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Voice Lesson Information

Private vocal lessons are available at KML. Students take lessons for many different reasons:

  • To prepare for a career in the teaching or preaching ministry.
  • To further develop one's God-given musical talent.
  • To prepare for auditions (voice and piano experience are necessary for most degrees, no matter what the major instrument it.)
  • To improve solo/small group singing.
  • To prepare for solos at church, in choir, the musicals, chapel, or solo and ensemble.
  • Convenience: taking lessons during the school day saves a trip to the music store in the evening and allows for more family time and practice time at home.
  • Fun and/or stress relief!

Lesson Policies

ATTENDANCE:

  • Regular attendance and practice at home is necessary for consistent progress. Each student is expected to be prompt for every lesson, with the proper music for each lesson.
  • Any 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 is not able to attend a lesson during a given week, he or she may arrange to trade that lesson with another student if it is mutually convenient.
  • 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. Please note this policy and remember to make arrangements to consistently attend your lesson.

LOCATION:

  • Lessons take place during band, choir, or study hall, or before or after school as necessary.
  • One lesson is half of a period. Students may arrive early for lessons and are encouraged to use a practice room to warm up prior to lessons if at all possible.
  • If a student forgets his or her music at home on a lesson day, that student is still responsible to attend that lesson, as technique, theory, and music history can be emphasized, and your teacher may have another hard copy of your music on file.

YOUR FIRST LESSON:

  • Please bring a pencil, folder or small binder, and any previous books from prior lessons.

COST OF LESSONS:

  • Lessons are billed quarterly by KML. The fall and spring semesters for 2016-2017 will consist of 14 lessons each, and the tuition for each semester is $245.
  • Tuition will be billed quarterly. 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.

You will be contacted by email or phone before that date with your lesson time and information. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Marquardt at 262.673.8006.

Performances
Your teacher will keep you abreast of performance opportunities throughout the year. These include:

  • Leading chapel services with voice or piano
  • Singing or playing piano for pre-service music before the band or choir winter concerts in December.
  • Performing at the WSMA Solo/Ensemble Festival in March.
  • Fall and spring voice recitals.
  • Coaching on preparation to play/sing for your own home congregation.

About Your Instructor
April Marquardt (april.marquardt@kmlhs.org) has a Bachelor of Science in Education. She is a voice instructor at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School in Jackson, Winnebago Lutheran Academy in Fond du Lac, and a piano teacher at Peace Lutheran School in Hartford. Mrs. Marquardt also teaches voice and piano out of her home studio. She has been an active member of Canticum Novum – a WELS Chamber Choir for the past eight years and is a soloist and organist at Peace Lutheran Church.