Lesson Policies


General Information

  • Lesson Location- Lessons are given in my home studio.  If this is not possible lessons can be given in the student’s home.  Please note that a travel fee may be assessed to any locations requiring more than 15 minutes drive time.   Lesson preference should be toward my studio as the student will have access to more resources.
  • Lesson duration- Lessons are usually 30, 45, or 60 minutes. Longer lessons available on request. It is preferential for younger students to have shorter lessons (13 or younger) and older students to have longer lessons.
  • Payment- Lessons are $30/ ½ hour or $60/hour. Payment can be made by either cash or check (make it out to: Brenda Balazs-Reylek).  Students who pay the month in advance will receive a discount, at which point a half hour is $25 and an hour only $50. Payment via Paypal and credit card is coming soon.
  • Scheduling-Scheduling must be done with times in mind that are best for everyone. Weekly or bi-weekly lessons are available (bi-weekly only available in 60 minute segments). Life happens, and not always with your schedule in mind, so if a time does not work for you, please let me know as soon as possible and I’ll be happy to try to accommodate.
  • Cancellations- If you have to cancel a lesson please let me know as soon as possible. I understand that emergencies happen, but please do keep me in the loop and I’ll always try my best to get you in for a make-up lesson. Cancellations with less than 24 hours notice cannot be made up. Excessive cancellations will not be tolerated.
  • Punctuality- Please come to your lesson on time. Be prepared with all your lesson materials. Most times an hour long lesson isn’t enough time to cover everything and if you’re late, you’re missing out!


  • Lesson work- I guide my students through proper musicality and technique using etudes and workbooks, but I am also thrilled to work with them on audition materials, NYSMA preparation, ensemble pieces as well as encourage involvement in community bands/orchestras.
  • Preparation- I ask that all my students do their assignments each week.  I understand that sometimes we get busy, but we must all make an effort. Even 15 minutes a day can be the difference between night and day. Please come prepared, and have an “Eager to Learn” attitude. Remember, I can’t practice FOR you, and Mom and Pop don’t want us to spend our lessons with me practicing WITH you. My job is only to guide you, you’re going to have to do all the legwork!
  • Assignments- Each week I’ll ask the student to work on selections at home and I will write them down on their personal lesson page.  I expect that the student come the next week with the previous week’s goals prepared.
  • Materials- I don’t require a lot of extra materials for my students, but their materials will vary depending on their level.  I will ask you to purchase an appropriate lesson book (one which I will assign you after having discussed your goals) and a folder for course work.  There are a number of materials you should already have, but if you don’t have them, please pick them up: metronome, tuner, music stand and a pencil. If you’re a bassoon student and you would like to learn to make/or adjust your reeds, please let me know, I have a list of suppliers and appropriate information.
  • Questions- If you ever have any questions pre or post lesson about the material, or technique how-to from your assignments, I encourage you to contact me.  I don’t want a simple question to interfere with your practicing.