About Private Lessons
Private lessons occur once a week during the school year, and a final recital takes place at the end of each semester. You should discuss your goals for the semester with me at the beginning of each semester. If you are thinking of taking auditions or examinations, let me know as soon as possible. Keep in mind that it takes at least a few weeks or even months to prepare for orchestra auditions.
About Suzuki Group Lessons:
Group classes are an essential part of the Suzuki method. Group classes are also fun and exciting! Students who took group classes in my studio were far more likely to remember old songs, memorize their music, and master important musicianship skills such as rhythm and listening. Group classes are fun, interactive, and develop skills that we learn during the private lessons. Group classes also allow me to give more individual attention to bow hold, violin hold and other technical skills your children are developing. Group classes are offered to students taking private lessons, and not as a stand-alone program.
The Suzuki Method:
The Suzuki Method is widely used in violin studios and conservatories around the world. Shinichi Suzuki, a Japanese violinist, wished to bring the joy of music to young children through the Mother Tongue approach. Teachers still use the basic principles developed by Suzuki over seventy years ago to introduce kids to the violin in a fun and natural way.
For more information on the Suzuki Method, visit Suzuki Association of the Americas Website.
Fall 2023 Rates:
30-Minute lesson: $50
45-Minute lesson: $75
1 hour lesson: $100
Lessons are billed during enrollment period at the start of the semester for returning students. New students may join at any time, depending on availability.
New students are required to fill in the Student Registration Form.
Fall Semester: September 6-December 15
Fall make-up period: December 18-22
Spring Semester: January 8-May 31
Spring make-up period: June 3-14
Summer Semester: June 17-Aug 9 (tentative)
The Studio is closed during these dates:
Yom Kippur: September 25
Thanksgiving: November 22-24
Winter Break: December 25-January 3
Spring Break: March 25-29
Professional Week: April 22-26 – I will be out of town for rehearsals and the premiere of my opera The Exagoge in New York City
Memorial Day: May 27
Learning violin is fun, meaningful experience that can change your life! In order for you to enjoy your lesson and benefit from my teaching, I have made this document to help parents and students understand the responsibilities that come with the violin.
- Students are expected to perform in at least 2 recitals (excluding college students/adults). Recital dates for the 2023-24 academic year:
- Recital 1—December 16
- Recital 2—March 23 (class recital – no pianist)
- Recital 3—June 1 (final spring recital)
- Students are expected to attend weekly lessons.
- Attendance: As a professional musician, my time is reserved for your lesson during a specific day of the week. Due to that reason, I will not provide refunds or make up lessons for student absences due to but not limited to travel, school, or illness. If you cannot attend your lesson, you are encouraged to contact me in advance to use your lesson time for either an online lesson or to request a self-recording for my feedback. In the event of a faculty absence, you will offered either two dates to reschedule the lesson or, if available, a substitute instructor during your lesson time. Not appearing in the agreed upon make-up lesson will be considered an absence and will not be refunded.
- Snow days: often roads are cleared by late morning or early afternoon, but please use your best judgement. If you feel driving conditions are hazardous, contact me directly.
- Evaluation: even though recitals are not graded, parents or students can ask for evaluation of their recital performances, but those will not affect their ability to continue to the next year.