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Hillman Guitar Instruction Studio Policy 

Studio Policy

1. Learning how to play the guitar requires a certain amount of dedication, and this extends to keeping to a regularly scheduled lesson time. Lessons are scheduled for the same day and time on a weekly basis (example: every Wednesday @ 5pm).  Your time slot is considered “yours” until changed. Changing your lesson day/time depends on availability. Popular times (5pm to 9:30pm for example) usually have waiting lists.

2. Tuition is due at the first lesson of each month. Weekly half-hour lessons are $220 per month and weekly hour lessons are $420 per month. This works out to 4 lessons per month. In the event of holidays or my vacations, tuition is prorated for that month.

3. If you miss a lesson and wish to reschedule, this will be done on a first come, first served basis, however, as is the norm for many types of lessons, ballet, yoga, dance classes, sports teams etc, you are paying for a spot whether you attend or not. The fee for saving a time slot for a prolonged absence is $100 per month.

4. In the interest of there being ample opportunity for everyone to reschedule, the more notice everyone as a whole gives for absences, the more spots there will be available. So please, if everyone tries to give as much notice as they can, there will be as many openings as possible for rescheduling.

5. Cancelled or rescheduled lessons due to my illness or scheduling errors are rare and will be rescheduled for a mutually convenient time or credited towards the next month’s lesson fee. I am very flexible and understanding. Any scheduling conflicts due to illness or family emergencies are always settled easily and quickly, however, I would appreciate keeping cancellations and reschedules to a minimum. If you need a specific arrangement we can most likely work it out.

6. Regular practice is very important, and I will help you or your child with ideas for finding and efficiently utilizing practice time. However, I have taken hundreds and hundreds of guitar and vocal lessons in my life and understand that there are weeks where practice might not be possible. I have also felt the wrath of angry music teachers unhappy with my periodic lack of practice, and I feel this style of teaching is not productive. I encourage my students to still come to lessons even when they have not practiced as there are always fun things to work on and my philosophy is that lessons should be enjoyable, stress-free, and something to look forward to.


Going to David has been the best experience. He is able to teach guitar in such a way that someone with little musical knowledge, such as myself, can easily and quickly begin playing. I enjoy going to see David every week and learning something new. At each lesson I can tell that my skills progress and David leaves me with a plan for practice for the week, which makes my playing time much more productive. I highly recommend getting lessons from David if you’d like to see instant improvement in your playing abilities.


I have such a good time at my lesson. David is funny and easy to be around. Very patient and obviously enjoys teaching people what he knows, which is a lot. It is easy to feel silly when you are learning how to play and making mistakes but David is very encouraging and supportive. Even when he knows you haven’t practiced 😉

Greta B.

David’s great! He has a way of quickly finding your level and figuring out what you know (or don’t know), and helping you break through your boundaries. He’s also the teacher that will help you explore where you want to go with your ideas, and help you polish them. I’ve been playing off and on for about 18 years, and after a month or two of lessons he’s already kicked me up a few notches. His presence is relaxed and feels great to just sit and learn the guitar. I wish I had been taking lessons from this guy when I first started playing.


I had been wanting to learn how to play the guitar for years and for my B-day my girlfriend bought me some lessons. She couldn’t have picked a better place to buy the lessons from. David makes you feel comfortable and really understands the way that people learn and how to teach in the most effective way. The guitar is a tough instrument to learn and you want to learn from someone knowledgeable and patient and that’s exactly what David is.

Adam Z.

I started taking guitar lessons with David for 8 months and I am amazed at how much I have learned. What I love about the lessons is that I am pretty much in charge of what I want to learn. David can teach anything! And I mean anything. I pick the songs that I want to learn, and usually learn them in a week. (If I practice enough) After 8 months of lessons I can play some songs right off the bat. Guitar has become a huge part of my life, thanks David!!!!

Becca P.
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