Studio Policies for Ensley Music
Julianne Ensley, flute
Nationally Certified Teacher of Music, MTNA
Ensley Music Studio exists to foster the love of music by providing excellent instruction and opportunities for self-expression and growth. Its higher purpose is to bring glory to God through the gift of music.
TUITION FEES AND PAYMENT
Tuition is paid monthly at the first lesson of each month. Payments received after the 10th of the month are charged a late fee.
CHECKS may be made payable to Julianne Ensley.
30 days notice must be given if a student wishes to discontinue lessons.
Current policies coincide with those of Musical Innovations. Highlights and additions are below:
LESSONS are 30 minutes in duration unless other arrangements are made.
Lessons are held each week except for week-long school breaks and scheduled teacher absences.
STUDENT ABSENCE: Absence due to sickness or vacation is the parent’s prerogative. Please give 24 hours notice if you cannot attend a lesson. In case of a lesson cancellation due to an emergency or mandatory school function, the parent can e-mail me to inquire about re-scheduling. Students receive one make-up lesson per semester, usually near the end of the semester on a designated Saturday. This may be in the form of a private lesson, group lesson event, or recital.
TEACHER ABSENCE: In the rare case that the teacher must be absent other than days already noted in the yearly calendar, lessons will be re-scheduled or made up by adding lesson time on another lesson day.
TARDINESS: Your lesson time is reserved for you! The teacher may not be able to extend your lesson past the normal ending time, so please be prompt in arriving.
During lessons wherein the flute is in the shop for repair or otherwise unavailable, lessons will take place but will cover theory, rhythm and composition rather than flute playing.
PREPARATION: Students are expected to come to lessons with previous assignments completed. A minimum of 30 minutes practice per day is expected for progress to be evident. Common lesson topics include tone, technique, repertoire, music history and theory. If the student desires help on additional material (such as band), that is acceptable as well, but special emphasis will be placed on that which is most helpful to proficiency on flute.
INSTRUMENTS, ACCESSORIES AND MATERIALS
INSTRUMENTS should be of sufficient quality so as not to hinder the student. Please see the Student Materials page for more information.
FLUTE: If you need a flute, I can recommend a reliable one (or source for one) or can help you choose one in your price range.
FLUTE TUNE-UPS: Flutes must be serviced regularly (like a tune-up on your car) once or twice per year by a qualified repair specialist. If a flute is not serviced, the following things occur:
* the pads on the keys leak, causing the flute not to "speak" certain notes
* the student begins to squeeze too hard on the keys, causing more damage
and poor technique
* the keys get out of alignment, causing the fingers to have to travel different
distances to close keys, resulting in poor technique
* the cork dries out, causing leaks
All of these malfunctions can be avoided by keeping the flute in good shape. Only a flute specialist should work on your flute.
Joy Sears, Flute Repair Specialist
REQUIRED ACCESSORIES: the following accessories are required for the student to complete assignments properly:
* sturdy music stand for practice at home
* tuner (or combination metronome/tuner)
* instrument cleaning supplies
* spiral notebook for teacher's notes at lessons
BOOKS AND STUDY METHODS: all books recommended by the teacher for individual study and performance will be billed to the parent.
WHAT THE STUDIO OFFERS THE STUDENT
Depending upon the instrument and the student's performance level, recommended performance opportunities may include informal or formal recitals, music festivals, theory testing and/or competitions.
UPDATES: This studio keeps students and their families informed of upcoming music events in the metro area, many being free concerts and recitals.
PIANO ACCOMPANIMENT FOR PERFORMANCES
Nearly all the flute repertoire will require piano accompaniment for recitals and festivals. You may choose any pianist you wish who is competent, capable and available to attend your child's performance event. Accompanists are paid for the time they spend learning the music, practicing it, rehearsing it with your child and performing. Ensley Music Studio can provide an accompanist if needed for a $20 fee. Rehearsals can take place during flute lessons. The studio accompanist fee must be paid before the first rehearsal and is non-refundable.
WHAT TO EXPECT
BAND: While participation in band can be a rewarding activity, I discourage marching band for my students because it counteracts the positive habits developed through individual study (such as posture, musical expression, etc.). Another consideration is the weather damage incurred to instruments used for marching band.
WHEN THE "NEW" WEARS OFF: Sometimes students try an instrument for a short time to see if they'll like it, and parents want to know if they'll stick with it. It takes a minimum of 3 months to have a solid introduction in musical study, and 9 months to explore it enough to determine whether it will be rewarding for you! Allow enough time (and practice) to encounter not only the difficulties but the progress and rewards as well. No discipline (even music) is easy and no one is "born with it". Everyone who studies flute must work to build skill, which is why band and lessons are not enough. Set aside practice time each day to develop your ability properly.
PRACTICE: Music practice is mostly brain-work. We train our minds to operate our finger patterns, posture and air flow. Mindless repetition is useless. Expect your practice time to take energy, stamina and work just as sports practice. If you are not making progress, it is because you are not practicing properly or engaging your mind to concentrate on your practice goals. The teacher's job is to teach practice techniques; it is the student's job to learn to play the flute!
MUSICAL GOALS: Whether you are a person who takes music lessons for a well-rounded education OR to prepare for a career in music, you should determine what you are willing to invest to meet your goals. In either case, it is important to plan to share your music with others through recitals and impromptu performances. It is also important to plan what you wish to accomplish, let the teacher know your goals, and work out a practice plan to meet your deadlines.