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The Studio Policy outlines responsibilities, tuition, lesson scheduling and required equipment. Rewarding lessons originate with a firm commitment from the Student, Parent and Teacher.

Student Responsibilities

  1. Schedule 45-60 minutes of practice each day for at least 5 days per week.
  2. Complete all assignments using a metronome or other practice technique (rhythm, air or pitch exercise) as assigned.
  3. Review suggestions or instructions given in previous lesson. I will write the main goals of each assignment in your Practice Planner.
  4. Fill-in practice time honestly every week.
  5. Wash hands and brush your teeth before playing your clarinet.
  6. Ask your teacher questions during lessons; I want you to understand the assignment.

Parent Responsibilities

  1. Support the fulfillment of your child’s responsibilities. Consistency is the key to learning a musical instrument.
  2. Encourage progress. Small steps forward create an enjoyable and re-affirming learning experience.
  3. Remind your daughter/son of daily practice and help them to schedule practice time.
  4. Provide a practice environment that is free from interruptions (friends, computer, etc.)
  5. Purchase music books and supplies as indicated by teacher. When new materials are needed, I will write them in the student's Practice Planner.
  6. Read the “Parent Corner” on my website to learn about local concerts, stores for clarinet CDs, an equipment Wish List for your aspiring student, and much more!
  7. Communicate with me any questions or concerns you may have about your child’s progress. Call 408-739-2626, or email info@clarinetstudio.org.

Teacher Responsibilities

  1. Provide each student with the personal attention and respect necessary to develop her/his individual talents.
  2. Guide each student to a greater understanding and enjoyment of music.
  3. Guide each student towards an awareness of her/his capabilities.
  4. Encourage a feeling of success at each student’s individual rate of learning.
  5. Guide each student towards musical independence through a balanced program of theory, technique and repertoire.
    Theory: the “grammar” of the language of music.
    Technique: the physical mechanics of playing an instrument.
    Repertoire: solo and ensemble pieces based on standard classical music works essential to gaining an understanding and appreciation for music.
  6. Report the progress of the student to the parent, listen to any concerns and answer any
    questions that the parent and student may have.

Tuition, Attendance & Lesson Times

Lessons are scheduled for 45-minutes or 1-hour. Tuition is due at the first lesson of each quarter for the three month period. Mutually agreed upon lesson times and dates for the quarter will be set up prior to this first lesson.

Missing lessons: you can miss one lesson per quarter for any reason (illness, vacation, etc.) The tuition for this lesson is forwarded to the next quarter, if you notify me at least 24 hours in advance, or you will be charged for the lesson. After the first missed lesson, tuition is charged for the remaining missed lessons as the time is reserved for your child.

Emergencies: If there is an emergency, I will understand. Communicate the situation with me as soon as possible. Emergencies include: hospital, death in family, etc.

Policy on illness: if you are well enough to attend school, you are well enough to attend your clarinet lesson.

Because I am both a teacher and performer, my schedule occasionally changes and I may have to cancel a lesson. If this happens, I will let you know with as much advance notice as possible. The tuition will be refunded or credited to the next quarter.

Instruments and Supplies

It is essential for the student to have the proper materials and supplies for lessons and at-home practice.
  1. Music stand
  2. Metronome
  3. Tuner
  4. Assignment book and pencil
  5. Music – as needed
  6. Timer - standard kitchen timer with countdown feature
  7. Reeds!! Always carry 4 working reeds in your case. I advise parents to keep an additional inventory.

If you would like assistance in renting or purchasing an instrument or equipment, please contact me. I will check over the student’s instrument periodically to make sure that it is in good repair.