Studio Policies for Duane

Teaching Calendar

  • There are 35 lessons in the teaching calendar for 2019-20. Lessons start on 9/3/19 and end 6/26/20.



  • October 7-8
  • November 26-29
  • December 11-January 10 
  • March 23-27
  • May 18-22

Cancellations and Make-ups

  • When you need to cancel a lesson, please let me know as soon as you can. I will update the calendar to show that spot as available for a make-up lesson.

  • If you miss a lesson, no matter the cause, you can reschedule to a spot that is marked as “AVAILABLE” or “Cancel”. You can find those spots on the calendar.

  • Cancellations never expire for enrolled students. You can use them the following year if you don’t get to use them before lessons end for the school year.

  • An easier (and recommended) solution is to have a partnership with another family that is in the lesson before or after you. If your child has to cancel, your partner’s child can have the extra time for their lesson. You can take their lesson time the next week or simply keep track and use it when they have to cancel.

  • In the event that I need to cancel a lesson, I will work with parents to reschedule at any time that is convenient for the student. If necessary, a lesson credit will be given for the following month.


Contact List

  • Email me for a contact list of parents.



  • Monthly tuition is $145 for 30 minute lessons, $217 for 45 minute lessons and $290 for hour lessons.

  • Tuition is paid the first week of the month.

  • Tuition is prorated over the 10 months of the teaching year factoring in holidays.

  • Preferred method of payment is a check or auto-pay from bank (which arrives as a check). Payment services (e.g. Venmo) charge a service fee, so please add on $5 if you text me a payment. 

Daily Music

One common trait of students who thrive in their lessons is exposure to music between lessons. Students that experience music at home between lessons -- listening, playing, singing, watching, practicing -- grow their skills faster and enjoy music more during their learning years and after lessons end.


I am asking parents of students -- whether you are a musician or not -- to make daily music happen at home.


What is Daily Music? Daily Music is any involvement with music... listening to music while you cozy up on the couch, going to a jam, attending a concert, singing songs with your children, practicing.


Is Daily Music everyday? Yes. We will be giving students ways to keep track of Daily Music and will be encouraging them to do something everyday.

What are some examples? listening to music on Spotify, CDs; going to a concert; singing with family or friends; jams; fiddle workshops; camps, singing or playing music at school; busking; dancing; kitchen concerts; playing other instruments; performing; teaching someone else a song; orchestra or band rehearsal; focused practice. There is no limit to the ways you can have music as part of your day.


Does having the radio or Spotify on while we drive count? Yes. But you have the ability to influence the value of that experience by what you choose to play and how your child is involved. The more the student engages with the music and feels involved, the more value it has for them. They are learning to play anything and everything. If there is music they love to listen to (e.g. pop, folk, rock, classical…), encourage them to figure it out on the violin, or bring it to lessons and help learn it there. If you want some ideas of things you can play for them, ask Rachel, Jessie or Duane. 


Why everyday? Habits and routines are easiest to maintain when they happen a level of ease (or rigor) that feels right for you and your schedule.


Is Daily Music something students do instead of practicing? No, practicing is one type of Daily Music. Ideally, students would have a focused practice everyday and enjoy the results they see from their effort. But, most kids (and adults) resist practicing. Daily Music gives many ways for something to happen everyday. 


How many times a week should practice happen? Every child and family is different. Some students practice everyday and others not at all. Daily Music is a way to allow students (and parents) who resist practicing to be able to be musically active. By making practicing just one of the ways students can do Daily Music, it will feel less all-or-nothing, and less prone to ‘failure’. For parents that would like a focused practice goal to aim for, 5 times a week, 2 minutes for every year of age will help your child make solid progress between lessons.  We will have students keep track of their focused practices in addition to daily music


Who is responsible for Daily Music? Parents will be the ones that make this happen. Ideally you can create fun ways to make it easy and enjoyable. We’ll assist you if you have questions or feel stuck.

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