy to provide a make-up class where possible. Make-up classes must be attended during the semester you are currently attending. To make up a class, please call or e-mail Marlene with the time you would like to attend. Then, please come to that class unless you receive a call indicating that we are unable to accommodate you at that time.
For private piano lessons, please see our cancellation policy under Reserving Your Space for Piano Lessons above.
If a class or piano lesson is cancelled due to Marlene’s illness or due to inclement weather, a make-up class or lesson will be offered during the semester or Piano Session. We close when the East Hampton School District closes due to inclement weather, but Marlene will contact each parent in the event a class is cancelled due to weather conditions.
Loss or Injury
Markard Music is not responsible for any loss or injury incurred while participating in the program. Registration of yourself if you are an adult student) or of your child for any Markard Music class or piano lesson serves to release Markard Music from all liability incurred as a result of participating in our program. Registration also constitutes your agreement to indemnify and hold harmless 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.
ADDITIONAL EARLY CHILDHOOD MUSIC POLICIES
Please dress yourself and your child comfortably, because our classes involve movement and dancing. Food, toys and other distractions are not permitted in the classroom. In the interest of having enriching classes, any child who, in the opinion of Marlene, is being disruptive, will be asked to leave the class until the child has calmed down.
At the beginning of each semester, Marlene will distribute materials that are specifically designed for that class. These materials typically include an instrument or other prop (such as a scarf) and an audio CD. The cost of these materials is included in each semester’s tuition. You will not be charged anything additional for these materials, but you are responsible to being these materials with you to class every week. There is a charge of $40 to replace lost or damaged materials.
Please Don’t Compare
It’s important to allow your child to respond when ready and not to compare him or her with other children in the class. As you know, children develop at different rates and have different learning schemes. There is no “right” way to respond to the activities in our classes. Children who quietly observe or choose to explore during activities are as actively engaged as those who physically participate in each activity. They are benefitting from the musical environment we create together in our classes.
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.
Listen, sing, dance, and make music at home!
You have registered your child in one of our early childhood music classes, because you want to foster a life-long love of music, lay the groundwork for your child’s music literacy, and enable your child to enjoy the benefits of learning music. For those reasons, it’s so important that you sing, dance, and make music at home.
ADDITIONAL PIANO LESSON POLICIES
In order to benefit from our private piano lessons together, it’s important for the student to practice at least 20-30 minutes a day. Marlene will create a practice plan for each student and will discuss those plans with students and, where appropriate, parents at the beginning of each semester. If students regularly fail or refuse to practice, we cannot guarantee that the student will make progress. In such cases, Marlene reserves the right to drop the student at the end of the Piano Session.
During the semester, we may require you to purchase music and/or other materials that she feels are reasonably necessary to help your child learn to play the piano. The cost of these materials is additional and not included in the lesson fee.
If Marlene is teaching in your home, please be sure your piano is tuned and in “playable” condition. If you don’t have a piano technician, please ask us. We can recommend an excellent one that’s reasonably priced.
Student piano recitals.
Markard Music typically holds two piano recitals during each school-year (usually, December and June). Piano students of school age are expected to participate in both recitals.