Studio Policy

Updated: 2/23/2017
Lessons

Lessons take place at Ms. Melody's Violin Studio located in Alhambra, CA. 
(unless 
otherwise discussed)

I am an active performer as well as a teacher. Sometimes my performance commitments will require some flexibility in our lessons. Due to my commitment as Principal 2nd of the Reno Phil, I will be in Nevada for a week 4-6 times out of the year.

All students will prepare to enter the 2018 MTAC Certificate of Merit where students will be tested not only in their performance, but also their knowledge of theory, music history and ear training.


Tuition Payment/Fees

Tuition is paid monthly for the appropriate amount of lessons to be held during each month. Invoices will be sent out at the beginning of each month with the appropriate amount for each family. A minimum of three lessons a month are required. Four is highly recommended. Additional lessons are allowed based on the teacher's availability.

Payment is due at the first lesson of each month.

Tuition is payable by cash or check. Checks are to be made out to "Melody Chang". Late payments will incur a $10 fee, which will be waived once a semester. There will be a $30 fee for returned checks.

I do not charge annual fees or registration fees. However, if a student will be involved in an organized recital or competition, those fees will be added on.

Music and theory books can be purchased by the parent. I am willing to purchase them as well, and the amount will be applied to the next month's tuition.


Cancelations

24-hour cancelation notice by phone or email is required for any lessons to qualify for a make-up lesson. I must adhere to this strictly due to higher student enrollment. If your child is sick, please notify me as soon as possible. No-shows do not qualify for a make-up lesson. Make-up for "Make-up lessons" will not be given even with prior notice.

If I must cancel a lesson, a make-up lesson will be scheduled or a lesson credit will be given. 


No-shows, or cancelations without sufficient notification will not be given make-up lessons or lesson credits.

Re-Scheduling

If you need to reschedule lessons more than once in a given month, please discuss your conflicts with me as soon as you can.
"Come and Go" - where a student is absent for a month, and then comes back for lessons after that month - is not permitted. Missed lessons (with advance notice) will be made-up.

If a make-up lesson cannot be scheduled within a month of the missed lesson, the lesson will be forfeited. Please understand that you are not just paying for lessons given, but also reserving a time slot for your lesson.


Tardiness

The student will contact the teacher by phone if they expect to be late for a scheduled lesson.

If a student arrives after their schedule lesson time, there is no guarantee for an extension of the lesson, especially if there are students after you. 

However, if I am late, the lesson will be held for their entire length.

Students are allowed to arrive early if needed. Please check with me if a student can stay later. There are times when I will have to leave immediately after the lesson due to prior engagements.


Lesson Expectations

Bring all books to the lesson. Without their books, the lessons will not be as productive. Please do not have your child(ren) "conveniently" forget one or another book due to their "dislike" of the book!

Nails should be cut short so that the nails do not cut into the string and prematurely age the strings. This is very important as long nails encourage bad hand and finger positions. "Manicure and nail polish" is not an excuse for long fingernails. If they are capable of cutting their own fingernails, they may be asked to cut their nails during their lessons, although this is not preferred.

Students should arrive with the willingness to participate, learn, and be positive. We all have our bad days, and I do my best to understand. However, a consistently bad attitude will hinder lessons and progress.


Equipment/Supplies

Instruments and additional materials are not included in the tuition. Students are expected to bring all necessary materials to their lessons. This includes their instrument, rosin, cleaning cloth, assigned music, lesson notebook, and a pencil. 

Violins can be rented and purchased at any Luthier. I highly recommend visiting
Robert Cauer (Cauer.com)
2242 N. Cahuenga Blvd., LA, CA, 90068.

If a student is considering purchasing an instrument or graduating to a larger size instrument, the teacher must be consulted to ensure a proper instrument for the student.


Parental Involvement

Although parents are not required to attend every lesson, I do encourage parents to sit in once in a while to observe their child during the lesson.

At home, it is normal for a child to not want to practice. Please gently encourage them to practice at least 5 times a week. Older students should aim to practice 1 - 2 hours a day, while younger students should aim for 30 minutes - an hour (if not more). Practicing consistently makes a huge difference in how a student progresses. Without practice, it is impossible to teach new concepts and the student will lose interest. I encourage you to set a specific time in the day to practice, and adhere to it as much as possible.

Please make sure that your child is practicing everything that I have assigned for the week as written in their lesson notebook. Although parents are encouraged to practice with their child, it is not always possible. Do take a moment during the week to ask your child to play for you! When making comments, please be encouraging but honest. The best thing parents can do is help motivate their child to practice.


You are enrolling your child(ren) in violin  lessons. Please make time to listen to music! I strongly believe that the more they are exposed to good music, the more they will appreciate music for all its worth. Classical music is great to have on in the background when they are studying or even playing games.

I will have “Listening Homework” for students to listen to every month posted on the studio website.


Studio Recitals

Students will prepare for a total of 4 recitals a year. A potluck reception will follow each recital.

 

Two studio recitals will be with accompanist (one per semester). Participation is required with the exception of unforeseen conflicts. There will be an additional recital fee which will include: trophy, photos, and accompanist. Specifics will be provided closer to the recital date.

 

Two recitals will be without accompanist (one per semester).


Recitals will be held at Ms. Melody's Violin Studio in Alhambra with a potluck reception following after.

Summer Lessons and Festivals

Lessons are expected to continue during the summer as long as the teacher and student are both in town. The summer months are a wonderful chance to make great progress when school is not imposing on the student's time and mental energy. Regular practice is still expected, though conditions where the instrument is not available due to travel is understood. It is encouraged that the student bring their instruments with them to practice on long trips if possible.

Students are encouraged to participate in summer music programs, festivals, and competitions. The student is expected to consult with the teacher regarding potential programs to ensure that the best decisions are made for the student's education.


Termination
If you choose to discontinue lessons with me, please notify me at least one month in advance.

I reserve the right to terminate lessons with a student if after I have notified you and provided time to correct it, the problem still persists. This may include, but not limited to:

 
  • bad attitude (negative comments, talking back, etc)​
  • lack of interest in lessons or during lessons
  • lack of dependability (missing lessons consistently)
  • missed payments (more than two months)