Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find a number of frequently asked questions. To view the answer, please click on the plus sign next to the question below.

It would be great if all children could take piano for reading skills and a stringed instrument for ear training. Singing may be taught in the beginning to non-readers.  Eventually, if the student wants to be taken seriously, reading music may be required. This could be accomplished through music theory classes (some high schools offer it) and/or studying basic piano/stringed instrument.
For complete details, visit the Studio Fees web page.  All students will be invoiced each month through PayPal. You may pay through PayPal, or bring cash, or check to the lesson. Checks are payable to PAULA BAACK. Cash is appreciated!
  • Parents are extremely important when their singer wishes to take voice lessons.
  • It is my job to motivate and coach. Your job to encourage.
  • Please support your singer (and their teacher) with positive comments.
  • If any issue arises, please contact me directly. Please do not ask your son/daughter to convey perceived problems.
  • I do not require the purchase of any books.
  • I do appreciate on time payment.
Parents, if their son/daughter is comfortable with it, may sit in on any lessons.  Or you may simply sit in the dining room area. If you wish to come in after the lesson has started, please do NOT ring the doorbell. Instead, just enter quickly and quietly as possible.
Yes, the recital cost will be covered by the final lesson in the term. In other words instead of a final lesson, the recital will be in place of it. The cost of a lesson will cover rental space, sound engineer, food, coaching time. If an accompanist is hired, there will be an additional required rehearsal @ $60 per hour (which would be split by the performers) and a $50 recital fee (again split by the performers). The recitals are not required but highly encouraged. 
Yes, there are costs: registration fee (approximately $15-$50); $25-$75 cost for additional Master Classes; the cost for the accompanist (usually $60 per one hour of rehearsal with the accompanist plus $50 per actual competition, cost split by those performing). If the accompanist must drive out of town for the competition, there is a 58.5 cents per mile additional cost. Note:  some competitions are held out of town or out of state. Students must be driven by their parents to these competitions and/or parents may carpool.  The instructor is not responsible for transportation and/or lodging.
No, it will not. Only practicing on the average of TWO 20 minute periods per day, six days a week will enhance the students’ chances in making a select choral group or musical theatre production. Please remember: ONE 20 minute period, five days a week=good singer; TWO 20 minute periods, six days a week=excellent singer; THREE 20 minute periods, seven days a week=competitive singer.
In the past, I have had students in their 70’s do vocal study.
I would prefer the age of 10 being the cut off.  I will take students down to age 9, but only on a four lesson probationary period.
It is easy!  If you don’t hear your child singing, they’re probably NOT practicing! Check and see how often your child is practicing on their own. Minimum for 9-13 year olds:  20 minutes a day, four days a week;  14 years olds-adult:  20 minutes a day, five days a week; students competing:  60 (THREE 20 minute periods) minutes per day, six days a week until repertoire learned/memorized.