Studio Policies

To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time.
— Leonard Bernstein

Practice times should be a minimum of the length of the lesson times five days a week, not including the lesson. For example, a student with a thirty minute lesson needs to practice five days a week for thirty minutes outside of the lesson time. 

Semester tuition must be paid in full or in monthly installments by the first day of each month. Late payments will be assessed a $10 late fee. Students must take each semester in order to have a guaranteed spot in the studio. Accepted forms of payment are cash, check, or Venmo (username: lauposey).

Spring Semester: January through April
Summer Semester: May through August
Fall Semester: September through December

Fall 2019 Tuition Rates
      30 Minute Lessons: $115/month or $460/semester
      45 Minute Lessons: $172.50/month or $690/ semester
      60 Minute Lessons: $230/month or $920/semester

I recommend 30 minute lessons for book 1 students, 45 minute lessons for book 2-3 students, and 60 minute lessons for book 4 and beyond. For advanced students I offer 90 minute lessons.

Extra lessons are available as needed for a rate of $70/hour to be paid at the lesson.

Cancellations and Make-Up Lessons
48 hours notice is necessary to cancel a lesson. Family emergency or illness that causes a student to miss school are acceptable reasons for cancellations. Scheduling errors, not being prepared for the lesson or forgetting lesson times are not excuses and the canceled lesson will be counted as a lesson. Lessons that are canceled within 48 hours can be made up based on my availability. All makeup lessons are at the discretion of the teacher.

No lesson credits roll over from the previous semester.

When signing up for a lesson, a time slot is reserved. Lesson times end on time in order to not inconvenience other student’s lessons and the teacher’s schedule.

Two weeks notice needs to be given for any student canceling lessons with my studio. If two weeks notice is not given, families will be billed for that month of lessons.

In cases of emergency, such as illness of either the student or parent, please stay home! I will do my best to accommodate a make-up time.

If I need to miss a lesson, I will reschedule it individually with each family.

Please enter through the front door, which will be open for you in time for your lesson. Please park on the street and not in my driveway. Please respect my home as you would your own.

Parent Attendance
Parents of children under the age of 13 are required to attend lessons, take notes, and to participate in home teaching (practice).

Videos are welcome in lessons with permission from me, but no public posting on social media or YouTube is permitted.

Students must listen to recordings of their current repertoire regularly. They should listen to their current piece twice a day and the entire CD a few times a week. I encourage not only the Suzuki CD recordings, but also finding other supplemental recordings. This almost feels like cheating because students who regularly listen learn faster. Feel free to also supplement with more advanced material or music with other instruments. 

Book Recitals
In order to graduate to the next Suzuki book, students are required to give a recital of all the pieces learned from the previous book (memory required!). I will let students know when they will be ready for this recital in order for appropriate details to be arranged. Recitals are most often held at the student’s home. Students beyond the Suzuki repertoire will prepare larger works (i.e. Bach suites, concertos, etc.) for yearly recitals.

Please keep me informed of any issues pertinent to your student's development. Feel free to contact me if you or your student have a concern so we can find an equitable solution.