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WELCOME BACK TO THE 2019/ 2020 CALENDAR YEAR

September 11, 2019

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 Tuesday, September 10th, and conclude on Sunday, June 7th. Saturday students will have an additional lesson on June 14th. Please note that there are three breaks interspersed throughout the year:

  • Fall Reading Week, St. Thomas University – Sunday, November 10th, through Saturday, November 16th – out of town
  • Christmas Break – Sunday, December 8th, through Monday, January 6th
  • March Break – Sunday, March 1st , through Monday, March 9th

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. Again, please see calendar for specific dates. 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 they are part of the teaching calendar and tuition schedule. Students are required to participate.

This being my 13th year of teaching piano/voice in Fredericton, my fees are as follows:

  • ¾ hour voice/piano = $40.00 (multiplied by number of lessons per year depending upon the specific weekday, and then divided by 9 months not including February – Tuesday (30 lessons, not including February = $133.00 per month), Wednesday (30 lessons, not including February = $133.00 per month), Thursday (29 lessons, not including February = $128.00 per month), Friday (28 lessons, not including February = $124.00 per month), and Saturday (27 lessons, not including February = $120.00 per month). Monthly post-dated cheques dated on the first of each month.
  • 1 hour voice/piano = $45.00 (multiplied by number of lessons per year depending upon the specific weekday, and then divided by 9 months, not including February – Tuesday (30 lessons, not including February = $150.00 per month), Wednesday (30 lessons, not including February = $150.00 per month), Thursday (29 lessons, not including February = $145.00), Friday (28 lessons, not including February = $140.00 per month), and Saturday (27 lessons, not including February = $135.00). Monthly post-dated cheques dated on the first of each month.
  • 1.5 hour voice/piano = $80.00 (multiplied by number of lessons per year depending upon the specific weekday, and then divided by 9 months, not including February – Tuesday (30 lessons, not including February= $266.00 per month), Wednesday (30 lessons, not including February = $266.00 per month), Thursday (29 lessons, not including February = $257.00 per month), Friday (28 lessons, not including February = $248.00 per month), and Saturday (27 lessons, not including February = $240.00 per month). Monthly post-dated cheques dated on the first of each month.
  • 2 hour voice/ piano lesson = $90.00 (multiplied by  number of lessons per year depending upon the specific weekday, and then divided by 9 months, not including February – Tuesday (30 lessons, not including February = $300.00 per month), Wednesday (30 lessons, not including February = $300.00 per month), Thursday (29 lessons, not including February = $290.00 per month), Friday (28 lessons, not including February = $280.00 per month), and Saturday (27 lessons, not including February = $270.00 per month.) Monthly post-dated cheques dated on the first of each month.
  • All 9 of the post-dated cheques (September, October, November, December, January, March, April, May, and June) are due at the first lesson in September. Please remember, February will be billed separately due to my involvement in STU’s musical theatre production, Sweeney Todd.
  • As well, to help with some of the administration costs I charge a once per year registration fee of $25.00 per family; it is also due the first day of instruction.

Students are responsible for purchasing music. (I often purchase the music at a discount and pass that on to you, thereby asking you to reimburse me.) Supplementary material from 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 assignments. 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 particularly, it’s important for singers to bring recording devices to all lessons with which to reference and practice at home. The actual devices used are at the discretion of the students.

I am looking forward to a fabulous year!

With musical progress in mind,

Ross Simonds BM, RMT