STUDIO POLICIES

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

I believe learning how to sing should be an enjoyable and educational experience.  As a teacher who enjoys encouraging my students, I hope to help you achieve your full potential as a singer, freeing the sound of your natural voice through the fulfillment of attainable and realistic short- and long-term goals.  Since every voice is unique, I look forward to helping you discover what makes you special as a singer and performer, educating you on scientifically-based practices as well as the artistic nature of singing.  Further, I aim to help you connect with your audience and embody the character of each of your songs.  I hope that through taking voice lessons with me, you will feel empowered and confident in the knowledge of how to use your voice effectively and efficiently, steadily overcoming the challenges that are naturally a part of the overall experience.

 

STUDENT EXPECTATIONS

  • ATTENDANCE: Students are expected to attend lessons as scheduled. In the event of a pre-planned absence at least 24 hours in advance, please contact me to find another mutually-convenient lesson time. In the event of an unforeseen illness or other unavoidable emergency less than 24 hours in advance of your lesson, please contact me as soon as possible to schedule a makeup lesson. If you are taking lessons with me through TakeLessons.com, please consult their attendance policy at this link: CLICK HERE

  • PRACTICE: Students will be given guidelines on how much and how often to practice based on individual assessment. A good starting place is to practice four to six days per week for a half-hour to an hour each practice session, depending on your skill level. Please do not practice to the point of vocal fatigue. Additionally, do not feel like you need to warm up on lesson days - we will warm up during your lessons. If you would you like some guidance on how to practice, please check out my resources page.

  • RECORDING: Students are expected to record every lesson, via video/zoom recording or audio, and review the recording each week. (A good iPhone app for audio recordings is ClipNotes.)

 

WHAT TO BRING TO YOUR LESSON

This applies to both in-person and online virtual lessons:

  • A water bottle with water in it

  • A straw, if you have one

  • Your sheet music and/or your karaoke track, if applicable

  • Yourself - energized and ready to work! 

 

PAYMENT

I accept payment via Venmo and PayPal. For in-person lessons, cash can also be accepted. Personal checks are not accepted.

If you are signed up through TakeLessons.com, payment is received through TakeLessons. You can find their payment policy by clicking HERE.

 

OTHER POLICIES

  • OPEN COMMUNICATION: I believe it is important for a student and teacher to have an open and honest working relationship. I encourage students to address any questions or concerns with me directly and professionally.

  • ANTI-DISCRIMINATION: I do not participate in discriminatory practices on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender, sexual preference, disability, age, marital status, or any other protected status. If you need reasonable accommodation for your voice lessons, please let me know.

  • PROPRIETY: Sometimes it can be helpful to make physical adjustments to a student during in-person lessons. That being said, appropriate boundaries will be taken in this studio regarding physical contact. No hands-on teaching adjustments will be made without clear, verbal consent from the student. If you would prefer not to ever have any physical adjustments, you may tell me at any time.

  • ACCESSIBILITY: If you need reasonable accommodation for a disability or other reason, please notify me as soon as possible and I will make every effort to provide you with the necessary accommodation.

 

Policies Updated September 1, 2020

 

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