Studio Policies

BA Music Studio Policies Sheet

Here are some general guidelines to make your learning process go smoothly – and to help me teach others. By taking lessons at Bobby Apperson Music Studio, you agree to follow these general guidelines. You’ll find they are pretty standard across many music studios, but do not hesitate to ask me any questions. Thanks for reading!  –Bobby

Note this is made available at your first lesson as well, and you can download the latest (Google Doc).



Please email to schedule or re-schedule lessons. Email is best but text if it’s the day of your lesson!

We’re all late sometimes but please understand if you are late I can’t give you a full lesson out of consideration to other students – and my own schedule. Please try to be a few minutes early, especially since this is LA!

If you need to reschedule for any reason, please give me 24 hours notice. Otherwise I may not be able to make up the lesson — even if you have already paid.

If you just don’t show or are very late, I can’t make up the lesson but I will try to work with you within reason. I’m here to help you learn!

If you cancel or reschedule, you’ve usually lost the time. You’re paying for a specific hour of time that can’t be recovered by the instructor. 24-48 hours notice is a courtesy and a factor in if I’m able to make up the lesson. Make-ups are at teacher’s discretion.


For Parents

Parents should be present at initial lessons to meet me and see how I teach – and to see if your child enjoys it! After initial lessons, your child is ideally paying attention to the music and the teacher during the lesson in which case you are encouraged to be present so you can help your child practice during the week. It’s beneficial for you and your child to know what exactly was worked on in the music, and what needs to be improved upon before the next lesson. You can be actively involved in your child’s learning and practicing, which I’m more than happy to discuss.

For some children (especially older youth) having a parent present for every lesson can actually be a big distraction. You know your child best and together we can determine how best to focus your child so he/she makes great progress.


After the first lesson, students are asked to pay for lessons monthly. 

Cash discount / checks welcome / Credit cards 4% extra.

I recommend half-hour lessons for younger children, 45 minutes for older children, and one hour for most adults. Lessons are most effective when done at regular intervals, so once a week and no less than twice monthly. Some adults take 45 minute lessons weekly. Some voice students come less frequently, there are no hard and fast rules.

Tuition is due for children and regular students:

  • After the first lesson for that lesson and any remaining lessons during that month
  • At the beginning of each subsequent month, for the entire month; OR, when you have 0 balance left



Please don’t come if you are ill. If you are sick please notify me and I may be able to reschedule your lesson if time is available. Coming in sick and touching the same keys as everyone else is not worth it, and you shouldn’t sing if your throat hurts.

Day Of

Come up the stairs to the back to the french doors and knock or come in. Please feel free to come in if I’m with another student, or you may wait outside (it’s a covered area with a table).

When you come in, I just ask that you:

  • Wash your hands before playing the piano (for kids mostly, or germ-y adults)
  • Please don’t eat or drink (a bottle of water is OK)
  • Silence and put away your cell phone
  • Be mentally prepared to learn and make music!


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