Connie Castro Music Studio
Policies and Tuition
POLICIES

Who Is Eligible?     Ages 8 to Adult....All Levels
Vocal Technique Instruction and Performance Coaching  are available to all singers --from 'tone shy' beginners to accomplished performers who wish to study Contemporary Commercial Music (pop, blues, jazz, rock, folk, gospel, metal, etc.) and Musical Theater.
Piano Instruction for Beginning and Intermediate students desiring  both traditional and play-by-ear training.

Commitment:
For a successful experience, a minimum of a 6 month commitment is suggested.  This allows the student to un-do  habits that have been getting in the way of freedom and flow, and to develop understanding and consistency with new techniques and choices. 


Practice:  "Showing up is everything!"
Create a routine by setting aside a specific time & place to practice.20-60 minutes every other day is great.    If your week is hectic and practice is missed, attend your next lesson to get back on track!  Discuss difficulties with me right away so we can find solutions for you.  Remember, even 10 minutes of 'deep practice' can create positive results.                                      


Stopping Lessons:
Students are required to provide 2 WEEKS NOTICE of intent to stop lessons.  Lessons terminated prior to the end of the month cannot be refunded.


ABSENCES:  48 Hour Cancellation Policy

Private Lessons:  No financial credit is given for any missed lessons.  When 48 hours notice is given, because you absolutely must miss a lesson, I will reschedule the lesson at a mutually convenient time.
Lessons cancelled with less than 48 hours notice will not be rescheduled, credited or refunded.  No exceptions.
I will just plan to see you at your next scheduled lesson. Therefore, please make your lessons a priority in your schedule  to avoid losing a lesson you have paid for. And remember, you can always gift your lesson to a family member or friend to come in your place.

Classes:  No financial credit or make-up lesson is given for any missed classes. If you must miss a class, you will still receive the email summary and mp3 of home practice activities to stay current.

Extended Absences (3 weeks+)- When a Full-Time student must be absent for 3 weeks or more, 1/2 month's tuition (2 lessons) is due PRIOR TO YOUR ABSENCE as a 'Good Faith' gesture regarding your intent to return, if you want me to hold your regular weekly lesson slot for you.  
This tuition is held on account for you, and then credited towards your tuition when you return.    If the student does not return, this Good Faith deposit is not refundable.

Note on School Plays:  It is a generally accepted practice that high school students may be excused from play practice for private music lessons until the 2 weeks before the performance, when no absences are allowed.  Be sure to work this out with your school teacher at the onset of rehearsals. i am happy to sign proof of lesson documentation for you as needed by your school.

Snow Days/School Closures.  Many times, a winter ‘storm’ clears by noon & lessons proceed as scheduled in the afternoons.  However, when travel restrictions are recommended, I will telephone each student by late-morning to discuss 3 options:  proceed as scheduled with the lesson; move their lesson to earlier in the day when roads are generally better; or reschedule to a different day at our mutual convenience.  No credit or refunds for snow days.

Location:
The music studio is located just west of I-25, near downtown Colorado Springs.   


Parking & Waiting Area:
Please drive slowly in the neighborhood as many children  are present.  Park on the street in front of the house or in the driveway, and be sure to avoid blocking any neighboring driveways .  An area is also available for parents who desire to wait during their child's lesson.  (Parents are always welcome to observe lessons!)
 


TUITION INFORMATION
 
NOTE:  Tuition is due in full for the month at the first lesson of each month.  No exceptions.  
Payment may be made by Credit card, Personal Checks or Cash.

Initial Vocal Assessment:   $45  (45 minutes)
As it is important to ensure a good match between student and teacher, the first lesson consists of a vocal assessment and goal-setting as a prerequisite for enrollment as a student.  At this lesson, you will learn: 
        
        How your current vocal habits are supporting you or working against you
        Your current range & how it can be expanded
        How your 'ear' is working (intonation, aural recall)
        Strengths and weaknesses in your voice & how they can be addressed & corrected
        Optimal Set-up & Breathing

As time permits,  basic exercises designed specifically for your needs will be recorded for you to begin practicing at home.


Full-Time Private Lessons:  
Average of $180/month (based on 4 - 45 minute lessons; $45 each)  
OR 
Average of $240/month (based on 4 - 60 minute lessons; $60 each)
When there are 3 or 5 lessons in a month, the student pays that corresponding amount.  


Part-Time Private Lessons:  $120/month  (2 - 60 minute lessons per month)


Periodic Consultations:  $45/ 45 min appointment  or  $60/ 1 hour appointment month


Classes & Workshops:  $  TBA
Specific Registration dates and tuition are provided for each class & workshop when it is announced.  
Click Classes & Workshops link on sidebar for details about each class.
Contact Connie to register.

Stage Training Class: $15 per student, per class
This is a special class to give students the opportunity to gain stage experience and try out new material.

What is this?  Students are encouraged to prepare 1-3 songs and then perform them at the class to gain experience on stage and receive specific feedback (in a very supportive and helpful format) from your peers to hone your skills.  I provide a checklist of stage skills and qualities that musicians are encouraged to develop, and highlight/demonstrate a 'stagecraft tip'  to help you learn how to bring your music to life and touch the hearts of your listeners.  

 

This is a closed training environment for current and former students only.  The public is not invited.



Student Concerts/Open Mic Nights:  $15 per student, per concert
Public Student Concerts (aka "Open Mic Nights") are conducted periodically. A minimal fee of $15 per student is charged per concert to help cover hall rental fees.  
Students may also schedule periodic Mini-Concerts in the studio during their lesson time to gain performance skills.  Up to 4 guests may be invited.

Thank You!