STUDIO LESSONS POLICIES
VOCAL | PIANO | GUITAR
"The studio is intended to be an equal opportunity resource for students, collaborative artists, performers, as well as those seeking private lessons and musical training in voice, piano, and guitar. Given the extended scope of students and clientele around the world, the following policies are to ensure equal fairness and accessibility to those requesting studio services."
Vocal Coaching. Private Lessons (Voice, Piano, Guitar). Songwriting. Composition. Music Recording and Studio Collaboration.
Lesson Rates: $38/30-minutes, $57/45-minutes, or $76/60-minutes, paid monthly on or before listed due date of corresponding invoice. Introductory lessons are billed as a single one-time charge; standard class structure beyond an introductory lesson will be charged the sum total of weekly appointments per calendar month. Payment can be made by credit, check, or cash, and processed online, in-person, or mailed to the address shown, options for auto pay are also available if preferred. A late fee of $10 will be applied if payment is not received within a one-week grace period after the due date listed.
Introductory Lesson: The studio offers private instruction by application only, providing specialized training and lesson design 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 base-level expectations including practice requirements and overall lesson performance. Appropriately following, a standard appointment time may then be offered subject to availability. Given the type of developed teaching and instruction provided, those unable to commit to following through on lesson material and weekly class assignments will be ineligible to receive scheduling.
Schedule: The studio functions on a class-based, weekly appointment system to best serve the interests of all of its students. Lessons will be held at the same time each week, students need only commit to a month at a time and may discontinue by providing advance notice any time before the next begins. On the 1st of each month, an automated invoice will be emailed. In maintaining schedule accuracy with associated teaching networks, performance organizations, and professional referral sources, classes must be paid as outlined; otherwise, the studio’s scheduling system will no longer hold the time as reserved, and it may potentially be claimed by another student/client from an affiliated source. Additionally, the studio posts breaks and closings throughout the year to coincide with holidays, observances, and vacation days. In all instances, payments 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 received through the LessonMate Teaching Platform. 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 tutorials/uploaded sheet music/PDF files/bullet point notes/recorded audio/media links/and more. This allows the student to work through the lesson at a time that’s convenient 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 should be submitted beforehand at www.NikkMay.com/absence-form. Because of the studio's schedule type (reserved appointments only) and setup with various performance/teaching affiliations, this is the only way scheduling adjustments can be made. Correspondence of absence outside of this protocol (made by email, text message, voicemail, etc.) will be unable to be properly recorded. The absence form can also be found upon entering the website, directly under "Student Resources".
Student Recitals/Concerts: 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 through various student duets, trios, and combined participation.
The next recital will be on December 9th, 2023 at 2pm at the Farmington Hills Community Auditorium, located at 32737 West 12 Mile Rd Farmington Hills 48334.
Competitions and Performance Events: Classes can be tailored to provide students with the best musical preparation for those pursuing competition involvements and/or audition-based opportunities. Such competitions have included various district, regional, national and international events, with 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 include Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in both their summer programs and international choirs, as well as Interlochen Center for the Arts. 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 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.