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WELCOME BACK TO THE 2017-’18 CALENDAR YEAR

September 20, 2017

Welcome to each and every piano and voice student! It is exciting to embark on a journey toward becoming a musician and I look forward to sharing it with you. Before we begin however, it is important to get a few administrative items clarified.

All lessons begin on Sunday, September 10th, and conclude on Saturday, June 23rd. Please note though, that there are two breaks interspersed throughout the year:

  • Christmas Break– Saturday, December 23rd through Saturday, January 6th
  • March Break– Saturday, March 3rd through Saturday, March 10th

As well, certain holidays are observed. Please see calendar for specific dates within each month. With respect to “winter storm days” my studio is always open and, due to its size, make-up lessons cannot be arranged. Please use your discretion when deciding whether to attend. In relation to other reasons for missed lessons, make-ups are arranged when I miss lessons for any reason, or else they are refunded; otherwise, make-ups are arranged due only to illnesses or family emergencies and all upon the students’ requests.

Please note that there are a few dress rehearsals and/ or group lessons interspersed throughout the year (TBD.) These are good opportunities for students to present their work in small and intimate, but public settings, helping to insure success at the major, often larger, and generally more significant performance venues like: the Community Xmas Concert, Fredericton Music Festival, NB Provincial Music Festival, End of the Year Concert, and formal examinations. There are very important learning outcomes with respect to these exercises and as such are part of the teaching calendar and tuition schedule. Students are required to participate.

This being my 12th year of teaching piano/voice in Fredericton, my fees are as follows:

  • ¾ hour voice/piano = $35.00
  • 1 hour voice/piano = $40.00
  • 1.5 hour voice/piano = $60.00

As well, to help with some of the administration costs I charge a registration fee which is due the first day of instruction. It is a once per year fee of $25.00 per family.

Furthermore, due at the last lesson of September and dated for the last lesson of each month, I require a series of post dated cheques (1/month for 10 months, September through June, or 1/ month from Sept-Dec, 1/ month from Jan.-Feb., and 1/ month from March-June) to be submitted. Because I am directing the STU Musical Theatre production in February this year, and also heavily involved in the Fredericton Music festival in April, there will be a lot of rehearsal and performance time for me. Please, do not submit postdated cheques for these two months—neither February nor April. I will invoice them separately when the time comes. So that you can calculate exactly each month’s fee, please see the detailed calendar of dates provided. All lessons are to be covered and paid in full within each monthly postdated cheque.

Students are responsible for purchasing music. (I purchase the music at a discount and pass that on to you, thereby asking you to reimburse me.) Supplementary material form my library may be assigned from time to time. Additional music may be purchased at any time and brought to the lesson.

I provide free dictation books to record the students’ weekly homework requirements. They are extremely important tools to help students stay on task and up to date with respect to progress. As well, because there are so many verbal instructions that happen within the Voice lessons themselves, it’s important for singers to bring recording devices to all lessons with which to reference and practice at home. The actual devices are at the discretion of the students.

I am looking forward to a fabulous year!

With musical progress in mind,
Ross Simonds BM, RMT