Studio Policies 2019-2020


Lessons are held in Redlands, California.

30 weekly lessons are scheduled from September to June except for holidays.

20 group classes are scheduled from September to June except for holidays.

Advanced students attend 5 studio classes which are scheduled from September to June.

6 summer lessons are required to maintain a spot in the studio. The full summer tuition is due at the first summer lesson. (Summer tuition is 1 hour lesson is $84, 45 minutes is $63 and 30 minutes is $42.)

One week during the year students will participate in an "Observation Week" where they get to come and observe another students' lesson. This is in addition to their regular private lesson for that week. Observation times will be set up with the teacher ahead of time.

One lesson per year may be scheduled as a parent-teacher conference. The student would not attend that lesson.

Beginners thru mid Book 1 take 30 minute lessons.

Mid Book 1 thru Book 3 take 45 minute lessons.

Book 3 and beyond take 60 minute lessons.

Please do not schedule other commitments during your lesson or group class time.

It is not possible to offer make-up lessons or refunds if a family cannot attend their scheduled lesson time. (A reschedule is considered to be a make-up lesson.) A family will be charged if they miss their lesson. If I need to reschedule I will work with each family to find a mutually acceptable time to make-up the lesson.

If you must miss a lesson, I will add your name to a list of students who have missed lessons. When another student misses a subsequent appointment, I may call students from the list to offer the time. There is no guarantee of an opportunity for a make-up lesson.

If you take an extended vacation, tuition is still due for the time you are gone. This is to hold your spot in the studio.

Please do not come when the student or a sibling who comes to the lesson are ill and might share germs with other students.

Siblings are welcome to attend lesson so long as they do not disrupt the student taking the lesson and the parent is still able to focus on the lesson and take notes. Please bring quiet toys for the sibling to play with. Please do not bring felt markers or any food (other than water).

If you arrive more than 10 minutes late your lesson may be cancelled and the cost forfeited.

Please turn off cell phones during lessons. Think of the lesson as your 30-60 minutes of peace when the rest of the outside world cannot disturb you!

If you decide to discontinue lessons in the middle of the month, there will be no refund for lessons that have not been completed in that month.

All students in the studio must show current and up to date proof of immunization before starting their first lesson.

Group Classes

Group Classes meet 20 times per year.

Twinkler Class meets Mondays from 3:15-3:45pm

Book 1 & 2 Group Class meets Mondays from 3:45-4:30pm

Book 3+ Group Class meets Mondays from 4:15-5:00pm

Studio Class times are Tuesdays from 7:00-8:00pm.

Dates are handed out at the first lesson of the school year.

Group classes work on learning to play together like a section of violin or violas in an orchestra, fun violin/viola activities, music theory and history.

Families are expected to miss no more than 2 group classes a year.

Arrive 5-10 minutes before the scheduled class start time so you are ready to begin playing at the scheduled start time.

If a student misses the final group before a performance it will be at the teacher's discretion whether they can play on the concert. Attendance in the audience is still necessary.

A group class before a solo recital may be scheduled as a rehearsal with accompanist.

Please turn off cell phones during group.


Tuition is due in September, October, November, December, January, February, March, April and May (9 months per year). (If you are paying through a charter school, please note that they do not usually cover summer tuition, but tuition is still due.)

6 summer lessons are required to maintain a spot in the studio. The full summer tuition is due at the first summer lesson. (Summer tuition is 1 hour lesson is $84, 45 minutes is $63 and 30 minutes is $42.)

Tuition is divided into 9 equal payments which covers 30 private lessons and 20 group classes or 6 Studio Classes taught between September thru June.

Monthly tuition for 30 minute lessons is $200.
Monthly tuition for 45 minute lessons is $260.
Monthly tuition for 60 minute lessons is $300.

Tuition includes accompanist fees for all group and solo performances, workshops with guest teachers as scheduled by April Losey, as well as sponges and stick-on chin rest covers. (Tuition does not cover gel-rest chin rest covers, bon musica shoulder rests, wittner hypo-allergenic chin rests, sheet music or strings.)

Summer Institute Attendance

Students are expected to make every effort to attend a summer Suzuki institute. More information can be found at


Students are expected to practice 6 days a week. The lesson does not count as a practice session.

Practice length is equal to the length of the lesson.


Recommended amount of Suzuki CD listening is at least two times per day. This music can be played in the background.

Students are encouraged to attend classical music performances whenever possible.

Parent Partner

Each family should designate one parent to be the parent partner. The parent partner is expected to attend every lesson and to take notes, be responsible for the daily listening and daily practice and be responsible for obtaining supplies and sharing information with the rest of the family about the student's needs.

The parent partner should expect to be the 'home teacher' and do what the teacher does in the lesson at home with the students. Especially at the initial stages this can involve being very 'hands on'. Success depends on this involvement! If you would prefer to sit back and watch, then perhaps another instrument might be a better fit.

Parent Reading

The practice partner parent should read "Teaching From the Balance Point" by Edward Kreitman. This will increase your knowledge of the instrument to help you feel confident in helping your child.

Other highly recommended reading for the practice partner includes:
Beyond the Music Lessons: Habits of Successful Suzuki Families by Christine E. Goodner
Helping Parents Practice by Edmund Sprunger
Nurtured By Love by Shinichi Suzuki
How to Talk so Kids Can Learn by Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish
How to Get Your Child to Practice...Without Resorting to Violence!!! by Cynthia V. Richards
The Practice Revolution by Philip Johnston
To Learn With Love by William and Constance Starr

Prospective Students

Prior to beginning lessons each family (and designated practice partner in particular!) should observe at least one group lesson and one private lesson. This will help you determine the readiness of your child and if this is the right program for your family. Please bring quiet activities for the child and any siblings.

Please note that acceptance into the studio is multistep process including observing a group and private lesson as well as doing an interview and one-on-one meeting with Ms. Losey.

Observations, interview and one-on-one meeting must be done by the parent who will be the practice partner.


Group class will perform several times per year. Students are required to attend the performance. If the student misses the last rehearsal before a performance it will be at the teacher's discretion whether they get to perform or not. Attendance in the audience would still be necessary.

Solo recitals are scheduled twice per year. They give students a goal to work towards. It is highly motivating for students to hear other students performing.

Always attend all recitals in their entirety. It is important to support fellow students in the studio.

Some recitals may be a combination of solo and group performances.

Suzuki Association of the Americas

Parents are encourage to join this organization at Membership includes a quarterly journal.
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