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 or another instrument 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, they would need to study piano or another instrument.
Students ages 9-13  should take 30 minute lessons, once per week. Students who are auditioning and/or preparing for an event are offered a 45-60 minute lesson.  For complete details, visit the Studio Fees web page.  Cash, check or credit cards are accepted.
Costs include, but are not limited to:  $10.00 semester (Term) fee which covers the studio expenses, music, CD’s.  The recitals are invoiced as another lesson which covers the expenses of space rental, sound engineer and rehearsal time.
Parents, if their son/daughter is comfortable with it, may sit in on any lessons.  Or you may simply listen outside the studio doors. Parents are encouraged to speak words of encouragement and not be critical of their child’s progress.
Yes, the recital cost will be covered by the final lesson in the quarter of the recital. 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, additional rehearsals and the cost of the professional accompanist. The recital is 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 $35 per one hour of rehearsal with the accompanist plus $50 per actual competition). If the accompanist must drive out of town for the competition, there is a 53.5 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.