FAQs: General Policies
MISSED LESSON & MAKE-UP LESSON POLICY: Your teacher has reserved time for you the schedule, so please do the same! You are responsible for your scheduled lesson times. Be advised that missed lessons will not be made-up, nor will a refund be issued. Each student is welcome to one make-up lesson per 8-week term, provided 24 hours notice is given.
Strings Around The World’s teachers are all active professional performers and pedagogues. Studying with a teacher who is also an active performer has many benefits, but also means the occasional re-scheduled lesson to accommodate rehearsal, concert and travel schedules. Rest assured that you will receive all of your lessons throughout the year, and know that your flexibility is appreciated!
Any applicable make-up lessons from the fall term must be completed before December 23, and lessons from the winter and spring terms must be made up by one week after the end of normal academic year lessons.
If a student arrives late for a lesson, he or she will receive instruction for the remainder of the scheduled lesson only, out of respect to those whose lessons follow.
SCHOOL, NATIONAL AND RELIGIOUS HOLIDAYS: Please do not assume that it is understood that your child will miss scheduled lessons during holidays or other functions. As students come from many countries and school districts, are home schooled, or are not yet in school, the studio will not follow any particular school calendar. Please refer to your studio schedule for details.
ZERO TOLERANCE: Strings Around The World strives to foster a respectful and nurturing environment conducive to learning. As such, the use of abusive language, threats and harassment of any kind from any parent or student will not be tolerated. Strings Around The World reserves the right to issue warnings and/or discontinue lessons should the behaviour of a student or parent violate this policy.
LESSON TERMINATION: After the second week of the current term, those in the Academic Term Program must give 1 month’s notice to cancel lessons. One of the ways we teach respect, responsibility and follow-through is to teach our children how to end well. Please keep this in mind should you elect to end your lessons.
OPEN DOORS: Exposure to good music, and to the sight and sound of the instruments the children are studying, is basic to the a well-rounded music education and the Strings Around The World approach. Parents are encouraged to allow siblings to watch lessons, and children are encouraged to listen to and/or experience music as often as possible.
PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITIES (for school-aged students)
In order to fully nurture your child's musical development, parents are encouraged to
- Obtain a properly sized instrument
- nsure a properly working computer, webcam and internet connection are available for lessons
- Purchase appropriate music instruction books and recordings
- Supervise your child's daily practice and listening
- Attend all lessons, taking notes and asking for clarification when necessary.
- For Suzuki families: familiarizing yourself with the Suzuki philosophy by reading such books as Dr. Suzuki's Ability Development from Age Zero and Nurtured By Love as well as William Starr's To Learn With Love