- Weekly Private Lessons: Students will take a weekly private lesson throughout the year. There will be a minimum of 30 lessons scheduled per 2019-2020 season.
- Bi-Weekly Group Classes: Group classes provide and enjoyable social outlet for musical learning and teach valuable ensemble skills that cannot be learned in private lessons alone. Group classes are a core component of the Suzuki approach and are required for all students age 5+. Please note: school band and orchestra does not exempt students from group classes. A minimum of 15 group classes will be taught per season. Classes are mixed with ages & levels for learning purposes. (Group class schedule TBA.)
- Recitals: All students are required attend/perform in two studio recitals per year (Winter & Spring). Flute students are also required to participate in one mandatory piano rehearsal before playing in any recital. “Rehearsal & Recital” dates are provided on the studio website calendar.
- Graduate Recitals: All students are encouraged to perform their own graduate recital upon the completion of each book. Many student families choose to host graduate recitals in their own homes where they provide a reception for their guests. Students are also welcome to use Flute & Friends Academy space for this event (rental fee is discounted at $50 per hour for students, minimum of 2 hours required), or rent a venue of their choosing. Parents will be responsible for graduate recital fees including 1) paying the piano accompanist for rehearsal & performance, and if necessary, 2) the venue of their choosing. Flute & Friends staff will assist all families with graduate recital plans. *Graduate recitals are not required but highly recommended!
- Community Events: The Academy often participates in local community events, for example, trips to the Philadelphia Orchestra Family Concerts, or recitals at a retirement home. Student families are highly encouraged to participate but not required to. Attendance of these type of events supports a well-rounded musical immersion and education.
- Play-Ins (flute only): The flute studio organizes occasional Play-ins with other Suzuki flute studios such as The Music School of Delaware students. A Play-in is a gathering of a larger Suzuki community where students play through common repertoire. This is a wonderful opportunity for review, to expand community and for younger students to hear more advanced pieces in upper books.
Parent & Family Role in Lessons
Parent/Guardian Participation: Parents function as a core component of the Suzuki method and take on the role of “at home practice partner.” It is a requirement that parents with children under the age of 10 attend and participate in all lessons and group classes. It is recommended that the same parent/caregiver that comes to the weekly lesson also be the at home practice partner. This ensures consistency and more efficient weekly skill building. In the occasional circumstance that a different parent/caregiver brings a student to a lesson, they must also be willing to participate and take notes. Please note that students under the age of 10 years are required to have a parent or guardian with them at all times.
Parent Role in Lessons: Leave it to the teacher to lead the lesson. Students are often confused when hearing directions from both their parent and teacher at the same time. As a Suzuki parent, your job is to be the observer so that you can recreate the practice at home, take notes and videos, and ask questions if a task is unclear. Your teacher may need you to step in for discipline reasons or participation and will ask you if need be. Please bring your practice book to every lesson so that you can work together with your teacher to create a record of tasks and progress that you can both refer to each week.
Siblings Attending Lessons: Siblings are welcome to attend lessons and group classes if they can sit quietly without requiring continual parental attention. It is recommended that siblings be at least 4 years in age if they come to a lesson. Please bring some type of activity for younger siblings to do during the lesson and/or visit our activity boxes before entering your lesson room. When parents are having to attend continuously to a sibling, it is very likely that they will miss important information being taught in the lesson and/or be unable to take sufficient notes. Students are often distracted by younger siblings and this can lead to frustration and lack of progress. In order for students to be successful, they need to be able to focus and have a parent’s undivided attention for the duration of the lesson.
Siblings & Friends Participating in Lessons: Siblings/friends often wish to participate in both group classes and private lessons. Academy teachers are more than happy to incorporate siblings/friends into a portion of a lesson under the condition that it does not disrupt or upset the flow of the lesson. Each sibling/friend scenario presents different circumstances, so teachers reserve the right to decide about participation on a case by case basis. If a younger sibling is showing ongoing interest in participating, it is very likely that they are ready for their own lessons. This would be most beneficial for everyone.
Observations: On occasion, prospective families and academy teachers will be invited to observe current student lessons. Academy teachers enjoy learning from one another and meeting each other’s students. This is great practice for your child to become accustomed to playing in front of visitors. It helps to decrease performance anxiety and increases confidence. The academy will do it’s best to contact families ahead of time if a visitor is planning on coming to a lesson, but please know this is not always possible.
Smooth Lesson Transitions: Life is very busy for everyone and students are often coming from other activities, after care, sports etc. Academy teachers are skilled at meeting students where they are at when they walk through the door. However at the same time, it is important to gain the most out of any lesson, so families are encouraged to have a healthy snack, a bit of play-time, or anything else beforehand that fosters focus and a positive attitude upon arrival lessons.
Tuition & Fees
Tuition fees are based on the length of the private lesson and include all private lessons, group classes, studio play-ins, recitals and other community performance opportunities. Tuition does NOT include optional ticketed events such as concerts, masterclasses or graduate recital fees.
Tuition is based on a 30-week season; Sept through mid-June and can be made in 2 large payments (Aug & Feb) or in 10 regular monthly installments over the course of the season (Sept-June).
*Tuition rates and registration fees reflect 2019-2020 season only and are subject to change in 2020-2021.
Attendance & Cancellations
Student Cancellations: Consistency is essential to the learning process; therefore, attendance should be taken seriously and held as a priority for all scheduled lessons and events throughout the year. There will be NO credit or 1:1 make-ups given for missed private lessons. Instead, there will be 4 extra teaching weeks scheduled throughout the year to allow for occasional absences for any reason. Please contact your teacher via email or text if you cannot make your regularly scheduled lesson. Rescheduled lessons, other than the additional teaching weeks, will be given only at the teacher’s discretion and convenience, and she/he is under no obligation to do so.
Teacher Cancellations: If a teacher cancels a group class, she is under no obligation to reschedule it if 15 total group classes have been taught per season. If a teacher cancels a private lesson, she is under no obligation to reschedule it unless she has already cancelled 2 previous lessons. * Please note as stated above that both extra group classes and private lessons are scheduled throughout the year that are given by the teacher on his/her own time. These extra lessons are scheduled in the event that the teacher and/or the student miss a private lesson or group class for any reason, including inclement weather, schedule conflicts or illness.
Lesson Swap (optional): Each student will have the opportunity to sign up for the Lesson Swap option on their registration form at the beginning of each season. This will give students the option of switching lessons with another student instead of missing a lesson. Families will receive an email with the password to access the swap page on the website and can simply contact another student on list to request a lesson swap for a particular week. Academy teachers and administrators do not participate in scheduling swaps. This is the sole responsibility of student families to arrange swaps on their own time. There is never an obligation to agree to a swap if you are contacted by another family. By signing up for this option, student families agree to use the page for this purpose only, and are giving their consent for their contact info to be shared with other families. Please note that switching with someone that has a longer or shorter lesson is part of accepting the swap. Teachers are NOT able to adjust lesson duration for a lesson swap. Swapping with students that have a different teacher is also encouraged. It is not required to notify your teacher(s) when a swap has been arranged, however a quick text or email is always appreciated!
Withdrawals & Dismissals
Withdrawals: If for any reason a student must withdraw from the 2019-2020 program, 30 days’ notice must be given on the 1st of the month or 1 month’s installment is required. (* Please note that students may NOT withdraw for June lessons only. If a student is unable to attend June lessons, June’s monthly installment payment is still due). It is under the teacher’s discretion only if the student may re-enter the program at any point in time after withdrawing. Unfortunately, lesson time slots cannot be held in the case of a withdrawal. If a student would like to re-enter the program in the middle of the season, they will be offered current available time slots only.
Dismissals: Unfortunately, there are some situations that may call for the teacher’s dismissal of a student from the program: The teacher and /or administrator reserves the right to dismiss a student at any time under the following circumstances:
- Poor attendance- a student continues to miss consecutive lessons or recitals
- Lack of parent involvement, participation or attendance when required
- Consecutive late tuition payments and/or non-payment
- Consistent inappropriate behavior