Where Do I Begin?
Complete the Contact Form. I will send you an informational e-mail with more detail about my studio and policies and we can discuss any questions you may have. I like to schedule a meeting in person to get acquainted, either for you to observe a lesson with one of my current students or to give your child a chance to play for me, if they already have experience. If there is not an opening students are placed on a waiting list. Parents of young beginners need to take two lessons of a parent education unit before the student lessons begin.
What is the Time Commitment?
Starting violin/viola lessons with your child will change your life in wonderful ways that you cannot imagine. It is also a significant time commitment. It will be difficult to spend the time necessary to enjoy this new endeavor if your child has many other activities. One of the special things about the Suzuki Method is the closeness that comes from parent and child working together during the week. Parents and students attend lessons together so the parent can take notes and help with home practice. Students are asked to practice daily with their practice partner. For beginners this can be as little as 15-30 minutes a day, playing and listening to music; my advanced students will practice up to an hour each day. Also, daily listening to the Suzuki recordings is required. We have group lessons once a month and recitals throughout the year.
How Much Does it Cost?
In addition to monthly studio tuition and annual fees, students will need to rent or buy an instrument. The cost of an instrument varies although you can plan to rent for around $25 per month. Some parents opt to buy an instrument and sell it to another family when their child grows into the next size. It may cost anywhere from $100 - $200 to buy an instrument. I will ask you to purchase the current Suzuki Method book and recording. There also will be small, incidental expenses over time such as rosin, strings, shoulder rest, etc. Tuition costs increase each year so please contact the studio for current hourly rate.
Lesson and Tuition Schedule
- There are 30 private lessons from Labor Day through Memorial Day and 9 group lessons. The summer session is 6 weeks of private lessons and 2 group lessons.
- Tuition is 9 equal payments during the academic year regardless of the number of weeks in a month.
- Payment is due in full at the beginning of each month paid by check or secure online credit card payment.
- There is an annual recital fee of $50 and an annual registration fee of $50 as well as service charges for late payments or returned checks.
Lesson Length and Home Practice
I recommend the following lesson lengths.
- Beginners (pre Twinkle through Book I) - 30 minute lessons
- Intermediates (Book II through Book III) - 45 minute lessons
- Advanced (Book IV and up) - 60 minute lessons
Recitals and Public Performance
There are three all-student recitals and two performance classes each academic year. We also play a fun holiday performance each December. There may be additional community service concerts during the year.
Group lessons are an essential part of the Suzuki program. Children reap enormous benefits from watching, playing and interacting with their peers. They also learn teamwork, respect, advanced musical skills such as ensemble playing and listening, and how to perform in front of an audience. Depending upon each student's level groups meet on Thursday or Friday evenings once a month for 45 minute classes. Group lessons are included in your monthly tuition.
Resources for Parents
I'm not only teaching your child; I'm teaching you how to support your young violinist or violist. I will guide you every step of the way with clear instructions, video resources, ideas and support, parent training classes, parent-teacher conferences in the spring and a lending library of informative Suzuki reading materials.