What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
My rates are based on 4 lessons per month, or 12 lessons each quarter.
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.
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?