Students are expected to have an instrument in good working order at each lesson, as well as any required music, books, and equipment (mouthpiece, valve oil, slide grease, etc.).
A consistent practice schedule is expected. That means generally at least 20 minutes per day, 5 days a week, minimum for middle school students, and 30-45 minutes per day, 5 days a week minimum for high school students.
Please have students at their lesson on time (or even a couple of minutes early).
Lessons that start late will not be extended since that can inconvenience later students (or babysitting). Parents are also expected to provide necessary supplies (music, cleaning supplies, etc.) in a reasonably timely manner.
Lesson costs are $25/30 minutes, $35/45 minutes, and $45/hour. I invoice during the last week of the month and prefer to be paid once a month instead of every week.
Check, cash, and credit card are all accepted. Once scheduled, lessons are expected to continue every week of the school year, unless other arrangements are explicitly made.
In order to not be charged for a missed lesson, cancellation is required at least 24 hours before the scheduled lesson start time. Make-ups for lessons canceled with more than 24 hours notice are not guaranteed, but every attempt will be made.
There are no make-ups for lessons canceled with less than 24 hours notice. If I have to cancel a lesson, you will not be charged, and I will offer alternate times if I am able.
In the case of inclement weather, please get in touch with me. Usually, lessons in the afternoon are possible on snow days, since the roads are much more passable in the PM hours.
If you wish to discontinue lessons, please provide at least 7 days’ written notice.
Payment for any unpaid lessons is expected at the final lesson. If the student is not attending the final lesson, other arrangements should be made for payment to be received by the final lesson date.
As always, if you have any questions please feel free to get in touch with me.