Studio Policy

SCHEDULING

Lessons are available for either a half-hour (25 minutes) or an hour (50 minutes), on a regularly scheduled (same day and time every week for a minimum of one month) or occasional basis. Daytime hours are preferable, but evening and weekend lessons may also be scheduled around my rehearsal and performance activities, and may be subject to a waiting list.

Studio performances, classes and other group events are scheduled by mutual convenience and may incur additional charges for hiring musicians or halls.

PRIVATE INSTRUCTION RATES

REGULARLY SCHEDULED LESSONS: A half-hour lesson on a regularly scheduled basis runs $27.50, and an hour runs $47.50. Group rates are available on request.

Fees are to be paid the first lesson of each month for the entire month; i.e., four half-hour lessons is $110, and four hour lessons is $190. In the event there are five Mondays or Tuesdays, etc., in a given month, the fifth week will be a week off for both student and teacher.

OCCASIONAL LESSONS: A half-hour lesson on an occasional basis runs $30 and an hour runs $60. This fee is to be paid at the beginning of the session. Group rates are available on request.

There will be a $30 service charge for any returned check due to insufficient funds.

CANCELLATIONS

You must notify me of cancellations at least 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE. I will do likewise. If a lesson must be missed and the required notice has been given, the lesson will be rescheduled. If the student cancels with less than 24 hours notice, the lesson will be forfeited and will not be rescheduled. If I cancel a lesson with less than 24 hours notice, I will reschedule the lesson and give you another one FREE.

MISSED LESSONS

Missed lessons or lessons that have been cancelled with less than 24-hours notice will be charged the usual fee. Exceptions will be made in cases of personal or family emergencies, local and national emergencies, extraordinary acts of nature, and other unforeseen and unpredictable events.

HOLIDAYS and VACATIONS

If your regularly scheduled lesson falls on a national or religious holiday, it will be rescheduled for another day and time.

Lessons may be changed or temporarily suspended to allow for both student and teacher vacations.

TERMINATION

One month’s advance notice from the student is appreciated for termination of lessons. I reserve the right to remove any student from the teaching schedule who does not meet the requirements of these Studio Policies and Expectations.

EXPECTATIONS

It’s a good idea to record your lessons. Recording your lesson will serve as a reminder of what was learned and help you better prepare for your next one. For voice students, recorded notes and a recording of the accompaniment will serve as a valuable rehearsal tool. My studio is equipped with a CD recorder. Students are asked to bring a blank CD — either CD-R or CD-RW. I also will have some on hand at a minimal charge. Alternatively, students may bring their own recording device, either audio or video.

Dress comfortably in clothes that you can easily breathe and move in; dress as if you were going to an exercise class.

Be sure to arrive on time for your lesson — or a couple minutes early. If possible, call if you are running late to let me know what is going on. You forfeit any time missed at the beginning of your lesson; I cannot continue your lesson after the scheduled ending time.

It is my hope that you practice your craft daily. I realize, however, that our lives are all very busy and daily practice is sometimes not a possibility. Practice when you can and be sure to refer to your audio or video tape.

GROUP RATES

Group instruction will be given on a case-by-case basis. Please call me to discuss your needs and my studio rates.

MUSIC COSTS

Each student is responsible to buy his/her music.