Private Studio

Teaching Experience
Criteria For Study
All About Lessons
Student Ensembles

Teaching Experience:

    - Graduate of the Eastman School of Music, 1990.
    - Teaching since 1990.
    - Experience with teaching children (5-12), teenagers (13-18), college level (19-22) and adult students.
    - Expert in body mechanics and resolving pain and tension issues related to playing.
    - Teaching technique is drawn from a variety of methods and styles, including Suzuki method, the teachings of Ivan Galamian, Leopold Auer, William Primrose, and improvisational / Jazz artists such as Jamey Aebersold.

Criteria For Study:

Private violin and viola lessons are offered to students ages 5 and up. No prior experience is necessary. A love of music is required, however!

All About Lessons:

The student will receive high quality instruction. Lessons are given at RDL Strings in downtown Bangor. I teach daily, Monday through Friday, from 12:30pm to 9pm; Saturdays, from 8am - 3pm. Lessons are available in the following increments:
    - 30 minutes (beginners)
    - 45 minutes (intermediate)
    - 1 hour (intermediate to advanced)

Lesson length is also recommended based upon the age and attention span of the individual.

Students learn basic scale techniques, etudes, and pieces from the standard classical repertoire. If desired, students may also study fiddle music from a variety of countries, as well as improvisational techniques as applied in both the fiddle, jazz and electric environments. I am always open to studying music of today. Basic ear training, theory, rhythm study and history are a part of lessons. Student composition is also a part of lessons if appropriate.


The studio gives a minimum of two recitals per year. Students are required to participate, as an important part of music study is learning to share oneĆ­s art in a performance environment.

Students are also encouraged to participate in groups. The studio does not provide this service, however, several school districts do (Bangor, Orono, John Bapst). For students whose school has no string program, there are two options. Some schools with band and choral programs are willing to include and feature string players with these other ensembles. I am certainly willing to assist with arranging music and writing parts for my students whose teachers are interested in this type of participation. There is also the BSYO (Bangor Symphony Youth Orchestra). This is a full orchestra setting that provides a good ensemble experience for students with no local school options.

Monthly Rates (effective Fall 2018):

Standard monthly rates include a reserved weekly time and all recital fees. Additional discounts may be available for families signing on three or more children. Students are responsible for purchasing their own books.
    Monday thru Friday timeslots:
    - half hour (beginners) ($88 / month)
    - 45 minutes (intermediate) ($120 / month)
    - 1 hour (intermediate to advanced) ($154 / month)
    Saturday timeslots (Averaging three lessons per month):
    - half hour (beginners) ($80 / month)
    - 45 minutes (intermediate) ($110 / month)
    - 1 hour (intermediate to advanced) ($140 / month)

Standard individual lesson rate is $43 per hour. Students paying per lesson choose a lesson date and time from the list posted under the Timeslots Available link. No guarantee is made for availability at any time. Payment is expected at the beginning of the lesson.
    -half hour (beginners) ($23)
    - 45 minutes (intermediate) ($33)
    - 1 hour (intermediate to advanced) ($43)


The 2018 Fall semester starts from Monday, August 27, 2018. The studio is open on all holidays except:

    - Labor Day Weekend
    - Columbus Day Weekend (Saturday through Monday)
    - Thanksgiving break (Wednesday through Sunday)
    - December break (TBD)
    - Memorial Day weekend (Saturday through Monday)


    We live in Maine, so we all know how to drive in ice and snow! I base all weather decisions on the website The studio is open unless otherwise noted. I do not necessarily follow school weather closings. If in doubt, consult, Facebook, your e-mail, texting. I will post any studio closings as soon as I am sure of what to do. As a courtesy to students whose lessons are cancelled due to a "studio snow day," I have built in snow days at the end of fall and spring semester. I will extend the current semester by that number of days to assure ample time for make ups.


    Lessons are paid for monthly, payment due at the first lesson of each month. Personal check, money order or cash is accepted. Students assume all fees and responsibility for bounced checks. Payments late by four weeks or more forfeit reserved date and time upon notice. Consistently late payments (always made after second lesson of month; constantly having to chase for payment) forfeit reserved date and time upon notice.



    All students are expected to practice. An appropriate practice goal will be set for each student. I cannot teach students who consistently refuse to practice and do not progress.

    Reserving A Spot:

    The monthly lesson fee is a retainer. It reserves a specific day of the week and time slot. The same monthly payment covers months that have five lessons and others that have four or three. Lessons are not pro-rated for students wanting a reserved date and time each week of the month, so please do not ask me to retain the weekly date and time if you are unwilling to pay the monthly fee.


    Students are expected to be on time, and it is recommended that you come early. There is no guarantee that I can make up the time you are late at the end of your lesson. I may not be able to add additional time to future lessons to make up for lateness.


    I MUST be notified of an absence NO LESS THAN 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE or the lesson will not be rescheduled. I do not tolerate no shows (no call, doesn't show up for scheduled lesson time). Exceptions include death in the family, illness or emergency.

    A link to available time slots is provided on the website. If you must miss a lesson, it is your responsibility to go to the site, chose another day and time and confirm with me. There is no guarantee that available make up times will be on days and at times that are convenient for you. Students observing the 24 hour rule may choose other days and times for "make ups" or even reserve additional time at no extra cost. I do not financially credit students for missed lessons. I do not issue refunds. All make ups and extra time is contingent upon whether or not monthly fees are paid and up-to-date. All decisions on qualifying for make ups / additional time rest with the teacher. Time must be taken during posted timeslots during the Fall, Winter or Spring semesters. Extra time is not carried over into the summer semester.

    I am an active performer. If I must reschedule a lesson because of a rehearsal or performance, you will be notified in advance. I do my best to keep such interruptions to a minimum.

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