|Yowie Music: Frequently Asked Questions|
Forms & documents
The following information provides much of the information that should be considered when choosing to commence private music lessons. Applications for enrolment with
To commence lessons, you will need the following equipment:
Selecting your instrument
There is a rather frightening range of student cellos that are priced from approximately $900 to $5500. Violins are somewhat more reasonable: a very nice instrument will cost around $500. Of the various brands and models, I encourage prospective students to avoid the absolute cheapest. They are poorly made, with inferior materials that make it very hard to produce a nice sound. This can cause significant frustration for any student.
I am always happy to provide advice to assist students in selecting the right instrument. Although I am very sensitive to the initial costs of setting a student up with an instrument and lessons, I will only ever directly recommend instruments that I believe will be both relatively easy to play and pleasant to listen to. Therefore, you can presume that in most cases, I will not recommend particular low-end, so-called "entry level" instruments.
You can purchase your selected instrument and any necessary books and accessories directly from
Leasing or purchasing instruments on a payment plan
New and continuing students may lease or purchase instruments on a payment plan through
I currently do most of my teaching from my studio in Richardson, about 20 minutes south of Civic in the ACT. Generally, I don’t travel to private residences to conduct lessons, principally because my numerous teaching resources are not easily moved from the studio. Where in-home lessons are preferred, I charge for travel time on either side of the lesson(s) at the same rate as the lessons themselves. I understand that this significantly increases the costs of lessons and is not a suitable option for most families. Having noted that, if it is your preference to have lessons at your home, then arrangements can be made.
Cello and violin lessons are billed at $33 per half hour lesson. Invoices are usually issued for the school term (or that part of the school term that remains at the time of making the arrangement). Under normal circumstances, the invoice is to be settled by the third week of the term, unless alternative arrangements are agreed. I accept cash, cheques, direct bank deposit and PayPal (including credit card if paying online). Cheques must be written in favour of "Bryson Hawkins" (NOT "Yowie Music").
Where there are vacancies in the teaching schedule, lessons may commence at any time, whether or not the school term has commenced. Lessons are generally booked for the whole of a school term. Unless there is a particular need, lesson times will not be changed for the remainder of the teaching year. When re-enroling for the new year, where possible, students will always be offered the same day and time that they have become accustomed to, unless they request a change. Having noted that general policy, there are occasions when students may need to have their lessons moved to an alternative day or time. Disruptions will always be kept to an absolute minimum. Where there is an irreconcilable conflict between the needs of different students, priority will usually be granted to those families that have maintained excellent attendance and payment records.
Meeting the teacher & visiting the