Info for Atwater Village and Lessons Via Skype/Zoom/FaceTime
Please read prior to purchasing lessons
News as of March 25, 2020:
As a reminder, all lessons purchased can be transferred to dollar amount credits towards in-person lessons if the quarantine is lifted or if you would like to continue taking lessons online. So if you purchase a online package of 4 hour long lessons for $219 and have used 2 out of 4 lessons...$109.50 (the value of 2 online 60 minute lessons) will be your credit towards in-person lessons. A unique promo code will be sent to you for the dollar amount taken off when you checkout if you make your purchase on our website. Or if purchasing via Venmo, purchase your next package with the dollar amount already taken out.
Please keep in mind that there are limited time slots on the schedule which are first come, first serve. Lessons are not guaranteed without payment and occur on the same day at the same time unless you do a permanent change. Be aware that there are limited afternoon slots and evening slots.
Lessons are available on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays in Atwater Village and online as of 3/15/20. May subject to change. The availability page is updated frequently.
Note that all prepaid lessons are continuous even through the summertime. If you are going away on vacation and will miss more than one lesson per month, we suggest you either complete your lesson package or purchase a time hold (you can purchase holds up to 2 months).
If you have any questions about this, please contact us at (323) 813-8561.
Please be mindful that we do not operate on the same calendar as the school year; lessons continue throughout all holidays with the exception of Leggy Fish breaks (spring, summer, Thanksgiving, and winter).
*”Don’t Miss A Beat” Studio Policy*
As a reminder, keep in mind the “Don’t Miss A Beat” Policy. We do not offer live makeups, but we do offer a comprehensive video lesson in lieu of your missed live lesson.
Please note that our cancellation policy has changed as of September 1, 2019. All of our 45 minute and 60 minute lesson packages are continuous. If you do not show up to your lesson (notice would be great so we know you are okay), our teachers will start creating your video lesson at your regular lesson time (we’ll wait at least 15 minutes for you before creating the video).
Every student of Leggy Fish Music Lessons has a free individual account with our lesson logging system called LessonMate. LessonMate is a secure website accessible with your own password where teachers post information; i.e. music homework assignments, audio files, notes, PDFs and more. Best of all, you have access to past assignments and files in your account as long as you are a current student of Leggy Fish Music Lessons!
We use LessonMate in 2 ways:
1.) Lesson Logging
Our teachers spend the last 5 minutes of class writing down assignments, reminders or record short videos to help remind you of the things you may want to work on through the week.
2.) Makeup Lessons
If you cannot make it to your lesson, regardless of advanced notice, late notice, or no notice, your teacher during your regularly scheduled time will creat a short comprehensive video lesson for you with review and new concepts to work on for the week. Video lessons may also included attached PDFs of scanned material to work on. She will post this in your LessonMate account and a link will inform you there is an assignment/video in your account. Please note there will NOT be a live makeup lesson for the missed lesson and the video lesson will serve as a makeup for your missed lesson. Visit the video as much as you would like at your own convenience.
Keep learning through the week and don’t miss a beat!
As a commitment to our students, teachers also adhere to the One Cancellation A Month policy. If we reschedule for ANY reason and do not let you know within 24 hours beyond our ONE cancellation a month per student, we will give you a FREE lesson of equal value in addition to making that lesson up within two weeks.
Leggy Fish Music Lessons does not offer lessons for winter break, spring break, summer break, and Thanksgiving break (see schedule for dates). If your lesson occurs during these times, your lesson simply moves to the next time we are open and teaching.
Here’s an example of how the “Don’t Miss A Beat” policy works.
Tina purchases a package of four 60 minute lessons as her lesson is a 2 p.m. on a Monday.
Monday, May 6th 2 p.m. lesson 1 of 4
Monday, May 13th 2 p.m. lesson 2 of 4
Monday, May 20th 2 p.m. 3 of 4 Tina is not feeling well and does not show up to the lesson. No problem! She will see a video lesson created by her teacher and can view it whenever she feels like it before the next lesson.
Monday, May 27th 2 p.m. 4 of 4 Tina’s teacher Nancy has a last minute gig in France and cannot attend Tina’s lesson. She cannot inform Tina of her absence within 24 hours, so she adds a free lesson onto Tina’s package in addition to making up Tina’s lesson. So her lesson package is up to 5.
Monday, June 3rd 2 p.m. lesson 4 of 5
Monday, June 10th 2 p.m. lesson 5 of 5 Payment for next lesson package due on this day.
Thanks for taking the time to review these policies prior to purchasing lessons!
Q: What are the costs associated with studying the violin/viola/cello/keyboard?
A: The things you will need for private or group lessons are:
-A violin/viola/cello outfit with bow (most outfits come with rosin which you need for your bow) adult size is 4/4. This will cost anywhere from $30-$50 a month. Leggy Fish Music Lessons, Metzlers, and LA Violin Shop often have a rent to own policy where the money you put into renting goes towards the cost of purchase if you wish to purchase. Keyboard students do need to purchase or rent a keyboard with 88 weighted keys.
-A book; All For Strings Book #1 for violin, viola, cello students (these can be purchased from me, online or from your local violin shop such as Metzler's Violins or LA Violin Shop). I do a lot of photocopying, and you may need other books as you progress in your studies. This will cost anywhere from $5-$7. Keyboard students do need the Alfred's Basic Piano Library Lesson Book 1A.
-Violin/Viola students only need a shoulder rest (popular brands are Everrest and Kun) which will help you hold your instrument up on your shoulder without strain. A shoulder rest can cost as little as $15-$25 and will last a long time. Cello students need a chair strap or donut.
-Music stand. A music stand is necessary for you to read your music without sacrificing technique. You can purchase a music stand at any music store online or your local string shop for as little as $10 and will last a long time.
-Metronome and Tuner (I use the Cleartune ap on my smartphone to tune and Steinway's free metronome to help keep tempo. There are a lot of free aps). A tuner and a mentronome (often combined in one unit) can cost as little as $10 and will last a long time.
-Music flashcards. These are useful tools in learning to read music. They cost anywhere from $3-$15. You can even download an ap.
Q: Can we take lessons in your music studio?
A: Yes! Services we offer take place in our Atwater Village music studio. Our studio is a comfortable home environment.
Q: Should I rent or buy a violin/viola/cello/keyboard?
A: Rentals are the best option for beginners. They're affordable. instruments can be costly to repair, and for fractional-sized instruments, the repair may sometimes cost more than the instrument itself. There are more options for adults or those deciding to rent or purchase a full sized instrument.
For keyboard studies, a 88 key weighted keyboard is necessary to provide responsiveness to finger pressure for musical variety like volume, control, sustain, etc.
Here is a guide on standard instrument sizes for violin
1/16--3 to 5 years old
1/10-3 to 5 years old
1/8-3 to 5 years old
1/4-4 to 7 years old
1/2-6 to 10 years old
3/4-9 to 11 years old
4/4--9 years old and older
Here is a guide on standard instrument sizes for viola
12"--6-7 years old
13"--7-9 years old
14"--9-12 years old
15"--small adult, child 10-12 years old
Here is a guide on standard instrument sizes for cello
1/4 --5-7 years old
1/2--7-11 years old
3/4--11-15 years old
4/4--15 years and older
Q: Can I cancel a scheduled lesson?
A: Lessons cannot be cancelled. Please see the “Don’t Miss A Beat” studio policy above.
Prepaid Lesson Packages:
Purchase a Prepaid Lesson Package of 4 or 8 lessons and save!
Payment by credit card accepted; we accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover via Square (by phone or email) OR online. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE "SHIPPING FEE" online is actually the credit card surcharge. The rate is 2% (reduced from 2.9% +$0.30 to 2% as of 1/24/17) for lessons and rentals, and 2.9% +$0.30 for all other products.
Payment for single lessons is due at the end of each lesson. Payment for prepaid lesson packages is due on the last 4th or 8th prepaid lesson, no exceptions. Please arrange to have payment ready during the last 4th or 8th prepaid lesson to ensure 100% of the time is dedicated to the lesson.
Prepayment for lessons are non refundable and expire 3 months from purchase and may be transferred to another student.
Leggy Fish music Lessons does not offer biweekly lessons. Continual lessons ensure commitment to practice on a weekly basis. Lessons will continue on a weekly basis without interruption. If the student’s lesson occurs on a major holiday, the lesson will be pushed to the next time the school is open.
Time/Day Slots Are First Come First Serve:
We try to accommodate your schedule and time/day preference, however, if you cancel your lesson, we cannot guarantee a preferred time/day.
Time Slot Holds:
Are you going on vacation and would not like to lose your time/day?
We generally see more enrollment in the fall as school starts up again. Ensure your time slot/day is available when you return. Purchase a Time Hold at the cost of $60 per month per student or $50 per student for families with two or more students who take lessons. For those with two or more students in a family and if shopping online, please enter coupon code HOLDSIBLING to receive the $10 off each student.
You may purchase a second time hold to hold your time slot for 2 months. Time Holds are limited to 2 months in sequence (June & July or July & August for example).
Purchase your Time Slot Hold here along with your next lesson package to ensure that your lessons will continue immediately after the hold. You can pay for a time slot hold at your next lesson with cash payment or online payment (cc fee applicable).
You may now purchase a Time Slot Hold even if you are in the middle of a lesson package. If you have completed your lesson package, you will need to purchase a lesson package along with your Time Hold and let us know the date of when you would like to resume your lessons. Time Slot Hold will be released to new students when hold is complete.
Unfortunately Time Slot Holds cannot be prorated, even if you hold for one week. We regret that there are no refunds on Time Slot Holds.
Cancellations (teacher and student):
We regret that Leggy Fish Music Lessons cannot offer refunds on single/prepaid lesson packages. Teacher and student both have the right to cease lessons after lessons in a prepaid lesson package have been used (at the end of 4 or 8 lessons).
Leggy Fish Music Lessons Break-No Lessons:
If you are a prepaid lesson student, and your lesson falls on any of the scheduled breaks, your lesson will automatically be pushed up to your next one unless you would like to reschedule your lesson (please see availability schedule), have two lessons the previous week, or double up on your lesson those weeks on a different day the two weeks before. I know that from past experience, some students do not wish to go too long without a lesson. Breaks are scheduled a year in advance and do not count as a teacher’s allowed One Cancellation A Month.
Violin Outfit Rentals:
For your convenience, Leggy Fish Music Lessons offers student violin outfits for rent at a flat rate of $35 per month. There is a one time $150 refundable deposit given the instrument is in good condition. You can apply three months of renting towards the purchase of the violin outfit or even purchase the outfit outright. This service is only available to active Leggy Fish Music Lessons students. Ask for referrals for viola, cello, and keyboard.
If the Leggy Fish Music Lessons studio is full to capacity, students who take a break and return may need to be put on a waiting list along with other interested students.
Don't forget to sign into LessonMate for your personalized lesson notes from our private or group lessons (or both in some cases)! It's easy to check out notes from your lessons!
Practice Logs for Young Learners/Reward Program:
You can help your young learner with practice goals. Practice logs can help your child track his/her goals and practice times as well. Standard daily practice is 30 minutes, but can be determined by the teacher. If the daily practice time is met, the student will be rewarded 1 point. Points can be redeemed for small prizes out of the prize box which are assigned a point value. As a rule, we try to keep treats healthy-organic candy, little toys, books, pencils, games, etc. They can either save their points or redeem them. A signature by a parent is needed at the bottom of the sheet to verify that they practiced the time they committed to.
Students will have an opportunity to perform and share their musical accomplishments with other students by participating in one (or both) seasonal showcases.
Monthly String Flings:
String Fling is a fun and friendly “party" for current students to mingle and to play music with and for each other at every skill level. It is not a lesson, but rather a comfortable and relaxed get together for students to form community and to practice playing for one another. They will give students a regular opportunity to tune in with other musicians. The new monthly String Fling will give 2 students a Fling to share music. We will play the tune of the previous month, improvise together, and try new music together as a group. If you wish to bring a snack to share, please bring one snack or drink of your choice to share. Snack time and mingling combined, String Fling will be an hour and 15 minutes long and there will be a cost of $10 per student to attend. Friends of students who also play violin, viola, cello or keyboard and are not students of Leggy Fish Music Lessons or former Leggy Fish Music Lessons students are also welcome to attend for $15 per student. There is a limit of 10 students per String Fling. String Flings are held in Atwater Village. The $10 or $15 String Fling fee per String Fling can be accepted as cash or on www.leggyfishmusiclessons.com.
A violin/viola/cello outfit with bow and rosin, shoulder rest or shoulder pad, and The All For Strings Book #1 is required by students at the beginner level. A weighted keyboard with 88 keys is highly recommended for keyboard and piano students. Violin outfits (contains a violin, bow, and rosin) can be rented through Leggy Fish Violin Lessons or rented at your local string shop. Shoulder rests, and books may be purchased through Leggy Fish Music Lessons or purchased at your local string shop or online. Additional material that is not required but highly advised for maximum learning is a music stand (fold up is okay), tuner and metronome (can also be downloaded as an app on your Smartphone), practice mute for compromised practicing at home, and staff paper.
Leggy Fish Mobile Accessory Store:
Books, sheet music and accessories (strings, flash cards, CDs, mutes, rosin, music stands, tuners, metronomes, staff paper, shoulder rests etc.) are available. Some items will be on hand. A nominal service fee may be included.
Student Lounge in Atwater Village
Please do not arrive more than 5 minutes before your lesson in Atwater Village, as it can be distracting to the student that is having their lesson. I also may not be ready to teach you especially if you are the first student of the day. Please do not ring the doorbell, quietly come in through the front of the house and go directly to the Student Lounge past the kitchen. The Lounge is a great place to have refreshments and warm up before your lesson. If you happen to arrive earlier than 10 minutes before your lesson, please take advantage of Atwater Village’s many wonderful cafes like Proof Bakery, Bon Vivant, The Juice, and Kaldi Coffee.
Group Lessons in Atwater Village
5-Week and 8-Week Group lessons are currently available for adult beginners and meets seasonally. The 1A class is a class for complete beginners with zero or little experience, and the 1B class is a class for students who have studied violin for 2 months or more. The format of the 1B class may change every season, as students come in with varying skill levels. In an ensemble setting, the 1B class allows students to be challenged at the level they are at, incorporating more intermediate-level technique, improvisation, and playing skills. A showcase may be held at the end of every 5 or 8 week session depending on the preparation of students. Prepayment is necessary to enroll in group classes, and a pre registration discount is available till a certain date.
We regret that Leggy Fish Music Lessons cannot offer refunds on group lessons. Classes missed cannot be made up, but copious notes are always provided within a day of the group lesson.
Required Materials For Class:
Violin students need a violin outfit with bow and rosin, shoulder rest or shoulder pad, and The All For Strings Book #1 is required by students in the 1A class. Violin outfits (contains a violin, bow, and rosin) can be rented through Leggy Fish Music Lessons or rented at your local string shop. Shoulder rests, and books may be purchased through Leggy Fish Music Lessons or purchased at your local string shop or online.
Cello students need a cello outfit with bow and rosin, chair strap or donut, and the All For Strings Book #1 for cello.
Viola students need a viola outfit with bow and rosin, shoulder rest or shoulder paid, and the All For Strings Book #1 for viola.
Keyboard students need a keyboard or piano to work on at home (a weighted keyboard with 88 keys is highly recommended). We used the Alfred series for beginners.
Additional material that is not required but highly advised for maximum learning is a music stand (fold up is okay) for bowed string players only, tuner and metronome (can also be downloaded as an app on your Smartphone), practice mute for compromised practicing at home (for bowed string players), and staff paper.
Please read Philosophy, Mission, Info, FAQ & Studio Policies page and make sure you understand policies prior to purchasing lessons. Feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pricing Overview (Please travel to Shop For Lessons, Rentals & Gift Certificates or click menu tab above to purchase on our store. All online purchases include a nominal 2% service charge which is indicated in the "shipping fee" field upon checkout.
Current available time slots for Private Lessons, Private Lesson Music Mashup and Duo Fish lessons last updated daily.
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays are available for single and prepaid lessons. Saturdays are only available for single-pay lessons. Single pay lessons are lessons at the single pay lesson rate.
Availability is first come, first serve. Please travel to Availability or click menu tab above to see open time/day slots. Please e-mail nancy at email@example.com to be placed on the wait list if your desired time or day is not available. When an opening becomes available, you will be contacted. First come-first-serve.
Please read the studio policies prior to purchase especially the “Don’t Miss A Beat” policy.
All sales are final. Refunds are not available, but transfers to another student are available.
What Makes Leggy Fish Music Lessons Different From Other Music Schools and Studios?
Every Leggy Fish Music Lessons student receives....
*Individualized and caring instruction. Every student is treated with respect, care, and honest feedback.
*Access to a personal LessonMate account where students can review custom notes/videos from each lesson.
*Access to Monthly String Flings where students can play music together, practice performing in front of others, engage, and find friendships with other students.
*Opportunity to attend Field trips and other special events.
*Opportunity to perform in yearly recitals and performances.
*Opportunity to participate in the Leggy Fish Reward Program for young learners where young students set goals, log their practice minutes, and receive tickets that they can save up to "purchase" toys and games from our prize box.
*A fair “Don’t Miss A Beat” policy unique to Leggy Fish Music Lessons. If a teacher cancels last minute, a free lesson of equal value is added to your lesson package in addition to making up your missed lessons. And if a teacher cancels your lesson more than twice in the same month, a free lesson of equal value is added to your lesson package in addition to making up your missed lessons.
Monthly String Fling
(Held on 1st Saturday of every month in Atwater Village)
String Fling (String Fling for children and String Fling for adults will take place at different times) and will take place on the 1st or 2nd Saturday of each month and will give students a regular opportunity to tune in with other musicians. The new monthly String Fling will give 2 students a Fling to share music. We will play the tune of the previous month, improvise together, and try new music together as a group. Snacks will not be provided by Leggy Fish, but if you wish to bring a snack to share, please bring one snack or drink of your choice to share. Snack time and mingling will be limited to 15 minutes. String Fling will be an hour and 15 minutes long and there will be a cost of $10 per student to attend. Friends of students who also play violin, viola, cello or keyboard and are not students of Leggy Fish Music Lessons are also welcome to attend for $15 per student. There is a limit of 10 students per String Fling. String Flings are held in Atwater Village. String Fling will only occur if there are 4 students signed up; a full refund will be be given to those who have already paid or credit for the next one. Check our schedule for the next one!
*Current student $10 per student
*Friend of current student who studies violin, viola, cello or keyboard OR Former Leggy Fish student $15 per student
Are you going on vacation and would not like to lose your time/day? When your prepaid lesson package is complete, ensure your time slot/day is available when you return. Purchase a Time Hold at the cost of $60 per month-limited to a one month hold. Unfortunately Time Holds cannot be prorated, even if you hold for one week. Purchase your Time Hold along with your next lesson package to ensure that your lessons will continue immediately after the hold. You can pay for a time hold at your next lesson or on www.leggyfishmusiclessons.com.
*$60 per month