Rates: $45/30-minutes, $68/45-minutes, or $90/60-minutes, paid monthly on or before the first lesson of each month. Introductory lessons are billed as a single, one-time charge before any monthly invoices are issued. Payment can be made by credit, check, or cash, and processed online, in-person, or mailed to the address shown. A late fee of $10 will be applied if payment is not received within one week after the due date listed.
Introductory Lesson: This studio operates as an independent private entity by application only, providing specialized training and instruction exclusively to both professional artists and student level clientele. Before a new student is taken on, an introductory lesson will be conducted to assess and determine overall expectations including practice requirements and lesson performance set by the studio. Appropriately following a positive assessment, students may then be offered a standard appointment time subject to availability.
Schedule: The studio’s flow and function operates on a routine, weekly appointment basis to best serve the interests of all of its students. It is expected that lessons will be held at the same time each week, students need only commit to a month at a time and may discontinue before the next begins. On the 1st of each month, an invoice will be sent via email stating the total payment due. In maintaining schedule accuracy with associated teaching networks, performance organizations, and professional referral sources, invoices must be paid in full as detailed, on or before the listed due date; otherwise the studio's scheduling system will no longer hold the time as reserved, and it may potentially be scheduled over by another student from an affiliated source. Additionally, the studio posts scheduled breaks and closings throughout the year to coincide with holidays, school releases, and vacation days. In all instances, invoices will be adjusted accordingly.
Absences: In the event a student needs to miss a scheduled lesson due to illness, travel, another event or outside conflict, a personalized virtual make-up class will be prepared and delivered through the LessonMate software. These customized classes will address the same specifically tailored content and material that would be covered in the student's face-to-face session using video attachments/uploaded sheet music/PDF files/bullet point notes/recorded audio/media links/etc. This allows the student to work through the lesson at a time that's convenient during the corresponding week and additionally ensures consistent and stable progress. Make-up classes are only eligible with advance notice provided by the student via the online absence form at www.NikkMay.com/absence-form any time before the scheduled lesson would begin. Without proper notice a make-up class will not be able to be received.
IMPORTANT: Any missed appointments or cancellations should be submitted online at www.NikkMay.com/absence-form. Because of the studio's schedule type (reserved appointments only) and setup with professional performance/teaching affiliations, this is the only way scheduling adjustments can be made. Correspondence of absence outside of this protocol (made by private email, txt message, voicemail, etc) will be unable to be recorded. Absence forms can also be found upon entering the website, directly under "Student Resources".
Recitals: Recital participation is not mandatory but is encouraged! Recitals are free of charge and take place seasonally throughout the year. Recitals consist of a combination of students in voice, piano, guitar, as well as violin and viola from collaborations with Jennifer Berg Violin Studio. Recitals also include vocal and instrumental ensemble performances featured in the group class "Studio Ensemble" (SE) program.
The next recital will be on December 7th, 2019 at 1pm and 3pm at the Farmington Hills Community Auditorium, located at 32737 West 12 Mile Rd Farmington Hills 48334.
Competitions and Performance Events: Many of our students select to compete through various district, regional, national, and international competitions. Such competitions have included organizations such as The World Championship of Performing Arts (WCOPA), American Guild of Music (AGM), MSVMA Solo & Ensemble, Federation, and others. Student involvement with other notable organizations includes Interlochen Center For The Arts, as well as Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in both their summer programs and international choirs. Students are also supported in theatre auditions, and perform regularly on local stages.
Media Disclaimer: Personal videos, photos, and/or media recordings of any kind are strictly prohibited from being taken on-site. This serves to protect the privacy interests of the studio as well as those of the general clientele including artists, songwriters, recognized performers, and any copyright claims against pre-release of original work and/or performance material. All recitals, student concerts, and public venue performances may be freely recorded unless otherwise noted.
Student Materials: The studio will provide binders, organizers, notebooks, and general sheet music to each student. Please remember to bring all necessary music and instrument materials each week to the lesson.
Lesson Attendance: Please plan to arrive at least 5 minutes ahead of time to be ready at the start of the lesson. We offer a waiting area with complimentary coffee, tea, magazines and other reading material for students to enjoy while they wait before their session begins.
Acknowledgement: Please sign and date below confirming that you agree to the terms and conditions outlined above in this studio policy. Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you in the studio!