It is necessary to have policies in place in order for the studio to run smoothly and fairly. We are strict with the policies and no excpetions will be made. We do demand a large commitment and are a violin (viola/cello) priority studio. Meaning that if a conflict arrises, violin comes first. We send out the schedule months in advances so that other activities can be scheduled accordingly so as to not conflict with lessons. We understand that some families are not able to make this large of a commitment and will seek lessons elsewhere. We have designed our program to teach life skills, train character and to strive for excellence in muscianship. In order for that to work, a commiment is required.
By paying for lessons you are saying that you understand and agree with the policies listed below.
“Wrong education and upbringing produces ugly personalities, whereas a fine upbringing and good education will bring forth superior sense and feeling, as well as nobility and purity of mind.”
--Dr. Shinichi Suzuki
All students are expected to participate in group lessons, no exceptions.
Group lessons give students time to review, refine and polish repertoire. In addition, students learn about musicianship, theory ,ear training and technique. This allows us to use individual lesson time to focus specifically on the individual needs. Group provides students with skills such as team work which individual lessons can't provide. The best source of motivation is GROUP LESSONS.
Parents are not required to attend group lessons, with the exception of Pre-twinkle & Twinkle Parents.
Missed Group Lessons will not be made up. Credit/refunds will not be given to students that choose not to participate in group.
All students are expected to participate in master classes to meet studio performance and graduation requirements.
Master classes are mini informal recitals which motivate students by requiring them to polish pieces to a performance standard. Students learn from peer performances.
Masterclasses teach performance and audience etiquette. With regular attendance students will learn how to evaluate and comment on peer performances. The best way to overcome stage fright is through regular masterclass attendance.
Parents are not required to attend , but it is highly encouraged so you can see how your child is progressing and to provide a little extra pressure for the performance aspect. Masterclasses are free for students enrolled in our program and are open to outside students for a $10 fee.
Masterclasses are held the last Saturday of every month in place of group lessons (Please check the calendar as some master classes are held on a different saturday due to holidays). Classes are held at 11am or 1pm. Sign up sheets are available in the studio or you can sign up via MTH.
All students are required to participate in recitals.
Performance is part of learning an instrument. Performing teaches students about public speaking and working under pressure. We would never make a student perform that has a severe anxiety. However, students that are unable to perform are required to attend the recital. This teaches our students to be supportive of their community and the important of attending musical events. Our recital schedule is made several months to one year in advanced; we suspect that there will be no schedule conflicts. Please check the calendar for recitals prior to registering for lessons. If a student misses a recital, they will be placed on the waiting list and scheduled if there are any slots left come lesson selections. Students that miss two recitals in a row will be dropped from the studio. There are concert dress requirements; however they change with the time of year and venue. Concert dress will be announced well in advanced of the recital.
Call time refers to the time students need to arrive in order to get ready and warm up. We will not wait for students running late, or change recital order to start the performance.
Students don’t need to dress up for dress rehearsal. The term DRESS REHEARSAL is borrowed from opera dress rehearsals where we need to practice costume changes.
Students will only be permitted to perform pieces they have graduated at the recitals. Students must attend the majority of full studio rehearsals to participate in the recital.
OUR NEXT RECITAL IS SLATED FOR: JUNE 8TH 2013 3PM. Town Mall. Dress Rehearsal is June 1st 11am.
Parents are involved in Suzuki lessons. In the Suzuki method parents become the teachers at home, we often call them “home teachers” some new parents are over whelmed with this idea. But if they talk to our veteran parents, they will tell you how beneficial it is.
When a parent attends the lesson, the parent knows exactly what the teacher has asked the student to work on. The parent also hears specific instructions on how to practice. This allows parents to supervise practice at home. Parents should take notes or video the lessons for home reference. Young students have the same attitude about lessons as the parent. So when the parent shows full support, the child is more successful. Parents are required to attend lessons for students ages 3-6. Parents are recommended to attend lessons until the child is 9 years old. Of course this will vary depending on the maturity of the child. At age 10 we ask that parents allow their child to take more responsibility for lessons by attending every other lesson or part of each lesson, until the child is able to take full responsibility. The parent is then free to do other things during the lesson time.
Parents should not read, talk or play on cell phones during the lesson. It’s also best the only one parent attend the individual lesson,preferably the parent that practices with the child. Siblings that attend the lesson should be provided with quite activities so that they are not disruptive. If siblings are too loud or disruptive, we will ask that they not attend the lessons.
Parents should remain quite during the lesson; questions are welcome as long as they are related to what’s happening during the lesson. Please ask questions at the beginning or end of class. Many questions can be answered via email or a phone call. Parents should not make negative comments, or express frustration in non-verbal ways such as sighing. This is not helpful, and disrupts the lesson. It sends the wrong message to the child and is hurtful. Parents that do this will be asked to leave the room. Parents should refrain from commenting during lessons. This shows that you do not trust the teacher, or respect the process. It also fractures the students focus. The teacher will always ask for a parents help when needed.
Tuition fees are listed on the classes page. Click on the class that you are registering for.
Tution is due the last individual lesson of the month. Invoices are sent out with due dates as reminders.
Payments are late if received on/by the 1st of the month. A $10 late fee will be added to your next invoice. Failure to pay late fees will result in being dismissed from the studio .If checks are dated so that they are not cashable until after the 1st of the month it will be considered late.
If not payment is recieved by the 5th of the month, students will be waitlisted and no lesson will occur until accounts are paid in full
$20 returned check fee.
Holidays, breaks and makeup weeks have already been deducted from your tuition payments. Tuition remains the same each month and will not change in the months which holidays or breaks fall.
EVERYDAY. To be successful students need to practice for some amount of time every single day. Even if all you can manage to squeeze in is listening to the cd. As Dr. Suzuki used to say, you should only practice on the days that you eat. If you are ill enough that you can’t eat…then you can skip practice.
I don’t want students to focus on time as much as completing tasks. We give one small goal that students can accomplish by the next lesson. During practice the student should work to complete this goal. We both know that just because you give a child a task and amount of time to do it, that it doesn’t mean the child will get it done. This is why parent involvement is needed. You have to manage your young child when it comes to brushing their teeth or checking homework. Otherwise it might not get done!
If the child accomplishes goals set by the teacher each week, the amount of practice you are doing is enough.
Students can log their practice time on Music Teachers Helper for fun to see how much time they can get in!
To be early is to be on time. To be on time is to be late. To be late is to be fired. Students need to attend lessons. Half of being successful is simply showing up. Please do your best to have students to lessons 5-10 minutes early. Students should enter the studio quietly when they arrive and un- pack. While they wait for their lesson to begin they should observe the other students’ lesson.
We value attendance and being on time so that our students can learn punctuality and how to be respectful of someone’s time. Being punctual alone will help students to be successful in everything they do!
Please call or text if you are running late. This is respectful and models for your children what to do when you are running behind.
If you need to cancel a lesson please contact me directly at email@example.com or 443.789.0109. Do not call Coffey Music regarding cancelations. They will not deliever the message as they are a separate business and are therefore, not responsible for our schedule
24 hour notice is prefered, when possible.
Inclimate weather cancelations. If the weather makes travel unsafe lessons will be canceled. These lessons must be made up sometime during the semester (not during makeup week). Students that choose not to take a makeup will not receive a credit. If you choose to cancel the lesson although the studio remains open, a makeup will be given if the teacher can fit it in. There is however, no guarentee.
No call, no show. This happens when students miss a lesson but don’t give notification. Please contact us within 3 days to let us know what happened. If you fail to do so you will be dropped from the studio. Makeups due to family emergencies will be given at the teacher’s discretion.
Doctors Note: Students will recieve a makeup for lessons missed if you have a doctors note (date of lesson must be on the note indicating that the student was to be excussed.) This makeup however, will need to occur during the semester and when the teacher is able to fit it in.
Missed Group Lessons will not be made up.
Make-up lessons are held during make-up week, with the exception of make-ups due to weather and outdoor school (made up during the semester). Students that choose not to take a makeup will not receive a credit. Makeup week is listed on the calendar and occurs the week after the semester ends.
Students are alloted one makeup lesson per semester.
Extra makeups will be allotted at the teachers discretion for family emergencies.
Do not buy your instrument from ebay or other bargin sites. It will be poorly made, set up incorrectly, sound terrible and not stay in tune. It is impossible for students to learn and grow on these instruments because they limit the student. If the instrument is not capable of allowing the student to perform a specific task, the student will not enjoy playing. A good instrument should play easily.
We reccomend that instruments are rented rather than bought. Students out grow sizes. If you do prefer to purchase an instrument, you will need to spend about $400 to get something playable. However, as most families rent there really is no market for student instruments and you will not get more than $200 for the instrument when you resell.
Coffey Music has the best rental program in Carroll County. I hightly reccomend that you get the maintance plan. Rentals run from $14-$22 per month for violins. $32-$35 per month for violas and $40 per month for cell. Please contact Coffey music for more information and to rent an instrument.
I do however, reccomend that students purchase a K. Holtz fiberblass bow. While the rentals come with bows, the bows are not of good quality. They do not have the correct balance, weight or stick size. They are difficult to hold and control. Students are not able to produce a good tone or change dynamics with these bows. The bow I reccomend is very affordable and has the same weight, balance and feel of an intermediate bow, but at a beginner price.
Please note that Westminster Suzuki Strings and Ms.Glenda do not earn commision on rentals from Coffey Music.
We provide what we can. However, parents are responsible for providing materials and books. Please do the best that you can to obtain things quickly. Students can't progress if they don't have the neccesary materials. We are mindful of family budgets so all materials we ask that you get are needed and not for fun extras.
We communicate mainly via email. This is due to the volume of questions to answers and families that we work with. Also, it's difficult to send a semester schedule via phone conversation. Email is the fastest way to send the same information to all families. Ms. Glenda has recently purchased unlimited text messaging so feel free to text me if this work best for you, however I prefer email or phone calls for longer messages. All information is posted on the website, Music teachers helper and facebook. Important infmoration is also emailed home. It's your job to check in and stay informed.
If you like us on facebook, I will "invite" you to events, and this will automatically make groups, master classes and recitals show up in your calendar if you have a smart phone. A great way to keep the schedule handy.
I highly reccomend printing out the group scheudle and posting it on your fridge or just note the dates that there are no groups on your home calendars. Also mark masterclasses and recitals. This way, at a glance you can see when the schedule is slightly different
Glenda Walsh 443.789.0109
Other than your tuition, the $50 annual recital fee (included in your tuition) and books/materials we don't have any additional fees during the year. However, you will need to buy new strings and rehair bows every 6 months. Student strings can range from $35-$100 and a rehair is about $40.
Dismissal or being dropped from the studio means that you are no longer a student at Westmisnter Suzuki Strings. You will need to find a new teacher (we do not aid you in this process). Most of time you will be given a warning and probation period before a dismissal occurs. Students are dismissed for the following reasons:
Students will be dismissed IMMEDIATELY without warning for violent behavior, bullying or bringing a weapon (of any kind) into the studio. No exceptions
Unused tuition will not be refunded upon dismissal.
Westminster Suzuki Strings is a separate business from Coffey Music and Ms. Walsh is not employed by Coffey Music. Thus, I do not get commision for the porducts you buy at Coffey music. I simply reccomend them because the service is excellent, they carry most of the things we use and the location is convienient. Also, they give students in our studio disscounts.
Please do not contact Coffey Music regarding cancellations or information regarding group schedules. They will not deliver the message and it is not their responsibility to know our group schedule. Please contact Westmisnter Suzuki Strings directly. Glendagwalsh@yahoo.com 443.789.0109.
You could get up to a month of free lessons by reffering new studnets to our program! At Westminster Suzuki Strings we give tuition credits for refferals. If a new family enrolls in group lessons you will get a $25 credit towards your next tuition payment. If they register for individual lessons, your credit will equal the length of lesson your student takes. Half hour $25, 45 minutes $35, Hour $50. This is good for up to 4 families per year that you reffer. Don't forget to tell them that you sent them!