Private Lessons

Private Voice, Piano, Guitar and Ukelele Lessons

Naptown Sings! offers private lessons in voice, piano, guitar, ukulele, electric bass, mandolin, and penny whistle to students of all ages and abilities. We hand select our teachers based on two criteria:

  1. Ability to engage students in musical learning for an upbeat and fun lessons.
  2. Ability to provide high quality age/skill appropriate lessons to all students.

Private Lessons Request Form

We are now registering new students for private lessons. Due to high volume at the beginning of the school year, we ask that you first submit a request for lessons. We will get back to you with available times and a start date.

Instrument Choice

Preferred Teacher (Optional)

Days Available

Naptown Sings and Plays! Private Lessons Policies

Prior to registering for lessons, please familiarize yourselves with these policies, and write down all pertinent dates. You will be required to initial each part of the contract upon registering. This will avoid any future confusion.

We've worked hard to come up with a policy that is very much in line with the industry standard (if not more flexible), that will ensure that students stay committed to their weekly learning, and that is fair to our both students and our teachers.

Payments

  • The cost for lessons is $135 per month for 30 minute lessons, $200 per month for 45 minute lessons, and $260 per month for 60 minute lessons. We've removed all payment fees, so the prices are actually unchanged from last year.
  • Payments are due on the first of the month every month via auto-debit.
  • If a payment is late, or a payment processing problem is not resolved in 7 days of the due payment, a $15 charge will be added.
  • Payments are non-refundable for any reason.

Lesson Termination Policy

  • One month’s notice is required via e-mail to sophia@naptownsings.com if a student wishes to pause or stop lessons. Payments for lessons will be canceled exactly one month from the date notice is given. Sophia will e-mail you back to confirm the cancellation date. If you do not hear back within one week, please follow up with a voice call to 410-279-3208 (as e-mail can sometimes be finicky).

Cancellation Policy

  • If the teacher cancels a lesson for any reason, he or she will be sure to provide a make-up lesson within 30 days.
  • If the student/parent cancels a lesson for any reason, the three following make-up options will be given. While specific make-up requests will not be accommodated, these options allow a student to miss up to 8 lessons per school year without losing money. All make-up sessions will be held at the Naptown Sings and Plays! Studio: 141 Gibraltar Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21401
    1. 5th Lesson of the Month Make-Up Day: Each lesson payment covers four lessons per month. Every 2-3 months there is a 5th lesson day in the month (i.e. 5 Thursdays rather than 4). You will not be charged for this day. It will be used as a student make-up day for missed lessons in the same time increment your child normally receives lessons in (i.e. if the student normally receives 30-minute lessons, the make-up will be 30 minutes).
    2. Sunday Open Studio: Every quarter, your teacher will provide a Sunday open studio to serve as a make-up time for missed lessons. During this time, students will be offered an hour-long group lesson with other students who missed lessons more than what the 5th lesson day accommodates over the course of the three-month period.
       
      2018-2019 Open Studio Dates and Times: 12/2, 2/24, 5/19, 8/25 (subject to change).
      • Ben: 4-5 PM in Red Room
      • Ashley: 4-5 PM in Yellow Room
      • Lindsay: 4-5 PM in Blue Room
      • Connor: 5-6 PM in Purple Room
      • Trevor: 5-6 PM in Yellow Room
      • Richard: 5-6 PM in Blue Room
      • Sophia: 5-6 PM in Green Room
      • Meghan: 6-7 PM in Green Room
      • Laura: 6-7 PM in Blue Room
      • Greg B: 6-7 PM in Yellow Room
    3. Switching Lessons with Another Student: To switch, e-mail sophia@naptownsings.com to request a contact list of all other students taught by your teacher. You may e-mail another student or parent and the cc teacher to request a switch. The switch must be approved by the other student and the teacher in order to go into effect.
  • Holidays: If the teacher, you, or your child are unable to attend lessons on the following holidays, you may choose to use the quarterly Open Studio date as a make-up or the occasional 5th lesson day of the month: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, Easter Sunday, July 4th, New Years Day. As a respect to diverse religious practices, please let us know of any standard major holidays applicable to your faith. The Holiday policy will apply. Occasionally, a teacher will offer an open-studio to accommodate Holiday cancellations. One-on-one make-ups for these days will be provided by request only.
  • Inclement Weather: In the event of inclement weather, an e-mail will be sent in a timely manner with a decision on whether to remain open or to close. If Anne Arundel County Public schools close and the studio remains open, you may use your discretion when deciding to come to the studio. If the studio closes, an open studio group lesson will be provided on a Sunday within 30 days of the cancellation. If the studio remains open, you may use the occasional 5th lesson day of the month, or the quarterly open studio date to make-up the lesson. One-on-one lesson make-ups will be provided by request only.

Studio Recital Dates

  • Sunday, December 9, 2018, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM, 11:00 AM Call Time
  • Sunday, June 16, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM, 11:00 AM Call Time

Parking

  • The best thing to do is drop-off your child in the service lane leading up to the studio. If you need to park, please use row 4. Unfortunately, if row 4 is full you may not park in any of the other rows, as the spots are rented and paid for by other businesses. There is ample FREE street parking on West St and Amos Garrett Blvd surrounding the studio. If you choose to park in a garage, we offer validation for the Park Place garage across the street (under the Westin). Please avoid the West Garrett Garage, as they charge a flat rate fee of $7 after 5:30 PM.

Arbitration Clause

  • Any dispute arising out of this contract is subject to arbitration. The non-prevailing party will pay all expenses, including attorney fees, associated with the dispute. In the event of a dispute, jurisdiction will be the state of Maryland.

Vocal Health and Practice at Home

(for voice students only)

Vocal Health

  • 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.
  • Minimize chest voice singing, and focus on head and middle 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Consonants: Say consonants in sets of 4 - S, K, T, Ch, Sh. You should feel your stomach pushing in to create these consonants.
  4. Lip Trills: Brrrrrr all the way up and down.
  5. Sirens: Ooooo all the way up and down.
  6. Head Voice and Chest Voice: Sing one long note in head voice(high pretty voice) until out of breath. Repeat for different notes. Make sure you are doing low breaths.
  7. 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!
  8. 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.
  9. Song Practice with CD or Online Recording: Practices group and solo, duet, and/or trio songs.

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 fees associated with our participation in this course.

Media Release

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 name, for use in any Naptown Sings! promotional material, in print or on any digital platform.

I acknowledge that my participation in promotional media produced by Naptown Sings! is voluntary, and I will receive no financial compensation for my participation. I further agree that my participation in any publication and/or website produced by Naptown Sings! confers upon me no rights of ownership whatsoever.

I agree that Naptown Sings! may use such photographs or video footage of me with or without my name and for any lawful purpose, including, for example, such purposes as publicity, illustration, advertising, and digital content.

I release Naptown Sings!, its contractors and its members from liability for any claims by me or any third party in connection with my participation.

Prior to registering for lessons, please familiarize yourselves with these policies, and write down all pertinent dates. You will be required to initial each part of the contract upon registering. This will avoid any future confusion.

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