Student Absences (academic Year – Sept.
Please let me know
as soon as possible if you need to miss or reschedule your lesson for any
reason (sickness, sports, family events, traffic, work, school events,
funerals.) Details are as follows:
Student Absences (academic year Sept. – June)
In order to
qualify for a make-up lesson, please notify me that you will be absent before
your appointed lesson time. There will be an online sign-up for make-up lessons. Make-up lessons must be taken before summer session begins. There are no refunds.
the First Three Student Absences
after the first three student absences of the academic year will be forfeited
with no make-up lesson.
No Call-No Show
If you miss a
scheduled lesson without notifying me in advance of your appointed lesson time,
the lesson will be forfeited with no make-up or lesson credit.
In my many years of teaching, most
students miss fewer than three lessons per academic year. Consistent lesson attendance is crucial to
Days that I have
designated as holidays are not counted in our season of 32 lessons. I will give students a calendar of designated
lesson days and holidays.
If I need to miss a lesson unexpectedly for weather, sickness, etc, a make-up day will be added to the end of our lesson season. In the even of snow or inclement weather, I will make a decision about lessons at least 3 hours in advance of scheduled lessons. Because we have lessons in the afternoon and evening, roads may clear up in time for lessons even on public school snow days.
monthly tuition for regularly scheduled lessons will be a flat rate based on our season of 32 lessons and will depend on your
type of lesson/class. Please see the tuition worksheet for
your monthly payment amount. Itemized
list of lesson charges is below.
30-Minute Lessons (32 lessons per academic year)- $32/per week
45-Minute Lessons (32 lessons per academic year)- $43/week
Special Request Lessons(60-minutes, no commitment)-
Annual Recital Accompanist Fee (1 formal recital in the
spring) $30 per student (required for all private
Payment is due at
the first lesson of each month by check or cash. Please make your check out to AMANDA
HOCKENBERGER. Please see the tuition
worksheet to determine the amount due. See
absence policy in this brochure. There are no refunds.
Discontinuing Lessons (regularly
One month's written notice is required in order to cancel lessons during the academic year. All make-up lessons owed at the time of the written notice will be forfeited. There are no refunds. (Example: If you would like your last lesson to be the last week of March; please include notice with the tuition check the first week of March.)
scheduled lessons are a commitment for the academic year. Lesson time will remain the same from
September through June. If you require a
schedule change in the middle of the academic year, I will try to accommodate
your request but I cannot promise that I will have another space available. Please make an effort to schedule other
activities around your lesson time.
Students that are
unable to make a commitment for the academic year are welcome to take lessons
on an as needed basis. This is
considered a “Special Request” lesson outside of my regular teaching
schedule. “Special Request” lessons are
(July and August) follow a slightly different schedule and absence policy.
Instruments and Supplies
There are many
places to find violins and violin supplies.
If you are ready to buy or rent a new violin, please let me know and we
will talk about what you should be looking for.
It is important to rent or purchase an instrument from a reputable
Reputable websites for supplies, books,
Shar Music - www.sharmusic.com
Southwest Strings - www.swstrings.com
Johnson Strings - www.johnsonstrings.com
Amazon.com – only for sheet
music and accessories, not for instruments
For local violin rental/purchase/repair:
John Exley – (856) 304-7230, Cherry Hill,
Music and Arts – (856) 985-5557, Marlton, NJ
Paul Stevens- www.stevensviolins.com,
J.R. Judd – www.jrjuddviolins.com,
Wamsley - www.wamsleyviolins.com,
I expect students
to practice at least five times a week.
Length of practice depends on student age and level.
Do not expect that
your child will automatically have the motivation to practice. Your child may resist practicing even if he
or she truly enjoys the violin. The
mental exercise of practice is not always as attractive as playing with
friends, the latest video game or television show. Developing the motivation to practice will
take time, discipline, and parental support.
After a few years
as a violin student, the desire to do well, the desire to participate in
musical ensembles, and the satisfaction of learning new pieces and techniques
will inspire students to practice. Over
the years, there will be seasons of quick progress and heightened interest as
well as the occasional slump. You can be
confident that the end result will be a young adult that feels proud of their
musical accomplishments and has skills that they can use their entire
life. Here are ways that you can support
your child in practice:
Show your child
that practicing is a priority by planning a daily practice time and sticking to
it (without interruptions.)
for the violin, practicing, and listening to music.
Be present for
practice time whenever possible. This is
an awesome opportunity for quality time with your child.
game or practice chart to make practicing more appealing. Contact me for more information about
practicing games if you are in a practicing slump with your little violinist.
Other Important Studio Policies
offer one free consultation lesson per family.
are held at my private home. Please be
respectful of your surroundings.
do not bring any food/drinks with you to lesson.
you need to use the bathroom, you may use the downstairs powder room in the
hallway off the foyer. Otherwise, please
stay in the violin lesson room.
come to lessons with short, clean fingernails
and clean hands.
arrive around 5 minutes before your assigned lesson time. If another student is still finishing lesson,
please wait in the family room to the left of the front door and get your
violin ready to play.
waiting for their sister or brother’s lesson should be able to sit
quietly. I recommend that siblings bring
a book or quiet activity for while they wait.
arrive at lesson with all required materials (instrument, books, rosin, etc.)
I ask you to purchase a new book or supply, please do so in a timely manner (within
are responsible for holding their children accountable to these studio
policies. Please make sure your child
arrives on time with all required materials.
I will still continue to run lessons on schedule even if you are late
for lesson. Tardiness results in a
shorter violin lesson.