Christian Monson

Bracken Fern LLC


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Q: How frequently does a typical student meet with you?

A: Different students have different needs. Some students are largely independent. These independent students prefer a week between lessons to focus on their reading and project work. Other students learn better with a hands-on approach and prefer to meet two or three times a week.


I recommend that we meet at least once a week for 50 minutes. Meeting once a week gives you time between lessons to read and do assignments independently, while a 50 minute lesson gives us enough time to review and discuss your progress, answer questions that came up during the week, learn something new, and plan the tasks for the next week.

55 min


1 h 25 min


1 h 55 min


Q: How long are lessons?

A: I offer 55 minute, 1 hour 25 minute, and 1 hour 55 minute lessons​. See the table below for details.

Q: How much do lessons cost?

A: Here is a table with lesson length and price information.

Q: How do I pay you?

A: By the 5th of each month I will email you a secure bill for the upcoming month's expected lessons. That bill will be due by the 15th of the month. After the 15th of the month, I will not be able to hold your next lesson until your bill is paid. If you cancel a lesson with 24 hours notice, the price of that missed lesson will be credited to next month's bill.

For example, in January 2020 there are 4 Mondays but 5 Fridays. Suppose we usually meet once a week on Mondays for 50 minutes. By January 5th you will receive an email with a bill from Paypal (or a similar secure service) for the price of 4 50 minute lessons. You will need to pay this bill, by credit card or other means, by the 15th of January.

Q: What is your cancelation policy?

A: Please give me 24 hours notice if you are going to miss a session.

Q: How does online coaching work?

A: The tools available to communicate online are impressive. We can video chat over Skype or Google Hangouts. Online whiteboards like let us type, draw notes, and share diagrams. We'll try out these tools in the free initial session to make sure you are comfortable using them.

Q: Where is your home studio?

A: My home studio is in South Bellevue, just south of I-90, in the Eastgate neighborhood.