Policies

Lesson Timing and Fees
  • Lessons start on time. I build cushion into our schedule so that we can take a little extra time as needed without making others late. A Standard lesson will generally be about 35 minutes of teaching time, with 5 minutes cushion (This also allows me space to wipe down surfaces between students). On the rare occasion I start a lesson late, the teaching time will be made up in the cushion or in another week’s lesson. If a student arrives late I will not necessarily make up that time.
  • Students may arrive a couple minutes early and quietly get ready while another student finishes.
  • Current pricing structure is:
    • Standard lesson $35 (40 min slot)
    • Short lesson (young beginners only) $28 (30 min slot)
    • Hour lesson $55 (60 min slot)
    • Additional lessons in the same family will receive $5 discount

Attendance and Payment

  • Lessons are weekly. In the last week of each month I will send out billing for the next month, including notice of any weeks without lessons (holidays, etc.)
  • Lesson fees are to be paid by or at the first lesson of each month. Zelle is preferred; checks are also ok.
  • Weeks the student is unavailable should be scheduled by the last day of the preceding month. (Confirm when you get your billing and before you pay the new month.) Absences not scheduled before the first of the month may be charged! (if you’re uncertain, just let me know and I’ll work with you on it.)
  • If lessons need to be canceled mid-month, please give me as much advance notice as you’re able. I do not refund mid-month cancellations, but I may be able to do a make up. (Not guaranteed) However–
  • Lesson cancellations for illness, extreme weather conditions, or family emergency are exceptions and will always be rescheduled , credited, or refunded.
  • Lessons missed by me for any reason will always be rescheduled, credited, or refunded.
  • I am open to using the extra week in 5-lesson months as a makeup week if needed, as well!

Practice

  • Lessons are a partnership, and regular practice is necessary for any progress to be made. Generally, I expect at least five days of practice per week. The amount of time will vary based on the student. Students (and parents) are always welcome to contact me between lessons with questions.
  • If a student is having trouble practicing sufficiently, we will strategize together and with parents, to come up with an workable practice plan. Usually I am able to find some way to help a student work through a busy season or an unmotivated stretch. Rarely, nothing seems to help and I have to advise a student to stop lessons until they are able to practice more consistently. Lessons are a big investment for everyone, and I never want to let that be wasted.

Parent Involvement

Parents are welcome to attend the lessons of their children, as long as it’s not a distraction for the student! Parents of young students up to teenagers are an integral part of the lesson partnership, and I’m always happy to answer questions or discuss concerns. However, I do ask that the body of the actual lesson time be focused between me and the student, and that discussion or questions from the parents be addressed outside of the main lesson time (before or after the lesson, or through phone, email, or scheduled follow-up).

Lesson materials

Students need to have the following at each lesson:

-Instrument, bow, and case of good quality and in good repair (see Instrument Guide)
-Rosin
-Soft cloth for cleaning instrument
-Individualized “setup” equipment (chinrest, shoulder rest or pad-can be determined at first lesson)
-Pencil
-Tuner/metronome (phone apps work well or ask me for recommendations)
-Lesson notebook Necessary music

Necessary music books will be discussed at our first lesson.

Students must also have an adjustable music stand to use for home practice. If instrument is owned, a spare set of strings is recommended.

Updated 9/5/2018

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