Would you or someone in your wedding party like to walk down the aisle to the sound of a trumpet? I charge $350 for wedding ceremonies, which includes a one-hour in-person consultation and my attendance at your rehearsal.
I do not charge for performances of Taps (though I will accept donations if you feel compelled to pay).
OPTION 1: Per-Lesson Payment
I charge a flat fee of $75 per lesson for private instruction, which does not increase if your lesson lasts longer than an hour. This fee is due on the date of your lesson. Skype students will receive a bill through PayPal.
OPTION 2: Per-Month Payment (available only to select students)
I offer an unlimited lesson package to pre-professional students (i.e. college students who are in between degrees or working through embouchure changes) at a reduced rate of $250/month. This fee is due within the first five days of the month unless prior arrangements have been made and includes unlimited lessons during the following thirty days. Note that this arrangement is available only to adult (18 years or older) students who are seeking a career in music. All others must pay the per-lesson rate.
OPTION 3: Summer Lessons, Bulk Rate
I offer a discounted rate of $650 to any student wishing to commit to weekly lessons between May 15 – August 15. This option guarantees that I will reserve twelve hours to teach you over the course of three months but does not entitle you to makeup lessons during that time. (Twelve weeks at $75/week would normally equate to $900, so I will not offer make-ups for cancellations that are initiated by you.) Students must pay the entire $650 within the first fifteen days to be eligible for this rate; refunds are not available if the student decides to terminate lessons mid-summer.
Lessons With My Students
Do you want regular lessons for a lower rate? Send me an email and I will gladly put you in touch with a student I can vouch for. These instructors charge less but are able to consult with me if they have questions.
Need an extra set of ears? Trying to decide whether it’s worth investing in a lesson? Send me a recording of your playing and I will be happy to offer some feedback. First feedback is free provided that your recording is less than 10 minutes long. For subsequent recordings I charge $25 for up to 10 minutes of audio and $2 per minute thereafter. (If this seems high, please recall that a first-round orchestral audition is probably 10 minutes in length.)
Feedback for Private Teachers
If you are a private teacher who would like input on your work, I offer video consultations at a rate of $50 per half-hour of footage (or $80 per hour). In this arrangement, you send me a recording of yourself teaching a lesson and I will watch the entire recording, then provide either written or verbal feedback (your choice) about what you are doing. I offer this service primarily as a way to help new teachers find their footing or as a way to help non-trumpet players feel more confident when teaching trumpet. If you would like me to observe several lessons, I offer a package of ten hours of footage for $650.
Some teachers, if they want specific feedback about a specific student, have chosen to sit in on a lesson while I teach the student for my usual rate of $75. If this works better for your situation, this is fine with me!
I define a consultation as a session in which you do not have your trumpet and simply want to talk pedagogy. I charge $25/half hour for this service and will bill any online consultation lasting more than 40 minutes at an hourly rate of $50.
Writing and Editing
Please see below for a list of services I offer. They are tiered by complexity to prevent misunderstandings; if you aren’t sure which category your project fits, please ask! I don’t believe that one-price-fits-all, so I have provided a range of what I would expect to charge per 300 words (roughly one double-spaced page). I will negotiate a discount for full-length manuscripts (books, academic dissertations, etc.).
In all cases I require a stated deadline at the start of the project. Additional work completed after that deadline will require further payment, though I will significantly discount my rates for follow-up services. In all cases I reserve the right to refuse work that would violate standards of academic integrity or copyright law. I am thoroughly acquainted with both Microsoft Word and Scrivener.
Copy Editing/Proofreading (est. $8–$12 per 300 words)
I will red-line your draft (track changes), checking for spelling, punctuation, grammar, and compliance with the style manual of your choosing (including layout, footnotes, tables, and citations). When you receive your edited project you will find notes and corrections from me but will need to finalize the changes yourself.
Line Editing (est. $15–$20 per 300 words)
I will provide copy editing as outlined above and will also propose changes related to sentence structure, word choice, organizational and syntactical clarity, and overall rhetoric. If you write fiction, I will offer written or phone-conference feedback on character development, world building, plot construction, and dialogue. Line editing is a good option if you are a non-native speaker who needs to know if your writing reads well in English.
Significant Changes to Existing Manuscripts (est. $20–$35 per 300 words)
This rate applies if you need me to perform any of the following services:
- Rewrite or compose a portion of your draft (i.e. introduction and conclusion)
- Locate and cite additional material (including facts you have referenced for which you have no existing citation)
- Create a portion of your draft from scratch, and/or translate your existing data or source material to paragraph form
- Create or significantly modify a table, index, or list of citations
- Reduce your word count to a number specified by your editor
- Implement changes requested by your editor
Please be aware that I will charge based on the number of words you send to me OR the number I return to you, whichever is greatest. For example, if you send me a 6,500-word paper that I need to cut to 4,000, I will charge you for the 6,500. This calculation still applies if you need me to fact-check or find resources, because I still have to read what you have written (and probably several other articles besides) in order to effectively do my job.
Ghostwriting or Freelance Copywriting (from scratch; priced on a case-by-case basis)
If you need someone to wordsmith a significant project, I would love to hear from you! Such work would include:
- Non-fiction books, articles, or other written copy that will bear your name as the author, but for which you have no existing draft
- Non-fiction books or articles for which you need me to conduct original research or interviews, regardless of whether you need me to write up my findings and regardless of whose byline is used
- Creation of a book proposal for a fiction or non-fiction manuscript
- Grant, research, or conference proposals
- Blog posts or marketing materials related to a single author or topic
In these cases I will discount my rate if I receive a byline or other in-print acknowledgment of my work; such mentions build my credibility with future clients and add incentive for me. Please note that I will not ghostwrite original fiction (i.e. you provide a premise, I compose the narrative), though I will be happy to edit an existing fiction draft. :)
For additional information, please send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.