Lesson Policies

Lesson Attendance Policy (Effective October 1, 2016)

Regular attendance at violin and viola lessons is the responsibility of students and parents. My policies are representative of my desire to help students maintain consistency in lesson attendance, because it is instrumental in helping students progress.

Students should arrive on time or a minute or two early, be prepared and have all required books and/or music. For Skype lessons, students should call in on-time for their lesson. Practice is vital. Students who do not practice do not make progress and quickly become frustrated, often quitting entirely. Students who forget their music at home don’t often forget it again after one session of the sight-reading practice they’ll have in place of their regular music.

Tuition

There are four (4) months each year where a 5th lesson day occurs, I include these at no additional charge. They allow for vacation/sick time (which I only rarely take*) and give up to four (4) free lessons per year.

I accept payment for in-studio lessons via cash, check or credit card and they are due at the first lesson of the month. Skype lessons can only be paid for via Paypal, also due at the first lesson of the month. I can, at your request, send a monthly invoice or you can set up an automatic payment plan after you have registered on the site and created a student ID.

In Studio: Tuition is $90 per month for four (4) 30-minute lessons per month or $180 for four 60-minute lessons, per calendar month, paid in advance. The payment will always be either $90 or $180. There are no refunds or lesson credits.

Skype:  Tuition is $80 per month for four (4) 30-minute lessons per month or $160 for four 60-minute lessons, per calendar month, paid in advance. The payment will always be either $80 or $160. There are no refunds or lesson credits.

Missed Lessons

I do not offer make up lessons or lesson credits. There are no exceptions, and no refunds. This is how I keep my rates as low.

Vacation Time

Summer and holidays are wonderful family time, and I understand that you may need to take time off. But if a student must miss more than a month, I will open that lesson time for another student unless the lesson time has been paid for in advance (at a discounted rate) to hold the time.

Acceptance of Terms

Your attendance at violin/viola lessons constitutes acceptance of these terms.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns about my lessons or policies, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

*In the last 3 years, I have missed one work day due to illness and 4 due to vacation. I try very hard to plan vacations so they will have a minimal impact on students.