Why take private voice lessons?
Develop God’s gift of musical talent.
Gain a better understanding of the vocal instrument and how to use it effectively.
Improve confidence in singing and being in front of an audience.
Work towards specific goals, such as auditioning for Croixaliers, solos in choir, or trying for leading roles in musicals.
Prepare for college auditions and scholarships.
Prepare for a career in music.
Utilize the convenience of lessons offered during the school day at St Croix, which frees up time in the evening.
Lessons will take place generally once per week during the student’s band, choir, or study hall time, depending on the school schedule for the week. The lesson will take up half of that set on a particular day. Lessons may also be offered before or after school if needed.
Students will have 3-4 private lessons per month. A few of those lesson times over the course of the semester will be designated as “Master Classes,” during which all of the voice students meet together and will perform for each other. This offers a valuable opportunity for group instruction on a particular skill and allows for supportive feedback from peers.
Performance opportunities may include:
•Solo and ensemble festivals and competitions
•Music for the choral and/or band concerts
Regular attendance and regular practice at home are critical for consistent progress and necessary to reap the benefits of this investment. Each student is expected to be prompt for every lesson with a pencil and the proper music ready for each lesson. Any conflicting appointments or extra-curricular activities should be scheduled around the student’s lesson time, as this time is set specifically for each student. If a student forgets his or her music at home on a lesson day, the student is still responsible to attend the lesson.
If a student is not able to attend a lesson during a given week, he or she should arrange to trade that lesson with another student if it is mutually convenient. (The instructor will not be responsible for making this trade.) If a student misses a lesson and does not arrange for a trade, that time is of no value to anyone else and the lesson will be forfeited. Students and parents should note this policy and remember to make arrangements to consistently attend lessons for their own benefit and as a courtesy to those involved.
The Fall and Spring semesters for 2017-18 will consist of 14 lessons for a cost of $224.00 each semester. Lesson tuition is billed each semester on the SCL bill. If a student withdraws from lessons after the first week of school, 50% of the tuition for that quarter will be refunded. No refunds will be processed after the second week of school for that quarter.
If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Marquardt at 262.673.8006 or AMarquardt@StCroixLutheran.org
About Your Instructor
April Marquardt holds the degree of Bachelor of Science in Education from Martin Luther College. She previously served as the private vocal instructor at KMLHS, piano and vocal instructor at Peace Lutheran in Hartford, as well as head organist at Peace Lutheran Church. She has been an active member of Canticum Novum – a WELS Chamber Choir for the past thirteen years. Mrs. Marquardt is passionate about meeting each music student’s individual needs and finding creative ways to helps students achieve their musical goals.