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Lesson Policies

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Tuition

*For summer lesson rates, please click here.

 

Tuition includes a private lesson once a week during the 33-week academic year (August - May) following the academic calendar for WFISD. Private lessons are in 30-, 45-, or 60-minute blocks. Young beginners are advised to start with 30 minute lessons.*

*For students under the age of ten, one parent is required to attend all lessons in order to assist with home practice. In order to prepare for the exciting task of assisting your child in their new musical journey, the first three lessons of all young beginning students will be for the practice parent only. To learn more about the parent-only classes, please click here.

Tuition may be paid either in full at the start of each semester (in August and January) or divided into 10 equal monthly payments. Monthly payments are due at the first lesson of each month. There will be a $15.00 late fee for tuition not paid within 5 days of the first lesson of the month.

Tuition will be prorated for students who register after the start of the semester/month.

Tardiness & Missed Lessons

Students are expected to arrive promptly for lessons with all the necessary materials. Should tardiness occur, the student cannot expect the teacher to teach past the scheduled lesson time.

Lessons missed by the teacher at any time for any reason will be made-up at a mutually convenient time for the student and teacher. The teacher will take due care to inform the student of any conflicts one month in advance in order to arrange an alternate lesson time.

One make-up lesson per semester is offered for lessons missed by the student and is to be made up during the appointed make-up week after the semester has finished.

 

In order for a student to use their one make-up lesson, a 24 hour notice must be given to the teacher (or as soon as possible in the event of illness). If no notice is given, that lesson time will be forfeited.

No tuition will be refunded or make-up lessons scheduled beyond the one allotted make-up lesson per semester. Should more than one conflict arise, students may switch lesson times with another student (using the swap list on google docs) and then both families must notify me of the change as soon as possible. Alternatively, lessons via Skype or FaceTime during the student's regular lesson time may be scheduled with advanced notice.

Fall Semester 2018 Make-Up Week: December 17 - 21

Spring Semester 2019 Make-Up Week: May 14 - 20

Recitals

Recitals are the culmination of all the hard work that your child has put into lessons and group class. They are incredible opportunities to share music with an audience of supportive family and friends. One recital will be held each semester in December and May (specific dates are announced by second week of the semester). Students are expected to participate fully and are encouraged to invite others to attend!

 
Summer Lessons

Summer lessons are scheduled at the beginning of the summer term at an hourly rate, with flexibility to accommodate family vacations. No group lessons are held throughout the summer. Each student may choose to schedule as many or as little private lessons as their schedule allows. Once the amount of summer lessons is determined and times and dates are set, the total fee for the lessons may be either paid in full at the beginning of the summer, or by month (due on the first of lesson of the month for the total amount of that month). No lessons will be refunded once payment has been made. For families who take extended vacations, Skype and FaceTime lessons are often wonderful solutions to maintaining skills over the summer.

Summer Lesson Rates:

$25 per 30 minute lesson

$38.75 per 45 minute lesson

$50 per 60 minute lesson

Though summer lessons are not required, they are strongly encouraged in order to keep up consistency and to prevent remedial work in the fall. Priority scheduling for the fall semester will be given to students who attend a minimum of four lessons over the summer. 

Cancellation Policy

Learning to play a musical instrument is a long-term commitment that is as challenging as it is rewarding. I make every effort to equip parents with the necessary tools to make practice a daily habit so that their child approaches the violin with a sense of pride and enjoyment. Maintaining a steady stream of communication between parent and teacher is the easiest way to ensure that the child remains motivated and engaged in the learning process. I have a deep respect for every Suzuki parent and do my best to make myself available to find solutions to any struggles encountered along the way. In the interest of consistency for the child and respect for each student's rate of learning, I strongly advise all parents to consider committing to one full year of lessons before opting out. 

However, in the event that the student is unable to continue lessons, a two weeks notice must be given. Only tuition paid towards lessons after the two weeks notice will be refunded (regardless of whether the student is able to attend the final two lessons).