TUITION AND FEES
Tuition is $90 for 60-minute lessons and $75 for 45-minute weekly lessons. Payment is due at the beginning of each month for lessons scheduled during that month. Invoices will be emailed and may be paid three ways: by check, online (by clicking on a link within the invoice), or with cash.
There is an annual $150 studio administration fee. This helps cover the costs of maintaining the website calendar, invoicing, answering email, scheduling rehearsals, hiring accompanists, and producing studio classes for the academic year. Any additional fees, such as competition registration and rehearsal fees, will be invoiced as they arise. The spring recital fee is determined by totaling the cost of the venue and the pianist and dividing by the number of students participating.
I require 24 hours' notice for canceled lessons. Students who cancel with a minimum of 24 hours' notice will receive a make-up lesson credit that expires 30 days from the date of the lesson. Please use the website calendar to cancel and reschedule lessons. When you cancel, the lesson is made available to other students, so I appreciate students who cancel as soon as they become aware of a conflict. Lessons canceled with less than 24-hour notice will not be refunded or rescheduled. Make-up credits may not be applied to a student's regular lesson time.
Students who need to cancel multiple lessons due to extracurricular conflicts such as play rehearsals may pay a placeholder fee of $10 per lesson instead of making up all the lessons. It's better to make up missed lessons, but that can be difficult when rehearsals are being held daily.
A student who decides to leave the studio will not receive a refund for any remaining lessons scheduled that month. The studio administration fee is nonrefundable.
STUDIO CLASSES and RECITALS
Studio classes provide opportunities for students to practice performing by memorizing songs to sing for each other. A professional accompanist is hired to play for students at my studio. Dates are posted on the web site calendar. Unfortunately, I do not have enough room in my home to include friends and family at the studio classes, but they are most welcome at the formal recital in June. All students are invited to perform at the recital, which is held at a local church.
Studying voice is no different from studying any other instrument, except that the instrument is part of your body. You should practice daily. Please use the website practice log to record the length and number of days you practice. In addition to working on vocal technique, practicing can include speaking your texts out loud, looking up performances of your songs online, sightsinging, memorizing, and utilizing music theory apps. Pay attention to vocal health: drink plenty of water, get eight hours of sleep a night, avoid excessive caffeine, and refrain from yelling and whispering. Always warm up your voice before you sing and warm down after a rehearsal or performance.
I occasionally post photos of recitals, competitions, and studio classes on social media. Agreeing to this policy statement means you allow the use of student photos. If you do not agree, please let me know in writing.
These are optional, but for those who like to compete, I enter students in competitions sponsored by the following organizations: National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS); Northern Virginia Music Teachers' Association (NVMTA); Virginia Lions' Clubs; Classical Singer Magazine; National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC); and Hal Leonard Publishers. Registration and accompanist fees vary. Dates for competitions will be posted on the web site calendar as they become available. More information will be provided as deadlines approach.
When parking your car, please take care not to block my neighbors' driveways or to leave your headlights on while you are waiting for a student.
Please note that parents and child students have separate logins. Parents have their own user name and password and can access both the calendar and account information. Children do not have access to account information, but they can cancel and reschedule their own lessons on the calendar. If you have any questions about how to use the calendar, please don't hesitate to ask.
2020 College Acceptances
Madeleine LeBeau, Princeton University. Madeleine will be studying Vocal Performance and History.
Maya Kischler, Oklahoma City University. Maya will be majoring in Dance.
Joe Malone, Best Actor in a Musical
Carolyn Best, nominated for Best Comic Actress in a Musical
The cast of Catch Me If You Can, nominated for Best Musical
National Student Auditions
Congratulations to Hana Tawil for being selected for the 2019 NATS National Student Awards Finals, and to Parker Waters for placing 1st in Classical and 2nd in Music Theater at the 2018 NSA. Parker and Hana had to compete at the State and Regional levels, plus submit a video, in order to make it all the way to Nationals.
2019 NFMC & Bland
Congratulations to Madeleine LeBeau for placing second in a nationwide vocal competition sponsored by the National Federation of Music Clubs, and placing first in Bland for the state of Virginia.
2019 VANATS Results
Max Branciforte: 2nd place in Upper High School Musical Theater
Josh Lemons: 2nd place in Lower High School Classical, Honors in Musical Theater
Madeleine LeBeau: 1st place in Upper High School Musical Theater, 2nd place in Upper High School Classical
Carolyn Best: 3rd place in Upper High School Musical Theater
Hana Tawil: 3rd place in College Junior Women Musical Theater
Rachel Bloom: Honors in Upper High School Classical
Noelle Buice: Honors in both Upper High School Classical and Musical Theater
Julia Ferri: Honors in both Upper High School Classical and Musical Theater
Danielle Huser: Honors in Upper High School Musical Theater
Eleanor Jacobson: Honors in both Upper High School Classical and Musical Theater
Joe Malone: Honors in Upper High School Musical Theater
Grace Shields: Honors in Upper High School Musical Theater
Annie Wood: Honors in Upper High School Musical Theater
Congratulations to Noelle Buice, Julia Ferri and Madeleine LeBeau, who will be singing in the Virginia All State Choir in April. Congratulations to Adellaie Jung, who is a 3rd alternate for All State.
Helen Hayes Nomination
Congratulations to Abby Middleton, who was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Leading Actress in a Musical! Abby just finished playing The Little Mermaid at Toby's Dinner Theater.
"Mrs. Smith provides an extremely supportive learning environment in her studio, which was absolutely crucial to my development as a performer. She always encouraged me to work hard to reach my goals and never give up on my dreams. Without Mrs. Smith’s constant wisdom and compassionate teaching, I would never have gained the confidence, opportunities, and success that I have today.”
- Amanda Mason