Lesson Policies

Effective August 1, 2017
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, in order to help students make progress with a difficult instrument.

Students should arrive on time or a minute or two early, be prepared and have their instrument(s), all required books and/or music. I do not have “loaner” instruments available if yours is forgotten – the responsibility lies with the student for remembering to bring equipment and music.

For Skype lessons, students should call in on-time for their lesson, having their instrument tuned and music ready.

Practice is vital. Students who do not practice do not make progress and quickly become frustrated, often quitting entirely.

TUITION
Tuition is based on a calendar month, and the first month of lessons is pro-rated if you start partway through a month. This is the only time tuition is pro-rated.

There are up to four (4) months each year where a 5th lesson day occurs, I include these lessons at no additional charge as a convenience.

I accept payment for in-studio lessons via cash, check, credit card, and yes, even Bitcoin. Payments are due by the first lesson of the month. I can, at your request, send a monthly invoice via email or set up an automatic payment through paypal.

In Studio: Tuition is $90 per month for four (4) 30-minute lessons 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 (no in-studio lessons): 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.

Group lessons via Skype (no in-studio lessons): Tuition is $50 per month for (4) 45-minute lessons per calendar month, paid in advance. The payment will always be $50, there are no refunds or lesson credits.

MISSED LESSONS
I do not offer make up lessons or lesson credits unless I must be absent, and that absence causes less than four (4) lessons to be offered in a calendar month. There are no exceptions, and no refunds.

VACATION TIME
I understand that you may need to take time off for summers or vacation. 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 space.

ACCEPTANCE OF TERMS
Your attendance at violin/viola lessons constitutes acceptance of these terms. If you have any questions or concerns about my lessons or policies, please don’t hesitate to contact me.