Welcome to Spreading the Music! All new students, parents, community members, and teachers receive this information when they register. All questions will be answered if you give us a call, and all emails will be responded to when sent. Though! It’s good to be in the know before you get to us.
You are welcome to use our school to practice or rehearse at any time we are open at $20 for 3-hour drop-in rehearsals. We offer reduced rates for students and if you wish to make us your regular rehearsal/practice space. You will have access to all our pianos, teacher music library, and instruments as they are available. Please contact us directly if you would like to use us as a regular practice space and we will get you scheduled. There is no smoking or drinking in the facility. The building is under 24 surveillance for the safety of our clients. For more information and to sign up visit www.spreadingthemusic.com/rehearsal-space
We hold two to three formal concerts a year open to friends and family held at Spreading the Music, Piano Hall Company, and New Orleans Jazz Market to showcase our student’s process and performance. We also have smaller concerts in the community and participate in Festivals all around New Orleans throughout the year. Talk to your teacher directly if you are interested in participating. To see our current and past event visit www.spreadingthemusic.com/calendar
We are closed for the holidays one week in Thanksgiving, two weeks for Winter Break, and one week for Mardi Gras. Spreading the Music is sensitive to all religious and secular holidays, medical emergencies, and family matters and understand if you need to miss a lesson for any reason. Let us know as soon as possible and we will schedule a make-up or find you a sub if we are provided 24 hours’ notice.
Spreading the music will be closed:
Summer Break: 08/02/2021 – 08/9/2021
Thanksgiving Break 2021: 11/22/2021 – 11/28/2021
Winter Break 2021: 12/20/2021 – 01/03/2021
If you suspect that you will be out for more than 2 weeks you must let us know ideally before the 1st of the month and copy the owner Candace Crawford at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you go on vacation or travel often, our Package Lesson payment plan might be a better option for you. It is the most flexible with your schedule and you can have your lessons as you are available for a limited period.
We charge a flat monthly rate for Weekly Lessons at Spreading the Music. Not per lesson. If you are starting in the middle of the month you will be prorated. The next billing cycle starts on the 1st of every month. Payment for lessons is due no later than the 7th. Clients wanting to rehearsal must pay per rehearsal and will have the option to upgrade to monthly payments after 3 rehearsals.
Monthly Tuition for Private Lessons Is:
$120.00 Per Month Weekly 30-Minute Private Music Lessons
$180.00 Per Month Weekly 45-Minute Private Music Lessons
$225.00-$300.00 Per Month Weekly 60-Minute Private Music Lessons
Rehearsal Rate is:
$20.00 Per 3 Hour Session for Individual Practicing
$40.00 Per 3-Hour Session for Band Rehearsal (2 or More guest)
You can pay by:
- Square Invoicing, One-Time or Recurring (All you need to do is save your card number when you pay your next invoice. You will be charged on the 1st of the month. You can discontinue at any time)
- PayPal (paypal.me/spreadingthemusic) or (email@example.com)
- Write a Check (Written to Spreading the Music, due by your first lesson of the month. Write Students name in the memo. Place check-in blue box in the office when you arrive).
- Cash (Due within the first week of the month. Must be placed in a sealed envelope with your name, student name, date, and teachers name)
Automatic Billing works best for us to ensure that our teachers get paid in a timely matter. All you need to do is save your card information on your first Square invoice. You will be charged on the 7th of the month. You may also write a check each month though we must receive it within the first week of the month. Checks must be written to Spreading the Music. There is a blue box in the office in the back of the school to place checks or cash. Please allow at least 5-7 days for checks to be successfully debited from your account. If you think you will be unable to attend your lesson your first week due to illness or a family emergency after giving your teacher 24 hours’ notice, just give us a call and we can do a one-time payment by card over the phone. If no notice is given, a late fee of $30 will become due and payable before starting your next lesson. If overdue payment becomes a habit, we will ask you to switch to Automatic Billing or try our Package Lesson option.
Payment is a monthly installment on yearly tuition with an average 4-week month. We charge per month, not per lesson. Lessons at Spreading the Music are on a monthly contract. Although we are closed for four weeks out of the year, there are some months where there are 5 Mondays, 5 Tuesdays, 5 Thursdays, etc… (any month with 31 days), so it does round out with consistent lessons. To receive the maximum amount of lessons with marked improvement in student progress, a student must be enrolled for at least a year. Usually, it works out to be 30 minutes 30 dollars, 45 minutes 45 dollars, and 60 minutes 56 dollars. We do not prorate due to the school being closed. You will not be credited back lessons you do not receive when Spreading the Music is closed including lessons you choose to opt-out of for the summer, holidays, and/or personal reasons. If you suspect that you will be gone for the summer or a few weeks during the holidays, we must know before the 1st of the month to adjust your official monthly rate.
We also offer Package Lessons. This option is the most flexible with your schedule. The only prerequisite is that you must be on automatic billing for one month. So say if you go on vacation or plan on only having only 2 lessons one month, but the full four the next month, you will have the option to do so. After your first month, you can pay for 4, 8, or 12 lessons to use at any time your teacher is available. They are only valid for up to a certain time for 2-6 months depending on your plan. This option is a tad costlier out of respect to the teacher.