Tuition is due by the 7th of each calendar month in advance for all the lessons we expect to have in that month. Payment may be made by cash or check. If you will not be here in person during the first week of the month, you may use Paypal to my email address or the U.S. mail to ensure that your payment is recieved by the 7th.
Late fee: $20. Bounced check fee: $20.
Advance payments for excused absences will be credited toward the following month's tuition. Tuition will be reduced by the amount of the credit, but will nevertheless be due by the 7th of the month. An excused absence a lesson canceled by me or by you with 24 hours notice, or canceled due to medical emergency, sudden illness, or unsafe road conditions.
If you discontinue lessons completely at any time, advance payments will be refunded for lessons canceled with at least 24 hours notice.
If you need to reschedule a lesson, please give me as much notice as possible. This increases our chances of finding another time, and enables me to utilize your regular time for another student.
With the exceptions of absences caused by emergency, sudden illness, or icy road conditions, no credit will be given for any lesson canceled less than 24 hours in advance, and no make-up lesson will be provided. This is because without ample notice, I will have been unable to use your regular time for another student who may have needed to reschedule their lesson.
Vacation and Extracurricular Activities Policy:
Your lesson time in my schedule will be held at no charge for up to three weeks for a summer vacation. For absences of a longer duration, in order for me to hold your spot for you while you are away, payment will be required, in advance, for lessons you intend to miss beyond the first three. Likewise, a total of three absences each year will be excused for activities necessary for participation in an organized sport, school play or school concert. Beyond the first three missed lessons, payment will be required for additional missed lessons to enable me to hold your spot for you.
Safe Child Policy:
I am unable to ensure the safety of your child if I am in a lesson with another student or have left the premises. For this reason (and because of the noisy dog mentioned below) please do not drop your child off early before the lesson and please be here before the lesson ends to pick up your child.
My dog, Panda, takes his student-greeting duties seriously. If you arrive early for your lesson and get out of your car, he may bark until I let you in. This may interrupt a lesson in progress. So, if you arrive early, please wait in your car until our appointed lesson time. I apologize for the inconvenience. If you do not care for dogs or are allergic, I will confine him.
Length of Lessons:
As is standard for music lessons, lessons last 55 minutes or 25 minutes. The 5 minutes between students allows teachers to “shift gears,” fill their water glass, etc.
Phone and Wireless Policy:
I have Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS), so I must ask that you turn OFF COMPLETELY your cell phone and any other wireless device during lessons. Please DO NOT USE any wireless devices WHILE WAITING OUTSIDE MY HOME - neither in your car nor on my porch. Please leave electronic exercise monitors, trackers, smart watches and garage door openers at home or in your car.
For information on EHS, please see: www.wifiinschools.com
and/or ES-UK for information