Private Studio Policies

Term Dates

New students are accepted into Emily’s private studio in Roslindale throughout the year, depending on scheduling availability.  There will be no lessons held on days Boston Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather, or on national holidays.

Tuition & Payment

  • Annual Registration Fee: $25.00
  • Suzuki Twinkler Starter Kit (beginning Suzuki students only): $30.00

Below are the tuition amounts for weekly private lessons.

  • 30 minute lesson: $25.00/week
  • 45 minute lesson: $37.50/week
  • 60 minute lesson: $50.00/week

Group classes are an integral part of the Suzuki program and meet weekly.

  • 45 minute Suzuki group class: $10.00/week

The annual registration fee (and Suzuki Twinkler Starter Kit fee, if applicable) are due with the first tuition payment.Tuition for private and group lessons is due monthly, by the first of each month. Late payments will incur a 10% late fee. All checks should be made out to Emily R. Hale.

Lesson Attendance, Make-up Policy & Daily Practice

practice chains

Students earning links for their paper chains through practice!

Your weekly lesson time has been reserved especially for you. One make-up lesson will be offered per term for an excused absence. Valid reasons include illness, family emergency or religious holiday, and must be communicated at least 24 hours in advance in order to receive a make-up lesson. Refunds will not be issued for student absences. Any lessons missed by the teacher will be made up.

Practicing is about building good habits. Just like homework, in musical practice we turn the skills learned in our weekly lesson into physical and mental habits. Musical progress (and enjoyment!) is created through consistent, thoughtful daily practice. Music lessons are part of a child’s education. If unsure of whether missing a regular lesson or practice session would be suitable, one might ask, “Would this reason prevent my child from attending school or completing assigned homework for today?” A case of the flu certainly would – not a shopping trip. It is one of my goals as a teacher to help you and your child develop effective, cooperative practice habits.

Sharing Music: Recitals


Students performing at an outdoor Arts Festival

Two annual recitals are scheduled during the school year, one in January and one at the end of the Spring semester (dates TBD). All students participate in sharing their musical achievements with others. Additional informal performance opportunities may be arranged throughout the year.