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Private Music Lesson Registration

Dear Parents, 

We are looking forward to the 2019-2020 school year and another wonderful season of music at DCD. Here is where you will find the information you need to register your child(ren) for fall instrumental lessons, in which we hope your children will participate. 

To register your child for music lesson, complete the online registration form below. In the right column is a complete overview of the program and DCD policies. If you have questions, please email our Private Music Coordinator, Valerie Snow, at vsnow@dcds.net. 

There is a $75 registration fee for each child participating in the program. The deadline for registration is June 1, 2019.

If you have questions regarding your child's readiness to study an instrument, you may consult your child's classroom teacher or any of the instrumental teachers; however, registration for lesson may be made only through the online form. 

The criteria for learning to play an instrument includes a commitment to daily practice (generally 5 days/week) and the ability to listen and follow directions. It is important to discuss this with your child prior to registration. 

Students studying at DCD have excellent opportunities to perform in band and string ensembles, providing exposure to orchestral and band literature. Appropriate instrumental skills and technique are developed during their individual lessons. 

The success of our program is due in large part to our professional and deicated music staff.  For a complete list click here. 

Thank you, 
Valerie G. Snow

Please complete ONE FORM PER CHILD. This form must be submitted by June 1, 2019 to guarantee registration in the Private Music Program for the 2019-2020 school year. A $75 Registration Fee per child, per instrument will be charged to your school account when form is submitted.
Music Lesson Days & Times
Music lessons are generally scheduled Monday-Thursday according to the teacher's availability. They are offered at lunch recess and after school for both Lower School and Middle School students. Lessons are 30 minutes long.
- The strings program offers group, semi-private and private lessons to students in all grades for violin, viola, and cello. 
- The Lower School Chamber Ensemble* meets on Mondays from 3:00 to 3:45 p.m.
- The Middle School Chamber Ensemble* meets on Mondays at lunch recess from 1:20 to 1:50 p.m.
*Please Note: Chamber Ensembles require an additional fee of $482 per year.
Day(s) Requested:
Time(s) Requested:
Teacher(s) Requested:
I understand that lessons are given weekly, for a total of 15 lessons per semester; 30 for the year. The registration fee of $75 per child, per instrument, is used for implementation of the Private Music Program and will be refunded only if the parent's request for lessons cannot be accommodated.
Music teachers must receive payment for lessons two weeks before the beginning of each semester or the student's time slot may be forfeited.

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. 

5) Ensembles
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. 

6) Practice
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. 

9) Evaluations
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.
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