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Registration & Fees

  • The Benefits of Membership:

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    The Benefits of an Oakville Suzuki Association membership include:

    • Access to a network of Suzuki trained and accredited teachers who are encouraged and supported in regularly updating their skills
    • Peer support and communication to help you enhance your child’s musical education
    • A variety of publicly enjoyed and welcomed performance opportunities
    • OSA events such as the Welcome concert, Halloween concert, Christmas concert, and Chamber Music Festival
    • OSA arranged Group classes in violin, Kodaly, and RCM Theory
    • Oakville Suzuki Vivace Violin and Preludio Ensembles
    • Graduation recitals and community outreach
    • Workshops and conferences
    • Instrument exchange program
    • OSA resource library
  • How to Join:

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    1. Find a Teacher for Private Lessons or explore instrument options
      Contact our Administrator to be referred to one of our teachers.
      You can read about some of them here on our website.
    2. Create an account on our web site
      Create a new account or log in using an existing account to begin the registration process.
    3. Create a Family Profile
      From the Family Profile you can add each student's information--we ask for birthdate, instrument, teacher name, and level (book level and last polished piece) so that we can properly place each child.
    4. Register for membership, group classes and events
      From the Family Profile, individual links next to each student's name will be available to register for Membership and some Group Classes (for Violin group, Cello group, Kodaly, Theory Rudiments, Preludio (violins), Vivace Violins, and Preludio are available for online registration), and sign up for special events. Note that group class registration is also available from the "Group Classes" link on the left hand side.
      Note: it is the policy of the OSA that all students (with only a few exceptions) register for a group class
  • 2016-17 Fees:

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    1. Annual OSA Membership Fee

      OSA Membership Fees are $90 for the first student in the family, $60 for the second, and $40 for the third. Subsequent siblings are free.

    2. ECM Family Membership Fee

      Newly introduced for 2016-17, the Annual ECM Family Membership Fee is $30.
      The ECM Family Membership is not counted towards the sibling discount for the OSA Membership Fee. However, if you already have 3 or more children registered in the instrument programs and the child in the ECM program is the 4th, you are not required to pay for the ECM Family Membership Fee in addition to the 3 OSA Memberships for the first three children. Please email the Registrar at info@oakvillesuzuki.org if this applies to your family.

    3. Private Lesson Fee

      Private lessons average $35 per half hour, but vary according to the teacher’s education and experience.  This fee is paid directly to the teacher and is separate from the OSA Membership and ECM Family Membership fees.

    4. Group Class Fee

       

      Group class fees for OSA organized classes range from ~ $200-$500 for the academic year and are paid to the OSA.
      Some group classes are arranged by individual teachers (eg. piano and guitar studios). Fees for these classes are set by and paid directly to the private teacher.

    5. Non-Volunteer Option

      We are a non-profit organization managed by parent and teacher volunteers committed to the musical education of our children. As such, a volunteer commitment is imperative and required by all Oakville Suzuki families. Opportunities exist to match a variety of interests and time availability.

    6. Workshops, Concerts, and Festivals

      Attendance at our events is highly recommended as an opportunity to celebrate in your child’s achievements and, in some cases, may be subject to an additional fee.

    7. Book Graduation Registration and Senior Recitals

      Graduation recitals are now included in the annual membership fee.

    8. Bursaries

      A limited amount of bursary funding is available for those who qualify.  Contact your teacher for more information.

  • Fee Policies:

    The fine print: our policies regarding late registration, refunds etc.

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    • Late Registration

      Students registering in January may be eligible for discounted membership fee and pro-rated Group Class and Rental Accommodation fees.  However, teacher availability will be limited.  Contact our Administrator for more information.
       

    • Refund Policies for Regular Lessons

      Refund requests must be submitted in writing by email or letter.

      Request submitted prior to November 1st will be subject to the following conditions 

      • OSA Membership fee will be refunded minus an Administrative fee  of  $25
      • Group class fees will be eligible for a pro-rated partial refund (OSA arranged at QEPCCC only)
      • Private teachers determine policies for lessons held at their own home studios
      • QEPCCC private students only:
        • OSA Administrator must be notified 21 days prior to the date of withdrawal
        • Rental Accommodation fee will be eligible for a pro-rated partial refund
        • Private lesson fee will be eligible to a pro-rated partial refund

      Refund requests submitted after November 1st but before February 1st 

      • No refund on OSA Membership fee
      • No refund on OSA arranged Group Classes held at QEPCCC
      • Private teachers determine policies for lessons held at their own home studios
      • QEPCCC private students only:
        • OSA Administrator must be notified 21 days prior to the date of withdrawal
        • Rental Accommodation fee will be eligible for a pro-rated partial refund
        • Private lesson fee will be eligible for a pro-rated partial refund effective 2 weeks following the date of withdrawal

      Refunds after February 1st are at the discretion of the private teacher and OSA Board of Directors
       

      Lesson Cancellation (applicable to QEPCCC private students only) 

      • Student Initiated – neither the teacher nor the OSA is responsible for a lesson fee refund or to schedule a make up lesson
      • Teacher Initiated – the teacher will schedule a make up lesson or issue a refund
    • Refund Policies for OSA Performance Arts Summer Camp

      Refund requests must be submitted in writing by email or letter.

      Request submitted prior to 45 days to the start of the Camp will be subject to the following conditions 

      • Fees for Camp Program, private lessons and Lunch Program will be refunded, minus an administrative fee of $50

      Request submitted within the 45 days to the start of the Camp will be subject to the following conditions 

      • Fees for Camp Program and Lunch Program will be refunded, minus an adminstrative fee of $50.  No refund will be made for the fee of any private lessons.
  • Oakville Suzuki Association Bursary & Scholarship Program

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    Our Vision

    The Oakville Suzuki Association aims to enrich the lives of children and families through excellence in music education by fostering a community that aims to develop the whole child through the principles of the Suzuki Method.

    Our Mission

    The Oakville Suzuki Association embraces the philosophy that all children can develop music ability within a nurturing, positive environment.

    We provide comprehensive music education, including private lessons, group lessons, music theory and performance opportunities.

    We aim to connect with our local community and to be the leading organization for music education in Oakville and surrounding areas.

    OSA Bursary & Scholarship Program

    Dr. Suzuki taught us that all children have talent, or the ability to learn a musical instrument. Not all families can afford to provide this opportunity to their children without some financial help.

    In honouring Dr. Suzuki's teaching, OSA offers financial support to committed families, teachers and young adult students for membership fees, group classes (including Kodaly where applicable), summer camp, continuing education of the Suzuki Method as well as Suzuki Teacher certification. Private lessons are excluded.

    OSA Bursary & Scholarship Program Policy

    Family Bursaries:

    Bursaries are awarded to families and young adult students based on the following criteria:

    • financial need,
    • level of commitment,
    • years of service, and
    • family size in the case of the family applications for children.

    Financial Need: Family applicants need to demonstrate that they are able to arrange for their child(ren) to receive private lessons (either paid or donated lessons), but are not financially able to also support other costs associated with their musical instrument: OSA membership fees, group classes, and summer camp.

    Level of Commitment: Family applicants should commit to regular attendance at their private, and group classes, volunteer their time at 2 OSA community events as well volunteer to sit on one OSA committee of their choice (events, marketing, finance, operations, Summer Camp, Volunteer Co-ordination). This is an expanded level of commitment: all OSA members are expected to volunteer at 2 events, per year. The applicant's private teacher will also be consulted for feedback in the application process.

    Years of Service: Consideration will be given to families/students who have been involved with OSA for a number of years.

    Family Size: Families with multiple children in music education may experience a greater need for support. This will be taken into consideration.

    Application Deadlines: Families and individuals are required to submit an application for financial support each year, at the April 1st deadline for the following summer and by August 31 deadline for the school year term. Applicants will be contacted within two weeks of these deadlines.

    Once a student/ family has been provided a bursary, the financial support will continue every year as long as the OSA has appropriate funding, the student/family continues to have financial need and are maintaining their regular attendance at private and group lessons and volunteer hours at OSA events. The OSA committee will look at the Bursary funds available each year, and will prioritize multi-year commitments before expanding the number of bursaries awarded.

    Young adult and/or post-secondary students

    Financial Need: Young adult applicants need to demonstrate their desire to continue their training for a career in Suzuki education and training.

    Level of Commitment: applicants must volunteer their time at 2 OSA community events as well volunteer to sit on one OSA committee of their choice (events, marketing, finance, operations, Summer Camp, Volunteer Co-ordination).

    Years of Service: Consideration will be given to families/students who have been involved with OSA for a number of years.

    Application Deadlines: Families and individuals are required to submit an application for financial support each year, at the April 1st deadline for the following summer and by August 31 deadline for the school year term. Applicants will be contacted within two weeks of these deadlines.

    Teacher Bursaries

    Bursaries are awarded to teachers on a first come, first served basis, where each teacher can apply one time, every two years. There will be a maximum of three awards granted per year, with a maximum grant of $500.00 per award. The OSA also attaches a condition that if a bursary is granted, the teacher must stay with OSA for two years minimum or pay back the bursary.

    Application Deadlines: Families and individuals are required to submit an application for financial support each year, at the April 1st deadline for the following summer and by August 31 deadline for the school year term. Applicants will be contacted within two weeks of these deadlines.

    The Application Process

    Applications are generally submitted directly to the registrar, (See links below) however, private teachers will also have access to electronic and paper copies of the application as well.

    All applications are submitted to the OSA registrar who will then forward to the OSA Bursary Committee. There are two application deadlines per year: April 1 and August 31. Applications submitted beyond these dates will not be awarded until the next deadline period.

    The Bursary Committee reviews all applications during the first two weeks of April and September with the intent of awarding new bursaries, and confirming extensions on or about April 15th and September 15th each calendar year. All applicants will be contacted with the result of their application. The bursary committee will also follow-up with families, group teachers, and private teachers twice per year (December & March) to ensure that the awardees are continuing their volunteer & committee commitments.

    How our community can help

    The OSA bursary program is supported by charities, corporate and private donors that gift lump sum or annual contributions to either to the Oakville Suzuki Association directly, or to the Oakville Suzuki Association Bursary Fund held by the Oakville Community Foundation. If you or your association would like to become a donor, kindly click here (Donate Button) and/or contact the info@oakvillesuzuki.org for access to more in-depth charitable gift planning.

    The Applications

    These application forms may be filled (electronically or printed and filled in by hand) and then submitted to the registrar at info@oakvillesuzuki.org.

  • Oakville Suzuki's Privacy Policy:

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    This privacy policy discloses the privacy practices for Oakville Suzuki Association. This privacy policy applies solely to information collected by this web site. It will notify you of the following:

    1. What personally identifiable information is collected from you through the web site, how it is used and with whom it may be shared.
    2. What choices are available to you regarding the use of your data.
    3. The security procedures in place to protect the misuse of your information.
    4. How you can correct any inaccuracies in the information.

    Information Collection, Use, and Sharing

    We are the sole owners of the information collected on this site. We only have access to/collect information that you voluntarily give us via email or other direct contact from you. We will not sell or rent this information to anyone. We will pass along your e-mail address to other members of the organization for event and group class information sharing purposes (ie. to your group class parent representative, who will keep you informed of your child’s group class events).

    We will use your information to respond to you, regarding the reason you contacted us. We will not share your information with any third party outside of our organization. Unless you ask us not to, we may contact you via email in the future to tell you about specials, new products or services, or changes to this privacy policy via our membership newsletter Major & Minor Notes.

    Your Access to and Control Over Information

    You may opt out of any future contacts from us at any time. You can do the following at any time by contacting us via the email address or phone number given on our website:

    • See what data we have about you, if any.
    • Change/correct any data we have about you.
    • Have us delete any data we have about you.
    • Express any concern you have about our use of your data.

    Security

    We take precautions to protect your information. When you submit sensitive information via the website, your information is protected both online and offline

    Wherever we collect sensitive information (such as credit card data), that information is encrypted and transmitted to us in a secure way. You can verify this by looking for a closed lock icon at the bottom of your web browser, or looking for "https" at the beginning of the address of the web page.

    While we use encryption to protect sensitive information transmitted online, we also protect your information offline. Only employees and board members who need the information to perform a specific job (for example, billing, customer service or bursary & scholarship granting) are granted access to personally identifiable information. The computers/servers in which we store personally identifiable information are kept in a secure environment.

    Updates

    Our Privacy Policy may change from time to time and all updates will be posted on this page.



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