Full Studio Policy

Distance Learning update: Nearly all components of the pre-pandemic physical studio format and process have been converted distance learning counterparts. See complete distance learning plan for details.

A group class observation visit and an in-person consultation are required to determine placement. Please take time to determine if the Suzuki program is right for you. Once you have decided to move forward, enrollment is on a semester basis. Your continuous commitment from September to June is important for progress and cohesion with the studio community; students may not opt in and out per month or week or class.

Spring 2020 (Feb to June)


  • Pre-Twinkle: $75 per new family
  • Full Program: $50 per new or returning family (waived for continuous students)
Jersey City Programs Base Schedule Base Tuition
Pre-Twinkle A 12-15 group/event days $300 + June TBD
Pre-Twinkle B 12-15 group/event days
1 individual lesson option
$400 + June TBD
Full Program 30 30-min reserved lesson time
Group class and event schedule
$875 (sibling +$75)
Primary Orchestra: +TBD
Orchestra trainee: +TBD
Full Program 45 or 60 45- or 60-min reserved lesson time
Group class and event schedule
45: $250 per month (sibling +$15)
60: $330 per month (sibling +$15)
Primary Orchestra: +TBD
Orchestra trainee: +TBD
Visiting Students Group class and event schedule Orchestra: $350
Book 1 group w/o orchestra: $300
Recital: $15
Piano Contact for details Contact for details
Recital: $15
Warren Programs Contact for details

Your timely tuition payment (cash, check, or online payment via Chase/Zelle) reserves your weekly lesson time, includes participation in most group events, and allows for continued development of studio programs. Tuition is the same regardless of the number of classes attended.

Scheduling, Absences, Make-Up Lessons, etc.

Base Schedule

The base schedule includes 35 individual lessons (during your weekly reserved time) and 25 group classes/events throughout the 10-month year of 43 weeks. Most students have the opportunity for 3-6 “extra” lessons after accounting for planned studio cancellations, emergency cancellations, and a limited number of student absences.

Cancellations & Absences

Lessons and classes are collectively part of a long-term educational plan kept in motion by regular meetings and practice. Although some provisions are made for rescheduling, specific “make-up lessons” are not guaranteed.

  • Planned studio cancellations are “floating holidays” in lieu of a “standard” schedule of holiday closures since not everyone will observe the same holidays, school breaks, travel plans, etc.
  • Teaching hours are limited to specific days and times, and many slots are reserved for other students. Because the specific time of a missed lesson commitment cannot be recovered, student absences may be “made up” only if arrangements are made in advance* to reschedule to an available time or to switch with another family. In addition, a few “extra” weeks typically remain after studio cancellations and may be viewed as “make-up lessons” or else considered a bonus and benefit of your continuous participation.
  • Tuition is based on expected level of participation and commitment in the overall program rather than on an “hourly rate” or actual lesson time basis. Therefore, there are no tuition adjustments for missed, cancelled, rescheduled, or bonus lessons or groups, except under the specified withdrawal terms. Orchestra contribution reflects the extended schedule and opportunities offered to these students.

*Proper notice for individual absences is no later than noon on the previous day. However, please make every effort to provide earlier notice as a courtesy in order to allow the time to be repurposed (for example, you may at another time be in need of an open spot or a trade with someone else).

Partial Semesters

  • Withdrawal: Scheduling, lesson planning, and flat fee program tuition are based on full semester commitment. If a student needs to withdraw mid-semester, tuition will be retroactively calculated without the continuous enrollment discount, plus the required notice period.
  • Extended absences: students maintaining enrollment through an extended absence can opt for alternatives such as travel practice plans, video feedback, video coaching, etc.
  • Mid-semester enrollment: Base tuition will be adjusted for students starting mid-semester.
  • Mid-semester program changes: For Pre-Twinkle students changing classes, a difference in tuition may be required for the new schedule.

Lesson Logistics

  • Please arrive a few minutes early and quietly to get ready – violin, bow, rosin, notebook, music book, etc.  Another lesson may be in progress. (Please check for all your belongings before leaving.)
  • Bathroom, snack, etc. needs should be taken care of outside the lesson time (please accompany your child for safety and to prevent exploring). It is often not appropriate to extend lessons after late starts.
  • Lessons should end before the child’s attention breaks down; this may sometimes be before the end of the allotted time.  If possible, lessons may sometimes be extended in order to conclude the current point.
  • Parents are expected to accompany their children to all lessons, groups, and events unless prior arrangements are approved for limited circumstances.
  • Group classes – arrive 5-10 minutes early for setup and tuning. (Orchestra: 15 min)

Personally Identifiable Photos/Videos of Children

  • See separate notice regarding photo/video/audio recording of children.