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Studio Policy


  • As per current county rules, both teacher and student must be masked for lessons.

  • Teaching space will be well-ventilated with open windows and a HEPA-filter air purifier.

  • Any students or accompanying family members over the age of 12 must be fully vaccinated (2 weeks past final COVID vaccine).


Self Screening:

  • If you have had either of these two experiences in the 14 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

  • Students and parents must confirm the above verbally prior to each lesson.


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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • Parents can also watch lessons live on Zoom (recordings not offered).

  • Lesson preparation:

    • Bring lesson books and a notebook​

    • Keep fingernails short

    • Complete any written or listening assignments

    • Practice daily

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

  • Practice guidelines​ (rough approximation)

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

    • Ages 7+: Minimum 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)

  • Applications to masterclasses and summer music festivals

  • Intensive analytical listening assignments

  • Chamber music

  • Recordings for auditions/self-promotion