2016-17 Lesson Rates

Lesson rates are based on a flat-rate, monthly subscription model. New students to sign up for FiddleQuest (additional $12.50/mo.). All rates include state and local sales tax.  Please read studio policy regarding information regarding payment and attendance. 

Private Lessons - PRIMARY SESSON (10 MONTHS):

Full Year Plan - Weekly lesson during the 35 teaching weeks, scheduling priority, up to 3 make-up credits.

  • 30-minute lesson - $120 / month
  • 45-minute lesson - $155 / 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 - $50 / lesson
  • 60-minute lesson - $60 / lesson 

Full Plan Lessons beginning mid-month will be prorated at $35 per 30-minute lesson and $65 per 45 minute lesson. 

Studio Policy


Payment retains the student’s time slot and is accepted at the beginning of each month of lessons. 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.  They will be asked to sign an agreement at the beginning of the Primary session agreeing to the Studio Policy, Calendar, Rates and selected plan option as indicated below:

  • Full Year plan - includes 35 teaching weeks; scheduling priority; eligible for a maximum of 3 catch-up lessons, 30/45/60 minute lessons
  • 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 lessons only.

Payment method, due: Cash or Check due at the 1st lesson of the month. Or Credit Card or PayPal prior to the 1st lesson of the month.

No Refund Policy : No refunds will be issued for any missed lessons. 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 catch-up lessons can be saved for any unforeseen conflicts. It is preferred that lesson 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.  Priority is given first to students participating in the Full Year Plan, second to students with longer standing, third to students signing their agreement earliest.Lesson Designations: Lessons are marked and considered as follows:

  1. PRESENT - lesson was fulfilled as scheduled
  2. ABSENT, MAKE-UP - cancelled by client 12 hours before a scheduled lesson, thus eligible for a maximum of 3 catch-up credits; If less than 12 hours notice is given, provision of a makeup lesson 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)
  3. ABSENT, NO MAKE-UP (missed) - lesson cancelled by client less than 12 hours before scheduled lesson; not eligible for catch-up and lesson will be considered "missed"; scheduled make-up lessons that are cancelled cannot are not eligible for make-up lessons.
  4. TEACHER ABSENT - cancelled by teacher which will be promptly rescheduled by the teacher.

Cancellations/Reschedules are the responsibility of the client should be made using the Online Studio Calendar

Bonus Lesson - if the student has demonstrated excellent attendance by being present to 12 consecutive scheduled lessons, I am happy to offer a maximum of 1 bonus lesson for this student during one of the designated "Catch-Up Weeks”  Bonus Lessons may show up as “Make-Up Credit” in the student’s online calendar.

Make-Up Credits: A maximum number of make-up credits will be issued based on the student’s start date: Three (3) credits - September 1 - December 31; Two (2) credits - January 1 - March 31; One(1) credit - April 1 - June 30 

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 the email request/sign-up at least 24 hours in advance of the lesson(s) in question.  All Make-up credits expire at the end of the primary session..

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

Miscellaneous Policies

Online Account: Clients are asked to set-up an account to view official studio calendar through MyMusicStaff or visiting http://bjviolin.com/login in order to 1) receive lesson notifications, 2) make reschedule requests and 3) track lesson history. Please update your contact info with the most current information.  I will implement 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 up to 35 lesson weeks, 2 catch-up weeks and seasonal/holidays breaks that roughly follow the Seattle School District academic calendar.  The summer session will offer more scheduling flexibility knowing vacations and excursions are typically preplanned.

Jams / Showcase: Jams sessions are casual events for the students to come together and share songs.   They are a fun way to learn how to play with others, sharpen 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 review will be emailed to beginners for the first few lessons. Continued reviews/practice sheets can be requested.

Termination Policy: Proper notice is appreciated if intending to terminate lessons mid-year. If you fail to do this, you will be financially responsible for the remainder of the month's tuition. Note again that refunds will note be issued for missed lessons. 

Communication and Contact Information:  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 10pm. Send a text to my phone at:  206-317-1078 or call with urgent messages only.