FAQ

SIGN UP FAQs

  1. How much does it cost?
  2. Which level should I sign my child up for?
  3. Do I have to pay the whole tuition at once?
  4. Are scholarships available?
  5. Can I sign up for lessons at another school even if my child doesn’t attend there?
  6. Does SWMS provide violins?
  7. My child is in kindergarten but really wants to play the violin. Can I sign him/her up?
  8. What are your cancellation policies?
  9. Is there still space at _______ School?

CLASS FAQs

  1. Are there classes held on school out days?
  2. How many classes will be offered each year?
  3. Is there childcare available between the end of school and the beginning of lessons?
  4. What does my child need to bring to his/her first class?
  5. Will you be offering a class at my child’s school?
  6. How can we start violin classes at our school?
  7. How do I prepare for the audition for the Chamber Orchestra?

OTHER FAQs

  1. Do you have any openings for teachers?
  2. Do you have any other job openings?

SIGN UP FAQs

  1. How much does it cost?

The cost for the school year, 29 classes plus the spring Grand Concert, is $444.00. Of this, $44.00 is the non-refundable registration fee. $144.00 is due before a student may enter class, with the $300 remainder due by October 31. If there are two siblings in classes, only one registration fee will be charged. Partial scholarships may be granted, please see scholarship page. Students and parents may attend our Meet the Violin Night without cost.

Additional fees include the following:
Volunteer Waiver Fee – $30 (waived when parents volunteer or refer another family to SWMS)
Scholarship Application Fee $22 (fee must accompany scholarship packet, will be applied to total invoice if and when scholarship is awarded).
You will also need to rent or purchase an instrument, if you do not already have one, that is sized correctly for your child. Here’s a list of stores that offer rentals and sales:

Portland Music Company
10075 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Highway, Portland
(503) 641-5505
David Kerr Violin Shop
4451 SE 28th Avenue, Portland
(503) 238-4515
Allegro Violin & Music
3940 NW Echo Court, Portland
(503) 702-7254
GG Music Service
12480 SW First Avenue, Beaverton
(503) 626-0854

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  1. Which level should I sign my child up for?

Children with no prior experience should register for Level One. Children who were enrolled in our program last year should register for the next level unless your instructor tells you otherwise. Usually children who have completed Level Three are ready for Beginning Orchestra. If you’ve taken our Middle-High Beginning class or Cello, check with your instructor to see which Orchestra you should be in. If you’ve had private lessons or lessons through another program, please contact us and one of our teachers will place you in the proper class.
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  1. Do I have to pay the whole tuition at once?

$144.00 ($72) is due before a student can enter class. The remainder due by October 31.
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  1. Are scholarships available?

YES! Click on the Scholarships link to find out more and to apply.
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  1. Can I sign up for lessons at another school even if my child doesn’t attend there?

Yes, absolutely. Please sign up for the location that is most convenient.
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  1. Does SWMS provide violins?

You will need to have an instrument that is sized correctly for your child. Our teachers may be able to provide an instrument for scholarship students. If you attend our “Meet the Strings Night” in September, a teacher will be able to suggest the correct size needed or evaluate and set up an instrument you already have. Some teachers have complained about instruments purchased over the web as being essentially unplayable. If you do decide to get one sight unseen, be sure you can return it if necessary.

Some reputable local dealers are listed below:

Portland Music Company
10075 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Highway
(503) 641-5505
David Kerr Violin Shop
4451 SE 28th Avenue
(503) 238-4515
Allegro Violin & Music
3940 NW Echo Court
(503) 702-7254

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  1. My child is in kindergarten but really wants to play the violin. Can I sign him/her up?

Unfortunately, these group lessons are designed for children in first grade or above. You might want to check into private lessons with our instructors.
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  1. What are your cancellation policies?

Your registration fee of $44.00 is non-refundable. Refunds will be made if you decide to withdraw from classes within the first 4 weeks of classes. Each class attended will be charged at $13.00. Your decision to withdraw must be made in writing to: South West Music School, PO Box 199, Beaverton, OR 97075 or by email to: office@swmusicschool.org. We would appreciate it if you could tell us the reasons for your decision.

If you move during the year, we can transfer any unused portion of your tuition to a music school or strings instructor of your choice in your new area. Contact the office for details.
We can make special plans for students who know ahead of time that they will not be in town for the full year. Please check with the office at the time of registration. No other exceptions will be made.
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  1. Will I get my choice of location?

A. Our class sizes are between 5 and 10 students. If there are too few or too many students choosing a class in any location, we will recommend a second choice for the same level of class. If you prefer, you can be put on a waiting list. Date of payment received determines where student will be placed if there is an overflow.
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CLASS FAQs

  1. Are there classes held on school out days?

Since we no longer use BSD (Beaverton School Districts ) facilities we usually have lessons even when school is out. Please see the calendar. Go to our Events page, and click on “Calendar View” to see when classes are scheduled and when they are cancelled.

We follow the BSD’s lead on inclement weather closures. If a school is closed for the day, those evening classes at that school are cancelled as well. A Two hour delayed-start due to weather however should not impact SWMS classes that evening.
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  1. How many classes will be offered each year?

Our tuition is based on 29 classes plus the Grand Concert in the spring. Each teacher will work with your specific class to make a schedule to accommodate any holidays and ensure the 29 classes.
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  1. Is there childcare available between the end of school and the beginning of lessons?

No. Parents are responsible for supervising their children between the end of school and the start of lessons. Many of our parents carpool to share the responsibility; however, SWMS does not make these arrangements.
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  1. What does my child need to bring to his/her first class?

You will need to bring a violin. In Level One, the instructor will ask you to purchase the Suzuki Violin Method Book One (with CD), but this is not necessary until after your first lesson. If you’ve played with SWMS before, bring your materials from last year.
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  1. Will you be offering a class at my child’s school?

If we do not currently offer classes at your child’s school, you can help make it happen. Contact us to find out how.
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  1. How can we start violin classes at our school? 

We will be glad to expand: help us plan which day, so we can assign a teacher.  We must ensure a minimum of five new students registered. (They can be gathered from any school.) We can help you by supplying flyers, yard signs, etc. Contact us to find out how.
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  1. How do I prepare for the audition for the Chamber Orchestra?

See our AUDITION INFORMATION page.
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OTHER FAQs

      1. Do you have any openings for music teachers?

We are not currently hiring any music teachers. However, if you are a teacher, and/or if you have any ideas for collaborations and partnerships, feel free to contact us.
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      1. Do you have any other job openings?

Currently we do not have any paying job openings. We are always looking for volunteers, and would consider other internship opportunities. For example, if you are a high school student who has to complete a volunteer project for school or another program, click here to find out what opportunities we may have for you.
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