Policies

Effective Aug. 15, 2016

The primary goal of our lessons together is to have fun and make beautiful music! We will study tone production, technique, music theory and history, and solo and ensemble repertoire. In addition to weekly lessons, students will participate as soloists and ensemble members in studio recitals occurring 2-3 times a year.

Attendance

In order to maintain steady improvement on a musical instrument, it is critical to prioritize regular lesson attendance. Your tuition guarantees that your weekly time slot will be available for you- if you choose not to use that time, it is gone forever. Please keep this in mind when considering other activities.

Per store policy, if a student cancels a lesson, they forfeit that lesson. No make-up or credit is owed to the student. Credits will only be given if:
I must miss a regularly scheduled lesson.
Public schools are closed due to weather.
The store is closed for a major holiday on your lesson day.

As a courtesy, make-up lessons may be arranged for lessons missed due to unavoidable scheduling conflicts. Make-up lessons are scheduled on an availability basis and are not guaranteed. Make-up lessons must be scheduled at the  Make-Up Lessons page at least 24 hours before your planned absence.

Required Materials

An instrument in good working condition: Please arrange to have necessary repairs made promptly.
Original copies of assigned lesson music: This includes scale and etude books as well as solo music. Photocopies are not acceptable- they are easily lost, less durable and usually a copyright violation.
Metronome with subdivision capability: I recommend the Korg MA-1 as an inexpensive, versatile option. There are also a number of smart phone apps available, though these should be used with the phone in airplane mode to eliminate distractions.
Music stand for home practice: Tables, pianos, etc. are not good substitutes as they do not allow proper posture.
Pencil with eraser: the best musicians make extensive notations to their music!

Practice Expectations

Consistent practice is required of every student. The amount of time spent daily will vary depending on the student’s level of experience, but all students should plan for a minimum of 5 days of thoughtful practice per week. Improvement on an instrument requires a team effort- this team includes me, the student, and the student’s family. Parents, I ask you to help me by making sure your students practice regularly and in a distraction-free environment.

Accompanist Fees

Learning to play with others is not only a vital skill, but the most fun part of making music! Much of the repertoire you will be learning is written for your instrument and piano, which adds harmonic and melodic structure to support your solo part. Playing with an accompanist will improve listening, leadership and teamwork skills- expectations for professional behavior with your accompanist will be discussed in detail. I will arrange for a pianist to perform for our studio recitals and our lessons leading up to performances will include accompanist rehearsals. Professional accompanists require a fee for rehearsals and performances- this will vary depending on the event, but I will let you know of all accompanist fees several weeks prior to beginning rehearsals. Payment directly to the pianist will be due at the time of the rehearsal or performance.

A note about electronics: Lessons are a phone-free zone. Please make sure your phone is turned off and put away before you enter the studio. I reserve the right to end a lesson early if electronic distractions are present.

I am happy to address any questions or concerns about lesson policies or about your student’s progress either in person or via email.