Alisa Rose’s Violin Studio Policy
Teaching Statement: I strive to share with my students my love of music and the ability to communicate and express themselves on the violin. I work with students on playing with a beautiful sound, developing a proficient and healthy technique, learning effective practice skills, performing confidently, and playing with musical understanding and expression. I work with all ages and levels of students including the very young and pre-professional students.
Tuition and Fees: Please pay on first lesson of each month for the month’s lessons in either check or cash. The exception is the summer session, when students can pay monthly or at each lesson. Please contact me for rates.
Cancellation and Make up Policy: Please tell me about any absences as soon as possible. Twenty-four hour notice is required for lesson cancellations. If required notice is given, the missed lesson may be rescheduled within that week if my schedule will allow or credit will be given. To reserve your lesson time, I ask students miss no more than three lessons (not counting holidays and sickness) during each semester.
Teacher cancellation: Lessons cancelled by the teacher will be rescheduled at a mutually convenient time or credit will be given towards next month’s tuition.
Beginning: New students will be reviewed for continuation after six lessons. This gives both the student and myself the chance to see if we are well matched.
Ending: If you decide to discontinue lessons, please give advance notice of at least a month. I like to have a last lesson with students to celebrate what we’ve worked on together.
Recitals: I will have one or two recitals per year, and all students are required to participate in at least one recital, and highly encouraged to perform in both! There will be a recital fee to pay the accompanist for his/her time and rent the recital hall. Specifics will be given closer to the recital date.
Contact: I prefer email or text for communication regarding scheduling lessons. Please text or email and set up a time to talk if you have concerns or questions regarding your child’s lessons or progress.
Practicing: I expect students to practice 5-7 days a week in addition to their lesson. Students are expected to complete specific practice assignments, including listening assignments, practicing with the metronome, watching videos, and completing specific exercises. I ask students to practice at least the length of their lesson to complete the tasks assigned. It can be in several smaller sessions for younger students. Also, I ask students to reference and bring a practice notebook to each lesson.
Arrival and Lesson: Please arrive on time or 5 minutes early for your lesson and come in quietly and unpack and watch the previous lesson. Please don’t arrive more than 5 minutes early as I don’t have a waiting room.
Please bring to each lesson: instrument, shoulder pad, all assigned books and materials, a practice notebook, and if possible a video recording device (a phone or ipad is fine) to reference during practice throughout the week.
Parental Involvement: For students under the age of ten, the parent who is practicing with the child is expected to attend all lessons and take detailed practicing notes from the lesson, and supervise daily practice. I welcome discussion about your child’s progress at the beginning of your child’s lesson or by phone.
Violin: Please make sure besides the violin, bow and case you also have rosin, 4 fine tuners on violins smaller than full size, a set of extra strings, a soft cloth to clean the violin (it can be a washcloth or handkerchief), a shoulder rest, and a metronome! For younger students, I recommend renting a violin from Roland Feller (in SF) or Ifshin Violins (in Berkeley).
Supplies: The parent is responsible for purchasing any needed materials promptly. This will include books (I will specify which), occasionally different chinrests or shoulder rests, and a metronome. Music can be ordered from www.sheetmusicplus.com, supplies from www.sharmusic.com. You can also get some music at www.sunsetmusicsf.com or www.ifshinviolins.com.
Summer: In the summer it is okay if lessons are less regular. However, I recommend students take at least 4 lessons if possible so they don’t forget skills and need to relearn them. Additionally summer camps can be inspirational and fun! Let me know if you’d like ideas for your child.
Listening: Listening to recordings and concerts is imperative to your child's learning. Listening accelerates student's mastery of the repertoire and inspires the child to progress further. Parents of young students are asked to purchase the Suzuki recordings and incorporate them into the daily routine. Parents of older students are asked to get students recordings of the repertoire they are working on and take them to concerts occasionally! Listening to music is equally important to practicing in your child's musical development.