Studio Policy

Studio Policy

Nagoonberries Music studio policy

last revised August 2018


Fall 2018 private lesson tuition

Lesson Length Paid monthly Paid by semester (7% Discount)
Payable in full by August 27
½ hour $29 per lesson $27 per lesson
45 min $44 per lesson $41 per lesson
1 hour $58 per lesson $54 per lesson
Rock band (50 minutes) $29 per lesson $27 per lesson


In addition to regular lesson tuition, a $20 fee is charged to each student once per school year to cover the cost of studio rent and utilities, recital space, paper & toner, and other supplies.


Spring 2018 private lesson optional enrichments

These are extra enrichment opportunities for students. Each of them adds 15 minutes to a lesson, with the corresponding increase in tuition. For example, a piano student taking ½ hour lessons who wants to try learning basic rock drums would add 15 minutes to their usual lesson and pay the 45-minute rate.

Songwriting, composition, and extended music theory: This is for students who are interested in writing songs or composing their own music. Students will learn additional music theory as it relates to writing music, how to compose melodies and harmonies, and practice writing and notating original pieces.

Alternate rock band instrument lesson: This is for students who are enjoying piano or guitar but want to try learning the basics of another rock band instrument: piano, guitar, bass, or drums. Instruments are provided for this enrichment.

Tuition and payments

Tuition is paid in advance either by semester or month. When paying for the entire semester all at once tuition is discounted 7%. Monthly payments are due the first lesson of each month. Tuition is a flat fee per month. The fee does not change based on the number of weeks in the month. Payments by check can be mailed to my PO Box or sent with the student. I can also accept cash in person.

This is a commercial studio and paying tuition reserves your scheduled time. Accordingly no refunds are given for missed lessons and there are no make-up lessons. The only exception to this policy is in the case of extreme injury or illness that impedes the student’s ability to play the instrument for an extended period of time (for example a broken arm). School trips, sports trips, family vacations, and sickness are not exceptions to the missed lesson policy.

In the event I need to cancel a lesson, that lesson will be rescheduled or tuition will be refunded.

Please be on time for your lesson. They are usually scheduled back to back so your courtesy to other students is appreciated. Late students will not be granted extra time at the end of their lessons. If you are running late a courtesy text is appreciated.

Termination or suspension of lessons

Sometimes students need to terminate lessons or suspend them long-term. If a student terminates lessons for any reason, two weeks notice or payment for the next two lessons ($58) is required. Students returning after suspending lessons are added to my teaching schedule as space is available.


I use various piano method books and sheet music. If you are already working on a piece or method book, please bring it in and we will try to start from there. I will help students shop for books and music to ensure the proper materials are obtained.


Practice is the key to being a successful musician. Practicing also helps develop self-discipline and persistence in the face of challenges. I encourage my private lesson students to practice five times a week for 15-30 minutes each day (as developmentally appropriate). I strongly encourage making practice time a part of your daily routine. I want lessons and practices to be an enjoyable experience for my students, and coming prepared is the best way to ensure that they are.


At the end of the school year students will have the opportunity to perform in a combined studio recital. This is a low-key opportunity to show off your musical growth over the course of the year. Other performance opportunities may arise. Advance notice will be given for these and they are all optional.


I do not teach lessons over the Juneau school district winter break or spring break. I don’t observe other school and business holidays; lessons continue as normal.