*Your participation in the studio indicates acceptance of the following policies and expectations.
Weekly private lessons are offered in 30, 45 or 60-minute sessions, depending on the student’s age/level. Lessons are taught in Roy and Pleasant View.
Tuition holds your weekly spot in my teaching schedule throughout the year. You are required to pay for your reserved time whether you attend the lesson or not. Tuition is due the first lesson of each month. A $10 late fee will apply to payments made after the first lesson of the month. If it is more convenient for you to pay several months at a time or by semester, an invoice can be prepared. Payment can be made in cash, check, or direct deposit through America First. Typically, tuition covers three private lessons and one group lesson a month. Due to holidays and school breaks this is not always the case.
- Half hour lessons: $80/month
- 45-minute lessons: $120/month
- 60- minute lessons: $160/month
Students are expected to arrive for lessons in a timely manner, with all required materials and music. For students ages 10 and under, the parent/practice partner must attend all lessons and take notes for their child. Students older than 10 have the option of taking their own notes. For older students, I encourage parents to attend lessons when possible. Please do not leave your parked car in the driveway and please be prompt in picking up your child. Well-behaved siblings are welcome to attend lessons.
Please set all electronic devices to silent and put them away during your lesson, with the exception of using phones to create practice videos at the appropriate time. Texting, using social media, or receiving phone calls during the lesson will distract your child and minimize the lessons impact.
Put listening and review on the top of your priority list. These are the cornerstones of the Suzuki approach and will make the biggest difference in your child’s progress. Work hard. Your teacher’s assignments are not mere suggestions and they need to be carried out fully in order for you and your child to do your best. Practice needs to happen daily. “You only need to practice on the days that you eat.”- Shinichi Suzuki
Your lesson time is reserved exclusively for you. Cancelled lessons will not be refunded. Please be courteous to the teacher by notifying the teacher at least 24 hours in advance regarding any known upcoming absences. Lessons cancelled by the teacher will be rescheduled.
I suggest that students take a minimum of six lessons over the summer. Students who discontinue lessons during the summer cannot be guaranteed a lesson time in the fall. By the end of April, you will receive a summer registration form. You’ll be able to select which of the available dates you would like lessons.
Parents are encouraged to be supportive and active participants in practice at home. At home, it is normal for a child to not want to practice. Older students should aim to practice 1 – 2 hours a day, while younger students should aim for 30 minutes to an hour. Practicing consistently makes a huge difference in how a student progresses. Without practice, it is impossible to teach new concepts and the student will lose interest. I encourage you to set a specific time in the day to practice and stick to it as much as possible. If your child knows that practicing happens as regularly as brushing their teeth, for example, you are less likely to encounter power struggles.
Please make time to listen to music! I strongly believe that the more they are exposed to good music, the more they will appreciate music for all its worth. Classical music is great to have on in the background when they are studying or even playing games. Take your child to music concerts; let them see that music is important to you. Please listen to your Suzuki CD daily!
Studio Events and Recitals
In addition to weekly lessons, studio recitals will be scheduled throughout the year.
- Studio Recitals: Performing in a formal recital setting is an exciting opportunity for students to showcase their hard work and improvement over the year in the presence of their family and friends. There will be two recitals yearly.
- A recital fee of $20 per family will be collected every September to cover the costs of the venue.
- Christmas Program: Typically held the day after Thanksgiving each year.