Information & Policies
For new students, please contact Jennifer DeSantis at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Every effort will be made to reschedule missed computer labs, but make-ups must be worked around the existing computer lab schedule.
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.
Where to Park
Please park in the TCU Reserved parking lot on the corner of Cantey and Rogers streets. You may only park in the designated Music Prep spaces along the back wall. You are not permitted to park in any other space in this lot (7 a.m.-5 p.m.). 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 Cantey or in the lot behind the J.M. Moudy Building. 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.
TCU parking for Saturdays and weekdays after 5 p.m.
In the event that the UCC lots are closed, you may park in any TCU parking space East of University Drive. This includes the parking spaces behind Moudy and Robert Carr Chapel.
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 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.
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.
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 weekly piano recitals will be held on Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m. and programs will be limited to 25 students. Recitals for voice/instrumental students will be held at the end of each school semester and midway through the semester if there is sufficient demand. Students are expected to stay until the end of the recital.
A panel of teachers will evaluate piano students during the last week of each spring semester. This evaluation occurs in lieu of a 16th lesson. Written evaluations will be given to parents, with copies kept by the teacher and Prep office at the end of each fall and spring semester. An unsatisfactory evaluation will jeopardize the student’s place in the program. Voice/instrumental students will receive a written evaluation from the instructor by the end of each school semester.
Cancellation Policy/Termination of Lessons
TCU fall/spring enrollment is for 16 weeks and summer for eight 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 at the discretion 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.