Stephen Ian Savage

clarinetist | composer | teacher

Clarinet Studio Policies





  1. Instrument

  2. Swab

  3. Cork Grease

  4. Reeds + Case

  5. Music

  6. Practice Journal

  7. Willingness to Try/Improve

  8. Metronome + Tuner

All students are expected to bring all but a metronome/tuner to every lesson.


Clarinets need care and love just like people. Keep your clarinet playing its best by being gentle, patient and thorough with the assembly, disassembly, and cleaning.

If in the event your clarinet isn’t working the way it should, contact Nicki Cutean of the Woodwind Shop and tell her I sent you. Contact info below.

Nicki Cutean

Phone: (512) 440-0915‬



Practicing is essential for improving at your instrument.
Every student must commit themselves to practicing and making it a regular part of you daily schedule.

Recommended Daily Practice

  • 6th — 5 - 15 minutes daily

  • 7th/8th — 15 - 45 minutes

  • 9th/10th — 30 - 60 minutes

  • 11th/12th — 45 - 90 minutes

Lessons is to Practicing as a GPS is to Driving: one shows you the right way to go, but only you can take yourself there.

Lessons & Absence

Lessons are weekly throughout the year, excluding holidays.

Every student will have around 28-32 per school year (not including summer), but it changes depending on the school or location of lessons.

An absence is excused if at least 24 hours written/verbal notice is given by a parent (e.g. leaving a voicemail, texting, etc), there is an extenuating circumstance (e.g. illness, injury, emergency), or I cancel. An excused absence lesson does not count towards the lesson total and is eligible for a make-up.

An absence is unexcused if the student is on a field trip, leaves their instrument at home, or notice is not given. An unexcused absence does count towards the lesson total and is not eligible for a make-up.

Invoices & Payment

Invoices are sent on the last week of each month for the following month They are due the first week of the next month and run from September through May.

Invoices are essentially tuition. The total cost for all the lessons in a year are evenly divided over the nine months of lessons.

(Cost of Lessons x 30 lessons per year) / 9 months = Monthly Tuition

Invoices are sent via email using a service called Wave Apps. This email links to Wave’s site where you can pay via bank account or debit/credit card. If you wish to pay using another method, please specify that in the drop-down box below.


All students with lessons in-school lessons will have a one-time $20 fee added to their first invoice.

If a payment is late, a $25 fee will be added to that invoice.

If a payment is not received by the next month, I reserve the right to suspend lessons.

Make-ups & Credit

Make-Ups during normal teaching weeks are incredible difficult to do with the density and number of students I have.

The last week of each semester will be designated for make-ups. If you have more than 2 make-ups, those lessons are eligible for credit.

If your have lesson credits, they may be used for summer lessons or applied to the final invoice of the year (May).

Ending Lessons

A 30-day written/verbal notice (by a parent) is required for cessation of lessons. Lessons continue until the end of the 30-day period and will not be refunded/credited if missed.

This does not apply to Summer Lessons.

Summer Lessons

Summer Lessons are not required but are highly encouraged. Summer lesson occur at my home or at yours for an extra fee.

Students that take summer lessons will receive priority in scheduling for the next school year.


Student's Name *
Student's Name
Parent's Name *
Parent's Name
I have read and understood the above policies. *