Frequently Asked Questions
Part I: General Music
All students in 4K and Kindergarten will have three classes per week devoted to music as part of the standard WIS curriculum. Grades 1-8 will have two classes per week.
Part II: Instrumental Music
Private instruction for piano, violin, viola, cello, or bass (with permission) will be offered for students in Grades 2-8 (and Grade 1 for piano). This program will be optional and will require an additional tuition charge.
When will lessons be held?
Lessons will be held during the school day at a time agreed upon by the student’s classroom teacher, music teacher, parent, and the administration.
When will lessons begin?
Lessons will begin the second week of school and continue following the school calendar to Memorial Day.
What will the lesson structure be?
Individual lessons will be held once per week for approximately 20 minutes. Since they are offered during the school day at WIS, it is critical that students are consistently prepared for lessons so that our work together may be productive and worthwhile. Students are required to bring all instruments, music books, and other materials to school on the lesson day and return them home after the lesson.
What if instrumental lessons affect my school work?
Students must maintain satisfactory progress in their academic work to be eligible to participate in privatelessons. Any classroom work missed due to lessons is expected to be completed at home.
What are your behavior expectations?
Music lessons require a degree of concentration and self-discipline. Any behavior disruptions will be addressed according to WIS policies.
What are the expectations for home practice?
Students are expected to follow a daily practice and listening routine. Students are required to practice a minimum of 4 days per week.
What if I miss a lesson?
Due to our complex schedule, lessons missed by a student for illness, field trips, snow days, or any reason, will not be made up. Tuition is calculated assuming two missed lessons by the instructor.
How should we obtain an instrument?
Parents should not obtain an instrument until their child is registered in the program. The instructors will guide you in making a purchase or rental decision if needed.
Is my Kindergartener or 1st grader able to take lessons?
Upon request, a kindergarten student may be assessed by a music instructor to determine their readiness. A parent will be required to attend lessons with these students.
Will there be ensemble opportunities?
Violin, viola, cello, and bass students are required to participate in the string orchestra ensemble.This class meets once per week during the school day. There are two sections: one for beginners, and one for continuing players. Enrollment in private lessons is required for participation in String Orchestra, but there are no additional fees for this class.
Will there be performance opportunities?
One of the great (and many!) benefits to studying an instrument include opportunities to
perform. Students will be performing at school concerts & events, solo recitals, competitions, and community events.
What is the cost for lessons?
Tuition for the 11-12 school year is $425 and is due by August 29th. Enrollment requires a non-refundable 1-year commitment. Please see the registration form for more info.
What if my child already studies an instrument?
Your child is welcome to continue study with any teacher, but you should communicate with the instructors to determine which general music projects and/or ensemble opportunities would be appropriate.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the instructors. We would be happy to help you in any way we can!
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