Policies

Read and understand my policies BEFORE coming for your first lesson!  I'd like you to print this page, sign it, and bring it with you.
  • Private lessons are sixty (60) minutes per week.  The fee is $65 per lesson.  There's a $13 discount if you pay every 4 weeks!
  • Group classes are two hours (12 minutes).  The fee is $15 per person.  The group is counting on your attendance.  If you have to miss a group class, please try to attend remotely, or at least keep your absences to a minimum.  It is VERY DISRUPTIVE if you are constantly missing classes.  It's bad for the other players as well.  I work very hard at preparing for the groups and if you miss it, it's time I've wasted.  If you have to miss a group, I require 48 hours (2 days) notice.  If you cancel the day of the class, you must pay me for the time.
  • No Refunds for Prepaid Classes: The Studio policy has always (30 years+) been that if you prepay for lessons, you may not receive a refund should you decide to cancel.
  • Remote attendance: All classes, including the group classes, may be attended remotely using Hangouts (Android) or Skype (iPhone/Android).  I do not refund classes missed because you forgot, you had a pet emergency or you were on vacation.  Because technology is so advanced now, there's no reason to miss a class.  You must pay me for the class, even if you don't attend!  NO EXCEPTIONS.  This is how I make my living.  If you skip classes and don't pay me, then I can't count on that income, even though I've prepared for your attendance and possibly even turned away other students for this time slot.
  • The only exception to missing a class (and not owing me for that time) is if you're in bed with an illness.
  • Copies: I have a copier.  If I make a copy of something for you, copies are $.25 each.  That's a quarter a copy.  Ink is very expensive!
  • Books and sheet music that I ask you to get can be picked up online or at one of the area stores.  I recommend Downtown Sounds in Northampton and Fretted Instruments in Amherst.  They both know what books I require and stock them regularly.  Please get the book and bring it to your next lesson.  If you don't get it in time, then it delays my approach to teaching you, which costs you money.
  • You must keep your instrument well maintained.  That means changing your strings when they go bad (every 3-4 months), keeping it in a balanced humidity room (40-45%), etc.  If you're a fiddler, you should rehair your bow every 6 months.  It's your responsibility to maintain your instrument.  The condition of the instrument should never be the reason for missing a class.  I have instruments you can rent if yours is in the shop.
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