Responds in about 6 min
Current Top Pro
Hired 36 times
Serves Sacramento, CA
4 years in business
Cash, Check, PayPal, Square cash app, Venmo
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Jan - Jun
Maintain 6 feet of distance from customers
Disinfect surfaces touched during the job
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- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
Many people are having financial difficulties related to the current health crisis. Some people are out of work, or are students with parents who are out of work, and are finding it difficult to pay for basic needs and rent, let alone the luxury of weekly flute lessons. I am offering reduced prices for lessons to anyone who has the drive to learn an instrument, but might not be able to afford it. I still need to have an income, but the last thing I want is for a student to move away from music due to a lack of funding. If it is impossible for you to pay my regular lesson fee during the pandemic, let me know and we can work something out. Payment is required at the beginning of every month (usually one lesson a week). Refunds or credits are issued to any lessons cancelled more than 24 hours prior to a scheduled lesson. I don't charge for the first lesson. During the first lesson, I'll listen to you play and work with you to get a feel for your learning style. It also allows you the opportunity to experience how I teach. We establish goals and get to know each other a little bit.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I like to talk to new students on the phone, learn a little about their experiences on the flute, what their goals are, and generally get a brief introduction to who they are. I work out of the Rubank Method books. We typically start there and then progress as time goes on. Students are assigned various exercises centered around one scale, a small solo, and a flute duet each week. Depending on the level of the student, we also work perfecting on a larger, major flute work over the course of several lessons. Students must supply their own flute. I will make instrument recommendations if necessary.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Over the course of my education, I studied with Beth McGraw, former flute player in the Des Moines Symphony, Albuquerque Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, and Civic Orchestra of Chicago; Joe Corral, former flute player in the Phoenix Symphony, and acclaimed jazz artist; and Laurel Zucker, celebrated flute virtuoso.