Home Practice

Practice

Students are expected to practice every day. Shorter and more frequent practices are better than longer and infrequent sessions.

Parent Involvement

For young students, parents are the ‘home-teacher’ during the week. This means taking notes during the lesson and giving reminders of the focus of that week’s lesson, as well as designating and supporting a daily practice time.

Listening

Listening is arguably the most important (and easiest!) part of your student’s music education. The more students and parents listen, the quicker students learn new repertoire, and our lessons can focus on refining rather than learning notes. This applies to all levels of study from our youngest students to the most advanced!

 

Studio Events

Violin Suzuki Group Class

Group class will be held the 1st Friday of each month. If the teacher has a conflict and needs to reschedule, it will be communicated as early as possible.

Recitals

All H-town string students participate in a recital at the end of each semester. 

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place in September of each year. These will take place at the regularly scheduled lesson time and will not involve the student. After the conference, the student will have a mini-lesson with the remaining time. This is a chance for the parent and teacher to connect and make individualized goals for the student. 

Materials       

Instrument of good quality

We want all students to have the ability to make a beautiful sound, if the instrument is poorly made, the student will never be able to achieve that and the students motivation will suffer. We suggest renting from, Lisle Violin Shop, Golds Violin Shop, Amati Violin Shop.

Instrument of the correct size

Playing on an instrument of the incorrect size hinders progress, and leads to posture trouble. Renting is such a great option for growing students, as when we are ready for the next size, it is just a swap. 

Accessories

For Violinists: Shoulder rest or sponge, please ask your teacher to size this before you purchase. 

For cellists: a chair or adjustable stool of the correct height and a rockstop

Practice Book

H-Town Strings will provide each student with a free practice book. This should come to every lesson. If practice book is lost during the year, the family will be charged to replace it. 

 

Absence Policy

Teacher Absence

The teacher may need to reschedule a lesson to accommodate a performance, rehearsal or illness. In that event, the lesson will be made up at a mutually agreed upon time or will be completed during the make-up week.

Student Absence

If you need to reschedule a lesson please give the teacher 24 hours’ notice. If notice is given, the lesson will be made-up, if not the lesson time will be forfeited. If the teacher arrives at the agreed lesson location and the student is not present for a lesson, the lesson will not be made up. We understand that emergencies and illness do not always give us 24 hours notice, these will be considered on a case by case basis

Discontinuation of Lessons

In the event you need to discontinue lessons, please inform the teacher as soon as possible. One month’s notice is required. The teacher has the right to discontinue lessons due to continued lack of practice and preparation.

Tuition

Tuition is based on the length and location of the lesson. Please use the contact page to tell us more about you and we will be in touch with this information and set up a trial lesson.