Rates and Policies


  • First meeting is a free 30 minute consultation
  • $40- 30 minute lesson
  • $60- 45 minute lesson
  • $80- 60 minute lesson

I encourage students to schedule weekly or bi-weekly lessons, depending on factors such as level, schedule, and the general scope of the student’s needs and goals.

I accept payment via:

  • PayPal: bmacadamsomer@gmail.com
  • Zelle: bmacadamsomer@gmail.com
  • Venmo: @Batya-MacAdam-Somer

Payments are to be made in full at the end of each lesson. Please email me at bmacadamsomer@gmail.com to ask about sliding scale rates.


General Expectations:

  • Please be on time
  • Be prepared by: practicing regularly; having music books/sheet music organized; having a pencil and paper or a notebook to take notes, etc; being situated somewhere without distractions.
  • You are welcome to record the lesson using the record option on Zoom for reference while practicing. You can also contact me with questions at bmacadamsomer@gmail.com.


  •  The optimal practice length depends on the student’s level and their specific goals. Generally, it is good to match the lesson length time 5-6 days a week.
  • It is better to practice more often for less time than it is to try to cram. Playing violin and viola is a physical act; our muscles need regular practice to get comfortable with the tasks we are asking them to do.
  • For more information, you can check out the Resources page (coming soon) for practice tips.


  • I have a 24-hour policy for cancellations. If I am notified at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled lesson, I will figure out a time to reschedule without the student needing to pay for the cancelled lesson.
  • If the cancellation happens within 24 hours of the scheduled lesson, payment is still required.
  • I will follow this policy as well. If I need to cancel, I will notify students with at least 24 hours notice.