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Hillman Guitar Instruction Studio
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
2. Tuition is due at the first lesson of each month. Weekly half-hour lessons
are $190 per month and weekly hour lessons are $370 per month. This works out
to 4 lessons per 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.
7. In the interest of respecting everyone’s time and getting the most out of
your lesson, please show up to your lesson a few minutes early. When possible
please have your guitar out of the case and materials ready. Also when possible
at the first lesson of the month, please have checks filled out or payment
ready. This will afford us more time dedicated to learning and will keep delays
to a minimum.