FAQ

 

Floot Fire Frequently Asked Questions

 

  • Refund Policies
    • Floot Fire Workshop
      • Tuition is refundable (minus a $25 processing fee) until the end of early registration and non-refundable after that date.
    • Book Purchase
      • Books fees are non-refundable. However the student will still receive the book.
    • Claire Johnson Flute Soloist Competition
      • Entry fees are non-refundable
      • Accompanist fees are 100% refundable until the end of early registration and non-refundable after that date.
  • Partial Attendance
    • My child has summer school during part of the workshop. Can we attend only for half days?
      • Yes. Please make the workshop director and the class teacher aware of your situation.
    • I would like my child to attend the workshop but we will need to miss a few days. Can we still participate?
      • Yes. Please make the workshop director and the class teacher aware of your situation.
      • Be sure to let them know if you will be missing the Grand Finale concert.
    • Is prorating available?
      • Yes, in some situations. Please check with the workshop director.
  • Scholarships
    • How do I apply for a scholarship?
      • There is an online application that must be filled out before an award can be given.
    • How long will it take to get notification?
      • In most cases it will take 1-2 weeks for your application to be processed.
      • You will receive notification by email.
    • How are scholarships awarded?
      • All scholarships are need based awards.
      • Be sure to accurately describe your situation on the form.
  • Housing
    • I live in a different city than the workshop I plan to attend. Is there housing available?
      • No, however, it is possible that we can find a local Floot Fire student to house and transport out of town students. Please contact the workshop director.
  • Carpool
    • I would like to carpool with other Floot Fire students. Can you help me find people in my area to share rides with?
      • Absolutely! Please contact the local workshop director.
  • Class Assignment
    • How is class placement determined?
      • Students are primarily placed in classes by age/grade.
      • Students, in agreement with their private teacher, may choose to register for a class level above or below their age group.
    • What if my class is too hard or too easy? Can I move down or up a class level?
      • Students who feel the need to change class levels after the first day of the workshop may do so in consultation with their private teacher, class instructors, and workshop director.
  • Ensemble Placement
    • How are chamber groups determined?
      • Chamber groups are formed based on the information provided on each student’s application.
      • We do our best to keep students of equal levels of playing together. For this reason, it is important that you fill out the application as thoroughly as possible.
    • What if I’m unhappy with my ensemble assignment?
      • If you feel that you are in a chamber group that is either too hard or too easy please speak to the coach of your ensemble and the workshop director right away.
      • We can make changes in the first 2 days of class but after that it is too difficult for the other ensemble members.
    • What if I am not going to be at the final concert?
      • Please let your chamber coach and workshop director know ASAP. They may ask you to double a part for the week or find a substitute for your part at the concert.
  • Floot Fire Book
    • Do I need to buy the book?
      • Purchase of the Floot Fire book is not required, but, it is highly recommended!
      • We will use this book for many classes throughout the day and many private teachers have begun using it in their studios.
    • I didn’t preorder a book but now I want one. Can I get it at the workshop?
      • Yes! There will be a handful of books available for sale at the workshop however they will have a bigger discount during the online registration process.
      • Because these books are printed on demand, it is recommended that you purchase your book during registration so that we can have the proper number of books made in advance and delivered to each workshop.
  • Registration
    • I am a teacher registering multiple students. What do I do?
      • A special form for teachers will be available soon.
      • You can also pay with a P.O. or group check. Please contact Kim Clark for more information. kimclark@flootfire.com
  • Insurance
    • Do I have to fill out all of insurance information?
      • Yes! In the event that someone is injured we will need to have the information on hand.
    • I don’t have insurance, what do I do?
      • Please speak to your workshop director.
  • Master Class
    • What happens in Master Class?
      • Master Class (a.k.a. Performance Class) is the time when students perform their prepared piece with our staff accompanist for the faculty and other students.
      • Essentially, Master Class is a performance followed by a private lesson in front of an audience.
      • Each student will perform at least two times during the week.
      • Each time slot is 7-15 minutes depending on the class level.
      • Master Class is where students learn and grow the most. They learn by performing and receiving helpful critiques but they also learn by watching and listing to the other students in the class.
    • What if I don’t want to play?
      • For some students, playing in Master Class is scary the first time. We understand and are very supportive and kind. This class is meant to be instructional not intimidating!
      • The good news is we won’t make anyone play that doesn’t want to do it. However, most kids who are scared at first get comfortable with the class and eventually perform.
  • Solo Pieces
    • Why do I have to list my solos on the registration form?
      • Listing your solos helps us to get a better understanding of your level of playing.
      • This information helps us to place you in the appropriate class and chamber levels.
      • It is very important that you fill this section out completely otherwise you may end up in a class that is either too hard or too easy.
    • Why do I need the originals to my pieces?
      • Simply put, it is illegal to play off of Xerox copies unless you own the original.
      • It is important to Floot Fire Inc. that we abide by all copyright laws.
      • If you are currently playing from a copy and do not own the original, please order your music in time for the workshop.
    • What if I don’t have the piano part?
      • If you have lost the original piano part to your solo please let your Master Class teacher know on the first day.
      • Frequently someone else in the group or your teacher has access to the part and can lend it to you for the week.
      • If you don’t own the original, you need to buy it.
    • Does my solo have to have accompaniment?
      • No, however, because we have such amazing accompanists it is preferred that students play pieces with piano.
      • Learning to play with piano is an important part of our curriculum.
  • Electives
    • I’m not sure what electives to choose for my child. Can I leave them blank?
      • Yes, for now.
      • Your registration form is not complete until all of the information is filled in.
      • Forms need to be completed by the early registration deadline or may result in late fees.
    • What if I don’t like my elective? Can I change it during the workshop?
      • Yes, only after the first day.
      • Changes can be made if space is available and appropriate. Please speak to your elective teacher and the workshop director for approval.
  • Piccolo Class
    • Can I provide my own instrument?
      • Absolutely!
    • Can I rent from a different vendor than what is listed?
      • Of course, however, you will be responsible for picking up and returning the instrument.
    • When do I get my rented piccolo?
      • Piccolos rented from our vendors will be delivered on the first day of the workshop.
    • When do I return my rented piccolo?
      • Piccolos rented from our vendors must be returned after the final concert.
    • Can I take the rented piccolo home?
      • Yes, you can take the rented piccolos home to practice.
  • Low Flutes Class
    • Can I provide my own instrument?
      • Absolutely, however, you must take it home every night.
    • Why is there a fee for this class?
      • Instruments used in this class are on loan from schools, stores, or individuals.
      • If any damage is done to the instruments Floot Fire has to pay for the repairs. The class fees collected go towards repairs.
    • Do we have to share instruments?
      • We do our best to keep the Low Flutes class enrollment limited so that we can have a 1:1 student to instrument ratio, however, that is not always possible and sometimes the students have to share.
    • Why is there a limit?
      • Class size is limited so that each student gets enough personal help from the teacher(s) and so that we can minimize instrument sharing.
    • Can we take the big flutes home?
      • Unfortunately, no.
  • Flooty Yoga and Alexander Technique
    • How should I dress for these classes?
      • Wear comfortable clothing that you can move in!
      • If you choose to wear a skirt or dress wear leggings or shorts underneath.
      • These classes are often done without shoes.
    • Do I need a yoga mat or a towel?
      • No, but it is preferred. You will spend quite a bit of time on the floor.
  • Pick up/Drop off/Early Dismissal
    • What happens if we are running late?
      • Please call the workshop director or assistant director whose number you will find on your confirmation letter.
      • Our faculty are professional musicians and teachers, many of whom teach or play gigs before or after the workshop hours.
      • Students who are dropped off more than 30 min. early may be unsupervised.
      • Students who are left more than 30 min. may be unsupervised.
    • What if my child has an appointment during camp?
      • Please let your masterclass teacher know that you will be gone and when we should expect you back.
  • Solo Competition
    • Does my piece have to have piano accompaniment?
      • Yes
    • Can I provide my own accompanist?
      • Yes
    • Can I request a specific accompanist?
      • Unfortunately no. Our accompanists are busy performers and teachers and often have other obligations on the day of our competition.
      • We schedule our pianists according to their availability.
    • When will the finalists be announced?
      • Finalists will be notified by phone or email within a few hours of the completion of the preliminary round.
    • When will the winners be announced?
      • Winners will be announced at the Grand Finale concert at the Dallas workshop.
    • Can I participate in the solo competition if I don’t attend a Floot Fire workshop?
      • Yes you can however, we encourage you to attend.
    • Do I need to provide copies of my solo for the judges?
      • Please provide three copies with the measures numbered.
    • If I make a cut in piece for the first round can I add it back in for the finals?
      • You can as long as you are still within the prescribed time limit.