Strings Policies 2016-2017

Preparatory Division Policies for Strings and Orchestral Instruments

Tuition and Payment

Tuition is non-refundable and payable in two advance installments.

  1. The first payment for Spring 2017 is due Wednesday, January 18, 2017 and the second payment is due Wednesday, March 8, 2017.
  2. Payment: You may pay online with a credit card, or by check. There is no charge for credit card use.

    (a) For online payments: please go to and follow these instructions.

    1. Using the “Select A Store” pull-down menu at the top left of the page, select “LHSOM Preparatory Division.”
    2. Select “LHSOM Prep Division Tuition Payment.”
    3. Please refer to your bill to enter your payment amount. Click “Add to Cart.”
    4. Enter the student’s name and click “Continue.”
    5. Click “Checkout.”
    6. Enter your e-mail address, OR register with Marketplace on the right side of the page. (If you register, you can store your credit card information for next time.)
    7. Click “Continue to Payment.”
    8. Enter your credit card details and checkout. You will receive an email receipt. Please retain this for your records.

    (b) Paying by check: after you receive your bill, you may pay tuition by check in person at the Lionel Hampton School of Music main office, or mail it to Vickie Kersten, Lionel Hampton School of Music, University of Idaho, 875 Perimeter Drive MS-4015, Moscow, ID 83844-4015.

    Please note that non-payment of your bill will result in the discontinuing of lessons, group classes, and ensembles.


    There will be no refunds or prorating for tuition already paid if the student leaves the Preparatory Division in the middle of a semester. The Preparatory Division no longer offers sibling discounts.


  1. Excused absences: these are determined at the discretion of the teacher, and are typically limited to (a) illness and (b) a serious family emergency. Excused absences will be made up, but are limited to two per semester.
  2. Unexcused absences: these are also determined at the discretion of the teacher. Teachers will not typically give makeup lessons for vacations, sporting events, or parents’ work schedules.
  3. If possible, please give the teacher 24 hours’ notice if you will miss a lesson.
  4. There will be no refunds for missed lessons.

Group Class and Ensemble Participation Requirements

  1. All string students who are taking solo lessons must participate in a group class or an ensemble such as Suzuki Group Classes, Cantabile Strings Ensemble, or the Greater Palouse Youth Orchestra, depending on the student’s level of achievement. These classes and ensembles are not optional.
  2. Please consult with your private teacher about which group or ensemble is right for you.
  3. If you have questions, please discuss them with your private teacher, or contact Dr. Miranda Wilson, Director of Orchestral Instruments (


  1. Practice is essential to progress. Students are required to practice as directed by the private teacher.
  2. The Preparatory Division reserves the right to drop students who do not practice as directed.


  1. Preparatory Division Strings students must perform in solo and ensemble recitals as directed by the teacher.
  2. Suitable concert attire must be worn (ask your teacher for details).
  3. Exemplary concert etiquette must be observed at all times.


  1. A limited number of violins, violas, cellos, and double basses from the Preparatory Division instrument collection are available for students in their first semesters of study on a first come, first served basis.
  2. The charge for borrowing one of these instruments is $50 a semester.
  3. Parents of students borrowing Preparatory Division instruments are required to read the Care and Maintenance of Stringed Instruments form, then sign and initial the STRING INSTRUMENT CONTRACT form (available from your teacher). This form must be submitted to Dr. Miranda Wilson, Director of Orchestral Instruments.