Must Know Info

The following is a list of must know information.
Please read carefully before registering.

Info 1: VIRTUAL AND PERSON TO PERSON INSTRUCTION

With COVID-19 still present, teaching will be done person to person or virtually depending on the need. Please note the following:

  • Lessons will begin on Monday, September 12th, person to person, but students may opt to study virtually then and throughout the year
  • Person to person teaching will depend on COVID-19 guidelines; that is, when the province’s/ city’s numbers grow significantly, the province closes schools, or the province shuts down, lessons will continue, but virtually. When things improve and the public is given the “go ahead”, opening the studio will be at my discretion. Once again, students may always opt for online instruction.
  • Hand washing, disinfection of common areas, wearing face masks (when appropriate), and ensuring social distancing protocols (when appropriate) are of utmost importance to help everyone feel safe and be well.
  • When experiencing any and even the most minor symptoms of a cold or flu (headache, small fever, cough, sore/ scratchy throat, sick stomach, strange rash, chest/ sinus congestion, etc.) please remain home and opt for virtual instruction.
  • Regarding masks: I will be wearing mine throughout depending on COVID-19 guidelines and students are requested to do the same. Please check in regularly to make best practices.

Info 2: TUITION PAYMENT

  • 10 post-dated cheques dated on the 15th day of each month are due at the first lesson in September, OR
  • E-transfers are also an option, due on the 15th day of each month, OR
  • A one-time payment of the full year’s tuition, due on the 15th day of September, and either by cheque or e-transfer, OR
  • Three equal payments of post-dated cheques or e-transfers due on November 15th, February 15th, and May 15th.

Info 3: ATTENDANCE, MISSED LESSONS, AND MAKEUPS

  • When I miss lessons for any reason, they are either made up or refunded.
  • Other reasons for make-up lessons are student illness, family emergency, or some other unique and/ or extenuating circumstances. They are pre-arranged by students and me, all upon the students’ requests, and generally done virtually.
  • ALL LESSONS ON WINTER STORM DAYS are taught virtually.

Info 4: CONCERTS, DRESS REHEARSALS AND GROUP LESSONS

  • Please note that there are dress rehearsals and group lessons interspersed throughout the year. These are good opportunities for students to present their work in small and intimate, but public settings, helping to ensure success at the major, sometimes larger, and generally more significant performance venues like: the Xmas Community Concert, Fredericton 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 strategy, the yearly calendar, and the tuition schedule.
  • Students are required to participate in all dress rehearsals, group lessons, and public performances as the lesson fees associated with them are not refunded. (1 dress rehearsal/ group lesson in preparation for the larger performance plus the larger performance itself is equivalent to 1 lesson fee.)
  • If the COVID-19 Pandemic prevents live public presentations, student performances will be done online throughout the year on ZOOM. Please stay tuned for details as the need arises.

Info 5: PURCHASING MUSIC

  • 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.

Info 6: RECORDING LESSONS

  • All the students’ weekly homework assignments are recorded online and sent to students by the end of each lesson day. They are extremely important tools to help students stay on task and up to date with respect to progress.
  • Because there are so many verbal instructions that happen within Voice lessons, 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.