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Studio Policy

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(Updated May 2022)

  • Students and family members must show proof of  full vaccination for COVID-19 to attend lessons without masks (2 weeks past final COVID vaccine).

  • Unvaccinated students or family members must be masked when indoors.

  • Teaching space has a running HEPA-filter air purifier.


Self Screening

If you have had either of these two experiences in the 7 days prior to the lesson, please do not attend.

  • Close contact with an individual confirmed or suspected of having active COVID-19

  • A positive COVID-19 test


If you have experienced any of the following symptoms in the 48 hours before the lesson, please stay home.

  • Fever or chills

  • Headache, muscle or body aches

  • Cough, congestion, or runny nose

  • New loss of taste or smell


  • Lessons are paid on a monthly basis before the first lesson of every month at the rate of $100/hr (prorated).

  • In the event that I am unable to teach unexpectedly, the lesson will be rescheduled.

  • Student cancellation policy:

    • In the event that a student cannot attend for any reason, with at least 24 hours notice, that lesson will be also rescheduled.  

    • An absence with less than 24 hours notice is not subject to rescheduling or refund.

    • A positive COVID test result counts as an exception to the cancellation policy, allowing rescheduling of missed lesson.

  • Student/parents are responsible for the purchase of relevant music books.


  • Parents, and not the teacher, are responsible for watching their children and for picking up the child at the correct time.  The teacher is not responsible for monitoring children who are not having lessons.

  • It is the teacher’s prerogative to discontinue lessons at any time.  If this happens before the last lesson of the month, the remaining lessons will be refunded.

  • Please check the studio calendar, and save any relevant dates.

Please Note...

  • Parents are encouraged to attend lessons, especially for young children.

  • Lesson preparation:

    • Daily practice is necessary to progress, and the best guarantee of rapid musical growth!

    • Young children will need the help of a parent to guide practicing at home.

    • Bring lesson books and a notebook​

    • Keep fingernails short

    • Complete any written or listening assignments

    • Write down any questions or difficult spots to go over in lessons

  • Practice guidelines​ (rough approximation)

    • Ages 5-6: At least 15-20 minutes of practice a day

    • Ages 7+: At least 30 minutes of practice a day

    • Ambitious students ages 7-10: Minimum 45 min. practice per day with 45 min. lessons

    • Ambitious students from age 10: 1+ hrs. practice per day with at least 1 hour lessons

Additional Considerations

(For advanced/ambitious students, esp. high school)

  • Up to two lessons per week

  • Theory classes (especially if not offered in school)

  • Local, statewide, or national competitions

  • ABRSM exams or California Certificate of Merit (all ages)

  • Participation in masterclasses and summer music festivals

  • Intensive analytical listening assignments

  • Chamber music

  • Recordings for auditions/self-promotion

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