Preparatory Division Policies
Tuition is non-refundable and payable in two advance installments.
- The first payment for Spring 2018 is due Friday, January 19, 2018 and the second payment is due Friday, March 23, 2018.
- 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.
- Excused absences: these are determined at the discretion of the teacher, and are typically limited to (a) illness and (b) serious family emergency. Excused absences will be made up, but are limited to two per semester.
- Unexcused absences: these are also determined at the discretion of the teacher. Teachers will not typically give makeup lessons for vacations, sporting events, or parents' work schedules.
- If possible, please give the teacher 24 hours' notice if you will miss a lesson.
- There will be no refunds for missed 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 our mission to provide a supportive and professional atmosphere, families are highly encouraged 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 Dr. 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 $50 a semester.
- Parents of students borrowing Preparatory Division instruments are required to read the Care and Maintenance of Stringed Instruments form, then sign and initial the String Instrument Contract form (available from your teacher). This form must be submitted to Dr. Miranda Wilson, Director of Orchestral Instruments.
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.
Spring 2017 Calendar
January 18: First Payment Due
January 23: First week of lessons
March 8: Second Payment Due
March 13-17: Spring Break (no classes)
April 22-23: Moscow Adjudication
April 29, 10 a.m.: Prep piano recitals
May 5: Last day of spring semester lessons
May 8-12: Make-up week