Lessons and School Presentations
Matt teaches cello and guitar at his home studio in Bellingham, Washington and on Orcas Island.
Lesson Policy 2011-2012
Lesson emphasis includes the following areas: repertoire, technique, ear training, sight-reading, creativity, performance, and music appreciation.
The tuition fee is paid monthly at the first lesson of the month. Fees per lesson are as follows: $35 for 45 minutes and $45 for 1 hour. Remember to look at your calendar to see how many of your lesson days fall in that month. I will e-mail you the bill and if you miss the first lesson you may send the payment by mail, but payment for the full month is due by the 7th of each month. Tuition is refundable only in the event a family moves to another location, making transportation to the lesson impossible. If you know you will be missing a lesson, I will need to be notified at least a month in advance and it will be your responsibility to re-work the schedule with other students so I don't have a gap between lessons. Long term school vacations such as Christmas, Thanksgiving, and spring break will be observed with optional lessons if desired.
Makeup lessons will be given only in the case of extreme illness. You must schedule a makeup lesson to take place within 30 days of the missed lesson. Notification of inability to attend a lesson is a courtesy to the teacher but there are no refunds. A tardy student has only the remaining time in the lesson period so punctuality is recommended. Please enter quietly, get your instrument and music ready and wait for your time.
Practice time is best accomplished at a regularly scheduled daily time. Students in grades 1-8 are expected to practice 6 days a week for at least 30-45 minutes, and grades 9 and above for at least 1 hour daily. It is impossible for good progress to be made without strong dedication to regular practice. Parents of younger students are responsible to see that this daily practice takes place. It is also strongly recommended that a student listens not only to pieces they are currently studying on a daily basis, but occasionally to more advanced works for their instrument. Students should attend live performances to be inspired as well.
I recently did a "From Bach to Rock" presentation for my daughters' elementary school. It's one of my life goals to try and inspire the next generation. It is so gratifying just to see the looks on their faces. —Matt
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