Studio Policies

LESSON COSTS & PAYMENT

  • I charge $30 for 30 minutes and $45 for 45 minutes 
  • Payment is due at the end of each lesson or the end of each month
  • I accept cash, check, Venmo, Paypal 
  • When: I teach all days of the week, including weekends
  • Where: because of present circumstances regarding COVID-19, my studio is currently virtual

ATTENDANCE POLICY

  • If a lesson should need to be missed for any reason, it can be rescheduled. I must be informed no later than 24 hours before the scheduled lesson in order for it to be made-up. If this is not communicated 24 hours before the scheduled lesson, the full lesson cost will be charged. 
  • Lessons missed by me for any reason will be made-up or tuition refunded.
  • If a student arrives late, they will only receive instruction for the remainder of their time slot. Meaning, if you show up at 4:15 for a lesson scheduled from 4:00-4:30, you will only have a 15 minute lesson.

TEACHER RESPONSIBILITIES

  • As a teacher, I will keep the Suzuki philosophy in my heart and mind. I will be inspiring, nurturing, specific and persistent. 
  • I am committed to life-long learning and am keenly interested in improving my abilities as a violinist and violin teacher. To this end, I will continue studying the cello, and cello pedagogy and I will attend conferences and workshops.

I will protect our lesson times by:

  • Declining gigs which may interfere with regularly scheduled lessons.
  • Scheduling business meetings and commitments around regularly scheduled lessons.

PARENT RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Parents are responsible for providing a home environment that nurtures the student’s musical abilities (i.e. turning on the reference recordings, playing classical music, attending concerts and celebrating the musical accomplishments of their child). Please do not rely solely on the teacher to inspire your student. 
  • The parent is responsible for the actions of the student’s siblings. I welcome siblings to be present in the lessons, but if they are a distraction or are destructive in the studio, please hire a sitter.
  • In order to make the most of the musical experience, please see to it that your child or children are well rested, fed, and had the opportunity to use the restroom before each lesson. 

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Students are expected to have a weekly lesson. If this does not work for your schedule, please contact me so we can discuss other options.

The student is expected to prepare for each lesson by:

  • Showing up to lessons with instrument and all materials/supplies. These supplies include but are not limited to: cello, bow, rosin, rock stop/strap, practice folder, current music books and assignments, and a stool at the appropriate height for the student.
  • Practicing daily at home. Good preparation is more important than the number of minutes spent practicing. Please make the most of however many practice minutes you have each day.
  • Listening to reference recordings one to three times daily. 
  • The student is expected to listen to other related recordings and attend local concerts.
  • The student is expected to respect his/her teacher, parent and classmates