Studio Policies and Fee Structure

Studio Policies 2016-2017

Lessons are available in lengths of 30, 45 and 60 minutes.  30 minutes is recommended for young beginners; 45 minutes allows time to explore technique, musicianship skills and repertoire; 60 minutes is recommended for those preparing for exams, auditions or shows, and for advanced students.

Cantare Studio Schedule: is broken up into three terms based on a 9-month calendar (Sept. – May) and consists of a total of 36 lessons. The tuition is as follows with equalization payments within each term:

   Term One:           September, October, November            13 lessons
60 min = $975             $325/month
45 min = $735             $245/month
30 min = $490             $165/month

       Term Two:            December, January, February                 11 lessons
60 min = $825             $275/month
45 min = $620             $210/month
30 min = $420             $140/month

Term Three:          March, April, May                                   12 lessons
60 min = $900             $300/month
45 min = $675             $225/month
30 min = $450             $150/month

From June to August lessons may be purchased in packages of 4, 6 or 8 at the rate of $75/hr or individually at the rate of $85/hr.  The summer schedule will be flexible, allowing for holidays and camps.

 *Alternative terms can be made on an individual basis for returning students for audition, performance and exam preparation.  Ad hoc lessons are charged at the rate of $85/hr.

Workshops: One Mandatory Workshop per term ensures that all have the opportunity to perform songs with a professional accompanist in front of their peers of a similar level. A portion of each class will address Ear Training and Sight Singing as a group, in addition to performance etiquette. The one-hour class is designed for beginner/younger singers and the two-hour class, for more mature and advanced students. Additional classes may be added if deemed necessary.

Term One:         Sunday, November 6th, 2016.
1:00pm – 2:00pm           $35
2:15pm – 4:15pm           $70

Term Two:           Sunday, February 12th, 2017.
1:00pm – 2:00pm           $35
2:15pm – 4:15pm           $70

Term Three:                Sunday, April 23rd, 2017
1:00pm – 2:00pm           $35
2:15pm – 4:15pm           $70


Tuition Payment Options: The studio accepts cheques, cash and e-transfers. There is also an option on the website to pay with PayPal or credit card; these will incur a 3% charge.  If paying by cheque, please include post-dated cheques dated the end of each month for payment of the following month (eg. Oct 31st for lessons in Nov.) All forms of payment must be made prior to the beginning of the next month’s lessons. Alternatively, there is an option to pay the full term’s amount in advance as well. An annual administration fee of $30 is to be paid at the first lesson. Similarly, the Workshop fees are due at the first lesson of each term.  A fee of $25 to fray the cost of the accompanist and venue of the final recital is due at the first lesson in April.

IMPORTANT: In the event of a late payment, there will be a $20 Late Fee. Similarly, cheques returned NSF cheques from the bank are subject to a $30 handling fee.

Cancellations and Make-ups:  Notice of 24 hours is required for any missed lessons or the lesson will be forfeited (not eligible for a make-up lesson). In the case of illness or severe weather, a Skype or FaceTime lesson is a viable option at the student’s regular time, with requisite notice. This is a good opportunity to work on language diction and theory. Students who are ill SHOULD NOT attend their lessons. If the teacher must cancel a lesson, students will be offered a make-up lesson; with no more than three day/options provided. Otherwise, one make-up lesson will be offered per term to be made up within that term.  Please note: you are reserving a time-slot in a schedule and not just paying for a number of lessons. Cancelled lessons over and above the term’s one make-up lesson will NOT be subject to a refund; this includes vacations outside of the December and March breaks. There will be an opportunity to be included on the “swap list” to coordinate changes amongst yourselves that do not affect the running of the studio. Keep in mind, that each student’s success is dependent on regular attendance.

Discontinuation of Lessons: Music is a lifelong pursuit, yet there are times when it is not possible to continue.  Ideally, a thoughtful discussion regarding options would take place. Regardless, 4 weeks’ notice, in writing, is required to allow time to wrap up any current projects. It also provides the necessary time to fill the empty lesson slot to avoid a loss of income. Thank you for your consideration.

Lesson Procedures: When arriving for your lesson please be mindful of the student before you and enter quietly. This allows the current student my full attention and vice versa.  In good weather please relax on the porch and in colder weather, once your coat/boots have been removed, if more than a few minutes early please go through to the basement until it is your lesson time. In kind, please help to facilitate the transition between students by limiting discussions, instead kindly sending me an email with any questions, concerns or information. I will respond in a timely manner by email or phone. If a student is late, the lesson cannot be extended past the scheduled end time.

Expectations: Learning to sing is a long process that requires commitment, dedication and practice; your progress will largely depend on how much time you put into at-home practice sessions. Ideally, students should practice 4 to 5 days a week. Remember to dedicate some practice time to develop your musicianship skills as well.  Students should have access to a piano or keyboard for practice purposes. Please come prepared each week with your music binder/books, water, and a pencil. In addition, aim to always come with a plan of action; a song to work on, question about technique, for example. Recording devices are encouraged; particularly to record warm-ups or accompaniments during lessons. Students are required to consult with the teacher before registering for auditions, competitions, exams etc. and to notify the teacher of any pending performances.

Studio Offerings:  Where Does Your Tuition Go?  Your tuition reserves your weekly time slot and studio membership.  It also covers the cost of the following:

  • Lesson planning, including technical research
  • Piano tuning and maintenance
  • Professional studio memberships
  • App subscriptions & studio software (My Music Staff)
  • Resource subscriptions: IPA Source, Virtually Vocal
  • Digital Library (educational purposes only)
  • Access to extensive Music Library
  • Studio Insurance

Other benefits:

  • Performance opportunities (NATS)
  • Vibrant Voice Technique within the lesson when required
  • Expert RCM exam preparation from a member of the College
  • Teacher with 30 years of experience teaching
  • Two recitals per year (details below)
  • Individual repertoire selection
  • Mentoring for future study
  • Audition preparation
  • On-line studio portal; log in practice time, studio calendar
  • Studio Social Media provides resources and more
  • Advice on and access to a comprehensive list of music apps to support learning
  • A devoted and dedicated teacher!

Recitals:  These offer students a great sense of accomplishment and pride for their hard work.  Students also learn the importance of setting and achieving goals. There is no pressure to perform and students may wish to watch rather than participate, but all students are encouraged to participate to reap the full benefits.

Holiday Recital             Sunday, December 18th, 2016
11am – 1pm; Cantare Studio

Spring Recital                        Sunday, May 28th, 2017
4pm – 5:30pm; venue TBA

Communication: Please feel free to email me at any time and I will respond as soon as I am able. Phone calls are also welcome between 9am and 9pm, with the understanding that I may not be able to pick up at that time. In that case, please leave a voice mail; I will return the call when I am able. If it is of a more urgent nature texting is best.

Social Media: Parents and students are encouraged to like or follow the Cantare Music Studio accounts to access the various resources and articles which are posted.

Vibrant Voice Technique:  I am thrilled to be amongst an esteemed group of professionals who have just become the first Vibrant Voice Technique® Official Instructors. In addition to conducting workshops where I will teach this technique to other singers, actors, teachers, and those whose livelihoods are dependent on a healthy voice, or whose voices just tire easily, I will be able to use the technique with my own students.  For more information on the VVT, please check out their website at

Adherence to these policies will ensure the everyone’s success.