Frequently Asked Questions
How old should my child be to start violin lessons in Amanda Kerr's Suzuki Violin & Fiddle Studio?
Amanda offers lessons to children as young as age 3, but every child is different and may not be ready to start at that age. Your very first lesson will involve standing in one place for 10 seconds. If you think your child can do that, they may be ready to start lessons. Parents of new students can schedule a free observation or orientation lesson with Amanda to determine if they are ready.
Do parents need to participate in both private and group lessons?
Yes! In addition to parents being in control of any behavioral things that may arise, it is also a part of what makes Suzuki Method work so well. The parent will become the teacher at home during practice, therefor they will need to be there to watch what is happening, and will often participate in the lesson.
Does my child have to participate in both private and group lessons?
Yes! With the exception of "Twinkle Tots" (who only attend group classes) and students who do not live in Anchorage, regular private AND group classes are mandatory and are equally an essential part of your child's development as a musician.
How long is a private lesson?
Private lessons are scheduled 45 minutes apart, but are not timed down to the minute. Depending on the child's age and attention span, a Twinkle Stars private lesson runs between 20-30 minutes and a Twinkle Graduates lesson between 35-45 minutes.
My child has a cold/ The weather is too bad for me to come to my lesson...
Please don't bring a sick child to lessons. Skype lessons can be arranged in cases of sickness (obviously assuming your child is well enough to still play their instrument), or if the road conditions are too rough to get to your lesson. Please try to let Amanda know by noon that day if you would like to Skype so she can get set up in advance. If Skype lessons can not be arranged, you may make up the lesson at the next Master Class or Amanda can help you arrange a make up lesson if time is available. As a last resort, Amanda may send you a practice video that she makes during your lesson time along with a list of things to practice.
What is the policy for missed lessons?
Missed lessons cannot be re-imbursed, but can be made up if time is available, or by coming to an extra group or master-class. It is the parent's responsibility to contact Amanda about rescheduling a missed lesson. With limited lesson spots, I can't guarantee there will be time to reschedule, so it is extra important to give lots of advanced notice if you would like to to cancel or reschedule a lesson.
Can adults take lessons?
Yes! You are never too old to start violin lessons. Unfortunately, Amanda does not have a group class option for adults (yet), but as long is there is space in the schedule, she will always be willing to do private lessons for adults. Just know that adults will be expected to commit to a regular lesson and practice schedule the same as everyone else ;)