Happy New Year! I hope that you all have had a good break. We're excited to start teaching violin again on Tuesday January 7th! Here are some things to put on your calendar for the Suzuki Academy this semester.
This semester's schedule includes 18 group events + 16 half hour private lessons. Tuition is $780.00, which includes all group events and private lessons. Although the online registration is not quite up yet, it should be up soon, and when ready will be found HERE.
Group classes will meet on Tuesdays at 3:15pm in the Orchestra room in the PAC at St. Margaret's, starting this coming Tuesday, January 7th. The last regular group class of the school year is scheduled for Tuesday May 20th. Group classes will not be held on school holidays (which are Jan. 21, Feb. 18, and Apr. 1).
We will be sharing a performance as a group on the Spring Orchestra Concert on Tuesday evening, April 15th, at 6:30pm, in Hurlbut Theater in the Performing Arts Center. On this Tuesday, the regular group class at 3:15 will be a rehearsal for the evening concert. There will be no private lessons on this date.
-If you have your private lessons on Tuesdays, your first private lesson of the semester is scheduled for January 7th and your last lesson is scheduled for May 20th.
-If your lessons are on Wednesdays, your next private lesson is scheduled for January 8th and your last lesson of the school year will be May 14th.
-If you have your lessons on Fridays, your next private lesson is scheduled for January 10th and your last lesson of the school year will be May 30.
(Note: Due to the Thanksgiving holiday last semester, if you have private lessons on either Wednesdays or Fridays, the January 8th & 10th lessons technically belong to Fall semester, and your count of 16 private lessons for this semester begin on either Jan. 15th or 17th, respectively.)
There are NO private lessons scheduled on the following dates:
Tue Jan 21 - (In-Service Day, No School)
Feb. 18th through Feb 21st - (Winter Break - No School)
April 1st through April 4th - (Spring Break - No School)
Tue Apr 15 (There IS Group class AND a group performance scheduled on this date, but there are NO private lessons on this date).
Fri Apr 18 - (Good Friday - No School)
Fri May 23 - (Your teachers have a schedule conflict on this date)
If you must miss a private lesson or a group class, or arrive late or leave early for any reason, please let us know at least 24 hours in advance. SMES has a no-makeup-lesson policy for private lessons. However, we encourage students and families to participate in other school events, and occasionally these things cannot be planned to not conflict ahead of time (for example, a student who auditions for a part in a school musical might end up having a rehearsal call time for the musical during a private lesson time).
If you must miss one or more private lessons due to an SMES event, we will be scheduling a "masterclass style" group hour during the usual group class time on Tuesday May 27th and/or June 3rd. The time will be divided evenly between all students who missed private lessons due to SMES events such as the lower school musical, etc.; "masterclass style" means that student/parent teams get to observe and learn from each other’s lessons as well as from their own.
Please don't hesitate to let us know if you have any questions! See you on Tuesday,