LaCroix Music Studio

Studio Policy


Lessons meet weekly except on major holidays and during specified breaks (see Calendar.) Students are expected to attend each week of the quarter, except when a holiday coincides with their regular lesson day.  If a lesson must be missed, notification should be made at least 24 hours in advance.  You are eligible for one makeup lesson per semester if notice is given within 24 hours, and will be made up at the teacher’s next available opening. (Please note - there is no credit issued for canceled lessons.)  Lessons canceled with less than a 24-hour notice cannot be rescheduled.  To cancel, please call our home phone, cellphones or email.  If we cancel a lesson due to illness, that lesson will be given as a makeup at another time.

 

Tuition includes weekly private lessons and monthly group lessons and is due in total at the beginning of each semester, or the first day of each month, as works best for your family.  We accept check and online bank transfers.


Practice

We believe that parents should be actively involved in their children’s learning process. Parents are welcome and encouraged to observe the lessons, and are required to be part of Suzuki lessons.  A young child cannot learn and master the complexities of the piano or guitar without parents’ consistent time and devotion to “playing” at the instrument with them.  Success at an instrument can only come with daily practice.  While lesson time is important, the major part of the work has to be done during practice time.

  • Students should have a regular, uninterrupted daily practice time on a well-tuned instrument in a well-lit environment.  A metronome is also a required and invaluable tool to have for more advanced students.

  • The more regular the practice routine, the more successful the student will be at the piano.  The more successful the student is at the instrument, the more the student will want to play.

  • Parents attending lessons need to take notes so they can replicate the lesson during their practice time at home.  For older students, parents should be aware of current assignments (check assignment notebook) and monitor practice sessions each week.

  • Listening to your Suzuki cd/music is a key part of learning to play well.  This is easy to do, and cuts down dramatically on learning each new piece.  Make sure you have a regular time to play the cd/music each day in the background.  

  • We understand that we all have rough weeks of practice due to heavy schoolwork or other extracurricular activities.  Please come regardless!  We may use that lesson to work on sight reading or play some fun duets.  Consistency is the key!  

Suggested Practice Time

  • Beginner (year 1) - 30 minutes per day (two 15-minute sessions)

  • Intermediate (year 2-4) - 30-45 minutes per day (two 20-minute sessions)

  • Late Intermediate (year 4-6) - 60 minutes per day

  • Advanced - 60-120 minutes per day

Performance at Recitals & Group Classes

Throughout the year we will host group classes and studio recitals for the students to perform for their families and each other the pieces they have learned.  These events are mandatory as they provide musical growth and motivation to continue working toward a goal.  We encourage every student to perform as much as possible, for family members, for friends, at church and at school.