Brandeis Studio Policies

Location

Lessons will take place in the choir room at Brandeis High School during the student’s choir or lunch period.

Attendance

Lessons will occur once a week for 25 minutes* during the student’s choir class or lunch period. Students are expected to be on time and well prepared for every lesson. Pre-arranged absences must be declared at the beginning of each month. Subsequent absences require at least 24 hours in advance to be issued a make-up credit. Unexcused absences (including forgetting a lesson or any other last minute, non-emergency cancellations) will not be issued a make-up credit. Students must either schedule their own make-up lesson by signing up for an open time slot on my website or speak with me directly. Unused make-up lessons will be forfeit at the end of each semester. Students are allowed to switch days with another student in their class if they know they will be absent on their normal lesson day. If I miss any lesson due to illness or other emergency, I will credit the student’s account toward the next month of lessons.

* I recommend hour lessons for students applying to college performing arts programs at least until they are finished auditioning. Make a note on your Application Form if that is the case so we can make special arrangements.

 

Payment

The cost of each lesson is $18.00. Payment for the whole month is due before the first lesson of the month. Your first month’s payment is due at the time you sign up. You can check the calendar on my website to adjust payment appropriately for holidays, teacher workdays, etc. I prefer to be paid with cash or check but you can also pay online through my website. Checks can be made out to Constanza Roeder. Chronically late paying students may be dropped.

 

Supplies

Students must bring an audio recording device to every lesson to record vocal exercises, melodies and accompaniments. Most smart phones have a voice recording function with enough sound quality to be perfectly adequate for lessons. The student can then listen to and practice with the recorded lesson during the week. Each student also needs a small three-ring binder to keep music organized with blank paper to write notes.

 

Recitals/Accompanists

My studio hosts 1-2 recitals a year. Some recitals may require a live accompanist to be paid for by the participating students. I will notify you of recital dates and the cost to participate as the time approaches.

 

Practicing

Students are required to keep a daily practice log on the website. I recommend that a regular time be set aside each day for a minimum of 30 minutes of practicing. The parent’s login page shows their student’s practice log so they help their student stay on track. Progress simply will not be made without outside effort. Any problems/questions uncovered during home practice sessions should be written down in the practice log to be discussed in the next lesson. I reserve the right to refuse to teach any student who is either chronically unprepared or not progressing due to a lack of outside effort.  See my How to Practice page for information on how to practice effectively.

 

Sign-up

To sign up for voice lessons, click on the Sign-up Page Once you sign up, you will receive your login information and I will contact you to set up a lesson time.

 

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