Nuts and Bolts

Studio Policy


Beginner and Intermediate Vocalists: Tuition is $120 per month for half an hour each week. Tuition is $240 per month for one hour each week. Advanced Vocalists (post music degree, semi-professional and professional students): I offer one hour lessons only. Tuition is $280 per month for one hour each week. Tuition is the same regardless of the number of weeks in the month. I will not teach lessons during the Christmas/New Year’s holiday. Tuition is prorated during this time.

Tuition is due before the first of the month for the upcoming month. If you know you will be missing the last lesson of the month, please mail the check to my home address. Music is not only my life–it is my living. I expect tuition to be on time as you expect your paycheck to be on time.

In your absence, if you do not pay tuition to retain your time slot, your time will be forfeited to students on my waiting list.

If the opportunity arises for a studio recital I will request a maximum of $50 per student to cover the cost of venue, professional accompanist, dress rehearsal, recording, reception etc…

Missed Lessons During the School Year (September-May): If I cancel a lesson, you may take a tuition credit ($30 for each half-hour/$60 for each hour, advanced students $70 for each hour) or you may choose to make-up the lesson if the schedule allows. If you cancel a lesson, the lesson make-up will be during the fifth feel of the month. Regardless of missing one or several lessons for any reason, the make-up will be on the fifth feel of a month. Students will not receive tuition credit if he/she misses a lesson.

Missed Lessons During the Summer (June-August): At the time tuition is due, tell me the lessons you will commit to for the month. This will be the number of lessons you will have. So, if you need a varying lesson time, or need to come more than once a week, this is more practical.

School Schedule: La Bella Voce Studio of Simone Vigilante is not part of the public or private school system, so I don’t always follow their calendars for holidays and breaks. If you intend to miss for a holiday or break, please let me know in advance. Likewise, I will tell you when I need to miss.

Inclement Weather: Being a native upstate New Yorker (yes, I was raised and learned to drive in the snow-belt), if schools are closed for bad weather, I will usually still be teaching. Please call, text, and/or email me as early as possible if you feel you can’t make it to your lesson.