Payment is tuition-based (not pay-per-lesson), meaning that there is no obligation on the part of the instructor to refund or make up lessons that a student must miss. Think of it this way: if you pay tuition for private school or college and you miss a regularly-scheduled class or lesson (for whatever reason), the school is not obligated to refund your tuition for the missed class/lesson, nor is the instructor expected to meet with you at an alternate time. That said, I do want to be understanding of extenuating circumstances, and as my teaching/recording schedule allows, I try to be flexible and reasonably accommodating. If a student can’t make it to their scheduled lesson during a week but would still like to have a lesson, I will make my best effort to schedule an alternate time during that same week if advance notice is given.
While payment is not based on a pay-per-lesson system, the tuition rate is based on 48 offered lessons per year* which I guarantee to be available to teach according our prearranged set schedule. In the case of illness/unforeseen circumstances on my part where I am not available for your scheduled lesson, the lesson will be refunded or rescheduled for a mutually-agreed-upon time.
I do not cancel or reschedule lessons due to inclement weather. If you choose not to attend lessons due to weather conditions we may still do the lesson via Skype/FaceTime/Hangouts/Facebook Video, etc. If you anticipate weather preventing you from attending your lesson, email or text me to set up the online lesson during your regularly-scheduled lesson time.
Tuition is paid monthly at or before the first lesson of each month via electronic payment, check, credit/debit card, or cash. Current tuition rates are as follows:
Modest tuition increases may occur annually in September
Please remember that
Students are asked to arrive/leave no more than five minutes before/after their lesson is scheduled to begin/end
Students requesting to take time off from lessons risk losing their enrollment status to students on the waiting list
Students who choose to discontinue lessons are asked to give a minimum 15-days notice
*With 52 weeks in a year, there will be four weeks per year where we won’t meet. I will give as much notice as possible when we will not have a lesson due to holidays/instructor vacation. The only holidays where you can expect not to have a lesson are New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas week.
**Since there are 53 Tuesdays in 2019, those with Tuesday lessons will not have a lesson on January 1 and will still have ample opportunity for all 48 scheduled lessons with four other Tuesdays “off”
***For students who take summers off, tuition is based on 36 offered lessons per year, meaning that I will schedule three lessons “off” during the annual cycle.