Studio Policy


Studio Rules

  • No food.
  • No outside shoes. Barefoot, non-slip socks/slippers or inside only shoes. You’re welcome to leave slippers at the studio. Socks left at the studio are washed weekly.
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before class begins.

Dismissal

When behavior is disrespectful and/or dangerous, families will be dismissed from the studio. No portion of tuition will be refunded if dismissed as adults are expected to read studio policy prior to enrolling. 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 weapons, racial or cultural slurs and other abusive/foul language and failure to follow COVID policies.


Illness Policy

  • Stay home if anyone in the family is sick.
  • Email me to let me know that you’re sick. We will hold the lesson on ZOOM at your regular lesson time. If too sick for zoom, cancel the lesson and schedule a makeup.
  • Anyone arriving symptomatic will be sent home immediately without option for make-up.
  • If I’m sick, lessons will be held on ZOOM. An email will be sent out to notify you. If I’m too sick to ZOOM, lessons will be rescheduled.

Missing Lessons

Use My music staff to cancel lessons and reschedule for makeups.

If you’d like a makeup, you MUST cancel through My Music Staff.

  • 4 Make-up lessons (credits) are offered during the studio year (sept-Aug). Additional makeups offered at my discretion and per my availability.
  • You have 30 days to use makeup credits before they expire. If unused/expired you forfeit the lesson.
  • Makeups will not be rescheduled/made-up
  • Missed/canceled group classes are not made-up/refunded.
  • 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.

Weather Policy

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

Calendar & Lesson Scheduling

Calendar is on My Music Staff, login to view.

Students keep the same lesson day/time throughout the studio year (September through August). If you need to change your lesson time during the studio year, you will need to choose from an open lesson slot.

Lessons offered weekly (including summer) with the exception of studio closings during holidays.

The studio year (September- August) is divided into four quarters:

  • FALL: September, October, November
  • WINTER: December, January, February
  • SPRING: March, April, May
  • SUMMER: June, July, August

Summer Lessons: Students are expected to continue with lessons during the summer months. Families returning to fall lessons after a summer break are re-enrolled at a higher tuition (additional 15%). Time slots will not be held for students who break over the summer unless tuition is paid in full for the summer quarter and Fall tuition will need to be paid by Aug.15th or your fall time slot is forfeit). You may choose an earlier lessons for the summer however, your after-school time slot may not be held.


Holidays/Breaks

No lessons are held on Federal holidays and one break is scheduled each quarter. Check the calendar in My Music Staff for exact dates.


Referral Program

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


  • Tuition will not be refunded for any reason
  • Tuition is per child, no sibling discounts
  • All required books & materials for lessons are provided as part of tuition. Violin rental fees are not included in renting outside of the studio.
  • Payments are considered late if not made by the 15th. No lessons will be held after the 15th until payment is made.
  • Families who take a break from summer lessons will be re-enrolled at a higher tuition rate (additional 15%). See the “calendar & lesson scheduling above for full details.
  • Payment Methods:
    • Cash
    • Check (Made out to Westminster Suzuki Strings)
    • Paypal (There is a 3% convenience fee for each payment)
    • $30 NSF returned check/payment fee.

Monthly payments Due: 15th of each month in advance for the following month. Ex. Sept. tuition is due August 15th.

Quarterly (3 months) payments Due: August 15th, November 15th, February 15th, May 15th.

Financial Assistance: 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 listed or if your circumstances change, please reach out. I keep a very small fleet of violins that are available for use of families who qualify for financial assistance. There is a small rental fee.


Locations

Private Lessons

300 Avalon Lane Westminster, MD 21158.

Group Classes

Group classes have been paused due to the pandemic.


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