2017-2018 Studio Policies
Each student progresses differently, and it is my goal to support and help each student on her or her journey towards becoming a more developed flutist and musician through creative interaction and positive reinforcement. It is necessary however, for each student to show commitment and a willingness to learn. Practice when studying musical instrument is essential, and consistent focused work is needed in order progress. In my studio the expectation is to have five days a week of practice with 15-25 min/day for beginning students, 30-45min/day for intermediate students, and 45-60 min. or more/day for more advanced students. In lessons you will notice I emphasize repetitions rather than minutes - this is very important in the process of learning how to practice. I help students learn to break things down into "chunks" in their practice time through games & charts, and I help them (and parents) organize repetitions, practice days, and practice times. Material assigned in lessons needs to be well prepared in order to continue to move forward the next week. With this said, I understand that our lives can be quite hectic! If a busy week is coming up with school or family obligations, we will plan our assignments out accordingly! I encourage students to come to lessons even if they do not feel as prepared as they would like; there are always many exercises we can explore for ear training, tone development, and sight-reading outside of the assigned lesson material. Students are expected to fill out their assignment sheet and practice log each week. It is best to do this during the practice session (and not wait until the end of the week!) in order to facilitate the most efficient use of lesson time.
WHAT TO BRING:
Email is my preferred form of communication and I check it regularly. I will always make my best effort to return your email within 24 hours. I will use this median to keep you updated with tuition bills, lesson dates and recital information. However, if you need to contact me immediately, or you are more comfortable contacting me via telephone, please feel free to call/text my cell phone at 585-704-5751. Communication between student and teacher is essential. If you find yourself frustrated with the material assigned to you during the week, feel free to contact me and we will find a solution.
Weekly attendance of all students is expected. Payment of the tuition fee reserves weekly time slot for each student each semester, regardless if he or she chooses to attend his or her lesson. This includes Skype/FaceTime lessons! Tuition will be assessed by the lesson package and will not be refunded for late cancelation.
Use of Lesson Packages
Generally, I expect to schedule lessons on a weekly basis, although some students opt for more frequent lessons. All packages must be used within the time frame discussed here, unless mutually agreed upon in writing:
Ongoing monthly lesson package
This is a special option for my year round students that would like to be billed monthly versus paying for 36 lessons at once. This option is slightly less expensive than my packaged lesson options because it is expected that students will attend weekly lessons during the school-year and a minimum of 6-lessons during the summer time, or risk losing their spot in the studio for the following school year. My summer schedule is variable due to my teaching schedule across the country, so lessons will be given both in person and via virtual platforms.
- Conflicts due to prior scheduling:
Lessons should be considered a year-long commitment. Should you need to discontinue lessons prior to the end of a school year, package, or for an ongoing monthly lesson package, will need to provide at least one month’s notice.
- Tuition: Tuition is due at the beginning of the semester, the first lesson of a lesson-package, or in special cases on a monthly basis. Visit my Tuition & Location page for more info on the costs of lessons.
- Recital Fee: For each recital that the studio gives, a lesson credit is used to cover the cost of the recital. For in person Book & Graduation Recitals, there is a $100 fee to cover the teacher's time, and the video recording. For Skype students, one lesson credit is used.
- Recital Accompaniment: Although the fee for a pianist at the recital is covered in 36-week tuition, the cost of rehearsals are to be covered by the student. I will help set these up during our spring sessions.
- Sheet Music: Per copyright laws, students may not perform from copied music. Sheet music is a necessary expense when taking lessons, and tends to increase as students become more advanced, so please factor this into your budget for lessons. If the required music is in the public domain, I will make it available for download on my website.
Book & Graduation Recital - When students complete a book, they give their "Book Recital" or "Book Party" - this is a special event that we tailor to teach student! They play their book from memory, and graduate on to the next book in the Suzuki Repertoire. Some of my students who are not working in a Suzuki track, will instead shape a graduation recital that will mark their rise into the next level of their training. Seniors will also usually give a graduation recital as part of their celebration during their senior year! There is a $100 fee for book recitals - note that space rental (depending on location) and piano accompaniment are not included in this fee. But, I record the concert, come warm up and prepare each of my brave students, and will happily make programs and help plan the festivities!