Studio Information, Policies, Tuition & Fees
Private Studio Lessons with Jane
Students take weekly lessons for either 30, 45 or 60 minutes. Contact Jane to inquire about private voice lessons or vocal coaching (this link will take you to Jane’s teaching website JaneEdgren.com).
All lessons continue to be taught online due to the coronavirus pandemic, using a combination of video and audio technologies. Successful apps include FaceTime (video only) and peer-to-peer applications such as Cleanfeed (audio), LiveLab (video/audio), and JitsiMeet (video/audio). Most students will need to improve their microphone, use headphones or earbuds to avoid feedback, and if possible, use a direct wired connection to their routers for the best quality, and to improve latency.
When a voice student schedules a private lesson, they are making a commitment to attend those lessons on the arranged day and time throughout that month. Lessons are taken weekly, and paid for in advance on the first lesson of the month, which guarantees your lesson slot and encourages consistent instruction.
SEPTEMBER – MAY
Monthly Tuition is due on the first of the month. Please note: If your payment is not received by the 10th of the month, you will receive an invoice including an additional charge of $20 for late payment.
30-minute lesson: $135/month
45-minute lesson: $200/month
60-minute lesson: $270/month
Single Lesson or Consultation Fees
1-hour lesson – $85
Package of five 1-hour lessons – $375
1-hour teacher consultation fee – $100
Sing! Book One-time Discount
Students who purchased the Sing! book will receive 50% off their first lesson with the presentation of their book code.
24 Hours’ Notice You may reschedule a lesson if you give at least 24 hours’ notice of cancellation, and complete the make up as soon as possible; preferably within 2 weeks of the cancelled lesson.
Lessons cancelled under 24 hours’ notice cannot be made up.
Online Technology Challenges You may reschedule a lesson with less than 24 hours’ notice if you have a technology related problem such as a power outage, loss of internet access, or broken equipment. Zoom, Skype or FaceTime are adequate back ups if you cannot connect through Jitsi, Cleanfeed or LiveLab, since most of them are available on smartphones. You should try these alternative apps before cancelling.
In the event of teacher cancellation, the student can request either a credit, a refund, or can make up the lesson if there is an available time slot.
Stopping or Suspending Lessons
If you stop or suspend lessons before the semester has ended, current or former monthly tuition cannot be refunded or credited on a pro-rated basis.
Expectations, Practicing & Supplies
Online Lesson Setup and Preparation
- Microphones. For those who use internal or earbud/headphone microphones, please understand that they are not always the best means for capturing the sounds of the singing voice. A better microphone produces a truer vocal sound and allows me to teach more effectively. If your phone, earbud/headphone, or computer microphone cannot handle the demands of your singing voice, you will need to add an external microphone to your online lesson setup.
- Headphones. You must use headphones or earbuds during your lesson to prevent feedback. Wired over-the-ear headphones seem to work the best.
- Lesson Space. Students should try to find a space in their home that allows them to stand with good posture during their lesson. They should have something to place their music on that allows them to view it without lowering their head or chin, and an inexpensive music stand would suffice.
- Lesson Preparation. Students should warm up their voice before their lessons, have their music ready and have learned the notes if they are working on a song. Warm up exercises are available at VocalFitnessTraining.com
- Students are expected to practice vocal exercises a minimum of 15-20 minutes a day, 5 days a week.
- As a student progresses, or depending on their ability, that amount of practicing will likely increase to 30 minutes or more. This is easily accomplished by using the Practice Plans found at VocalFitnessTraining.com.
- Students should continue to practice exercises even if they are learning songs, so they will continue to improve their vocal technique.
Sheet Music and Supplies
- All students are responsible for purchasing their own music. All students should expect to invest in and begin building a music library of songs and song collections.
- Students training in the musical theater genre will create and maintain an audition or repertoire book.
- New students will need to purchase a copy of the Student Edition of Sing! Vocal Theory and Exercise Instructions, available at the Amazon bookstore.
When the Studio is Full
During peak seasons (fall and winter semesters), availability can become more limited, and it can cause scheduling challenges. When that happens, prospective students are put on a waiting list.