Tuition Policy

Payment Methods

  • Lessons are organized in term blocks to coincide with the NSW public school terms and are generally ten weeks in duration unless otherwise advised.

  • Lessons are not held on public holidays.

  • Fees for weekly one-to-one lessons are payable either a minimum of five weeks in advance or a maximum of ten weeks in advance.  Prospective students may attend an initial lesson at no charge before committing to enrolment.  Where payment for ten lessons is received by the due date specified on the Tuition Invoice a discount will be applied.  Casual lessons are payable as you go. Group lessons must be paid for the whole term in advance to secure a place in the class.

  • Payment is accepted by cash, cheque, direct deposit or Centrepay only.  A receipt will be issued for cash payments only.  Lesson fees are subject to change.

  • Any outstanding fees at the end of the term will result in tuition being terminated until payment in full is received.  Appropriate action may be taken to recoup monies owed.


Missed Lessons

  • One-to-one lesson times are reserved exclusively for each student.  Missed lessons will only be made up where prior notice is received of a student’s absence before 10am on the scheduled lesson day, and only where a mutually convenient time can be arranged for a make-up lesson.  Missed group lessons are not made up.

  • A maximum of three make up lessons are allowed each term.  All make up lessons must be taken before the start of the next term.  Make up lessons may take place during the school holidays.  If a student does not attend a scheduled make up lesson then that lesson is forfeited.

  • Lesson fees are non-refundable.  In exceptional circumstances lesson credits may be applied at Tara Williams Music discretion.

  • Lesson times are organized on a strictly first-come, first-served basis.  If a change of lesson time is required (eg due to sporting commitments) every effort will be made to reschedule to a mutually convenient time.  However, it may not be possible to find a suitable time at short notice.


General Information

  • Parents will be kept informed of their child’s progress via their Music Practice Diary.  Please check this diary each week to see practice requirements.  Parents must understand and acknowledge that regular attendance at lessons and regular practice are essential for satisfactory progress.  Frequent absences from lessons may result in the student’s lesson time or group place being forfeited.  Parents may also communicate via this diary and vice versa.

  • Entry for examinations and competitions will be suggested where the teacher feels that this would benefit the student.  Examinations and competitions are subjective by nature.  While it is our aim to prepare every student thoroughly for an examination or competition, parents must understand and acknowledge that it is not possible to either guarantee or predict a specific result.  Examination and competition dates and times cannot be changed under any circumstances.

  • The nature of this tuition requires physical contact between the teacher and the student during lessons.  All tuition is conducted in compliance with the Child Protection (Working with Children) Act (NSW) 2012.  All teachers at Tara Williams Music have a Working with Children Check clearance by the NSW Office of the Children's Guardian and, when required, hold a current Queensland Blue Card.

  • Tara Williams Music reserves the right to vary this Tuition Policy from time to time.  Any variation to this policy will be communicated in writing with reasonable prior notice.