Studio Policies for Watt Violin Studio

COVID-19 Policies

  1. Online lessons will be available for the duration of the Pandemic.
    • Students choosing the online option will use the Zoom platform. Having a secondary platform such as Facebook Live or Google Meets, in case of technical difficulties, is encouraged.
    • Students should have a stable internet connection that is as fast as possible (being close to the router or plugging directly into the router can help with speed issues).
    • Students need a device with both a camera and a microphone. (Internal mikes are fine though an external mike may improve sound quality.) The larger the screen, the better.
    • Laptops are encouraged though phones are acceptable, if necessary.
    • Please also make sure lighting makes the student easily visible. I need to be able to see a minimum of waist up with both hands visible.
    • Students should have a designated location for lessons that is quiet and has as few distractions as possible.
    • Please make sure your device is fully charged or plugged in.
    • Please have all materials ready and log into your lesson on-time. Necessary materials include your instrument (already tuned if possible), a tuner and metronome, all music, a music stand, and a pencil. A notebook to jot down notes is encouraged.
  2. In-person lessons are at the discretion of the teacher as well as any local, state, or federal mandates. Lessons may be switched to online at any point during the semester based on current virus cases as well as local, state and federal mandates.
  3. Any group activities (classes, recitals, etc) must follow all local, state, and federal mandates. Online options will be available if in-person options are not possible.
  4. Any in-person activities will have the following rules in place:
    • Hands MUST be sanitized in front of the teacher.
    • Temperature checks will take place at the start of each lesson. All present will be checked using a touchless thermometer.
    • Masks MUST be worn.
    • Student and teacher must remain 6 ft apart at all times. (Floor markings and clear partitions are set up in the studio to facilitate this).
    • Students must provide their own instruments and supplies. No pencils, etc, will be available. If at all possible, bring your own tuner and metronome to lessons.
    • If ANYONE in your HOUSEHOLD is ILL, you MUST contact the teacher to switch any in-person lessons to Zoom lessons.
    • Only 1 student may be in the studio/Mrs. Watt's home at a time. Any siblings must wait outside/in the car. There is no longer a waiting room area.
    • 1 Parent is allowed to accompany ELEMENTARY aged children (through 5th grade). Middle and High School students should plan to attend lessons alone.
    • The Teacher will sanitize between family groups.

Rules and Policies

  1. Please arrive to your lesson on time. If you arrive late, it cuts into your lesson because I cannot run over. Also, if you drop your child off, please also pick him/her up on time.
  2. Please stay in your car until Mrs Watt comes to get you. Please text Mrs Watt when you arrive.
  3. Parking Policy: You may park in my driveway (2 spaces) or in front of my home (1 space) only. Please do NOT park in front of my neighbors’ homes or go onto other people’s property for any reason.
  4. For all activities at St. Luke, please come in at your scheduled activity time and unpack your instrument. Please be quiet if I am finishing with the previous student or group. Please also be respectful of St. Luke’s property. We are privileged to be able to use space there.
  5. A minimum of 24 hours notice is requested for all cancelled lessons.
  6. If I must cancel a lesson, it will be made up.
  7. If a student cancels a lesson it will NOT be made up unless you choose to use your one make-up lesson. You will only have one make-up, once this is used, no more make-ups will be given. I MUST ENFORCE THIS POLICY. With a full studio, there is very little space available for makeup lessons. THE PLAN IS TO USE ZOOM IF AT ALL POSSIBLE IN LIEU OF MAKEUP LESSONS, ESPECIALLY FOR TRANSPORT ISSUES OR IF SOMEONE ELSE IN YOUR HOME IS SICK. Students may use their one makeup lesson if the student is ill or has a direct conflict.
  8. INCLEMENT WEATHER: If Fayette Co. Public Schools are closed due to weather, lessons will move to Zoom for the day. There will be no makeup lessons for inclement weather. Group Lessons will move to Zoom at my discretion.
  9. Email will be used almost exclusively for communication. All forms, payment reminders, etc. will be sent by email. Information is also posted to Facebook and the Watt Violin Studio website to keep you well informed.

Practice Requirements

Students must maintain a consistent practice and listening schedule to succeed. Practice should include daily work on scales, exercises and passage work, technique, review, current piece, and music theory as assigned. Practice requirements are as follows:

Beginner (Twinkler): 10-15 minutes daily, minimum weekly goal = 60 minutes
Book 1: 15-20 minutes daily, minimum weekly goal = 75 minutes
Books 2 and 3: 30-45 minutes daily, minimum weekly goal = 150 minutes
Books 4 and 5: 45-60 minutes daily, minimum weekly goal = 225 minutes

As students advance, the minimum amount of practice time needed each week will continue to increase. Typically, advanced students will be practicing several hours each day. Students receive a weekly practice log with detailed homework assignments. Please make sure that daily practice is recorded on the log and that the log is signed by a parent and brought to the next lesson.

A Practice Reward Program is in place for all Watt Studio students. Each week that the student's practice goal is met a star is earned. Five stars = a prize. Please use this and other incentives to help encourage daily practice. If you are having practice motivation problems at any point, please let me know. Students are required to listen to their Suzuki recordings EVERY DAY! Specific listening goals will be set in students' lessons.

Required Activities

Group classes, Play Throughs, Festival, and Recitals are all important aspects of a Suzuki Music Education. As such, they are ALL highly suggested activities in the Watt Studio for eligible students. More advanced students who are also in orchestra may request exemption from group class at my discretion. If there is a roup class available for you it is REQUIRED. If you have a conflict with your scheduled group class, you MUST speak with me. ALL STUDENTS MUST PLAY ON AT LEAST ONE RECITAL EACH SEMESTER - NO EXCEPTIONS!