Private Lessons

Dear Parents,

My name is Mande Young. I am so excited to be teaching voice lessons at Maus this year! I wanted to write a note and tell you a little about myself and about what you can expect this year. I started taking voice lessons in the 7th grade and continued through high school. I sang in the school choir and also grew up singing in church. I decided that I wanted to major in music and although I had also played the piano since I was 5 years old, I really wanted to major in voice. I received my bachelor's degree in music education and my master's degree in vocal performance from Stephen F. Austin State University. I was contacted by Plano ISD and interviewed for a job. I started out as assistant choir director at Bowman Middle School and after two years was offered the job of head choir director at Robinson Middle School. Although I led a strong choral program at Robinson and was even voted Teacher of the Year for Robinson MS for the 1998-1999 school year, I quit teaching in 2000 to become a stay at home mom. For nine years that is just what I did, although I did keep accompanying several schools for concerts and contests as well as playing for recitals, weddings, funerals, etc. The choir director at Rice MS in Plano contacted me 4 years ago about teaching voice and since my youngest was in kindergarten, I thought that I would give it a try. Just let me say that I loved it so much more than I thought I would. I've had so many talented kids to work with the past few years. I want to continue teaching at Rice this year, but since I will have a 6th grader in the Maus choir this year I thought it would be fun to be a part of the choral program at Maus.

If you are considering investing in voice lessons, here are a few things you should know. It is a year commitment. It is not just preparation for a first division at solo and ensemble or so that your child has a better chance of making the All-Region choir. Those things are likely to happen as a reslut of voice lessons, but the main goal is to lay a foundation for good and proper singing and to build on it steadily. I've told students that you don't start playing Mozart after 6 months of piano lessons. the same is true of voice study. Your child may not get the lead in the school musical after  4 voice lessons. Some students are just more vocally gifted and will make more progress quickly while others can make huge improvements over time and become wonderful singers even if they started out with more vocal pro blems. My job is to take the student at whatever level they come in to lessons and begin to teach them and guide them in proper vocal technique. It is certainly never boring because everyone's voice and ability levels are different.

Your child will receive one voice lesson per week during the choir class period. Frisco ISD sets the fee at $17.50 a lesson. Payment is made directly to me at the beginning of each month. I send out an email on the first of the month letting you know what tuition for that month will be . It can vary. For example, if your child's lesson is always on Wednesday afternoon, then tuition for September would be $70 because there are 4 Wednesdays in September. October would be $87.50 because there are 5 Wednesdays in Ocotber. Tuition is always due by the 10th of the month, checks made out directly to me. As I said earlier in the letter, voice lessons are a commitment for one school year. I set my schedule at the beginning of the year at Maus and Rice in Plano and will be deciding how many students I can schedule.. If you want to sign up for voice lessons with me, you will be signing a contract to continue lessons for one school year. There will be an end of the year recital sometime in May. I'm looking forward to a wonderful year!!!
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On Q Chorus,
Dec 12, 2013, 1:43 PM