• Mandatory contract - I require a contract with a 50% deposit before I begin working on a consulting project.  I take PayPal (I will send you an invoice which you can pay in full or 50%), or you can pay me in cash by making an appointment to meet me at my home in Granby.
  • Mandatory minimum - I require a minimum of 1 week's work on a project.  If your project can be completed in a few hours, I can't take it on for various reasons.  Let's talk!

  • Shipping / Insurance - All products require shipping insurance which must be included in the amount sent by PayPal prior to shipping!  Contact me for the total amount and I will send you a PayPal invoice which will include the amount of shipping and insurance.
  • If you are picking something up at my home in Granby, MA you must make an appointment.  If you show up at the house without an appointment, I may not be here!  Please contact me to set up an appointment.
  • If you want to try one of the instruments (see above) you must make an appointment.  I have a busy schedule and so do you!
Read and understand my policies BEFORE coming for your first lesson!  I'd like you to print this page, sign it, and bring it with you.

Online lessons 
  • are sixty (60) minutes per week, $10 off the regular adult price (you must be registered for online lessons to take advantage of this discount)
  • Available times include 9am-1pm Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and 9-11am Wednesday.  These are Eastern Standard Time slots.  Check the schedule for availability
Private lessons (in Granby, MA)
  • are sixty (60) minutes per week for $75 (adults only); 
  • 45 minutes per week for $65 (children over 9 only), 
  • and 30 minutes a week for $40 (children under 9 only).  
  • I don't accept checks at this time. You may also pay me me via PayPal.  The amount is $78.50 (to cover the fee)*  
  • I offer private lessons in person, online and at your place of business (or home for an additional fee.  Please ask)
Group classes 
  • are two hours (120 minutes).  
  • You should be a private lesson student in good standing to attend any of the group classes.
  • If you are not a student, but would like to attend the group classes, the rate is $35/class
  • The fee is $20 per person, per class for students in good standing.
  • The group is counting on your attendance.  If you have to miss a group class, please try to keep your absences to a minimum.  It is VERY DISRUPTIVE if you are constantly missing classes.  It's bad for the other players as well.  I work very hard at preparing for the groups and if you miss it, it's time I've wasted.
  • There must be a minimum of 3 people in attendance at every class.  If there are less than 3, I will need to discontinue the class.
Prepaid Discount: 
  • Take $5 off per month if you prepay for lessons (does not apply to online lessons or groups)
  • There are no refunds for Prepaid Classes: The Studio policy has always (30 years+) been that if you prepay for lessons, you may not receive a refund should you decide to cancel.
Books and sheet music 
  • that I ask you to get can be picked up online or at one of the area stores.  
  • I recommend Downtown Sounds in Northampton and Fretted Instruments in Amherst.  They both know what books I require and stock them regularly.  
  • Please get the book and bring it to your next lesson.  If you don't get it in time, then it delays my approach to teaching you, which costs you money.
You must keep your instrument well maintained.  
  • That means changing your strings when they go bad (every 3-4 months), keeping it in a balanced humidity room (40-45%), etc.  
  • If you're a fiddler, you should rehair your bow every 6 months.  
  • It's your responsibility to maintain your instrument.  The condition of the instrument should never be the reason for missing a class.  
  • I have instruments you can rent.  Violins and mandolins are $45 a month.  Mandolas, mandocellos and octave mandolins are $100 a month.  A credit card number is required plus a $250 refundable deposit as long as the instrument is returned in original condition.  You are responsible for broken strings, rehairing the bow, replacing the rosin or repairing any damage to the instrument, bow or case.

Indicate you've read these policies by printing and signing, dating here, then bring the policies page with you to your first lesson:

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