Do You Teach Adults?
What is a Good Age to Start Clarinet Lessons for my Child?
Generally speaking, nine years old, or the third grade.
If your child is in Kindergarten through second grade, I would recommend at least one or two years of piano to prepare them for starting clarinet at an earlier age.
The summer after third grade can be a wonderful time to start clarinet lessons.
How long are lessons?
Lessons are either thirty or sixty minutes long;
Enrollment is monthly.
Tuition is due at the first lesson of the month for that lesson and the rest of the month.
One-hour lessons: $60.00.
Four 30-minute lessons: $120.00/month ($30.00/lesson)
Four 60-minute lessons: $200.00/month ($50.00/lesson)
Half-hour lessons are recommended for middle-school students.
Hour-long lessons are recommended for high school and college students.
What is your reschedule policy?
Any changes in schedule must be made before the beginning of the week: the deadline for rescheduling is Sunday night at midnight for the upcoming week. No mid-week rescheduling will be considered.
What is your cancellation policy?
Lessons missed will not be refunded; however, "make-up" lessons will be available for lessons missed due to illness or family emergency. If I am notified at the time of payment (first lesson of month) that there is a schedule conflict and a lesson must be missed, tuition will be adjusted, or I will do my best to reschedule that lesson for a different time.
What to expect at a lesson
A new lesson is prepared and performed each week, and then we will work more in-depth on a challenging piece and your band music. If you have specific sections of music or notes that you are struggling with, I will assist you with them- don't be afraid to ask! Lessons often end with playing duets. So, here's the typical breakdown:
1. Scales and technique
2. A new study or etude every week
3. A piece to prepare for exam or audition and recital
Your practice sessions should reflect the lesson material- every practice session should include scales, technique, etude or lesson, piece and duets as well as band music.
I reserve the right to dismiss students who, after several months and despite encouragement and help with time management, consistently show forth no effort in order to make room in my schedule for students who do.