Effective January 2, 2017
- Playable guitar* (either acoustic or electric is fine)
- Method book, as recommended by instructor
- Folder for lesson materials
- Chromatic or guitar tuner
- Metronome (intermediate and advanced students)
*It is very important that your guitar be easily playable. If you are in need of assistance in selecting an appropriate instrument, please notify me and I will either recommend instruments to you or meet you at a music store to help you select one.
- Intermittent rate: $60 per hour lesson
Lessons are offered on an intermittent basis and scheduled on a per-session basis. Please contact me to schedule a lesson, as my availability is subject to change.
- Weekly one hour lesson reservation: $200 per month
Students that wish to study with me on a weekly basis can reserve a place in my schedule. Weekly students are guaranteed one lesson per week, with the exception of four break weeks per year (see below, under attendance policy). If I am absent in addition to these exceptions, your monthly payment will be prorated.
- Bi-weekly one hour lesson reservation: $110 per month
Same as option B, with the exception that a hour will be reserved at the same time every other week.
Payment for weekly lessons is due at the first lesson of each month. Payment can be made in check (preferable, made out to Marsh Studios, LLC), cash or debit/credit card. Intermittent lessons can be paid for at the time of the lesson.
Lessons will begin and end at their scheduled times, so please do not be late. If the lesson begins late by a fault of mine, the lesson may be extended in compensation, or rescheduled entirely. I suggest arriving early with your guitar tuned in order to maximize our lesson time.
If a student is late to a lesson by more than half of the length of the lesson, I reserve the right to cancel the remainder of the lesson at the student’s expense.
In case of emergency or illness, the lesson may be rescheduled without forfeiture of payment. Please call or email me if you or your student will not make it to a lesson due to illness. A missed lesson without any notice will be regarded as a no-show and payment will be forfeited.
If you have cancelled a lesson with sufficient notice and would like to reschedule a lesson, please contact me to schedule a time.
Holidays and “extra lesson” months:
I will be flexible in observance of other holidays, but please be sure to inform me in advance. In such cases, the missed lesson may be rescheduled or tuition may be prorated at my discretion.
There will be no lessons on days when Portland Public Schools are cancelled due to inclement weather. Students may either A) reschedule for a make-up within a month of the missed lesson, or B) receive a 50% credit for the lesson toward the following month’s tuition.
My performance schedule:
Respect of property:
Penny Doggins is my pet chihuahua/dachshund mix that accompanies me when I teach and work in my studio. She weighs 11 lbs and is very friendly, although she may bark at you for a moment when you first arrive. Due to my rigorous work schedule and a lack of other dog-care during the work week, she will be attending almost all of our lessons. If you have an allergy to dogs you should study with me at your own discretion, as she is a staple in my life and in my work space. If you have not met her and have any anxiety around dogs, please feel free to reach out to me with any questions. You can view photos of her under the Instagram hashtag: #pennydangerzonedoggins.
Music outside of lessons:
As a side note, please respect the work of artists by purchasing their music rather than listening on YouTube, Spotify, Pandora or other streaming sites. Most musicians make their music available on their websites, and these are often the most profitable ways for the musicians to deliver their music to you with minimal middle men.
It is also important to play music for fun. I recommend ending every practice session by playing whatever the student wishes, for as long as the student desires.