I met with a possible new teacher today and the school has a couple policies that I'm not 100% on board with, although I understand their point. There are also some positives. Let me know if these are common for schools in your area and what your thoughts are. I'm going to start with lessons again and want to get started with the right teacher. Negatives/Oddities: - You can only pay for a full month of lessons - If you miss a lesson their is no option to make it up, nor any refund. I will travel at least 1 week a month so I know I'll frequently miss at least 1 lesson. Positives: - It's $100/month for 4 lessons whereas paying for 3 lessons at other schools would run me $90 (assuming I'm traveling 1 week a month). - They have a gig session once per month - They teach music, not how to play songs. I want to play songs yes but I'd much rather understand the theory, correct skills etc. - They have group outings to watch bands etc which I think is a great activity - Teacher is confident his method will get results. Sounds like marketecture but it works b/c I've never had a teacher tell me that their method will get results or I should find someone else. The lessons are very structured, based in proven techniques and the guy has a blues focus (can't go wrong there ). I think the positives outweigh the negatives, it's just the negatives seem odd. I give the guy kudos b/c he's very upfront and unwavering about his policies. He knows what works for him and the results his students achieve. I may have answered my own question but I'd like the opinions of others.