Bonnie Cochran, Flute

 

LESSON POLICIES

Tuition

    • Tuition may be paid in 2 full semester payments or in 10 equal monthly payments.

    • Payments are due on or before the 1st day of the month

 

Late Payment Fees

  • Late payments are assessed a fee of $5 per week.

 

Attendance

  • There may be occasions when I will need to reschedule lessons due to professional performing engagements or illness. I will make up all lessons that I miss and will try to cause as little disruption to the weekly regularity of lessons as possible.
  • Remember to take flute lessons into account when scheduling other activities and appointments. I will offer a maximum of 2 make up lessons per school year. Therefore, if you must miss a lesson, your best option is to switch times with another student. To qualify for a make-up, I require: 1) that you have attempted to switch lessons with another student, and 2) I require 24 hours advance notice (so that we have time to reschedule) for all reasons except sudden illness and family emergency--6 hours for illness/emergency.

 

Inclement Weather

  • If your lessons normally occur at a school, we will not have lessons if your school is closed or if after school activities are canceled because of weather.

 

Student Responsibilities

  • Regular practice: “Practice only on the days that you eat!”—Dr. Shin'ichi Suzuki
  • Practice times should include enough time to work on your lesson music and your band music.

 

    • General practice guidelines:
    • Beginner—30 minutes/day
    • Intermediate—30-45 minutes/day
    • Advanced—1 hour + /day

 

  • Be prepared for your lessons.
  • Maintain a practice record.
  • Bring your instrument, notebook, music and a pencil to all lessons.
  • Use a soft cloth to clean the inside of your flute after every practice session, flute lesson, band class, performance, etc.

 

Parent Responsibilities

  • Practicing: Practicing is a learned skill for most music students. Do not expect that your child will know how to practice. Students often need guidance outside of lessons with planning and scheduling practice sessions. Younger students will need more guidance than older students. For ideas on helping your child practice, please visit the Flute Lessons section of my website in the coming months. I also highly recommend the book, How to Get Your Child to Practice... Without Resorting to Violence!! by Cynthia V. Richards.
  • Help your child attain required materials in a timely manner.
  • Please provide your child with a place to practice that is free from distractions.
  • If you have anything to discuss with me, please bring it up at the beginning of your child’s lesson, not at the end, so that we do not run into the next student’s lesson time--or call me during the week.
  • Parents are invited to sit in on their child’s lesson periodically.
  • Parents are strongly encouraged to attend musical events with your child.

 

Required Materials

  • Music Stand
  • Metronome
  • 3 ring binder that is used solely for flute lessons
  • Soft cloth for cleaning inside of flute; Flannel cloth for wiping outside of flute.
  • Music as determined by the instructor
  • Instrument
  • Pencil
  • Tuner

 

 

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