Violin/Viola Program Information

REGISTRATION

Each student must register for study each school year. Prospective students may phone 908.210.5538 to request information and registration forms. Students are considered registered upon receipt of the completed application forms and fees. Students will not be assigned to lessons until the registration form and fees have been received. There is a Program Fee of $400 per student that is due at time of registration.

PRIVATE LESSONS

All students will be given instruction in varying time lengths. For Book 1-2 students, a 30 minute lesson is sufficient. For the more advanced students (Book 3 and up), 45 minute and 1 hour lessons are available. Ms. Licetti will teach Monday through Friday.

CANCELLATION/MAKEUP POLICY

There are no makeup's given for lessons canceled by the students for any reason. (including illness, vacation, schedule conflicts, etc.) Lessons will be made up only in the event of the teacher's absence or if the public schools are closed due to inclement weather. All student families are given a copy of their teachers schedule and access to the student directory so they can switch lesson times with other students.

WITHDRAWALS AND REFUNDS

The Teachers have put aside the lesson time that you have requested in their schedule. Please make every effort to keep this time free of other appointments. This is an arrangement for the entire school calendar. There are no refunds made for lessons missed.

PRACTICE RECORDS

Each student will receive a Practice Record Book. They should fill it out at home during the week and bring it to every lesson.

PLAY-INS/PLAY-DOWNS

Play-Ins & Play-Downs are a lot of fun! All students join together for group playing of repertoire. A Play-in occurs when the Repertoire is played randomly and a Play-Down occurs when we start at the most advanced piece and play - down to the Twinkle Variations. We will have 2 Play Ins/Play Downs in the School Year. All the students love these special events!

GROUP LESSONS

Group Classes reinforce concepts learned at the private lesson, encourage musical techniques and phrasing, and provide motivation and socialization. All Group Classes meet on Friday afternoons.

ENSEMBLE

All middle school students and students in Book 4 and above are invited to join Ensemble. Ensemble will meet on Friday early evening. Cost is free to all Program Students.

RECITALS

A Recital is a Reward for wonderful practicing. We encourage each student to choose a piece that reflects their best playing.

SOLO-DAYS

Throughout the year, we will hold solo days during group lessons. Each student is invited to perform a solo and will receive a certificate for their participation.

GRADUATION RECITALS

When a student has finished an entire book, they are invited to polish up their repertoire and perform the Book on a recital for their family and friends. This usually takes place at a lesson. After their performance, each Graduate gets a Certificate for their achievement. (there may be added fees for the accompaniment.) For additional information, see the Graduation Requirements.

GROUP PERFORMANCES

Several times a year, there will be performances here at school and at local Nursing Homes.

CONCERT DRESS

Navy blue/Black dress pants/skirts with white/pastel blue button front shirts. Black shoes.

PARENT CLASS

This class is being offered in loving memory of Anya Yates (1966-2000) who wanted to play music with her own children. This group class is for parents who are beginners or in Early Book 1. The Class is free and will be offered in three 8 week sessions if there are 6 parents interested. There will be a sign-up the first week of class. All Parents need to have their own size instruments.

PRIVATE INSTRUCTION FEES

The Private Lesson fee covers the cost of all the private lessons. You may pay your child's private lessons in 1 payment that covers the entire school year or in 3 separate payments. If you choose to pay with 3 payments - the first payment is due at registration, The Second Payment is due on Monday, November 04, 2013 and the Third Payment is due on Monday, January 27, 2014. There is a $25 late fee for payments received after that week. These fees are listed below and are payable directly to your teacher.
  • 30-minute lessons.......$1230/school year or $410/trimester
  • 45-minute lessons.......$1845/school year or $615/trimester
  • 60-minute lessons......$2460/school year or $820/trimester

There is a program fee of $400 per student to cover the costs of rental space, group classes, ensembles , concert fees and accompanists fees. Checks should be made payable to "Giocoso Strings". The Program Fee covers the entire school year and is nonrefundable.