TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

My teaching instructs the student in the physical technique of music and the emotional connection to music, the two elements that come together to free your unique voice.

I use a healthy and efficient approach to technique that honors every stage of development and each individual. My goal is to empower your unique creativity via physical liberation.

An artist can be effective at every stage of development, and through my teaching, I help you define your own artistry. Technical progress will free you and enable you to celebrate your gifts. With my guidance, you will become more aware of yourself, you will begin to hear music differently, you will increase your self-confidence, and you will further discover your inspiration and artistic talents.

Any development that makes you a better musician also makes you a better person. Your endeavors in music will enhance your life in every other area.


studio policy

LOCATION
Katina Mitchell Music Studio is located in San Carlos, California, not far from the intersection of Alameda de las Pulgas and Brittan.

LONG-DISTACE STUDENTS
Skype lessons are offered for German diction coaching, music theory, and music history. Please schedule a time to book one of these services.

ARRIVAL
When you arrive, knock at the door, and if no one answers, let yourself in and sit down to listen if another lesson is in progress.

FAMILY INVOLVEMENT
Parents are welcome and encouraged to observe lessons and to support practicing at home. 

MATERIALS
Students are expected to purchase their own sheet music and workbooks. 

FEES

Private lessons:
$100/hour
half-hour sessions available

Group lessons (usually for theory):
2 or more students in a lesson
 
Lessons in your own home include an added fee for gas and travel time, depending on the distance.

Need-based and merit-based scholarships are available for a select number of students. If circumstantial or financial hardships are preventing you from taking voice lessons, please contact me to apply for a scholarship.

ALLERGIES
I have one dog. If you are allergic to dogs, we can arrange to meet at your home.

PAYMENT
I use VenMo, which is free for you and for me. Cash and checks are also accepted.

Credit cards are not accepted. Please do not post-date checks. Returned checks must be reimbursed with an added fee. If more than two checks are returned then only cash will be accepted. Please discuss unusual circumstances and special needs with me.

It is your responsibility to reschedule any missed lessons, and if I need to reschedule any lessons, I will contact you at least 24 hours in advance. Payment is due at the beginning of the lesson.

PUNCTUALITY AND CANCELLATION

Choose a lesson time you know you can make. We both set aside time for lessons so that you will grow at a consistent rate. If you must miss a lesson, notify me as soon as possible.

If you miss a lesson without a minimum of 24 hours notice, you are expected to pay for that lesson before receiving any other lessons.

Please arrive on time. If you are late, expect your lesson to end on time. If I am running late, you will still receive your full lesson time. Please allow for slight time flexibility.

PRACTICING

I expect you to practice at home and will give you assignments at each lesson so that you will grow as much as possible during our mentorship. Music requires daily quality repetition: efficient, calm, clear, correct practice is more important than practicing for long periods of time. Students are strongly encouraged to practice daily.