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Suzuki ECE

POLICY STATEMENT for Early Years Learning Programs

Enrolment Policy

Fees are non-refundable under any circumstances. Make-up classes will be considered according to availability by prior arrangement and must be taken in the current term.

In enrolling in the Grow With Music programme, I understand that:

1. the classes provide a special time for me and my child to engage directly with each other, and I will arrange for siblings to be cared for at home while we are at music,
2. the amount of success gained by my child is dependent upon our regular attendance in weekly classes, singing and playing the CD daily at home, and my full participation in all class activities,
3. we need to leave toys and other distractions at home,
4. no food or drink is to be brought into the classroom,
5. arriving in plenty of time allows my child to settle and prepare for music class so that maximum benefit is derived from it,
6. parental talking is kept to an absolute minimum during class to allow children to focus, concentrate and follow instructions from the teachers. Good listeners are likely to do better once formal schooling begins.

PREREQUISITES

Early Childhood Membership of the State Suzuki Association (STEAAWA) and payment of the SECE(WA) Levy is a requirement of this programme and is included in your fees.

You are strongly encouraged to read ‘Nurtured By Love’ (Shinichi Suzuki) and to make yourself familiar with the Suzuki Philosophy, including the following beliefs held by Suzuki teachers:
1. Children learn best in enriched environments full of love and caring that ‘teach and foster’ the learning rather than teaching and moving on to something entirely new.
2. Mixed-age groupings mean older children learn sensitivity and a sense of pride, and provide a source of focus for the younger ones, just as it is in the family setting.
3. Music is a natural way to foster life-long learning.

THE TAKING OF PHOTOGRAPHS AND VIDEOS

If you or your visitors are taking photos or short video recordings of your own child during class, then please seek prior permission from your class teacher. No class may be video recorded in its entirety under any circumstances. Bear in mind that your full participation in class is required at all times for the benefit of your child’s learning and the learning of others, and that removing yourself from the circle as photographer in effect removes yourself from the ‘action’ and may mean you miss important learning moments.

Please be advised that photos and video are often taken in our classes and at associated concerts by teachers for educational purposes of our parents and teachers, in Suzuki Music (WA) and SECE(WA) newsletters and on the internet. By enrolling in this program, you agree to photos and/or video footage of your child being used for these purposes. 

Suzuki Cello

POLICY STATEMENT for Cello Tuition and Group Classes

 

Enrolment Policy

Enrolment Fees reserve your scheduled lesson time, as well as cover all services offered to you by Grow With Music, including advice/consultations, performance/graduation/audition mentorship, access to books and resources, scholarship reference writing, administration costs, organising and administration of associated workshops and concerts.

 

For this reason, credit cannot be given for missed lessons. Refunds are not offered under any circumstances. If a lesson is cancelled by our teachers, that lesson will be rescheduled, where possible, in the current semester or you will be credited with the lesson amount the following semester. Accounts are payable in advance to secure your position in the program. It is requested that a full terms’ notice be given of cessation of lessons, or a full term’s fees paid in lieu of notice.

Newcomers/Beginners

An Introductory Consultation is offered before any commitment is required to assess readiness to begin lessons. An Observation Period is suggested before making the commitment to lessons to help you and your child assess the suitability of your choice to learn cello and your readiness to be involved in the program. For young graduates of Early Years Learning program, participation in the Instrumental Playgroup offers support in this process. Once you begin lessons, there is a substantial time commitment involved at home, and in participation in group classes. A regular cello routine will help your child’s skill development tremendously. The important thing is to keep things fun and enjoyable and communicate any concerns or queries with your teacher.

Principles of the Suzuki Philosophy

Positive and respectful relationships between teachers and families are highly valued in this program. To fully support the learning of all children in the Suzuki Cello Studio, commitment to the following Suzuki principles are expected:

1. Full involvement and participation in all scheduled group classes, concerts, workshops and graduation opportunities of the Suzuki Method throughout the year,
2. Parents should be present at every lesson and group class, giving undivided attention to the lesson, taking notes and listening quietly without any interruption to the focus established between teacher and student,
2. Daily, regular and supervised practice at home is crucial in helping your child carry out all tasks to the best of his/her ability,
3. Daily listening to the CD reference recording is essential . Have enough CD players and ipod docks about the house and car to make the most of every listening opportunity,
4. Systematic review of earlier pieces is considered an important prerequisite to the development of musical and technical ability,
5. Practice should be child-centred, fun, free from pressure and positive,
6. Prioritisation should be given to cello related activities in the daily and weekly schedule,
7. Communication of all musically related matters, including participation in school concerts, music camps, workshops and performances outside the Grow With Music program, should be openly discussed with me
well in advance
to ensure mutual understanding of demands on time and energy levels, and facilitate the structuring of a learning program that suits your child’s needs and capabilities,
8. Perseverance and consistency of approach is paramount to the development of your child’s full potential.

 

Membership of our State Suzuki Association

You are required to hold current Family Membership of Suzuki Music (STEAAWA) in order to enrol in the Grow With Music Cello Tuition and Group Classes programme. Membership covers insurance, newsletters, attendance at workshops and graduation, and it also supports the professional development of teachers to ensure quality Suzuki practices.

1. Family Membership
For families of children learning the cello, payable to Suzuki Music (WA). Membership provides insurance cover, attendance at workshops and graduations, and receipt of quarterly newsletter.

2. Early Childhood Membership
For families of the Early Childhood Music Education classes, payable to Suzuki Music (WA). This rate is lower than that for Family Membership (as above) and is able to be credited towards any Family Membership that subsequently becomes payable where a child or sibling begins the cello in the same year.

Lesson Observations

We know children learn from one another and so you are encouraged to observe the lessons of others. A tremendous amount can be gained from seeing how others do things, and your child will benefit greatly too. Upon occasion, lesson times may overlap for a few minutes with the lessons of others in cases where the teacher sees the opportunity to maximise learning for everyone involved.

Studio Environment

Please turn off your mobile phone when in the lesson and group class studio and be attentive at all times without distraction (including the taking of calls during lesson time) as to what is happening in the lesson. Remember that you are 'home teacher' and that your child needs you to guide and support daily home practice and listening.

Please make sure children and siblings have been to the toilet, washed hands and face, had a drink and something to eat BEFORE YOU ARRIVE.

Allow sufficient time for children to arrive, prepare their instrument and wait quietly without any unnecessary distraction.

Siblings need to bring something to keep them occupied (electronic devices are not ideal) without needing your attention. Waiting for a brother or sister to have their lesson is an ideal opportunity to do some homework or quiet reading.

Respect for the music room is extremely important, so lying on the floor, running, shouting, etc is not acceptable behaviour. Part of your child's musical training is to appreciate what is and what is not expected, especially in regard to how we treat musical instruments and the room they are kept in.

Attention to these details is important to minimise interruptions to the lesson itself and to keep the musical environment focused, happy, healthy and clean.

Instrument and Music

The correct cello size for your child will be assessed as part of the Introductory Consultation. Younger students will also need a scrapbook, rock-stop, stool and a foot mat. When it is time for your child to 'go up' a cello size, please always make sure you have discussed with Emma the necessary size and brand and on any advice before making any purchase or entering into any hire agreement with an outside party.

 

 

Purchasing a Cello

Crescendo Music in Myaree (08) 9330 1719 has some suitable student cello brands available. West Violins in Brentwood (08) 9364 5390 also has some extremely good cellos for sale. Please always check with Emma before purchasing any cello for sale.

Hiring a cello

Grow With Music has two 1/10 size cellos for hire at a competitive rate per term that involves payment of a refundable bond/maintenance fee. Twinkles Violin Rentals (08) 9248 2460 has cellos of a variety of sizes for hire. Please always check with Emma before entering into any hire agreement with an outside party.

Equipment Requirements

Keep all books, scrapbooks and files in one bag and bring all materials to each lesson together with cello and stool (if applicable). Parents are asked to bring a notebook and to take notes at the lesson to facilitate a clearly defined practice routine at home. Ideas to keep practicing fun can be shared with your teacher, as well as with other parents, so that variety is a prominent feature of the musical experience.

Instrument maintenance and repair emergencies

Tuning or replacing broken strings can be dealt with in a quick visit. Please call before you come. Any more serious problem can be referred to:
Trevor West of
West Violins in Brentwood (08) 9364 5390. Twinkles Violin Rentals (08) 9248 2460 will happily deal with any problems associated with their instruments on loan to you.

Photographs and Video Recordings

Please be aware that involvement in lessons, group classes, workshops and concerts offered as part of this program signifies your permission for any photos and videos taken to be used for the purposes of ongoing teacher training, use on the internet (our website and Facebook page), or use in the Suzuki Newsletter. If you have any particular concerns, please let me know in writing. Thank you.

Allergies/Medical Conditions

Please inform me of any allergies or medical conditions I should be aware of to ensure a successful, healthy and safe learning environment for your child.