The following studio policies will be strictly enforced:
I promise to give my students the highest level of musical education I can possibly provide. I am determined to help my students reach their goals whatever they may be. I believe all students should strive to build healthy vocal technique, produce beautiful sound, and develop engaging performance skills.
Students are expected to arrive on time (or five minutes early!) with their music binder, homework journal, water bottle, and a positive and willing attitude that will allow us to work productively!
Students must understand that learning to sing is a long process. No matter what your goal is, you must be patient and willing to do the work!
Students have the option of 45, and 60 minute individual weekly lessons.
All voice students are required to study music theory. Lessons will be divided into Voice & Theory (ie. 30 minutes voice, 15 minutes theory for a 45 minute lesson).
The first half of each voice lesson will be spent on warm-ups and technical exercises centered around a classical Bel Canto (beautiful singing) approach. The second half will be spent developing performance skills while studying a variety of repertoire.
Students can study Classical Voice, Musical Theatre, and Popular Music. Students wanting to study popular music will still be required to study classical technique and repertoire to help facilitate their technical growth.
Theory is taught out of the Grace Vandendool Keyboard Theory books. Students may schedule theory lessons separate from their voice lessons or do a combined voice/theory lesson. Regular rates apply and books are approximately $25-30 per level).
Students interested in performance will sing in a minimum of two studio recitals (Fall & Winter). Additional recital fees will apply. Students must discuss all performance and competition opportunities with Kaylee. As a student, you are a direct reflection of the studio and it is important that you are fully prepared for all opportunities you choose to participate in.
I always encourage my students to perform as much as possible and enjoy preparing them for auditions and performances such as Kiwanis Festival, RCM Exams, school musicals, talent shows, church solos, etc. Students interested in competing in the festival must speak to Kaylee about it in September. Classes and repertoire needs to be determined in the Fall as registration is typically in December/January. RCM Exams in Theory or Voice must also be planned well in advance as preparation is extensive.
Parents are welcome to sit in for the first lesson. After that, parents must wait outside the studio. Students are generally more comfortable experimenting with their voices when they do not have an audience. It is also important that the student and teacher build a bond through their work together!
Lessons cancelled by students are made up at the discretion of the instructor, but in most cases, the missed lessons will be forfeited. I require 48 hours notice if the student is unable to attend a lesson. If I am unable to teach a lesson for any reason, we will reschedule and make up the lesson free of additional charges. This policy is strictly enforced. Please take a moment to read this article about makeup lessons and cancellations - it may give you a different perspective!
Termination of Lessons
Students are expected to continue study until the end of each registered session. If you must terminate regular lessons, you must give a minimum of one month's written notice (email). Please note, no lesson passes will be refunded for any reason.
If your lesson falls on a holiday and you are unable to attend, Kaylee will offer you alternative lesson days/times to makeup the lesson. The lesson must be made up within one week of the original lesson date.
Questions & Concerns
If you have any questions or concerns to discuss in person with Kaylee, this must happen at the beginning of the student's lesson. Otherwise, feel free to email or call!
Photos from studio recitals and events may be shared on the Sing with Kaylee Facebook page for student access and advertising purposes. Please contact Kaylee if you do not want photos posted on Facebook or the Sing with Kaylee website.