POLICIES AND GUIDELINES
At New Covenant Arts Academy (NCAA), we like to be as understanding as possible when it comes to cancellations and rescheduling but we do ask you to kindly adhere to these policies.
- There are no refunds for lessons missed by the student other than a major family emergency. Illness or other extra-curricular activity conflicts are not refundable. However, a make up lesson (In-person or Online) can be scheduled if a suitable time can be arranged by the teacher. Please notify the teacher or Ms. Patti 24 hours in advance if at all possible. Thank you!
- In the event a teacher cancels a lesson and is not able to schedule a make-up lesson, a credit for the next session will be applied – or a refund can be given.
Here are some friendly reminders of what makes things run smoothly from week to week!
- Please arrive 5 minutes prior to lesson time so that the student can wash his or her hands.
- Students need to bring their books to every lesson.
- Students MUST commit to a regular practice time at least 5 days a week. We cannot stress enough the importance of home practice. Practice makes progress! Focus mostly on the frequency of practice time rather than the duration.
- When possible, sit down to listen to them practice with your undivided attention. Offer frequent words of encouragement and praise. Attend every recital and performance opportunity and encourage them to participate in church and school musical events (talent shows, performance days in music class, etc.). Make it clear that you deeply value music education. This is a life-long gift to them!
What Should I Do If My Child Loses Interest?
‘Catching’ your child’s waning interest before it is too late helps prevent frustration and discouragement! If your child is truly practicing and trying their best, continue to offer as much encouragement and support as possible. Communicate with your teacher as there are teaching tools that we can apply to help your child get over the ‘hump’ – whether it is note-reading, rhythm awareness, or even knowing where to put their hands.
Why Should My Child Take Music Lessons Anyway?
Research shows the positive academic, social and emotional effects that music lessons stimulate. Children learn the discipline of working hard and patiently attaining a goal as well as the rewards of bringing joy to others through sharing their gifts. Most importantly, they become aware of God’s blessings of sight, sound, touch, beauty, and artistic expression through music!