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3090 S. Bascom Ave

San Jose, CA 95124

Call Now: 408.377.5864

Hours: M-F: 10-7, Sat: 10-6, Sun: 11-6

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Guitar Showcase

Showcase Music Institute

Private Lessons:

Private lessons involve 3 private 1/2 hour lessons a month plus access to any or ALL of the more than two dozen workshops we offer each month.


Lessons and workshops are both conducted by our experienced teaching staff of professional musicians. These cover many different aspects of music theory and performance including actual performing situations for the student with an experienced backup band. For information on the various workshops offered see the Workshop Calender


Any further questions please contact the SMI coordinator:


Norri Caplan

Phone: (408)377-5864

Fax: (408)377-3701

Email: norri@guitarshowcase.com

Overview :

Private Instruction (all instruments)

$140-$165 / month due on or before the first of the month

Three 30 minute lessons plus any or all workshops! We also have lesson programs with two to four lessons per month.


Vocal Instruction

$140 - $240 / month

three 30 minute lessons + workshops or

four 30 minute lessons as arranged with the teacher.


Automatic Billing

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We strongly recommend "Automatic Billing". This authorizes SMI to charge your credit card once a month to cover tuition for that month. This is usually done the first week of the month.


In Person

All in-person payments are made in the main store at Guitar Showcase and all checks are to be made payable to Guitar Showcase.


By Check, Bill Pay, Phone, Mail

We have pre-addressed envelopes available to make mailing your check easier. Be sure to mail that check before the 22nd of the previous month.


Late fees & Tuition

All payments received after the 5th of the month WILL BE accessed a $10 late fee.


It is your responsibility that your tuition is paid on time.

Tuition is based on scheduled lessons, not lessons taken!

Payment Methods & Policies:

Cancellations & Make-up

Please notify us A.S.A.P. if you need to cancel a lesson. We require a 24 hour notice in order for you to qualify for a make up lesson. We understand that illness and unforeseen circumstances do occasionally occur. We are more that willing to work with you on such matters. We will re-schedule the missed lesson at a time that works for both the student and the teacher.


If you miss your re-scheduled lesson, it is forfeit.

Cancellations are made by leaving a message on the teachers voice mail, OR, speaking directly to the SMI director-of-operations, Norri Caplan.


Voicemail Procedures

Sometimes, it is necessary for the teacher to cancel a lesson. In that case, you will be notified A.S.A.P and you WILL BE re-scheduled for a make up.


Schedules and Punctuality

Each student is assigned a date and a time for their private lesson. That assignment is yours for the duration of your stay with SMI unless arrangements are made to change it. It is the responsibility of the student/parent to arrive on time. Any tardiness will reduce your lesson time. Remember, there are other students waiting for their scheduled time.



If you must discontinue your lessons, you MUST notify the SMI OFFICE, as well as your teacher IN WRITING or via Email at norri@guitarshowcase.com. We ask you to do this by the 25th of your final month or sooner. IF you do not follow this procedure, you WILL be responsible for payment for that month. Remember, if he doesn't know you are not coming, your teacher will be sitting in his studio waiting for you!

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