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PRIVATE STUDIO POLICY

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

My goal is to develop violists who are stellar contributors to their School Orchestras and who can also stand on their own as soloists and leaders among their peers.  My teaching focuses on polished, solid fundamental skills upon which we can build repertoire appropriate to each student's progression.  I believe that music is a form of deep expression that allows for self reflection, appreciation, team-work, and so many other things!  And we love to have fun while we shoot for our goals such as All Region, Solo & Ensemble, and Studio Recitals!

Please complete the Contact Form for more information or to begin the sign up process.

COMMUNICATION

CALENDAR & SCHEDULING

Once enrolled for the semester cycle, you are financially obligated for that cycle of lessons.
~ Fall 2018 Cycle: August 20-December 21 (No lessons during Thanksgiving & Christmas breaks)

~ Spring 2019 Cycle: January 7-May 10 (No lessons during Spring Break)

RATES & PAYMENT

  • Private Lesson tuition holds your time slot in the teacher’s weekly schedule.  Tuition is calculated by multiplying the time slot rate x the number of weeks in the month.  Tuition for the month is due in full at the first lesson of the month, but no later than the 15th of that month.  
    (Example: 4 weeks in the month x $35 per week for a 30 minute lesson = $140 due at the month's first lesson)

     

  • Online payments (preferred) are available via your Student/Parent Portal Login on the Lawrence String Studio website.
    Please make checks out to “Beth Lawrence”.

    30 minute lesson = $35
    50 minute lesson = $60
    In-school lesson rates vary by District.  Please check with your Orchestra Director.  Monthly payment schedule still applies.


    Rates are comparable and can be subject to change.

     

  • A $25 late fee will be incurred for late payment if not received by the second lesson of that month.  Consistently late payments may result in forfeited lessons and/or removal from the Studio.
     

  • A $30 fee will be incurred for any returned checks.  Cash-only for all future payments.  
     

  • There will be no refund or adjustment of tuition for lessons missed by the student for any reason.

      (See Attendance & Cancellation)
 

ATTENDANCE & CANCELLATION

  • Home studio students should arrive no more than 10 minutes early to their scheduled lesson times.  You may wait outside on the bench or knock softly, come in and wait on the bench inside the door.
     

  • Lessons beginning late because of student tardiness will still end at their scheduled end-time.  Lessons beginning late because of teacher tardiness will be given the full amount of time, schedule permitting.

Please bring your full calendar to the first lesson of the semester cycle for planning purposes.  This includes vacations, school sporting events and concerts.  Known conflicts can be accounted for and worked around.  Tuition will not be adjusted for the month but rather, the lesson for that conflict will be moved.

     If you need to reschedule, please get in touch with Mrs. Lawrence as soon as possible. 
     Make up slots are offered on the 4th Wednesday of each month.

"No-shows" or cancellations received after 10am on the day of the lesson will be considered forfeited and will not be made up or credited to the next month for any reason.
     

  • Lessons cancelled by the teacher will be made-up at a mutually agreed upon time or a credit will be applied to the next month’s tuition.
     

  • Students will not be scheduled for lesson days falling on standard school district holidays.
    Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving & Winter Breaks, MLK, Spring Break, Memorial Day

STUDIO PROTOCOL

At your first lesson...

  • Parents, please plan to attend your child's first lesson.  At this time we will conduct a brief "interview" to go over the lesson contract agreement.  We will also discuss the goals and expectations of both the student and teacher. The outcome of this interview will help determine if the Lawrence String Studio is the right fit for all parties.
     

Please bring your full calendar to the first lesson of the semester cycle for planning purposes.  This includes vacations, school sporting events and concerts.  Known conflicts can be accounted for and worked around.  Tuition will not be adjusted for the month but rather, the lesson for that conflict will be moved.

  • If enrollment is selected, the lesson plus the remainder of the month will be charged at that time.  There will be no charge if the student is not enrolled.
     

Download the Lawrence String Studio Lesson Agreement
 

At every lesson...

  • Parents of students age 12 or younger are strongly encouraged to attend their child's lesson.  Your role will be of an observer with the intent of helping your child with his/her home practice.  Parents of all students are encouraged to observe or drop in to their child's lesson at any time.

  • Bring required materials (see below). 

  • Please arrive approximately 5-10 minutes before your scheduled lesson time.

  • Upon arriving early, you may wait on the porch bench or knock softly, let yourself in, and wait on the entryway bench.

  • No phone conversations will be permitted in the lesson space.  Please step outside to make or complete a call.

  • Please respect the studio teaching space and only use the front room area and downstairs bathroom.
     

Studio Expectations 

  • Students of Lawrence String Studio are held to high behavior standards and are expected to conduct themselves with appropriate manners and courtesy.  

  • Please be aware that for your safety and ours, security cameras (both outdoor and indoor) are in use.

  • Please be aware that the teacher is only focused on the enrolled student.  The student will be best served if siblings are not present at the lesson or are occupied and monitored by a parent at all times.  The Lawrence String Studio does not provide childcare. 

  • Students repeatedly attending lessons unprepared (lack of practice or materials) will be given a warning and will be placed on 3 weeks probation.  Continued lack of preparation after this point will result in removal from the Studio.

MATERIALS

Please bring the following materials to your lesson:

  • Family calendar (for several weeks ahead)

  • Assigned repertoire (Due to copyright law, students MUST purchase assigned music books online or through a local dealer)
    Items may be available for on-site purchase, to be invoiced to your Lawrence String Studio account.

  • School Orchestra music

  • A dedicated spiral-bound lined notebook (for lessons only)

  • Good-quality instrument/bow (email your Orchestra teacher or Mrs. Lawrence for guidance)

  • Accessories required for playing (shoulder rest, rosin, extra set of strings, pencil)

RECITALS

To Be Determined

Please complete the Contact Form for more information or to begin the sign up process.