Please arrive on time: 5 minutes prior to your start time, so that we may have time for hellos, goodbyes, unpacking, stickers and packing up!
Parents are invited to attend lessons, but it is not required. Depending on student progress and focus, I may request parents either stay or simply drop off, to ensure the safest and most effective learning time.
Lesson materials: I will recommend appropriate piano and theory lesson books, once the student understanding is gauged in an initial lesson. Additional selections will be recommended based on abilities and interests. Disney and Pop selections are encouraged! Voice students will use a variety of songs from many different books, from which I will often email PDF versions for students to print out at home for educational use. Lesson materials should be kept neatly in a designated lesson binder--suggested 3 ring binder. I may suggest some additional vocal and piano books for repertoire; based on student skill and interests.
Practice: Students are expected to practice regularly and complete assignments each week. At home practice duration expectations will vary for each student, depending on their age, playing level, years experience, and general focus abilities. The norm is about 15 playing minutes each day for younger students, and 30 or more for intermediate level students. Students participating in competitions or the CA Certificate of Merit evaluations should expect 45 minutes to an hour each or every other day to cover warm ups, theory work, technical drills and memorization.
A minimum of 3 lessons/month is expected. If excessive 4th lesson cancellations accrue, I may offer the lesson time to another student. *Occasionally, part of this "3/month" will spill over into the next or previous month--especially around the end of the year. For example: one month you might have 4 regular lesson times plus one or even two makeup lessons, for weeks off during the following or previous months.
Conflict Calendars are requested quarterly
Make-up lessons will always be offered, 24-hours in advance of a conflict.
I do enforce a 24-hour cancellation policy. Lessons cancelled with less than 24 hours notice will not be made-up, and payment will be required for the lesson. If the musician is sick on the day of lessons, and they stayed home from school or work, then notice by the morning, 9am, is requested, makeups may be offered at teacher discretion. Sick cancellations only a few hours before the lesson time will not be made up.