Rates for Knoxville Voice Lessons
Weekly 1-hour lesson – $50
Weekly 30 min lesson – $30
Policies and Procedures
Payments can be made by cash, check, or credit card. I urge each student and/or parent to participate in auto-pay through their own My Music Staff account. If participating in autopay, each month’s lessons will be drafted from the card on file on the first business day of each month. There will be a $25 fee for any auto-pay that is denied. If you choose not to participate in autopay, payments will be collected on a monthly basis and are due at the first lesson of each month. After one returned check, checks will no longer be accepted as a form of payment. There will also be a $25 fee for all returned checks. No late payments will be accepted. If the payment is not paid when it is due, lessons will stop until the payment is paid. If you choose to participate in the recital, with a rehearsal included, that fee will be $50. This fee will be tacked on the appropriate month on your invoice.
The student should come to their lessons with music prepared. Prepared means that music should be learned. Music does not have to be note perfect, but the student should have the basic architecture of the piece learned. The student should come with their music in a folder or the original book. If the teacher does not own the music a student wants to sing, it is the student’s responsibility to purchase the music and make a copy for the teacher. The student should also come with a pencil and water. A recording device will also be required by each student. This is very important because it will allow for the student to take full advantage of each lesson and allow the student to keep track of their progress. It is also suggested that the student brings a notebook so they can jot down any notes or assignments.
The student should wear comfortable clothing to their lessons. This will facilitate free movement, stable alignment, and full breathing.
A lesson time is reserved for each student at the start of their study – this is a firm commitment. It is the teacher’s goal to be as flexible as possible. If you know of a conflict in advance, it is your responsibility to make the teacher aware as soon as possible. If you need to miss a lesson because of a conflict there are a number of options available to you:
- If you let the teacher know before the beginning of a new month that a lesson will be missed, that lesson can be removed from that month’s invoice. You will not be charged.
- If you have already paid and in the case of last-minute conflicts or illness, the teacher/student may find another time during the week to make up the lesson. Each student is allowed 3 makeup lessons each semester. The semesters run August 1 – December 31 AND January 1 – May 31. June and July are not included as there will be Summer lesson packages available.
- If you have already paid and in the case of last-minute conflicts or illness, the teacher can issue a credit to the student’s account. This credit will be applied to the next month’s lessons. Each student is allowed 3 credits each semester. Again, semesters run August 1 – December 31 AND January 1 – May 31. June and July are not included as there will be Summer lesson packages available.
No-shows cannot be refunded or made up. If you do not show up without notification, you forfeit your lesson.
All lessons canceled by the teacher, or due to inclement weather, will be made up and/or credited. In the case of inclement weather, we will run on the Knox County Schools schedule.
Please be on time! Make it a habit to be 5 minutes early for your lesson. If we get started late I cannot go over to make up that time, as I likely have another student coming after you. If you are waiting for your lesson and I am still working with the previous student, please wait quietly outside the door.
Students are expected to come prepared to lessons. This means that the student has studied and practiced their repertoire, and worked on the technique from past lessons. Please come with questions, concerns or feedback on what you have discovered during your week of practice. It cannot be emphasized enough how important it is to come to your lessons with a positive energy and attitude! If the student is practiced and eager to learn, so much more can be accomplished than if the student comes unprepared, tired, or in a bad mood. It is very difficult for the teacher to work and teach with this kind of negative energy. The more the student brings to a lesson in the way of positive things, the better the student will get.
Lesson are not meant for learning music or a once a week practice. They are designed for the student to receive help on things they have worked on during the week and to have another set of ears to solidify and help the technique to become more efficient. The student will not progress if they expect a lesson to be a once a week practice. If students chronically come unprepared to their lessons, the teacher will suggest another studio for the student.
Each lesson will consist of technique work, sight-reading skills, and repertoire work. The first half of the lesson will be technique work and the second half of the lesson will be spent on applying the technique to the repertoire learned.
Contact us with questions or to get started on your vocal journey today.