Lesson Policy 

Noel Catura 

www.noelcatura.com ncatura@gmail.com 408.230.5969 

Lesson Rates 

  • $200.00 Per Month for 4 Lessons (a lesson is half hour) 
  • $250.00 Per Month for 5 Lessons (for months that have 5 weeks) 
  • No Make-up Lessons 


  • Cash, Check, Credit Cards, PayPal or Venmo using (my email or cell# as code) 
  • Credit Cards Charged a 2.75% Processing Fee 
  • Payment is due the 1st lesson of the month. This guarantees your scheduled lesson time. 
  • A $10 late fee will be added to payments not received by the 2nd lesson of the month. 
  • Payment not received by the 3rd week may result in the loss of your permanent lesson time. 

Missed Lessons 

  • There are no make-up lessons due to my availibility. 
  • Parents and students are advised to schedule a time that will work on a long-term basis. 
  • Missed lessons will not be deducted from payment regardless of the reason or amount of notice given. 
  • My performance schedule requires me to occasionally cancel lessons. You will not be charged for any lessons that are canceled unless rescheduled. 

Discontinuing Lessons 

  • Please Give 2 Weeks Advance Notice when Discontinuing Lessons 

Required Materials 

  • Instructional Books to be Determined on an Individual Basis 
  • Noel Catura Lesson Organizer 
  • Other Items Students are Encouraged to Purchase 
  • Tuner (apps are ok) 
  • Metronome (apps are ok) 
  • Play Along CD’s, mp3s, mp4s, ma4s, YouTube Videos 
  • Recordings of Professional Musicians – Ask for Suggestions 

A Typical Lesson 

  • 10 Minutes – warming up, technique, exercises in breathing, flexibility, tone, finger dexterity, posture, etc. 
  • 10 Minutes – songs, etudes, classical solo literature, jazz etudes, jazz improv, theory, etc. 
  • 10 Minutes – free time, sight-reading, unassigned music the student would like to learn, school music, preparing for an audition, TV or movie themes, how to play their favorite 
  • CD – classical, jazz, hip hop, rock, etc. The music does not have to include woodwinds in it. If the student does not have music they would like to learn, the student will keep working on the assignments or sight-read duets. 


  • Students are expected to practice 30 minutes a day or more. Studying music involves more than just attending weekly lessons. 
  • The best way to practice is to set aside a time and place every day where there are no distractions. This time should include a warm-up, practice of your assignments and school music. Playing through the easy parts may be fun, but it is not practicing— improving challenging parts is. 
  • If a student repeatedly comes to lessons unprepared, I will contact the student or parent to discuss a solution. 

I appreciate your cooperation and support on these policies. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me. 

Thank you for asking me to share my musical knowledge. 

Noel Catura 

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  • Face to Face lesson not available at this time.