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.

Online lessons 
  • are sixty (60) minutes per week, $10 off the regular adult price (you must be registered for online lessons to take advantage of this discount)
  • Available times include 9am-1pm Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and 9-11am Wednesday.  These are Eastern Standard Time slots.  Check the schedule for availability
Private lessons 
  • are sixty (60) minutes per week for $75 (adults only); 
  • 45 minutes per week for $65 (children over 9 only), 
  • and 30 minutes a week for $40 (children under 9 only).  
  • I don't accept checks at this time. You may also send the amount to me via PayPal.*  
  • I offer private lessons in person, online and at your place of business (or home for an additional $100)
Group classes 
  • are two hours (120 minutes).  
  • You should be a private lesson student in good standing to attend any of the group classes.
  • If you are not a student, but would like to attend the group classes, the rate is $35/class
  • The fee is $20 per person, per class for students in good standing.
  • The group is counting on your attendance.  If you have to miss a group class, please try to 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.
  • There must be a minimum of 3 people in attendance at every class.  If there are less than 3, I will need to discontinue the class.
Prepaid Discount: 
  • Take $5 off per month if you prepay for lessons (does not apply to online lessons or groups)
  • There are 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.
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.


Indicate you've read these policies by printing and signing, dating here, then bring the policies page with you to your first lesson:


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