Private Voice, Piano, Guitar, Ukulele, Electric Bass, Mandolin, and Penny Whistle lessons
We hand select our teachers based on two criteria:
- Ability to engage students in musical learning for upbeat and fun lessons.
- Ability to provide high quality age/skill appropriate lessons to all students.
FALL 2019 Private Lessons Request Form
We are now accepting requests for FALL private lessons. Due to high volume we ask that you first submit a request for lessons. We will get back to you with available times and a start date.
Naptown Sings and Plays! Private Lessons Policies
Prior to registering for lessons, please familiarize yourselves with these policies, and write down all pertinent dates.
EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 1st 2019
Monthly Membership Services
- Weekly Private Lessons
- Lesson Materials and Music
- 2 Recitals Per Year
- 2 Open Studio Group Lessons Per Year
- Access to Studio Resources, Including Practice Rooms
- Access to Regular Studio Open Mics
Payments and Pricing
- Membership Pricing
• 30 Minute Lessons: $140 per month
• 45 Minute Lessons: $205 per month
• 60 Minute Lessons: $270 per month
- Payments are deducted on the first of every month via auto-debit.
- If a payment processing problem is not resolved in 7 days of the due payment, a
$15 charge will be added.
- Yearly Membership Fee: A $60 yearly fee will be processed upon your initial
registration, and on September 1st of each following school year. This fee will
help to cover the membership services listed above.
- One month’s notice is required via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org if a student
wishes to pause or stop lessons. Payments for lessons will be canceled exactly
one month from the date notice is given.
- LESSON YEAR: We operate on a 46-week lesson year. Therefore, your monthly fee
is calculated based on 46 total lessons per 52-week year. This accounts for studio
closures, teacher days off, and student cancellations, so there is no need to
request a make-up when a lesson is missed.
- ATTENDANCE: Students are expected to attend lessons regularly. Please give
notice to your teacher if you will miss a lesson.
- OPEN STUDIO: Twice a year, your teacher will offer an optional hour-long
afternoon Open Studio group class. Open Studios can be used to hone your
child’s skills before the recital and/or make-up for any additional missed lessons.
This year’s dates:
- January 19th
- June 7th
- Holidays: We are closed on the following major holidays: Halloween,
Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve, New Years
Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day.
- Inclement Weather: In the event of inclement weather, an e-mail will be sent two
hours prior to the start of lessons with decision on whether to remain open or to
- Saturday, January 25th, 1-6 PM
- Sunday, June 28th, 12-5 PM
Personal/Parent/Guardian Agreement and Consent
I hereby give permission for myself, or my child of whom I am the legal guardian, to be a participant in “Naptown Sings! Private Lessons”. I understand that neither Sophia Hardesty, the student’s instructor, Naptown Sings!, its representatives or members assume responsibility for any and all claims, injuries, damages, losses, or suits (including attorney fees), arising out of or resulting from the acts, errors or omissions by myself or my child. I understand that the student is expected to attend all lessons as described, and I understand and agree to the policies and fees associated with our
participation in this course.
I hereby authorize Naptown Sings!, its representatives and members the right to take photographs and/or video footage of me, and to publish these photographs and/or video, along with the use of my first name, for use in any Naptown Sings! promotional material, in print or on any digital platform.
Vocal Health and Practice at Home
(for voice students only)
- For Growing Children and Teens: Children’s bodies and voices are still growing. It is therefore important to make sure that their voices grow properly without damage to the voice. At this age, loud and high chest voice singing is discouraged. While we often see child prodigies sounding similar to artists like Christina Aguilera, it is much healthier to let kids sing like kids, rather than try to sound like adults.
Tips for Maintaining Vocal Health
- Always warm-up before singing.
- Only practice 20-30 minutes at a time, or less.
- If it hurts, STOP and consult with your teacher.
- High notes should always be sung in head voice and/or forward belt.
- Keep chest voice singing to lower notes. These notes should be sung no louder than your normal speaking voice.
- Drink lots of water. We need to stay hydrated while singing just like we do for sports. Water lubricates our vocal cords.
- Please do not sing over sickness.
Warm-Ups and Exercises for Practice at Home:
- Posture: Hands up to the sky, flop down and touch your toes, slowly roll up until you are standing straight and tall; shoulders back and down, knees slightly bent, one foot in front of the other.
- Breathing: Try to suck all the air out of the room and fill up your stomachs (your diaphragm) with this air. Slowly hiss the air out. Try to do this for 15 seconds straight until you are out of air. Practice in front of a mirror to make sure you are making low breaths instead of high breaths.
- Consonants: Say consonants in sets of 4 - S, K, T, Ch, Sh. You should feel your stomach pushing in to create these consonants.
- Lip Trills: Brrrrrr all the way up and down.
- Sirens: Ooooo all the way up and down.
- Head Voice, Chest Voice, and Forward Belt: Sing notes or scales on an "oo" in your high pretty head voice, an "ah" in your lower speaking chest voice, and a "meow" in your higher forward belt.
- Scared breaths: Breathe quickly, as if something scared you, to fill up your diaphragm (stomach breath). Remember the breaths need to be SILENT scared breaths!
- Pick apart a song: Take one sentence of a song. Take a big low breath and sing it in one breath using your low breath air. Do the same for the rest of the sentences in the song, and then put the song together. You may use low and scared breaths for this, and head and chest voice.
- Song Practice with CD or Online Recording: Practices group and solo, duet, and/or trio songs.