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

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.  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 2017-2018
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: $88/month and $25/additional summer lesson
  • 1/2 hour Sibling Lessons (please ask for details): $67/month and $20/additional summer lesson
  • 45 min. lessons: $140/month and $40/additional summer lesson
  • 1 hour lessons: $155/month and $45/additional summer lesson
  • Late Payment Fees: $5/week

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 wash your hands before entering your lesson! Please ring the door bell upon entering my home and remove your shoes.

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. 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.

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 students discount.

Make-Up Lessons
Out of courtesy for the teacher, a 24 hour notice is requested for all missed lessons.  Tuition months include several built in make up lessons to accommodate missed lessons due to any reason by either the student or teacher. 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.

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

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

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

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 studio policies (required to take lessons), 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

Suzuki Violin/Viola Group Classes for 2017-2018
Group Class #1A Tuesday, September 26 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM at my Home Studio
Group Class #1B Thursday, September 28 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM at my Home Studio
Group Class #2A Tuesday, October 31 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM at my Home Studio
Group Class #2B Thursday, November 2 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM at my Home Studio
Group Class #3A Tuesday, February 20 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM at my Home Studio
Group Class #3B Thursday, February 22 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM at my Home Studio
Group Class #4A Tuesday, May 1 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM at my Home Studio
Group Class #4B Thursday, May 3 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM at my Home Studio

We will have 4 group class weeks between September 2017 and May 2018. During group class week you will attend group class instead of your private lesson. During group class weeks I will hold a class on Tuesdays 5:30-6:30 and a group class on Thursday from 5:30-6:30 at 3897 W. Grand Ave, Denver, Colorado, 80123. You are welcome to attend both classes. Both classes will include many of the same activities, but I will always tailor the instrumental portion of the class to the students in attendance. During group class we will play our instruments, perform for each other, work on musicianship, play music games, and, most importantly, make new friends!

Exception: If you are working on Gavotte from Mignon in Book 2+, are in high school, or are an adult student you will have your normal private lesson during group class week. You are encouraged to attend group class as well.

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.

Group Class Practice Challenges
Group class challenges will be collected at each class. Students will earn a prize for each practice and listening challenge they complete. Practice challenge winners will be recognized at recitals.

2017-2018 Recitals
Summer Recital July 29, 2017 at 2:30 PM at Highlands Ranch Library
Fall Recital October 28, 2017 at 2:30 PM at Highlands Ranch Library
Spring Recital April 28, 2018 at 3:30 PM at Rockley Music
Summer Recital July, 2018 exact date TBD

***Next Year – 2018-2019***
Notice for updates for Andrea Coyle’s Violin & Viola Studio 2018-2019
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 $20/additional summer lesson
  • 45 min. lessons: $150/month and $40/additional summer lesson
  • 1 hour lessons: $180/month and $45/additional summer lesson
  • Late Payment Fees: $5/week

Suzuki Violin/Viola Group Classes for 2018-2019
Group classes will be held the 1st Friday of each month from 5PM to 6:30PM. Please read your monthly newsletter for information about the schedule for each class. (For example, a class may be divided into levels: 5PM Book 1 & 2 students, 5:30PM All students for note reading, 6PM Book 3+ students

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