The School Year The Huntsville Suzuki School year is based on a 36-week school year running from September, 2017 to June, 2018. Lessons take place at the Waterloo Centre for the Environment, 2 Forbes Hill Dr., Huntsville.
Lesson Structure Each violin and viola student will receive 36 private lessons and 18 group lessons per year. Cello lessons are dependent on teacher travel and are planned separately. For more information on registration for cello lessons, please contact the School.
Each new and returning student must fill out a Registration Form and an Image Use Permission Form, and pay their fees prior to the start of lessons in September. Private and group lesson scheduling is done by the individual teachers, who send out a schedule of lessons to each enrolled student once a time slot has been agreed upon and fees paid. Monthly cheques paid to the teacher cover private lesson fees, while group activity fees (violin/viola group lessons or orchestra) are paid to the teacher by separate cheque.
Registration Fee and School Fee for Returning Students For returning students, a non-refundable $50 Registration Fee payable to “Huntsville Suzuki School” is due by June 30, 2017 to hold a student’s place in the school. A School Fee of $200/1st child in family, $100/2nd child in family, $0/3rd or 4th child in family is payable to “Huntsville Suzuki School” and is due by June 30, 2017 for returning students. This fee may be broken into two payments dated July 1, 2017 and August 1, 2017 if more convenient. This is used to pay for rental of teaching space, accompanist fees, office supplies, hall rental for recitals, the Artistic Director’s fee, insurance, accounting fees and other fees associated with running a school.
Late Fees for Returning Students A late fee of $50 will be charged to returning School members if Registration and School Fees are not received by June 30, 2017.
Registration Fee and School Fee, new students The Registration Fee of $50 and School Fees of $200/1st child, $100/2nd child, $0/3rd or 4th child are required of all new students (see Registration Form). These fees will only be refunded if no time slot can be found for the new student(s) in the teacher's schedule. Teachers fill their schedules as applications come in. Though we try to accommodate families, time slots are limited and there is no guarantee that last minute requests for lessons can be filled.
Private Lesson Enrollment and Fees Private Lesson fees for returning students are due June 30, 2017, though we ask that returning students get their forms in early to avoid the late fee. A returning student not re-enrolling by this date can lose his/her spot in the teacher's weekly schedule. Sign-ups for new students will continue after June 30, 2017 until teachers’ studios are full.
Private lesson fees are paid directly to the student’s teacher by posted-dated cheque. A year’s worth of post-dated cheques are given to the teacher upon registration. Group Lesson and Orchestra Fees are paid to the teacher separately by cheque. Please consult the Registration Form for detailed fee information.
All NSF cheques are subject to a $20 charge.
Parent/Guardian Participation A parent or guardian is expected to attend private and group lessons until the student has reached Book 3 unless otherwise arranged with the teacher.
Missed Lessons Only teacher cancelled lessons are made up by the teachers, at a time suitable for all. In case of student absence for any reason, parents/guardians are requested to arrange a lesson switch with another family for that week’s lesson using the teacher’s weekly lesson schedule, which will be emailed to each family and updated regularly.
Group Lessons Group Lessons are an integral part of the Suzuki program, and are required for all students in addition to private lessons. Learning to play a stringed instrument also means learning about ensemble, cooperation, and the joy of performing with others and performing for an audience. There are roughly 18 group activities scheduled throughout the year, which include group classes, concert rehearsals and concerts. The school philosophy is to teach discipline and commitment in a non-competitive, friendly environment.
Orchestra Students will be invited to audition for orchestra, depending on the teaching policy. Orchestra is designed for more advanced students and has a limited enrollment.
Withdrawal If a student decides to withdraw from the School for non-medical reasons and written notice is received by November 30, 2017, one half of the year’s private lesson fees will be refunded by the teacher. There will be no refunds of private lesson fees for a student withdrawing after November 30, 2017. Group Lesson Fees, Orchestra Fees, the Registration Fee and School Fee are non-refundable.
Students are also required to commit to attending the entire length of their lesson. No refund will be offered for a student wishing to shorten the length of their lessons.
Withdrawals for medical reasons will be considered on an individual basis.
Additional Policies Parent/guardians are required to sign an Image Use Permission Form each year. This allows/prohibits the use of student’s photo in advertising and promotional materials.