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Welcome to our music studio! We are excited to embark on a musical journey with you. To ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience for everyone, we have established the following studio policies. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with them.

Studio Policies
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Studio Policies

Private or group lessons:

  • We offer both private and group lessons to accommodate different learning preferences and goals.
  • Private lessons provide one-on-one instruction tailored to individual needs.
  • Group lessons encourage collaboration and interaction among students of similar skill levels.
  • Available in weekly 30, 45, 60 or 90-minute intervals.
  • Students in the “Enriched” program will receive lessons in 45, 60, or 90-minute intervals. 

The school year

Our studio operates on a school-year basis, typically running from September to June. There are 33 – 38 weekly lessons depending on the scheduled lesson day.

runs from September to June. There are 33 – 38 weekly lessons depending on the scheduled lesson day.  Fees are set; accordingly, discounts apply for multi-subject, multi-student family, and weekend lessons.  Summer lessons are available. 

Lesson fees

  • Lesson fees are determined based on the length, and type of lessons
  • discounts apply for multi-subject, multi-student family.
  • Fees are charged monthly and are due on the 1st of each month.
  • Please ensure that payments are made promptly to avoid late payment charge*.
  • * a $20/month late payment charge is applied for overdue fees and your lessons may be suspended until payment is received in full.

Payment Methods

We accept e-transfers.
– We encourage you to include the student’s name and enrollment # in the payment description.

Protocol

Attendance at the studio requires respectful behaviour.  Entering and exiting the premises should be done quietly with as little disturbance as possible.  Our premises have sound panels throughout, but sound travels. We do not have a waiting room.  We ask that you park and wait or come back at the appropriate time.  

  • Arrive on time for your scheduled lesson to make the most of your instructional time.
  • Please bring all necessary materials, such as your instrument, sheet music, and any assigned practice materials.

In-person and online attendance

Student’s lesson time is reserved.  The student agrees to arrive at each lesson punctually and prepared.  The Student or Teacher arriving late for a lesson will cause the student to only receive the balance of time in the scheduled lesson.   If the Teacher is late; the Student will be offered the missed time as part of a make-up lesson.   If the Student misses their lesson, then the lesson time is forfeited.  NMS reserves the right to reschedule a lesson in the event of unforeseen circumstances.  Online lessons are available for those who prefer or require remote instruction

Online Lesson Protocol

Since online learning is now the new norm; we are all adjusting the best we can to this new teaching method.  Glitches may occur but we will work around them always keeping the quality of lessons in mind.  NMS uses a web browser interface to handle all our online lessons.  So, there is nothing new to learn.

tips for online success:
  1. ensure you have a strong internet signal on the device (i.e. cell phone, tablet, desktop, or laptop) you intend to use to send and receive video and audio.
  2. use a private space free from background noise and distractions.
  3. parents may guide students if necessary.
  4. be prepared before the start of the lesson. Have all your books open to the dedicated music you will be discussing during the lesson.
  5. assure your instrument is tuned and ready to go.

Absenteeism

I am generous in my makeup policies however, they are not a given. If parents make a personal choice to miss a lesson, they forfeit that time. My teachers are paid for and are willing and able to teach at the scheduled reserved time. They are not obligated to offer their time again. I offer, within reason, make-ups for teacher absences and inclement weather. If time and space are available a student may be offered a make-up for illness. Absences without notice will not be offered a make-up lesson. There are no makeup lessons for group programs.

If a Student is not able to attend their scheduled lesson due to illness or weather conditions (where the KPRDSB, DDSB, PVNCCDSB, or DCDSB cancel bus service); they must request a leave of absence (request form found in the student/parent portal) prior to 12 noon the day of the scheduled lesson. Arrangements will be made to schedule an online lesson with the teacher in the same time slot. Teachers are not empowered to make lesson time changes.  

If we do not receive a request for leave of absence by noon of the day of the scheduled lesson we expect the student attendance.            

 Student Progress

Regular practice and commitment are key to progress. We encourage students to establish a consistent practice routine. Our teachers provide students with feedback and guidance to help them develop their musical skills. We conduct periodic progress evaluations to track each student’s growth and set realistic goals.

Teachers do not have time to discuss progress before or after lessons. Please review the student/parent portal for student homework and progress. You may contact the school principal if you would like to schedule a student/parent conference to discuss student progress.

Parent involvement

is important, especially for the beginning student, to assist with reading instructions and writing.  Teachers give simple lesson plans (available for review on the student/parent portal) to follow. A parent can assume the role of “assistant” while the student is playing, always ready to give positive input and praise.  Students entering a competition or preparing for an exam need parental guidance to keep up their self-esteem and reduce stress. Having a music student in the home is wonderful for the whole family. Parents are encouraged to support and actively participate in their child’s musical journey. We value open communication with parents and welcome any questions or concerns.

Health Alerts

If you or your child is unwell or experiencing symptoms of illness, please refrain from attending in-person lessons and contact us immediately.

Please ensure you inform us of any health issues that could occur while your child is at their lesson. This includes insulin dependence, allergies including puffers, epi-pens or food , and epilepsy or seizure possibility.  Please share learning, behavioural, emotional, or identified issues, for us, to plan the most beneficial program for the student.  Immunizations must be up to date. 

Public Health Safety Policies

We prioritize the health and safety of our students and instructors. We follow local public health guidelines and maintain a clean and sanitized studio environment. Hand sanitizers will be available, and masks may be required as per current health regulations.

In the event of a public health safety situation that calls for minimal interpersonal contact; lessons shall be delivered online. All other regular lesson policies apply during this time. Musikgarten and group classes will be transferred online as well. 

This policy and information may change from time to time

We hope these studio policies provide clarity and set expectations for a positive learning experience. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. Let’s make music together!

 

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Connor Scheffler
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Neighbourhood Music Studio was the one and only greatest stepping stone to my music career, and it helped me become successful in the production of my own music today. I took piano for close to 7 years, being taught underneath Margrit and Amanda. The encouragement and patience they had with me really pushed me forward to learn, and also motivate me to become better with music. Their teaching led me to win first place Kiwanis awards and medals. Margrit's music studio has a structured curriculum that will teach you effectively and stay with you forever.Today, I am producing music for artists of all sorts, some of them signed to Warner, and writing my own material weekly. I would have never been able to come this far with music if it weren't for Margrit and the faculty at NMS, so in respect to her and everyone there spreading the knowledge of music, I thank you!!

Christina Ronfeld
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Nothing but high praise for Neighbourhood Music Studio. Lessons are well organized and thoughtfully tailored to each age group. I would highly recommend them to anyone wanting to pursue music lessons!

Gabriel Chapman
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Neighbourhood Music Studio was my second home for 15 years, throughout which I gained not only my Grade 9 RCM certificate but a loyal friend, teacher, and mentor in Margrit. What distinguished her studio to me was that no effort went unrewarded. Margrit encouraged me to "share my music" (where I've found deeper appreciation as an adult) and rewarded me with volunteer opportunities, some of my first jobs, and writing reference letters for my undergrad applications (which helped me secure a Chancellor's Scholarship). I will always be grateful for all the chances and patience she had for me. Margrit knows every student, parent, and teacher by name, and I can't think of a more caring environment to learn. Thank you Margrit!

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Neighborhood Music Studio has been a part of my life since I have been four. Attending music lessons was more then just that, it was coming to a place where I would meet new people, and share in the love of music. Margrit has been a big influence in my life and helped me become the person I am today. She was a teacher, mentor, tutor, friend and now I consider her an extension of my family. The other teachers are amazing and excel in their specialties. Going to music was my happy place to be. Having lessons here taught me what it meant to be a better person, pianist, and discovering who I am. Music has become an outlet for me now, looking back I wish I completed more exams. Going to NMS was one of best parts of my child hood. You wont be disappointed!

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My daughters spent many years with Margrit's Neighbourhood Music Studio and Learning Centre. One daughter in particular had special learning needs and they were certainly met with Margrit and her staff. No only did her music studies help her in elementary school, they helped her socially. We spent many years with Margrit and I definitely recommend starting children early in music, like I did. Thank you Margrit for all of they years of teaching that turned into friendship.

Camille Bennett
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Having my boys apart of your wonderful school is indeed a great blessing. The knowledge and experience at neighborhood music school is remarkable. Talented teachers with love and passion for teaching music. My boys look forward to class with their teachers. That makes a huge difference sending the boys to class. Neighborhood music school is the best place to grow and enjoy music.

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This is a Great place to learn!Great rates and a Joy to the community!I wish they were every where!

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Margrit is by far the best piano teacher I have ever had. She was always so patient and understanding with me, and I would consider her a great friend and not just a coach! I would recommend this studio to anyone looking to start out or people coming back into the music world, she can teach it all (especially amazing with kiddies!)I will always cherish my time spent learning at Neighbourhood Music Studio :)

Omozele Okosun
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Fantastic space to learn musical instruments. My kids and I love the staff. Margrit is a gem. Thank you for being kind and patient.

Ana Garcia
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As a Student I have thoroughly enjoyed my time being taught and guided by Margrit and the other teachers. I would recommend this studio to everyone who is interested in learning music as all the teachers are ready to share their talent with students, each with a clear goal in mind that is reached in time for our musical events like our Annual Recital. Then as a student teacher I get to see behind the scenes and see how much thought is put into each individual, from which teacher would better suit an individual down to what books would be more helpful to carry them on their musical journey.

Zen Tanner
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This was our first year with Neighbourhood Music Studio. Our teenage granddaughter wanted to learn the piano partway into the school year and we reached out to NMS to find out if it would be possible. Margrit was very kind in giving us all the details and answered all our questions and was able to fit her into an appropriate piano class time . Our granddaughter loves and respects Ms Esther and was thrilled to be able to attend her first recital. She is looking forward to starting again in September.

Darren Fraser
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Our daughter has been enrolled in piano lessons with Neighbourhood Music Studio for two years and is progressing well. She enjoys every lesson and loves the one-on-one instruction she receives from her talented teachers. Margrit and her team run a family oriented studio that is welcoming, professional and most importantly, fun for the students! We look forward to seeing our daughter succeed with many more years of piano study at Neighbourhood Music Studio! Sincerely, The Fraser's.

LISA HAMILTON
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My daughter has been taking vocal lessons for several years now. She enjoys her lesson tome each week and as a parent it is wonderful to hear her progress. Highly recommend

Anson Yu
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Wonderful teachers - very patient and great with kids. My 11 year old son is doing great with one-on-one sessions with an actual rock guitarist, while my 5 year old daughter is enthusiastically learning how to play piano. Margrit, the director of the school, is passionate about teaching children the wonderful world of music. A great place to send your children to learn.

Rebecca Charette
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Two of my kids go to this studio (1 with special needs). The teachers are professional, friendly and offer fun exciting learning experiences for the children. Margrit has fair prices, and is extremely accommodating for children’s other extracurricular activities. She is always available for any concerns or an special requests. I can’t imagine taking my children to anyone else for their music lessons.

Duneel Muthubandara
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Both my sons have been going there for couple of years for Piano. They have fantastic teachers and programs are well managed by Ms Margrit. Very professional, everyone is nice, teachers do their best and the quality of the lessons is much better. Highly recommended Neighbourhood Music Studio!

Melissa Rainford
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My daughter has fun and looks forward to going to her lesson. This studio caters to all students no matter what their individual goals. Our goals are for her to have the opportunity for music experiences outside of what she gets in school and this is a great place to get that. No pressure and knowledge teachers with personal attention you can only get from a small business.

Julia Deschamps
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My daughter began piano lessons in September of 2022! She absolutely loved her classes with her teacher. She learned so much and her confidence increased as she discovered a new talent. We will definitely continue with neighbourhood music!

Abigail Jacob-Rahim
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This was our first year with Neighbourhood Music Studio and we were very happy with our experience from beginning to end. Margrit was wonderful in answering any questions we had, communicating any necessary changes/updates, or rescheduling of classes. Ana taught piano to both of our kids and they absolutely adored her. The end of year recital was very well organized and focused on the students and their accomplishments. We look forward to starting again in September.

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Margrit, Sean, Willie & the Neighbourhood Music Studio was a big part of my childhood and helped foster my appreciation for music. Margrit was very patient in dealing with my uncreative excuses of why I couldn't finish my homework and Sean was very kind to drive me home when my parents were out of town. Willie's welcome at the door completed the picture perfect experience every week.I was probably a lousy pianist and student, but Margrit's encouragement and support was a constant source of confidence. In 6 years under her tutelage, she elevated me to RCM lvl 8 from nothing. While I may no longer be able to pull off those 10 minute sonatas by memory, knowing the fact that I was once able to is pretty special.I would highly recommend to give them a try. It's never too early or late to learn music!

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I took maybe years of piano lessons with Margrit. Those years helped form who I am, not only as a musician but as a person. The life lessons you learn from childhood music lessons are invaluable, and from the time Margrit began teaching me in elementary school through until the day I left for college, I became not only a better musician, but a better performer and a better teacher. Under Margrit's guidance I developed a skill set that I still use almost 10 years later. Thank you, Margrit, for all those years of patience and pushing, and for the life-long impact you have made on my musical journey.

Rebecca Charette
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Two of children go to Ms. Margrit for music. My 1 year old loves his baby class. He has DS and the socializing is great for him; and he absolutely loves the music and the little instruments he is introduced too. My 8 year old has done piano, violin and voice lessons. Her teachers take musical education to a fun level. She absolutely loves going. Wouldn’t ever consider taking my children any place else. A family friendly environment, and great prices. Thank you Ms. Margrit for the many years of music classes, you’re absolutely one in a million.

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I started piano lessons with Margrit when I was four years old, and it’s impossible for me to overstate how much of an impact my lessons with her have had on me. Neighbourhood Music Studio isn’t a place you go once a week for an hour and then carry on with your life—it’s a community of amazing people where every student is valued and taught in a personal, individualized way that becomes a lifelong influence. Some of us need patience and some of us need a push, and Margrit and her staff know exactly how to help students achieve their best while always putting their personal well-being first. Seventeen years later, though I’ve gone off to university and my lessons have come to an end, my experience with NMS is still a part of my daily life. I count Margrit a close personal friend as well as one of my biggest influences and supporters. Despite never feeling like a particularly expressive pianist, my music has become a tool for me to clear my head, to help me mentally reboot when I need to focus, and to dump out frustrations. Reading music is such a different kind of thinking from nearly anything else that even though music isn’t a part of my school or work, it plays a significant role in my productivity by giving me a way to switch mental gears when I’m stuck, an ability that’s useful no matter what field you’re pursuing. I’ve never once doubted whether my time spent learning piano was worthwhile. Even today, the answer continues to be a resounding “Yes!” And I wouldn’t want it to have learned it anywhere else.

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Margrit's Neighbourhood Music Studio is a friendly environment, and the perfect place to go for all your children's musical, creative and tutoring needs.

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This is a wonderful place for kids to learn music. From the patient and well experienced teachers to the owner , my kids have been going here for 3 years now and it’s just awesome!

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Ali Rowan
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I grew up going to Neighbourhood Music Studio! Margrit and her staff are the most dedicated, caring music teachers you will ever meet. I can't recommend them enough!

Amanda Clark
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I took piano lessons from Margrit when I was a child. I progressed quickly in my lessons and Margrit went above and beyond to include me in other aspects of the studio to help me gain additional skills (such as helping out with the younger group classes so my confidence could grow). Margrit became like a second mother to me and I look back and cherish those memories. Her studio has grown so much but I know she values each and every student and only wants the best for all of them. Learning to play an instrument is a valuable skill, but learning to play it at a studio that truly cares is a whole other experience!