Private Music Program Policies
1) Lesson Schedule
Lessons will begin the week of September 9, 2019, and follow the DCD School Calendar. There will be two fifteen-week semesters, totaling thirty half hour lessons.
2) Registration Fee
The registration fee of $75 is a separate, non-fundable deposit charged to your school account. The fee is necessary for the implementation of the program and is not applied toward the student's tuition.
3) Tuition Payment
The fee for private lessons for the 2019-2020 school year is $1,330 ($665 per semester). Yearly fees for other string classes are as follows: semi private, $1,019; group lessons, $937. Middle School and Lower School Student String Ensembles have an additional yearly charge of $482. Payment for each fifteen-week semester is due two weeks before the beginning of each semester. If tuition is not paid on time, students may forfeit their time-slot. The tuition will not be refunded if the student chooses to withdraw from lessons during the course of the semester.
4) Wait List
Students who cannot be accommodated within the available time-slots will be wait-listed until a suitable time opens up during the semester. A prorated fee for the remainder of the semester will be applied.
Students who study woodwind, brass and percussion instruments may participate in Lower School Band (Grades 4 and 5) or Middle School Band (Grades 6-8). There are limited spaces for students playing keyboard and guitar.
The Lower School Chamber Ensemble, comprised of violin, viola, and cello students, meet on Mondays from 3:00 to 3:45 p.m.
The Middle School Chamber Ensemble, string students from Grades 6-8, meets on Mondays during lunch recess from 1:20 to 1:50 p.m. As stated above, the string ensembles are fee-based.
Regular practice is expected of all music students in order to progress on their instrument. Beginners must expect to practice a minimum of 15 to 20 minutes, five days a week. Older, more advanced students are expected to practice between 30 to 60 minutes daily. Practice logs for students are often helpful tools.
7) Extended Day Program
Students who have a 3:00 p.m. lesson may go directly to their lesson after dismissal. EDP students in kindergarten -grade 3 who have music lessons after 3:30 p.m. will be escorted to and from EDP by a music teacher or parent. Questions about this policy may be addressed to Valerie Snow.
8) Lesson Make-Ups
Lessons missed due to teacher's absence will be rescheduled. Lessons missed for any other reason will be rescheduled if and when possible. Unpredictable school cancellations, such as snow days, will not be made up.
In order to promote parent-teacher communication regarding the student's musical progress, an evaluation will be written by the student's teacher at the end of each semester. Parents and teachers are also in frequent contact with one another during the course of the semester.
10) Music Recitals
There will be two Music Recitals, one at the end of each semester. They are organized by teachers from the Private Music Department and serve to showcase the progress of the music students at the end of each semester. Only students participating in the Private Music Program are eligible to participate in these performances.
The dates for concerts and recitals are to be determined.
In addition, all instrumental teachers will schedule a recital of their students during the school year, notifying parents of the date and time. This recital will count as one lesson for each student.