Policies & Procedures
Students are required to have the necessary materials at every lesson. Each student will require slightly different music and supplies. Check with your teacher to find out what your child needs. Below is a list of most of the materials that Melanie Schiemer requires of her students. Students do not need all of these supplies to begin lessons. New students need only a violin, bow, case, rosin, shoulder rest sponge, 1/2” binder, and a copy of Suzuki Book One CD. For information on where to purchase the listed materials visit www. SchiemerStudios.com and click on the Links page.
Suzuki Books and recordings purchased as needed for various levels
Alfred’s Publishing Complete Color Coded Flashcards
Fingerboard Geography by Barbra Barber
Scales for Advanced Violinists by Barbara Barber
Solos for Young Violinist by Barbara Barber
77 Variations on Suzuki Melodies by William Starr
I Can Read Music Volume One or Two, Joanne Martin
The Logical Approach to Rhythmic Notation
Sight Reading for Strings, Denise Willey
1/2” - 1” Binder (preferably black) ALL STUDENTS MUST HAVE THIS
Shoulder pad or sponge, KUN shoulder rest or equivalent
Rosin-preferably dark, recommended brand: Colophane Millant-Deroux
Small 100% cotton cloth (to clean the violin)
Metronome (apps are available) & Tuner (apps are available)
Suggested Reading for Parents
Nurtured By Love, Suzuki
Ability Development from Age Zero, Suzuki
To Learn with Love, Starr and Starr
The Schiemer Studios School calendar year is June 1st - May 31st for a total of 45 lessons per year. There will not be lessons during the 2 week Holiday Break, 1 week Spring Break, and 1 week during the summer break. That leaves 3 additional weeks for families to use as sick/vacation leaves or to be used as make-up lesson days or personal vacations.
All holidays and breaks observed by the Clark County School District are also observed by Schiemer Studios. Lessons will not be given or billed for on these holidays or breaks unless otherwise indicated by the teacher.
Students are expected to attend a weekly lesson at their assigned time. If a student must miss a lesson, a 24 hour courtesy call is expected, however, lessons and group classes missed by students will not result in a make-up lesson, credit, or a refund. Siblings are encouraged to attend all Schiemer Studio events. Parents are expected to ensure that children are not disruptive. Students attending lessons at the home of Melanie Schiemer must remain in the studio at all times unless otherwise permitted by the teacher. Please make every effort to give your child an opportunity to use the restroom and have a bottle of water before coming to the lesson. Plan to arrive at lessons and group classes approximately 5 minutes early. Students who arrive late will only be taught for the remaining time of their lesson. (Example: A student who is 10 minutes. late for a half hour lesson would be given 20 minutes. of instruction time.) The teacher is only required to wait for late students for 15 minutes. After 15 minuets, it is at the discretion of the teacher to have the class or not. Schiemer Studios reserves the right to discontinue lessons with any students that miss 3 consecutive lessons.
If for any reason you are unable to attend your regularly scheduled lesson, you may choose to switch with another family. Families can contact one another and request to trade lesson times for that week or contact the teacher 2 weeks in advance to receive help with trading lessons. Please understand that families may not always be able to switch. When trading lessons, you must switch with another student that has the same lesson length as your student. Once you have successfully traded with another student, immediately contact your teacher to notify her of the change. If you are unable to trade lesson times the above policy will be adhered to.
Teacher absences will result in a make-up lesson or a credit on your next months invoice and may be due to illness, vacation, or performing engagements. Make-up lessons will be schedule at a mutually convenient time. Once a make-up lesson is agreed upon, the new lesson time will be treated as a regular lesson and the above policies will apply.
NOTE: Once again, student absences will not result in a make-up lesson or a credit/refund. Teacher absences will be made up during the calendar year or will result in a credit to your next months invoice.
Tuition payments are due on the 1st day of each month for the upcoming month
Tuition is as follows:
15 min. $63.75 per month
30 min. $127.50 per month
45 min. $191.25 per month
60 min. $255.00 per month
Tuition my slightly differ if students are joining the studio mid-year. All lesson totals and tuition payment schedules can be viewed via your students individual google sheet to which you will be provided a private link. Invoices will not be mailed.
Fees are not included in the tuition payments and must be paid by the dates provided below:
Annual Studio Fee $30.00, due July 1st (everyone)
Silver State fee $35.00, due Sept 1st if participating
Halloween Recital Fee is $35.00, due October 1st (everyone)
Bolognini Fee $50.00, due January 1st if participating
Spring String Festival entry fee is $40.00 December 1st if participating
No lessons will be taught for any given month until tuition is paid. Payments received after the 5th of every month will be considered late and will be subject to a $25.00 late fee. Schiemer Studios reserves the right to permanently discontinue lessons with any students who have outstanding balances of 4 weeks or more.
Checks should be made out to Schemer Studios. Recurring credit card payments will be available in the next several weeks and can be set up for a small monthly convince charge. Students who have 3 consecutive late tuition payments may be required to subscribe to the automatic billing system to continue lessons.
Payments may be mailed to: Schemer Studios, XXXX, Las Vegas, NV 89129. You may also deposit your payment into the box provided at the studio. Cash payments will require a receipt and can only be made in person.
Tuition will be increased by $1.00 per hour lesson, every other year in odd numbered years
Schiemer Studios will provide students with at least two performances a year. Participation in recitals will require students to attend one dress rehearsal with the piano accompanist. Students who do not attend the dress rehearsal will not be allowed to perform on the recital. There will be a recital fee, see above. This fee will cover the pianist fee as well as all other associated costs. Students are expected to participate in all performances.
Students must be accompanied by an adult at ALL times to ALL lessons, group classes, and recitals. Schiemer Studios is not responsible for any injury sustained by students or any person associated with the student, while at the location of the lesson or other event. Adults who accompany a student assume full responsibility to pay for any damage caused by the student during the lesson, group class, or recital.
These policies and procedures embody the entire agreement between Schiemer Studios and the undersigned parent or guardian with respect to the services contemplated by this document, and there are no agreements, representations or warranties between Schiemer Studios and the undersigned other than as specifically stated herein.
Parents are expected to sign a hard copy of the Policies and Procedures in June of every year.
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