Lesson Policies


Effective August 1, 2022

Tuition is calculated on a yearly model, billing for 45 out of the 52 weeks in a year.  This amount is then broken into 12 equal payments which are due the first of each month either by cash or personal check.   The current tuition charge is $100.00 per student per month, this amount remains the same each month including those months reduced by holidays, school breaks, or personal vacations. Lessons are required over the summer to hold your spot in the schedule  When calculated at 45 lessons per year, each lesson costs $26.66.   

Police, Firefighter, & Military DISCOUNT
Students who are currently serving in these careers or students whose parents are serving or are veterans in these careers are eligible for a $5 per month discount, this discount will also be applied in addition to any multiple lesson discounts. I greatly appreciate your service to our community and our country.

Students or families taking two or more lessons will be given a discount of $5.00 per student per month.
For example, the family with three children/adults taking lessons would pay $100.00 per student x 3 students =$300.00 – $15 discount = $285.00, due in full at the first of the month.  Also, if one single student takes an hour of instruction it would be,  $100.00 x 2 lessons = $200.00 – $10.00 = $190.00 per month.

There are no refunds or credits – If you are unable to attend your scheduled lesson for any reason, including illness, family emergency, inclement weather, or other activities I will be unable to refund or credit the lesson. However, I will try to reschedule the lesson as schedules allow. The yearly calendar and tuition rate has been computed on a 45 week model and therefore has already provided for missed lessons. For students who attend consistently they will find that on a yearly basis they may end up receiving more than 45 lessons.

Vargo Studio tuition rates are VERY competitive with area studio rates and policies and we provide a great value for your money.

The annual calendar incorporating holidays and breaks. I generally follow Loudon County and Lenoir City School calendars.

Labor Day, September 6
Fall Break, October 11-15
Thanksgiving Break, November 25-26
Christmas Break, December 24-January 2
Spring Break, March 14-18
Memorial Day, May 30
Independence Day, July 4
Plus additional time for my vacations, illness, inclement weather, or emergency

IN-SERVICE SCHOOL DAYS will not affect the yearly calendar of lessons; I will be
open for lessons on all in-service days.

INCLEMENT WEATHER   If schools are closed there will be lessons that day as conditions allow.  If you are unsure, please call or text before coming so that you do not make an unnecessary trip.  Most importantly, please do not risk your safety!

Summer lessons are the months of June and July.  If you choose to drop lessons for the summer I will be unable to hold your lesson day and time slot.  You may still drop lessons for the summer and retain your time slot if you continue to pay the monthly tuition. Of course you may come anytime during the summer for lessons since you’re already paid, just contact me ahead of time. Scheduling/rescheduling for fall enrollment begins Aug 1; prepayment for the month of August is required for all new or returning students in order to reserve your preferred lesson time. Students who have continued lessons through the summer will retain their lesson time.

I provide an annual Spring Recital each year, usually at the end of April or the beginning of May.  There is absolutely no cost to students or families; providing this recital is my way of saying Thank You for your yearlong commitment and effort!  Each student is allowed to invite as many family and friends as they wish.   All students no matter of age or advancement level are highly encouraged to participate.  It is a proud showcase of the hard work and commitment of students and families.  (And YES, pictures are encouraged!)  It is always so exciting to see a new level of confidence and maturity that performance brings to each student, as well as the inspiration it provides for other students to perform also!

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