If this is your first time as a band parent, welcome to a very large club! If your student is a beginner, please keep in mind that they must walk before they can run . . . Lessons are one of the best things that you can do to help your child progress, especially with low brass instruments.
Lesson Prices: The price of your students' lessons are set by your student's school district's fine arts programs; usually by the fine arts director. Please see their policy. The schools that I service range from $18-$20 for one lesson that lasts approximately 25 minutes. Longer lessons are available, but they will need to take place before or after school. Lessons during the summer months are approximately 30 minutes.
Lesson Payments: Lessons are billed for the month in advance and are due by the 10th or the second Friday of the month. If you do not receive an invoice by email, go to the payment page and pay your invoice by selecting the correct school and district and the number of lessons expected for the month. If I must miss a lesson, you will be able to schedule a make up or your credit will roll into the following month.
Payment Options: Other payment options are available, please contact me for information. Scholarship funding is available from most schools through your child's band director.
Payment Types: Credit cards and electronic payments are accepted through my online Square store. Checks and cash are accepted. Exact change is appreciated.
Missed/Make Up Lessons: If your student must miss their lesson, please notify me at least 24 hours in advance, otherwise a credit may not be issued for the lesson. The only exception is: If your child wakes up with an illness on the morning of lesson day, please contact me immediately after calling the school. Make up lessons can be scheduled if a mutually agreeable time is reached.
Late Payments: Consistent late payments will incur a late fee of $10 per month.
Returned Payments: Payments returned by your bank will incur a $35 payment/check fee.
Appointments: Please try and schedule any doctor/dentist appointments on a day other than your lesson day. In many cases I am only in your child's school one day a week, and sometimes only for three class periods or less. Dental/Orthodontic Appointments: Please try to avoid dental appointments the day before your student's lesson and a week before any contests, festivals or performance. It really can hinder the quality of a performance!
Practice: It is important that your child practices on a regular basis. Practice time should be regularly scheduled and setup to motivate students to succeed - set achievable goals! Much more progress will be made if students practice regularly. Students can download free apps to their phones for assistance while practicing, such as a tuner and metronome. "MusiciansKit" is available for iOS and Android phones. There are many other options, though the "pay" versions tend to have more functionality and fewer bugs.
Summer Lessons: Lessons are available as my schedule allows. I am in Rockwall on Tuesdays and Forney on Wednesdays.
Privacy: Registration Information will not be shared, sold or otherwise given away. The only exception is for communication with your school band director and/or relevant school district employee(s) or booster treasurer for lesson scheduling and/or scholarship invoicing.