Policies & Guidelines


Our work together is privileged and requires trust and respect. When I accept you as my student, I guarantee you will receive my 100% attention and commitment. I ask that when you choose to study with me, we both honour this relationship with equal commitment and agree to fully explore this instrument with a minimum of a 9 month commitment.


Communication is key to our success. Above all else I value open communication about all things violin, or effecting the family, focus, practice, etc.. Please do not wait to contact me if ever there's concerns, questions, or difficulties at home with practices, frustrations, or, things not listed here that you believe I could help. Suzuki is a very collaborative method, and it takes commitment to communication for us all to help your child blossom!

Lesson Preparation

Please attend all lessons and arrive at least ten minutes before your lesson time. If there is a lesson scheduled before yours, please feel free to quietly come in to observe, get settled, drink some water and use the washroom. Bring all of your materials to every lesson - especially a lesson notebook, all music, and any technology required to record practice videos.


I ask that we keep lessons a “cell phone free zone.” Please set all electronic devices to silent and put them away during the lesson unless requested to record.


Please do not come if you or your child is ill. If your child is too sick for school, they are too sick to have a lesson.


Siblings are always welcome. Please bring toys, books, and/or snacks to help satiate movement, extraneous noise and interruptions to the lesson being taught. Thank you!

Cancellations, make-up lessons & withdrawal

Please let me know as soon as possible if you must miss a lesson.

Each student is given a maximum of FOUR make-up lessons throughout the year. Make-up lessons will be given when time/space allows. Choose your cancellations/make-up lessons wisely as beyond these four, you will not receive any further make-up lessons.

As a working, playing musician, I reserve the right to cancel or postpone lessons with notice. Rest assured you will still receive the number of lessons for which you have payed.

In the event that you need to withdraw from the program, please provide notice as soon as possible. My goal is always fairness, and in extraneous situations refunds may be considered but not guaranteed.


Parents and caregivers agree that the property owner, myself, or any of my family are not liable for any accident and/or injury sustained by child or adult while in class at 902-930 Yates St. or any other venues in which we chose to play music together.

Audio/Visual Release

By checking "yes" below, you give full permission for Kennedy Music to use photographs, video and/or audio recordings of your child(ren) for archives, PR and advertisement and/or publishings. This audio/visual release can be declined by stating "no."

Stay informed

Please read all of the materials I give you. Materials are all prepared with great care and I need you to stay informed. Mark your calendar accurately to include all of our events and dates when there are no lessons. Mark recital dates in big red letters and stay aware of updates.

Read the white board every week in case there are announcements and/or reminders.


Recitals are inspiring, goal-setting, community building, confidence boosting events and offer a chance for both parents and children to view what lies ahead. Children choose a solo piece and work hard to prepare and to show off their talents to understanding peers and friends. This is why I require all students – performing or not - to attend all recitals. We are there to support and to play in a welcoming and non-judgmental environment.


Work hard. To avoid repeat assignments please keep in mind that my assignments are not mere suggestions; they need to be carried out fully in order for me to help you be the best you can be. Any time my recommendations are ignored, it is likely that a key component of next week's lesson will not be achievable - and therefore assignments will be re-assigned.

Contacting me

Calling or text-messaging are the best ways to contact me. For sensitive issues that require a phone call, please contact me before 1:30pm or in the evenings after 8:30pm. I am unavailable by phone after 10:00pm. Please consider e-mailing me to set up a conference about sensitive issues rather than discussing them in front of your child and using valuable lesson time.


I ___________________________________ on __________________ understand and agree to the terms above, and commit to upholding to the best of my ability the expectations outlined.

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