Studio Policies


Practicing is a vital part to your child’s experience with music lessons. Not only does it give your child confidence in their playing, but it also actively creates consistent progress in lessons each week. I expect each student to practice a minimum of 5 days a week for at least as long as their scheduled lessons are. For example, if your child is taking 30-minute lessons, they should practice 30 minutes per day.


Tuition and Fees

This year, the fee for lessons is based on 30 scheduled private lessons from August – May.


Payments are accepted through a monthly PayPal subscription which will charge you once a month for the monthly tuition cost of your lesson package for the months of August-May. There will be a $25 charge for any declined payments or returned checks.

The first payment of tuition is due by September 7, 2019.

A non-refundable $60 Registration/Recital Fee will be due at your first lesson each school year to cover the cost of the recitals and assignment book you will receive every year.


Tuition holds your enrollment in the studio throughout the year and students are expected to continue lessons year-round in order to reserve their enrollment in the studio. There will be no adjustment in tuition for lessons missed by the student for any reason.


The length of your lesson is based on the level and age of the student. I will work with the parents to help determine a suitable lesson time for the student.


If for any reason you are considering discontinuing lessons, I ask that you speak to me about the situation so that we can work on it together.  If you discontinue lessons, there will be no refund of tuition already paid. Please give me two weeks advance notice before discontinuing so that your PayPal subscription can be canceled.


Summer Lessons and Retaining Lesson Time

Summer Lessons (June – August)

Signup will be located on this website at the beginning of May so you can plan out your summer lessons.

Please sign-up for 6 lesson times to hold your spot for the Fall.  Students who do not enroll in summer lessons will not be guaranteed enrollment for lessons in the Fall.

Tuition for summer lessons is due June 1, 2020



Students are encouraged to play in studio recitals. Recitals are a wonderful time to invite family and friends! Please be respectful of the groups that have allowed us to be guests in their facilities. If anything is damaged, that party agrees to pay for the damages.



Media Release

Photos of students and video and audio recordings of group lessons and studio recitals may be posted online and used by the instructor for promotional and workshop materials.  Identifying information will be excluded or limited to first names only.  Parents wishing to exempt their students from any published media may do so by providing a written exclusion request. 



There may be times that other prospective students or Suzuki teachers-in-training request to come to watch your child in their lesson. I will give you advance notice and request your permission always before allowing anyone to observe.


Security Notice

My primary concern is the welfare and safety of our students, as well as that of the studio, and myself as the teacher. For this reason, security cameras have been installed in my home and main area of the house. Parents are encouraged to ask me any questions regarding this.


Sick Days, Makeup Lessons, and Weather Policy

There are two makeup weeks scheduled for each school year. Each student may come during their scheduled lesson time on the weeks designated for makeup lessons. If no makeup lessons are needed, students may use this time slot for an extra/free lesson. 


If you can't make it to your lesson, please let me know. I offer Skype, FaceTime lessons, or phone meetings during your scheduled time if you prefer when a student, parent or sibling is sick or traveling.


It is fine to work out a time swap with another student if you choose. As the teacher, I will not cancel lessons unless I have a family illness or if I have a professional opportunity. I will make up any lessons I cancel by appointment during a time and day that works for both of us .


I will not cancel lessons due to snow or other bad weather for lessons. It is up to the parent to decide if they choose to attend during inclement weather. There will be no additional makeup days offered for such cancellations. However, I offer Skype, FaceTime lessons, or phone meetings during your scheduled time if you prefer.


Student Attendance and Guardian Attendance Policy

Your tuition payment reserves the specific time slot that you are scheduled for your lesson. You must be on time for your lesson to allow other students to start their lesson on time. If you arrive at your lesson late, your lesson will be shortened to allow the next student to start on time. No partial refund on tuition will be given for shortened lessons due to tardiness.


A parent or guardian must be present at each lesson taking notes for the student. I do not allow a student or their siblings to be dropped off without the presence of their parent or guardian at lessons at any time, for any reason, or for any length of time.  If a student is left for a lesson without a parent or guardian present when I have not given my permission, the student’s lessons will be discontinued and there will be no refund of tuition.


There are some situations in which the student has the ability and maturity to attend lessons without a parent present before the age of 16. I will work with the parent to determine if this is a suitable situation for the student, and I will give my written permission for the student to begin attending lessons without a parent or guardian on a case by case basis. However, the parent/guardian is still welcome to attend lessons at any time.



A guardian is an individual over the age of 18 who is authorized by the student’s parent or parents or by legal authorities to act as the student’s guardian at the student’s lesson and to take responsibility for following the studio’s policies as expressed herein. If the undersigned parent or guardian cannot attend a student’s lessons, an adult over the age of 18 must be in attendance as such student’s guardian and Sarah Stenbakken Violin and Viola Studios shall have the right to rely on the fact that such attendee has been authorized by the undersigned parent of guardian to act as the student’s guardian without obligation of inquiry.


Cell Phones

Please silence your cell phones during visits. Texting is fine if you need some form of communication. Please do not take any phone calls during lessons or go up into another area of my home to take a phone call, as it disrupts the lesson and interrupts family activities going on in my home. Lessons are short and designed for you to spend special time with your child.


Lessons Etiquette/ Sibling Attendance

When you arrive for a student’s lesson, please remove your shoes and come directly downstairs to the studio. If you arrive early, please wait in your vehicle or on the front porch until your lesson time. You are limited to the downstairs studio only while in my home. If you need to use the restroom, please use the one on the main level of the house next to the kitchen and come back downstairs afterward. Siblings, parents, and guardians are not permitted in any other area of my home. There is space in the studio with chairs for those attending the lesson, as well as activities for students to entertain themselves while waiting. No food or beverages besides water, please.


Do not leave any children unattended or allow children to run or play roughly in my home. Please have siblings play quietly in the studio room. The studio room is very small and accommodates only a small number of people. Please plan accordingly with the number of people you plan to bring to lessons. 


If siblings come to the lesson, they must be able to play quietly within sight of the parent without disrupting the lesson. Do not leave siblings unsupervised. This also means they are not to be left in the car or anywhere on my property without a parent. Parents are welcome to bring toys for siblings to play with as long as the playing is quiet, and the toys are picked up before leaving. If a sibling brings an electronic toy, the sound must be completely turned off in order to not disturb the lesson. If siblings are unable to play quietly, please don’t bring them to lessons so that the student and parent can focus on the lesson.


If these policies are not followed or if attendees cause distractions or disruptions to a student’s lessons, Sarah Stenbakken Violin and Viola Studios may prohibit the attendance of the party or parties responsible for such distractions or disruptions and/or terminate the student’s lessons with no refund of tuition.    



Please park either in front of my home or in my driveway. Please be sure to not block the driveways of any neighboring homes, and avoid parking in front of their homes if possible.

© 2013 by Sarah Stenbakken Violin & Viola Studio.

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