Must Know Info

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

Info 1: Tuition and fees

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.

Info 2: attendance, missed lessons, and makeups

With respect to missed lessons, makeups are arranged when I miss lessons for any reason, or else they are refunded; otherwise, make-ups are arranged due only to illness, family emergencies, or some unique extenuating circumstances pre-arranged by students and myself, and all upon the students’ request. Students are eligible to upwards to two makeups/ term. With regard 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.

Info 3: 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 insure 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.

Info 4: 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 5: recording lessons

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.