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Studio Policy

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COVID-19 Information and Protocol


  • Students should wash hands or use hand sanitizer directly before lesson, or after touching their faces. They are also recommended to do so following their lesson.

  • Masking for lessons is currently optional. The teacher reserves the right to require masking for a limited time in the case of a widespread outbreak or the appearance of a more severe COVID variant.

  • If any student or accompanying friend or family member have experienced any of the following symptoms in the 48 hours before the lesson, please stay home.

    • ​Fever or chills

    • Headache with muscle or body aches

    • New onset of cough, congestion, or runny nose

    • New loss of taste or smellOVID antigen test

    • A positive COVID PCR test (except following a recent infection; in that case please see below)

    • Any positive COVID antigen test

  • All students and accompanying friends and family members must follow all current guidance

    in Santa Clara County to return to school or work following a COVID infection.

  • Returning to school

  • Returning to work


  • Lessons are paid on a monthly basis before the first lesson of every month at the rate of $100/hr (prorated). Payments are accepted in cash, check, or through Zelle, which is registered with my personal email address .

  • In the event that the teacher is unable to teach unexpectedly, any lessons which have already been paid for 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 may be rescheduled.

    • An absence with at least 24 hours’ notice may alternatively be refunded, or the tuition for that lesson may be applied to the following month.

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

  • COVID contingencies:

    • A new positive COVID test result within the 24-hour cancellation window counts as an exception to the cancellation policy, allowing rescheduling of missed lesson(s).

    • In the event that the teacher is unable to teach due to being ill with COVID, any pre-paid lessons may be either rescheduled for a later date or skipped without a refund or applying tuition to following month. This applies to a maximum of 2 pre-paid lessons per student. Beyond that amount, lessons may be skipped for a refund or an application of tuition to following month.

    • Student/parents are responsible for the purchase of relevant learning materials.


  • 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.

Additional Information

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

  • Parents/adults, please just address me by my first name! I go by Dr. Hull with 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. o Bring lesson books and a notebook for lesson notes.

    • 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

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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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