Vandegrift Voice Studio - Vocal instruction for all children, teens, and adults



Billing and Attendance

Lessons are billed 10  at a time, within a 12 week period. This allows two built in days for makeup lessons.  The invoice will be sent a week before the beginning of each session, and payment will be due the day of your first lesson.

The price for the 10 week session will be $260 ($26 per lesson), or if you’d like to pay per lesson, the price will be $35 for thirty minutes.  You may pay by cash, check, credit card, or PayPal--my account can be accessed with the following address: m.vandegrift@yahoo.com. For most of you, this will not be very different, but if you have concerns or questions, please don't hesitate to contact me about it.  



Practice

Singing is a physical activity and requires daily practice. Learning songs is important, but one mustn’t overlook the importance of vocalizes (scales and exercises) to train the muscles of the vocal apparatus. 30 minutes of practice per day is ideal for a student taking a thirty minute lesson, but five minutes of focused practice every day is better than a large chuck of time that happens once a week. 

I can’t stress enough the importance of recording your lessons. I learned to sing using an old-fashioned “shoebox” style tape recorder (yes, I’m dating myself), and there are (obviously) many new options since that time. My favorite new device is a Zoom recorder, which I recommend (it’s pricy, but worth considering). Your recordings will be invaluable for singing along with vocalizes, increasing awareness of your sound (and ability for positive, objective self-critique), and tracking your progress from lesson to lesson.

 

 Recitals
There will be at least one opportunity to publicly perform during the school year, and I encourage everyone to participate. 
Singing is a performing art, and the process of preparing for a recital is important developing as a vocalist. Performing is of course optional, but strongly encouraged.   


 Sheet Music


It is not legal for me to distribute photocopied music. I might occasionally lend a sample from an anthology with the intention that the student will eventually purchase it.  I expect for each student to at least attempt to read his or her assigned music, and its good practice to own a piece you’ve formally studied.



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