Private Lesson Placement
Families interested in private lessons are scheduled for a 25 min meeting for child and parent to discuss both the child’s and parent’s readiness to begin private study. There is a $35 application fee due at the time of this meeting.
When private lessons are advised, we ask for your availability for lessons, including your available days, as well as your earliest and latest possible times on those days. We will make every effort to find a suitable time for your child. Your lesson time is set for the school year. Lesson tuition includes participation in weekly group classes in addition to the weekly lesson. Summer lessons are flexible and arranged around your availability.
- To schedule a family meeting, please contact us.
- To learn more about our Instrumental Programs, click here.
We are unable to provide make-up lessons and classes due to student absences. Please take note that your lesson time is reserved for you. Our teachers are extremely dedicated to our students, and lesson times are set for the semester.
If you have further questions about our makeup policy, please read this illuminating article written by a Suzuki mom and professional economist: Makeup Lessons from an Economist’s Point of View
Covid Safety Policy and Facility Closure
While we conduct in-person programs, we reserve the right to transition in whole or in part to on-line instruction if we feel it necessary for health and safety purposes. Students and accompanying adults may be subject to COVID-19 screening procedures for in-person programs as determined by the School and consistent to and subject to any NYS or NYC requirements. Acceptable face coverings must be worn at all times in our common areas and during group classes. We have air filters in all of our teaching rooms and open windows where possible.
IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION AND FACILITY CLOSURE: For students participating in in-person lessons and classes, in the event Silver Music needs to close its facility for a period of time due to NYC, NYS and CDC recommendations related to COVID-19, instruction for instrumental and introductory students will continue online. In this event, tuition and withdrawal policies will remain the same.
We ask that you go over these guidelines with your child:
• I will be respectful and cooperative and will contribute positively to the experience of fellow students.
• I will be careful and considerate that my actions and my words will not hurt another student’s feelings or hurt them physically, either intentionally or accidentally.
• I will show respect to my teachers and peers and try my best to follow instruction.
• I will respect the rights and beliefs of others, and treat others with courtesy and consideration.
• I will respect the property of others, including school property and equipment/supplies.
We hope that you will take the time to discuss these expectations. Please let us know if you have any concerns about your own child’s ability to follow these guidelines, as well as any ways we can help him/her be a more caring member of our community. If any issues arise for your family or your child, please let us know. You can expect if an issue arises that we will address it privately and decide together on the best course of action, which could involve discussing our Community Expectations with the student and parents and possible removal from a class or event.
If you are considering withdrawing from the program, we ask that you discuss your concerns with the Director and/or your private teacher. We value close communication with parents and want to know any concerns that you may have. Written notice must then be given indicating the reason for the withdrawal, sent by email to email@example.com.
Upon Director’s receipt of written notice of withdrawal, tuition refunds will be made according to the following schedule:
14 days or more before the first lesson or class, tuition paid will be refunded minus a $100 withdrawal fee.
After 1st week of class attendance: 90% semester tuition refund
After 2nd week of class attendance: 80% semester tuition refund
After 3rd week of class attendance: 70% semester tuition refund
After 4th week of class attendance: 60% semester tuition refund
After 5th week of class attendance: 0 % tuition refund
“Last week, my son – now 7 – asked if he could please take lessons at Silver Music for the rest of his life.”