Frequently Asked Questions

The Lovett Conservatory of Music provides age appropriate private lessons in piano, band and orchestra instruments, guitar, and voice. We offer quality instruction from highly-qualified faculty in order to enhance our students’ lives through the exploration of and education in music.
 
How do I know what day/time I’m signing up for? 

Each of our instructors maintains their own teaching schedule. Once you have registered online, you will be contacted by a faculty member to schedule your lesson day and time. If you have not been contacted by August 15, please notify Justin Varnes, Program Director of the Lovett Conservatory of Music. 
 
What if I am unable to get a lesson time that works for my child’s schedule? 

We do all that we can to find a lesson day and time that works for both the instructor and the student. In the rare case that a mutual time is not available, you will not be charged for lessons. 
 
Does my child have to commit to lessons for the full school year? 

Yes, as many new skills and disciplines, it often takes a year to see all of the positive results that come from taking lessons and we urge all families to encourage their children to “stick with it” for at least a year. However, students who withdraw from the program after August 30, 2020 for the 1st semester, and after December 31, 2020 for the 2nd semester, are responsible for full payment of the semester fee. If withdrawal is on or before August 30, 2020 for the 1st semester, and on or before December 31, 2020 for the 2nd semester, parents are responsible for payment of any lessons their child has received. 
 
How do I request a specific teacher?

New Conservatory students may email Justin Varnes to request a specific instructor, and we will do our best to honor all requests. Returning students may continue with their former instructor.
 
Should I register for a 30, 45 or 60-minute lesson? 

Standard 30- minute lessons are taught, unless prior approval has been received from the instructor. 
  
Are there Applied Lessons recitals? Is student participation mandatory? 

Yes, there are recitals in the spring (exact dates can be found on the online Lovett master calendar) and it is in the best interest of the students to participate. The Program Director will arrange for recital sign-ups in early spring. Performing is an essential component of music education; therefore, participation in recitals is highly encouraged and recommended for all students enrolled in lessons at the Conservatory. The Conservatory instructors will contact parents later in the school year to schedule their child’s recital date. 
  
Where can I find an instrument and/or materials for my child’s lesson? 

Contact your Conservatory instructor directly for guidance. If your child is enrolled in Orchestra or Band, you will receive information on how to obtain an instrument. 
 
What happens if we go out of town or my child gets sick on a lesson day? Will the lesson be made up? 

Students will be given 12 lessons per semester, and are permitted 2 excused absences per semester due to unexpected illness or prior approval by the instructor. If illness, a parent must notify the LCM instructor the evening before an absence or by 7:00am the day of the lesson. If the child goes home in the middle of the day due to illness, it is an excused absence if the LCM instructor is notified via phone or email at the earliest possible time on the day of the absence. If a student has a standing medical or dental appointment, the LCM instructor must be notified two weeks in advance of the appointment. Required school activities are also excused if a parent notifies the LCM instructor at least a week in advance of the required school activity. Lessons for excused absences will be made up at the end of each semester during a two-week period offered by the LCM instructor or as directed by the LCM instructor. Many of our instructors teach in their home studios and at other schools aside from Lovett, in addition to performing as professional musicians, so their time is limited. It is important for parents to communicate in a timely manner regarding any change in their child’s scheduled lesson time. 
 
Complete Lovett Conservatory of Music Policy, Release & Waiver: 

An instructor will contact you to schedule your lesson day and time. If you are a returning student to the Conservatory, your former instructor will contact you. It may be necessary for some or all of the 2020-21 Conservatory lessons to take place virtually, and it will be an ongoing determination throughout the course of the year, due to the uncertainty of Covid-19 restrictions and safeguards. By submitting Conservatory registration, you're agreeing to the possibility that some or all of the lessons for the 2020-21 school year may be taught virtually through Google Meet or other school-approved medium, and that students who withdraw from the program after August 30, 2020 for the 1st semester, and after December 31, 2020 for the 2nd semester, are responsible for full payment of the semester fee. If withdrawal is on or before August 30, 2020 for the 1st semester, and on or before December 31, 2020 for the 2nd semester, parents are responsible for payment of any lessons their child has received. Students will be given 12 lessons per semester, and are permitted 2 excused absences per semester due to unexpected illness or prior approval by the instructor. If illness, a parent must notify the LCM instructor the evening before an absence or by 7:00 a.m. the day of the lesson. If the child goes home in the middle of the day due to illness, it is an excused absence if the LCM instructor is notified via phone or email at the earliest possible time on the day of the absence. If a student has a standing medical or dental appointment, the LCM instructor must be notified 2 weeks in advance of the appointment. Required school activities are also excused if a parent notifies the LCM instructor at least a week in advance of the required school activity. Lessons for excused absences will be made up at the end of each semester during a two-week period offered by the LCM instructor or as directed by the LCM instructor. All students enrolled in the LCM Program are expected to participate in a recital in the spring semester. Dates and times are listed on the Lovett master calendar, and the LCM instructor will contact parents to schedule their child's recital.
 
RELEASE & WAIVER AGREEMENT – Conservatory of Music Program 2020-21:

This Agreement (“Agreement”) is intended to cover participation in The Lovett School’s Conservatory of Music Program (the “Program”) for the 2020-21 school year.The program will be held on The Lovett School Campus located at 4075 Paces Ferry Road, NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30327 or virtually through Google Meet or other online medium. In executing this Agreement, I acknowledge and agree to the following:
 
1.  I am the parent or legal guardian of the Student and understand that this Agreement is a material inducement for the School to allow the Student to participate in the Program. I understand that registration in the Program for the 2020-21 year is for a full year, cancelations for the 1st semester are accepted through August 30, 2020, cancelations for the 2nd semester are accepted through December 31, 2020, and that I am responsible for each semester fee if I cancel my child’s/my registration after the respective cancelation dates. If withdrawal is on or before August 30, 2020 for the 1st semester, and on or before December 31, 2020 for the 2nd semester, parents are responsible for payment of any lessons their child has received. The School reserves the right to require notice of the reason for withdrawal from a physician before issuing any refunds for withdrawal due to illness after the cancelation dates.
 
 2.  I am fully aware of and understand the nature of the Program, including that the Program lessons may sometimes take place on campus or virtually through Google Meet.  I have investigated the Program, have had fully answered all questions, if any, which I may have regarding the Program and have concluded that the Program is appropriate for the Student. I am responsible for requesting any additional information I need to determine whether the Student will participate in the Program, and I understand that the School’s staff has been available to answer any questions I may have about the nature and demands of the Program.
 
 3.  I, individually and on behalf of the Student, (the “Releasors”) release and waive the School, its officers, directors, trustees, employees, staff, volunteers, and supervisors (the “Released Parties”) from any and all liability and/or claims, suits, damages, injury, disability, death, costs and expenses, whether arising before, during or after the Program, whether described in this Release and Waiver or not, and whether caused by the sole or joint negligence, gross negligence, or tortious act or omission of the Released Parties, or any of them, or any third party (collectively the “Claims”).  This Release and Waiver does not apply to the willful misconduct of the Released Parties, nor does it release or is it intended to release any claims Releasors may have against any person and/or party other than the Released Parties.  The Releasors hereby knowingly and voluntarily waive, to the fullest extent permitted by law, the benefits of any statute, law, rule, or common law which may limit the scope of this Release and Waiver. 
 
4. Each of the Releasors assume full, sole, and complete responsibility for all risks, inherent and otherwise, known and unknown, whether or not described in this Release and Waiver, including, without limitation, risks of, death, personal or bodily injury, disability and/or property damage resulting from, in connection with, or in any way related to, the Student’s participation in the Program.
 
5. I represent and warrant to the Released Parties that the Student has no medical condition (physical or mental) which would or could impact on the Released Parties allowing the Student to participate in the Program and that the Student is physically able to participate in the Program.
 
6. If, in the opinion of a properly licensed and practicing physician, the Student needs medical or surgical services which require my pre-authorization or consent, I hereby authorize, appoint, and empower the School to act on my behalf and furnish such consent on my behalf. I confirm that it is my desire that the Student be furnished with such medical or surgical services as soon as reasonably possible after the need arises.  I hereby release and hold the School harmless from any liability which might arise from the giving of such consent.  I agree to reimburse the School for any medical expenditures made on the Student’s behalf.
 
7. I hereby authorize the School to supply medical care as needed for the Student (including administration of allergy medications, Epi-Pens, etc. according to the Student’s prescription from a licensed practitioner) or other minor medical care as determined to be appropriate by the School nurse.  I also authorize the School’s student guidance counselor to meet and counsel with the Student regarding emotional, social, or family circumstances.  I hereby release and hold the Released Parties harmless from any liability which might arise from the provision of such medical care or counseling services.
 
8. I understand and agree that the School may cancel all or any portion of the Program in its sole discretion at any time.  If the School decides to cancel all or any portion of the Program, it will provide a pro-rated tuition refund less a $20 non-refundable processing fee, subject to the provisions of Paragraph 11.  The School reserves the right to require notice of the reason for withdrawal from a physician before issuing any refunds for withdrawal due to illness.
 
9. I understand and agree to allow the Student’s photograph, image, voice, and information to be used by the School for use in the School’s publications, promotion materials and website, without compensation and without prior notice.  I hereby release and hold the School harmless from any liability stemming from the use of the Student’s photograph, image, or information.
 
10. If any provision of this Agreement shall be held invalid or unenforceable, the remainder of this Agreement shall nevertheless remain in full force and effect.  If any provision is held invalid or unenforceable with respect to particular circumstances, it shall nevertheless remain in full force and effect in all other circumstances.
 
11. The School’s duties and obligations under this Agreement shall be suspended immediately without notice during all periods that the School is closed because of force majeure events including, but not limited to, any fire, act of God, hurricane, war, governmental action, act of terrorism, epidemic, pandemic or any other event beyond the School’s control.  If such an event occurs, the School’s duties and obligations in this Agreement will be postponed until such a time as the School, in its sole discretion, may safely reopen.  In the event that the School cannot reopen due to an event under this clause, the School is under no obligation to refund any portion of the tuition paid.
 
12. This Agreement and the rights and obligations of the parties hereunder shall be governed by and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Georgia without regard to principles of conflicts of law.   
 
13. This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the parties pertaining to the subject matter contained in it and supersedes all prior and contemporaneous agreements, representations and understandings of the parties.  This Agreement is binding upon and inures to the benefit of the parties, their heirs, successors, legal representatives and assigns. No supplement, modification, or amendment of this Agreement shall be binding unless executed in writing by all the parties.  No waiver of any of the provisions of this Agreement shall be deemed, or shall constitute, a waiver of any other provision, whether or not similar, nor shall any waiver constitute a continuing waiver.  No waiver shall be binding unless executed in writing by the party making such waiver.  
 
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