Tuition

Ikebana Class in Melbourne 
Sogetsu School of Ikebana

Weekly lessons will refresh and invigorate you and/or your staff and provide a deeper understanding of Japanese culture and thought. 
Online Ikebana lesson is also available. http://bit.ly/17T886Q 
How to Enrol
Send an email shososhimbo@gmail.com and you will receive all the details.

Class Location
All classes are held in Murrumbeena, Melbourne.

Class Dates
Please join our email group so that you will receive all notices for changes etc. 
http://www.shoso.com.au/p/newsletter.html


TERM 2 - 2018
Tuesday Class (1:00 - 2:30 pm)
May 15, 22, 29
June 5, 12, 26
July 17, 24, 31
August 7

Tuesday Class (7:00 - 8:30 pm)
May 15, 22, 29
June 5, 12, 26
July 17, 24, 31
August 7

Saturday Class (10:00 - 11:30 am)
May 5, 19, 26
June 2, 16, 23, 30
July 21, 28, 
August 4
   
Our term 3 for 2018 starts from 11 August. We will have 8 sessions in one term with a new fee system.

TERM 3 - 2018

Tuesday Class (1:00 - 2:30 pm)
August 14, 21, 28
September 4, 11, 18

October 9, 16

Tuesday Class (7:00 - 8:30 pm)
August 14, 21, 28
September 4, 11, 18

October 9, 16

Saturday Class (10:00 - 11:30 am)
August 11, 18, 25

September 1, 8, 15
October 13, 20

Course Fees Effective August 2018 - Three Types of Fees 
a. Standard Rate: $35 per session
You can pick any class you are able to attend from the dates specified in our class dates and pay session by session. We prefer that you book by email when you are planning to attend. This is very simple and flexible, and ideal for short time visitors to Melbourne, or people who are unsure how many classes they can commit in a term.

b. Discount Rate: $200 per term (8 sessions)
$75 for introductory Course (3 Sessions)
Post introductory Course (up to 5 sessions)
- available once on consultation with your teacher.

A condition for the Discount Rate is upfront payment. If payment is not made in full on the first lesson, the discount rate does not apply.

c. Early Bird Discount: $160 per term (8 sessions)
This option is available only for continuing students. The fee has to be paid during the first week of each term. If payment is not made in full on the first lesson of term, the discount rate does not apply and only the standard rate applies for the term. This is non-negotiable. It is your responsibility to check the term dates.

Continuing students means those who have attended at least 3 sessions in the previous term.

Those who have attended 8 sessions in one term and would like to attend extra sessions in the same term can pay $25 per session. However, if payment is not made on the day, the standard rate applies.

Check class dates online: http://www.shoso.com.au
Join our newsletter: http://www.shoso.com.au/p/newsletter.html
Bank Details - Account: Shoso Shimbo, BSB: 033-070, No. 286877


Basic Principles
1.   If you can commit to learn for a term and pay on the first lesson, you are eligible for discounts. Long term commitment is also the key to mastering Ikebana.
2.   All fees are not negotiable nor are they refundable.
3.   The fee is valid only for the term in which you paid.   
4.   It is up to you to take up the discount options. Discount rates have some terms and conditions. If they are not suitable for you, please pay the Standard Rate.
5.   To keep our fee system simple and easy, we don't charge any registration fees, annual membership fees or other fees. 
6.  If our system is too complicated for you to understand and you don't want to seek clarification, you have only one option: pay the Standard Rate.
If you fail to follow our system and ignore advice regarding fees more than twice, you will be permanently barred from receiving any discounts. You will have to pay the Standard Rate ($35 at the moment) at the start of each lesson.     

Course Structure    
The certificate course consists of four levels with 20 classes each. When you complete each level, you can apply for a certificate. Upon completion of your fourth certificate, you can enroll in a professional teaching diploma course which consists of 60 topics to be covered in 60 lessons. The topics include large installations, demonstration methods and displays for commercial spaces.
What to Bring (These materials are not included in course fees)
First Lesson
     A pair of secateurs
     4-5 stems of one kind of flower
From the Second Lesson
     As above plus
     Branch material
     A container and kenzan

Flower and Branch materials can be prepared for you at $15 per lesson. This is a prepaid service and nonrefundable. At least 24 hour notice is necessary to cancel or change the date. Call Shoso for details.

Ikebana Lesson Gift Vouchers (Order from Voucher page)
1. $75:  Introductory course (3 sessions - tuition only)
2. $120: Introductory course with flower materials
3. $200: One term (8 sessions)
4. $240: One term + a text book 
When you give our voucher, please advice following simple conditions.
a. Gift Vouchers are valid for 1 year from the date of purchase.
b. Send an email to shososhimbo@gmail.com to book lessons.
c. Course means tuition and does not include secateurs, container nor  kenzan. You can borrow these materials during the introductory course. But you have to bring them once you move to a certificate course which starts from the forth lesson.  

d. If your voucher includes fees for flower materials, please note that you have to give a 24 hour notice to cancel your booking. 

FAQ: Tuition
    
Q: I missed one lesson this term. Can I make up the lesson next term?
A: No. You have to make up your missed lesson in the same term.

Q: I missed a few lessons this term. Can I get a discount next term?
A: No. Fees paid do not carry over from one term to another. We only give credit for the term when due to circumstances outside our control we have to cancel a class and cannot reschedule a make up lesson within a term.

Q: Can I pay each lesson? 
A: Yes. The standard rate of each lesson is $35. This option is recommended for those who are not sure of their schedule, or those who do not like the conditions and the non-refundable principle of our discount rates.    

Q: I missed some lessons this term. Can I get refund?
A: No. No refunds will be given. 

Q: I payed $200 (Discount Rate) for this term. I attended twice but my situation has changed and I cannot attend any more this term. Can I get a refund?
A: Unfortunately, fees are not refundable. However, we do have some e-learning options that might suit you.We will take $70 (the 2 lessons you attended at the standard rate of $35) and give you for credit for $130 of e-learning services. You can only use this credit for our e-learning service, which are $20 per session. You cannot use this credit to attend the class or buy any products. 

Conversion to e-learning service is available only for the students who paid the full amount of $200 for the term. It is not available for the Early Bird Discount or when you have paid less than $200 for one term.

E-learning sessions may not contribute to the Sogetsu certificates. 

Q: I have attended 8 sessions in a term and would like to attend more in the same term. How much to pay for the extra sessions?
A: You must have attended more than once in a week. Pay $25 per session from the 9th session in the term.

Q: I failed to pay on the first day I attended. What happens? 
A: If you fail to pay on the first day you attend the term, the Standard Rate, not the Discount Rate, will apply. 

Q: I am attending a course using a voucher that includes both tuition and flower materials. I could not give 24 hours notice to cancel my lesson. Can you prepare flowers for me again next time? 
A: Because we had late or no notice, the flowers we prepared for you were wasted. So you have two options. You may bring your own flowers next time or pay an extra fee to have your flowers prepared for you again.