MUSHALL MUSIC STUDIO
2020 - 2021 STUDIO POLICY
(Effective August 1, 2020)
At Mushall Music Studio, I believe in Nurturing the WHOLE Singer - Body, Mind and Voice. We do that with a blend of traditional vocal pedagogy and Alexander Technique - whole body awareness technique - which provides a more exploratory learning environment. Every person learns in a unique way and at their own pace. That is the joy of private and group lessons - we get to take our time to develop skills that can lead to a lifelong journey of healthy, joyful singing. Each lesson is tailored to the individual’s goals and aspirations. It is my primary focus to provide a safe, nurturing environment to explore and grow your musical skills
Voice Students at Home - Need access to a piano or keyboard for learning their musical line. If a student does not have access to this, it is useful to get the Appcompanist App to have access to background tracks. It is also useful to have a music stand for practicing.
In-Person Lessons - Students should have a a 3-ring binder binder for their repertoire and notebook paper for assignment notes. Be sure to bring your books and binder to lessons along with a pencil and water bottle. Recording devices are great and I encourage you to record your lesson for review throughout the week.
Online Lessons - Starting in August, 2020, all lessons and trainings will be held online with a combination of Zoom and Cleanfeed. If using Zoom, please ensure that all suppression of sound is disabled and that you (the student) has Original Sound On. To make the most out of these lessons, I encourage you to use a computer for lessons - preferably near a router or hardwired in (Ethernet). The stronger the signal, the less lag time and connection issues we will run into. Have your phone or tablet available to play your accompaniment tracks. Again, having a music stand is really helpful and encourages a more coordinated use of the body than sitting at a desk or holding a folder for long periods of time. Most important, the student must have a space that is comfortable for them to sing out and enjoy the singing process!
Parental Support is essential for healthy musical training. Students who have parents that play an active role in their process tend to be more enthusiastic and productive. Providing a quiet place to practice and encouraging a regularly scheduled time to practice is essential. It is also essential that parents allow their young singers an opportunity to make sounds that you might not think are “good”. That’s OK! We make LOTS of CRAZY sounds in the studio and in practice. Support your vulnerable learner by withholding anything that may be construed as criticism. If you have specific concerns, I would encourage you to ask me directly. Your opinion is the most important, and so any questions or suggestions can sometimes be heard as a criticism and stunt the creative learning process. Your love and support are the best things you can give to your musical artists!
**Due to the current risk of exposure with Covid-19. I ask that parents please NOT come into the studio. If you have an urgent need, please contact me and I will be happy to meet you at the front door. If you need to come in, please be sure to wear a mask at all times.
GROUP CLASSES PERFORMANCES STUDIO BREAKS
Elementary Group Classes: 60-minute small group youth classes for singers between 8-12 years old. Classes meet on Mondays at 4:00 - 5:00 PM and include a total of 13 classes per semester (26 total). These classes will provide opportunities to delve into topics like Kinesthetic Body Awareness, How to learn a song, Basic Vocal Health, and Reading Music. We will start with a warm-up, work in a book on music reading and sight-singing, and work on solos, and duets. These classes will have a maximum of 5 students. All students are required to purchase The Full Voice Workbook and one Songbook. (A minimum of 3 signed up students are required for group pricing.)
Teen Group Classes: 75-minute small group youth classes for singers between 13 - 18 years old. Classes meet on Mondays at 5:15 - 6:30 PM and include a total of 13 classes per semester (26 total). These classes will provide opportunities to delve into topics like Kinesthetic Body Awareness, Creating a Character, Vocal Anatomy, Music Theory, and Sight-Singing. We will start with a warm-up, work in a book on music reading and sight-singing, and work on solos, and duets. These classes will have a maximum of 6 students. All students are rrequired to purchase a sight-singing book (TBD) and one Songbook (TBD). (A minimum of 3 signed up students are required for group pricing.)
Adult Group Lessons: 75-minute small group ADULT classes for singers over the age of 18 years old. Classes meet on Tuesdays at 6:30 - 7:45 PM and include a total of 13 classes per semester (26 total). These classes will provide opportunities to delve into topics like Performing Confidence,Vocal Anatomy, Music Theory, and Sight-Singing. We will start with a warm-up, work in a book on music reading and sight-singing, and work on solo songs. All class members will learn the same songs and we will explore personal interpretation and style. These classes will have a maximum of 6 students. All members will be required to purchase a copy of Sing at First Sight and Singer’s Library of Song (available in high and low voice). Additional song options will be available to each individual to sing their own unique song of choice throughout the year. (A minimum of 3 signed up students are required for group pricing.)
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