*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, but please note that students in Roy may need to attend their group lessons in 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. Tuition covers three private lessons and one group lesson a month.
- Half hour lessons: $75/month
- 45-minute lessons: /month
At the Lesson
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/babysitter 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 as much as possible. Please do not leave your parked car in the driveway and please be prompt in picking up your child. There are times when I will need to leave immediately after the lesson due to prior engagements.
Your lesson time is reserved exclusively for you. Cancelled lessons will not be refunded. Each student will be allowed three make-up lessons during the school year if schedules permit. Time for make-up lessons is limited and make-ups for missed lessons cannot be guaranteed. Please be courteous to the teacher by notifying the teacher at least 24 hours in advance regarding any known upcoming absences. If you do not call before your scheduled lesson, you forfeit your chance for a make-up. Lessons cancelled by the teacher will be rescheduled or refunded.
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. Payment for six summer lessons will be due with June tuition. Additional lessons (beyond the minimum six) are payable per lesson.
By June 1 you will receive a summer registration form. Lesson scheduling during the summer term is flexible, and lessons do not need to be on the same day and time each week. You’ll be able to select the dates you’d like for lessons. Summer lessons may be rescheduled with 24 hours notice.
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. Please encourage them to practice at least 5 times a week. 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 adhere to it as much as possible.
Please make sure that your child is practicing everything that we are currently working on in lessons. Although parents are encouraged to practice with their child, it is not always possible. Do take a moment during the week to ask your child to play for you! When making comments, be encouraging and honest. The best thing parents can do is help motivate their child to practice. Please see me if you need tips, suggestions, or practice ideas.
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 in December and a recital in May.
- A recital fee of $20 will be collected each September to cover the costs of the venue and the accompanist.
- Christmas Program: Typically held the day after Thanksgiving each year.
The best way to contact the teacher is via email, which will be promptly returned with an email reply or phone call. The teacher always welcomes calls or text messages from students during the week if they have questions regarding their repertoire or other matters.