Studio Policies

Studio Policies

Megan Pfeiffer Miller Voice Studio has transitioned to a tuition-based package beginning September 6, 2021. 

Tuition makes budgeting and planning easier for all. Tuition also saves worry about cancelled and rescheduled lessons, as these are built into the system. The student will pay for a set number of lessons over a period of time. In this case, it will be thirty-seven lessons over the forty-three weeks that the studio will be open from September 2021 through August 2022, or nineteen lessons if you choose the biweekly option. 

Lessons are scheduled for 43 weeks, not 37, or 24 instead of 21 for biweekly tuition. Those extra weeks are a bonus to you, as a thank you for your extended commitment to your progress. If one of us has to cancel, there is no need for rescheduling or make-ups. Bonus weeks are for both teacher and student. Your teacher tries not to use any, but illness or emergency are possible, which is why that buffer is great to have. If you have used your 37 lessons and there are still weeks left in the term, that’s all bonus time for you!

 


You may contact the studio at any time by e-mail or by text between 8am & 9pm with questions. The studio tries to respond within 24 hours on business days.


 

The Megan Pfeiffer Miller Voice Studio will be closed on the following dates:

Thanksgiving: Nov. 22-26

Winter break: Dec. 20-Jan. 7

Spring Break: Mar. 21-25

Summer Break: 4 weeks TBA

 

Your Tuition Pays for: 

A regular lesson time that’s “yours”

Time spent lesson planning

Teacher’s education

Teacher’s experience

Teacher’s knowledge of languages and vocal science

Professional memberships, such as NATS and SECO, that give your teacher access to resources and education that help give you more

Teacher’s continuing education, such as workshops and conventions that build teaching skills

Studio maintenance, such as piano tuning

Responding to your e-mails, texts, etc.

Troubleshooting technology

Researching new music for you

Finding good backing tracks in the right keys for you

Open mic nights

And more

For every one hour you spend in lessons, you are usually investing two or more hours of your teacher’s work toward your goals.

 

Studio members may choose from the following packages 

for September 2021 through August 2022:

Level

Novice Level

Apprentice Level

Artist Level

Independent Level

Lesson Length

30-minute lessons weekly 45-minute lessons weekly 60-minute lessons weekly

 60-minute lessons

Biweekly

Total Lessons

37 lessons guaranteed, up to 6 bonus lessons 37 lessons guaranteed, up to 6 bonus lessons 37 lessons guaranteed, up to 6 bonus lessons 21 lessons guaranteed, up to 3 bonus lessons

Monthly Payments

129 169 219 129

2 Payments

759 1009 1309 759

1 Payment

1499 1999 2599 1499

Please consult the studio about the possibility of discounts for families, multiple-lesson packages, or need-based scholarship.

Tuition may be paid on one of three schedules:

  1. Payment in full due September 6, 2021
  2. Payment in 2 installments, due September 6, 2021 and January 10, 2022 
  3. Payment in monthly installments, due on the first of the month

Auto-payments through Fons are strongly encouraged and may be scheduled according to your preference, however, at request, lessons may be paid for with cash or check.

Weekly lesson costs do not include books or other materials.  Any sheet music or books used during lessons will be purchased by the student or by the studio with reimbursement from the student.

 

As part of the switch to tuition, the studio is adding some new perks:

Monthly Online Open Mics

Pull out your guitar, cello, keyboard or karaoke track and share what you are working on in a supportive community. Your teacher may even perform too! The day and time may vary from month to month, depending on what works for your schedules. Let us know!

Marco Polo – (https://www.marcopolo.me)

This app lets us send short videos back and forth. So, when that weird thing happens in a practice session, you can send it on over for your teacher to hear, and they can respond back when they have time in the following 24-48 business hours. This is great for questions. For when you finally master that high note perfectly and have to share. Or when you want to share what you sound like singing with your band and get feedback.

Padlets – (https://padlet.com)

Think of this as private Pinterest. Each Padlet is a personalized bulletin board that the studio can share with you. The studio will make a general Studio Padlet, and your teacher can make a Personalized Padlet for each of you. Your teacher will post helpful links, backing tracks, and files there for you to access. And you can add things to your personal Padlet too. It helps us keep all of this voice learning in one place to find things faster, like that darn karaoke track! The studio will also start topical Padlets – like breathing, voice science, performance anxiety, and other topics you might want to learn more about. You will have access to all of these Padlets while you are a tuition member of the studio.

 

Cancellations

Cancellation due to inclement weather is at the discretion of the studio, but is now rare with the option of online lessons. The studio usually follows Colorado Springs D11’s closures and moves lessons online for that day.

Lessons may be canceled by the student until 48 hours in advance.  Text messages are the fastest way to reach the studio, or you may cancel directly on Fons. In the event of a mild cold, lessons  can switch online with Zoom to avoid sharing germs, but continue your progress. Lessons canceled with 48-hour notice can be rescheduled into any free time on the studio’s Fons calendar. If you fail to attend a lesson without giving notice it will count as one of your lessons. 

Remember that your cancelled lesson can give another student that extra lesson time they needed for audition prep, so DO let the studio know in a timely manner and pay it forward for when you need that extra time.

Even when you are sick, your tuition is still working for you. If you must cancel a lesson with less than 48 hours’ notice due to illness or unavoidable schedule conflict, you are welcome to take advantage of one of the following options: 

1) You may take a Non-Singing Lesson on Zoom during your regular lesson time. 

Instead of singing, your lesson time can be used to: 

work on music theory, languages, dramatic presentation, and character development;

plan repertoire; review performances by you or other singers;

or pursue other strategic planning. 

  OR

2) You may request an Asynchronous Lesson, which could include one of the following: 

You can request a personalized video or audio practice recording. 

You can request research and preparation of a listening list of repertoire options. 

You can request review and feedback on recordings of you practicing or performing.

 


TIP FOR STUDENTS IN THEATRICAL PRODUCTIONS:

List your lesson time as a conflict when auditioning! Continuing voice lessons helps you support the production by keeping you on top of your game.


 

Discontinuing Lessons

Your lesson time is reserved for you from September to June.  If you decide that you are unable to continue lessons, you must give at least 3 weeks notice.  There are no refunds or credits for lessons missed or cancelled. 

An excessive number of missed lessons implies a lack of commitment and may result in being dismissed from the studio at the teacher’s discretion.

 

Starter Package

Not sure about tuition yet? Try this 6-lesson package. At the end of 6 lessons, if you can’t wait to learn more, you can pick out your tuition package, or say his was an interesting adventure and we go our separate ways.

Six 45-min lessons = $270

 

À La Carte Lessons

The studio can offer non-tuition lessons as the tuition schedule allows. À la carte lessons are not eligible for refund or rescheduling. Sessions are paid at time of booking to secure your spot in the studio’s schedule. If you are unable to attend your lesson as scheduled, you may request one of the Asynchronous Lesson options listed above.  Your choice of option will be prepared during your reserved time.  À la carte lessons may be purchased and scheduled through Fons through the scheduling link: https://fons.app/@meganpfeiffermiller/book

30-minute lesson = $40

45-minute lesson = $50

60-minute lesson = $60

 

What happens if I refer students to you? 

Clients who refer new tuition students receive a free lesson, which may be used on an existing appointment or for an extra meeting. Simply have your referred friend mention your name!