Studio Policy

Attendance

  • Progress is contingent upon consistent attendance.
  • Attendance at all concerts, recitals, workshops, and group classes is mandatory. Repeated absences will result in dismissal.
  • Please notify us by phone and by email whenever there are emergencies and you are unable to make a lesson or group lesson.
  • Missed lessons cannot be made up.
  • Arrive to lessons at least 5-10 minutes early to give your child time to physically and mentally prepare for their lesson.

Observation

Being in a richly musical environment reinforces learning. Many lesson situations will have more than one student or family at a time. Please be quiet and respectful of each other’s lesson time. For young children, bring quiet toys (puzzles, drawing paper, coloring books, etc.) so they can learn in the environment without being a distraction to others. Arrive early to your lesson to observe the end of another student’s lesson and to unpack your instrument, rosin your bow, etc.

Materials

  • Tote bag for lesson materials.
  • Parent notebook, pen, and pencil. A binder or notebook may be necessary depending on the level of student.
  • Music Books (current and past Suzuki volumes, music reading book, orchestra music).
  • Foot Chart (for beginners).
  • Video Camera/Flip Camera (phone camera is okay).

Family Lesson Responsibilities

  • Come to lessons and group lessons with a smile and ready to learn!
  • For families with multiple children: it is the parent’s responsibility to decide who will go first before entering our studios. This helps to promote a positive lesson environment.
  • Silence cell phones/devices prior to entering the studio.
  • Arrive 5-10 minutes before your lesson time.
  • Bring all materials to each lesson and take notes for your child’s weekly practice.
  • Parents play an integral role in the learning environment, therefore, the parent who practices at home should attend each lesson. If the practice parent is unable to attend a lesson, notify the teacher in advance.
  • Prior to the lesson time, unpack your instrument, put on shoulder your rest, and rosin your bow.
  • New students are probationary for their first year.

Family Home Responsibilities

  • Daily practice is required. We practice every day that we eat, including lesson and group days. Home practice sessions must cover the assignment your teacher gives in the lesson. In general, assignments include scales, tonalization, review pieces, polished piece, working piece and reading.
  • Listening to Suzuki CD’s every day is required and should be top priority. Parents should provide a nurturing musical environment in their households.
  • Maintain short, clipped fingernails and keep instruments tuned and in working order.

Recommended Parent Reading List

  • Nurtured by Love by Shin’ichi Suzuki
  • Ability Development from Age Zero by Shin’ichi Suzuki
  • Helping Parents Practice by Edmund Sprunger
  • The Suzuki Violinist by William Starr
  • To Learn With Love by William and Constance Starr
  • Teaching from the Balance Point by Ed Kreitman