Studio Policies

Andrea Coyle's Violin & Viola Studio

Andrea Coyle’s Violin & Viola Studio
Private Studio Policies 2017-2018

Andrea Coyle
239.770.4016
3897 W. Grand Ave, Denver, Colorado, 80123
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Payment Information
Your tuition is due by the 1st of each month. Your tuition includes private lessons, group classes, and recitals occurring between September and June and is divided into ten equal monthly payments.  There are no make ups or refunds. Please take advantage of ‘extra lessons’ as offered. If you choose to write a check instead of utilizing Paypal through My Music Staff, please make the check out to Andrea Coyle. Please mail this check by the 1st of the month to 3897 W. Grand Ave, Denver, Colorado, 80123.

Summer lessons will be scheduled based on the availability of the teacher and student, with a minimum of 4 lessons per summer. Please pay for your summer lessons by the 1st of each month for the lessons you have scheduled in the upcoming month. There are no refunds.

Tuition Rates for 2018-2019
Tuition Months: September – June (June payment is for 4 summer lessons, additional lessons may be scheduled on an à la carte basis)

1/2 hour lessons: $100/month and $25/additional summer lesson
1/2 hour Sibling Lessons (please ask for details): $80/month and $25/additional summer lesson
45 min. lessons: $150/month and $45/additional summer lesson
1 hour lessons: $180/month and $50/additional summer lesson
Late Payment Fees: $5
Need based scholarships are available through MusicLink Foundation.

Attendance
Please attend all lessons and group lessons. Please arrive on time. If there is a lesson scheduled before yours, please feel free to enter the studio quietly and observe, get settled, and use the restroom. Please unpack in the living room to save lesson time. Please wash your hands before entering your lesson! Please ring the door bell upon entering my home and remove your shoes. Help me be a good neighbor! When possible park in front of the studio.

Bring all of your materials, especially the lesson notebook and technology to record practice videos, to every lesson.

Please keep our studio a “cell phone free zone”.  Please set all electronic devices to silent. Feel free to use your phone to record important aspects of the lesson.

Please do not attend lessons if you or your child are sick. If your child is too sick for school, they are too sick to have a lesson. If the student or anyone in the student’s family has had a fever or vomited with 24 hours of the lesson, please do not come to the studio. You may request a FaceTime, Google Hangout, or Skype lesson if you do not wish to skip a lesson due to illness or inclement weather.

Mark your calendar to include all of our studio events and dates when there are no lessons. Mark recital dates in big red letters. Stay aware of updates. Please keep up to date with your lesson schedule via your My Music Staff login and emails.

All parents are required to attend their child’s lessons and to take notes. This will become less strict as your child grows older and becomes more independent. We will discuss your role as a Suzuki parent in lessons. We will have some discussion of the Suzuki philosophy, hands on instruction with the instrument, and instruction on how to practice with your child, as well as how to read music. Siblings may come to lessons if they are able to observe or play quietly. Young siblings may not be unsupervised. Please make sure that siblings are respecting my home. They may sit in the living room or studio and may use the restroom. Please do not enter the other rooms unless invited. My home is shared with my husband Nick and cat Eowyn. Please be respectful of their space.

School aged students are expected to participate in their school and community music programs or orchestra as appropriate. Students are encouraged to attend music camps, festivals, and workshops regularly. Parents should strive to take their family to quality concerts several times a year. Many orchestras, including the Colorado Symphony, offer a student discount.

Make-Up Lessons
Out of courtesy for the teacher, a 24 hour notice is requested for all missed lessons.  Please note that you may request a video chat lesson if you are unable to physically attend your lesson time. No make up lessons will be given. “Extra” lessons are occasionally offered. I recommend that you take advantage of these opportunities. If you need to miss several lessons (more than 3 in a row) due to medical reasons or a family emergency, please let me know and we can discuss putting your tuition on hold.

Parking
Help us be a good neighbor! If at all possible, please park in front of Andrea Coyle’s Violin & Viola Studio. Please park in away that will allow other students to park in front as well.

The Studio
Please help keep the studio clean and healthy by washing your hands and removing your shoes. Young siblings may not be unsupervised. You may use the restroom next to the studio, the studio, and the living room. Please do not enter the other rooms in the house unless invited to do so. Please do not allow your child to play with the piano, wooden music stand, or other equipment unless it is part of their lesson.

Expectations
Teacher

  • Communicate with the family about practice techniques and the Suzuki Method
  • Be the studio teacher
  • Schedule and lead lessons, recitals, group classes, and other studio events
  • Instruct the parent on how to practice with the child at home
  • Committed to lifelong learning
  • Proved quality instruction, guidance, and expertise at each stage of development
  • Adapt lessons to each unique student
  • Create a positive learning environment
  • Has a comprehensive understanding of the Suzuki Philosophy
  • Ability with their instrument

Parents

  • Take an active role in the learning process
  • Attend all lessons, parent educations sessions, group classes, recitals, and studio events
  • Be the home teacher and assist in home practice
  • Establish a daily routing of practice and listening
  • Create a positive practice environment
  • Have a long-term commitment to the Suzuki Method and working together
  • Have a “no quitting” policy
  • Continue to learn about the Suzuki Method through reading, blogs, and parent sessions
  • Take effective and detailed notes
    • include date, scales, techniques, etude, review, current piece, and new piece
    • reminders about technique, posture, and sound production
    • number of repetitions and other practice ideas
    • record what and how to practice

Student

  • Be ready to learn
  • Take an active role in the learning process
  • Attend all lessons, group classes, recitals, and studio events
  • Listen to and follow the directions of the teacher and parent
  • Do your best
  • Have fun
  • Practice daily
  • Be respectful to others including parent, teacher, and other students
  • Learn to focus

Prerequisites

  • Both the parent and child must have a desire to learn
  • Both must have the ability to focus to learn
  • Physical skills must be mastered
  • Musical skills must be learned
  • Respect in each area of the Suzuki triangle – Parent – Child – Teacher
  • Parent must be willing to learn necessary skills – parent education

Practicing
Parents and students are expected to practice and listen daily. Work hard! Your teacher’s assignments should be carried out fully so that your teacher can help you be your best. Please prioritize LISTENING and REVIEW. Each student is required to practice and listen for approximately the length of their lesson. This may be more or less as discussed in lessons. Parents and students are required to take notes during lessons and classes. Parents and students are also required to keep a practice log of daily practice.

“Only practice on the days you eat.” – Shinichi Suzuki

Communication
Please check the announcements and reminders posted on the studio boards, in studio emails, and on your My Music Staff account. Read everything your teacher gives to you! These materials have been carefully prepared to help you succeed.

Email or texting are the best ways to contact your teacher. We are unavailable by phone after 8 p.m. Please communicate with your teacher if there is something going on that they need to know about (the sooner the better and we will do the same). Please feel free to call to discuss sensitive issues that should not be discussed in the lesson or in front of the child. Please consider setting up a time outside of lessons to discuss an issue to save valuable lesson time.

Andrea Coyle’s Violin & Viola Studio is online at littletonviolinlessons.com, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube, Google+, Pinterest, and Vimeo. Please follow your sites of choice for important information, including parent education articles and student performances.

Lesson Length
Recommended lesson time (older students may consider a longer lesson time):

  • Pre-Twinkle through Book One and beginning students – 30 minute lesson
  • Book Two through Book Four and intermediate students –   45 minute lesson
  • Book Five and up and advancing students –  60 min. lesson

Recitals
Recitals are an important and exciting way to share all that has been accomplished on your instrument. Students will be expected to perform a well-polished piece or pieces (usually 2-3 pieces back from the current piece) that are decided on in lessons. Attendance is strongly recommended for each student and their families whether they choose to perform or not.

At the end of each book students are encouraged to have a graduation recital. This will encourage polishing of the entire book and will celebrate the accomplishment of moving on to a new level. Recitals can be scheduled at the student’s home or another appropriate venue. The studio, other friends, family, and classmates should be invited to the recital by the student’s family.

Observations
There may be times when other students or teachers will come to watch a lesson. The student is not being judged and should proceed with the lesson as if no visitors were present.

Attire
Please wear modest, comfortable attire to lessons and group classes. Plan on wearing nice concert clothes (recital dress, white shirt, black bottoms, tie, etc.) for most recitals. Please check the information for each recital as some performances may require less formal dress, or even a costume. I do not recommend heels for practice, lessons, or performances. If you choose to wear heels for a performance please bring them to a lesson before the concert so we can practice playing in heels (which is really hard!).

Media Release
Andrea Coyle’s Violin & Viola Studio is on the Internet. Sites include, but aren’t limited to littletonviolinlessons.com, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube, Google+, Pinterest, and Vimeo. The purpose of these pages is to inform people about my music studio and to share work created by students.

By agreeing to my required studio policies, parents give me permission to put student photos, writing, video, or art work from the music studio on my internet pages and in print brochures and materials. For security reasons, only first initials will be used.

Supply List

Violin/Viola Lessons Materials
Materials should be brought to each lesson and be available for each practice session. Required:

  • A quality violin or viola (please ask for instrument sizing)
  • Suzuki Book 1 and CD (or digital recording) and other sheet music
  • I can read music volume 1
  • Notebook for keeping lesson notes and practice logs
  • Folder or binder for keeping practice logs, handouts, programs, loose sheet music, and other materials
  • Pencil
  • Rosin
  • Shoulder pad or rest (we will discuss this in the lesson)
  • Cleaning cloth (a small piece of T-shirt works very well)
  • Bag for carrying lesson materials

Links to these materials can be found here: https://littletonviolinlessons.com/supplies/

Recommended:

  • Recording Device such as an iPhone to record parts of the lesson
  • Suzuki CDs Vol 2-4
    Music stand
  • Metronome
  • String Swing Violin Hanger
Piano Lessons Materials
Materials should be brought to each lesson and be available for each practice session. Required:

  • A piano or digital piano (with weighted keys and pedal)
  • A bench or chair adjusted to the correct height (young students may also need a foot stool)
  • Faber Piano Adventures: Lesson Book, Theory for your age and level
  • Pencil
  • Notebook and/or binder to keep lesson notes and handouts
  • Music Bag

Links to these materials can be found here: https://littletonviolinlessons.com/supplies/

Recommended:

  • Recording Device such as an iPhone to record parts of the lesson
  • Supplemental Music
  • Metronome
  • Faber Piano Adventures: Performance, Technique & Artistry for your age and level
Ukulele Class Materials
Materials should be brought to each lesson and be available for each practice session. Required:

  • Rainbow Ukulele: Student Method Book Vol. 1
  • Makala Ukulele or other quality Ukulele
  • Snark Tuner
Recommended:

  • Recording Device such as an iPhone to record parts of the lesson
  • String Swing Ukulele Hanger

 

Group Classes
Group class is an important aspect of the Suzuki method and your musical training. Group class provides each child with an opportunity to learn from a peer and become a leader or teacher themselves. It helps to grow their confidence and self-esteem. Group classes also provide a supportive environment to practice performing, develop ensemble skills, and develop social skills. Review in group classes greatly supports the review efforts at home. Older students get extra review practice, while younger students have the opportunity to be active listeners of pieces they will soon play. Playing with others is one of the most joyful musical experiences! Please make every effort to attend group class.

Suzuki Violin/Viola Group Classes for 2018-2019
Group classes will be held on Fridays September through May Please read your monthly newsletter and look at your MMS calendar for information about the schedule for each class. All classes and rehearsals are at the studio unless otherwise listed.

4:15 Chamber Coaching
5:00 PM Pre-Twinkle/Book 1 Class
5:30 PM Performance Class, Special Topics, Music Enrichment all levels
6:00 PM Books 2-4 Class
6:30 Chamber Coaching

Group classes are included in your monthly tuition. All students should plan on attending their private lessons and group classes. Please let me know if you are unable to attend group class.

2018-2019 Recitals
Ukulele Summer Camp Final Performance June 29, 2018 at 2:30 at Hallmark Nursing Center
Summer Recital July 28, 2018 at 3:00 at Hallmark Nursing Center
Fall Recital October 27, 2018 at 3:30 at the Rockley Community Music Hall
Holiday Performance December 8, 2018 at 3:00 at Hallmark Nursing Center
Spring Recital April 27, 2019 at 3:30 at the Rockley Community Music Hall

***Updates for – 2019-2020***

  • Yearly Registration Fee: $30 – includes Studio Notebook, copies, access to Andrea Coyle’s Violin & Viola Studio Music Library, registration for the year

 

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