What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Initially we set up a meeting, talk about the way the studio and lessons work. Over our first few lessons we get to know each other and I try to assess how the new student responds to my instruction. I have always developed a good relationship with my students.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Principal oboe through college, Tacoma Youth Symphony, conductor of CAYSA, studied music composition at PLU.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
My rates are based on 4 lessons per month, or 12 lessons each quarter.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I have been a musician all of my life and to teach it only makes sense. I worked for a while as a youth symphony conductor, which was a blast, but I find individual instruction to be more effective.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I teach out of a studio in Olympia and I will be offering online lessons as well. These are in the fields of oboe, flute, clarinet, saxophone (soprano, alto, tenor), and music composition/song writing. I have a few students in each field currently but also with room to grow. Please do not hesitate to call or email!
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I composed and conducted an original piece for the Olympia Chamber Orchestra.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Meet the instructor in person before committing to lessons. Be prepared to work as well; private lessons are not magic.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
How much does it cost, and what am I getting for that amount?
What are your policies concerning missed lessons, makeup credits, or refunds?