Studio Policies

Lessons

Lessons are held in Redlands, California.

37 weekly lessons are scheduled from September to August except for holidays.

25 group classes are scheduled from September to August except for holidays.

One week during the year students will participate in an "Observation Week" where they get to come and observe another students' lesson. This is in addition to their regular private lesson for that week. Observation times will be set up with the teacher ahead of time.

Beginners thru mid Book 1 take 30 minute lessons.

Mid Book 1 thru Book 3 take 45 minute lessons.

Book 3 and beyond take 60 minute lessons.

Please do not schedule other commitments during your lesson or group class time.

It is not possible to offer make-up lessons or refunds if a family cannot attend their scheduled lesson time. (A reschedule is considered to be a make-up lesson.) A family will be charged if they miss their lesson. If I need to reschedule I will work with each family to find a mutually acceptable time to make-up the lesson.

If you must miss a lesson, I will add your name to a list of students who have missed lessons. When another student misses a subsequent appointment, I may call students from the list to offer the time. There is no guarantee of an opportunity for a make-up lesson.

If you take an extended vacation, tuition is still due for the time you are gone. This is to hold your spot in the studio.

Please do not come when the student or a sibling who comes to the lesson are ill and might share germs with other students.

Siblings are welcome to attend lesson so long as they do not disrupt the student taking the lesson and the parent is still able to focus on the lesson and take notes. Please bring quiet toys for the sibling to play with. Please do not bring felt markers or any food (other than water).

If you arrive more than 10 minutes late your lesson may be cancelled and the cost forfeited.

Please turn off cell phones during lessons. Think of the lesson as your 30-60 minutes of peace when the rest of the outside world cannot disturb you!

If you decide to discontinue lessons in the middle of the month, there will be no refund for lessons that have not been completed in that month.

All students in the studio must show current and up to date proof of immunization before starting their first lesson.

Group Classes

Group Classes meet 25 times per year.

Twinkle Class meets Mondays from 3:30-4:15pm.

Violin Class meets Mondays from 4:15-5:00pm.

Intro to Chamber Music meets Mondays from 5:00-5:45pm.

Viola Class meets Mondays from 5:45-6:30pm.

Dates are handed out at the first lesson of the school year.

Group classes work on learning to play together like a section of violin or violas in an orchestra, fun violin/viola activities, music theory and history.

Families are expected to miss no more than 2 group classes a year.

Arrive 5-10 minutes before the scheduled class start time so you are ready to begin playing at the scheduled start time.

If a student misses the final group before a performance it will be at the teacher's discretion whether they can play on the concert. Attendance in the audience is still necessary.

Please turn off cell phones during group.

Tuition

Tuition is due 12 months per year. (If you are paying through a charter school, please note that they do not cover summer tuition, but tuition is still due.)

Tuition is divided into 12 equal payments which covers 37 private lessons and 25 group classes taught between September thru August.

Monthly tuition for 30 minute lessons is $162.
Monthly tuition for 45 minute lessons is $216.
Monthly tuition for 60 minute lessons is $270.

Tuition includes accompanist fees for all group and solo performances, workshops with guest teachers as scheduled by April Losey, as well as sponges and stick-on chin rest covers. (Tuition does not cover gel-rest chin rest covers, bon musica shoulder rests, wittier hypo-allergenic chin rests, sheet music or strings.

Practice

Students are expected to practice 6 days a week. The lesson does not count as a practice session.

Practice length is equal to the length of the lesson.

Listening

Recommended amount of Suzuki CD listening is at least two times per day. This music can be played in the background.

Students are encouraged to attend classical music performances whenever possible.

Parent Partner

Each family should designate one parent to be the parent partner. The parent partner is expected to attend every lesson and to take notes, be responsible for the daily listening and daily practice and be responsible for obtaining supplies and sharing information with the rest of the family about the student's needs.

The parent partner should expect to be the 'home teacher' and do what the teacher does in the lesson at home with the students. Especially at the initial stages this can involve being very 'hands on'. Success depends on this involvement! If you would prefer to sit back and watch, then perhaps another instrument might be a better fit.

Parent Reading

The practice partner parent should read "Teaching From the Balance Point" by Edward Kreitman. This will increase your knowledge of the instrument to help you feel confident in helping your child.

Other highly recommended reading for the practice partner includes:
Helping Parents Practice by Edmund Sprunger
Nurtured By Love by Schinichi Suzuki
How to Talk so Kids Can Learn by Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish
How to Get Your Child to Practice...Without Resorting to Violence!!! by Cynthia V. Richards
The Practice Revolution by Philip Johnston
To Learn With Love by William and Constance Starr

Prospective Students

Prior to beginning lessons each family (and designated practice partner in particular!) should observe at least one group lesson and one private lesson. This will help you determine the readiness of your child and if this is the right program for your family. Please bring quiet activities for the child and any siblings.

Please note that acceptance into the studio is multistep process including observing a group and private lesson as well as doing an interview and one-on-one meeting with Ms. Losey.

Observations, interview and one-on-one meeting must be done by the parent who will be the practice partner.

Performances

Group class will perform several times per year. Students are required to attend the performance. If the student misses the last rehearsal before a performance it will be at the teacher's discretion whether they get to perform or not. Attendance in the audience would still be necessary.

Solo recitals are scheduled twice per year. They give students a goal to work towards. It is highly motivating for students to hear other students performing.

Always attend all recitals in their entirety. It is important to support fellow students in the studio.

Some recitals may be a combination of solo and group performances.

Suzuki Association of the Americas

Parents are encourage to join this organization at www.suzukiassociation.org. Membership includes a quarterly journal.
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