Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: Are you currently accepting new students?

A: New students are always accepted as scheduling allows. You can visit the Schedule page to see the latest openings and schedule your lessons or be added to the "flex-schedule" list.


Q: What are your rates?

A: Private individual lessons are $20.00 per half-hour. Hour-long lessons times may be available and are highly recommended. Please see the lesson policy or contact me for more information.


Q: What is your cancellation policy or can I reschedule a lesson?

A: If you have scheduled a lesson it is non-refundable. There are no rescheduling of lessons. Please see the lesson policy or contact me for more information.


Q: What happens if my school is closed, there is a Winter storm, or it is extremely hot during the Summer?

A: Assume you have a lesson unless you receive a message telling you otherwise. Please see the lesson policy or contact me for more information.


Q: Do you rent instruments, if so what are the rates?

A: YES! Please contact me for more information.


Q: What songs will I learn?

A: I do not teach songs, I teach you the techniques needed to perform music and therefor allowing you to perform ANY song you want to play. However, during the course of instruction I may introduce a song to demonstrate certain techniques. Of course if a student would like to learn, and work on, a particular song, I am always open to that - provided the student purchases the REAL music (not downloaded "TABs") and provides me with a working copy.


Q: Do you give group lessons?

A: Sorry, but I do not give group lessons. There is a good reason you would not like to take group lessons. You would only progress as fast as the slowest player in the class. Let’s say you practiced all your material and had every note perfect but the person next to you was sick and didn’t have the opportunity to practice, the group would have to wait for that person to catch-up. It typically takes 4 to 5 times longer to learn in a “group” situation.


Q: Will you schedule lessons bi-weekly instead of every week?

A: No. I understand that there can be financial and other issues that may cause a student to request bi-weekly lessons. However, I have found, from vast experience, that arrangement to be completely ineffective and hinders any potential learning possibility.


Q: How much will I need to practice?

A: One hour every day. There is a difference between “playing” and “practicing”. You will need to practice every day a minimum of one hour. This, however is the bare minimum. If you want to see yourself drastically improve in a recognizable fashion, two or more hours of practice per day will be needed.


Q: Do you have requirements for new students?

A: Yes...

    • You must have your own instrument.
    • You are 8 years of age or older.
    • You must be able to read and comprehend the text in the books assigned.
    • You must have a minimum of one hour a day dedicated to practicing your instrument.


Q: What Metronome Apps or Tuner Apps would you recommend?

A: The metronome I use most in lessons is called "Tempo Lite" by Frozen Ape. You can find more information on it here: http://www.frozenape.com/tempo-metronome.html. The tuning app I like the most is "ClearTune" by Bitcount ltd. (Search in your app store for that one). Both are FREE and available for IOS and most Android devices.


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