I'm glad we're off to a great start in our Suzuki music classes this year, with both new and returning students playing music together!
Over the past two weeks we've noticed a few things that will help our group classes run smoother, which we might not have told new families yet, and which returning families might have forgotten. Please help us with these things!
1) When you arrive, please walk in the room and...
- help your child take out their instrument,
- set out your yoga mat or help your child find a spot to share a mat with another student,
- and bring your instrument to a teacher to be tuned.
- Please help your children not to play on their instrument while we are tuning at the start of class.
- Tuning is at 3:20-3:30pm. If you arrive after 3:30, please enter the room quietly and hand your instrument to a teacher as soon as you've had a chance to get it out. :-)
- In general, chairs are for parents or practice partners; students (usually) sit or stand on the floor.
- If you need to move a chair, please don't drag it - pick it up. Dragging the chairs can cause marks on the finish of our beautiful floor!
- We get to use about 3/4 of the room. If it comes up, please teach your children not go on the risers, and to neither walk amongst the percussion nor the cellos & string basses at the back of the room.
2) Siblings or other family members are welcome to quietly observe the group class or private lesson, but...
- If siblings need attention, need to make noise, or need to move around during classes, please take them outside the room as soon as you notice.
- Don't worry about missing things - Miss Kania and I are always happy to catch you up on any group class activities or homework assignments at the end of class!
3) If you need to leave class early...
- Let us know when you arrive if you need to leave earlier than usual.
- It's fine for you to start packing up your child's violin just before you need to leave and raise your hand to get the teacher's attention if your child is participating with the group at the time you need to leave.
4) If you need to miss a group class...
- please let us know ahead of time.
- It helps us plan better group class activities if we know who will be there each week.
Thanks for your help & cooperation in this! As always, please let us know if you have any questions about classes, lessons, or practicing and listening to music at home.
-Jennifer Visick & Kania Gandasetiawan-
“To make a resolution and act accordingly is to live with hope. There may be difficulties and hardships, but not disappointment or despair if you follow the path steadily. Do not hurry. This is a fundamental rule. If you hurry and collapse or tumble down, nothing is achieved. Do not rest in your efforts; this is another fundamental rule. Without stopping, without haste, carefully taking a step at a time forward will surely get you there.”
-Shinichi Suzuki, 'Nurtured by Love'