Welcome to Studio Kingma’s policy page. Here are just a few basic rules to keep everyone happy and our lessons going smoothly!
Parental attendance: Parental attendance at lessons is mandatory for students 4-7 and recommended up to 10-12. Parental involvement is key to a child’s success with the violin. Younger kids will benefit from parents being able to better direct their practice time and recall what the teacher said, and kids of all ages benefit from their parents’ encouragement.
Practice: Students should practice 4-5 days per week for approximately the same amount of time as their lessons. For beginners doing 30 minute lessons, this means 20-30 minutes practice time. Each week, students will be provided a practice schedule with suggested time allocations for practice sessions.
Semester calendar and lesson schedule: The semester calendar will be published on the website at the beginning of each semester. The fall semester, starting in September, and the winter semester, starting in January, are normally 4 months and 14-16 lessons. The spring semester runs May-June and normally 7-8 lessons. Summer lessons are available upon request. Lessons are paid on a semester basis according to the number of lessons.
Cancellation policy/makeup lessons: Missed lessons will not be refunded or rescheduled. Parents are encouraged to join the Studio Kingma 2.0 parents group on Facebook where lesson swaps may be arranged between parents in the case of cancellations. Please notify Miss Jetske of planned lesson swaps at least 72 hours in advance of your lesson.
Studio etiquette: Absolutely no food, drink (except water) or chewing gum in the studio. Please avoid bringing siblings or friends to lessons. In exceptional circumstances if siblings must come along due to childcare issues, parents are asked to remain in the waiting area with any children they bring along.
Please keep in mind that Studio Kingma 2.0 is located at my private residence: Do not roam the house/neighbourhood as I have to remain on good terms with family members and neighbours. Do not arrive more than 5 minutes early for lessons, and upon arrival you may enter the house and have a seat in the waiting area.
Respect other students’ lesson times by avoiding disruptions and arriving on time and prepared.
Your cooperation with these policies is greatly appreciated. Students/parents who fail to adhere to these policies may not be invited to return for lessons in the following semester.
Lesson rates and Payments
Lesson rates: Nominal fee per lesson hour is $45. For a fall/winter semester of lessons, you can expect to pay:
- 1/2 hour lessons: $315 – $360 for a semester (14-16 lessons)
- 3/4 hour lessons: $472.50 – $540
- 1 hour lessons: $630 – $720
Materials fee: An additional fee of $50 per semester covers all requirements for sheet music, theory and technical books, up to RCM grade 6. For students grade 7 and above, additional costs for sheet music may apply.
Violin rental: Violin rentals are $80 per semester.
Payments and late fees:
- Semester materials fees are to paid no later than the 10th day of the semester (10 September or 10 January). There are no materials fees for returning students for the spring semester.
- Lesson fees and rentals are charged the first day of each calendar month. For students not taking summer lessons, violin rental payment for July-August is due June 30th.
- Invoices which have not been paid within 30 days of the invoice will be subjected to a late payment fee of 1.5% per month.
- Payment is accepted via cash or e-transfer, no personal cheques please.