Rates and Policies

Our first meeting is free* so I can get a sense for your playing and decide the next steps in your (or your child’s) cello development. Parents are welcome to sit in on lessons and I especially encourage parental involvement during lessons and throughout the practice week with elementary school-aged students. While I believe weekly lessons are the best way to develop on the cello, if tricky finances or schedules make that too difficult, I’m happy to make cello work with your circumstances. Some cello is better than none!

*if we are scheduling fewer than five lessons, tuition is charged for all of the lessons.

Payment Policy:

Tuition will be the same every month, including in the summer, and is due by the 10th. If it’s late, there will be a $20 late fee. If you don’t have a lesson prior to the 10th, you or your bank need to mail me a check or pay me through Venmo. Setting up AutoPay with your bank is the easiest way to avoid the late fee. From September to August, there are 44 weeks of lessons. I adhere to the breaks of the Seattle Public School calendar. Those are already deducted from the total number of weeks as is my regular end-of-summer break and a week in July for my regular summer training. Below are the prices, effective as of September 2016. If you want lessons beyond what’s scheduled during the school year, it will cost the regular $35/$45/$55/$65 for 30/45/hour/75.

Weekly Private Lesson Tuition due by 10th of each Month:

30 minute lessons: $140 each month

45 minute lessons: $175 each month

Hour lessons: $215 each month

75 minute lessons: $250 each month

Payment Procedure

I accept cash, Venmo, or checks. Please make checks payable to Meg Risso. If you’re paying after the 10th, please include a $20 late fee to your payment.

Make-Up Policy

If you miss a lesson due to illness or an emergency, I will try to make it up as time allows. If you miss a lesson due to vacation, after school activities, feeling tired, or not practicing, I won’t make it up. I am happy for you to switch with another student if it works for both of your schedules.

Once a semester, if I have an emergency or illness, I will cancel lessons for that day and not offer make up lessons. If it happens more than once during a semester, I will do make up lessons if possible.