Terms and Conditions

Rehearsals and Tuition

Band rehearsals typically take place before or after school for 30-45 minutes. If enrolled in group tutorials, band rehearsal is included at no extra charge. If enrolled in private tutorials or band only this full band rehearsal incurs an additional cost of $90 per term.

Group tutorials average 5 students per group occur during school time, timetabled in conjunction with classroom teachers.

Private tutorials are available at most TSA schools however are limited in availability. These individual tutorials are more expensive and more demanding than our traditional group tutorials and we recommend you contact TSA to discuss before enrolling.

Band only is available to students enrolled in private tuition (either through TSA or externally.) An additional Band Only fee applies to participate in full band rehearsals. Students enrolled in external tuition must only do so with an experienced and fully qualified tutor.

 

Practice – along with school based rehearsal and tuition, it is expected that students will spend regular time at home practising their instrument. At least 3x20min practices are required to satisfactorily revise each week’s tuition, perhaps more for some.

Fees – band and lessons are provided on a term basis with a term typically consisting of 9 -11 lessons or performance opportunities. Fees are payable at the commencement of each term and include all tutorials/band rehearsals and performances for the term. If a public holiday, pupil free day or other ‘whole school’ activity occurs and less than 9 lessons/performances are achieved, an alternative lesson/performance opportunity will be provided. Due to timetabling restrictions & varying term lengths, this extra lesson/performance may not always take place in the same term.

 

Group Tuition - $180 per term
(Includes full band rehearsal free of charge)

OR

TSA Private Tuition - $380 per term (Tuition only - not available at all schools)

AND Band Only - $90 per term (Full band rehearsal only)

 

Payment - if you have not chosen to set up a direct debit, an invoice will be emailed to you at the beginning of each term and is payable within 14 days. Payment options include credit card, cheque, money order and EFT. You may incur late fees or your child may be excluded from rehearsals and lessons if unpaid.

Student Absences – please note that tuition is a full term commitment and we employ teaching staff for a full term in advance. Due to the nature of group lessons, individual student absences cannot be made up. As such, no refund is provided for student absences.

Withdrawal - minimum commitment for tuition is 1 term. Notice of withdrawal must be given to the TSA office prior to the new term commencing or that term’s tuition fees will be charged. No refund is given for mid-term withdrawal (we will give consideration for hardship).

Correspondence – enrolment, fee and general enquiries should be directed to TSA main office. The most effective means of contact is by calling, emailing or faxing the TSA office directly. Your childs school office will not be responsible for handling TSA business. Notes sent to school often take days or weeks to arrive at TSA’s main office so be sure to contact TSA directly.

The Instrument

Hopefully by now you have an idea of which instrument your child would like to play. Use the Instrument Play Test information sent home with your child from their blow test as a guide if you are unsure. The rule of thumb is that “if they love it, they will practice it” but hand size and a natural ability on an instrument can often make it a lot easier.

It will also soon become obvious that some instruments cost more than others. If price is an obstacle, we encourage you to contact us for advice and avoid buying a cheap version of an expensive instrument as this can end up costing you more in repairs and depreciation. There are often alternatives we can suggest, or second hand/ex-hire instruments available that can help ease the cost.

After deciding which instrument your child would like to play, you have a few options of where to get an instrument:

  1. Check with family or friends for unused instruments. We recommend a service prior to use.
  2. TSA supplies new instruments at discounted prices.
  3. TSA offers a rent-to-buy scheme, which is a good way to start if you are unsure of your child’s commitment to the program.
  4. TSA also has a limited range of near new second-hand instruments available for sale. Please call us for details

You may also choose to look for a new or second hand instrument elsewhere. Whether buying new or second hand, there are several important things to look out for.

Buying or hiring an instrument is an extra cost and is not included in tuition fees.

Accessories

All students require a tutor book for band and lessons (Accent on Achievement – $19) and a music stand is recommended for home practice ($24). Clarinet and Saxophone players will need a steady supply of reeds (box of 10: clarinet $38, sax $53) with beginners often going through a reed every week. Reeds do tend to last longer as students progress on their instrument.

Band Resources & Facility Hire

In addition to a student’s individual accessories the band also requires several general resources such as sheet music, music stands, percussion, amplifiers, etc. Your school may also charge a facility hire fee. The resource levy or facility hire fee is typically $10 - $30 per term and will be added to the invoice each term.

Late Enrolment Fee

A $25 enrolment fee will be charged to all students who enrol after Friday 15th December 2017. As teachers are allocated to schools and timetables finalised in early January, late enrolments are very disruptive to this process and this fee covers some of the extra administrative work to include these late enrolments.

Photography

TSA frequently uses photographs of students on its website, in brochures, newsletters and other promotional material. No personal details or surnames will be used and photos are used in accordance with TSA’s Child-safe, Child-friendly’policy. If you do not wish TSA to display photographs of your child please notify TSA in writing or via email – info@teachingservices.com.au.