1The School Year The Huntsville Suzuki School year is based on a 36-week school year running from September, 2021 to June, 2022. Lessons take place at Bethel Pentecostal Church, 35 Silverwood Dr., Huntsville. Please contact us about Zoom lessons if you prefer to take lessons by video.
Lesson Structure Each violin, viola and classical guitar student receives 36 weekly private lessons. We also offer a bi-weekly Group play-in/Orchestra program on Thursdays after 5pm (exact time TBD) for those enrolled in private lessons. The group playing sessions are in addition to private lessons, and each private student must enroll in and attend one of the group activities where the art of playing together ("ensemble playing") is practiced and learned. Though these group playing opportunities had to be cancelled for the 2020-21 season due to COVID, we are planning to resume orchestra and group lessons in September 2021.
Each new and returning student must fill out either a Violin-Viola Registration Form or a Guitar Registration Form, an Image Use Permission Form, and pay their fees prior to the start of lessons in September. Lesson scheduling is done by the 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 teachers cover private lesson fees. Fees for group activities are paid for separately as noted on the back of the registration form.
Registration Fee and School Fee for Returning Students For returning students, a non-refundable $50 Registration Fee payable to the Huntsville Suzuki School is due by July 1, 2021 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 payable to the Huntsville Suzuki School is due by July 1, 2021 for returning students. This fee may be divided into two payments dated July 1, 2021 and August 1, 2021 if more convenient.
Late Fees for Returning Students A late fee of $50 will be charged to returning School members if Registration and School Fees are received after July 1, 2021.
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 Forms). These fees will be refunded if no time slot is available for new student(s) in the teacher's schedule. Teachers fill their schedules as applications come in, first come, first served until the teachers' schedules are full.
Private Lesson Enrollment and Fees Private Lesson fees for returning students are due July 1, 2021, though we ask that returning students get their forms in early to avoid the late fee. Sign-ups for new students continue year-round until teachers’ studios are full, though most people sign up over the summer to start in September. We take students at any time of the year however, and we find that students who start at times other than the fall don't have difficulty fitting into our program.
Private lesson fees are paid directly to the student’s teacher by posted-dated cheques. A year’s worth of post-dated cheques are given to the teacher upon registration. Group lesson fees and orchestra fees are paid to the teacher separately. Please consult the Violin-Viola Registration Form or the Guitar Registration Formfor detailed fee information.
NSF cheques must be taken care of immediately and are subject to a $20 charge.
Parent/Guardian Participation A parent or guardian is expected to attend private and group lessons of students under 8 years old. Parents are more involved in Suzuki music lessons than traditional lessons. They come to lessons, take notes on the lessons, and guide student practice at home until the age that the student can practice efficiently on his or her own. This is younger for some, older for others, depending on the student's study habits, organizational skills and work ethic.
Missed Lessons Only teacher-cancelled lessons are made up by the teacher, 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. In a normal year, there are roughly 18 group activities scheduled throughout the year, which include group classes, concert rehearsals and concerts. The School's philosophy (and the philosophy of Suzuki lessons in general) 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, 2021, 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, 2021 except for medical reasons. Group lesson fees, Orchestra fees, the Registration fee and School fee are non-refundable.
Students are 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 after the schedule has been set and lessons have started for the year.
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.