Studio Policies & Tuition

LowCo Suzuki Guitar Studio Policies & Tuition

The mission of LowCo Suzuki Guitar Studio is to provide an exceptional and fun musical education based on a nurturing family and community environment.

I encourage you to become a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas which will give you access to parent forums and a subscription to the Suzuki journal, among other things. Please read Nurtured by Love, by Dr. Suzuki

 

Tuition as of August 2017

 

LowCo Suzuki Guitar Studio strives to provide an exceptional musical education based on a supportive home environment with opportunities to share music in our community. I encourage you to become a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas which will give you access to parent forums and a subscription to the Suzuki journal, among other things.

Tuition Information

  • Quarterly Tuition Fee: $420, due second lesson of each quarter
    • * $10 Penalty if Paid after 3rd lesson/week of Quarter
      • $10 Fee for to split Tuition into Multiple Payments
      • Late Payment may result in forfeiture of scheduled private lesson time
    • Sibling Discount
      • Exceptional group attendance results %5 discount for second sibling
      • Subject to change
  • Includes:
    • Private Lesson Time Slot: Reserved Weekly
      • Approximately 10-12 private lesson time slots reserved for student per quarter
      • See Make Up Policy
    • Group classes
      • Usually at least twice per month or weekly (TBA)
      • Advanced student classes and/or all age/level group classes
      • Times vary: after school, weekend mornings or afternoons
      • Participation
        • Students absent from over %50 of group lessons may forfeit their prime after school slot the following Quarter
        • After school time slots are highly sought after and offered to students with exceptional participation
    • Recitals, jams, and chances to join instructor for community performances
      • Students absent from over %50 of group lessons may not be prepared nor invited to participate in recitals.
      • Parents may plan a guitar house party or performance for their child or the group
    • Tutorials available for registered students and parents online
    • Skype or FaceTime Lesson during sickness or travel, ie: lice, cold or flu.
  • Quarterly Schedule:
    • Summer Quarter – TBA
      • Aug-Sept. for 2/3 of Quarter (2/3 of Tuition Fee)
        • August – Partial Quarter Begins 1st or 2nd week of August with Group Lessons
      • Flexible July Month
        • Reserve any number of lessons for Flex-Month based on mutual travel schedules
    • Fall Quarter – (Oct-Dec)
      • Holiday Weeks with No Private Lessons, Group lessons instead, include:
        • Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years holiday weeks
          • Group lessons for all students adjacent to holiday break rather than private lessons
          • All students are offered opportunity to participate in multiple group instruction. Dates and times TBA.
    • Winter Quarter – (Jan-Mar)
      • 1st week of January, latter part of week, group lessons TBA
      • Private lessons begin 2nd week of January
    • Spring Quarter – (April-June)
      • Holiday Weeks with No Private Lessons, Group lessons instead:
        • Easter or Spring Break, TBA
  • Absence and Make-Up Policy – Individual Lessons
    • Tuition pays for the scheduled private time slot at a fixed rate, regardless of the number of lessons in any given quarter. See Economicist/Suzuki Parent’s Point of View here: http://ottawasuzukistrings.ca/makeuplessons.
      • No reduction in charge during holiday breaks or personal vacation time. **
    • Lessons Cancelled Due to Instructor
      • Optional Make Up may be offered to multiple students at once.
        • It’s unlikely Instructor’s schedule allows for multiple private make up lessons
        • Allows students to observe others’ working piece
        • Fine tune ensemble pieces
        • You may request (by email) a $25 credit towards next scheduled Tuition instead of participating in small group make ups as mentioned above.
      • Instructor reserves opporunity to find a substitute for private lessons in the case of instructor absence.
  • Student Absences
    • Students may inquire the possibility of a make-up lesson per semester but Instructors full schedule may not allow, and credits will not be given.
    • Students are encouraged to arrange a lesson swap if they know that they will be missing a lesson.
      • When a conflict with your scheduled lesson arises, arranging a swap with another student is a way to avoid an absence.
      • Decreases the need for make-up lessons with minimal interruption.
      • Parents should notify the teacher when a swap is arranged.
    • In the event of an emergency cancelation, a make-up may be offered at the teacher’s discretion if an opening is available the week of the cancelation. If no opening is available that week, the lesson will not be made up nor credited.

** Exception: If a parent notifies the Studio before a Quarter begins that the student will miss four consecutive lessons, or a student misses four consecutive lessons due to sickness, the tuition for that month will be reduced by 50%. This will reserve the scheduled time slot of your private lesson for your return.

Due Dates

Tuition Payment due at the child’s second regularly scheduled private lesson. If payment for the coming quarter has not been received by the due date, the child’s lesson slot may be made available to new prospective students and to those veteran students who wish to make a scheduling change. Quarterly payment may be split in two for an additional $10 admin fee.

Make-Up Policy – Individual Lessons Make-ups may not be given for individual lessons missed by the student. It is strongly recommended that, if you know you have to miss a lesson, you try to arrange to swap with another student, and if successful, notify the teacher of the scheduling change ahead of time. It is preferred that make up lessons occur within one week of the original time slot. If your lesson falls on a major holiday an attempt to have either a rescheduled lesson or the opportunity to participate in a group lesson may be offered. After school time slots are highly sought after and there is a limited time frame available to teach young children, therefore I ask that you consider you are not simply paying for the lesson but the actual reserved time slot, as well contributing to the overall program, group lessons, and concerts. My Suzuki mentors discussed the importance of managing a successful studio like this and shared an Economicist/Suzuki Parent’s Point of View here: http://ottawasuzukistrings.ca/makeuplessons.

*Why don’t I make up student absences?

Teaching is my career and livelihood. When you sign up for lessons, you are reserving a weekly time slot in my schedule. If you miss your lesson, the time slot is over and gone. We can’t get time back and I am not likely to be able to schedule another student for that time. If you ask for a makeup or reimbursement the lesson, you are asking me to give up time I have scheduled for my personal life or income I have budgeted for.

Student Illness:

In the interests of keeping a safe and healthy environment for everyone in the studio, please do not bring your student to their lesson or group class under any of the following circumstances: Students who have colds are welcome to come to lessons or group classes, as long as the cold is not accompanied by symptoms such as a fever, chills or nausea, which may suggest a more serious illness. Please notify your teacher, upon arrival, if either you or your student have a cold. Thank you for your understanding on this. We all stand to benefit. Lessons that may be compromised due to weather, illness, lice, or teacher/student travel may be done as a remote lesson (Skype or FaceTime).

Home Coach Presence and Participation

Either the home coach or a responsible adult will be present for all of the child’s lessons and group classes. Please have a notebook and take notes during the lesson as new tasks are assigned.

Discussion Groups & Parent Meetings: Please attend parent meetings – it will benefit veteran parents and new parents and contribute to the community and successful of our children’s musical experience!

Performances – Attire & Timeliness Unless otherwise specified, LowCo Suzuki Guitar Studio students will be required to wear a dark gray or black skirt or slacks, and a white dress shirt or blouse to all public performances referred to as “recitals”. Other public performances will be at teachers discretion. The arrival time for all recitals and public performances is ½ hour before the scheduled start time.

Observation of, and Participation in, Another Student’s Lesson

One tenet of the Suzuki Method is that all children should be encouraged to observe and, when appropriate, be invited to participate in, the “private” lessons of other students. You are welcome to bring your child to lessons early and to stay late, in order to provide opportunities for this kind of joint learning. It must be understood, however, that even under the best of circumstances, the arrival or departure of another family can temporarily disrupt the flow of a lesson already underway. As a consequence, standards for behavior must actually be higher for those children who are observing, than for those whose lesson it is. Please, when entering the studio with your child, be mindful of the potential impact your arrival may have on the student who is already in session. If your child appears prepared to sit and observe quietly, by all means, bring them in. If, however, their mood suggests that their behavior may be difficult to manage, please wait with them in the car until the other student’s lesson is nearly finished. Thank you for your consideration.

Group Classes

Attendance: Regular group class attendance is critically important for your child’s musical development. Material missed due to late arrival or absence will be covered during the student’s next private lesson. Moreover, frequent absence, on the part of any child, has a significant negative impact on the quality of the group experience for their peers. As a consequence, group class attendance will be tracked, and a child who accumulates more than 3 “misses” (see also “No Shows:” and “Timeliness:”, below) in a given quarter may be excluded from the next studio recital. As my studio fills up over the next year I may ask families to leave the studio if they are not participating in group lessons and recitals. This participation s very important for children’s success and enjoyment..

No Shows: Make-ups will not be given for group classes missed by the student. If your child will be unable to attend a group class for any reason other than last minute illness, please let us know by the end of business the day before so that lesson plans can be adjusted accordingly.

 

Timelines:

In fairness to those who arrive on time, group classes must begin promptly, as scheduled. Also, when a teacher stops in the middle of a group class to set up a tardy student’s stool and footstool and to tune their instrument, it dramatically disrupts the class. Consequently, please arrive at least 5 minutes before the scheduled start time of your child’s group class. Any arrival after 5 minutes prior to the start of a group class will be deemed “late.” Two “lates” in a quarter will count as a “miss” for attendance tracking purposes. Any child who arrives after a group class is already underway is welcome to observe, but not participate in, what remains of the class. If you find yourself in this situation, please have your child sit with you in one of the home coach seating areas. Please do not disrupt the class by attempting to set them up yourself while class is in session.

Causes for Dismissal from continuing lessons in the studio:

Poor attendance

Failure to attend recitals

Failure to complete assignments as instructed

Non-payment or repeated late payments

Disrespectful attitude

Failure to meet minimum practice standards

 

Other Expenses Required to Participate:

Guitar Tuner – clip on is best

Music Stand

Footstool

Suzuki Guitar Book 1 (and consecutive books/CDs as needed)

Suzuki CD for Book 1

Suzuki Association of the Americas Membership (Quarterly Journal and online access to events)

Music Theory Book, etc, TBA.

Guitar Arts Flash Cards

Quality Instruments:

Those that are committing to the Suzuki Guitar program: I am happy to assist you in ordering or renting full size guitars for parents, as well as for students. We want to develop children’s sensitivity to quality sound and musical expression while making the learning process easier – hence the need for a quality instrument not your average $50 cheap-o guitar. I recommend Flores, Kremona, Strunal or Eduardo Moore Guitars. Guitars should go up to child’s belly button when standing up straight.

Please consider looking quickly at Suzuki Guitar instrument options and philosophy:http://www.suzukidad.com/guitar-gear-for-suzuki-students/childrens-guitars/