Practicing : what the student learns in the lesson must be reinforced at home through consistent and thoughtful daily practice. It is expected that the student will practice a minimum of the length of their lesson three times a week. Parents are responsible for ensuring that good practice habits are developed and encouraged by providing a quiet, non-distracting practice space and an encouraging attitude. A music stand, adequate light, pencil, metronome, tuner and access to recordings are standard equipment.
Instrument: it is the parent's responsibility to make sure the student has a quality instrument in good condition and of the correct size. We are happy to recommend our favorite local luthiers who will provide good instruments to rent or own.
Learning styles: Students learn in different ways, and we welcome all students who desire to learn. It is often helpful for us to know about a particular learning challenge or alternative path to learning that your child may have before we begin lessons. If you would like to share, we welcome it.
Tuition is due monthly at the first lesson of each month. Tuition covers 38 lessons during the school year and two summer lessons. Additional summer lessons are offered throughout the summer on selected weeks. Tuition is $140/$180/$220 per month for 30-/45-/60- minute lessons once a week.
Missed lessons: there are no refunds for missed lessons. Makeups for ANY reason (including weather) will be given with the limit of two per year and only if 24 hours' notice is given. Lessons missed by the teacher will be made up as soon as possible.
Recitals and playing classes are considered an integral part of the learning process and attendance is expected. There is an additional accompanist fee for the annual spring recital.
Stopping lessons: if it becomes necessary to stop lessons, please give a minimum of one month's notice.