Below are the policies for Samse Studios flute lessons. These policies are intended to ensure that we all understand our responsibilities, how payments work, schedule changes and what is expected in order to get the most out of the learning experience. Please review these policies. When you register for lessons, we will ask you to sign a copy indicating that you have reviewed and approved the policies. We look forward to seeing you and getting started on this musical journey.
The teacher will provide weekly private lessons to the student, to which she will be punctual and prepared. Quarterly group lessons will be provided according to the studio schedule announced in advance. At these group lessons, various topics of musical interest will be covered which will encourage and inspire students in their musical journeys, and students will usually be given the opportunity to perform for one another, and to encourage each other in their respective musical development. Two recitals per year will be provided. The teacher will arrange facility rental / reservation, will schedule rehearsals, will design and print programs, will make arrangements for reception, and will set up for and clean up after recitals. (Parents help is much appreciated with these tasks.) The teacher will recommend contests and competitions which would be appropriate and helpful for the student. She will assist with registration in these events, will attend the student’s performances whenever possible, and will recommend, and in many cases arrange for, an accompanist. Studio events will occasionally be held “for fun,” as rewards for students’ hard work and progress. The teacher will provide advice and expertise at any time it is required regarding the purchase of an instrument.
Payments for flute lessons are due quarterly in advance of the session.
|Session||Session Beginning||Payment Due Date|
|Fall Quarter||October 1st||September 15th|
|Winter Quarter||January 2nd||December 15th|
|Spring Quarter||Approximately April 1st||March 15th|
|Summer Quarter||Approximately June 15th||June 1st|
Rates are calculated for each quarter based on how many lessons there will be (according to the set studio calendar during the school year, and according to the family’s preference during the summer—as stated in advance of the quarter), plus a monthly event fee. An option to pay monthly is available, however will include an annual non-refundable registration fee of $60 due each fall quarter (or when the student initially begins lessons), as well as a refundable deposit for the last two lessons. The latter will be refunded in the event the teacher is provided with written notice of the discontinuation of lessons at least fifteen days in advance. In the absence of 15-day written notice, the deposit will not be refunded.
Lesson Attendance / Punctuality / Preparedness
Students are expected to arrive on time to lessons, to have their instrument(s), books and notebooks (spiral assignment notebook and Music for Life binder) at each lesson. Regular attendance is of utmost importance. If a student is ill, however, they are asked to please stay at home. (See missed lesson policy below.) Students must prepare their lesson assignments thoroughly each week. The general recommendation for practice is approximately one hour per day, although individual exceptions to this may exist for temporary periods of time. Parents are requested to remain in consistent communication with the teacher on this subject. Students who are often ill-prepared for their lesson will be given a probation period, with full disclosure to parents, and if no improvement is made, will be asked to discontinue lessons.
In the event the teacher must cancel lessons (illness, the illness of a child, etc.), students will be notified by email as soon as possible. Anyone not replying to the email will be given a phone call. If a make-up cannot be arranged that is suitable to both the teacher and the student / parent, the lesson will be credited to the following quarter’s (or month’s) payment.
Students are asked to stay home when ill. (The flute is a wind instrument, involving both respiratory and salivary functions, and therefore is a potentially very contagious situation. Use your best judgment when the student is or may be contagious, and when they are well enough to return.) When a student misses a lesson due to illness, one make-up per quarter may be provided. (Exceptions due to family emergency or other hardship may be given at the teacher’s discretion.) If no make-up can be arranged, the teacher may use the regular lesson time to prepare a personalized recording for guided practice. This will take the form of an audio recording, emailed as an mp3 file. The recording will include spoken instruction as well as demonstration according to the student’s needs. In order for this to be done, the student or parent must provide the teacher in advance with a list of which assignments the student has completed, and which, if any, the student has had trouble with. This way the teacher can address any concerns, or assign new material as appropriate.
Missed Lessons—Inclement Weather
Lessons may be cancelled due to inclement weather. This will usually be done when the Lake Washington School District cancels school. Exceptions to this will occur if the weather changes late in the day. You will be notified as soon as possible in these cases. If it is, or may be snowing, please check email before coming to your lesson. Lessons during inclement weather may be held via Skype. If this is not possible, the lesson will be credited to the following quarter.
Flute / Books / Materials
Students are required to have a quality flute (and, if applicable, piccolo or oboe), in working order, appropriate to the level of player. A metronome, tuner and music stand are required for home practice. Books and music will be recommended by the teacher, and should be purchased promptly. A spiral lined notebook and 3-ring binder are required also.
Group Lessons / Recitals / Contests
Attendance at group lessons, and at the end-of-year recital is required. The Holiday recital is not required, but is encouraged. At least one contest per year is required of students who have had at least one year of private lessons and/or two years of playing. Remember that these things are what your monthly event fee pays for. Take advantage of them!
Fifteen days written notice is required to discontinue lessons. If you are paying quarterly, you may receive a refund for a partial quarter, for what remains of the quarter following the 15-day notification period. For those paying monthly, a partial month may also be refunded, counting from 15 days of notification. The deposit on the last 2 weeks of lessons may also be refunded if notification is given. Any refunds will include lesson fees only, event fees can only be refunded for any full months in which lessons are not received.
Other Available Classes
Students may also choose to enroll in ensemble classes, held approximately every other week from October through April, with the goal of preparing an ensemble performance for competition. Ensembles may range from duets to octets, and may include other instruments, as well as students not enrolled in private lessons. Students are encouraged to assemble a group of peers themselves, or the teacher may put together a group from within the studio, or in collaboration with other teachers. Scheduling will be worked out based on the availability of the participants in the ensemble. During the summer, Flute Boot Camp is available to those who are entering grades 7 through 12, (6th graders with permission). The day camp is also available to those who are not enrolled in private lessons, and will help prepare students for fall auditions, include workshops and classes, and fun music / flute-related activities. The camp is put on in collaboration with Encore Music Lab.