Spring 2020 Returns/Summer Lesson Voucher Program
This year, Music Room will be offering a unique dropoff procedure in order to better adhere to social distancing and PAUSE guidelines.
Please note: Music Room is closed for goods and services because it is considered “non-essential”, but we need to have our instruments returned in order for them to be repaired, cleaned and sanitized for next school year. Music Room will not be able to conduct any sales or services during dropoff times.
Instrument return deadlines have been extended until mid-July. See dropoff dates below.
Dropoff times are as follows:
May: Friday, May 22, 5pm to 7pm**
Wednesday, May 27, 7:15pm to 8:30pm
Friday, May 29, 5pm to 7pm
June: Thursday, June 4, 3pm to 4:45pm
Saturday, June 6, 2pm to 4pm
Wednesday, June 10, 7:15pm to 8:30pm
Friday, June 12, 5pm to 7pm
Thursday, June 18, 3pm to 4:45pm
Saturday, June 20, 2pm to 4pm
Wednesday, June 24, 7:15pm to 8:30
Friday, June 26, 5pm to 7pm
July: Thursday, July 2, 3pm to 4:45pm
Wednesday, July 8, 7:15pm to 8:30pm
Friday, July 10, 5pm to 7pm
Thursday, July 16, 3pm to 4:45pm
Saturday, July 19, 2pm to 4pm
All In-House instruments (instruments NOT paid monthly and were paid for at the beginning of the school year), MUST be returned, renewed for the summer or must be covered by the lesson voucher program (see below) by 4pm, July 19th, or you will be be billed a late fee of $1 plus tax per business day, as per your contract.
**Friday, 5/22's dropoff time has been changed from 4-6:30 to 5 to at least 7pm. Some people went back to work this week- let's give them a chance to get home first. The other Friday dropoffs may change to this timing too. If you think it won't be until after 7pm that you can come by, call 668-5441. Karen may be staying later than 7pm!
***Would you rather have your child continue playing during the summer? Our instructors are offering weekly video lessons for our students. Please email Karen for more information and to register. Students that take video lessons over the summer not only do not have to return their instrument for the summer, but their In-House summer rental is FREE, and their VIR rental is partially reimbursed! The instrument's contract will have to be renewed or instrument returned by September 30th for the 2020-2021 school year. This offer is valid for new Music Room students and immediate family members only and lessons DO NOT have to be for the same instrument they are renting! This means if one child currently takes violin at “school” and their younger brother wants to take lessons on the keyboard or guitar they have at home, this offer can include that as well!***
The only person legally able to handle your returns is owner, Karen Janiszewski. Karen wishes she could offer more days and times during the week, but she currently teaches forty students video lessons from a home office and cannot be at the store to process returns at certain times during the week. If there is an extenuating circumstance and you cannot return your instruments during any of the listed times above, please email her at email@example.com, or Karen@musicroombuffalo.com. Extenuating circumstances only, please and thank you!
Dropoff Info: Please drop off instruments just inside the door. DO NOT leave instrument outside, whether we are open or not. Proper Documentation must accompany the instrument. Either print off the form, or CLEARLY PRINT the following information on your own paper:
Contract Holder's Name: _________________________________ Instrument: _____________
Signature: ________________________________ Date: _____________
By signing your form, you aknowledge that your insturment has been returned with all proper pieces, and if something is missing then you understand that you will be billed for a replacement part. If you are a VIR customer (meaning you pay monthly to rent), you surrender your equity upon account closure, and that you cannot take advantage of our summer lesson voucher program.
When you arrive at Music Room, you will be asked two questions: if you have the above information on paper for us to process your return, and if you have included all necessary pieces with your returned instrument.
WE CANNOT PROCESS YOUR RETURN WITHOUT THE ABOVE INFORMATION. Failure to provide this information to us may result in you receiving a bill for a summer rental, equaling $25 plus tax. While there is identifying information on the instrument, our system requires us to have contract ID verification for us to complete a return and close an account successfully.
Before leaving the instrument with us, please be sure all necessary parts are included:
All String instruments: the instrument, bow, and case.
Flute: Three silver-colored pieces, and VIR instruments need cleaning rod returned
Clarinet: Four black colored pieces, mouthpiece (also black), ligature (metal piece that fits over the mouthpiece) mouthpiece cap (either plastic or metal).
Saxophone: Instrument, neck, mouthpiece, ligature (metal piece that fits over mouthpiece), mouthpiece cap (either metal or plastic)
Trumpet: instrument and mouthpiece
Trombone: instrument, slide, mouthpiece
Snare/Bell Combo Kit: drum sticks, mallets, drum/bell stand, practice pad, drum, bells, music stand attachment
Failure to include all pieces with your instrument will result in an a bill equal to the replacement value of the needed part.
Any questions, please email Karen at Karen@musicroombuffalo.com or firstname.lastname@example.org . Thank you for your patience during these tough times, but Music Room is weathering the storm and we will be here for you and your musical needs as much as we are able.
From Karen, Owner of Music Room-
EVERYONE PLEASE READ AND SHARE:
Attention Music Room Community:
From Owner, Karen Janiszewski: Effective tomorrow, Monday, March 16, 2020: Music Room will be closed to the public until further notice, due to the COVID-19 outbreak. I have made this decision based on the fact that we are have a number of families with babies and small children, a number of grandparents that consistently help with student transportation, a number of families that have members with health reasons that might put them at higher risk for complications, and a number of adult students that are post-retirement age. For the safety of our client family and extended client family, our contribution to controling the spread of COVID-19 needs to come first.
After communicating to our teaching staff, all lessons will be changed to a video lesson teaching format to allow our instructors to teach from home. Please understand that this is a temporary situation based on extenuating circumstances. All students that switch to this style of lesson instruction are expected to return to the studio once it re-opens. Instructors should not be expected to permanently change to this style of instruction because if they are at Music Room teaching, our WIFI infrastructure cannot handle multiple video lessons at once and the quality of instruction (and time spent switching between live and video lessons) becomes dramatically decreased. Video lessons are fine for short term, but is not a viable way for students to maintain good playing technique for the long-term. We are instructing this way in order to keep the students learning actively during their time at home and to keep up their progress at a normal pace, so that lesson time and money isn't wasted "getting them back on track" after a break.
We realize that this is not going
to work in every family situation. We will be suspending our "Every
lesson must be paid for or made up" cancellation policy during this
time. Each instructor will be contacting their clients to arrange for
video lessons. Likely the same lesson times and days will apply.
In the meantime, prepare an area near the home practice area for a device that is capable for recording video to be set up, work with camera angles that make hands visible. Test the audio. Also the instructors have been encouraged to set up a paypal or Venmo account or something similar for payments. Your instructor will be contacting you for further arrangements.
For other services that we offer, repairs, important purchases, rental concerns, we will be handling these things on an appointment basis. I live very close to the store and can arrange for a time to meet and handle these needs. The best ways to contact me would be to email me at Karen@musicroombuffalo.com or themusicroombuffalo.com. Both addresses connect to my smartphone and is the quickest way for me to respond. A facebook message to Music Room's facebook page is also quick. You also may leave a message 668-5441. I can access the voicemail from home, but it would be a slower response time. These methods of communication are good for anything you might need of us, from lesson questions to instrument and supply needs.
We wish you all the very best during this difficult time. Please stay healthy! Thank you very much for understanding.
Mrs. Karen Janiszewski
Owner, Music Room
High School Internship experience!
Are you a high school senior that plans to be a college music major? Do you need service hours for graduation? Then our internship is perfect for you! Not only can you fulfill your service hour requirement by helping out around the store and with events, but you will gain hands-on experience with music instruction and business. You can also start working on your professional portfolio with some of the artifacts in our internship handbook. Please call 668-5441 or email Karen at Karen@musicroombuffalo for details. We currently have 2 open slots for interns for the Fall semester.
Music Room has begun an Educational Video Series on YouTube. Our first video is about what age is a good age to begin lessons. Check it out Here.
Music Room's Scholarship Program
Music Room wants to give back to their students that work hard to achieve musical success. We have begun a scholarship program to benefit students that work hard in lessons and for our events, and for students that are looking to continue their studies at a collegiate level as a music major. For details or to donate, please click on our "Scholarship Tab." Thank you!!
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