Students are required to arrive on time with all music books and folders needed for that day's lesson. Please call or text if you will be more than five minutes late. Facebook or email is not sufficient since I do not have Internet at the studio. Please prepare yourself with enough time to arrive at lessons. If you are late, that time is not made up. Repeated lateness will not be tolerated. If a time doesn't work for your schedule, please alert me to the problem and we can try to find a suitable solution. Students later than 15 minutes from start time, without a call, forfeit that lesson and will be charged.
Cancellations/ Make-up Lessons
-Notification at the first lesson of a session is required if you are unable to make a scheduled lesson due to vacation, school, etc. Eligible for Make Up Lesson
For the month of December, I am away usually the last two weeks of December through the 2nd of January. This is considered Winter Break.
Students are encouraged to continue lessons during the summer months. I am aware that many families go on vacations during the summer. I can work around your schedule. Plus, I offer a great spectrum of summer classes and camps that may be a good addition to your private lessons. Let me know if you are interested!
Termination of Lessons
If you decide to terminate lessons, any tuition already paid will not be reimbursed whether or not you choose to attend the remaining lessons for the session. If you are late in paying a session's tuition and then decide to terminate lessons, you are still financially responsible for paying the entire tuition and late fees for that session. Since this is my livelihood, I kindly request that you give at least 20 days notice if terminating lessons.
Books are not included in tuition fees. I will always start us off with a song or two and then will recommend the book titles that you will need to purchase on your own. There are many great local sources for music books - Kennelly Keys, Music & Arts, Sheetmusicplus.com, and Amazon. I highly recommend our local stores but the turnaround time is a little longer.
Recitals are held three times during the year - spring, summer, and winter - at which time students will have an opportunity to share their talent with loved ones. Advanced notice will be provided. Recitals are recommended, but not mandatory. Recitals are for students who have been enrolled in lessons for a minimum of 2 months and have a suitable song memorized and ready for performance. Recital fees are $10 per recital and are held at Soul Food Coffee House in Redmond, WA. The fee helps with the rental of the cafe.
Practice and Parent Support
Practice is important. We are creatures of habit and the more we do something, the better it sticks. Daily, uninterrupted practice time, of five minutes or more is essential to establish a routine. Parents should ask their child how practicing is going. Listen to your son or daughter practicing. Show interest in their progress. Give praise. Singing and playing an instrument is a very vulnerable act. It takes courage. Having a safe and positive environment brings out the best in everyone!
While I do the occasional service of recording songs that we have worked on in lessons, there are some dos and don'ts regarding what you can do with your finished CD. Firstly, you must own the rehearsal track that we will use. Secondly, you may not sell your finished product unless the music is an original composition or you have paid the appropriate licensing fees so the writers receive a royalty. You may share your finished CD with friends but you are not allowed to post it to the internet. There are certain copyright laws that you must uphold. A release form must be signed releasing Syren's Voice from any involvement of the sale or unlawful use of your recording. Syren's Voice does not retain audio files from recording sessions longer than 1 week from CD issue. If you require a backup CD for tracks for a future recording session, you may request one.
Acceptance into Syren's Voice Studio
I have the right to refuse service to anyone. Disrespect, harassment, and unruly behavior is not tolerated. My studio is run with kindness, respect, patience, compassion, and good graces. While I am flattered that a potential student may wish to take lessons from me, it may not always be possible. Harassment, email bombardments, etc., while enthusiastic, are not appreciated. Please know that I do not accept everyone as a student. Our personalities must be compatible and we must have an understanding of goals and expectations. Focus is a big factor for acceptance. If your son or daughter has trouble maintaining focus for 20 - 30 mins, then, perhaps, the time may not be right for them. Be patient. Learning takes courage and drive.
Equality in Community
Syren's Voice Studio, opened in 2010, has been rich with the stories and smiles of folks of every age, colour, gender, religion, economic status, political affiliation, LGBTQ, immigrants, those with disabilities, and special needs too. This studio has been and will continue to be a safe place for humanity.