Studio Policies

STUDIO CALENDAR/ SEMESTER COMMITMENT
Students are required to commit to a set number of lessons each semester which is reflected in the tuition.  This speaks to the level of dedication needed to reach a standard in the study of strings.  FSI requires that you commit in writing to 15 lessons in the fall and 17 in the spring when you register online.  When  you enroll for lessons your lesson time is reserved for you for the semester.  Unless noted on the calendar, you will have lessons every week.  Lessons are not scheduled on major holidays.   It is your responsibility to keep track of when your lessons are.   

ATTENDANCE
Make-up lessons and make-up week are a courtesy.   Since there is a make-up week scheduled into the FSI calendar, there are 16 lesson times reserved for you in the fall and 18 in the spring. You must notify FSI in advance if you will miss a lesson.  If advance notice is given, anyone who needs one will be given one make-up lesson during the make-up week scheduled at the end of the semester.  Your lesson will be held at your regular day and time during this week.  No make-up lessons will be given after the make-up week.  Also, you will have the option of switching lessons with another student if you give FSI plenty of advanced notice
.   It will be up to you to ask for a list of people to switch with and arrange the switch.  You must switch with someone who has the same lesson length. Late arrivals cannot be guaranteed a full lesson.  If a student misses a make-up lesson or snow make-up lesson it will not be made-up. Any lessons missed due to teacher illness or emergency will be made-up or refunded.  There are no make-ups for missed summer lessons.

NEW STUDENTS
New students are encouraged to have a trial lesson before they begin lessons. New and prospective students are welcome to observe a lesson and ensemble rehearsal.

STUDENT PREPARATION/PARENT PARTICIPATION
Students will be thoughtfully held to an educational standard. For younger students, parental involvement is very important. Establishing a daily practice routine is vital for everyone in developing confidence and ability.  Parents are carefully reminded that developing technique on a string instrument requires more training and regularity than many other instruments.   Students are encouraged to obtain a quality instrument. In the end, what is most important is the process and unique journey of each individual student.

LESSON LENGTH
Elementary school students should take at least a 30 min lesson
Middle School students should take at least a 45 min lesson
High School students should take a 60 min lesson 
Professional Track students should take two lessons a week (45 - 60 min lessons

ACCOMPANISTS
Advancing students should be prepared to pay for extra rehearsals with their accompanist as they prepare for recitals, auditions, and competitions. 

SUMMER LESSONS 
Current students are not required to commit to a full summer term, but must take at least 3 summer lessons if they plan to continue in the fall.  New students have the option of a trial lesson.  Students can sign up for more than one lesson a week and Skype lessons are a possibility during the summer.   Students must register online by June 1.  The deadline for summer tuition is June 15.  There will be no make-up lessons or refunds for missed summer lessons - your lesson time is reserved for you. You must notify FSI in advance if you will miss a lesson.  Current students must notify FSI by August 1st if they do not plan to continue lessons in the fall.

TUITION, LATE FEES, AND EARLY WITHDRAWL
Payment plans are a courtesy - please pay on time.  Students cannot enroll for lessons if they have an outstanding balance from a previous semester.  If a payment is 10 days late a $15 late fee will apply.   An additional $15 will be added to the late fees for each following month that the fees go unpaid.  If a student withdraws from lessons before the end of the semester they will be responsible for the remaining semester tuition.

STUDIO CLOSINGS/SNOW DAYS
In the case of inclement weather the studio may follow the decision of the schools.  However, if weather conditions change for the better during the day, lessons may go on a scheduled. If lessons are cancelled, students have the option of having their lesson over SKYPE.   Otherwise, snow days will be made up at the end of the spring semester and are noted on the spring calendar. One snow day will be made-up for each student.

RECITAL CANCELLATION
If a recital is cancelled due to inclement weather, FSI will attempt to reschedule the recital.  It is possible that rescheduling a recital may not be possible.

PROBATION AND DISMISSAL                                                                                                    
Students can be placed on probation or dismissed for the following reasons:    

1) Reluctance or inability to behave in a respectful manner. 

2) Reluctance or inability to practice consistently.

3) Failure to meet tuition payments in a timely manner.

4) Repeated tardiness.

 

RECITALS AND PERFORMANCES                                                                          
Student solo recitals are given twice a year at venues in the community.  Ensemble performances are scheduled throughout the year.  Students are required to perform in at least one solo recital a year.  This does not apply to students who have just started lessons.  A recital evaluation will be held three weeks prior to the recital to access and discuss recital preparation.  A $30 recital fee is included in the tuition.  If any recital or performance is cancelled due to weather, recital and/or ensemble fees are non-refundable if the performance cannot be rescheduled.

CONCERT OPPORTUNITIES

Students are encouraged to attend professional performances.  A list of performances can be found HERE.