LessonMate takes the pain out of music makeup lessons.

In the past, group classes, live makeups and refunds were our only options. But none of them are perfect. That's why we built LessonMate, an online makeup solution that works for everyone.
No phone calls. No rescheduling. No refunds required!

Step 1

During the missed lesson time, the teacher creates a makeup.

Step 2

Makeups can contain text, video, audio, PDFs and images.

Step 3

Student receives the makeup and continues to practice.

Schools already love LessonMate!

"LessonMate has been a life changer for our studio. We're able to run our studio without makeup lessons, and there are no more scheduling headaches."

Kristina Oreskovich, Director
Omaha School of Music and Dance

"The more we use it, the more we're convinced it's another great tool to help us with student retention. The whole team are wonderful to work with."

Vince Spezialy, Director
Anchorage Music & Dance Center

"We love the modern means of teacher-student-parent communication that LessonMate provides. So far we’ve created over 5,000 lesson notes with it!"

Ryan Cullen, Director
Louisiana Academy of Performing Arts

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How to create the perfect online makeup - in LessonMate.

Creating the perfect makeup is easy - you just need the right tools. Lesson text, personalized video, YouTube clips, PDFs, MP3s and photos all accessible and organized in one space. LessonMate is the perfect online makeup solution.

Step 1

Give your makeup lesson an informative title.

Students can access all previous lessons in their dashboard. An informative title will make it easier for them to find each lesson in the future.

Step 2

Write notes for the lesson with rich-text formatting.

Reference books and other materials. Remind your student what to practice and give them a new task for the week ahead.

Step 3

Add videos directly from YouTube.

Show them a performance of the song they’re working on. The definitive classic version or an interesting new interpretation of the piece.

Step 4

Record video and upload docs.

Record personalized video demonstrating what to play and how to play it. Upload PDFs, MP3s and photos for the student to view, download and print.

Makeup Accomplished!

Give your students and families all the visual and audio tools they need to practice and progress, even when they miss.

The LessonMate Makeup is a real solution to the missed lesson. It's good education for students, increased value for parents and allows you and your studio the time to focus on what's really important - great teaching!

View this example lesson

Sign up for a 14-day free trial or create your own demo lesson right now!

Got questions? Check our FAQs page!

Free Makeup-Lesson Playbook!

Simple steps to using LessonMate for missed lessons.

A Mini-Guide for Music Teachers and Studio Owners

Ultimate Organization for Studios

LessonMate allows studios to add unlimited teachers, students and classes. Through the Admin Dashboard you can create multiple teacher accounts and easily assign students to teachers and classes.

Create and deliver makeup lessons on the spot. Never reschedule or refund another missed lesson again!

People already love LessonMate!

Both our music & dance teachers use LessonMate. The more we use it, the more we're convinced it's another great tool to help us with student retention. We’re always looking for an 'added value' for our families and more accountability from our teachers. LessonMate provides both. The whole team have been wonderful to work with.

Vince Spezialy
Anchorage Music & Dance Center

LessonMate is an immensely helpful tool for me as a guitar instructor. I love the ability to share and save helpful information such as song links, sheet music, chord charts, and videos.

Lucas Martinez
Guitar Instructor, Los Angeles

LessonMate is the future of paperless music lessons! I am exponentially more efficient and have more productive lessons because my students and I have one source for all of their resources and I never have to worry about them losing or forgetting their materials. I would recommend LessonMate to any instructor who values ease of teaching, organization, and peace of mind!

Jake Jamieson
Drum Instructor, Los Angeles

I use LessonMate as an alternative to missed lessons for my students. It's a win-win! My students have become very used to viewing their online lessons and will sometimes request a LessonMate to ease the pressure on their hectic family schedules. Everyone likes having the ability to pause the videos and view their lessons multiple times. I highly recommend LessonMate to music teachers!

Tina Booth
Piano Instructor, Charlotte, NC

We are loving the modern means of teacher-student-parent communication that LessonMate provides. So far we’ve created over 5,000 lesson notes with it, and we routinely get compliments from everyone about how nice it is to be able to have every lesson saved to reference in digital format. Support has also been great and they are always working on new features.

Ryan Cullen, Director
Louisiana Academy of Performing Arts

Frequently Asked Questions

About LessonMate

What is LessonMate?

LessonMate is a complete makeup lesson system. It’s an online platform that allows private music teachers to create lessons for students who are absent, avoiding the hassles and headaches associated with the missed lesson.

Why would I want to use it?

LessonMate is for those who’ve had trouble finding a simple, modern and educationally sound alternative to the traditional makeup lesson. It’s a completely maintenance free system that works for everyone - front desk, teachers and families.

Who is already using LessonMate?

Independent music teachers and multiple teacher music studios all across the country.


What does it cost?

The cost is $1 per lesson on our Pay Per Lesson plan and the unlimited Makeups Plus plan starts at $19/month.

Is it cost effective?

There is a real cost in time, money for refunding lessons, scheduling and teaching live makeups/group classes. LessonMate is a low cost alternative that is good business and good education.

Is there a free plan?

There is no free plan, but there is a 14-day free trial and a 30-day money-back guarantee!

Signing Up

How do I sign up?

To sign up, click the “Start my free trial” button on the Homepage of our website or go directly to the Pricing page, select the plan you wish to begin with and then fill in the info on our signup page.

Which plan should I choose?

If you plan on using LessonMate just for missed lessons, The Pay Per Lesson Plan is best. If you want to use LessonMate as a lesson/practice journal for every student, every week, then the Makeups Plus Plan is your best choice.

What is an 'Active' student?

An active student is one assigned to a teacher or a class in LessonMate. Students not assigned don't count towards your total.

Can I switch plans or cancel at any time?

Yes. Contact us and we’ll make immediate arrangements.

Getting Started

How do I implement this at my school?

LessonMate gives you all the tools to hit the ground running. Docs and videos to give to your students, teachers and staff introducing LessonMate, website text to explain your new missed lesson policy.

How do I import my students?

We offer a concierge service to help import all your teachers and students into your LessonMate account.

How do I get my admin staff onboard?

We’ll provide you with videos and docs to explain the how’s and why’s of implementing LessonMate. Our support page will answer most questions that may arise.

How do I get my teachers onboard?

Once you create an account for a teacher, they’ll automatically be sent info about how to use LessonMate - from signing in to creating lessons to using all the features successfully.

The LessonMate Story

Hi, I’m Dave. My wife Laura and I have been private music teachers for our entire adult lives teaching in just about every situation imaginable - out of our home, out of students homes, in studios and in schools.

In 2008 we opened Bloom School of Music and Dance in Los Angeles, CA. We quickly recognized a big problem that had been quietly plaguing us for years:

What to do when students miss lessons?

While we had always felt the impact of the missed lesson, owning a school made the issue obvious. Staff having to reschedule lessons, teachers having to teach makeups and us owners having to parse out credits and refunds - it was really starting to bog the school down. We also realized that students who were missing lessons were not getting the info needed to stay engaged. It was time for a change.

After muddling together a solution of YouTube, Gmail and other services, we decided to face the problem head on and develop an all-in-one platform made just for missed lessons. With the aid of our trusty developer, Dan, LessonMate was born. Since then it’s helped not only our program, but teachers and studios from Anchorage to Boston survive the missed lesson conundrum.

If you feel the need for a change in your studio, check out LessonMate free for 14 days. I think you’ll like it as much as we do.

Dave Hemann


Laura Porter


Dan Weaver


Start your 14-day free trial!

Pay Per Makeup

The perfect solution for makeup lessons.


Minimum $10/month

Unlimited StudentsPay per makeupUnlimited TeachersUnlimited UploadsUnlimited Recording

Makeups Plus

Not just for makeups - use it every lesson!


100 Active StudentsUnlimited LessonsUnlimited TeachersUnlimited UploadsUnlimited Recording

Which plan should I choose?

Pay Per Lesson is the perfect solution for makeup lessons. The Makeups Plus plan allows you to make lessons for every student, every week.

When will I be charged?

Your first charge will be at the end of your trial. We have a 30-day money-back guarantee so you can try LessonMate with no risk!

How do I import my students?

We import your existing student data into your LessonMate account to get you up and running and creating lessons in no time.

I have more than 500 students!

For studios with 500+ students on Makeups Plus, every additional 100 students is an extra $25/month. That's just 25¢/student/month!

Got questions? Check our FAQs page!

How much does your makeup policy cost you?

Choose your makeup policy:

Our calculator will show how much your makeup policy is really costing you.

The real cost of your "No Makeups" policy.

Using LessonMate, your teachers deliver personalized makeups during the missed lesson time. This is added value for your parents, great education for your students and no maintenance for you or your front desk!

The real cost of your "Live Makeups" policy.

LessonMate requires no phone calls, no scheduling and no extra teaching! Teachers deliver personalized makeup lessons for every lesson missed.

The real cost of your "Group Makeups" policy.

LessonMate requires no phone calls, no scheduling and no additional teaching space! Teachers deliver personalized makeup lessons for every lesson missed.

The real cost of your "Credit / Refund" policy.

LessonMate requires no phone calls, no scheduling, no extra teaching and no refunds! Teachers deliver personalized makeup lessons for every lesson missed.