Dear music student and/or parent/guardian,

The following information is provided regarding my fall 2017 studio policy. Please read this letter carefully, as some things have changed, and keep it for your records.

Fall 2017 Tuition (private lessons - includes recitals, practice incentives, studio parties)

August 21, 2017 – December 22, 2017


Lesson Length
(prorated for August)
10% Semester Discount
Paid in full by August 30
½ hour$130$526.50
45 min$195$789.75
1 hour$260$1053

Optional EnrichmentMonthly
Music theory games
with another student
$32.5015 minutes added to lesson time
Mentorship program$32.5015 minutes added to lesson time
Music theory lab$2015 minutes added to lesson time



Tuition is due monthly; payment is due the first lesson of each month but no later than the 10 th day of the month. Payments by check can be mailed to the studio, or sent with the student. I can also accept cash or credit card in person, or pay with Paypal through my website. Credit card payments are subject to Paypal fees. There is a $10.00 fee for payments not received by the 10 th day of the month and a $25.00 fee for returned checks.

Termination or Suspension Lessons

If a student terminates lessons for any reason, two weeks’ advance notice prior to the last lesson, or payment for the next two lessons at full price ($65), is required. Students returning after suspending lessons are put on the schedule on a space available basis.

Performances and extra studio events

Students will have opportunities to perform around town at places like Wildflower Court, Pioneer Home, Nugget Mall, the airport, and coffee houses. I will give advanced notice for opportunities, but you can count on holiday concerts in December. I also host parties at my house or around town periodically for students to meet each other and play music games.



I will use many different books and sheet music. If you already have music, please bring it in and we will try to start using it. I will try to use sheet music along with method books for variety. I will shop for books on behalf of the student to ensure the proper materials are obtained. Book payments will be due before the students take the books home. Please bring a vocal and/or piano notebook to keep notes, homework assignments, practice logs, and sheet music. Vocalists, please bring water to your lessons.

Lesson Schedule / Missed Lessons

Music lessons are given on a tuition basis. Accordingly, there are no credits for lessons missed and no “make- ups.”  If your child did not/would not go to school, please keep them home from lessons to avoid spreading germs to the other 30 students who touch the instrument. School/sports trips and family vacations are no exception to the “missed lesson” policy. This does not apply in cases of severe illnesses that will impede the ability of the student to play the instrument or attend the lesson for an extended period of time (ie: a broken arm or wrist, etc). THERE ARE NO GUARANTEED MAKEUP LESSONS. Unfortunately, the schedule is too tight for that flexibility. Lessons missed by the instructor will be rescheduled, if possible, or you will be reimbursed. Thank you for your cooperation.

I do require a courtesy phone call or text if you are going to be more than 10 minutes late to your lesson. I do not answer the phone during lessons. If you are calling to cancel a lesson on that day, please still do so and just leave a message, or you can text me. Any messages received during lesson hours I will return either by phone or email as soon as possible.


There will be no lessons during Thanksgiving week (November 20 - 24). I do not observe other school and business holidays. You can check the calendar on my website for updates.



Students are required to practice and complete their assignments every week. On average students should practice 5-6 days per week for 20-30 minutes per day (depending on age and attention span). It will be helpful if you schedule a practice session into your daily activities. If practicing only happens when a student has some free time or feels like it, chances are it will never happen. Please allow for a quiet environment for practicing so the student can focus on what he or she is practicing.  Remember: practicing should not be a daily chore (although I understand that it sometimes can be), but rather a time for making music.

In Closing

Please have your student arrive a few minutes early. Lessons begin at their scheduled time, so please be prompt. Late students will not be granted extra time at the end of their lessons as lessons are often scheduled back to back. There is a "shoes off" policy at my Douglas studio/home; students may take their shoes off inside the entryway where they will stay warm and dry. There is no need to knock or ring the doorbell; enter quietly as there will most likely be a lesson in progress. There is a NO GUM policy for all students.

Thank you for choosing to include music in your life. Music is truly an amazing gift, and I look forward to sharing this gift with you and your family!

*I reserve the right to change these guidelines at any time.