BE ON TIME
Please try to arrive at your lesson exactly on time. Since I schedule back-to-back lessons, It is not usually possible for you to come earlier than your scheduled lesson time as you would be interrupting the previous student’s lesson. Likewise, you cannot arrive late to your lesson and expect to get the full amount of time as there will most likely be another student who comes directly after you.
EXCUSED AND UNEXCUSED ABSENCES
I classify student absences in two simple categories: excused and unexcused. An excused absence is one in which a student lets me know ahead of time that they will be gone. An unexcused absence is when a student doesn’t let me know that they will be gone—or a “no call/no show.” Students may make up lessons missed from excused absences. Students may not make up lessons missed from unexcused absences.
Students need to notify me by phone, email or text if they are going to be more than ten minutes late to their lesson. Showing up more than ten minutes late to the lesson without notifying me is unacceptable and I will assume, if a student hasn’t arrived within the first ten minutes of their lesson, that they are not coming at all and it will be marked as an unexcused absence. Also, if a student does not notify me that they are running more than ten minutes late, I reserve the right to use the remainder of their lesson time as I see fit; for example, I may use that time to run errands—so do let me know if you’re running late, otherwise I may not be there when you finally arrive!
Of course, regular attendance at your lessons is essential if you want to learn and improve in your musicianship. But things do come up from time to time so, if you have to miss a lesson, call, text or email me and we’ll try to arrange a make-up lesson. I realize that sometimes things even come up at the last minute, so you don’t even have to give me 24 hours notice! But please let me know ahead of time, even if it’s only ten minutes before your lesson. I will not make up lessons at which you simply do not show up and do not call, text or email me to notify me of your absence!
I will not reimburse you for lessons that you need to miss and cannot make up, therefore the amount of instruction you get for your tuition is totally up to you and how faithfully you attend your lessons. However, because my rates are the lowest in town, you could easily miss one lesson per month and still be getting more lessons for your dollar than you would receive with some of the other local music instructors who charge over $120 per month.
I do my best to be flexible with scheduling and allow you to make up lessons when necessary but please remember that when you cannot make it to your normally scheduled lesson and have to make it up on a different day/time, I am sacrificing extra time from my schedule for you; and, while I do not typically mind doing this once in a while, I would prefer that it not become a habit. Also, my teaching schedule is usually pretty full, especially during the school year so finding a suitable makeup time that works for both of us may not always be possible.
You are responsible for contacting me to arrange any makeup lessons. And makeup lessons need to be scheduled within four weeks of the missed lesson. If you do not arrange the makeup lesson within those four weeks then you lose that lesson.
I rarely need to cancel or reschedule lessons because of my own illness or absence, but in the event that I do, I will attempt to find a suitable day/time for a makeup lesson with you or, if this is not possible, I will pro-rate your next tuition payment accordingly.
I teach lessons on weekdays year round except for the following:
- Spring Break (usually around the third week of March)
- Memorial Day (Last Monday in May)
- Independence Day (July 4th)
- One week in the summer (usually in August)
- Labor Day (First Monday in September)
- Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday (Fourth Thursday in November and the following Friday)
- The week between and including Christmas Eve (Dec. 24th) and New Year’s Day (Jan. 1st)
Note that not all of these days will necessarily affect the weekday lesson schedule (for example, New Year’s Day or Independence Day may fall on a Saturday or Sunday). Assuming you attend all of your regularly scheduled lessons, you will receive at least 48 lessons over the course of a year, or approximately four lessons per month.
You may terminate your lessons at any time, though I do prefer you show me the courtesy of letting me know at least a couple of weeks in advance so that I may have adequate time to fill your vacant time slot. No refunds will be given for lessons terminated before the end of your tuition payment period.