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

l 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 schedulea make up lessons day once a month on a weekend day. You are also entitled to a make up lesson if I need to cancel because of illness or a family emergency.

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

l Lessons cancelled with less than 48 hours notice for reasons other than illness will not be made up.

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

l Make-ups are forfeit upon termination of lessons.  

l 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 2019

                         I will NOT be teaching the following days:


                         Spring Break March 18-22

                         May 27, Memorial Day

                         The Month of July (No Payment Due for July)

                         Monday September 2, Labor Day

                         Tuesday, November 26-Friday November 29 (Thanksgiving)

                         Monday, December 23 -January 3, 2020, Christmas, Hanukkah, Pagan Solstice feasts,

                         Dancing in the light of the full moon and New Year's.

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

l 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.                             

l PARKING: Please park on the street.

l CONTACT: You can also text or call me at 707.332.8574, or E-mail (melinda@melindamoreaux.com) Mailing address: PO Box 885, Penngrove, CA 94951


Melinda Moreaux

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

l (707) 332-8574 l melinda@melindamoreaux.com

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