FAQ’s

FAQ’s

How much do you charge, when do I pay and how long are the lessons?

I charge $35 per half hour and charge five lessons in advance. I do not charge a deposit. On your first lesson you will be given a tax invoice for $150.00 and your five lesson times will be confirmed. This invoice is payable within seven days. I run the lessons in line with the school terms giving us four terms per year. School terms are usually ten weeks in duration with a two week break (with the exception of the six week Christmas holiday break). After your five lessons have taken place, you will be issued with another tax invoice for the balance of the term (usually five more lessons, however some terms are shorter or longer than ten weeks). Please read down further on this page to view the school terms.

 

2009 Tuition Terms:

Term 1: Jan 27 – Apr 9

Term 2: Apr 27 – Jul 3

Term 3: Jul 20 – Sep 25

Term 4: Oct 12 – Dec 11

 

2010 Tuition Terms:

Term 1: Jan 27 – Apr 1

Term 2: Apr 19 – Jul 2

Term 3: Jul 19 – Sep 24

Term 4: Oct 11 – Dec 10

 

What happens if I miss a lesson?

require 24 hours notice for a missed lesson or it will be charged. This allows me to reschedule. I will then try to arrange a makeup lesson for you. If lessons are consistently missed (other than due to illness), then I think I need to review your commitment. As I have a waiting list and this is my profession it would be unfair to continually cancel & expect to keep your lesson time.

What should I bring to a lesson?

A blank CD. You will be given a CD of scales and a folder of information about your voice and how to care for it. You may wish to record your lesson on your blank CD, or have a second CD for recording any practise backing tracks. One for scales & the other for backing tracks. It’s also a good idea to have a singing folder for your sheet music, lyrics & other relevant handouts to be kept in.

What ages do you teach?

I have taught students ranging from eight years to retirement age. Generally I would say ten is a good starting age as concentration seems to be stronger, but it does depend on the individual.

Can I watch my friend’s / child’s / partner’s lesson?

It’s really up to the individual student and how they feel about it. Singing in front of others in the initial stages of learning may be intimidating & distracting & therefore impede learning. The training facility has a waiting area if required.

What style do you teach?

I teach the styles which I perform, being contemporary (basically songs you may hear on commercial radio) and Jazz. I also has a love of country music and music theatre. The basic singing techniques are the same regardless of musical genre. I will encourage you to bring along CD’s of songs that you like or suggest songs that are appealing. I can apply technique to any song. I may suggest certain songs that I feel may benefit you vocally or demonstrate a certain technique which we have been working on. I believe that it is important for you be happy with the choice song that you are singing.

But I can’t sing that well & you’re going to run when you hear my voice! Should I still have lessons?

Definitely, it’s all about learning and having fun while you’re doing it. I love teaching beginners. They have no pre-conceived ideas about the voice and are open to learning new techniques. Everyone has to start somewhere. You are a vocal instrument, which is no different to someone starting piano lessons, both require instruction on how to play their instrument. In some ways singing is more vulnerable, you are opening up a part which is uniquely you.

Do I have to read music?

No, not to have lessons. Reading music is a great skill to have as it helps you to be a well rounded musician. It all depends on what you are wanting from your lessons. I can teach music reading & theory if desired.

How often will I have to practice?

How quickly do you want to progress? I live in the real world and know that it can often be tough to practice as often as you like. I do not chastise students for not practicing as it’s ultimately your responsibility. In the case of a child/teenager, I think the parent has a right to know if their child is not committed. Having said this, I am yet to encounter a student I have had to address this problem with. In the initial stages  say about 15 mins practice daily will benefit more than cramming practice into a couple of hours at the end of the week. Consider yourself a vocal athlete. You are training your muscles to perform new tasks, this can result in fatigue. Never practice until it hurts, pain does not equal gain.

What can I expect to learn in lessons?

You will learn the principles of:

Students are as individual as their voice. What you want to achieve from lessons may differ from the next student. You may not want to know all the music industry information for example, or how to write your own contracts. Everyone ,however, will be taught the principles of singing.

What additional benefits will I receive by being one of Katrina’s student?

Are you taking any new students now?

Katrina is currently fully booked for 2009. If you would like to become a student, please contact me to be placed on my waiting list. I still suggest you periodically check in with me to see if any vacancies have opened up or are about to open up.