Policies and Procedures
Welcome to Chica Fluta Studio
Congratulations on joining Chica Fluta Studio! You are a member of a talented group of musicians, beginner through professional, elementary age through adult, who simply must have music in their life. They love to play their instrument and relish the challenge of mastering it.
Lessons are built upon studies, practices, and exploration in breathing, tone development, articulation, technique, theory, ear training, and posture, through an ever-expanding repertoire of études, solos, duets, and exploratory works. Studies in Classical, Latin Jazz, Choro, American Jazz, Folk, and Popular music are taught if desired. Just ask…
- Self – Focus, Intention
- Music notebook
- Pencil & highlighter
- Cleaning rod & cloth
How Long Should I Practice?
- Until you sound how you want to play
- Play as much as you can, as often as you can
- Consistency and high frequency practice throughout the week is necessary
- Specific practice time varies by age and ability and is discussed in your lesson
Time is specially reserved for you, please be punctual, yet flexible, and remember often there is another student right before and/or after you.
If your schedule changes or you have a conflict with your lesson, just let me know and we’ll find a better time for you.
An instrument in good, working condition is a necessary requirement for learning to play. If your instrument needs repair I can recommend a number of affordable options and Loaner instrument information.
Payment is due at the first lesson of the month unless otherwise arranged. Cash, check, and Chase QuickPay are all acceptable forms of payment.
Student photos highlighting their experiences in lessons, performances, competitions, and other hallmark events are shared on the studio’s website. Last names are always omitted unless a version of the photo has already been released to the general public. If you do not wish to have your photo on the studio website check the box on the signature page.
Cancellation ( > 24 hours, non-emergency)
If you cancel your lesson less than 24 hours of your scheduled time, and are not able to make up your lesson the same week, the lesson fee is still charged.
Cancellation ( > 24 hours, emergency)
If your cancellation is due to sudden illness or an extreme circumstance, we will reschedule your lesson at an amenable time.
Cancellation ( < 24 hours)
If you cancel your lesson more than 24 hours in advance of your scheduled time, the lesson fee is not charged. We will reschedule your lesson at an amenable time or credit the next month’s invoice with the lesson.
All make-up lessons are held at the Studio or via Skype. All rescheduled In-home lessons are held in the Studio, unless otherwise agreed upon.
Skype lessons (lachicafluta)
The preferred option when transportation, inclement weather, or illness prevents you from getting to your lesson.
If weather prevents you from getting to your lesson, then we will reschedule for later in the week or hold the lesson via Skype.
The Best Lesson of All
The truth behind getting the most out of your lesson is to come to each and every lesson ready to learn, be open to trying new strategies, be accepting of your mistakes and work earnestly to correct them. And most of all, understand that learning to play an instrument is a process. There will be good days and there will be some tough days, but- it IS worth it! And you will be happy and proud that you did something as incredible and courageous as learning to make music and share it with others.