The Bel Canto Studios calendar is based on the calendar of Palm Beach County Schools. Legal holidays such as Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Martin Luther King Day, and High Holy Days are observed. Teachers will offer make-up lessons for lessons that fall on those days.
ATTENDANCE POLICY AND MAKE-UP LESSONS
- Teachers will make up one lesson per month due to illness if notified at least six hours prior to the lesson. Lessons missed for other reasons (extra vacations, lack of transportation, lateness, scheduling other appointments etc.) will not be made up. It is recommended that the lesson be made up the same week as the absence to help the student stay current in his studies.
- The instructor will inform the student in advance if she will be absent. All lessons missed by the instructor will be made up. Occasionally, Dr. Galer will have an important performance that can add value to the reputation of the studio. This will be made up as soon as possible.
- Regular and punctual attendance is recommended for all students. The student is expected to notify the instructor well in advance of any anticipated absence. A make-up lesson will be scheduled in these circumstances. Situations such as illness, emergency in the family can be made up. The instructor is not obligated to make-up lessons due to an unexcused absence.
Students may take lessons of 60 minute or 30 minute duration per week. The time frame includes entrance and exit from the studio, conversation with the teacher, and selection of future music to be studied. Lesson times will be strictly observed out of respect for both student, teacher, and other students.
If your doctor has stated that you are contagious to others or if you feel that you will contaminate the studio and cause others to become ill, please contact Dr. Galer about scheduling a make-up lesson and notify her as soon as possible so that another student may use the time.
A make-up lesson will not be scheduled if you are late to your lesson , forget your lesson, or fail to notify the instructor 24 hours in advance or as soon as possible.
WAITING AREA AND ROLE OF PRIVACY IN LESSONS
You are welcome to arrive early, read a book, and relax in our library and reception area. Parents and friends are welcome to enjoy the Palm Beach Outlet Mall and numerous shopping venues in the area during the lesson time. This allows the student one on one time with the teacher. The purpose of a private lesson is to provide privacy and confidentiality for the student. Phone calls should be taken outside.
STUDIO CLASSES AND THEIR LOCATIONS
Studio classes are complimentary for Bel Canto students and are part of the required deposit of $50.00. They provide experience performing for audiences, as well as memorization skills. Students learn proper etiquette such as bowing, entering the stage, and how to listen to and respect other performers. Families and friends of performers are welcome at studio classes and recitals. The registration fee assists with the cost and location of studio classes. All performances are held at United Methodist Church of the Palm Beaches 900 Brandywine, West Palm Beach. Studio classes meet at 9 AM on Saturdays to allow students to participate in other activities.
RECITALS AND THEIR LOCATIONS
All Bel Canto Students are expected to perform in Fall and Spring recitals unless they have a performance conflict. Please record all performance dates in your calendar. All students should arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the recitals to warm up and line up. Appropriate recital attire should be worn. Families of students kindly help with refreshments , set up, and clean up.
HOURS OF OPERATION
Lessons may be scheduled Monday through Friday from 10 AM and ending at 7PM. The studio is open on Saturday mornings.
POLICY ON E-MAIL, TEXTING, PHONE COMMUNICATION, AND STUDIO USE OF INTERNET
Parents and friends should go outside to receive phone calls during lessons. No internet sounds such as songs and distracting noises are permitted during student lessons. There is a Bel Canto wi-fi Code. If you have a project that requires noise, please feel free to go to Starbucks at the Palm Beach Outlets or at Target.
Enrollment will take place at our opening barbeque, by mail, by e-mail, and throughout the year. Tuition will be pro-rated according to what week of the month you begin. All races, ages, and religions are welcome at Bel Canto Studios.
BEL CANTO STUDIO CONDUCT
Teachers and students will observe respectful conduct at all times.
MATERIALS TO BRING TO YOUR LESSON
Please bring a pencil, your three ring notebook, your assignment book, and all of your music books for the lesson. Students should be responsible for packing their own music bags in the morning or prior to their lesson. Students who have been assigned the purchase of books should purchase these items immediately to assure that they will have the book by their next lesson. Internet purchases are highly recommended for this reason. The studio also recommends Chafin Music Center , 608 North Dixie Highway, Lake Worth, FL 33460. Pianos may also be purchased at Chafin Music Center or at Kretzer pianos, 240 West Indiantown Road, Jupiter, Florida, 33458.
PURCHASE OF LEGAL MATERIALS
Your teacher is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing , The New York Singing Teachers Association, Palm Beach County Music Teachers Association, Florida Vocal Association, National Federation of Music Clubs, and National Music Teachers Association. All of these organizations require students to purchase their own legal music. Each student should gradually invest in a personal music collection as recommended by the professor. We highly recommend Chafin Music on Dixie Highway,
RECORDING OF LESSONS
Please record all voice lessons with an MP3 recorder, iPad or phone. Study your recording before your next lesson.
ORGANIZING YOUR THREE RING NOTEBOOK
Please keep any handouts in your personal notebook and bring them to the lesson each week. Please keep the following:
- All handouts, vocalizations, and any music that is not in a book.
- A tab for each song along with its word by word translation, IPA and plot if it’s from an opera. The word by word translation is different from the poetic one found under the foreign words in your music books. You should know the real meaning of each word to help you memorize.
- A biography of each of the composers of your songs is recommended.
Breathing will be taught in a holistic manner in combination with principles of the Alexander technique. We will also be using equipment from the Dallas Brass web site (www.dallasbrass.com). Another recommended site is The Breathing Gym Daily Workouts DVD $34.99 - cascio-interstate-music Singing for Dummies is another recommended text. An exercise ball can be useful for abdominal breathing and relaxation of the spine. Up to date posts about breathing and all other vocal recommendations can be found daily on our Facebook Page.
Occasionally the instructor will ask you to listen to one of your songs online. I tunes, Spotify, online streaming, and You-Tube contain a large library of classical recordings by respected artists. You Tube also has the piano accompaniments and orchestral backgrounds to many of your songs. The teacher may ask you to listen to a CD. Count the time you spend listening and filling out the form as part of your five weekly hours of practice time. Sometimes we will talk about these listening assignments during the lesson. Your teacher has assembled many suggested songs for Broadway and Opera singers on her personal You Tube Channel, Suzanne Galer – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/suzgaler
Parking spaces are assigned to residents of the building Bel Canto Studios is in and we are required to respect their right to park in their assigned spot. Currently there are no resident or visitor spots marked by the choice of the HOA. Use the illustration below as a guide (Smiley-faces are usually available, while red X’s are the primary spaces used by other residents). The West Lot is the first of the two driveways for 1707 Embassy. It is highly recommended that you utilize parking spaces closest to Embassy Drive the East Lot.