Studio Policies

  • Student Expectations
    Come ready to learn with a smile! In addition, the student is responsible for preparing for the lesson with adequate practice prior to the lesson. The student is also expected to be respectful of the teacher, the parent, the studio space and the instrument.

    Parent Expectations
    The parent is expected to attend all lessons and take notes during the lessons for the student’s practice at home. By attending the lessons, the parent understands the learning process and can help the student when practicing at home. The parent is the home teacher, supporting the lesson teacher. The involvement of the parent is vital to the success of the student.

    Practice Expectations
    The student is expected to prepare for lessons and ensembles through daily practice. In the lessons, the student will learn effective practice techniques that are to be used at home during the practice. I will help the student and parent in creating an effective practice plan as well as help set clear goals for the practice. If you need any additional help with practicing issues, just ask!

    Review & Listening
    Include the review old pieces and listening to the Suzuki recording in the practice routine. Reviewing and listening on a regular and consistent basis are critical to student success. Group class repertoire is selected from the entire repertoire for that given level and will include old pieces. Also, performance repertoire is selected from review pieces.

    Attending performances is important and required. Performing is an integral of learning an instrument. Learning to and gaining skill in performing, like learning the cello, requires practice and requires experience. Participating in recital and performances gives students that necessary experience as well as the opportunity to share their musical accomplishments with others. Missing a performance is very serious. All students are expected to participate. In addition, all students must stay for the entire duration of the performance. Leaving early is not an option. Plan to stay for the entire performance. Please note that students cannot play their current piece or most recently learned piece for a recital. I require that students choose a piece at least three pieces back from their current piece.

  • Lesson tuition is billed by the semester and includes all of the lessons for that semester. Tuition can be paid in full for the whole semester or in two payments, one at the beginning of the semester and one at semester mid-point. You will receive an electronic invoice before the payment is due. In addition, there is a $25 accompanist and supplies fee due upon enrollment. While students may withdraw before the semester is completed, please note that no tuition refund is available once the semester has begun. If you are concerned about this payment method, please speak to me in advance.

  • The lesson times are assigned upon registration and tuition reserves that weekly lesson appointment. When taking private lessons, you are paying for the reserved time rather than the lesson, per se. Please review your schedule carefully for any conflicts with your reserved lesson time, and communicate these to me by the end of the first week each semester. Due to the amount of students in my studio, I cannot accommodate changes to lessons times or days. Please choose a lesson day and time that will work for the entire semester.

    All students are permitted a maximum of two makeup lessons per semester. This includes lessons missed due to illness (please do not come if you or your child is sick!). If a conflict in your schedule arises, please consult my calendar ahead of time and suggest two possible times which reflect as “empty” on my calendar. These times must lie within the hours of 9 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, must be contiguous (within 30 min) with an existing lesson and must lie within the current semester. If my calendar is too full to reschedule, you may trade with another student. Lessons missed and not rescheduled will be forfeited, except in the case of extended illness or injury, family relocation, or similar circumstance. Please reschedule your lesson only if it is absolutely necessary.  

    For last-minute cancellations and rescheduling or no-shows, I am not able to offer makeup lessons and the lesson will be forfeit. Please try to plan in advance to avoid missing lessons.

    For any regularly scheduled lesson canceled due to weather or teacher absence, a makeup lesson will be given or a tuition refund. All makeup lessons will be scheduled during the semester in which they are missed, i.e. no makeup lessons will be given during the summer for missed spring semester lessons. You may not carry the lesson into vacation or another semester.

  • If your child stayed home from school or was sent home early due to an illness or is still contagious from an illness, please do not come to the lessons.

  • Progress is contingent upon consistent attendance and regular lesson attendance is important. Attendance at all lessons, concerts and recitals is mandatory. Repeated absences will result in dismissal.

  • Please arrive 5-10 minutes before each lesson this way the student will not feel rushed or harried before going into their lesson. Please use the restroom and have a snack prior to the lesson time. In the event that you are late, please notify your teacher (via text message or phone call, if this can be done safely). The lesson will end at the originally scheduled time.

  • Siblings, other family members and friends are welcome in the lesson but please bring a quiet activity to work on during the lesson. If a sibling becomes disruptive during the lesson, please leave the studio in order to avoid being a distraction.


  • The instrument, music books and other accessories are not included in the lesson cost. It is the responsibility of the parent to obtain a cello and purchase all the necessary books and items for the lessons. The student is expected to bring the instrument, books and accessories to every lesson. 

  • I reserve the right to dismiss a student for failure to practice regularly, attend weekly lessons, maintain a review and listening schedule, failure to pay lesson tuition and behavioral or respect issues.