~ It is recommended that parents and their children commit to the study of violin for a period of 1 year. This recommendation is given to facilitate positive commitment and allows time to fairly asses growth and interest ~
Learning to play any instrument requires consistent practice. The enjoyment received from achievement is what motivates the child to continue playing. Growth feeds our desire. My goal as your instructor is to present to my students the gift of music. Thorough mastery of skill allows the student the freedom of growth. Imagining that we are great players capable of exploring all facets of learning is only the beginning of our journey to great appreciation of the music. I consider these components the "recipe" to musical success. Playing for enjoyment at leisure or vocation requires these important ingredients.
For this reason I set certain standards for my students.
Suzuki Students: Parents are required to attend all private lessons for students from beginner through intermediate level Book 2) unless advanced students are under age 10. Some older beginner students may be allowed to attend without their parent.
Group classes and performances are a required and important part of the learning experience. Group concert attire is required and shall be:
NAVY BLUE PANTS/SKIRTS & WHITE SHIRTS/BLOUSES.
**NO JEANS OR TEE SHIRTS WILL BE ALLOWED **
Fiddling and Advanced students: Must always bring, their notebook with all practice sheets assembled in an orderly fashion, lesson tape to record on and any reading books currently studying. Suzuki book Suzuki students) Tune list (fiddle students). Advanced students should NEVER forget these items!
Must arrive to lesson on time,practiced,and prepared (having covered material covered at previous lesson) with all materials as requested by instructor (books,tapes,note book,practice sheets, shoulder rest, rosin, clean hands and trimmed fingernails) Listening habits are also very important, students must listen to upcoming pieces as requested at lesson.
Students excessively missing lesson due to extra curricular conflicts will not be encouraged to continue as I have no interest in over loading children with to many activities. It is my desire to help students learn the lessons of growth through achievement. For this reason I have adopted strategies to facilitate solid practice and commitment habits. It has been my experience that students having trouble meeting the above requirements either -
A) need help organizing their time OR
B) Don't really have the desire to continue the violin after realizing the commitment it takes.