Preparatory Division Policies
Tuition is non-refundable and payable in two advance installments.
- The first payment for Fall 2020 is due Monday, August 31, 2020 and the second payment is due Monday, October 12, 2020.
- Payment: You may pay online with a credit card, or by check. There is no charge for credit card use. For online payments: please see our Tuition page.
Please note that non-payment of your bill will result in the discontinuing of lessons, group classes and ensembles.
There will be no refunds or prorating for tuition already paid if the student leaves the Preparatory Division in the middle of a semester. The Preparatory Division no longer offers sibling discounts.
- Makeup Lessons: no makeup lessons will be given for student absences. Tuition is handled as with any private school, where a day missed is not reimbursed. If the teacher misses a lesson, the lesson will be made up.
- If you will miss a lesson, please notify the teacher 24 hours before the lesson if possible.
- There will be no refunds for missed lessons.
- Please see the explanation of our policy regarding makeup lessons.
- Preparatory Division students must perform in solo and ensemble recitals as directed by the teacher.
- Suitable concert attire must be worn (ask your teacher for details).
- Exemplary concert etiquette must be observed at all times.
- In keeping with our mission to provide a supportive and professional atmosphere, families are asked to remain for the duration of the recital they choose to attend.
- Exemplary conduct must be observed at all times by students and their families.
- Families must not leave students unattended on the University of Idaho campus.
Group Class and Ensemble Participation Requirements
- All string students who are taking solo lessons must participate in a group class or an ensemble such as Suzuki Group Classes, Cantabile Strings Ensemble, or the Greater Palouse Youth Orchestra, depending on the student's level of achievement.
- These classes and ensembles are not optional.
- Please consult with your private teacher about which group or ensemble is right for you. If you have questions, please discuss them with your private teacher, or contact Associate Professor Miranda Wilson, Director of Orchestral Instruments (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Practice is essential to progress. Students are required to practice as directed by the private teacher.
- The Preparatory Division reserves the right to drop students who do not practice as directed.
- A limited number of violins, violas, cellos and double basses from the Preparatory Division instrument collection are available for students in their first semesters of study on a first come, first served basis.
- The charge for borrowing one of these instruments is $75 a semester.
- Parents of students borrowing Preparatory Division instruments are required to read the Care and Maintenance of Stringed Instruments handout, then sign and initial the String Instrument Contract form. This form must be submitted to Miranda Wilson, Preparatory Division Director of Strings.
- Please note that by signing the String Instrument Contract, you are liable for the full cost of purchasing a new instrument outfit if the one you have borrowed is lost, stolen or destroyed. This is the case regardless of the age of the instrument at the time it was loaned to you.
A regular practice schedule is vitally important to the success of the each student. Each instructor will provide guidelines for effective practice at home. The following items are essential. Please be sure:
- Student has daily access to an instrument that is in good working condition.
- Student maintains the specified daily (5-7 days per week) minimum practice.
- A regular practice routine is established and maintained; we recommend the same time each day, free from interference (phone, TV, siblings, etc.).
- Student follows the assignment carefully.
- All books and materials are brought to lessons/classes. If appropriate, an instrument in good working condition is brought to the lesson/class.
- Parent listens supportively to the practice session periodically. Younger students especially enjoy having a parent present (but not necessarily "directing things") in the room during practicing. Parent sits in on lesson, when instructor deems appropriate.