- Fall Semester: September 2 – December 23, 2022
- Spring Semester: January 4 – June 2, 2023
- Fall Break – October 11-20, 2022 (dates may slightly change)
- Thanksgiving – November 24-27, 2022
- Spring Break – March 20-24, 2022
If I need to take additional days off, I will communicate them in my monthly scheduling email.
Important Performance & Workshop Dates (all optional)
- NATS Regional Conference (High School students only) – November 10-12, 2022 – University of Louisiana, Monroe
- Christmas Cabaret – 6:00 PM on December 11 at The Studio Theatre in The Lobby Bar
- Mid-Winter Workshop – January 7 & 8 at Argenta Community Theatre, ACT II Space
- NATS State Conference (High School students only) – February 24-25, 2023 – ASU Jonesboro
- Senior Showcase – Saturday, March 11 at Argenta Community Theatre, ACT II Space
- End of Year Concert – May 21 & June 3 at Argenta Community Theatre
In-Person lessons will be held at my house (16 Sugar Creek Rd. North Little Rock, AR 72116).
If you are feeling ill, showing symptoms related to COVID-19, or have had a COVID-19 exposure, please let me know. Depending on how you are feeling, we can switch to a virtual lesson that day or reschedule your lesson. If you have knowingly been exposed to COVID-19, but are not showing symptoms, please wear a mask in your lesson – if you are showing symptoms, please switch to a virtual lesson or contact me to reschedule. Symptoms of COVID-19 include:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
All virtual lessons will be held over Zoom, unless the student would prefer to use FaceTime. Make sure you have the latest version of Zoom downloaded onto the device, plus an additional device (also logged into the studio login page) to play tracks/accompaniment. The Zoom link is on the studio login page. Please view the video for some additional ideas for best practices so everyone is prepared.
PERSONAL WEB PAGES
Each student will have access to the studio page and their own personal page (or shared page for siblings). The studio page will have announcements as well as links to zoom, various tools, and any studio challenges. The student’s personal page will host their vocal range, links to print sheet music, links to tracks we are using, a link to warm-ups, as well as a google calendar with their schedule for the semester.
Each new student will receive a pencil and binder which will include various documents from music theory to song analysis and login info to warm ups. As we begin to build our repertoire for the semester, please print all sheet music and add it to this binder. (Please note: these binders can certainly be upgraded to a nicer binder if needed. Haha!) In addition to these supplies, students should also bring a bottle of water. A mask should be worn if the student is under the weather, but well enough for a lesson – or if they have been knowingly exposed to covid-19.
I will be sending invoices out via Quickbooks at the end of each month for the upcoming month’s tuition. Total monthly tuition is due upon receipt of the invoice, unless other arrangements are made. Arrangements need to be made prior to the start of each semester. If you have a question about payments, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
- 30 minute lessons – $30/lesson
- 45 minute lessons – $45/lesson
- 1 hour lessons – $60/lesson
RESCHEDULING, CANCELLATIONS, & LATE ARRIVALS
I do my best to be flexible and accommodate changes in schedules on a monthly basis. At the end of each month, I will send a confirmation email to you reminding you to check the upcoming month’s schedule for your student. This is the time to let me know of any conflicts. If a student is sick and unable to attend their lesson, please let me know ASAP so the lesson can be rescheduled – or consider switching to a virtual lesson for that day.
Students who miss a lesson without proper notice (at least 48 hours) will not receive a refund for that lesson and are not guaranteed the option to reschedule. Students who miss more than 2 lessons without proper notice and payment may be in jeopardy of losing their lesson space for the semester.
I will do my best to reschedule lessons as requested if my schedule permits. If we are unable to reschedule a lesson (and the parent/student provided proper 48 hour notice) any payment received for that lesson will be credited to the next month.
If a student is running late, please text me to let me know the estimated time of arrival. Students that arrive late are not guaranteed the full length of the voice lesson.
I love communicating via phone call, text, or email. Ideally, I prefer email communication for scheduling because I can flag important items. If it is urgent, then send me an email followed by a text letting me know that you sent an email and need a response. Please text me if you need to communicate something about your lesson that is scheduled that day (for example, running late, or need to cancel) – then please do text.
I would really like to encourage all of my students to spend additional time at home practicing. This will help all students move to the next level as a musician/actor. Here are the suggested practice times based on the frequency of lessons:
- Weekly lesson students should practice at least 20-30 minutes 2-3 times a week.
- Bi-weekly lesson students should practice at least 20 minutes 3-4 times a week.
Click here to utilize the online warm-ups.
Students will have the opportunity to perform in our annual Christmas Cabaret held in December and our end of the year recital held in May. I will also be adding in a Senior showcase where graduating seniors will have a special time to shine within their own performance.
Starting this year, I am charging a recital fee. This fee covers a multitude of administrative tasks, but will especially assist with the rental of the various spaces and payments for accompanists in recitals. The $50 recital fee is due by September 6. If paid after September 6, the fee goes up to $60.
NATS Competition – High School Only
I am a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. One of the perks of being a member of NATS is that my high school students have the opportunity to compete in musical theatre and/or classical categories for the NATS competition at a state level and a regional level. To learn more about these opportunities, please visit the Southern region website – then, let me know if you plan on participating in either the classical and/or musical theatre category.