Stephen Ian Savage

clarinetist | composer | teacher


Studio Policies 2018-19


Student's Responsibilities

Every student is responsible for their own materials (i.e. instrument, reeds, sheet music, metronome, assignments, etc.), bringing them to lessons, practicing on a regular/daily basis, and keeping their instrument(s) in working order.
(If your clarinet is in need of repair, please take it to Strait Music, South Lamar. They provide the most consistent and accurate repairs.)


Practicing is *essential* for improving at your instrument.
Every student must dedicate themselves to practicing regularly throughout the school year.
If practice goals are not met, the student may be subject to removal from the studio.

Minimum practice times below (more is always encouraged!):
- 6th grade - 5 - 15 minutes daily
- 7th/8th - 15 - 45 minutes
- 9th/10th - 30 - 60 minutes
- 11th/12th - 45 minutes - 1.5 hours


To make bills convenient for parents, billing is done in a tuition model.
Parents pay the same fee every month, and this amount is calculated based the average lesson per month for the whole school year.

Invoices are sent on the last week of each month for the following month via email. They are due the first week of the next month.

Invoices can be paid online through Wave Apps (invoicing software), Venmo, check, or cash.

If payment is not received by the due date, then a late fee of $25 will be added to that month's invoice. If not paid by the next month, the student may lose their place in the studio.


If a student can't make their lesson, please call, text, or email me as soon as possible.
Lessons missed due to an extenuating circumstance (for instance illness, injury, family emergency) will be guaranteed a make-up lesson at a later date.
For non-emergencies, parents must provide at least 24-hours prior notice in order to make up that lesson. If not, the lesson is ineligible for a make-up.

If for any reason I am unable to make a student's lessons, the student will be guaranteed a make up.

*If a student forgets their instrument, books or other materials, they will still be required to attend class.*

Scheduling Make-ups

Make-up lessons will be guaranteed at my home studio, and in the event there is available time at school, I will attempt to schedule it there.
Unfortunately, my time and space at each school is extremely limited, so make-ups at each school cannot be guaranteed.
Lessons can also be made-up during holidays and summer vacation.

Discontinuing Lessons

30-days written notice (email is fine) is required for cessation of lessons. Lessons will continue until the 30-day period ends, and parents will be responsible for paying for lessons until the end of the 30-day period.