School Year (September 1st – August 31st)
Tuition does not change month to month as it is based on 43 lessons total in the year.
Tuition will be due on the first of each month and is considered late after the 15th of each month. Acceptable forms of payment are credit card, cash, and check. There is a $4 credit card processing fee. There is a $40 fee for bounced checks and you are responsible for any applicable bank fees. Lessons will not occur unless payment has been received for them.
The student is also responsible for the purchase of all music and any accompanist or competition fees necessary.
Private lessons give the most individualized attention and are catered to each singers voice type. They are offered at 30 minute, 45 minute, and 60 minute increments. They are the recommended option for 4th grade – Adult.
Partner lessons consist of 2 students and provide a little more individualized attention than a group lesson, at a reduced cost from private. These are optimal for the same level students who may be reticent to sing on their own, but would like to get to that point. Partner lessons are offered in 30 minute, 45 minute, and 60 minute increments.
Group lessons consist of 3-6 students. They are offered in 3o minute and 45 minute increments. Group lessons are the recommended option for 1st-3rd grade. Students are considered on a case by case basis due to the varying rates of development in the voices of individuals. We will focus on the basics of healthy singing, pitch retention, note and rhythm reading, interval training, and sight singing. These are also skills that will be sharpened in private and partner lessons.
You can contact via email, phone, or texting. If there is an emergency, phone is the preferred option. Email is preferable if you need to reschedule a lesson due to a planned absence. *See absences*
Please provide at least 2 days in advance written notice for planned absences (vacation, scheduling conflicts), and the lesson will be rescheduled. If insufficient notice is received the lesson will not be rescheduled, but you may choose to use one of two allotted make up lessons for the year. A month’s tuition remains the same regardless of absences.
In the case of illness or family emergency, a make up lesson can be scheduled if 2 hours notice before the scheduled lesson is given. Again, this is only in case of emergency or illness. If you have the ability to give 2 days advanced planned absence notice and you do not, no make-up will be scheduled and a month’s tuition will remain the same. There is a limit of 2 make-up lessons per calendar year.
If the teacher is unable to provide a lesson for any reason the lesson will be rescheduled, and it will not be counted against the make-up lesson total.
Practice is extremely important and is VITAL for consistent improvement, therefore it is required. Depending on the maturity of the voice and the student, practice requirements will vary. Lesson length four-five days a week is a good starting point. Practice does not always consist of full singing for the allotted time as there are many non-vocal aspects to practicing your music such as relaxation, breathing, listening, memorization, dramatic interpretation, etc….
There are generally two scheduled studio recitals throughout the year. Attendance at these recitals is very strongly encouraged. Please make every effort to be there as public performance opportunities are a very important aspect of a singer’s growth and development. Performance aids in the development of stage presence and technique under pressure. Even if you are unable to sing at a particular recital, it is beneficial to hear others in their various stages of development as well.
Any other performance opportunity outside of studio recitals is also highly encouraged. A student should feel free to bring their music to their lessons to study with the teacher. There will be some competition and festival opportunities throughout the year that the teacher will make students aware of. It will be the student’s responsibility to register and to pay any entry fees or other competition fees that may be applicable.
At least two weeks notice before the beginning of the month is required in writing when terminating lessons. If two weeks notice is not received then tuition for the next month will still be due.