YourPlace Music School Policies 2023-24



  • Students are given their invoices ahead of the month at which time they can cancel any of those lessons outright. Once the month has started all lessons are locked in and students will be charged whether or not they attend them. However, any lessons cancelled with reasonable notice will be issued a makeup credit which lasts 60 days. This makeup credit must be used outside of normally scheduled lessons, and is the responsibility of the students to arrange. 

  • For example, if you know you're going away on vacation you just cancel those classes ahead of the month which allows us time to fill the timeslots if need be. However if you have to miss a class due to being sick or something last minute, you still pay for it (and the teacher still gets paid) but you get a makeup credit which you can use at a different time (outside of normally scheduled lessons). 

  • There are a couple reasons for this policy: one is that we want our teachers to have a reasonably predictable income and the second reason is that infrequent music lessons have diminishing returns. That commitment to a certain number of lessons per month is required to really see growth and this provides students incentive to keep on track even in the event of illness or scheduling issues. 

  • If at some point students decide to stop lessons altogether, we require 4 lessons notice before your planned withdrawal. Payment is required up to the withdrawal date.  

Lesson Times 

Working with an in-home lesson system can be a bit complex when it comes to scheduling and logistics. We will do our best to run our schedules as tightly as possible, but we are also willing to stay late if a student is just in the middle of grasping a concept, and sometimes traffic can play a huge factor. As such we ask that you please allow a 10 minute grace period before and after scheduled lesson times. Regardless of the start time, we will always teach the full lesson. 



We know that life gets busy for everyone, that’s why it’s a good idea to lay the groundwork to build healthy expectations. We are willing to be flexible and adaptable to most circumstances but this is a good starting point to make sure that everyone’s interests are served. 

  • We require 24 hours notice for any student cancellation to be eligible for a make-up lesson. However, when it comes to illness we’d rather be safe than sorry: if a student is ill and the cancellation is within 24 hours we’ll do our best to accommodate.  

Instructor attendance

  • We believe in hiring instructors who are active musicians in the community. Touring, out-of-town gigs, or their own schooling may be an unavoidable consequence of this lifestyle. Instructor-cancelled sessions will always be given 24 hours notice (except in cases of illness). If an instructor cannot make a lesson, we will offer a few options: 

    • A substitute teacher will attend the agreed-upon lesson time. 

    • A makeup lesson will be scheduled at a mutually agreed-upon time between you and the instructor

    • The balance will be carried forward to your next invoice. 


Lesson fees are pre-paid and due the first day of each month (excluding students who start mid-month.) 

  • Invoices will be emailed 7 days before the 1st of the month; students will have an opportunity to make adjustments as needed.

  • Payments are due on the 1st of the month.  

  • A past-due reminder gets emailed on the 5th of the month 

  • On the 10th of the month a $15 late fee is added.

Payment methods include: 

  • Automatic e-transfer 

  • post-dated cheques 

  • Cash 

  • Credit Card through the MMS platform. 


Recitals/drop-in/listening parties.  

  • Depending on the interest level of students, bi-annual recitals will be offered for students to showcase what they’ve been working on and get some experience performing in front of crowds. Other events will include more casual drop-in/listening party days to try different instruments, showcase their own performances or music they enjoy, and meet other students. Details will be provided throughout the year. 


*Lesson Payment will be considered agreement to these policies*