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Studio Policies updated 8/2020. Download and print a copy for your perusal and for your records. Please read through completely and go over with your student before completing registration. Full studio policies will always be available online, below, for easy access.
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Due to the pandemic, all lessons are online only. Zoom is our preferred lesson platform. Once your enrollment is confirmed, you will receive a Zoom link, Meeting ID and password which you will use to log on every week. Openings are also available for new students of all ages and levels. We are staying up-to-date on the newest CDC guidelines and peer-reviewed studies regarding in-person voice and singing. Thank you for sticking with us, and helping to “flattening the curve!” Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram @pinedastudio and “like” us on Facebook @studiopineda.
The Pineda Studio is all-inclusive and does not discriminate based on age, race, gender identity, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or disability.
Registration is required for each semesters. Online lessons will be scheduled on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays this Fall. Other days and times may be available upon request or later in the semester, based on demand. Please fill out the online form on our Registration & Tuition page to register for Fall lessons and coachings. Once the registration fee is received, scheduling requests will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to those students previously enrolled. Once your registration and enrollment is complete, your lesson time and day will remain the same unless you inform us you wish to change it or withdraw. The Fall 2020 Online semester will run from September 14 and end on December 18.
A non-refundable $50.00 registration fee is due upon enrollment. This fee reserves your weekly lesson day/time slot and covers the cost of sheet music, tracks, worksheets, repertoire, and equipment purchased and maintained for students during the year. You will not be scheduled nor guaranteed a spot until receipt of this fee. *Not included: extra accompanist fees for auditions and video recordings, or fees paid for voice or theory exams and competitions.
Tuition includes not just your allotted private lesson time, but covers lesson preparation, song research, creation of tracks, and more. The Fall semester’s tuition is either due 1) in full, at a discount, by September 14, OR 2) in four (4) monthly installments, due on the 1st of each month. Each monthly payment is the same, regardless of how many lessons occur within that month. Students are not charged for any days the studio is closed. This has already been factored into the tuition. A $10 late fee will be charged to your account if payment is received after the 5th of the month. Invoices will be emailed via Paypal. If you prefer to keep a credit card on file to be charged monthly, please let us know. Please visit the Registration page for current tuition pricing. Additional lessons or coachings for extra prep or leading up to auditions are also available upon request and can be paid at the time of your appointment or added to your next invoice. *If alternate payment method is necessary, please email or leave a voicemail (917) 391-0842 to discuss.
Students should log on to lessons no more than 5 minutes before their lesson time. They will be admitted from the “waiting room” at their appointed time. Text (917) 391-0842 if you have any issues logging in or if you will be late. If you are more than 15 minutes late without notice, you will be considered a No Call/No Show (see Missed Lessons & Make-ups). Please have all materials (hosting device, listening device with tracks downloaded and ready to play, binder with sheet music, notes and worksheets, pencil, eraser, bottle of water, music stand, headphones, mic, etc) ready before the start of every lesson. Please put notifications and ringers on silent before your lesson to avoid interruptions.
PREPARATION & PRACTICE
Consistent practice outside of your lesson time is important and expected to maintain your voice and to make reasonable progress. Ideally, you should practice at least 4-5 times between lessons. Create a dedicated space for your work. In these crazy times that might mean your bathroom, your car, the garage, a corner of your yard, or coordinating your families so you get those private practice moment in your favorite room in the house. Repeated failure to practice and prepare may result in studio dismissal. Students and parents/guardians are always welcomed and encouraged to reach out to their instructor via email if they have questions about practice and assignments, or want to discuss concerns or progress.
MISSED LESSONS & MAKE-UPS
24-hour notice is required to guarantee a make-up lesson. If a student cancels on the same day as the lesson, the lesson will be forfeit and there will be no make-up, credit, or refund offered. If a student does not provide any notice of absence, it is considered a No Call/No Show and no make-up, credit, or refund will be offered—no exceptions. In the event of illness or family emergency, a make-up or credit will be offered. Make-up lessons will be scheduled based on instructor availability, and may occur anytime within the semester. Alternative options to a “live” make-up lesson include a personalized video practice session by the instructor sent to the student, or students can send a video recording of themselves for a critique with suggestions for practice and improvement. If a student cancels or misses a scheduled make-up lesson, no further make-up times will be offered, but they may send a video for critique and feedback. Repeated student cancellations or no call/no shows may be cause for studio dismissal. In the event your instructor needs to cancel a lesson, the student will have a choice to make up the lesson or credit towards the next month’s tuition.
EXTENDED BREAKS OR DISCONTINUING LESSONS
Students who need to skip a month or more of lessons (with advanced notice) for school commitments or otherwise, may lose their lesson day and time. Students who cancel more than 3 lessons in a row will forfeit their lesson slot. If you are unable to continue lessons for any reason, please give at least 2 week’s notice via email to and await email confirmation. If you do not receive confirmation, please leave a detailed voicemail message at (917) 391-0842. If you have paid in full or already completed your monthly payment at the time of your withdrawal request, you will receive a pro-rated refund. If you choose to discontinue lessons and cancel within the week of your final scheduled lesson, you forfeit that lesson’s tuition.
Occasional drop-in lessons and coachings for those not enrolled for the semester are available upon request, but subject to instructor availability. Online drop-in rates are $45 for 30 mins, $55 for 45 mins, and $75 for 1 hour and due the day of your appointment. Please email or text/leave a voicemail at (917) 391-0842 to schedule. *Discounts available for Pineda Studio or Pineda Conservatory alumni.
In addition to the traditional end-of-the-year Spring Recital (hopefully in person) in 2021, there will be several (virtual) showcases put on throughout the semester. These performance opportunities are completely optional but strongly encouraged. Students are also encouraged to participate in competitions and festivals, and to prepare for auditions at their schools, in the community, and to think even bigger to the regional, state, national or international levels!
AUDIO, VIDEO & PHOTOGRAPHY AGREEMENT
Students who participate in lessons, rehearsals, and/or performances with the Pineda Studio (Conservatory) may be photographed or recorded without advanced notice. By signing this contract, you agree to you or your child’s voice, image and/or likeness to be used in our media, royalty-free. This includes but is not limited to social media streams, marketing, advertisements, and YouTube channel. The Pineda Studio will not publish the name of any student without consent.
MASTERCLASSES & WORKSHOPS
We will offer Master Classes and Workshops throughout the year, based on student interest. Past classes and workshops include College Audition Preparation, Audition Master Class, Musical Theatre Dance Workshop, and Opera Master Class. A nominal fee is usually charged.Classes are taught by the Pinedas and/or special professional industry guests. Please let us know if you’d like a specific offering.
If you need to be recorded for an audition, for a birthday or Christmas present, or simply for your own enjoyment, don’t hesitate to ask for additional information. The cost of a recording session is the same as that of the regular hourly rate for voice lessons, plus any time spent on pre- or post-production. It does not include the cost of an accompanist if one is needed. Sessions over two hours will be discounted. If you have any questions or would like more information, feel free to ask.