Flute Lesson Policies

Teacher’s Responsibilities

The teacher will provide weekly private lessons to the student, to which she will be punctual and prepared. Quarterly group lessons will be provided according to the studio schedule announced in advance. At these group lessons, various topics of musical interest will be covered which will encourage and inspire students in their musical journeys, and students will usually be given the opportunity to perform for one another, and to encourage each other in their respective musical development. Two recitals per year will be provided. The teacher will arrange facility rental / reservation, will schedule rehearsals, will design and print programs, will make arrangements for reception, and will set up for and clean up after recitals. (Parents help is much appreciated with these tasks.) The teacher will recommend contests and competitions which would be appropriate and helpful for the student. She will assist with registration in these events, will attend the student’s performances whenever possible, and will recommend, and in many cases arrange for, an accompanist. Studio events will occasionally be held “for fun,” as rewards for students’ hard work and progress. The teacher will provide advice and expertise at any time it is required regarding the purchase of an instrument.


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, plus a monthly event fee, regardless of whether the student will be present at all lessons or events. 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, to have their instrument(s), books and notebooks 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 one hour 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 Lesson / Make-up Policy —Student

The following supersedes the previous policies with regard to lessons missed by the student. Policies regarding lessons cancelled on behalf of the teacher, as well as all other policies, will remain the same as in the general Lesson Policy agreement.

  • Two make-ups are allowed per quarter.
  • 24 hours’ notice is required to cancel a lesson, except in the case of sudden illness.
  • Please do not contact the teacher to cancel or reschedule a lesson (except in the case of sudden illness with less than 24 hours’ notice). Cancel and schedule a make-up by logging into your My Music Staff portal.
  • In the event of sudden illness, please notify the teacher by text as soon as possible. The teacher will then cancel your lesson and issue a make-up credit. You must then register for a make-up by logging into your My Music Staff portal.
  • Make-ups will expire at the end of the quarter in which they are issued.
  • For individually scheduled lessons, 24 hours’ notice must be given to cancel, or the lesson must be paid for.
  • The teacher may, at her/his discretion, issue extra lesson credits, or extend the period to use a credit, for hardship situations, such as extended illness or family emergency.
  • The teacher will endeavor to keep one or two make-up spots open each week. However, this depends to a large degree on availability. There is no guarantee that a make-up will be available on the time, day, or location that you prefer. The teacher is under no obligation to extend his or her work hours, or come in on an extra day to accommodate a make-up.

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 these cases. If it is, or may be snowing, please check email before coming to your lesson. If a suitable make-up is not possible, the lesson will be credited to the following invoice.

Flute / Books / Materials

Students are required to have a quality flute (and, if applicable, piccolo or oboe), in working order, appropriate to the level of player. A metronome, tuner and music stand are required for home practice. Books and music will be recommended by the teacher, and should be purchased promptly. A spiral lined notebook and 3-ring binder are required also.

Group Lessons / Recitals / Contests

Attendance at group lessons, and at the end-of-year recital is required. The Holiday recital is not required, but is encouraged. At least one contest per year is recommended of students who have had at least one year of private lessons and/or two years of playing. Remember that these things are what your monthly event fee pays for. Take advantage of them!

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. Any refunds will include lesson fees only, event fees can only be refunded for any full months in which lessons are not received.

Other Available Classes

Students may also choose to enroll in ensemble classes, held approximately every other week from October through April, with the goal of preparing an ensemble performance for competition. Ensembles may range from duets to octets, and may include other instruments, as well as students not enrolled in private lessons. Students are encouraged to assemble a group of peers themselves, or the teacher may put together a group from within the studio, or in collaboration with other teachers. Scheduling will be worked out based on the availability of the participants in the ensemble. During the summer, Flute Boot Camp is available to those who are entering grades 7 through 12, (6th graders with permission). This day camp is also available to those who are not enrolled in private lessons, and will help prepare students for fall auditions, include workshops and classes, and fun music / flute-related activities. The camp is put on in collaboration with Encore Music Lab.

Studio Schedule

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