Information about the Teaching Studio

If you have any questions about the policy or would like to inquire about enrolling your child, please contact the Director by cell phone, 805.895.3819, or email, [email protected].

In order to ensure that we are providing the highest level of teaching, all students must commit for the academic year. Your lesson time is reserved each week specifically for you, and therefore it is essential that you honor your commitment to show up for that lesson.

Lessons and Group Opportunities

  1. Individual lessons are on a weekly basis in our studio located at Santa Barbara Stringed Instruments. We ask that you pay at the beginning of each month for the entire month, cash or  check are accepted. If you miss a lesson without notice, you will still be charged for that missed lesson. If the student is sick and we are notified ahead of time, we will do our best to reschedule a make-up lesson. If you need to miss a lesson for any other reason (without illness), we will need a 48-hour notice, and we will do our best to reschedule but there are no guarantees that we will be able to accommodate. Because you have committed to a specific time slot, you are still responsible for paying for any missed lessons. 

  2. If the teacher needs to miss a lesson for any reason, the lesson will either be rescheduled or we will apply the cost of the lesson to the next month’s tuition.

  3. Group classes are 30-40 minutes and are supplementary (though highly encouraged) to the individual lessons.  They will be scheduled about once per month, and are required for playing in the group for the recitals.

  4. Performance classes are 60 minutes and are scheduled throughout the year.  The performance classes offer an opportunity to perform the repertoire in a group setting.

Recitals

One large, formal recital will be scheduled during the year. It is required that all students participate and play at least one song solo or accompanied from memory, and that the student has already played the song in a performance class. You will be given at least a one-month notice, and there will be a small fee to offset any costs associated with the recital.

Instrument and Materials

All material including the violin, sheet music, shoulder rest, stands and any other accessory are available for purchase or rental at Santa Barbara Stringed Instruments (formerly Malvinni Stringed Instruments), at sbstringedinstruments.com. Your teacher will go over with you at the initial meeting with the items that you will need.

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