Anita’s Studio Policies
Private lessons will be in my studio in a mask-friendly atmosphere. Outdoor lessons will be available, weather permitting, by advance arrangement, subject to confirmation on the morning of your lesson. Online lessons are also available as needed.
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.
If Public and Catholic school boards have closed due to inclement weather (not just bus cancellation), private lessons will be online. In the case of power outages or internet connectivity outages due to inclement weather, 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 student’s body including bow arm and full instrument including your 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.
Student or Family Illness & Covid Protocol
If a student or attending caregiver has a fever or has vomited within 24 hours please do not come to your lesson or group class in person. We will be following the COVID-19 guidelines provided by the Region of Waterloo. Online lessons may be available in the case of student or family illness. Missed classes will not be made up or refunded. It is imperative that you refrain from spreading illness through our school.
Participation in group classes is mandatory for students 18 years of age and under, or 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 and Departure for In-Person Lessons
For indoor in-person lessons please wait outside on the porch until 5 minutes before your lesson. Please be aware that your teacher needs to allow for transition/sanitization time and that your in-person lesson time includes this preparation in the last 5 minutes of your scheduled lesson time. My waiting area is closed for non-lesson participants during the 2022-23 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 STEW
When notice of withdrawal from school is given between July 1st through December 1st inclusive, parents/adult students will be required to pay an additional four months of school fees from date of notice.
School fees for January 1st through June 30th inclusive will be waived if notice of intent to withdraw is received in writing to the Board of Directors by December 1st of the previous year.
No refund of school fees for the remainder of the school year will be given in the event of a student's withdrawal during the months of January 1st through June 30th inclusive.
Practice and Listening Requirements
Students are asked 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. Pick-up and drop-off for older students is fine in the driveway. If there is a need for you to park in my driveway (leaf or snow removal) I will contact you before your lesson.
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.
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.