Parent Contract For Music Lessons

_____ The monthly fee covers all your lessons for the months from the beginning of August through the end of June I will not be teaching in July.

_____ Because I’m constantly learning new things, and growing as a music teacher, I sometimes take time off for music workshops.This will mean you will either be asked to take a make up lesson, or pay a pro-rated fee for the month, at the discretion of your teacher.

_____ If you are unable to come to a lesson due to schedule conflict or illness, you have the option to change times with another student, or come for a makeup lesson if a space is free. I generally schedule a make up lesson day once a month on a weekend day. You are required to give a least one week notice for schedule conflicts. If your student it ill, I do not want to see them. Do not bring sick children to lessons.

_____ You are not guaranteed a makeup lesson. If I am unable to reschedule you, you will not be entitled to a refund.  

_____ Lessons cancelled with less than one week notice for reasons other than illness will not be made up.

_____ You are not entitled to make up lessons for the dates I’m not teaching, for example, during the winter and spring breaks.

_____ Make-ups are forfeit upon termination of lessons.  

_____ The monthly tuition is due on the first day of each month. If I receive your payment after the 1st of the month I will charge you a late fee of $30

                         TEACHING SCHEDULE for 2021

                         I will NOT be teaching the following days:

         Tuesday, December 22, 2020 -January 3, 2021,

         Spring Break March 29-April 2

         May 31, Memorial Day

         The Month of July (No Payment Due for July)

         Monday September 6, Labor Day

         Tuesday, November 23-Friday November 26 (Thanksgiving)

         Tuesday, December 20-31, 2020

RECITALS: I generally organize two recitals per year. The recitals are usually  in December and May and are held here in the studio.

BREAKS: If for some reason (sports activities, life has gotten just too busy) you need to take a break from lessons, I will do my best to fit you back into my schedule later, but I cannot guarantee you a space when you return.                             

PARKING: Please park on the street.

CONTACT: You can also text or call me at 707.332.8574, or E-mail ( Mailing address: PO Box 885, Penngrove, CA 94951


Melinda Moreaux

Voice Teacher, Piano Teacher, Writer, Optimist, Joy Machine

l (707) 332-8574 l

Music Lessons In Sonoma County

Make-up Music Lessons from an

Economist’s Point of View  

By Vicky Barham, Ph.D.

Like many parents, I pay in advance for lessons each term. In my mind, what this means is that I have reserved a regular spot in the busy schedules of my sons’ teachers. I understand – fully – that if I can’t make it to the lesson one week (perhaps my son is sick, or we are away on holiday, or there is some other major event at school) then we will pay for the lesson, but that my teacher is under no obligation to find another spot for me that week, or to refund me for the untaught lesson. And this is the way it should be.

In my “other life” I am an economist and teach at our local university. Students pay good money to attend classes at the university; but if they don’t come to my lecture on a Monday morning, then I am not going to turn around and deliver them a private tutorial on Tuesday afternoon. When I go to the store and buy groceries, I may purchase something that doesn’t get used. Days or months later, I end up throwing it out. I don’t get a refund from the grocery store for the unused merchandise. If I sign my child up for swimming lessons at the local pool, and s/he refuses to return after the first lesson, I can’t get my money back. So there are lots of situations in our everyday lives where we regularly pay in advance for goods or some service, and if we end up not using what we have purchased, we have to just “swallow our losses.” On the other hand, if I purchase an item of clothing, and get home and change my mind, I can take it back and expect either a refund or a store credit.

So why do I believe that music lessons fall into the first category of “non-returnable merchandise,” rather than into the second case of “exchange privileges unlimited” (which I think is one of the advertising slogans of an established women’s clothing store!)? Speaking now as an economist, I would claim that the reason is that items like clothing are “durable goods” – meaning, they can be returned and then resold at the original price – whereas music lessons are non-durable goods – meaning, once my Monday slot at 3:30 is gone, my son’s teacher can’t turn around and sell it again. The only way she would be able to give him a lesson later in the week would be if she were to give up time that she had scheduled for her own private life; and that seems pretty unreasonable – I can’t think of many employees who would be thrilled if their bosses were to announce that they couldn’t work from 3:30 to 4:30 this afternoon, but would they please stay until 6:30 on Thursday, because there will be work for them then!

© Copyright 2001 by Vicky Barham