Pricing and Details
The price for lessons is $35 for 30 minutes and $70 for 60 minutes.
These are typical policies that apply to private lessons, policies that are universally practiced and accepted.
- Payment for lessons is made in advance for the month in almost all cases. I will call you or email you to remind you of tuition for the upcoming month on the last lesson day of your current month.
- A 24 hour cancellation notice is required to receive credit for a make-up lesson. Simply not showing up for lesson or calling the day-of to cancel are considered "no-shows" for which you will be charged. (We're not on salary. We get paid because you show up.)
If you call saying that you can't come to a lesson because you didn't practice, you forfeit your lesson and will be charged for it. On the other hand, you can reschedule for another day during that week so you don't lose that lesson credit.
- NOTE: I'm very flexible and understanding about illnesses, emergencies and simple slip-ups and about parents' financial hardships. Things happen. If you have special issues, feel free to discuss them with me and I will probably accommodate you.
When a student cancels, it's preferable that we do a double lesson or schedule an extra lesson to make up for their lost lesson during the current month. It is NOT standard procedure to deduct the missed lesson from your next month's tuition. Doing so creates financial and book keeping issues for the teacher. You will always be given a makeup. You will not lose that lesson if you are a returning student.
- TEACHER CANCELLATIONS: Periodically, I will have to cancel/postpone a lesson because of a performance or concert. In that case, I will give a double lesson or an extra lesson to make up for the one we missed at our mutual convenience. Again, It is NOT standard procedure to deduct the missed lesson from your next month's tuition.
- Cash refunds are not issued for unused lessons. Only make-ups are given.
- Unused lesson credits expire after two months of absence unless negotiated otherwise.
(Why? If a student stops coming to lessons for some reason with unused lessons on his account, doesn't make arrangements to continue, then suddenly decides to come back after a couple of months of absence, I've almost certainly given their lesson time to someone else. I assumed that he was never coming back. They usually don't. It's difficult if not impossible to keep track of all the scheduling whims of our students. And... our schedules aren't "that" flexible.)
- Students who take time off a month at a time, can't be guaranteed their original time slot when or if they return. The reason is that they often don't return, leaving the teacher with open, unpaid time slots. (We're just trying to pay our bills, like you.)
- Tell your teacher in advance if you plan not to continue your lessons.
Please don't tell your teacher that you're not taking lessons next month on the day tuition is due. It's imperative that we fill slots. (Yes we love you, but this is not a hobby... wink, wink.) Tell your teacher a month in advance, if possible.