On this page, you will find information including Lesson RatesStudio Calendar, and Tips for Taking Music Lessons.

Studio Organization

Teaching Year:

Lessons are given year round, offering the most consistency in the student’s development and progress.  During the summer months, June to August, the Studio runs on a flexible schedule with three purposes in mind:
A) to provide some students with an opportunity to learn, which they may not otherwise have during the school year, so they can be exposed to the joys of music;
B) to give new students a flexible opportunity over the summer to be more prepared as they enter school in the fall;
C) to give serious students an opportunity to continue developing for the fall semester.

Lesson Payments, Methods, and Rates:

  • Lessons are typically scheduled once a week at an agreed-upon time, and are given in 30-minute, 45-minute, or 60-minute increments.
  • Payment can be made by credit card, cash, or check.
    Lessons are payable on or before the first of each month.  For those choosing to use credit card, your card on file will be charged on the first of each month for the number of lessons scheduled for that month.  Please check the Studio Calendar for number of lessons in each month, based on the day of the week on which your lessons fall.
  • Lesson Rates: For information on lesson rates, call (603) 437-3450, email donnawt@comcast.net, or fill out the contact form found HERE.

Late, missed, or cancelled lessons:

  • In the event of a late arrival to a lesson, the remainder of the time will be dedicated to that lesson.
  • A missed lesson is simply a missed opportunity.
  • Notification of a lesson cancellation must be made the day before. This allows me to make other plans with other students, and we will most certainly reschedule the lesson. However, if you have to call the day of, and I can fill your spot, we will also reschedule, at no additional charge. Otherwise, a lesson cancelled the day of will not be rescheduled.
  • Lessons which qualify for a makeup must be completed within 30 days following the date on which they are incurred, or they will be forfeited.
  • But a missed makeup lesson also will not be rescheduled.
  • Sometimes I find I must cancel a lesson, for snow days or other infrequent reasons. In this case, every effort is made to reschedule that lesson at no additional cost.


Basic Musicianship:

To be a well-rounded musician, it is important to listen to many different styles of music — from jazz to classical, opera to folk, pop to country, hip-hop, reggae, rap, bluegrass, latin ~ immerse yourself in many styles, even ones you don’t usually listen to, and expand your tastes.  Become familiar with performers on other instruments as well, since this is important to developing good musicianship and becoming a versatile and sensitive performer.  You can find links to some classic musical examples, and various vocal styles on my Links webpage to help get you started.


You will need to purchase music and other materials for lessons from time to time. Remember to bring your music with you to each lesson — have a separate bag for your music to help keep everything together for lesson-day.  Get a three-ring binder for loose music to keep it in good condition.  Recordings of lessons are available; if you prefer and have a hand-held recording device of your own, you can bring it with you to record your lessons.


Regular daily practice is necessary in order to see progress.  Depending on age and ability, practice sessions should last 20-45 minutes a day.  This is discussed individually at lessons.

You are on your way!

…to exploring the joy of music, and uncovering your inherent musical potential!


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The Annual End-of-Year Spring Recital in May is held at a large venue, where all students perform, and all family and friends are invited to attend. The Fall and Winter Recitals are more intimate, boutique recitals held in the Performer’s Studio.  Please make a note of the dates for Studio Recitals throughout the year.  Participation in the Fall and Winter recitals held in the Studio will be based on student readiness.  Participation in the Annual End-of-Year Spring Recital in May is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED for all students to participate  – A Celebration of Achievements throughout the Year!!!

Performer’s Studio observes the following National Holidays and vacation weeks during the Studio year:
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day and the Friday after
Winter Break – December 24 through January 3
Memorial Day
July 4