Studio Policy

TUITION AND FEES

Tuition is $65 for 45 minute, weekly lessons; $80 for one-hour lessons; and $45 for half-hour lessons.  There is an administration fee of $150 due in August, which is pro-rated for students who start later in the academic year. I will email you an invoice each month which is due on the first of the month. You may pay by check, cash, or online. The month's lesson schedule is listed on the invoice so you can easily compare the dates against your calendar. Any additional fees, such as competition registration fees, will also be listed on the invoice.  Music Teacher's Helper sends out automatic reminders if an invoice is late. If you have questions about your invoice, you may find it helpful to log in and check your account summary.

CANCELLATION POLICY

Your monthly invoice is automatically generated 4 days before the first day of every month.  If you cancel lessons before the invoices go out, you will not be charged for them (up to 3 per semester).  Once an invoice is issued, you must attend or reschedule all of the lessons on the invoice.  To reschedule a lesson, log in to the web site calendar at least 24 hours before the lesson and cancel it, then register for an open slot.  You will then receive a make-up lesson credit, which will be applied to the open slot of your choice that is within 30 days of the lesson.  If you can’t find an open slot, keep trying.  Sometimes people cancel at the last minute and something opens up. When that happens, I send out an email and you can log in and take the lesson.

Any lesson I cancel will be refunded and will show up as a credit on the top of the following month’s invoice.

Lessons canceled with less than 24 hours’ notice will not be rescheduled except in an emergency.


A student who decides to leave the studio will not receive a refund for any remaining lessons scheduled that month.

STUDIO CLASSES and RECITALS 

Studio classes provide opportunities for students to practice performing by memorizing songs to sing for each other.  A professional accompanist is hired to play for students at my studio.  Dates are posted on the web site calendar. Unfortunately, I do not have enough room in my studio to include friends and family at the studio classes, but they are most welcome at the formal recital in June.  All students are invited to perform at the recital, which is held at a local church.

PRACTICING

Studying voice is no different from studying any other instrument, except that the instrument is part of your body. You must learn musical notation and should practice daily. In addition to working on vocal technique, practicing can include speaking your texts out loud, looking up performances of your songs online, sightsinging, and memorizing.  You must also pay attention to vocal health: drink plenty of water, get 8 hours of sleep a night, avoid excessive caffeine, and refrain from yelling and whispering. Always warm up your voice before you sing and warm down after a long rehearsal.

PHOTOS
I occasionally post photos of recitals and studio classes on my web site or Facebook page.  If you object to having your name or image published, please let me know.

COMPETITIONS

These are optional, but for those who like to compete, students may enter competitions sponsored by the following organizations: National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS); Northern Virginia Music Teachers' Association (NVMTA); Virginia Lions' Clubs; Classical Singer Magazine; and Hal Leonard Publishers.  Registration and accompanist fees vary.  Dates for competitions will be posted on the web site calendar as they become available.  More information will be provided as deadlines approach.

PARKING

When parking your car, please take care not to block my neighbors' driveways or to leave your headlights on while you are waiting for a student.  

WEB SITE 

Please note that parents and child students have separate logins. Parents have their own user name and password and can access both the calendar and account information. Children do not have access to account information, but they can cancel and reschedule their own lessons on the calendar.

On the calendar, students can see their own lessons, open slots, and group events.  They cannot see other students' lesson schedules.  When a lesson is canceled, Music Teacher's Helper sends me an email, and I log in and open the slot, making it available to other students.  

Music Teacher's Helper sends out an automatic lesson reminder 48 hours before your lesson.

If you have any questions about how to use the calendar, please don't hesitate to ask. I know how frustrating unfamiliar web sites can be!