General Policies

Materials Needed

  • An instrument for at-home practicing: Strings – please be sure the instrument is the correct size for your student. Piano – please be sure the piano is full size (88 keys), touch sensitive, and tuned if an acoustic piano.
  • Metronome (all students)
  • Flashcards (beginners only–purchase Hal Leonard Set A)
  • Full-size spiral bound notebook or binder
  • Music Books (chosen by the teacher)
  • Email Address (All communication including billing is done via email and the website. Each family MUST have an email address that is checked weekly.)

Registration Deadline

  • New students have until the start date of the semester to register.
  • Current students need to complete their registrations two weeks before the start date of the semester. Because we coordinate lessons for families and classes, registration forms are required each semester even if students have communicated directly with their teacher or the director.

Lesson Scheduling

  • Lessons times will be assigned no later than one week before the start date of the prep school based on the lesson availability information on the student’s registration form.
  • We cannot guarantee accommodation for late registrations or for students needing a lesson time change due to inaccurate information on the registration form.
  • Lesson scheduling preference will be given to families following the registration protocol.

Attendance Policy

  • Tuition is for enrollment, not attendance. Students will not receive makeup lessons or tuition credits for absences. However, as a courtesy, students need to notify their instructors if they are unable to attend a private lesson or group class.
  • Students’ accounts will be credited for a teacher’s absence unless the student wishes to reschedule the lesson and the teacher is able to do so.
  • Students are welcome to request extra lessons – tuition fees will be billed accordingly.

Inclement Weather Days

  • If the Watertown School District closes due to inclement weather, the prep school is also closed. An email notification will be sent to both students and teachers.
  • Accounts will not be credited for group classes, but a credit will be given for private lessons. Inclement Weather credits will ONLY be given if the Watertown School District closes due to weather.

Music Learning Readiness Agreements

Weekly Reports

  • Teachers and students will fill out a weekly report to track practicing, etc.
  • Parents need to review and sign the report each week.
  • For positive reinforcement, the awards program is based on the weekly report results.

Participation in Recitals/Professional Evaluation Programs

  • Students are required to participate in the semester recitals and at least one professional evaluation program unless special permission is obtained from the student’s teacher for extenuating circumstances. For options, please see “Recitals, Contests, & Awards.”

Parent/Teacher Communication

  • Parents are encouraged to openly and frequently communicate with the teacher and prep school director.
  • Any unresolvable conflicts or problems should be brought to the attention of the prep school director ASAP.
  • Parents of students taking string lessons are required to be at the lesson. Parents of elementary school students on other instruments need to come to the last five minutes of their student’s lesson to observe the lesson review and communicate with the teacher in person. Parents of middle or high school students on other instruments need to attend the first part of a lesson midway through the semester for the purpose of communicating in person regarding your student’s progress (please coordinate this in advance with the teacher). If this is not possible, parents need to initiate contact via email or phone.
  • Written semester progress reports are available upon request.

Teacher Assignment

  • While parents may make teacher requests, piano prep students are assigned by the prep school director to the teacher who will best adapt to the student’s learning style, accommodate the student’s long-term learning goals, and complement the student’s personality. Other factors considered include the student’s overall commitment, the student’s scheduling limitations, and the teacher’s availability.

Requesting a Teacher Change

Occasionally, a student will desire to take lessons from a different teacher. Students wishing to do so need to follow these steps:

  • Openly discuss your desire to change teachers with your current teacher.
  • After reaching a consensus with your teacher about the change, ask your current teacher to email the prep school director with your request. The prep school director will then contact you regarding the requested change.
  • Because all of the prep school faculty maintain a waiting list, a teacher change may take time. Additionally, faculty instructors reserve the right to accept new students based on schedule openings as well as the student’s level, potential, goals, and work ethic. Faculty reserve the right to require an official audition and interview.
  • If the reason for wanting the change involves being unable to resolve an issue between a teacher and student/parent, please involve the prep school director.
  • Scholarships are funded by teachers on a very limited basis and only granted in special cases when a family is experiencing financial hardship (detailed application is required). Teachers do not fund scholarships to accommodate teacher changes.

Fingernails and Hand Washing

  • Students need to clip their fingernails and wash their hands before their lessons.


  • Please carefully observe copyright laws. Copies are only made with the understanding that the student has ordered the book.

Permission Waiver

  • Maranatha Music Prep School reserves absolute rights and permission to use, reproduce, copy, exhibit, or distribute any videotape, audiotape, photographs, or computer files in which the student may be included for use in the Prep School newsletter, publicity, or any other such purpose.

Technology Usage

  • Students may use the prep school iPads with the Yamaha clavinovas to work on a composition, a music recording, a music theory program, etc. Students may also enjoy using some interactive performing apps. To reserve a time, email
  • Please do not have food or drinks on or by the pianos and iPads.
  • Misuse will result in privileges being rescinded.