Frequently asked questions
How much do lessons cost?
A single lesson costs between $26-114, depending on the length of the lesson and which teacher one studies with.
What are your hours?
Each teacher keeps their own schedule and teaches by appointment. Generally, lessons are taught from early afternoon until evening. We also provide some lessons on Saturdays and weekday mornings. Contact us for specific teacher availability. Our office manager is generally available to answer calls and emails Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 2:30-7:00. And Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00-7:00.
What ages do you teach?
We teach any age if the student is ready for lessons and practicing. Younger children should be able to focus for 30 minutes and show a willingness to practice. With young voices, we are careful to instill basic, healthy singing habits without pushing their voices. We also emphasize general musicianship skills.
What is your cancellation policy?
Should you not be able to attend to your scheduled lesson time, you have the following options:
Have your lesson remotely. We have found that lessons over Skype, Facetime, or Zoom can be just as productive as lessons in person. Even if you are sick or cannot sing, you can still make meaningful use of your lesson time with your teacher discussing music, language, context/ meaning, acting, breathing concepts, etc.
Send someone else in your place. You are paying to reserve a time in your teacher’s schedule, and you can use it how you would like. You can send a parent, sibling, spouse, or friend that is interested in voice lessons in your place to use your time. Parents could also come in to discuss goals or concerns with their child’s teacher.
Contact the front office at least 24 hours in advance to inform them you won’t be at your lesson, and gain access to a group make-up lesson. It is important to us to provide a makeup option when neither of the above options work for you and you must miss a lesson. While many other studios opt for a “no makeups” policy, we want to be flexible and accommodating for our students, while still being respectful of our teachers’ personal time.
If you must miss your weekly lesson, you are required to contact the front office by email to inform us or cancel your lesson via My Music Staff with at least 24 hours’ notice. If sufficient notice is given, you will be added to a list of students invited to the monthly makeup group lesson.
The monthly makeup group lesson will take place on the last Saturday of every month from 12:00-12:45 pm. They will take place at the studio and be taught by Dr. Isaac Hurtado or another UVAA teacher.
Students MUST report their absence within 24 hours to the front office to be eligible to attend.
Students MUST attend the makeup group lesson during the month of their absence. Credits do not roll over to the next month. Any student can opt to join the makeup group lesson (without having an absence) for an additional charge. Contact the office if you are interested.
What if a teacher needs to cancel a lesson?
Students will be given notice by text, phone, or email.
Lessons canceled by a teacher will be rescheduled during the same UVAA semester.
The teacher will contact the student to schedule the make-up.
The make-up lesson may be taught by another UVAA faculty member if the student/teacher schedules are not compatible.
Students also have the option to sign up for the makeup group class if they prefer.
Do you provide scholarships?
On occasion, Dr. Hurtado provides partial scholarships for exceptional high school students in need. Click here for more information.
What performing opportunities do you offer?
Our studio performs multiple recitals each year and singers also perform in regular master classes. Many also opt to perform in our Summer Opera Festival. In addition, we connect our students with local and national performing opportunities depending on their readiness.
How do I withdraw from lessons?
Students must let UVAA management know by email that they are withdrawing by the 20th of the preceding month, or tuition for the next month will be charged and not refunded. This allows us the necessary time to fill the teacher’s schedule.
What should I bring to my lesson?
-Sheet music for anything you plan on singing.
How long are lessons?
We offer 30 and 60 minute lessons.
What are lessons like?
Usually we spend a portion of the lesson working on specific vocal exercises tailored to the needs of the individual. The remainder of the lesson is devoted to the mastery of specific songs.
What styles of singing do you teach?
We currently teach classical/opera, pop/contemporary, and musical theater. Each of our teachers has different specialties in these areas.
Do you accept beginners?
Absolutely! We love teaching all levels!
What if I'm shy about singing in front of people?
Most of us were shy about singing at one time or another and we are used to teaching people who feel that way. Our supportive teachers will soon make you feel comfortable and before long it will be much easier!
Is it important to take lessons with someone of my same voice type or gender?
Not really. Most of the techniques involved in singing apply to all voice types and our teachers are accustomed to working with all voices. However, in some cases it can be helpful to work with someone of your same gender, and we keep a lookout for that need. It is always an option to switch to another teacher if desired.
Do you help people prepare for pageants?
Yes. Many winners of pageants including Miss Utah, Miss Provo, and Miss Springville have come through UVAA. Keep in mind that one must be realistic in these matters. If you have never sung before and you only have a month to prepare the pageant, it might not go well!
Do you help people prepare for auditions? Sterling Scholar? Solo & ensemble?
Yes to all of the above! This is a specialty of ours. UVAA singers regularly succeed in all these forums!