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Fees and Policies

Welcome to the adventure of music making!






I teach 45 minute and 60 minute weekly lessons on Lopez Island and in Mt. Vernon. Contact me for rates at . If you have to skip a lesson, please plan to pay for it and schedule a makeup.

I do not do billing. Please pay monthly in advance, or pay at each lesson. Thanks for staying current!

Mt. Vernon students pay monthly in advance, and commit to the whole month. If there is a conflict with the scheduled lesson time, we will do a makeup.

On Lopez, I create performance opportunities for my students several times a year, and if we have classes to prepare for them, there is a fee. The school no longer is helping out with the costs.

STUDENTS (under 18):


I expect students to practice the assigned music carefully and thoroughly, at least 6 days a week, at least 20 minutes each day at first, moving up to 30 minutes and more when they have more skills and are older. This is a requirement for studying with me. We discuss plans for scheduling practice time at home. Sleepovers, sports, horseback riding, mainland trips all need to take practicing needs and alertness at lessons and concerts into account.
The more you play your instrument, the sooner you will be able to play well.
Learning an instrument is a privilege and a commitment. I will work hard to provide you with the best teaching you could find, and I expect you to put in as much effort at home to learn your assignments. If it is just something you will do once a week or so, please don't study with me!

Instrument Care

Take care of your instrument. Always put it away in the case when you are not using it, and latch the case. Don’t leave it in a hot or cold place (in the house or in the car). Always put it where it cannot be knocked over, stepped on, bumped, or eaten by the dog or played with by siblings or guests. Place it securely in the car, with the violin case feet down, cellos bridge up or on the side.
Get a soft cloth and wipe the instrument and strings after every playing session.
The cellos may not go on the buses, and I prefer parents to carry cellos to and from the car for younger (4th grade and under) students.

DON’T TURN THE PEGS until you have my permission! You will break a string and have to pay for a replacement.
Call me if the instrument needs to be tuned. I’m always happy to help.



Lessons are weekly. Make sure your child comes to lessons, arrives 5 minutes early to get settled, has music and instrument, has had a snack and a good night’s sleep. Please don’t schedule activities that conflict with the lesson time, or if the conflict is essential, let me know early so we can reschedule.

Weekly Lessons: Lessons are scheduled once a week. Plan to make this lesson time a commitment that is only broken due to field trips, off-island sports games that the student participates in, family trips, unforseen emergency, or illness. If you have a conflict, let me know well in advance and we can schedule a different lesson time.
Makeup Lessons: If you have to skip a week, please plan to pay for the lesson, and schedule makeup time. This would be 15 minutes added to several subsequent lessons, or an extra lesson in a later week. See Cancellation Policy below for more details.
Summer lessons: I do not stop teaching in the summer. I expect my students to take lessons year-round. There is so much to learn, we can't afford to lose skills and then have to start over! I treasure the summer because it is one time when there is no conflict with sports and school activities. Also, there are many opportunities to perform in the summer that are not available at other times of the year.

Not having practiced is a reason to take more lessons, not to cancel lessons.

I teach on school holidays when students are available. I teach year-round. Please see the Lessons section above

Cancellation Policy

Let me know well in advance if you must reschedule a lesson. If you do not call and do not show up, I expect you to pay for the lesson. Some parents in the past have taken advantage of my good nature (or whatever) and frequently called 10 minutes before the lesson to cancel, saying the child is sick when I find out they were actually watching the basketball game. Please don’t do this. I am happy to move a lesson to another day in the week, and we should schedule makeup time (15 minutes added to several subsequent lessons) or an extra lesson in a later week if you have to miss a week. This may seem like a lot to ask, but consider how little time your child actually gets to spend with me in the year, compared to school classes and sports activities!

No Sick Kids

Please do not bring a sick child to a lesson! I won’t ask you to pay even if for some reason you are unable to call me before the lesson time, although scheduling makeup time (15 minutes added to several subsequent lessons) is a good idea when a student misses a week. Sick means cough, tummy ache, scratchy throat, runny nose, laryngitis, fever the night before, vomiting, etc. Viruses are communicable for at least 4 or 5 days. Please respect my definition of sick. I'd rather you erred on the side of caution. NO SICK KIDS! THANKS!


Make sure your lifestyle allows your child to practice at least 6 days a week in most weeks. Sleepovers, sports, horseback riding, mainland trips all need to take practicing needs into account. The student needs to be home at a time when practicing is possible. The practice area should be quiet and private with no distractions or interruptions, no siblings pestering, no TV or stereo.
A music stand is an essential tool for all except pianists. If you don't have one, you can buy one from Shar Music, a fantastic online music store.
A kitchen timer can be used to help manage time, but it is necessary to do the complete assignment carefully and well, even if the timer has gone off. Some children also spend a lot of time not actually practicing during practice time, and so the timer may not indicate actual time spent working.
Learning to play an instrument is truly a family activity, and will require some commitment and discipline for the entire family.


Adults may have weekly lessons or bi-weekly lessons. Contact me for rates at
Please pay at the time of the lesson or for the month at the first lesson of the month.

I only have a few suggestions: Let me know if you can't come, don't cancel at the last minute, call me at 360-468-2377 if you have to cancel suddenly (don't depend on email), don't come when you're sick (no charge), and try to practice at least a few minutes most days of the week. Be sure to practice your counting! And let me know if your instrument needs fixing--I'm glad to help.

I have a great bunch of adult string students on Lopez (intermediate level) and we get together often for classes and to prepare for concerts.

Privacy Policy

Your privacy and security are our priority. We do not disclose your personal information, not even your e-mail address, to anyone for any reason...ever.
We do not collect personal information from children under age 13.