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Where To Find Information

We understand that our parents are eager to understand as much as they can about the PMI CC programs. To assist, we aim to provide all information on our website. Please see below where you can find key parent information.

 

If you have additional questions, please email us and we will clarify any questions you might have!

FAQs

Age restrictions


A small number of schools have grade restrictions for participating in the PMI CC program, and are subject to change based on your school's preferences. Please refer to your school/venue specific page for details - accessible via "Find your school" in the above menu.

Unless stated otherwise on your school/venue specific page the following age restrictions apply:

Guitar - students in years 1 and 2 must enrol in private or pair lessons. Not recommended for students younger than year 1.

Keyboard - students in year 1 or below are recommended to enrol in private or pair lessons.

Vocal - not recommended for students younger than year 1.

Rock Band Rehearsal - students are to enrol by invitation only after acceptance to the band by your school's tutor. Places on the band are usually reserved for years 5 and 6.




Programs (instruments)


Please refer to your school/venue specific page for details - accessible via "Find your school" in the above menu. Also visit Our Programs to discover more.




Lesson formats (e.g. small-group or private lessons):


PMI CC offers Private, Pair, Small-Group (3-5), and Club/Rehearsal lesson formats to give our students a truly engaging music experience. Please refer to your school/venue specific page for details - accessible via " Find your school" in the above menu. If you enrol for pair or private lessons and there is not initially an available space in the timetable, we will contact you to discuss your child's enrollment in a small-group lesson (if places are available) so that they can start immediately. Clubs such as Ukulele Club or Djembe Drum Club are typically run during school recess/lunch times and aim to provide a fun and engaging musical activity with minimal focus on theory. We offer these clubs at a significantly low price to include as many students as possible and to provide a meaningful contribution to the school. Rehearsals such as Rock Band are a valuable resource to schools (hence the minimal fee) as they can showcase their amazing music students with many performance opportunities! These rehearsals are typically reserved for the most capable music students, so that rehearsal can be more about playing together and preparing for performances than learning the fundamentals of music.




Lesson day(s)


Lesson days are confirmed by email when we identify a suitable available space and add your child to the timetable (see section below "Notifying parents when new students are added to the timetable"). These can also be checked at all times via the PMI CC online parent portal.

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We often only offer lessons on 1 day at each school based on teacher and school availability/preferences.

If lesson days change, we will notify parents of enrolled students by email and SMS (and will also call parents if your child's lessons are before/after school to coordinate a suitable new lesson day).




Lesson timing


For lessons during the school day, we group together students from the same classroom or age group (where feasible) and avoid clashes with specific lessons that we are instructed by your school to avoid.

Details of exact lesson times during the school day are subject to regular change e.g. fire drills, school camps, excursions, exams, etc. (and some of these events are only decided by the school on the day i.e. are not known in advance).

The default is that lessons are during the school day; although, at a small number of schools we offer lessons before/after school (if requested by your school). If your child's school prefers lessons before/after school you will be separately contacted by PMI CC to select your preferred lesson time.




Textbooks


Program prescribed textbooks (and PMI CC Stars cards for keyboard and guitar students) will be provided to your child at their first lesson. We charge a textbook fee to cover the cost of the book. This will be included in your first invoice and any other time that you need a new textbook.

For existing students that want to reorder a textbook or purchase a new textbook (as they progress through the program), please specify your request by emailing admin@pmicentralcoast.com.au




Instruments


We require all students to have access to an instrument for practice outside of lessons. Keyboard students are supplied with keyboards for use during PMI CC lessons. Guitar students must bring their own instruments to lessons / rehearsals every week. Drum kit and Club students are not required to bring any equipment other than drum sticks.

Instrument guidance is provided if you click on "Instrument Info" within the "Parent FAQs" menu above.

At certain schools, students are able to borrow/rent instruments from the school (coordinated by the school). Please speak with your school office to find out if this is available.




When EXISTING students start lessons


In term 1 each year, existing students will resume lessons in week 2 of the school term (unless advised otherwise by PMI CC). In terms 2-4, existing students will resume lessons in week 1.




When NEW students start lessons


In term 1 each year, new students typically will start lessons in week 3 of the school term (if we have received an enrolment by the end of week 1 and there is a suitable available space in the timetable). We will again add new students in week 5 of term 1 for enrolments received by the end of week 3 (again, only if there is a suitable available space).

New students typically will start lessons in week 2 of the school term (if we have received an enrolment by the end of week 1 and there is a suitable available space in the timetable). We will continue to add new students up until week 5 of each school term for enrolments received by the end of week 3 (if there is a suitable available space). If the enrolment is received after week 3, the student will be added to the waiting list to be included in the timetable of the following term (if there is a suitable available space).




Notifying parents when new students are added to the timetable


If we have received your child's enrolment and we identify a suitable available space, we will add your child to the timetable and notify you by email - confirming your child has been added to the timetable, their lesson day and when lessons commence.

Students are normally confirmed 3 school days in advance of lessons commencing (e.g. Wednesday in school holidays for lessons starting Monday in week 1). The 3 day timeline is indicative and is sometimes shorter depending on when we are provided certain information from your school or when a suitable space becomes available.

If your child's lessons are before/after school, you will be separately contacted by PMI CC to select your preferred lesson time.




Invoices


Lessons and textbooks only need to be paid upon receipt of an invoice, which will be sent once your child has been successfully added to the timetable. The various payment methods will be detailed on your invoice including the easy option to save your card details within the Parent Portal for automatic direct debit. Please do not make payment to your PMI CC teacher or school.




Lesson room location


Lessons will occur on your school campus (with the exact lesson room determined by your school). Please confirm with your school Administration team if unsure.

For lessons during the school day, students will either be collected from their classroom by your PMI CC teacher or sent to the room where PMI CC music lessons are held (depending on school specific arrangements).

For lessons/rehearsals outside of school hours, parents/guardians (not your school) are responsible for the supervision of students beforehand and afterward.




Cancellation policy


As explained in our Terms and Conditions:

If you wish for your child to cease lessons, please ensure that a written cancellation notice is sent to PMI CC by email prior to the start of term to avoid incurring the term's full fees. Please do not send letters or messages regarding your child's music tuition to your child's school. All correspondence is to be sent to admin@pmicentralcoast.com.au




Missed lesson and make-up policy


As explained in our Terms and Conditions: Lessons missed due to non-attendance by students are not credited or refunded. Any lesson missed as a result of a school event or caused by PMI CC (e.g. teacher illness) will have a make-up lesson provided in the same term and if this is not feasible then a lesson credit will be applied on your next terms tax invoice.




Duration / length of lessons


The PMI CC standard lesson duration is 30 minutes. This includes collection/drop off of students for programs during the school day.

The only current exception to this rule is with Rehearsals, like Rock Band, which are 45 minutes long.




Class sizes


Please refer to your school/venue specific page for details - accessible via "Find your school" in the above menu.




Structure of PMI CC lessons


Generally each small-group, pair, and private lesson will begin with revision - usually of basic theory/note-reading and also of pieces learnt in the previous weeks. In almost all small-group lessons, there is a mixture of time spent between students working individually and playing together as a group. Each student will be given material to learn depending on his/her level of advancement. In some cases, this results in students working on different pieces within one lesson but usually towards the end of the lesson some time will be spent with all students playing together as a group. When students are playing the same piece together, more advanced students can be allocated more difficult parts within the piece while others are given more basic material so that each child is being appropriately challenged according to their individual needs. As children progress, they are taught all aspects of learning to read music and playing their instrument - including technical exercises such as scales, clapping exercises to help with learning rhythm, ear tests which help students to understand pitch, sight reading, knowledge of general music theory and performance experience.




PMI CC Stars


The PMI CC Stars program consists of 48 'Star Missions' that students need to complete as part of their musical journey. Each Mission is based on one of three important musical skills that students learn: music theory, chords/scales, performance. The 'Star Missions' are grouped into a series of 16 levels (8 Junior, 8 Senior) that students can achieve - with names such as Musician, Performer, Maestro, Virtuoso, etc. Students who advance through a level receive a corresponding coloured wristband from their PMI CC teacher as an award. The PMI CC Stars Program is currently offered to all of our keyboard and guitar students. We find the Stars Program a great means for motivating and rewarding students, communicating a structured path of progress to parents and ensuring a quality curriculum of core musical skills.




Correspondence with PMI CC


To help us provide a professional service and timely response, we request all correspondence is to be sent to admin@pmicentralcoast.com.au

For urgent matters, please call 0411 758 285




Public holidays and pupil free days


PMI CC lessons will not proceed on public holidays or pupil free days unless PMI CC explicitly notify you of alternate arrangements.




Holiday program


The Holiday Program will operate differently from regular lessons, moving away from the textbook structure and more focused on learning a fun song. Leading up to each set of school holidays throughout the year we will provide you with Holiday Program dates/times as this will vary depending on your tutor's availability. The PMI CC team will contact you leading up to the respective school holidays to invite students to participate (participation is optional). Once the student's place in the timetable is confirmed we will issue you with a Holiday Program invoice. The price remains the same as their normal lessons. The Holiday Program is only available for the following lessons: - Keyboard - private, pair, small-group (3) - Guitar - private, pair, small-group (3) - Vocal - private - Drum Kit - private, pair





Updated on 02/07/2020

Primary Music Institute Central Coast

(ABN 78 317 547 170)