Lesson Policies


Private Lessons with Sarah Richardson



Lesson payment must be made in full on or before each scheduled lesson. A grace period of 7 days will be observed, after which a $20 late fee will be applied.



Lessons will be scheduled based on the student’s and teacher’s availability. Rescheduling must be done at least 24 hours in advance. The lesson will be forfeited if unable to makeup within two weeks.



You must give notification of a missed lesson at least 24 hours in advance. I can be contacted by text, phone call, or email. If I am not notified at least 24 hours in advance, the lesson will not be made up.

Sudden Illness or Emergencies Exception:

If you are planning to come to your lesson, but wake up on the day of your lesson with a sudden sore throat or other sudden illness, please do not come to your lesson sick. Emergencies happen and I trust in mutual, honest communication. Your health is important to me and we all need to do our best not to spread illness to others. I will accommodate rescheduling missed lessons due to sudden illness and emergencies as best as I can. Anything more than 2 consecutive missed lessons due to sudden illness or emergencies will not be made up.


NO-SHOWS: If you do not show up for a lesson and do not notify me of your absence, you will receive a warning. After the third offence, future lessons will be canceled and no makeups or refunds are given.


If student decides to discontinue lessons, he or she must notify me at least one week in advance of the last lesson. There will be no refunds for discontinuing lessons that have already been paid for and scheduled.


PERFORMANCES & COMPETITIONS and their extra costs

I will inform students about performance opportunities and competitions that I recommend for their experience level. Students that participate in these performance opportunities will be asked to pay accompanist fees* and/or contest entry fees.


*Any student who is preparing for a performance or competition must hire a professional accompanist to attend a minimum of two lessons before the performance or competition.