Rates and Policies

To set up lessons at the Music Center of the Northwest, please email their office at office@musiccenternw.org or call their office at 206-526-8443. From there, we’ll set a date for a trial lesson and hopefully set up lessons after that.

To set up lessons at my home studio in Crown Hill, please use the contact form on this site and we’ll set up a trial lesson over email.

While I believe weekly lessons are the best way to develop on the cello, if finances or schedules make that too difficult, I’m happy to make cello work with your circumstances. Some cello is better than none!

Payment Policy:

For my home studio in Seattle, 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 or Zelle. 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 Schools’ 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. Monthly tuition from my home in Seattle is as follows:

30 minute lessons – $200/month

45 minute lessons – $240/month

1 hour lessons – $280/month

75 minute lessons – $320/month

If you’d like a la carte lessons for audition prep or for help getting set up, it will cost $55/$65/$75/$85 for each 30/45/hour/75 lesson.

Payment Procedure

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