2018-19 Lesson Rates

Tuition is based on full year enrollment of lessons divided into ten (10) flat monthly payments. Monthly payment amount is the same each month regardless of the number of lesson per month. In addition to lessons fees, tuition covers venue rentals, basic teaching supplies and materials, as well as state and local taxes.  New students will be required to subscribe to FiddleQuest at an additional cost.  Please read studio policy regarding payment and attendance. Sibling and referral discounts are available.

Private Lessons - PRIMARY SESSON (10 MONTHS):

Full Plan - 34 weekly lessons, scheduling priority, up to 3 make-up credits*.

  • 30-minute lesson - $1230 ($123 / month)
  • 45-minute lesson - $1600 ($160 / month)

Custom Plan - non-weekly lessons scheduled through primary session; NO make-up credits; 45-min or 60-min lessons only. Minimum 2 lessons per month.

  • 45-minute lesson - $53 / lesson
  • 60-minute lesson - $65 / lesson 

*Tuition for Full Plan lessons beginning mid-year will be prorated for the first month, then charged at the regular monthly rate thereafter. Prorated amount is determined by weeks remaining at the rate of $36/30-minute lesson or $48/45-minute lesson  **Students joining after December are given a maximum of 2 make-up credits.

Download policy documents here: Studio Calendar, Rates and Studio Policy

2018-19 Studio Policy

Services Provided

Private individual violin lessons are provided during scheduled time based on the plan selected by the client (parent or adult student).  Additional instruction may also be provided during group lessons, workshops, jam sessions subject to additional charges. 

  • Full plan - 34 teaching weeks; scheduling priority; eligible for a maximum of 3 make-up credits (2 make-up credits if joining after December); 30/45/60-minute time slots
  • Custom plan - at a premium rate, create a custom schedule; beginning students must begin with 3 weekly lessons; not eligible for catch-up lessons; 45/60-minute time slots only.


Payment retains the student’s time slot each month. Monthly payment amount is the same each month regardless of the number of lesson per month. Invoices will be e-mailed to the primary client (parent or adult student) before the first lesson and 5 days before the 1st of the month.  New clients will be asked to sign an agreement at the beginning of the Primary session agreeing to the Studio Policy, Calendar, Rates.

1st Month Payment: For Full Plan clients joining the studio and starting lessons mid-year, 1st payment is prorated for the first month, then charged at the regular monthly rate thereafter. Pro-rated amount is determined by weeks remaining at the rate of $36/30-minute lesson or $48/45-minute lesson. 

Payment method, due: Cash, check, or online payment is due by the 1st lesson of the month. Auto-Pay is available through your online account by adding a credit card to your profile. Please note there will be an additional $2.00 processing fee for online transactions.  

No Refund Policy : No refunds will be issued for any missed lessons or make-up credits. At the time the Studio Calendar is distributed, it is ideal to make note of any conflict and make arrangements to reschedule those lessons up front. That way make-up lessons can be saved for any unforeseen conflicts. It is preferred that lessons are rescheduled same week if possible. See attendance policy below.


Schedule: Lesson times are scheduled at the mutual agreement of teacher and client, subject to the availability of open lesson times. Submitting payment will reserve your time slot for the coming month. Lesson Designations: Lessons are marked and considered as follows:

  • PRESENT - lesson was fulfilled as scheduled
  • ABSENT, MAKE-UP - cancelled by client 12 hours before a scheduled lesson, thus eligible for a make-up credits; If less than 12 hours notice is given, provision of a make-up credit will only be given at the discretion of the teacher and only with an acceptable excuse from the client (e.g. medical emergency or inclement weather)
  • ABSENT, NO MAKE-UP (missed) - lesson cancelled by client less than 12 hours before scheduled lesson; not eligible for make-up credit and lesson will be considered “missed" and billable; scheduled make-up lessons that are cancelled are not eligible for make-up credit.
  • TEACHER ABSENT - cancelled by teacher and will be promptly rescheduled by the teacher.

Cancellations/Reschedules are the responsibility of the client should be made using the Online Studio Calendar or via email. 

Make-Up Credits: Make up credits are given when client cancels a lesson more than 12 hours before a scheduled lesson. A maximum of three (3) make-up credits will be issued to each student. Student beginning lessons after December will receive up to two (2) make-up credits. All make-up credits expire at the end of the primary session.

Rescheduled/Catch-Up Lessons: Any lessons to be rescheduled, whether initiated by client or teacher should be done so within the same lesson week. There will be designated "Catch-Up Weeks" where clients can schedule up to make-up lessons during the designated weeks indicated on the studio calendar. Clients are responsible for cancelling and scheduling a their own make-up lesson through the Online Studio Calendar (bjviolin.com/login). The instructor must receive an email lesson request/sign-up for lesson at least 24 hours prior to the proposed lesson.  

Late-arrivals: The time slot of the student’s lesson is fixed, not the duration. If a student is late-coming, the lesson is to end at the scheduled time, but at the discretion of the instructor, can be extended if the time is available.

Miscellaneous Policies

Online Calendar/Account: Clients are required to set-up an account to access the official studio calendar through MyMusicStaff or visiting http://bjviolin.com/login in order to 1) receive lesson notifications, 2) cancel lessons or make reschedule requests and 3) track lesson/payment history. Please update your contact info with the most current information.  I will implement other lesson tools as needed on a per student basis.

Studio Calendar:  The annual studio calendar is broken into a two sessions. The Primary Session runs from September - June. It includes 33-35 lesson weeks, 2 catch-up weeks and seasonal/holiday breaks. Consult the online calendar if you have any scheduling questions. The summer session will offer more scheduling flexibility knowing vacations and excursions are typically planned.

Lesson Protocol: The instructor will provide a separate handout outlining expectations of students and families before and during lessons. Please read through these and pass information on to your young student.

Jams / Showcase: Jams sessions are casual events for the students to come together and share songs.   It is a fun way to learn how to play with others, sharpen the musician’s ear, and learn new tunes. Jams will be scheduled throughout the year. Showcases are a celebration of the student’s practice and hard work and will be held in the Spring. Students are encouraged to invite family and friends for this annual event. 

Practice Policy: The student and teacher will make an agreement about practice expectations.  Practice and lesson preparation are essential for a effective lessons, progression and especially enjoyment in playing the violin. Lesson notes will be emailed to beginners for the first few lessons. Practice cards will be provided each week following and students are expected to record and return the card at the next lesson.

Termination Policy: Proper notice is appreciated if intending to terminate lessons mid-year. The client will be financially responsible for the remainder of the month's tuition. If the Studio chooses to terminate lessons, tuition will be prorated up to the last lesson. Note again that refunds will not be issued for missed lessons or make-up credits. 

Contact Information and Communication:  Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns about your lessons, I can be reached by email at —  info@bjviolin.com will reply to any email request and question within 24 hours and to any phone/text messages within 4 hours. Please limit any phone communication between 8am and 9pm. Send a text: 206-317-1078 or call with urgent messages only. 

I make every attempt to limit the frequency of studio emails sent. You are welcome to turn off lesson reminders. I do ask that you read any communication and promptly respond to any requests. Please expect the following email communications:

  • Studio Newsletters: monthly
  • Lesson/event reminders: 2 days prior
  • Invoice and payment receipts: 5 days before 1st of month and at time of payment
  • Important announcements: pre-performance, jams or schedule notifications