It is an important part of the Suzuki Triangle to keep communications open and ongoing throughout your child’s development and study of the violin, viola and cello. I am happy to set up a parent/teacher conference or provide an evaluation to any parent who requests one, either mid-year or at the end of the school year. If at any time you have questions, comments, or concerns, you are invited to call or email me to discuss or address any subject in private (away from your child). Likewise, if I notice a change in your child or feel that a conference is needed for any reason, I will contact you.
I urge all students to continue lessons over the summer when you are in town. Sign up for enough lessons to at least maintain your skill level over the summer. Too much time away from the instrument causes loss of muscle memory and frustration. I recommend at least four lessons over the summer with no longer than three weeks between lessons. First-year students should take at least six lessons over the summer with no more than two weeks between lessons.
In the summer, lessons that have been previously agreed upon are considered a commitment. If you have signed up for a lesson time, you have reserved that time. If a conflict arises, I am willing to reschedule within the week if an alternate time is available and enough notice is given. No refunds will be given for cancelled summer lessons.
I highly recommend summer Suzuki Institutes sponsored by the Suzuki Association of the Americas. These week-long music camps are huge motivators and GREAT FUN! Participants get to play with their peers, meet new friends, hear a huge ensemble sound (often over 100 violins on one stage for the final concert), and work with world-renowned clinicians. Parents and students alike can reap lots of inspiration from these institutes. More information can be found at www.suzukiassociation.org.
Students Book 5 and up can also benefit from chamber music, practice, and orchestral summer music camps. There are a wide variety of opportunities at varying intensity levels. I would be happy to help you find a summer program that fits your needs.
Like the summer institutes, there are many weekend workshops and masterclasses throughout the school year. They are often held at times of the year when we need an extra boost and can provide inspiration for months. I will keep you informed of any sessions that I know of, and I urge you to attend whenever you can!
I will also inform you whenever I hear of a violin soloist performing nearby or if I have a performance. If you hear of any performances, please let me know and I’ll pass the information along to the rest of my studio. Go to as many concerts as you can - the more you surround yourself with quality music, the better a musician you become!
By registering, you agree to commit to the entire session. Tuition is non-refundable if you choose to withdraw mid-session.
A nonrefundable deposit in the amount of $100 will be due when a lesson time has been scheduled. This will be applied to the registration fee ($25) and the fall session. The remainder is due at or before the first lesson of the session.
Full payment for the winter, spring and summer sessions are due at or before the first lesson of the session. Sessions during the school year are 12 weeks each. If you pay in full there will be a 10% discount to the semesters tuition. For monthly payments please let me know ahead of time so that I may invoice you correctly. A $10 per week charge will be added to late payments. $20 will be charged for returned checks.
During the school year, a $50 sibling discount is applied to families with more than one child in the school and is applied to all children beyond the first child scheduled in the week. Please note: this is not applied to group, theory or reading classes.
Scheduling is done by myself. I will do my best to accommodate every families needs. However, please don't negotiate once the schedule is made. If there is an issue where the schedule isn't ideal, please communicate with other families and switch lesson times with one another. Music lessons are just as important, if not more so, than other extra curricular activities. Remember music teaches children discipline, motor skills, problem solving as well as a host of other life skills.
If I am unable to teach a scheduled lesson, I will offer you up to two possible makeup times. Makeups must be completed within these two offered times.
Please do not bring your child to the lesson if he/she is contagious! This includes illness within 24 hours of fever, vomiting, or anything that requires antibiotics. We can try to reschedule within the week (space permitting).
Any extended absences due to illness or injury will be discussed on an individual basis.
Student absences: If you need to reschedule a lesson, please let me know and I will see if I am able to accommodate. If you know you will be unable to attend a lesson time in advance, call someone with the same lesson length to swap times, then call or email me to let me know of the change. If you cannot find a lesson to swap with, call me to see if there are any cancellations during the week.
Regular attendance at individual lessons, group & studio classes, and concerts is required. Frequent absences or absences without notification (aka. “no-shows”) will lead to a probationary session, and continuing absences will result in dismissal from the school. Additionally, students may be refused participation in recitals & concerts for excessive absences or absence from dress rehearsals. If you need to cancel on the day of the lesson, call me between 8:30 and 10:30am. I will not make up or reschedule any no-show lessons or last-minute cancellations! If your child is sent home from school sick, call me immediately.
*If you are late to your lesson, I cannot make up the lost time. Please plan to arrive 10 minutes before your lesson time. If I am running late, I will still give you your full lesson time, but I will do everything in my power to run within five minutes of the schedule. If you are running late, please leave me a voicemail or text letting me know you are on your way. If I do not hear from you within the first 10 minutes of your lesson, you will be considered a “no-show” and your time will be forfeited for the day.
SNOW DAYS/INCLEMENT WEATHER: I will makeup up ONE snow/inclement weather day per year, per student. I will offer up to two choices for makeup times, as above. If it is not suitable weather for driving, I will cancel by noon the day of the lesson. If I do not cancel, please use your discretion and drive safely!