School Policy

Lessons and classes

Private lessons and classes are given weekly in their allocated time slots. These lessons & classes will focus on the initial criteria given for art, acting and yoga classes. Music disciplines will be primarily on technique and repertoire as well as musicianship and creative skills.

Practice for music disciplines

Regular home practice is essential for student success. Ideally, students should aim for at least 4 days of practice each week.

Short, daily practice sessions are more effective than one or two long sessions per week. The most important time for students to practice is right after their weekly lesson, to solidify what they have just learned. Research has shown that retention of new knowledge drops to 60% after just 24 hours. It’s not a good idea to wait until the end of the week, then “cram” practice right before a student’s next lesson!

Parental involvement in home practice is crucial for student success. Please help your student to establish and stick to a practice routine, and see that practice time is free of distractions. If you are the parent of an elementary age student, please plan to sit with your child for at least a portion of their daily practice time.


Students are expected to attend each scheduled week of the semester. When you register for lessons, your time slot is reserved for you for the teaching year. Please keep in mind that our studio operates at full capacity there are no make-ups or refunds for missed lessons.

In the event that your student needs to miss a lesson because of a conflict or illness, please contact the studio with as much advance notice as possible. I will email or contact those that have missed lessons with any opportunities that arise to have an extra lesson.

If your student is unable to attend a group lesson, please contact the studio prior to the week of the lesson to arrange to attend a different group. Missed group lessons will not be made up.

Any lessons missed by the instructor due to illness or emergency will be rescheduled as soon as possible.

Please be prompt – lesson times cannot be extended for students who arrive late. Students should be picked up promptly at the end of their lesson time.

Summer lessons are scheduled on a by-the-lesson basis. Students should try to continue lessons on at least a part-time schedule through the summer to maintain the skills they develop through the school year.


Music students must have an instrument of their discipline to practice at home. The quality of your student’s home instrument plays a significant role in their potential for success. Acoustic pianos should be tuned at least once a year, and kept in working order. If you prefer a digital piano, please invest in a full-size keyboard (88 keys) with weighted, touch-sensitive keys and pedals.

Yoga classes will need to bring your own mat and water bottle.
Art classes you have an option to purchase your kit at the start of the course through the school or bring your own supplies from home from the supply list given.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition may be paid in full or monthly installments in the form of post-dated cheques. These need to be collected before commencing your first lesson.

A non-refundable enrollment fee of $50 per student is due at the beginning of each school year for each music discipline. This fee covers the cost of group materials, studio lending books, online music and studio recitals.

Students will need to purchase method books and music on occasion throughout the year. Books may be purchased from the studio. Additional event fees may be required for festivals, competitions and other performance events.

Statements will be emailed prior to the first week of each semester with a schedule of the semester events.

Students should plan to commit to lessons for the full school year. If unforeseen circumstances require a student to terminate lessons mid-year, one month’s paid notice is required to end lessons.

Tuition Rates & Payment Schedule

Tuition is due before the first lesson in September and January. If paying in monthly installments, all cheques are due before the first lesson in September and January. CHEQUES SHOULD BE MADE PAYABLE TO NELSON STUDIO 88 INC.

A $10 late fee will be assessed on all payments received after the first week of the month.
Fall Term Sept 20-Dec 16
30 minute Private lesson – fall term $455 + annual fee
45 minute Private lesson – $682.50 + annual fee
60 minute Private lesson – $910 + annual fee
Acting essentials $265 + annual fee
Ukulele and songwriting classes Monday $265 + annual fee, Thursday $286 + annual fee
Guitar classes $286 + annual fee
Music for Young Children classes 2x $396 (classes run full year) Sunrise classes $265
Art classes Tuesday Wednesday classes $286 + annual fee, Thursday classes $220 + annual fee
Yoga classes drop in $18 or 4 punch pass $80 and may be used within the term. Please email 24hrs in advance to book your spot.
On Demand practice room drop in 12+ no mentor required $10 drop in or 10 sessions $90
Under 12 yrs book a slot with a mentor $12 drop in or 10 sessions for $100

Media Release

Photos of students and video and audio recordings of student projects and performances may be posted online and used by the instructor for promotional and workshop materials. Identifying information will be excluded or limited to first names only. Parents wishing to exempt their students from any published media may do so by providing a written exclusion request.

Nelson Studio 88 Inc.
406 Victoria Street, Nelson BC

Covid-19 Policy

For in-person, on-site lessons

Please note that these policies are subject to change.
Our precautions are included but are not limited to the following policies and procedures.

Beginning July 1, 2022, masks will be optional in the school for students, teachers and accompanying family members. As before the pandemic, if you feel sick, please stay home and request an online lesson or contact your teacher to cancel the lesson.

Screening to Enter Our School

Everyone is expected to self-screen for COVID-19 prior to entering the building by asking the following questions:
Are you experiencing any of the following new or worsening symptoms:

  • Fever and/or chills (37.8oC/100oF or higher)
  • Cough or barking cough (croup)
  • Sore throat
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Runny or stuffy/congested nose
  • Decrease or loss of taste or smell
  • Pink eye/conjunctivitis
  • Digestive issues (nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, etc.)
  • Muscle aches/joint pain
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Falling down often (for older people)
  • Have you or someone you have been in close contact with had a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
  • Have you or someone you have been in close contact with traveled outside of Canada in the last 14 days?
  • If you answer YES to any of the above questions, please follow provincial health guidelines and do NOT attend any in-person lessons at Nelson Studio 88.

Anyone who attends in-person lessons or enters our buildings while exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms will be sent home and the lesson forfeited. If you have to miss a lesson due to quarantine, symptoms or exposure, please notify the studio. If you notify the school with at least 12-hours notice you have the option to switch to online lessons until you are able to return to in-person lessons.

Sanitizing Procedures

  • Doorknobs, piano keys and other surfaces will be wiped down regularly
  • Hand sanitizer will be readily available

In-Person Procedures

  • Teachers will demonstrate on their own instruments and students will use theirs.
  • Studio surfaces will be sanitized between each students

Waiting Area

  • Food is not permitted in the waiting area
  • Family members of students who are not attending a lesson (ie. siblings, etc.) are discouraged form accompanying students to lessons
  • Parents of young children may accompany their child to their lesson to assist