Studio Policy


Rules


  • No perfume, body spray, scented body products -Sensei is allergic.
  • No shoes in the studio. Removal of shoes initiates our intention to slow down, practice mindfulness, and helps to keep the floor clean! This provides a more hygienic environment for our studio families, especially those with crawling babies. Wear non-slip socks or slippers. You are welcome to leave socks/slippers at the studio. Sensei will washed socks between lessons. Shoes are recommend during group class and when in public spaces.
  • No food in the studio. Water only. Reusable water bottles, travel cups and containers with lids welcome. No containers without lids.
  • Hands are washed at the start of each lesson. Fingernails must be kept short—long nails and violin are not compatible.
  • Stay home when sick and symptomatic. Ask to switch to virtual lesson instead.
  • Don’t touch my violin, phone, iPad, the piano. Parents financially responsible for damages.

Schedule
Our program meets twice per week.


Tuition

Individual lessons are held Monday, Tuesday and Thursday starting at 10:30am and ending by 7:30pm. Individual lessons held in the studio.
Group classes are held every Wednesday at the church. Group class times determined by child’s playing level. We are a year- round program, however there are breaks throughout the year. The studio is closed for all federal holidays with a break each quarter. Regular participation in all studio events are required to hold your place in the program: lessons, group, classes and graduation concerts. When enrolling, parents agree to not schedule other events or enroll in additional activities that conflict with our group classes and concert schedule.


Tuition covers weekly lessons & group classes, two graduation concerts per year and all materials required for lessons (except violin rental payments). Tuition is not collected for holidays and breaks. Tuition is calculated for the year and then divided into equal payments. Therefore, the amount will be the same for each payment regardless of the number of lessons in the quarter—think subscription based. Families who take a break from lessons are charged a higher tuition fee upon re-enrollment.

Tuition will not be refunded for any reason, including early withdrawal before or after term begins. Tuition is collected quarterly and is due August 15th, November 15th, February 15th and May 15th. If payment is not received by the 20th of the month, participation is suspended until payment is received. Payment method accepted: Check, PayPal and cash. Smaller installment payment options are available via autopay (no check/cash). Small transaction fee for electronic payments. Give 30 days notice to you wish to terminate lessons to avoid invoicing for the upcoming quarter.

Tuition fees are per quarter (for 3 months): 30 minute lessons: $375.
45 minute lessons: $579. 60 minute lessons $ 750.

All children should have access to high quality education regardless of income and social status. Therefore, I aim to make tuition fees affordable and equitable. If you are not able to afford tuition as quoted, or if your circumstances change, please reach out to complete an application for reduced tuition fees. Household income and number of family members considered. Credit score is not a factor. Let’s have a conversation that can lead us to making sure we can find a way to make lessons affordable for your family.


Missing Lessons

Lessons will not be extended if family is running late. Missed time due to tardiness is not made up. Cancel through My Music Staff (tutorial videos found on the My Music Staff page.) You will receive a make-up credit. You can use this credit to reschedule through MMS. 4 Make-up lessons are offered during the studio year (sept-Aug); additional makeups are rarely offered. Make-up credits expire after 90 days and they don’t roll over into the next studio year. Canceled Makeups will not be rescheduled. No make-ups for missed group classes. In the extremely rare event that I need to cancel a lesson, I will reschedule. If I’m not feeling well but still able to teach, lessons will be held virtually. Participation in group class is required to participate in graduation concerts.


Weather Policy

If CCPS are closed, classes are held virtually at the regularly scheduled time. If schools are closing early and/or after school activities are canceled, classes are held virtually. If schools are opening with a delay, classes will be held in the studio as usual. If school is closed/closing early group class will be held on ZOOM.

ACCESSING ZOOM: Sign in to your My Music Staff account to access the zoom link. Click on today’s lesson. The drop down in will say “zoom” instead of studio. Click on “zoom” and you’ll be redirected to the virtual waiting room. FaceTime can be used instead of zoom for individual lesson.


If you are not able to attend virtually, cancel through MMS for a make-up credit. Be advised that this makeup will count as one of the 4 credits offered during the studio year.


Illness Policy

Due to my work as a Clinical Musician, I take illness very seriously as it could be deadly for people who have compromised immune systems. Getting sick impacts my ability to go to work. With virtual options, there is zero reason to attend lessons while sick. Stay home if anyone in the family is sick. Anyone arriving symptomatic (coughing, sneezing, etc) will be sent home immediately without option for make-up or refund. Lessons are held virtually if any party is sick. You may cancel the lesson in My Music Staff and opt for a make-up if too ill for a virtual lesson. Tutorial videos can be found on the My Music Staff page.


Violin & Materials

All materials required for lessons are provided. Do not get a violin before you begin lessons. Violins must be approved by Sensei, for the correct size and proper set up. Adult will need a full sized violin for the first few months of study. Children begin on box violins and switch to a real violin when readiness is demonstrated.


Practice & Listening

Families are expected to listen to the recordings and practice 4-6 days per week in this program. 4-6 days includes your lesson and group class days. Less than 4 days of practice per week will not result in progress.


Performances

Two Graduation concerts are held each studio year. The first in October and the second in April. As performance is a key pillar in music education, all families are expected to participate. Smaller performance opportunities are held throughout the year and are optional.


Contact & Media

All lesson cancelation and registration should be completed through My Music Staff. Feel free to reach out via text, phone and email for other matters. I don’t take messages over the weekend or during breaks. Photo and video of your child may be posted on social media or used for promotional materials.


Dismissal

When behavior is disrespectful and/or dangerous, families will be dismissed from the studio. No portion of tuition will be refunded if dismissed.. Immediate dismissal will occur if behavior is dangerous or abusive. Examples of behavior resulting in immediate dismissal include: bullying, physical harm to others, destruction of property, possession of illicit drugs/paraphernalia, weapons, racial or cultural slurs and other abusive/foul language, for entering into any private areas of my home, and failure to follow COVID policies.


Social Media

Families are welcome to follow studio social media accounts. I post reminders, practice tips, parent education videos and share photo/video from lessons. As a policy, I don’t send/accept friend requests or follow families back. I don’t check messages on social media-it’s better to contact me via phone or email.

If you’d like to follow my personal practice videos or my work as a Clinical Musician follow me on Instagram.


Referral Program

If you refer a family to the studio and they enroll in lessons, you receive a free lesson!


Locations

Private Lessons

300 Avalon Lane Westminster, MD 21158.

Group Classes

Westminster Church of the Brethren

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