Anita Buttemer Studio Policies and Fees

Anita’s Studio Policies

Lesson Venue

Private lessons will take place online until further notice. Outdoor lessons will be available, weather permitting, by advance arrangement, subject to confirmation on the morning of your lesson.

Missed Lesson Policy

Make-up lessons or refunds are not offered for any lesson a student/parent misses, regardless of the reason. A parent has the option of attending a lesson or meeting in place of the child during the lesson time. Alternatively, you may request an email with a practise plan from your teacher. Teacher-cancelled lessons will be made up by June 30 at your regular lesson time, or at a prearranged alternate time, during designated makeup lesson weeks. Any lessons not made up in that time will be refunded or moved to summer lessons upon mutual agreement.  


Snow Days

If Public and Catholic school boards have closed due to inclement weather (not just buses), private lessons will be moved to an online platform. In the case of power outages or internet connectivity issues, lessons will be cancelled and not made up.  In the case of a student-missed lesson due to inclement weather please see missed lesson policy. 


Online Lesson Policy

When lessons occur online; lesson time lost due to poor connectivity,  power outages, battery failure, etc. will not be made up. Lesson etiquette still exists for online lessons. Cameras must remain on. Please check your camera and audio before each lesson. Please ensure the students body including bow arm and full instrument and instrument hand are visible during the lesson. Arrive on time, prepared with your music, resources and instrument tuned to the best of your ability. Please keep surrounding noise down and other distractions minimal during your online lesson. Your teacher has researched external equipment (webcams, microphones, speakers etc) to help provide an optimal learning experience. Please speak with your teacher if you are thinking about upgrading your materials for online learning. 

Student or Family Illness

If a student or attending caregiver has a fever,  has vomited or has any other symptom of COVID19 within 24 hours please do not come in person to your lesson or group class. We will be following the COVID-19 guidelines provided by the Region of Waterloo.  Zoom lessons are available - please text Anita to let her know if you will be coming via Zoom. Missed classes will not be made up or refunded. It is imperative that you refrain from spreading illness through our school. 

Group Classes

Participation in group classes is mandatory for students 18 years of age and under, unless a high school graduate, if an appropriate class is being offered at a student’s level. People with special needs will be given consideration and included in our program whenever possible. Group activities are an integral part of our Suzuki program.


Arrival at In-Person Lessons 

When lessons are available indoors in person please arrive 5 minutes ahead of your lesson to give time to wash your hands and unpack in the waiting area. Please be aware that your teacher needs to allow for transition and sanitization time and that your in-person lesson time includes this preparation in the first and last 5 minutes of your scheduled lesson time. Please note that my waiting area is closed during the 2021-22 school year for times that extend beyond the 5 minutes before or after lessons. 


STEW and/or its faculty are not responsible for the supervision or care of children during their classes or between classes. Students age 12 and under must have a parent or designated childcare provider responsible for them during group classes and events. 

Injury, Damage or Loss

STEW and its faculty are not responsible for any injury to yourself, illness contracted by attending and participating in a program, or for any damage or loss of your property that occurs during private lessons, STEW groups or events.

Withdrawal from Lessons

Your spot in the violin/viola studio is seen as a one-year commitment of time and financial obligation. Any withdrawal from lessons during the school year requires 30 days written notice to STEW and Anita.  Students wishing to withdraw temporarily may maintain their spot in the studio and priority for re-admission by the uninterrupted payment of tuition for both private and group lessons for the duration of the hiatus. With regard to refund of fees, please see the STEW policies. 

Practice and Listening Requirements

Students are expected to regularly practice their instruments as instructed by the teacher. Please speak regularly with your teacher about how to structure and personalize your practice routine. Listening to the Suzuki repertoire recording is integral to Suzuki method learning and is an expected part of your practice routine. 



Please park on the street and not in the driveway unless prearranged with your teacher. Please do not park in front of 451 Winchester Drive.



Please refrain from using perfumes before coming to your lesson. Anita and other students coming to the studio have sensitivities to scent and it impacts learning. Please note that a member of Anita’s family has an anaphylactic allergies to nuts. If you have had nuts during the day please wash your mouth and hands before coming into the house.


Parent Participation

I understand that for students under the age of 13, the designated practice parent is expected to attend and participate in lessons and assist in at home practice. This includes lessons that take place in the online platform. I will speak with my teacher if special circumstances arise. This is an integral part of a Suzuki program.