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.

 

STUDIO POLICIES: JENNIFER’S PROTEGE PROGRAM

  • TUITION POLICY:

    • Pre-paid monthly

  • WEEKLY OR BI-WEEKLY OPTION: Clients may choose from either weekly meetings or bi-weekly Zoom meetings

    • Weekly = 1 meeting per week, 12 lessons total

    • Bi-weekly meetings = 1 meeting every other week, 6 lessons total

  • PAYMENT POLICY: Pre-payment for the Protege Program is due monthly and will be auto-charged through Acuity Scheduling

    • This pre-payment reserves your weekly or bi-weekly timeslot as well as your personalized video feedback through Marco Polo. Payment must be received in advance in order to proceed with your mentorship. The card you use in Acuity will be kept on file and auto-run monthly for the duration of your program. No refunds are provided. (Note: If monthly payment presents difficulty for you, please reach out to me so we can discuss an accommodation.)

  • COMMITMENT: The Protege Program requires a 3-month commitment

    • Up to one month may be paused in the event of an extenuating/emergency circumstance as approved at the teacher’s discretion; however, you are committing to 3 full months of paid membership regardless if you pause membership.

  • ATTENDANCE & CANCELLATIONS: In the event of an unavoidable absence, one makeup lesson per month will be allotted on the 4th Thursday of the month, OR if there is a 5th week in the calendar month of the absence, then the client’s usual lesson time may be used

    • Clients are asked to attend all 1:1 meetings as scheduled at their reserved weekly or bi-weekly timeslot. In the event of an illness or unavoidable absence, clients are encouraged to use asynchronous video feedback on weekdays to keep up with their vocal progress. Additionally, one day per month will be allotted for makeup lessons on the 4th Thursday of the month, OR if there is a 5th week in the calendar month of the absence, then the client’s usual lesson time may be used during that same month. If a client is not able to use the designated makeup lesson date within the same calendar month, the missed lesson will not be made up. Only one lesson may be made up per month. There are no makeup lessons for missed makeup dates.

  • TARDINESS: If a student is more than 15 minutes late, the meeting will be cancelled

    • A makeup lesson can be scheduled per the attendance policy above

  • COMMUNICATING LATENESS/CANCELLATIONS: In the event of unavoidable lateness/cancellation, please email jennifer@jennifermoorewoods.com as soon as possible. Please DO NOT text as I may be in the middle of teaching.

  • SCHEDULING: Scheduling will be conducted via Acuity Scheduling online.

  • PRACTICE: Consistent, mindful practice will yield faster results in your vocal progress.

    • Clients are asked to practice regularly to benefit the most from your membership commitment. Clients 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 and do vocal exercises during our meeting time.

  • RECORDING: Clients are asked to record every lesson, via video/zoom or audio recording, and review the recording each week.

  • COVID-19 CONCERNS: All lessons are currently 100% online.

    • If you have any concerns related to the pandemic, please let me know.

  • VOCAL HEALTH & INJURY DISCLAIMER: Though I am trained in vocal habilitation, I do not assume any responsibility for your vocal health nor any vocal injuries that could potentially occur.

    • As a trained voice teacher, I do my absolute best to keep you in your top vocal health and make suggestions as to how to do that long-term; however, I am not a doctor or medical professional, nor do I have any control over what you do with your voice outside of our studio time. Because the voice is an instrument housed within the human body, there are many factors that could affect its overall health. By participating in voice lessons in this studio, you agree to release the voice teacher from any liability regarding vocal injury. If your voice hurts, please notify me immediately and visit a laryngologist and/or SLP if necessary. If you need a referral to a laryngologist, I am happy to point you in the direction of a helpful resource.

  • DROP-IN MEETINGS: As part of your membership, you may schedule a “drop-in lesson” at a reduced price if you have an upcoming audition, performance, or other project you need extra help on. The cost is $49 for a 60-minute meeting.

 

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, if applicable, either printed or on a tablet that you can write notes into

  • Your karaoke track, if applicable

  • Yourself - energized and ready to work! 

 

OTHER POLICIES

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

  • ANTI-DISCRIMINATION: This studio does not participate in discriminatory practices on the basis of race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, height, weight, 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 March 1, 2021