ABOUT THE STUDIO
Two locations in
Sharon, MA . Register or contact us for available days and hours.
Kids and adults with no previous experience are welcome.
I am offering a carefully crafted cirriculum of a well-rounded classical music education that allows to fill many gaps in the music growth of a student. The structure of an Academic year is carefully thought and tested for over 20 years of my teaching experience. Besides developing the fine flute skills, the students learn fundamental concepts of music, including music theory, solfeggio, music history, learn about composers, work on the rhythm developement, get a valuable experience playing with a professional accompanist and in various ensembles.
The dedication, enthusiasm, and experience I bring as a flute teacher allow my students to concentrate on more than just playing an instrument. Nurturing responsibility, encouraging patience and kindness, instilling musical sensitivity, and developing mind and listening skills are some of the special features of my teaching philosophy.
I focus on developing strong fundamental flute skills, such as a diaphragm-based breathing, developing finger technique, ear training, working on tune, rich tone and vibrato. I have a lot of different exercises in my arsenal that will help to build these skills and draw on a variety of methods, depending on the individual interests and needs of the student.
STUDIO POLICIES - 2019/2020
Music Lessons are available year round:
Academic year: September 1st through June 30th
Summer Session: July 1st through August 31st
The Academic Year 2019/2020 consists of 40 teaching weeks and 2 recitals:
32 weeks of private instructions plus bonuses: 4 theme-based two-hour group lessons scheduled throughout the year (8 hours total), 2 Recitals (Performance classes) and 4 Summer lessons.
For students, enrolling after the start of the Academic year, the number of lessons in the sign up month will be prorated and a regular flat monthly payment will be scheduled, starting the following month.
For a summer session - 4 lessons are included in the tuition. Students can choose dates of the lessons in the offered weeks.
You will be given the studio calendar with all dates for the lessons, recitals and piano rehearsals for the whole year at the time of the registration.
TUITION AND PAYMENT
ANNUAL REGISTRATION FEE
A registration fee of $35 must accompany each student's registration form and payment for tuition. This fee helps to cover administrative costs (printing, postage, supplies, awards); reserves the student's place in the studio; and recognizes our mutual commitment to a year of study.
The annual fee is non-refundable and is due at the time of registration with a completed registration form for each new and returning student, even if a student starts lessons after the school year started.
Registration is complete when a registration fee has been received by Yulia Berry’s Flute Studio, along with setting up recurring payments at the student portal on our website or giving post-dated checks or paying in full.
TUITION IS AN ALL INCLUSIVE MEMBERSHIP that includes:
- A time slot in the studio-schedule, reserved on your name
- Weekly private lessons
- Included in lessons: Music Theory, Music History, Music Quizzes, Rhythm Developing Games, Ensembles, Incentives
- An individualized plan and time spent in preparation for the student
- 2 professionally organized formal recitals (bonus performance classes, no additional charge)
- Preparation for recitals and auditions, performance management
- 4 theme-based 2-hour group lessons, scheduled throughout the year (bonus ensemble classes, 8 hours total, no additional charge)
- 4 Summer lessons with a flexible schedule
- Video lessons, created with a professional software for the missed lessons, delivered directly to your own virtual classroom
- All books and materials. The library is being constantly updated with new teaching materials and new music.
- Studio expenses (rent, insurance, softwares, bookkeeping, incentive programs, etc.)
WHAT ELSE COMES WITH THE TUITION?
- Teacher's past training and experience
- Teacher's ongoing professional development
- Professional memberships
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED:
Piano rehearsals - the number and length of piano rehearsals will be determined individually, depending on the student level, progress, goal and the accompanist' availability. The students will be billed for the rehearsals separately.
FLAT MONTHLY RATES
Annual tuition (September 1 - August 31) consists of 40 teaching weeks and 2 recitals and is divided into 10 automatic payments. The charge for lessons each month is the same, regardless of the number of lessons in that month. Some months will provide one more or one less lesson. No charges in the Summer session (July and August)
RATES FOR 2019/2020, September 1st to June 1st (10 payments)
30 minute weekly lessons plus all bonuses - $224 per month
45 minute weekly lessons plus all bonuses - $278 per month
60 minute weekly lessons plus all bonuses - $298 per month
*An extended lesson time (90 minutes), coaching and a la carte lessons are available upon request, but have to be approved by Ms.Berry. For intermediate/advanced level only.
Paying with a credit card: Our website platform uses secure Stripe online processing. You will need to enable the auto-debit option in your account at the student portal during or after the registration process, if you choose this option. You will receive your payment statements and receipts on the 1st day of the month.
*There will be a 3% fee by Stripe for Credit Card processing.
Paying monthly with 10 post-dated checks: If you choose to pay with post-dated checks, all 10 checks must be given prior starting the lessons. Post-dated checks (1st day of each month, made to Yulia Berry's Flute Studio) cannot be deposited before the date written on the check, so this way you break your annual tuition into monthly payments, using post-dated checks.
Paying with 5 post-dated checks: break the tuition into 5 payments. The dates on the checks should be: September 1, November 1, January 1, March 1, May 1.
Paying in full: You can also choose to pay in full with a check or a credit card.
Please, note: There is no other option to pay your tuition, except a full payment or post-dated checks or automatic monthly payments through the Studio's website. Only completed registrations qualify to start lessons at Yulia Berry’s Flute Studio.
Regular attendance is expected and encouraged in order to gain maximum benefit from music instruction, however, missed lessons are inevitable.
If you need to miss a lesson for any reason, you’ll receive a video lesson with clear instructions what to work on during that week. The lesson will be recorded by your teacher during your missed lesson time and delivered directly to you.
Ms.Berry uses a professional software to create video lessons and share them in your own virtual classroom. You can access it from any device that is connected to the Internet. No need to download anything. All lessons will consist of a few units: a recorded video with a clear instruction, an additional music activity (on composers, music theory or rhythm), a helpful YouTube video link and more. The lessons will be stored in your virtual classroom and you can watch them any time or go back if needed.
There are 40 teaching weeks plus 2 recitals in the Academic year 2019/2020
Additionally to 32 weeks of private instructions, there will be additional bonuses:
- 4 theme-based 2-hour group lessons scheduled throughout the year - that is 8 hours total of additional practicing, rehearsing and working in ensembles. The group lessons also include fun music games and activities on music theory, music history and music analysis to enhance the chosen theme. There is no extra charge for the group lessons. They supplement the studies with the new skills, while re-enforcing fundamental music concepts. The group classes offered as an additional makeup option or as a free bonus, if you attended all lessons, to ensure the students' musicianship skills keep growing.
- 2 formal public recitals scheduled in the Winter and in the Spring. All students are encouraged to participate. The recitals are considered as bonus lessons with a valuable public performing experience, while learning the performance management. There is no additional tuition charge for it.
- 4 Summer lessons, offered with a flexible schedule. Students can choose dates of the lessons.
In case of Inclement Weather, you will be offered live online video lessons at your regular lesson time.
If the teacher must miss a lesson, she will offer you a few makeup choices and dates or will credit a missed lesson to your account.
No credits or refunds are given, if a student misses a lesson. Tuition remains consistent regardless of the number of lessons attended.
DISMISSAL AND TERMINATION
If for any reason you must stop lessons, a one month notice is required. At that time, I will pro-rate the tuition for your final month to reflect the number of lessons that you have received based on the last lesson date. You will be required to pay this balance within 30 days. After this recurring payments will be cancelled and all post-dated checks returned to you.
Regrettably, I will have to dismiss a student if any of these circumstances occurs:
• Failure to pay tuition on time
• Persistent absences
• Uncooperative attitude
• Failure to follow practice as instructed
• Lack of progress due to insufficient practice or unfulfilled requirement.
AT THE LESSONS WE WILL WORK ON:
- Flute technique
- Development of a beautiful, rich sound
- Breath control with a diaphragmatic support
- Developing controlled vibrato
- Ear training, intonation
- Music theory, expression marks, dynamics
- Understanding musical phrases and forms, learning aesthetic interpretation and musical organization
- Understanding complicated rhythms and time signatures
- Sight reading
- Learning effective practice strategies to maximize productivity
- Building performance skills and overcoming performance anxiety, guidance through the entire performance preparation process, performance feedback through audio and video analysis
- Music from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic and Contemporary Periods
- The importance of musicianship
- Effective use of the musical body
- Injury prevention (prevention of pain, tension, fatigue)
- Correcting ANY problem with a body posture, hands and an embouchure
- Discarding bad habits – musical, physical and mental
- Weekly individualized feedback
Yulia Berry will provide a positive and enthusiastic atmosphere for learning and will offer many performance and enriching activities. She will continue to further her teaching skills and music knowledge by belonging to professional organizations, attending workshops, reading professional publications, and engaging in other activities leading to professional growth. Ms Berry will encourage a feeling of success at each student’s individual rate of learning and guide each student towards musical independence with a balanced program of theory, flute technique, ear-training, sight-reading and performance opportunities. She will make flute as fun and entertaining as possible!
When students enroll, they are reserving their placement in the studio for the entire year. The enrollment agreement is a firm commitment and guarantees your place in the studio. Please understand that the tuition you pay reserves an exclusive weekly time in the schedule for your child. Unlike a doctor or a hairdresser, I cannot re-sell that time nor can I create extra teaching time in which to give lessons.
The student agrees to arrive at each lesson punctually, well-prepared, and with all necessary materials. If you arrive five minutes late, your lesson is five minutes shorter. You reserve the time slot, not the number of minutes.
We have at least 2 formal studio recitals each year (the dates are on the studio calendar). All students are encouraged to participate in these programs.
Recitals are major events in our course of music study. They provide a wonderful opportunity for developing poise and confidence, as well as being an important goal for polishing repertoire to high quality. They also serve as a valuable musical experience, listening to other flutists at various levels of study. Recitals are considered performance classes, for which there is no additional tuition charged. (These are "bonus" lessons!)
We have unavoidable expenses for recitals to cover a rent of a venue, accompanist work on that day, printing programs, posters and certificates, goody bags and flowers, and sometimes receptions. These fees are included in your membership, so please, do take an advantage of what we offer and participate in our beautiful events!
These events provide students with further incentive to practice and excel, and can have a positive effect on a student's sense of accomplishment. Recitals build confidence and reinforce the concept that good practice habits result in good flutists.
Parental support is essential for the child's musical growth. Show interest and enthusiasm for his/her musical accomplishments. Attend their recital programs and help to make them a "special" event for your child.
All students will be required to rehearse with an accompanist before a recital and every 8-10 weeks between (this applies to intermediate and advanced students only).
While my schedule is quite full, I welcome new students. If you (my current student) refer a new student to me and he/she registers for flute lessons, make sure he/she mentions your name and you will receive one free additional lesson (up to $74 value).
The first lesson will give us a chance to get to know each other. It will allow me to assess your current skill level, strengths and any areas that need work. It will also give you a chance to ask questions. If you have had previous lessons, bring all your books and a prepared piece to play for me. We will discuss what goals or plans you have in mind and I may recommend some books/music for you to purchase based on your skill level.
Home practice is critical to students’ progress. Lesson preparation should receive as much priority as homework for any other class. A minimum of 30 minutes a day, five-six days a week is generally necessary for beginning-intermediate level students. A minimum of 60 minutes daily practice is recommended for intermediate-advanced level students. We will discuss proper practice techniques and have a clear outline of what the student needs to focus on.
Students who consistently refuse to practice or make an effort to practice week after week may be dropped.
Remember to work with your child in setting up a daily practice schedule as soon as each new season approaches, whether it is the school year or summer vacation. A "set time" each day will help them remember without constantly having to be reminded and will also help insure that you are getting your money's worth out of music lessons. The study of music is rewarding and enjoyable, but it is also work! It is probably the first serious commitment your child has ever made. As you know, your child will be only as committed as you are. Each student will move along as quickly as the assigned material is sufficiently mastered. It is my sincere desire that my teaching and your support at home (with encouragement, praise, and discipline when needed) will form an effective team. By working together we can make music one of the most enjoyable experiences your child will ever encounter. This is one of the few avenues of training that they will carry with them for an entire lifetime.
SPORTS AND EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
Although this is a private flute studio, and is not affiliated with any school district, it is no less an educational institution--and must be regarded as such. It is the position of this studio that flute/recorder lessons are to be treated with the same level of importance as any other subject your child may be studying in school. It is also the position of this flute studio that sporting events and other extracurricular activities are not considered valid excuses for not practicing during the week. Please respect my curriculum and my commitment to your child's musical education by maintaining a priority level for flute studies equal to that of other school subjects--regard it as a "private extension" of academics that would otherwise be unavailable to your child.
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