Private Studio

Teaching Experience
Instruments Taught
Musical styles that are taught
Requirements to study
Where are lesson taught?
When are lessons available?
How long are lessons?
How do students practice performing?
How much does it cost?
Calendar 2023-24

Teaching Experience:

    - Graduate of the Eastman School of Music, 1990.
    - Teaching since 1990.
    - Experience with teaching students ages 8 - 90
    - Expert in body mechanics and resolving pain and tension issues.

    Instruments taught:

    Violin, viola, and piano

    Musical styles that are taught:

    Violin / Viola:
    Students learn basic through advanced playing techniques.
    Classical (all levels)
    Fiddle (beginner / intermediate)
    -New England Style
    -Old Time
    -Scottish / Cape Breton
    Jazz (beginner / intermediate)
    Plugging in / electronic music (beginner / intermediate)
    Piano: Through piano I teach ear training, music theory, and composition as related to the instrument, but can also teach the instrument on its' own to beginners.

Requirements to study:

-Ages 8 and up (keep in mind that children under the age of 12 need a parent or guardian to sit with them daily to help them practice).
-Working equipment, including an instrument and bow.
-Have time to attend a weekly lesson.
-Make time to practice in between lessons.

Where are lessons taught?:

- in person at 1460 Hammond St., Suite I, Bangor
- online via Skype or Facetime or other acceptable video platform.

    When are lessons available?:

    -generally M-F

      How long are lessons?:

      - 30 minutes (beginners; under age 12 parent must attend)
      - 45 minutes (intermediate)
      - 1 hour (intermediate to advanced)

    How do students practice performing?

    -Students are also encouraged to participate in ensembles in their schools, or encouraged to join the BSYO (Bangor Symphony Youth Orchestra).

      How much does it cost?

      Studio fees are like a membership because learning to play a musical instrument takes a commitment to do so. Standard monthly rates include a reserved weekly time and unlimited make up lessons until the end of Spring semester each year.
        Monthly rates starting Fall 2023:
        - half hour (beginners) ($96 / month)
        - 45 minutes (intermediate) ($128 / month)
        - 1 hour (intermediate to advanced) ($162 / month)
        Individual lesson rates:
        - half hour = $25
        - 45 minutes = $35
        - 1 hour = $45

    Calendar 2023-24:

    In 2023-24 the studio is open on all holidays except:

      - Labor Day Weekend
      - Columbus Day Weekend (Saturday through Monday)
      - Thanksgiving break (Tuesday through Sunday)
      - December break (TBD)
      - Memorial Day weekend (Saturday through Monday)


    We live in Maine, so we all know how to drive in reasonable winter weather. Students facing a nasty drive due to poor weather conditions may flip their lesson time instantly to an online lesson. Unless there is a power outage or other extreme where I cannot make it in to the studio to do online lessons, there is usually no need for make up lessons.


    Lessons are paid for monthly, payment due at the first lesson of each month. Personal check, money order, cash or Venmo online payments are accepted. Students assume all fees and responsibility for bounced checks. Payments late by four weeks or more forfeit reserved date and time upon notice. Consistently late payments (always made after second lesson of month; constantly having to chase for payment) forfeit reserved date and time upon notice.



    All students are expected to practice. An appropriate practice goal will be set. Consistent refusal to practice results in dismissal.

    Reserving A Spot:

    The monthly lesson fee is a retainer. It reserves a specific day of the week and time slot. The same monthly payment covers months that have five lessons and others that have four or three. Lessons are not pro-rated for students wanting a reserved date and time each week of the month.


    I do not make up time that the student is late.


    I MUST be notified of an absence NO LESS THAN 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE or the lesson will not be rescheduled. I do not tolerate no shows (no call, doesn't show up for scheduled lesson time). Exceptions include illness or emergency.

    If you must miss a lesson, it is your responsibility to contact me and reschedule. Due to COVID students have access to unlimited online lesson make ups but are limited to one in person make up per semester. There is no guarantee that available make up times will be on days and at times that are convenient for you. I do not financially credit students for missed lessons or issue refunds. All make up time is contingent upon whether or not monthly fees are paid and up-to-date. All decisions on qualifying for make ups rest with the teacher. Time must be taken during posted timeslots during the Fall, Winter or Spring semesters. Extra time is not carried over into the summer semester for credit.

    I am an active performer. If I must reschedule a lesson because of a rehearsal or performance, you will be notified in advance.

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