We are pleased you have chosen West Music as your source for music instruction. The West Music Conservatory serves more than 3,500 students in six locations—Coralville, Cedar Rapids, Cedar Falls, Quad Cities, Ottumwa, and Des Moines. With over 150 qualified instructors, almost every musical discipline is represented at all skill levels. Smiling faces are all over West Music. We have a great deal of fun with our music, but we also take it very seriously. We strongly believe in the importance of music instruction as part of a healthy, well-rounded life and support your musical journey. If you have any concerns or suggestions, please speak with me so we can correct any obstacle to the learning experience. We are always looking for ways to enhance efficiency, quality of music education, and student proficiency. West Music is proud to be your source for music education, instruments, print music, and repair. If you have questions during any phase of your musical journey, ask any West Music associate to help you find the answer.
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We encourage our students to take advantage of performance opportunities whenever they can. Talk to your instructor about performance opportunities appropriate for you. Your instructor may also advise you about competition or audition opportunities.
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Lesson Fee Payment
West Music Conservatory instructors offer high quality and affordable instruction. Lesson fees are made payable directly to the instructor and are due at the first lesson of each month. Each individual instructor has a policy for their studio.
Being on time for your lesson is important. Even arriving a few minutes early will allow you to be prepared to get the most from your lesson. Your scheduled lesson time is your time to learn. Teachers must adhere to a schedule for all their students. They cannot go over your scheduled lesson time if you are late.
No Food or Drink
Please enjoy food and drinks outside the store.
Cancellations and Make-Up Lessons
West Music has a no cancellation policy. Make-up lessons are not guaranteed. Consistent payment is required so that your teacher's time and studio space is guaranteed. In an educational environment, this makes students and teachers accountable for learning and growing.
Termination of Lessons
A two-week notice is required prior to your last planned lesson. If inadequate notice is received, the instructor will expect payment for the last two lessons even if the student does not attend lessons.
Payment for Books and Accessories
Payment for West Music merchandise is due at the time the merchandise is received. Merchandise should be paid for before leaving the store.
Copyright laws prohibit photocopying sheet music. One of the first laws passed by Congress over 200 years ago was our copyright law. Congress recognized that music has value and composers are entitled to receive payment for their creative efforts.
Now you're ready for your first lesson!
When you begin lessons, you and your teacher will discuss your musical background, goals, and learning style. Be prepared to tell your instructor:
Make a family commitment to learning your instrument. Set regular times aside to practice your instrument. To start, ask your teacher how many days per week and minutes per session you should practice. Support practice time with patience and positive encouragement! Students will experience challenges in music, but rising to the challenge will bring great rewards.
Check to be sure you have all parts to your instrument and lesson materials with you.
Communicate! For younger students, the last few minutes of each lesson should be spent with the teacher summarizing the lesson and discussing goals for the next lesson. Make sure you write your assignments down so you know what you need to practice. Parent participation in this summary is encouraged. An informed parent makes a better encourager at home. And, always ask if you have a question!
We post event postponements and store closings on our store website pages and Facebook. The latest updates are always available at westmusic.com/cancellations. For information about cancellation of individual lessons or classes, please contact your local studio coordinator or store manager with any questions. Lesson and class cancellations are also posted on the Facebook pages for each of our local stores.
Welcome to the West Music Conservatory! We look forward to helping you be successful in your endeavor to learn music and experience the power of making music!