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Studio Rules and Guidlines for Parents
- All students MUST be members of the London Suzuki Group. It is a condition of entering my Suzuki teaching practice.
- You must attend group lessons. I appreciate that the odd lesson may be missed and that the times are not always convenient but please remember you child will be so much more motivated if he or she has the chance to share their learning with other children their own age. This is one of the principals of the Suzuki method.
- Try to arrive 5 minutes early rather than 5 minutes late. A little observation of other children’s lessons is a good thing.
- Clean Hands and shoes off – please take off shoes when you arrive and use the bathroom to clean hands. Even hands that look clean can be sticky or greasy.
- Mobile phones & ipads off Please do not take calls or send texts during lessons. If you are not focused and absorbed in the lesson, your child will not be.
- Please bring your notebook - it’s essential that you take notes even if some of the points are the same as the previous week - indeed, it’s even more important if the points are the same as the previous week!
- Children MUST be accompanied by their parent(s). Apart from the absolute necessity of keeping the Suzuki triangle (parent - teacher - child), my public liability insurance does not cover me without the accompanying adult present. When those exceptional circumstances do arise and you have to be somewhere else at the same time as your lesson, please don’t be tempted to just drop your child off - the lesson should be cancelled.
- Please make sure that any brothers or sister in attendance are quiet and well behaved. A part of the Suzuki method is the respect we need to foster for the adults around us (including teachers) and for the space we are in, particularly if this is a space for learning in.
- Lessons are scheduled at the start of term so please check the invoice dates and let me know if there are any dates you cannot make.
- If you have to cancel a scheduled lesson, I will try and make up that lesson within a week if there are spaces. If this is not possible (and sometimes it is not as I basically have a full timetable) the lesson is forfeited and the full amount will be charged.
- During term time, lessons are every week. If you regularly have to cancel it will impede the development of your child’s ability. I appreciate there are so many demands on your time but please try and make your lessons and practice time a priority. Mine is a “priority” teaching practice and I do need the commitment to attend at least 9 or 10 lessons a term.
- Please let me know if there’s anything I should know about by way of background - upset or unhappiness, issues with regards to practicing, problems at school, significant worries about concerts etc.
- Use group lessons and BSI workshops as a chance to talk to other parents. As Suzuki parents you are part of a Suzuki family - the more experienced parents tend to have acquired a certain expertise!