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. We offer discounts when lessons are paid by the month or semester. Click here for current, detailed pricing and policies.

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.

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. If you have questions as to whether or not your child is ready for lessons, contact us for a 15 minute, free consultation.

What is your cancellation policy?

  1. Students who miss their lesson or cancel less than 48 hours before the scheduled lesson time will not receive a make-up. We do not provide refunds for missed lessons or student cancellations.

  2. Lessons cancelled with at least 48 hours’ notice may be rescheduled during the same UVAA semester if student and teacher schedules permit. Otherwise, student is entitled to a group make-up master class. Check with our staff for information on those dates and times.

    1. Students will not receive a refund for lessons cancelled with at least 48 hours’ notice.

    2. Students are responsible for scheduling their make-up via MyMusicStaff for lesson cancelled with at least 48 hours’ notice.

    3. In some cases the make-up lessson may be taught by another UVAA faculty member if the student’s teacher is unavailable to reschedule the lesson. Students interested in scheduling a make-up lesson with another teacher must contact UVAA directly.

  3. Lessons cancelled less than 48 hours before the lesson time in cases of serious or contagious illness or a death in the family may receive a make-up lesson at the teacher’s discretion.

What if a teacher needs to cancel a lesson?

  1. Teachers have full discretion to cancel lessons if necessary.
  2. In such cases, students will be given notice by text, phone, or email.
  3. Lessons canceled by a teacher will be rescheduled during the same UVAA semester.
    1. The teacher will contact the student to schedule the make-up.
    2. The make-up may be taught by another UVAA faculty member if the student’s teacher is unavailable to reschedule the lesson.
    3. If the make-up cannot be scheduled before the end of the current semester, the student will receive a refund for that lesson.

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. -A pencil. -A recording device to record your lesson. -Accompaniment tracks as needed.

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!