SUZUKI VIOLIN RICHMOND 

STUDIO POLICIES

* Give notice of one full term for any leave of absence.

* Attend all group lessons and end of term concerts.

* ​Become a member of the London Suzuki Group or BSI.

* Pay term fees in full on or before your first lesson of term.

* Whilst enrolled in my studio your child should not be having violin lessons with another teacher, which includes lessons at school. The same principle should be followed during the observation period (before lessons commence). 

* The main Suzuki Parent should attend all individual lessons (except of course in cases of illness or other reasons previously discussed with myself)

*The main Suzuki parent should also attend the vast majority of group lessons scheduled. 

Group lessons are not just a fun 'extra'. They are an integral part of the method you have chosen for your child. The children are learning invaluable ensemble skills that apply to playing with any chamber group or orchestra. Groups continue on from individual lessons and there are lots of technical and musical points to make note of. Please watch the lesson and write down specific spots to work on at home (because your child most likely will not) and the games I use. You can use them at home! Your child and myself will really appreciate having your full attention. 

You will also get ideas for home practice which will be useful to you as main practice partner. 

* Please don't make a habit of asking another student which piece or book they are on. Some don't mind being asked this question, but many do. If a child wishes to volunteer the information because they are proud of a particular achievement, that is fine. Just remember, it is not what piece we play but how it is played that matters (musically, with beautiful sound, good intonation, technical security). Someone in Book 1 or 2 can have a very solid technique and express an idea just as beautifully than someone in Book 8. We can all learn something from each other regardless of age and current book. The same applies to questions such as 'What grade are you on?' No doubt, the children will get asked this at school and it can be an uncomfortable question. I suggest answering with statements like: 'Well, I have done some grades but I'm focused on the important things like intonation, tone, posture and bow hold. How about you?'

Phones..!

* I have a strong preference for note taking with a pen and paper rather than a phone. 

For the following reasons:
- The act of writing with pen on paper instills the information much better in the brain than typing it on a screen  (read this article)

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/dec/16/cognitive-benefits-handwriting-decline-typing?fbclid=IwAR0YyDDhn_MFGMOgEzcpNpGEiImqcQ0Z-zqIrdH4phdDu_Y73FSMLfk2050

- Your child needs to know that they have your attention during the lesson. Sharing your attention with a notebook will feel totally different to a child than you using a phone. Feel free, however to use your phones to take pictures and videos.

I do understand that phones need to be on for family emergencies, so if you need to make an important call outside please do so.  

I also ask that phones not be used in group lessons, except to take photos or videos. 

* If partners, nannies or grandparents occasionally attend lessons in place of the main Suzuki parent, they should be prepared to take notes and give the lesson their full attention. Please make sure to relay the above information to them.  

Cancellation Policy

In the event that you cancel a lesson, no refund can be given for any reason (including illness or prearranged vacation).  In the event that I miss a lesson, you may request a refund or to have the lesson rescheduled at a time that is mutually convenient.  You may switch lessons with another student, but please notify me if you do so. 

 

Payment Methods

Payment can be made by cheque, cash or bank transfer. 

Fees for each full term are of a fixed amount and should be paid on or before the first lesson of term. Each term typically consists of 12-13 individual lessons, 8 group lessons and 1 concert.

 

Illness Policy

I request that students who have had a temperature or been sick within 24 hours, do not attend private lessons or group classes. The same guidelines are suggested for students with nausea. I reserve the right not to teach students who are ill, or appear to be suffering symptoms of the flu. As a general rule, if your child has not been well enough for school, they are not well enough for their violin lesson. 

Studio Etiquette

* Out of respect for the neighbours and my students having a lesson, please try to be quiet as you come in and out of the studio.

* If bringing younger siblings to lessons, please only bring toys that are quiet so as not to distract the child having their lesson. Bring things that can be cleared away quickly so as not to delay the next lesson.

 

* Please leave the toilet area as you would wish to find it.

Parents should accompany young children to the toilet.

 

* Wash hands before the lesson. 

* The teaching studio is a food free zone as several children have allergies.

 

* Bring all relevant materials to each lesson!

Note book, pen, Suzuki book, group repertoire.. etc

 

Group Lessons

The Woodville Centre is a day centre for elderly people with Alzheimers. Please be sensitive to this fact and be calm and respectful when in the building. 

 

 Arrive at least 5 minutes early to get instruments out and use the bathroom.

If you arrive late to the group, please come in quietly and wait for a suitable time to join the class.

Please respect the space and keep noise to a minimum.