THE PARENT IS THE HOME TEACHER: Practice with your child so they learn the correct way to practice. I will work with you to gradually give each student independence in practice time.
Practice every day, even if it’s just for a few minutes. I would much rather have a student practice 10 minutes every day of the week than for two hours only the day before the lesson.
Help your child feel confident at every lesson and in every performance situation. Listen to the Suzuki repertoire recordings several times a day every day, especially the working piece, the preview piece (the piece you are just starting, with “preview spots”), and the next piece. Supplement your listening with other fine violin recordings, including the upcoming Suzuki CD’s. Keep them accessible (car, MP 3 player, bedroom, etc.).
Review is vital! Plan on 1/3 of practice time for review in order to refine skills, musicality, and ease of playing.
Never go ahead of the teacher’s assignments! There are many intricacies of learning new material and if something is learned incorrectly it takes twice as long to correct. This often leads to frustration for all parties involved!
Sing and bow upcoming pieces without the violin in hand.
Come to every group class and practice what the teacher expects to work on the next week or for upcoming concerts.
I support any initiative that you make for your children to have solo or small group performance opportunities. Some good ideas for creating these opportunities are: home concerts, book graduations, nursing home concerts, church services & other religious functions, and level-appropriate youth orchestras & chamber groups. I would love to see studio members get together to work on such projects. If you know of any venues you would like to pursue for the entire studio, let me know and I will be happy to organize with you!
When it is time to decide on solo recital pieces, prepare your child to choose a REVIEW piece. This is at least three pieces back from their newest piece.
Get involved! Talk to other parents, participate in outreach concerts, or volunteer to help out at events.
Parking: You may park in the driveway directly in front of the studio on the driveway pad. Please be careful turning around before exiting the driveway. Shoes: Please remove your shoes before entering the studio. Shoes and jackets may be left in the "mudroom" when you first enter. There is a coat rack and shoe bench for this purpose. Bathroom: Because my studio is attached to our private residence, I ask that parents accompany their children ages 10 and under to the bathroom. Please go directly to the bathroom and back. We have a septic system; please put only toilet paper in the toilet. Food: No food is allowed in the studio. You may bring water or “non-spill” sippy cups. Supervision: Outside of the studio, 201 Pleasant Grove Road is private property. Your children must be supervised at all times. *Please do not allow them in the house (except for the bathroom), the backyard, etc.*
Please keep in mind we have a dog and a cat. She lives freely in the house, but is generally not allowed in the studio. Before entering to use the bathroom, please knock. Please keep all doors closed at all times: she is quick!
Come 10 minutes early to lessons. Please unpack in the waiting room outside the studio. When waiting for group lessons please remain in the designated waiting area. Please be mindful that my studio is located in my home where children are learning and growing.
Parents MUST ATTEND EVERY LESSON. Parts are the at home teacher. If a substitute adult (such as the “non-practice” parent or a babysitter) must attend a lesson, they must be able to take sufficient notes for the week’s practice. If the non-practice caregiver is uncomfortable taking notes, they MUST bring a video camera to record the lesson for the practice parent to view at home before the next day’s practice. Lessons will not be given if these requirements are not met. Parents of high school students will attend lessons on a frequency agreed upon with the teacher.
Bring instrument, music, practice charts, notebook, recording device, and any questions that may have come up during the week. I encourage parents to video or audio record lessons (or segments of lessons).
In the lessons, parents are the “silent observer.” There will be times you are asked to engage in the lesson, and time at the beginning and end for any questions you may have. During the lesson (between bows), TAKE NOTES and observe not only what the teacher and child are doing, but how/what vocabulary, what the teacher is focusing on, etc. Trying to “fix” something (i.e. posture) during the lesson may break the child’s concentration or change the focus of the activity.
If you have any questions or issues you would like to discuss about home practice, lessons/classes, or your child in general, please email, call, or make an appointment. I can also schedule lessons for any parent who would like additional time for themselves, time permitting.
Siblings are encouraged to attend lessons IF THEY ARE NOT A DISTRACTION TO THE LESSON. I expect the student and parent to pay full attention to the lesson. You may bring homework, quiet toys, books, coloring, etc. for siblings. If your younger siblings are at a stage where they require attention beyond what is reasonable in lessons, please find alternate care for them during the lesson time. Siblings MUST be supervised at all times.
Turn off all cell phones. Your child deserves our undivided attention. It is very distracting when they ring, and it sends the message that something else is more important than the lesson. TEXT MESSAGING AND WEB-SURFING ARE NOT PERMITTED IN LESSONS, GROUP, THEORY OR READING CLASSES! If there is an emergency, please find an appropriate moment to excuse yourself and take the call outside. I will honor this policy as well, and will return any calls related to lessons between or after lessons. Answering calls, texts, etc. during lessons, group, theory or reading class will result in dismissal from the class for that day.