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Information & Policies

New Students

For new students, please contact Jennifer DeSantis at j.desantis@tcu.edu or 817-257-7604.

Missed Lessons / Makeup Policy

Make-up lessons will be given only for lessons missed due to illness or family emergency. Lessons missed because of parties, vacations, sports events or other social activities will not be made up. Due to limited studio space and schedule openings, we must have a strict policy concerning makeup lessons. Regarding private lessons, make-ups due to illness or family emergency will be given only if we receive notifications of the absence by at least 12:00 noon of the lesson day. This enables the teacher to schedule other make-ups or rearrange lessons in order to avoid large scheduling gaps. Students may request up to two make-ups per semester or one in the summer. Make-up lessons will be offered based on the discretion and availability of the instructor.
Regarding computer lab, every effort will be made to reschedule missed computer labs, but make-ups must be worked around the existing computer lab schedule.

TCU Driving Directions

Physical Address: 2800 South University Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76129.
Mailing Address: TCU Box 297500, Fort Worth, TX 76129
From I-30 exit University Drive and go south. TCU is South of the Fort Worth Zoo.
From I-20 exit Hulen and go north. Turn right on Bellaire Street, which becomes Berry Street. Turn left on University Drive.

Parking & Address

Physical Address: 2800 South University Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76129.
Mailing Address: TCU Box 297500, Fort Worth, TX 76129
Ed Landreth Hall is on the corner of University Drive and Cantey.

TCU Parking

Please park in the TCU Reserved parking lot on the corner of Cantey and Rogers streets. It is on the west side of University Drive, directly behind University Christian Church. You may park in the designated Music Prep spaces along the back wall. You are not permitted to park in any other space in this lot (7am-5pm). You must display your Music Prep parking tag when parking on campus. Periodically the lot will be closed for a church event. If this is the case, you may park in the UCC lot on the corner of University and. If you are a TCU student or faculty/staff you may park in the Music Prep spaces only during your child’s lesson time. You must display your Music Prep tag.

Campus Locations

Music Prep. activities are held in three different locations.

  1. Ed Landreth Hall: at southwest corner of University/Cantey intersection. From parking lot (above), walk across Cantey St., enter through any of the doors on north side of the building.
  2. Walsh Center for Performing Arts: directly south of Ed Landreth Hall (the buidlings are attached). From parking lot (above), walk across Cantey and along the back (west side) of the Landreth/Walsh buildings. Enter through doors to the left.
  3. Moudy College of Fine Arts: at southeast corner of University/Cantey intersection. From parking lot (above), walk across both Cantey and University, through courtyard in front of the Moudy building and enter through glass doors facing Univ. Drive.

Inclement Weather

Notification of University closure will be posted at www.tcu.edu by 6:30 a.m. on the day in question. You may also access this information through local broadcast media or by calling the TCU switchboard at 817.257.4636. If TCU closes, then the Music Preparatory Division must cancel all classes and lessons; make-ups cannot be given for weather closures.

Student Progress

Our piano, instrumental and voice students are expected to practice six days each week or an equivalent amount.

Recommended daily practice:
4-6 years – 20 minutes
7-9 years – 30 minutes
10-12 years – 45 minutes
13+ years – 60 minutes

Parental encouragement and support is needed for careful and consistent practice sessions. Both student and parent will be extremely proud of the rapid progress made when daily practice becomes a habit. Students become more stimulated by music and more motivated to practice as they realize how much they can accomplish.

Recitals

Regular recital participation is recommended, with each piano student playing in at least one weeknight recital during the school year in addition to the formal recital ending each semester. Most weeknight recitals will be held on Thursday evenings at 7:00; a minimum of six students is required, maximum is 26 students. Recital music may include no more than two memorized solo pieces and/or non-memorized duets, with a 5-minute limit per student. Recitals for voice/instrumental students will be held at the end of each school semester as well as midway through the semester if there is sufficient demand. Students are expected to stay until the end of the recital.

Evaluations

Private students will receive a written evaluation from the instructor at the end of each school semester.
Piano students will also be evaluated by a panel of instructors during the last week of each spring semester. This evaluation occurs in lieu of a sixteenth lesson. A written evaluation will be given to parents, with copies kept by the teacher and Prep office. An unsatisfactory evaluation will jeopardize the student’s place in the program.

Cancellation Policy/Termination of Lessons

TCU Fall/Spring enrollment is for 16 weeks and summer for 8 weeks. Only new students may receive a prorated tuition amount if they begin lessons after the session has started. Registration fees are non-refundable and no tuition refunds will be given after the session start date. Refunds will be considered only in exceptional circumstances with the approval of the Director of the Music Preparatory Division. Lessons can be terminated due to insufficient preparation or excessive absences.

Please feel free to call us with questions, suggestions, or information concerning your child’s progress. We will work closely with you to make your child’s music education the finest available.

Lori Christ, Director 
817.257.6645
Ed Landreth room B14
l.christ@tcu.edu

Jennifer DeSantis, Assistant Director
817.257.7604
Ed Landreth room B15
j.desantis@tcu.edu

TCU Box 297500, Fort Worth, TX 76129
www.musicprep.tcu.edu