Drum Lesson Policies

Below are the policies for Samse Studios drum lessons. These policies are intended to ensure that we all understand our responsibilities, how payments work, schedule changes and what is expected in order to get the most out of the learning experience. Please review these policies. When you register for lessons, we will ask you to sign a copy indicating that you have reviewed and approved the policies. We look forward to seeing you and getting started on this musical journey.

Teacher’s Responsibilities

The teacher will provide weekly private lessons to the student, to which he will be punctual and prepared.  The teacher is in attendance at this weekly lesson whether or not the student is.  The teacher will provide advice and expertise at any time it is required regarding the purchase of any drumset, equipment, or other percussion instrument.  When a student / family has purchased a new drumset, the teacher will schedule a time, at his and the family’s convenience, to tune and set up the set.  There is no fee for this service.


Tuition will be billed quarterly, payable by the first lesson of the quarter.  (See studio schedule for quarter start / end dates and holidays / vacations.)  Each student must commit to one regular lesson time each week.  Tuition amount is based on the number of lesson days occurring in the quarter, regardless of whether the student will be present at all lessons.  Lessons may also be billed on a monthly, or individual basis.  However, the per-lesson rate will be higher for each of these options, respectively.  No regular lesson time will be reserved for students scheduling lessons individually.

Summer Tuition

Summer lessons may be scheduled on an individual basis, based on the student’s availability.  (These will be billed at the regular quarterly rate as long as the teacher is notified of absences by the start of the quarter.  Students wishing to take the summer off will not have their time / day held.)  Summer is an excellent time to make rapid progress.  A second lesson in the same week during summer is eligible for a 25% discount.

Lesson Attendance / Punctuality / Preparedness

Students are expected to arrive on time to lessons, and to have their sticks and books at each lesson.  Regular attendance is of utmost importance.  Students must prepare their lesson assignments thoroughly each week.  The general recommendation for practice is approximately 30 minutes per day, although individual exceptions to this may exist for temporary periods of time.  Parents are requested to remain in consistent communication with the teacher on this subject.  Students who are often ill-prepared for their lesson will be given a probation period, with full disclosure to parents, and if no improvement is made, will be asked to discontinue lessons.

Missed Lessons—Teacher

In the event the teacher must cancel lessons (illness, the illness of a child, etc.), students will be notified by email or text as soon as possible.  If a make-up cannot be arranged that is suitable to both the teacher and the student / parent, the lesson will be credited to the account.

Missed Lessons—Student

  • If a student will miss a lesson due to a scheduling conflict, they may request a make-up ahead of time. If available, the teacher may, as a courtesy, provide an alternate lesson time. The teacher is under no obligation to provide a second lesson, outside of the student’s regular day and time.
  • If necessary, for students who have missed lessons due to illness, the teacher will schedule a day near the end of the quarter for make-ups.
  • For individually scheduled lessons, 24 hours’ notice must be given to cancel, or the lesson must be paid for.
  • The teacher may, at his discretion, issue lesson credits for hardship situations, such as extended illness or family emergency.

Missed Lessons—Inclement Weather

Lessons may be cancelled due to inclement weather. This will usually be done when the Lake Washington School District cancels school. Exceptions to this will occur if the weather changes late in the day. You will be notified as soon as possible in all weather-related cancellation cases. If it is, or may be snowing, please check email before coming to your lesson. Again, lessons missed due to weather will either be made up, or credited to the following month or quarter.

Drumset or Practice Pad / Books / Materials

Students are required to have a quality practice pad and sticks of appropriate size, as recommended by the teacher (and, if applicable, drumset), in working order, appropriate to the level of player. A metronome and music stand are required for home practice. Books and music will be recommended by the teacher, and should be purchased promptly.

Lesson Termination

Fifteen days written notice is required to discontinue lessons. Partial tuition may be refunded, for what remains of the quarter following the 15-day notification period. Students are assumed to re-enroll for the upcoming quarter unless written notification is received. If tuition has not yet been paid for an upcoming quarter, any lessons falling prior to the end of the 15-day notification period must be paid for.

Summer 2017 / School Year 2017-2018 Studio Schedule

Session Session Beginning Session Ending
Summer Quarter July 5th September 1st
Fall Break / Teacher Planning Week September 2nd September 9th
Fall Quarter September 11th December 16th
Winter Break December 18th January 1st
Winter Quarter January 2nd No Lessons:
February 15 – 19*
March 31st
Spring Break April 2nd April 7th *
Spring Quarter April 9th June 16th

*For students whose Mid-winter or Spring Break do not correspond to the Lake Washington School District, they may choose to take off their own break week, and schedule an alternate lesson on another week, either before or after the break.