Registration fee holds your spot ($25 per student / $40 per family). This is non-refundable.
Tuition Rates: $144 per month (45 minute lessons) or $192 per month (60 minute lessons). 30 minute lessons may be arranged for first year, beginner students ($96 per month). Tuition includes studio events (eg. recitals, master classes etc) and other studio benefits (eg. use of music book library). Our degreed educator provides accompaniment to her Voice students, an advantage only offered at Birdsong Studio.
Payment is by bank e-transfers only by the first of each month (September 1 - June 1). Receipts are issued. *Payments received later than the 1st of each month will be charged a 5% late fee which will be added to the next Invoice.
Students commit themselves to a full year of lessons. (September to June). Should extenuating circumstances require discontinuation of lessons, written notice must be given, 30 days prior to the next tuition payment. In lieu of 30 days written notice, the next tuition payment, plus any credited amounts, must be paid in full.
* These are added to your Account and are to be paid with your next Invoice *
Music Books and Supplies: Individual pieces or songs cost an average of $7.50 each. Costs for music books and materials vary and include GST and shipping & handling.
Accompanist (Voice): Students are provided accompaniment at Birdsong Studio recitals free of charge. The teacher charges a discounted rate to accompany for non-studio events (eg. festival, exams, etc.).
Other Educational Opportunities: All students are encouraged to participate in the Rotary Music Festival (RMF). Students using Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) materials may choose to complete music exams. Your teacher provides expertise in appropriately choosing and skillfully preparing for these educational opportunies. You will decide together who is responsible to submit these applications. The student is responsible to pay the appropriate fees to the vendors as arranged with the teacher.
Extra Coaching Sessions (eg. musical theatre choreography) are based on an hourly rate of $50.
We follow the school calendar for Christmas / Easter holidays. There are lessons during February reading week so, the studio will schedule a different week off in lieu of this time. Monday students do have lessons on Statutory Holidays. Studio Recitals occur three times during the school year. Students are encouraged to participate in the Rotary Music Festival in March. There are no regular lessons during this two week event.
Consult the studio calendar, in your student portal, for an up-to-date schedule of studio events. You will be contacted directly if there are any unforseen schedule changes.
These are an integral part of your music studies. It is expected that all students will attend and participate. Our three studio recitals are: Songs of the Season (online in December), Festival Fiesta (in person in February) and Spring into Summer (in person in June).
Missed Lessons / Illness
Please notify the teacher by text at 403-977-4516 if you are unable to attend your lesson.
Missed lessons are not made up or refunded. Your fees pay for your lesson spot for the year whether you attend or not.
You will receive automatic weekly email reminders of your lesson time. You forfeit your lesson if you are more than 15 minutes late.
If you, or anyone in your household is sick, or you feel unwell, please do not come for your lesson at the studio. We will have your lesson online instead. You will be notified if the teacher is ill - your lesson will either be online or you will be credited for it.
A Final Note
Success depends on communication and mutual cooperation between parents, students and teacher. Sign into your student portal weekly at www.birdsongstudio.ca to access important ongoing information. Check your emails and texts regularly for studio updates. Refer to Birdsong Studio Policy & Procedures for answers to frequently asked questions. If you have any other concerns, please contact the teacher directly at: 403-977-4516 to respectfully discuss them.