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Policy and Tuition

Here you will find steps to take to enroll your child, information on our school Activities and Policies, and our list of materials required for beginning students. This page must be gone over with your teacher prior to your acceptance in the program. Continuing families should take the time to review these policies at least once a year. Your participation in this program signifies acceptance of these policies. If you have any questions after viewing our policies or should wish to enroll, please contact our coordinator at mschoi at hcsuzukiviolin.com

Enrollment

We hope to better acquaint you with our program as you consider a commitment to providing this education for your child.

Prior to full-fledged enrollment in the program, interested families complete an Orientation Period. A complete Orientation Period must include all of the following activities:

  • 3 weeks of observation (with your child) of group classes
  • 6 weeks of observation (with your child) of private lessons
  • Parent Education Classes (only the parents)
  • 3 weeks of parent's lesson

A detailed description of our program and fees follows. For information on where and when to observe our program, you may call us at 240-246-4553 or email us at mschoi at hcsuzukiviolin.com for information. We look forward to meeting you and answering any remaining questions.

Outline of Activities and Policies

Revised September 2016

PURPOSE

As a parent you own the precious responsibility of creating an environment that fosters your child's development of talent, skill, discipline, expressiveness, and joy. It is our commitment to assist you in this endeavor.

CURRICULUM

As a Suzuki parent, you are expected to participate in the Suzuki curriculum in its entirety. Suzuki program is not designed to be á la carte. Lack of participation in any portion of the curriculum is considered as lack of interest in the Suzuki program.

Listening

The success of Shinichi Suzuki's "Mother Tongue Approach" to music learning, modeled after native-language learning, depends heavily on the quantity and quality of a students listening activities. Immersed in the following four indispensable elements of a stimulating listening environment, a young student rapidly develops his/her musical "vocabulary" and maintains a strong motivation to communicate in the language" of classical music.

As a Suzuki parent, you are responsible for providing following listening activities to your child.

  • SUZUKI RECORDINGS

    Daily saturation in the Suzuki repertoire recordings accelerates the students mastery of the repertoire and inspires the child to progress further. Parents should purchase the recordings by David Cerone or William Preucil Jr., and have the student listen daily to the recordings.

  • CLASSICAL RECORDINGS/BROADCASTS

    Recordings: Your private lesson teacher will assign "special listening" of non-Suzuki recordings each week.

    Broadcasts: By tuning in to broadcasts, you can surround your child with classical music in the home or vehicle. On television, PBS occasionally broadcasts classical concerts. On the radio, two local FM stations continually play classical music: WETA 90.9 FM

  • LIVE CONCERTS

    Classical concerts abound in Metropolitan area. Many concerts are advertised in the newspapers, on the Internet, or on the classical radio stations listed above. Institutions such as the George Mason University, University of Maryland at College Park, the Peabody Conservatory, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and other metropolitan area provide excellent opportunities to observe everything from graduate student recitals to world-class ensembles and soloists - sometimes at no charge.

  • OBSERVATION OF OTHER SUZUKI STUDENTS

    The families enrolled in our program form a community in which multiple students and parents can simultaneously glean knowledge and inspiration from the teacher and from each other. Two basic settings foster this community:

    1. Group Classes provide the opportunity for the enrollees not only to participate in their own classes, but also to observe more advanced students.
    2. Despite their misleading name, "private" lessons can provide public benefits. Dr. Suzuki was reportedly shocked to discover an American teacher giving a private lesson in the presence of only one student and one parent. Observers multiply the fruitfulness of a lesson.

    After the group class, students are to sit where they can see the faces of the students still playing for at least the next two pieces before leaving.

Participating

A parent must accompany the child participating in all of the following activities except parent meetings:

  • HOME PRACTICE

    Enrollment in the program requires a significant commitment of time and care. Committed families value their precious investment in the child's musical development. Generally, a beginner requires two or three daily practice sessions of 10-15 minutes each. As the student progresses, daily practice time increases according to the following minimum schedule:

    • Book 1: 30 minutes for a minimum of 6 days a week
    • Books 2-3: 45 minutes for a minimum of 6 days a week
    • Books 4-5: 60 minutes for a minimum of 6 days a week
    • Books 6 and above: 90 minutes for a minimum of 6 days a week

    Students not willing to meet these basic practice requirements should not apply for matriculation in this program. In reality, for a child in book 6 or above who really wishes to be proficient or is looking for a professional career, 2-5 hours of practice a day would be a more appropriate target practice amount.

  • GROUP CLASSES

    Participation in group lessons is a vital part of our student’s development. Students and parents are expected to attend scheduled groups and are billed accordingly. Regular attendance in group class demonstrates commitment. We are interested in reserving time to work with students and families who are committed to this education. Parent participation is equally expected at all scheduled group classes. (This is not a drop off activity) Skill development, refined musicianship and recital preparation are goals of these classes. If you have more than two unexplained absences, you will not be able to perform at the concert while you are expected to attend the concert. Students should expect to perform in the recital only pieces that are well polished.

  • PRIVATE LESSONS AND NOTE TAKING

    In private lessons, your child receives the individualized instruction so crucial to his/her development. Lesson scheduling is arranged directly between you and your teacher.

    Unless the student is a very advanced violinist, it is expected of the parent to be present (both physically and mentally!) and to take detailed notes at every lesson. Often, your child and I are working too quickly to mark things down "on the fly." You need to keep a detailed list of what was covered so that the week's practice can be profitable. When your child comes for the next week's lesson, please be prepared to tell me what we covered in the previous week and how you and your child fared at home.

    Siblings are highly encouraged at lessons, but the expectation is that they will not be distracting either you or the student during the lesson. If they are attempting to speak to you, please quiet them quickly and train them to sit and listen. Please do not begin or maintain conversations with them. Such activity conveys a lack of interest to both the student and to me, and the week's practice will suffer - guaranteed!

  • RECITALS

    Periodically the students of the program share their music with friends and family in a public, formal concert. After an exciting program of solo and group performances, students celebrate with their guests in a reception.

    The pareant and the student are required to attend recitals and other performances in their ENTIRETY.

    We cannot honor the request for a student being placed first in the program at the concert for another activity. Have regard to the other students who are participating and how that might affect the size of the audience at the end of the recital.

  • PARENT MEETINGS

    Occasionally, we will have parent meetings at which we can discuss issues relating to your child's education. These meetings are very beneficial and are included in your lesson fee.

  • REGIONAL EVENTS

    Suzuki students worldwide form a special community of children and parents who share a commitment to similar musical goals and philosophies and who play the identical beginning repertoire. The Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) and the Suzuki Association of the Greater Washington Area (SAGWA) host occasional regional events that allow your child to join a large group of Suzuki students in performances and classes.

  • OTHER EVENTS OR ACTIVITIES

    Often times the teacher will include new style of lessons, workshops and/or other community building events and activities through out the year. As part of the Suzuki community, you are expected to participate in these events

Registration

All registration will be submitted through the website. However, submitting the registration form does NOT guarantee a spot in the teaching schedule. Scheduling priority will be given to those who have participated in all school activities and home listenings/practices. Lack of commitment, which is determined by the level of participation and following the curriculum, will result in low priority in lesson scheduling or eventual drop out of the Suzuki program. Also, registration received past the due date is regarded as lack of commitment.

Calendar and Tuition

CLASS SCHEDULE AND ANNUAL CALENDAR

This program offers instruction based on an academic school year. Each student annually receives a minimum of 31 weeks of instruction (actual number may vary). Students will usually have three group classes a month. Your individual private and group lesson times will be worked out with your teacher. Summer lessons are offered as well.

TUITION

Tuition covers the combined program of group and private lessons and occasional parent meetings for the entire school year. Lessons and group classes are not offered separately. The one exception is for those students in Book 9 and above. These students may elect for only private lessons.

PAYMENT METHOD

Tuition is due before the lesson starts in the beginning of the semester.

Lessons will not start if tuition is not paid.

ATTENDANCE

You will be required to check-in to the attendance system to account for all the lessons that you are

CANCELLATION POLICIES

Registering for the program indicates your commitment for the entirity of the school year. Thus, if you decide to withdraw from the Suzuki program for any reason after the fact that you have been registered, your payment will NOT be refunded. If you have concerns or questions, please ask your teacher as soon as possible.

Cancellation by the Student
  • GROUP CLASSES

    Everyone is a integral part of the group class. Group is not the same even when one person is missing. If you miss a class, please give your teacher as much advance notice as possible via email. Unexplained absence from group classes undermines the power of our work and demoralizes other members of the class. If the teacher can inform the class that your child's absence was caused by an illness, emergencies, SATs, the class will understand the absence not as lack of interest or that the absentee is letting them down. If absences are not explained they appear as an indication of weak commitment.

    There are no bill adjustments for missed classes.

    Parent participation is equally expected at all scheduled group classes. (This is not a drop off activity) Skill development, refined musicianship and recital preparation are goals of these classes. If you have more than two unexplained absences, you will not be able to perform the concert while you are expected to attend the concert.

    Students should expect to perform in the recital only pieces that are well polished and at least two pieces prior to their current lesson piece.

  • PRIVATE LESSONS

    A private lesson missed or canceled at any time by the student for any reason will not be made up, nor tuition be refunded. However, students who miss a lesson may pursue the following options:

    • Trade lessons times with another student, using your copy of your teacher's complete teaching schedule and phone list.
    • Call your teacher if you cannot succeed with the above option. The teacher will add your name to a list of his/her students who have missed lessons. When another student misses a subsequent appointment, your teacher may call students from the list to offer the time. There is no guarantee of an opportunity for a make-up lesson.
    • Or you can decide to give the teacher time to practice instead of give a lesson.
Cancellation by the Teacher

Lessons missed or canceled at any time by the teacher for any reason will be made-up in a timely manner. If a missed lesson by the teacher cannot be made up, then tuition for those missed lessons will be reimbursed. This does NOT apply to group classes.

Cancellation by inclement weather

In case of inclement weather, Studio will follow Fairfax County Public School inclement weather policy. Monitor FCPS Emergency Announcement page for lesson cancellation information.

In the event of 2 hour delay, morning lessons before 9:00 AM will be cancelled. However, if you would like to reschedule in the late morning times for the same day, you may do so by contacting your teacher.

In the event of full cancellation, no lesson will be given on that day.

Lessons cancelled due to inclement weather will be made up by the teacher.

Lines of Communication

I wish to efficiently answer your questions in a timely and efficient manner. To direct your inquiry most efficiently please use the following guidelines:

PERSON TO CONTACT

Your teacher

While your child may occasionally receive occasional instruction from the parent (assistant teacher), your teacher functions as your primary provider of individual music assistance. Communicate with him or her if you...

  • ... have questions about HOW or WHAT to practice at home
  • ... have concerns related to your private lessons
  • ... need advice in choosing or maintaining an instrument or other materials
  • ... must cancel a lesson (see guidelines above)
  • ... and another student have decided to permanently trade lesson times
  • ... have questions about how to prepare at home for group class
  • ... have concerns related to your group class
  • ... must miss a group (see cancellation guidelines above)
  • ... have questions about charges on your student account
  • ... have any scheduling question period
  • ... would like information about anything mentioned in this handout
Other Parents

You and other parents sitting right next to you in group class may be able to exchange a wealth of wisdom on issues such as home practice, instrument purchases and concert attendance.

MEANS OF CONTACT

Following are several means of contact in descending order of preference.

Personal Contact

Whenever possible, inquiries should be directed to your teacher during regularly scheduled sessions such as private lessons, group classes, or parent meetings. If a parent desires a private conversation with his/her private-lesson teacher, the parent should ask the child to wait inside the classroom while the teacher and parent step into the hallway to talk for a few minutes.

E-mail

Although you may not receive an immediate response, e-mail permits you to contact your teacher without interrupting the lesson schedule. For non-urgent matters, please use e-mail. All participating families must have access to e-mail, since almost all important studio information will be transmitted this way.

 

  • Ms. Choi: mschoi at hcsuzukiviolin.com
  • Other logistics and adminstration related emails: admin at hcsuzukiviolin.com
Telephone

If you do not succeed with the above methods, please feel free to place a phone call, maintaining your sensitivity to the time constraints of the person receiving the phone call.

Your enrollment in this studio signifies acceptance of the above policies.