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My teaching philosophy is simple: teach in the best way that each individual student can learn. This means that I don’t have a specific curriculum that I use for everyone – I cater to each student’s learning style and goals. Although each student is different, I tend to focus on basic fundamentals (scales and other patterns) and sight-reading (mostly in duet reading). If a student has a firm technical base, everything else will come much easier.
I am available for private lessons in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. I live on a military base, so I will have to travel to you if you do not have base access. I can do 30, 45, or 60 minute lessons and I teach all grade levels, including adults. I also offer “buddy lessons”, where up to three students can have a lesson at the same time and split the normal fee. This is a great option if your child has friends who play the same instrument, and it saves you (the parent) money on the lesson with the same individual attention.
I expect that each student will put in the effort that is required for private lessons. I as a teacher, I cannot directly make a student better…I am only there to guide the way. It is the student that needs to put in the effort to improve their skills. Basically, the student is in charge of their own progress.
For regular students, I request that prepayment of at least a month’s worth of lessons be made at the beginning of the month. Upon request, I can provide an invoice for you. This helps me manage and better predict my own earnings, and full cooperation of this policy is appreciated.
I can also provide lessons on a per-service basis. This is ideal for students who may not have time or the financial resources to have consistent lessons, but have solo festival or an audition that they need some extra help with. There is no difference in fee for regular students vs. per-service students. Payment for each lesson is due before the student leaves.
Please note: students will generally be considered a regular student after four consecutive lessons.
If a conflict arises please give more than 24 hours notice of the cancelled lesson, or else no make up will be given or payment for missed lesson will be expected. The exception is, of course, sickness, family emergency, injury, inclement weather, etc. This policy is to protect my schedule and my expected income. I am very forgiving as long as you give me 24 hours notice!
Please be on time to your lesson. If you know you will be late, please let me know ahead of time. If you are more than 15 minutes late without a legitimate excuse, your lesson will be canceled and no make up will be given or payment for lesson will be expected. This is to protect my schedule and the schedule of any students who are scheduled to follow your lesson. Once again, I am very forgiving as long as you notify me!
And, of course, the policies go both ways! I will offer a free lesson if I cannot follow my own policies!