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Become a member!

Spring classes are now open! 

The Inner Ear Youth Orchestra Program offers in East St. Louis, youth ages 3-17 access to high quality,  professional string instruction at a low cost. Currently offering violin and viola, and now CELLO instruction!

Students may register for private lessons or group classes. Private lessons are one-on-one lessons with the instructor, while group classes may have between five to ten students working with the instructor at the same time. All fall trimester classes are being offered virtually.

TIE Youth Orchestra (9-18)

TIEny Youth Orchestra (3-8)

The Inner Ear Youth Orchestra Program students will:

  • Take private or group violin or viola lessons

  • Learn from an energetic and relatable

  • Join our diverse community of passionate and talented string students

  • Participate in master classes taught by guest artists

  • Learn various styles of music

  • Perform in quarterly recitals

  • Take virtual classes twice a week in a supportive and healthy student environment

  • Guaranteed results in weeks!

  • Join our diverse community of passionate and talented string students

  • Become a more confident and successful student

FALL 2023 CLASS SCHEDULE

Tuition

Payment for student tuition is due by the date of the first class.  Payment plans may be arranged as long as a payment is made by the first class. Failure to pay by the third class will result in the termination of lessons.

~ Fall and Spring Trimester~ only 

Tuition 18-week session: $350* (Adjusted amount due to COVID cancellations.)

Tuition may be split into 3 payments. There is a 3% fee for online payments.

 

Payments are due on ~

Februrary 12th, March 1st, March 15th.

Orchestra Policy

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM The Inner Ear Youth Orchestra Program:

  • We provide high-quality music instruction catered to each student

  • We treat all students with care and respect

  • We will be prepared and on-time for all scheduled lessons, classes, and performances

  • We will return all phone calls and emails in a timely and professional manner

  • We will always listen when you have a concern and do our best to resolve the issue

 

Tuition may be paid in-person by check or by card online here.  Checks must be made out to The Inner Ear Youth Orchestra .

 

EXPECTATIONS OF STUDENTS AND PARENTS:

  • Must have a computer or smartphone with a camera

  • Must have a strong internet connection and modem

  • Be prepared and on-time for all scheduled lessons, classes, and performances

  • Be respectful of all students, teachers, and guest artists

  • Practice your repertoire outside of lessons and complete practice assignments by the scheduled due dates

  • Do your best not to miss any lessons or performances–if you must miss class, please notify us by phone or email at least one week in advance

  • Check your email regularly during the session for announcements regarding recital dates, lesson scheduling, snow-day closings, and other lesson details

  • Let us know if you see a way we can improve our services–we will always strive to be our best!

 

CANCELLATIONS OR MISSED LESSONS:

Cancellations by Instructor:
 

  • Attendance is important to the overall growth of the student. More than 3 unexcused absences/ missed performances and the student will be dismissed for the season without refund. 

  • By default, we do not have lessons on national holidays unless otherwise stated.

  • Cancellation of lessons due to unsafe weather conditions will be up to the discretion of the Director.

  • If you are unable to attend a lesson, please let us know by phone or email at least 24 hours prior.

  • If you are unable to attend a performance, please let us know by phone or email at least 1 week prior.

LIABILITY WAIVER:

  • The Inner Ear Youth Orchestra Program is not responsible for any lost, stolen, or damaged belongings.

  • We work hard to create safe spaces for lessons and performances. In the event that something bad happens, we promise to provide support to our students to the best of our ability.

CHILD PROTECTION POLICY:

In order to create and maintain a safe, positive learning environment for all children, we are committed to putting these measures in place:

  • During all private music lessons, the instructor will teach in a room with the door open.

  • Parents are always welcome to stay in a waiting area within earshot of a private lesson. If they find it necessary, a parent may check the open door at any time without disturbing the lesson.

  • Bullying or fighting between students will not be tolerated.

ADDITIONAL FEES:

We strive to keep our costs at a minimum, however, over the course of the session students may need to spend additional money on the following tools and accessories:

  • Sheet music or music books

  • Music Stand

  • Strings

  • Recital clothing

  • Metronome

  • Notebook

  • Pencils

ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS POLICY:

Important announcements will be communicated with students and parents via email. It is expected that students and parents will check their email regularly for updates regarding recital dates and details, snow-day closings, schedule changes, and other lesson details. In the case of an emergency or last-minute schedule change, students and parents may be notified by phone.

Parents and students are encouraged to contact the instructor by phone, email, or in-person if they have any questions or concerns with lessons or scheduling.

 

SCHOLARSHIP POLICY

The Inner Ear Youth Orchestra Program is pleased to offer scholarships to deserving students, with the expectation that scholarship recipients will demonstrate hard work, dedication, and a positive attitude in their lessons. Failure to meet these expectations will result in loss of scholarship.

Scholarship recipients are expected to complete all practice assignments, attend all lessons, and serve as positive role models for other students. More than three unexcused absences in a semester will result in loss of scholarship. Students must maintain at least a 2.5 GPA in order to keep their scholarship.