Violin Studio Policies
Revised Feb. 08
Students are expected to practice and listen to assigned music at least 5 times each week, and preferably every day. Violin lessons produce meaningful results when student and parent follow the prescribed course of study in good faith. Failure to do so on a regular basis can lead to dismissal.
Tuition holds your slot open throughout the year and is required in full whether or not the student attends class. Tuition is payable monthly, due at the first lesson of the month, or may be mailed to the studio. Keep in mind that the number of lessons during a month may fluctuate. There will be approx 45 lessons during the year. A $10 late fee is assessed if tuition is not paid during the calendar month. There will be no adjustment in tuition for lessons missed by the student for any reason. (See Cancellation)
Cancellation and Make Up:
Please keep in mind that tuition pays for reserved time and not the actual lesson itself. Lessons missed by the student without notice will not be refunded for any reason. If you need to miss a lesson you may:
a. Switch lessons with another student using the online schedule and phone list. Please call to let me know if you are doing this, or…
b: If you are unable to switch, call me asap and at least four hours before your scheduled lesson. You will be added to a list of students that have missed lessons. When another student misses a subsequent appointment, you may receive a call offering his/her lesson time. There is no guarantee of a makeup opportunity.
c: If you know in advance that you cannot make a scheduled lesson and would like to schedule a make-up lesson, call me at least a week in advance of your regular lesson lesson. I will offer you an available time if I can reasonably accommodate you, but no more than twice in any 60 day period.
d: Monthly tuition already paid is not refundable in the event a student leaves the studio or discontinues study except in special circumstances.
Lessons cancelled by the teacher will be rescheduled at a mutually convenient time, or credit will be given towards next month’s tuition.
Arrival and Lesson:
Please arrive 5 minutes early to lessons. If you arrive late, your lesson may will likely end at the scheduled time, reducing the available time for your student. If another lesson is in progress when you arrive, please find a seat and observe quietly.
A quiet atmosphere with only student, parent and teacher provides the most successful environment for a lesson. If siblings or others need to attend, remember that supervising them is your responsibility. Please bring a quiet activity to keep visitors occupied during the lesson.
Please bring to each lesson: instrument, shoulder pad, all assigned books and materials, a pencil, two notebooks (one each for teacher and parent). Supplies can be purchased online at sharmusic.com, southweststrings.com or many other sources.
Lessons may occasionally run slightly longer or shorter than the allotted time. Please allow some flexibility in your schedule.
For students under 10, a parent or guardian is expected to attend every lesson and supervise daily practice. I welcome discussion about your child’s progress at the beginning of your child’s lesson, or by phone.
There will be two studio recitals per year, and all students are required to participate. Monthly fees include the cost for the recital rehearsal and pianist.
Study during the summer is crucial for students to continue their progress. The summer term is part of the regular course of study. Please indicate in writing any time you may not be available for lessons, due to trips/vacations.