Voice Lesson Policies for Private Students
Nathaniel C. Thompson, Voice Instructor
Dear Parents and Students,
I am providing you this information for you and your child to read and go over together before making any commitment for taking voice for this next year. If you are new and interested in lessons, please go here and register an account for scheduling and invoicing.
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Voice lessons for the 2022-23 school year begins August 27 and end May 20. Lessons are held on campus or at my studio (located at 2010 Rolling Hills Dr., Pearland, TX 77581).
Payments are due monthly in advance on the 1st of the month based on the total number of lessons the student will receive during the following month. The schedule will follow the PISD calendar. This means that during some months students will receive as many as 5 lessons but during other months as few as 1 or 2.
Please do not send payment with the student. I prefer payment online through my website (Card or bank transfer), Venmo, Zelle, Cash App, or Google Pay. Card payments are subject to a 2% convenience fee. Cash or checks may be mailed or handed to me directly.
Monthly invoices are sent by email to parents indicating the amount due for the month. For new students, the first payment is due at the first lesson. After that, payment is due on the 1st of each month. Payment is still due even if you do not receive an invoice. A $10 late charge will be added for late payments after a 10 day grace period. Students who fail to make timely payments will be dismissed from the studio.
Financial assistance is available for families and students with financial challenges. Please contact your director or myself for more information.
Attendance and Cancellations
Students are expected to be prompt. If a student is late for a lesson, it will still end at the scheduled time. If a student is more than 15 minutes late, the student may be marked absent. They will be charged for the lesson, and the lesson will not be rescheduled.
If a student misses a lesson due to illness or school functions, a make-up lesson will be arranged if I am notified at least 24 hours in advance. If a lesson is missed without such notice, they will be charged for the lesson, and the lesson will not be rescheduled. Exceptions can be made for extraordinary situations.
If I miss a lesson for any reason, I will give the student as much notice as possible and will make-up the lesson. In the event a make-up is not possible, a credit will remain on the student’s account equal to the lesson rate.
If you wish to withdraw from lessons, first discuss this with your director. If after contacting them you still wish to withdraw, you must notify me in writing at least 5 days before the next lesson or payment is expected.
A lesson materials fee of $20 will be applied for new students, who will be supplied the following items:
1 zipper bag
1 Mechanical Pencil
1 Kazoo (used for technical exercises)
1 pack of binder dividers
1 practice log card
Assorted Reference Handouts
1 Theory Workbook (One-minute Theory by Holly Shaw-Slabbinck & Ronald Slabbinck)
Students may be required to supply additional materials as needed including, but not limited to musical scores, performance attire, etc.
Students are expected to practice. I have found that those students who consistently practice will improve much more over the course of a year than those who do not. I expect beginning students to spend at least 20 minutes, six days per week in practice. This is not much time, but promotes consistent, daily practice. As students progress and begin to prepare for contest and recital, more time will be required of them. Please encourage your child to spend time practicing.
Students enrolled in the choral program at their school will prepare music for a number of performances, including but not limited to: District, Region, Area, and State competition; UIL Solo and Ensemble competition; NATS Competition, and Cabaret, Pop Show, Musical, and Varsity Choir auditions.
Students are expected to participate in a studio recital at the end of the school year.
Students are expected to be prompt, courteous, and physically and mentally prepared for their lesson. This means that they will bring necessary materials to their lesson, and they will have spent effort practicing and learning the music for their lesson. I reserve the right to dismiss students from my studio whose behavior impairs their learning or who do not make an effort to learn.
Thank you for your attention and interest. I desire to teach students who are genuinely interested in learning and to prepare them to be good musicians.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me any time. I look forward to an exciting and successful year working with you!
Nathaniel C. Thompson
Last Updated 8/22/2022