Here are my basic studio policies. Fill out the form below for a complete version (including current fees!).
Violin & Viola Studio of
HELLO STUDENTS AND PARENTS!!
Welcome to the viola and violin studio of Sunny Johnson! My goal is to help students find joy in creating music, increase technical skills, discover the satisfaction that comes from learning an instrument and have a GREAT TIME. Outlined here are some guidelines to make sure everyone has a fantastic experience with private lessons. Read on for interesting factoids, terrible poetry, and other (actually helpful) information!
Each student will have individual practice requirements according to age and level. I try to take a goal-oriented approach to practice, rather than time-oriented. Every week we’ll talk about short-term and long-term goals, and decide what we want to accomplish for the next week. Please send a notebook with your child for every lesson and we will write practice goals in this notebook. Every once in a while there will be a fun contest, party, or cool event focusing on the accomplishment of our goals! Please encourage practice (frequent and focused are my favorite kinds!) as parental guidance is extremely important for a young musician’s development. And now, a limerick regarding practice:
There was a violist named Luke
If he played well, it was a fluke
But he set a goal
And went on a roll
And now when he plays we don’t puke.
Regular attendance every week is expected – and why wouldn’t you come to your super satisfying, often entertaining lesson!? If you know you are going to miss a lesson please let me know as far in advance as possible. If more than 24 hour notice is given, you have the option to schedule a make-up lesson. If less than 24 hour notice is given there is no obligation for me to let you have a make-up lesson – but I am generally a pretty nice person and I will be flexible depending on the situation!
Parents are encouraged to come to lessons if at all possible. Violin and viola are WEIRD and HARD (but also FUN) instruments to learn, and attending your child’s lessons makes it much easier to help with difficult concepts during practice time. I teach in West Jordan, UT, near the intersection of 5600 W and 7000 S.
Studio classes will be held 1-2 times a semester. In studio class, students will perform for each other and give each other helpful and supportive feedback. They will basically act as each other’s teachers. These classes are required, although not everybody will play every time. The dates will be determined according to student availability at the beginning of each semester and you will be notified.
There will be student recitals two to three times a year. The dates will be determined at the beginning of the school year and a calendar will be distributed. Our venue could be a music store, my house, a church, a backyard, a nursing home, or an amusement park. OK, maybe not an amusement park...at least, not yet…but we’ll try to keep it fresh.
OK, let’s finally get to the boring stuff important stuff:
Payment is tuition style, so it will be a set monthly fee. Some months will have four lessons, some five lessons, and some will only have three due to holidays and breaks (such as spring break). The fee will be the same each month regardless of the number of lessons in the month. There will also be a few additional group studio classes, recitals, and dress rehearsals. All of these are included in the set monthly fee. Summertime lessons allow for more flexibility, due to everyone’s random vacations to Paris, Rome, and Harry Potter World (I wish). Payment will be structured a little differently depending on each student’s circumstance. Fill out the form below for current prices!
In summary: we learn a lot, we practice hard, we try our best, and we have a great time. Trial lessons/lesson observations are more than welcome. Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.