Lessons and School Presentations
Matt teaches cello and guitar at his home studio in Bellingham, Washington.
Lesson Policy 2016-2017
My teaching goals are to share my love for and understanding of music and guide each student in developing a sound technique for playing cello and/or guitar. My hope is that they acquire learning habits, knowledge and skills that will last a lifetime.
The tuition fee is paid monthly at the first lesson of the month. The fee per weekly lesson is $50 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 or bring it to the next lesson, but payment for the full month is due by the 14th of each month. Because I reserve time for your child’s lesson time, there is no reduction for absences due to illness or conflicting appointments or activities. Tuition is refundable only in the event a family moves to another location, making transportation to the lesson impossible. The only exception to this policy is in the event of a prolonged illness or family vacation (when notified well in advance). 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. I do teach in the summer, scheduling around vacation times.
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 should ideally practice for at least 20-45 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 also 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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