Cantare Studio Policies 2019-2020
Welcome to Cantare Studio. The following policies outline the operation of the studio and its expectations. Please read carefully over the policies and endorse and return the final page of the agreement to be retained in your file. Always feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.
Lessons are available in lengths of 30, 45 and 60 minutes. 30 minutes is recommended for young beginners; 45 minutes allows more time to explore technique, musicianship skills and repertoire; 60 minutes is recommended for those preparing for exams, auditions or shows, and for advanced students and adults.
Cantare Studio Schedule: is broken up into three terms based on a 9-month calendar (Sept. – May) and consists of approximately 36 lessons. The tuition is as follows with equal payments over 9 months plus an annual admin fee of $30 (family $50). The first payment is required prior to the first lesson and then by the end of each month preceding the next month’s lessons. Please provide post-dated cheques or arrange scheduled e-transfers or VISA payments. Each term will include a Sunday workshop where students may perform for one another and work on musicianship and performance skills. Appropriate groups will be made based on ages/levels within the studio. Workshop dates are also listed below. Please mark these in your calendars.
Monthly Tuition: 30 min = $200 45 min = $300 60 min = $375
Term One: September, October, November Sunday, November 17th, 2019
2:00-4:00pm Int. & Adv.
Term Two: December, January, February Sunday, February 9h, 2020
2:00-4:00pm Int. & Adv.
Term Three: March, April, May Sunday, April 19th, 2020
2:00-4:00pm Int. & Adv.
From June to August lessons may be purchased in packages of 4 or 8 at the rate of $85/hr or individually at the rate of $90/hr. The summer schedule will be flexible, allowing for holidays and camps. Lesson packages must be used up by end of the summer term and are not eligible for the fall term.
Please note this studio runs on a “No Make-up Lesson” policy. This is Good News for everyone. This means that if you know in advance you cannot make a lesson you can log into the calendar and mark yourself absent. At this time, you will see the option to create an open space for someone else. Next, search for an open time spot which may be available from someone else’s cancellation. You will know it is available when you see: 0/1 as opposed to 1/1. This may require checking from time to time, but the calendar will be up-to-date.
Tuition Payment Options: The studio accepts cheques, cash and e-transfers. There is also an option to pay with PayPal which will incur a 3% charge. All forms of payment must be made prior to the beginning of the next month’s lessons. In order to secure your space, kindly ensure you have checked the box to agree to these policies when making your first payment.
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.
Inclement weather policy: 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 two day/options provided. Please note: you are reserving a time-slot in a schedule and not just paying for a number of lessons. 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, but be sure that I am aware that you have arrived. 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. Please note: If a student is late, the lesson cannot be extended past the scheduled end time.
Expectations: Learning to sing is a process that requires commitment, dedication and mindful 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 come with a plan of action; a song to work on, or a question about technique, for example. Recording devices are encouraged; particularly to record warm-ups or accompaniments during lessons. These recordings are for your use only. 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
- Resource Handouts
- Piano tuning and maintenance
- Professional studio memberships
- App subscriptions and studio software (My Music Staff), Pro Sing & See
- Subscriptions: IPA Source, Virtually Vocal
- Digital Library (educational purposes only)
- Access to extensive Music Library
- Studio Insurance
- Performance opportunities (NATS), recitals, festivals etc
- Vibrant Voice Technique within the lesson when required
- Expert RCM exam preparation from a member of the College of Examiners
- Teacher with 30 years of experience teaching
- Two recitals per year (details below)
- Individual repertoire selection
- Mentoring for future study/recommendation letters
- Audition preparation
- On-line studio portal; studio calendar & resources
- 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 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 15th or 22nd 2019 TBD
11am – 1pm; Cantare Studio
Spring Recital Sunday, May 31st, 2020
4pm – 5:30pm; venue TBD
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 Studio accounts to access the various resources and articles which are posted. (Facebook and Twitter)
Vibrant Voice Technique: I am thrilled to be amongst an esteemed group of professionals who have become Vibrant Voice Technique® Official Instructors. In addition to conducting workshops where I 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 am able to use the technique with my own students when required. For more information on the VVT, please check out their website at www.vibrantvoicetechnique.com.
Adherence to these policies will ensure everyone’s success. I’m looking forward to working with you all!
New this year: Group Vocal Classes! See attached regarding the following:
These run in Two 12- week Terms.
Introductory Vocal Music Class for 5 & 6 yr olds
Group Vocal Class for 7 & 8 yr olds
Adult Group Singing Class