Teacher & Student Contract


  • Provide a supportive and effective work environment.
  • Make recommendations on repertoire to be learned based upon the student’s individual development.
  • Attend all lessons, as scheduled.  If a lesson must be cancelled by the teacher, the student will be notified in a timely manner.
  • Provide the student with an individualized regimen of study based upon the student’s strengths and development, not a standardized format of study.
  • Not waste the student’s time or money. If the teacher feels that they are unable to help the student reach their goals, the teacher will terminate the working relationship.


  • Complete all assignments as given by the teacher in the time requested.
  • Learn the musical selections agreed upon by both student and teacher.  Your lesson time should be used for improving your technique, not learning your music.
  • Attend all lessons, as scheduled.  Be on time.  If you must cancel a lesson for any reason, you must do so at least 24 hours in advance.
  • Be healthy.  If you are ill, please cancel your lesson at least 24 hours in advance.
  • Bring payment to each lesson, unless other arrangements are made in advance.  Either cash or check are acceptable forms of payment.
  • Leave your outside life at the door.  It will be waiting for you when you leave.
  • Enjoy the process.  Experiment.  If it doesn’t work, try something else.  Take constructive criticism as an opportunity for improvement, not as a personal attack.
  • Commit yourself fully! Be engaged.  The benefit you receive is equal to the work you put into the process.