Singing is Life
Singing is Life

Billing and Tuition Policies

Tuition adjusts each August according to the projected number of teaching weeks for the approaching academic year. Tuition is pro-rated across the year, so your payment is the same whether it is a 5-lesson month, a 4-lesson month, or a 3-lesson month. 

 

Tuition Assumptions

 

Your tuition reserves your regularly scheduled time slot and membership within the studio. There will be no make-up lessons for last-minute cancellations made by students. Teacher cancellations will be made up. Please make note of the previously mentioned holidays so you can plan around the lessons that are already scheduled to be missed.

 

NEW BILLING OPTIONS and MMS (www.mymusicstaff.com)

  • Invoices generate automatically 10 days before the first of the month. If you have calendar changes that you plan to make, the invoice can be adjusted; just let me know and I'll do it manually. If you prefer to receive your invoice earlier or later, let me know. I can make that individual adjustment.
  • You may go online to your account at any time and view or pay your bill. 
  • If there are discrepancies, please contact me immediately. Remember that all my training is in music; as an accountant/bookkeeper/business owner I am completely self taught and I do make errors. I will do whatever I can to fix the problem.

 

Tuition:

  • Auto-pay via MMS. There is a 5% fee for this service.
  • Venmo: @McIntireStudios. Make sure I can recognize your handle!  
  • PayPal or Credit Card via your emailed invoice There is a 5% fee for this service.
  • Check, Money Order, or your bank's Bill Pay feature
  • Ways to Pay Tuition:
  • Tuition is due by the first of each month. If tuition is 7 days late, a $5 late fee will be assessed.
  • Tuition will adjust each September.

PAYMENT OPTIONS/TUITION CHANGES

  • Payment options: pro-rated, pre-paid, or a la carte
    • PRORATED TUITION assumes 40 lessons per year
      • This is the payment system I've had in place since 2003, so many of you are already on this plan.
      • Monthly payment is the same for all twelve months, no matter how many lessons there are in a given month (typical range is 3-4, but may be 2 - 5!)
      • Makeup credits will be good for the entire year. 
      • 24 hours notice is required for all cancellations or the fee will be charged
        • RATES for Prorated tuition 2019-2020:
          • 60/min = $226.00/month
          • 45/min = $170/month
          • 30/min = $113.00/month
    • PRE-PAID TUITION is based on projected attendance monthly.
      • Monthly tuition fee will vary based upon scheduled lessons
      • Payment is due by the 1st of the month, before any lessons occur that month
      • 24 hours notice is required for all cancellations or the fee will be charged
      • Makeup credits will be applied to the bill for the following month. 
      • Makeups must be used by the end of the following month.
        • RATES for Pre-paid tuition 2019-2020:
          • 60/min = $67.60. Tuition may vary between $67.60 and $330.00 depending on the number of scheduled lessons.
          • 45/min - $51.00  Tuition may vary between $51.00 and $253.50 depending on the number of scheduled lessons.
          • 30/min = $34.00 Tuition may vary between $34.00 and $170.00 depending on the number of scheduled lessons.
  • A LA CARTE/COACHING
    • These one-off lessons are for coachings and audition prep. They may be extra lessons for an existing student, occasional lessons for the professional, or ensemble coachings.
    • 2019-2020 Rates for a la carte lessons are $70 per hour
    • Payment is due for a la carte lessons at the time of scheduling.
  • STUDIO CLASS/MASTER CLASS
    • Studio class/Master Class is no longer included in monthly tuition. 
    • The Master Class fee $25 per student. 
      • This fee may change depending on outside factors (ie, attending clinicians, featured singer, etc).
      • Studio classes/master classes typically include accompanist fees, master class, and workshopping, mock auditions, and trial festival runs.
    • Voice class typically lasts 2.5 - 3 hours.
    • Voice classes occur several times over the year and help students prepare for auditions, competitions, and vocal festivals.
    • Students qualifying for a particular studio class will automatically be invited to attend.
    • 24 hours notice is required for all cancellations or the fee will be charged.
  • GROUP LESSONS
    • Group lessons are for groups of 4 - 6 who wish to study voice in a group environment
    • If you would like to start a group, let me know and I will start a list
    • Group lessons may be in place or OR in addition to regular weekly lessons
    • Group lessons may be weekly, twice a month, or monthly according to the needs of the group
    • Group lessons require extra planning on my part, so hourly tuition is greater BUT it is spread among each member of the group.
    • Group lessons may be from 90 - 120 minutes, according to the needs of the group
      • 90 min = $120.00. Tuition is divided equally among students
        • 4 students = $30.00 each
        • 5 students = #24.00 each
        • 6 students = $20.00 each
      • 120 min = $160 Tuition is divided equally among students
        • 4 students = $40.00 each
        • 5 students = #32.00 each
        • 6 students = $27.00 each


 

Tuition Includes

  • Reserved weekly time
  • Customized instruction and coaching
  • Student Development/Research
  • Office Hours
  • Student Incentives

Required Items NOT Included in Tuition

  • Books and Music
  • Recording/Editing Fees
  • Recital Fees
  • Accompanist Fees
  • Entrance fees for competitions
  • Studio Group Class
  • Studio Master Classes

 

Studio Cancellations

24 hours notice is required for lesson cancellations or there will be no makeups granted. 30 days notice is required if student decides to discontinue lessons. `

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