Read my studio policies here!
STUDIO POLICIES & PROCEDURES
1. I booked my lesson, now what?
After reserving a lesson, first time students must fill out a New Student Form here. Studio is located in Studio City. Address and other information will be emailed once this form is received.
2. What is the normal cancellation policy?
There is a 24 Hour Cancellation Policy, so please let us know at least 24 hours before your appointment if you need to cancel or reschedule. There are no refunds for cancelled lessons. There is studio credit for all lessons that have been cancelled with more than 24 hours notice, which may be rescheduled. Please remember the full rate is charged for any lesson that is cancelled or rescheduled with less than 24 hours notice.
3. Why are lessons only 50 minutes for a one hour slot and 25 minutes for a half hour slot?
In the state of CA, there is what is called a business hour. To insure each student receives the maximum amount of instructional time, we allot you 50 minutes of instructional time in a one hour slot and 25 minutes instructional time in a half hour slot. This is standard practice in all types of lessons, coaching and any specialized business where there is a change in clients for each session. As you know, when you take the time to ask questions, gather your personal items, get out your recording device, etc….this takes time. And this portion of your lesson is “transitional time.” 5 minutes per every half hour.
4. How do I book and pay for my lesson?
The simplest way to book lessons with Annie is by using the online system HERE. You may also book your lessons directly by emailing me HERE or calling the studio at (323)251-5467. If you prefer not to pay by a credit or debit card, I accept cash, checks, or Chase Quickpay at the time of the lesson; however, one lesson must always be paid in advance.
5. How do packages work?
The easiest way to purchase packages of lessons is by using the online system. You will be given a code that can be used to book your lessons online. Packages are intended for weekly or bi-weekly lessons. The code is good until your series has been used up, but must be used before the expiration date listed on the package when you purchase it. You can also purchase the package online and then schedule the lessons with me directly by emailing me HERE or calling the studio at (818)722-2352.
6. I need to coach an audition or performance, can I use the introductory half-off rate?
The half-off introductory rate is reserved for those interested in ongoing private lessons and does not apply to this type of coaching; however, packages can be used and are a great way to stay sharp for auditions and performances and avoid that possible last minute panic.
7. How do Skype lessons work?
Please request me on Skype (annielittle) prior to lesson time and send me a message that you are ready a few minutes before your lesson time. Or, FaceTime is also fine. I’ll call you at our appointed time.
8. Should I bring music?
Yes! If you are just beginning, try to have an idea of something you might want to learn to sing. One place to find sheet music online is at www.musicnotes.com. If you can, please bring the sheet music to the songs you’d like to work on in your lesson. This allows us both to review details, in addition to giving the student the opportunity to learn about music. If you have tracks, please bring them on a CD or on your playing device and print out the lyrics prior to your lesson. If you really don't know where to start, I can give you some suggestions, but I would start with the something you really love and want to sing. Half of the lesson is spent doing vocal exercises which help to build strength, correct problem areas and give you routines to follow on your own. The other half is spent allowing you to implement these techniques into song. We don't want to waste any of your lesson time searching for music online. This is your lesson and I want to spend it singing with you. At the very least, try to bring a copy of your lyrics so you don't have to read them off your phone because they are difficult to read and it's also nice to be able to make a note on your paper if need be.
9. Should parents sit in on the lessons?
For younger students, there is a lounge area just outside the studio where parents can hear everything, but the child will have a little space to learn on her or his own without feeling self-conscious; however, parents are welcome to stay in the studio if the child prefers.
THANK YOU for taking the time to read my policies and procedures. They are the least fun part of the lesson, but they are there for us both to have the most successful lesson possible. If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to ask! I look forward to singing together.
With passion & patience,