Frequently Asked Questions...

Q: What are your "custom learning programs"?

A: After years of teaching experience, there is one thing I have discovered that always delivers quicker results:
Custom learning programs. Each is designed to aid each student to quickly accomplish their own specific musical goals. What you want to play is what you will learn....without frustration. With a designed practice program that fits your needs and your weekly schedule, you can achieve your goals and see results in alot less time.

Q: How is your teaching method different from other instructors?

A: After consulting with students and understanding each students goal, I create a program that fits their needs, helps them accomplish their short term and long term goals, and accelerates their path to success. I also fully utilize the personal onsite studio, where students can discover the art of songwriting and composition. Every student is given the opportunity to record, construct, and embellish on their own songwriting abilities and creative ideas, complete with pro drum tracks, bass tracks, etc....and is mixed and produced into a professional product they can share on CD, USB stick and no extra fee.
I also record each assignment on an audio CD (or optional flash drive) for each student to take home so they are able to listen to the exercises in variable tempos.

Q: What skill levels do you teach?
A: From beginner to advanced...and everyone in between. Sometimes beginning guitarists can feel a bit intimidated by some instructors...I take this out of the equation. You will always learn at your own pace, so you are comfortable, happy and having fun, no matter what.

Q: What ages do you teach?
A: I teach all ages.

Q: Do you teach more "rock" styles of music, or all styles?
A: I teach all styles.
Click here to view videos of example lessons covering different styles...

Q: What are your available times for classes?
A: Please view my
calendar here. This is updated on a weekly basis. If you find an available time that fits your schedule, you can reserve that time here >...

Q: Do I have to read notes?
A: You do not have to be able to read notation, but I can teach you to do so. I also teach tablature and write assignments in tablature.

Q: Can I sit in on my child's lesson?
A: Absolutely! All parents are welcome and even encouraged to attend/overview their child's classes at any time.

Q: Can I bring my ipod/iphone to my lesson?
A: Yes! This is strongly encouraged so that I can become familiar with your favorite styles of music. One option is to create a "Playlist" in iTunes of specific songs you would like to learn.

Q: Do you offer group lessons/classes?
A: This is possible...please contact me for further info...

Q: How are lessons scheduled?
A: Classes are scheduled (usually) for one half hour session weekly.

Q: What supplies do I need to purchase?
1. Your own acoustic or electric guitar or bass guitar...
2. Tuner...
3. A USB flash drive (for data transfer of audio assignments and projects)

4. Metronome

Q: Can I schedule an hour, or 45 minute classes?
A: Absolutely...if the given time allows or does not conflict with another students scheduled class.

Q: I am a middle-aged/older adult. Is it too late to pursue my musical goals?
A: This is a most frequent query. Nothing could be further from the truth. The minute you decide to commit is the second you decide to change your life!

Q: Do you offer lessons via Skype?
A: I can, and do, offer lessons via Skype, but on certain terms and conditions. To learn more about this option, please
contact me...

Q: I have trouble understanding my lesson material. What can I do?
A: All students are always free to contact me by any means necessary. I want you to fully understand every lesson covered and if you have questions, I am always here to help. Ask any questions you may have and I will always do my best to explain the material between weekly classes via email, text, or phone call....

Q: How much should I practice?
A: You will be able to see results quickly with a minimum of 30 minutes per day, however, keep in mind that every student and every custom program made for each student is different. The more effort and time you dedicate, the faster you will see results.



Q: What is the cost of tuition?
A: Tuition is $20 per half hour...and is paid on a monthly basis in advance. For example, four Mondays in August = $80. Purchase of tuition is purchase of time.

Q: When is payment due?
A: Tuition payment is always due on the first week of each lesson month.

Q: How do I pay?
A: Payment is accepted via cash, personal check or credit. You may purchase tuition online here>

Q: Are there any additional fees?
A: A late fee of $15 will be charged if tuition is paid for after the 15th of the tuition month. If tuition is not paid for after a period of 30 days past due date, the student forfeits that time. For detailed information, please view the
Tuition Policy here
The only other fees that apply involve optional programs, such as the annual student album ($45) and Digital Audio Production programs.

Q: I was absent (sick, on vacation, etc.) Do I still have to pay? Are there alternatives?
A: By purchasing your time slot, you are obligated to fufill such payment...HOWEVER, it may be able to reschedule your lesson time (on a different day/time) or any time allowing, so you can fit in your missed lesson during that week or another. While Roundtree offers this option, please be advised that at any given point in time due to scheduling, makeup classes are never guaranteed. The instructor is not obligated to reschedule due to unattendance. It is advised to commit to your weekly time as much as possible.

Your instructor looks forward to each lesson and anticipates weekly assignments to accelerate your progress and benefits. Please make attendance a priority.

Q: I would love to attend weekly classes, but my current schedule just doesn't allow this to happen. Can I plan my classes that fit your schedule?
A: No problem! Please know that the most flexible schedule times are during the early afternoon times (noon to 2:00) To me, flexibility is key. However, there are no "pay as you go" options...tuition is to be purchased on a monthly basis only. Schedule arrangements can be made at time of payment.

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