Studio Policies

Andrea Coyle’s Violin & Viola Studio, LLC
Private Violin and Viola Studio Policies 

Andrea Coyle
239.770.4016
3897 W. Grand Ave, Denver, Colorado, 80123
andreabrookcoyle@gmail.com

To nurture the potential of every student and to build a healthy community, Andrea Coyle’s Violin & Viola Studio does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities, or national or ethnic origin. Families of every background are welcome. Families in the studio are held to these same standards of inclusion.

Smoking and firearms are prohibited on the studio property.

Payment Information
Due Date: 1st of each month
Covers: private lessons, group classes, access to pre-recorded content, studio resources, monthly newsletter, lending library, administration time, lesson preparation, professional development for the teacher, benefits for the teacher (health insurance and retirement) and recitals
There are no make ups or refunds. Please take advantage of group classes and ‘extra lessons’ as offered.
Payment Methods:
Online through emailed My Music Staff Invoice (Paypal)

Tuition Rates Effect August 1, 2021
1/2 hour lessons: $125/month
1/2 hour Sibling Lessons (please ask for details): $105/month
45 min. lessons: $170/month
1 hour lessons: $210/month
Asynchronous lessons: $40/month (Does not include live private lessons. Includes group classes, asynchronous video help via Marco Polo, and access to pre-recorded content)
Late Payment Fees, assessed the 5th of the month: $25
Limited need based scholarships are available through MusicLink Foundation.
You must participate in summer lessons to hold your spot for the fall. There are no refunds.
** Students may freeze their tuition for 1 month per calendar year. No payment will be due for that month and no services will be rendered during that time.

COVID-19 Health Policy
Masks are required
for everyone entering the studio and other indoor spaces used for studio events. All parents and all students in 6th grade or above must be wearing a N95, KN95 or KF94 mask. Instead of a 95 quality mask, students in 5th grade or below may double mask with a well fitting cloth mask over a surgical mask that has been folded and tied for a proper fit. Families that can not or do not want to mask properly are welcome to attend lessons online.

Siblings that do not also take lessons should stay at home for private lessons. If you cannot find alternative childcare for additional siblings I recommend scheduling online lessons. For the occasional childcare issue, let me know and I may be able to accommodate an exception. All siblings entering the studio are held to the same mask, vaccine and health check requirements.

Up to date vaccination is required for everyone entering the studio.

Health Check
Do not attend in person activities if you or any one in your household is sick, quarantined, or testing.
You should not attend in person if your household has any of these symptoms:
Fever or chills
Cough
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Fatigue
Muscle or body aches
Headache
New loss of taste or smell
Sore throat
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
Diarrhea

Lending Library
We have a studio lending library that includes parent resources, sheet music, practice resources and instruments. I have a limited number of instruments to lend to families that are in need of an instrument. Students must be enrolled in the studio to utilize the studio lending library.

Instruments in the lending library are available on a sliding scale system. Basic maintenance for a an instruments costs about $60 per year as of 2022 (~$20 for strings, ~$40 for a bow rehair). Sliding scale options are suggested amounts per year unless otherwise noted. I have a relatively small instrument lending library at this time. If an instrument needs a repair or replacement I may not be able to provide another loaner instrument during that period. I may not be able to provide replacement parts or repairs right away.

Sliding Scale Instrument Lending Library Options:
– $0 – I cannot contribute at this time.
– $30 – I am able to contribute half the yearly estimated maintenance cost.
– $60 – I am able to contribute the yearly estimated maintenance cost.
– $5/month – I am able to contribute the yearly estimated maintenance cost, but please break it up into a monthly payment.
– $120 – I am able to contribute the yearly estimated maintenance cost and would like to cover the cost of maintaining another instrument in the library for a family that may not be able to contribute.

Instruments borrowed from the library must be kept in good condition. Do not leave in the car or store in very cold or hot environments. Store in the case with the bow loosened when not in use. Always latch or zip the case. Please keep the information card and tag with the case at all times. Always set the instrument on a table or in the case during practice breaks to prevent accidents. Clean the instrument regularly and follow all care instructions provided in lessons. Accidents do happen, so please notify me ASAP if a string breaks, the bridge or sound post fall, or if any other repairs need be made. The instrument should be returned at least once per year for regular maintenance or if you end lessons at the studio. Guide for Violin Care & Maintenance

Attendance
– Attend all studio events (lessons, recitals, workshops, parent nights, and group classes)
– Arrive on time
– Enter the studio quietly and observe, get settled, and use the restroom
– Unpack in the space provided
– Wash your hands before entering your lesson!
– Ring the door bell upon entering my home and remove your shoes if it is wet outside
– Park in front of the studio to help us be good neighbors
– Please enter a minute or two before your lesson to provide some privacy to the family before you and to limit the amount of exposure you might have to another family given our current pandemic
– Bring all of your materials, especially your lesson notebook and recording device, to every lesson
– 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.
– 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 Skype, FaceTime, Zoom or asynchronous video lesson if you do not wish to skip a lesson due to illness or inclement weather.

Mark your calendar with 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 account and emails. Please note that the absence of my car does not necessarily mean that there are no lessons as we have one car for our family. I will always hang a sign on the door when there are no lessons. When in doubt please always ring the doorbell. Your MMS calendar will always indicate wether or not you have a lesson. You should also receive an email reminder a few days before each lesson with the date, time and location of your lesson.

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. For example, students that can independently drive themselves to lessons may attend lessons by themselves. 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 (this policy may be affected by the pandemic). Young siblings may not be unsupervised. Please make sure that siblings are respectful of my home. They may sit quietly in the studio and may use the restroom. Please do not enter the other rooms unless invited. My home is shared with my partner Nick and our 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 an online lesson via Zoom, Skype, or FaceTime if you are unable to physically attend your lesson. You may also request an asynchronous lesson via Marco Polo. No make up lessons will be given and are built into our schedule and tuition. “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, LLC. Please park in away that will allow other students to park in front as well. Please do not park in the drive way.

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 and the studio. 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. Please do not let the cat out. She is very social, but does not enjoy being picked up. Please be gentle with her and she will continue to enjoy your company!

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
  • Be respectful to others including the parent and the students

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 routine 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
  • Be respectful to others including other parents, teacher, and other students
  • 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 from 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. Successful students typically practice 5-7 days per week. If you are consistently practicing fewer than 4 days per week, please ask for practice help. You will not continue to grow as a player if you do not practice consistently!

“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. Most scheduling issues are communicated over email to save lesson time. Please respond to scheduling emails as appropriate.

Email, Marco Polo or texting are the best ways to contact your teacher. I am unavailable by phone after 8 p.m. Please communicate with me if there is something going on that I need to know about (the sooner the better and I 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 family 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.

Dress Code
Please wear modest, comfortable attire to lessons and group classes. Clothing coverage should be attire appropriate for school. Consider showering before lessons if you are coming from a sweaty activity (such as soccer practice or dance lessons). Scented perfumes should be kept to a minimum to help with perfume allergies in the studio. Plan on wearing nice concert clothes such as a white or colorful shirt, recital dress, skirt, 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!).

Food and Drink
Please limit drinks (except water), food and candy in the studio. Gum is not allowed in the studio and should not be chewed at any studio events, orchestra rehearsals or home practices.

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
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. Classes are scheduled based on the level of the students in the studio. Typically a Book 1-3 class and rehearsals for the advancing performance ensemble, Animato Strings, will be offered.