Violin

PhotoA Fort Worth native, Channing Hooper started her violin studies at a young age under the teachings of Rosanne Leafblad and continued her studies with violinist Doreida Aleksi. In 2015 she earned a Bachelors of Music in violin performance from the University of North Texas under the study of Felix Olschofka. While at UNT, she was part of many jazz collaborations and recordings including performing in the premiere concert and recording of The Unity Orchestra lead by Drew Zaremba which featured guest artist Eddie Gomez of the Bill Evans Trio fame. Recordings outside of UNT have included a string quartet recording for Dallas band These Machines Are Winning’s new album Beach Boys in Candy Land and recording a track for gold record winning guitarist John Nitzinger on his album titled “Kiss of the Mudman.” Channing has been teaching in the DFW area for nine years. Her recent teaching experiences have included teaching at the North Texas Music Academy in Highland Village, Music by Ross, and teaching privately in the Carrollton and Lewisville ISDs. Her students who partake in UIL competitions through their schools have all received the highest marks. Through teaching she aims to build confidence and proper technique as well as a musical sensitivity and understanding within her students. She frequently plays in area symphonies such as the Dallas Chamber Symphony, Texarkana Symphony, Lyric Stage Orchestra, and the Midland-Odessa Symphony. She has recently played in concert with major artists such as Michael Bublé, Ben Folds, Disturbed, Josh Groban, and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and has performed in many places throughout the United States and abroad, including the Meyerson Symphony Center, the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, and in Lima and Arequipa, Peru.

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PAYMENT POLICY

Registration at AHMA is for the school year. For your convenience, a nine-month payment plan is available. Our automated payment system withdraws a monthly payment from your account or charges your credit card on the 2nd of each month (September through May) or once a semester. Early withdrawal before the end of a semester does not terminate responsibility for payment of tuition. (See withdrawal policy below.)

WITHDRAWAL POLICY

A 30-day notice is required for early withdrawal. One of the two following conditions will apply: (1) Refunds for withdrawal from classes during the semester will be limited to the tuition for remaining classes minus four week’s tuition. (2) For those making payments in quarters, one payment will be due upon withdrawal.

MAKE-UP LESSON POLICY

Musikgarten – Because these young students need the security of having class with the same group of students each week, class lessons missed cannot be made up during another class. No refunds or credits will be given for missed class lessons. Private lessons may not be made up except in the case of illness or emergency, and then only if we are notified by 2:00 PM the day of the lesson to be missed. To cancel a private lesson call your teacher at 817-731-2612. Leave a message if he/she is unavailable. No refunds or credits will be given for missed class lessons or un-rescheduled private lessons. No makeup lessons will be given after the next AHMA school session starts. Please remember that tuition purchases instruction time, training and experience. Your lesson time is reserved for you even if you don’t use it.

Parent Participation

Parental supervised practice is of utmost importance! Parents are partners in the learning process. Gentle encouragement is needed for the student to feel the delight of successful learning. It is very important that a student feel successful at the tasks he or she is attempting. Please encourage daily practice. Younger children should not be expected to do all of their practicing alone. Sing songs together, practice rhythm and note reading exercises together, practice the assigned pieces together. Try to set aside the same time every day for practice sessions, and make it a goal to practice each piece multiple times each day. Practice time is rewarded through our Practice Points program. Students can receive small prizes throughout the year, and end-of-year awards are also given out.

BAD WEATHER POLICY

Bad weather closing of AHMA will coincide with Fort Worth ISD. Information on school closings is available from radio/TV. Due to scheduling difficulties, bad weather days cannot be made up.

Special instructions:

Students and parents arriving early should enter through the front entrance and wait for their class in the waiting room (foyer). Parking is available in front and behind the school. Please do not park in the driveway! This blocks students and parents who wish to park in back from entering and exiting.
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