How do I signup for lessons?
Easy! Head over to my sign-up page and complete the form. Once I get your registration I will contact you to setup a day/time for your lessons.
Can I take longer than 30 minute lessons?
Absolutely! 45 and 60 minute lessons are also quite popular with students. Let me know anytime if you are considering a longer lesson and we can discuss the pros/cons for you specifically.
Can I take lessons on more than one instrument with you?
Yes, as long as it's an instrument I teach. Some students book an hour long lesson and split the hour between two instruments.
My instrument got locked in the band room at school/left at Grandma's/ is in the repair shop/etc.. and I have a lesson today. Should I still come?
Yes you should. First you are paying for my time whether you show up or not. We can take the opportunity to work on rhythm, theory, discussing your musical goals and plan new music selections.
I'm playing in an ensemble (duet, trio, quartet, etc...) at school, can I bring my ensemble-mates to a lesson for extra help?
Great idea! Just give me at least a weeks notice so I can plan ahead if we need a larger space to work in.
I'm thinking of trying out for Jazz band. Can you work with me on my audition during my lesson?
Sure! I love playing and teaching jazz.
The Business Stuff
When is my tuition payment due?
Tuition payments are due the last week of each month for the following month. For example: Payment for lesson in the month of October are due the by the last lesson of September.
If I need to miss a lesson what should I do?
If you need to miss a lesson you will simply miss out on the benefit of that lesson.
I don't offer make-up lessons for any lessons students miss. However, if I miss a lesson or take time off for any reason lessons will extend into the flex week(s) I have set aside just in case at the end of the school year. There are no flex weeks during summer session.
I'm going to be gone for the whole summer, but plan to resume lessons in September. Can you hold my spot until I get back?
While I would love to have you back after an extended absence I cannot hold a spot for you while you are gone. Priority for Fall is given to students who continue during the summer session. However, you can book your spot for Fall by paying the annual registration fee of $25 and the first tuition payment for the year, both non-refundable retainers.
Instruments & Gear
I'm thinking of buying my son/daughter a new instrument. What instrument do you recommend?
Buying a new instrument is a big investment and one that is best discussed on a case by case basis. Send me an email or let me know during a lesson that you're considering a new instrument and we can discuss your options in detail.
If you are a beginning clarinet student you might be interested in reading my blog post on renting and buying a clarinet. I will work on more posts soon!
I need to buy reeds, what should I buy?
There are many, many, reed choices on the market today. For beginners starting with the basic Rico orange box reed is fine. After a few months it's time to move to a better quality reed.
Clarinet Students: I really like the Mitchell Lurie Premium reeds for a step up reed. For intermediate/advanced students I recommend Vandoren blue box or Vandoren V12.
Saxophone Students: For a step up I recommend Frederick Hemke reeds. Intermediate/advanced students I recommend Vandoren V12 and for Jazz the Vandoren ZZ.
Reeds I currently play: Clarinet: Vandoren 56 Rue Lepic Saxophone: Vandoren ZZ