Private lessons are generally discouraged at Hawaii Academy. In general, we prefer that students take more classes at $5-15/hr rather than private lessons at $60/hr. However, there are some mitigating circumstances where private lessons are appropriate. For instance, in cases where an individual needs a particular skill/sequence/routine to be selected as a cheerleader, dancer, team gymnast, or other performer and they are running out of time before the tryout. Another example is special circumstances involving physical/mental rehabilitation.
Booking of a Private Lesson can be done through the recreation office personnel. If a student is not enrolled in a class, and is only taking private lessons, a registration (release of liability) form must be filled out. Furthermore, if s/he completed three private lessons the annual membership of $60 (prorated to $5 for each month remaining in the year) has to be paid. This is to ensure coverage of the students for insurance purposes. Private Lessons cannot interfere with ANY other Hawaii Academy classes (Recreation or Team), programs or events (Birthday parties, Workshops, etc.). Private lessons are a privilege and not a right. Our private lessons are all processed through the Day Manager, recorded on a list of all private lessons conducted at the Academy, and closely monitored to ensure the best possible experience for the client, student, and all involved.
Team players receive private lessons as needed when normal practices cannot produce the required results in the time available. For instance, in women’s artistic gymnastics, floor exercise routines are often choreographed in separate private sessions. Sometime physical/mental injuries require remedial or rehabilitation training separate from regular practices. In all cases, like being assigned a physical therapist following an injury, the number of private lessons required to obtain the objective must be agreed upon by the head coach of each sports team involved as well as the coach giving the privates, player, and client.