Studio Policies

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 have opportunities to participate as soloists and ensemble members in studio recitals. 

Location

At this time, all lessons are online using the Zoom platform. Because of the volume of air required for wind instruments, in-person lessons in the Kirkland area will likely not be safe until sometime in 2021 at the earliest.

Tuition

For complete tutition information, please visit the Schedule and Tuition page.

Attendance

Your tuition guarantees 18 weekly lessons per semester with time off for holidays and school breaks built into the schedule. Please see the Schedule and Tuition page for complete details about the current lesson schedule. In order for you to see steady improvement, your regular attendance is vital!

The last week of each semester is reserved for make-up lessons. I know that emergencies and illness are unpredictable, so once per semester you may use your “freebie” make-up lesson for such a situation. Please contact me by 2:00 PM on your lesson day and that lesson will be moved to the make-up week at the end of the semester.

If you have any other unavoidable conflicts, you must contact me at least 24 hours in advance to be eligible to reschedule your lesson. We will then find a time (preferably within the same week) to reschedule your lesson. No refunds will be given for no-shows or missed lessons with insufficient notice.

Teacher absences:

As an active performer, I occasionally have unavoidable conflicts with regular lesson times. If I must reschedule a lesson, I will contact you with as much advance notice as possible, typically at least 1-2 weeks in advance. In the event that I have to miss a lesson with less than 24 hours notice, you will have the option to either reschedule or receive the cost of that lesson deducted from your next tuition invoice.

Required Materials

  • Instrument in good working condition: Please arrange to have necessary repairs made promptly.
  • Other instrument supplies: This includes supplies for cleaning your instrument after every practice session, reeds, neck straps, and other posture and positioning aids.
  • Metronome: Korg MA-1 and Seiko QV-50-V are my favorite digital metronome models. For smartphone/tablet, the Pulse metronome app is free and easy to use.
  • Music stand: Make sure you can adjust the height for your best possible posture.
  • Pencil with eraser: The best musicians mark their music a lot, but never in pen!
  • Original copies of assigned lesson music: This includes exercise books as well as solo music. Photocopies are not acceptable- they are easily lost, less durable and usually a copyright violation. I do my best to keep cost and shipping times in mind when assigning new material, but if you have trouble obtaining your assigned materials please contact me for help.

Practice Expectations

At the end of each lesson, you will receive an email including notes from your lesson, ideas and techniques for practicing, and your assignment for the week. Students are expected to practice a minimum of 5 days a week for at least the length of your lesson. Since I only see you for a small handful of the 10,080 minutes in a week, your work at home is critical for your improvement!

Communication

Email is my preferred method for studio communication, especially for rescheduling requests. I will do my best to respond within 24 hours. If you need to get in touch at the last minute before your lesson, you may contact me by phone or text message.

Referrals

Do you have friends or classmates in band who would like to improve their playing? I would love to meet them! If you refer another student who enrolls in lessons, you will receive a $35 discount on your next tuition invoice.

New to the studio?

Welcome! Please contact me to set up a meet & greet so we can talk about your current level, your goals, and how I can help you reach them.

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