What to Expect from Our Lessons
Heart’s Performing Arts Policies
Effective January 2015
If you have any questions feel free to email at
Materials Needed for Guitar Lessons:
Pencils, Erasers, Assignment Notebook, Lesson Books (Ask your teacher), Guitar, Tuner, Picks
Your teacher might ask you to get:
Solo books based on interest, Pedals, New strings, Picks
Materials Needed for Piano Lessons:
Pencils, Erasers, Assignment Notebook, Bastien Level Primer A-Level 4 (Ask your teacher which one you need)
Your teacher might ask you to get:
Christmas/Holiday Book for December (Ask you teacher which one you need), Piano Solo book based on student interest, Flashcards, Theory Workbooks
As a parent it’s always good to…
Record the lesson with a digital recorder/phone/ipad ect…
Sit in on the lesson so you know where your student is at, needs help with, where you can ask questions ect…
Materials Needed for Voice Lessons:
Vocal Warmup CD-This is required one time purchase at 15.00., Assignment notebook, Pencils, Erasers, Some sort of recording device so you can record your lesson, songs, warmups, tracks…ect…
Your teacher might ask you to get:
Karaoke tracks, Sheet music, Musical Theatre Anthologies/Sheet Music Books…ect
As a parent it’s always good to…
Record the lesson with a digital recorder/phone/ipad ect…
Sit in on the lesson so you know where your student is at, needs help with, where you can ask questions ect…
You can choose between a half hour and hour lesson. They break down like this:
27 minutes of lesson time and 3 minutes at the end for any questions from the student or parent on what to focus on for the week.
56 minutes of lesson time and 4 minutes at the end for any questions from the student or parent on what to focus on for the week.
We want to make sure before we leave everyone is on the same page!
Please understand that we don’t want to run out on you, but most teachers are scheduled with students back to back and need to leave on time. That is why we have built in time for questions!
Payment is due at the beginning of each package of lessons.
Since we charge by the lesson, you will receive an invoice at the end of your package of four lessons. We will also give you a lesson tracker to keep in your home. It is very easy to keep track of payment this way.
Payment must be received before the next set of lessons!
There is a three day grace period, after which there is an enforced late fee of 25.00
DO NOT pay your teacher. All teachers are independent contractors of Heart’s Performing Arts and do not deal in finance.
WE NO LONGER ACCEPT MAILED CHECKS
We do accept all forms of electronic payment.
Our Preferred methods are PayPal and Wells Fargo SurePay.
PayPal makes it easy to use either your debit/check card or a credit card to pay for lessons! Use firstname.lastname@example.org to direct your payment.
Wells Fargo SurePay is a great method if you are a Wells Fargo customer. Transfering right from your account to ours!
For Credit/Debit Cards:
Want to use a credit/debit card? We now take PayPal; very easy to use and there are no fees. PayPal to email@example.com
Missing lessons fall into a couple different categories: Unexcused, Excused and lateness.
Unexcused: Means the student is not at the location at the start of the lesson and does not inform the teacher, this will not be made up and you will be charged. It also means that if you cancel the lesson less than 2 hours before your scheduled time, it will not be made up and you will be charged.
These excuses will no longer be accepted: I’m tired, I don’t feel like it, I didn’t practice ect…this is not an excused absence!
Excused: Means the student let the teacher know at least 12 hours in advance that they will not be attending their scheduled lesson. You can choose to make this lesson up or not. You will NOT be charged for the missed lesson.
However, to keep students on track, you will only be allowed…TWO excused lesson per 4 lessons. Unless it is approved (like a vacation that lasts a month..ect) you will be charged. This helps to keep everyone on track!
Lateness: If your teacher is late, they will stay later or make up the time on another date. If you are late, the teacher will stop the lesson at the normal stop time. Please understand that traffic and weather conditions can change very fast. We will do our best to be on time!
Teacher Cancellation: If your teacher cancels, you will NOT be charged. If your teacher reschedules: you will only be charged for the lesson you physically do-not the lesson that was missed.
Emergencies happen and we understand! But please try to reschedule or cancel in timely manner.
If you decide to leave Heart’s Performing Arts, you must give two weeks notice. There is no refund for lessons that you have paid for and don’t want to do. Make sure this is a well thought out decision, remember Heart’s Performing Arts always has a waiting list, and although we want you back, you will go to the bottom of the list and wait your turn…
Every other month you will receive a short survey about how we’re doing! Of course, it’s completely optional, but if there’s any issues you can address it via the survey or just contact Kaity directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Survey is as follows:
1. Is your teacher running on time?
2. If not are they letting you know they are running late?
3. Are you satisfied with the lesson subject matter?
4. Is your child receiving enough homework/assignments?
5. Do you feel the lessons are well paced?
6. If not, would you like lessons to move faster or slower?
7. Do you feel you are getting a good mix of technique and fun?
8. Is your teacher doing a good job of addressing issues and challenges your child might be facing?
9. Are you pleased with your child’s progress?
10. Is there anything you would like to change about lessons?
11. Are satisfied with the lessons overall?
12. Do you have any other comments, questions or concerns? Write them below.
Heart’s Performing Arts will not teach on the following Holidays:
New Years Day
4th of July
This is also up to you and your teacher to decide whether to make the lesson up, or to skip. Remember, you will not be charged for any lessons you don’t do! (Unless it’s unexcused of course, See above)
Participation is not required, but encouraged! Dress code is laid back/casual, but students are encouraged to dress like the song/artist/genre.
Our recitals take place at
75 Civic Center Parkway
One will be a Halloween recital: a fun chance to get dressed up, play spooky music and party with other students and parents.
The other is in June: a recital to show off what we have done through out the year.
Mall of America Holiday show will be either in late November or December.
This in not a guaranteed performance for all students.
Students will be chosen in this order:
• High School Seniors
• Advanced piano players who can accompany others
• Students who consistently practice, and keep up with their lessons
• Random Pick From a Hat
There are usually other ways to perform including theme recitals, showcases, workshops ect. We will keep you informed as those pop up!
Yeah! No Contracts! You may cancel whenever you want, however you must provide 2 weeks notice and there are no refunds. The only paper you need to sign is acknowledging you have read and agree to these policies, it does not lock you in to any time period.
We do not stop lessons for either summer or the Christmas/Winter break. In the summer time we normally schedule students during the day and are extremely flexible about canceling and changing times during the summer.
We want you and your student to keep on track and not forget everything you have worked so hard to learn! Even every other week lessons are better than no lessons at all!
Around May we start making our summer schedule. Your teacher will keep you informed!
The Box Challenges:
The box is a simple reward system to keep the student interested and practicing throughout the year.
Each student 13 and under will receive a chart. Every week they will be assigned a challenge, something to help them move forward on their own. Here are some examples:
1. Work ahead in assigned section
2. Complete Theory worksheets
3. Create flashcards (10 Per Star)
4. Memorize and perform a song
5. Buy new piano book
6. Buy new vocal book
7. Audition for a show/part/solo
8. Perform in choir/piano/play ect.
9. Go to a workshop/class
10. Theory Quiz 80% or higher
Each time they pass a challenge, they get a star! Every five stars they get a prize from the box!
The prizes include candy, stuffed animals, small toys, bath/body works, jewelry, ect…
We LOVE to post videos of students performing, head shots, student’s performance dates ect. If you DO NOT want your student photographed or video taped for the website/facebook please inform you teacher. Otherwise you will sign a release so we can post pictures of our awesome students!!
And we want to feature you in our Student of the Week day on Facebook!
We love referrals! We developed a really easy system to reward our students and families for sending us new students:
25.00 credit to your account when one student signs up for a four pack of lessons.
50.00 for two students.
75.00 for three ect..
We have literally had clients pay for their lessons with referrals and we love that!! There are no caps, no weird exceptions, just sweet, sweet moohla as a way to thank our awesome clients!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What are your rates?
Email email@example.com for more information. Rates depend on location, number of students at each location and other factors.
Are there any extra charges?
The only extra charges might be:
* Vocal students are required to purchase their warm-up cd for practice purposes.
* Donations are accepted at each recital.
* You may need to reimburse your teacher for books
What are your payment options?
We currently take checks and PayPal for credit cards.
Can I just pay my teacher?
Unfortunately, no. Your teacher (unless you are working directly with the owner) is a contractor. We do all their financials for them. Either PayPal or send a check!
When are payments due?
Unlike most schools, we charge BY THE LESSON, not by the month. So when you purchase a package of four lessons, it may take two weeks (lessons twice a week) or four months (one lesson a month). We don’t recommend this however, we do lessons consistently once a week; but this proves that you can use your four lessons how you wish. We will let you know when your four lessons are up and when a new pay period begins. It makes it a lot easier to reschedule, do make up lessons, take vacations ect.
Are there any contracts?
Nope! Although we’d like a two week notice if you are leaving us.
Do you come to us or do we come to you?
We are currently only IN-HOME lessons in the Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota area. We will soon be expanding to in studio lessons. Date TBA.
What is your policy on canceling or rescheduling lessons?
Please refer to our policies section.
Do you teach on weekends?
Most teachers do not. We like to reserve weekends for makeup lessons if needed.
How many performances do you do a year?
Two are guaranteed, but other opportunities pop up! In 2013 we had five!
Do you have access to recording studios?
Yes. We have several studios we have great relationships with.
We don’t have a piano/guitar; where can we go to get one?
Guitars we recommend Lavonne Music in Savage, MN.
Pianos/keyboards we recommend craigslist or musiciansfriend.com; a digital 88-weighted keyboard is ideal.
Is every lesson the same?
No, we will work on different aspects of your instrument each lesson.
What singing styles don’t you teach?
The only style we do not teach is low guttural singing. Different teachers have different specialties; please look at teachers’ bios for more information!
How long until I see results?
It totally depends on the person, how much you practice, your natural talent…ect. The more you practice, the more you’ll get out of lessons.
How long should I practice?
That’s up to you! Here’s a good guide.
For younger students (under 10) 5-10 minutes a day is great! It’s better to practice every day for a little bit than all at once at the end of the week.
For older students; singers: 30 hour to an hour is plenty depending on what you’re trying to do. If you’re auditioning for something or have a show, you might want to put some more time in. Stop when your technique starts to suffer.
For older students; piano/keyboards: If you can do an hour, going through scales, chords and song selection, you will improve like crazy. But do what you can.
Can you diagnose vocal disorders?
Yes and No. We have the training to identify them, and then if we think you have a problem that can’t be helped by training, such as nodes, legions, paralysis and so on, we will send you to a specialist.
Please refer to our policies for more detailed information and always feel free to email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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LEARN MORE ABOUT HEART'S PERFORMING ARTS
Started in 2010, Heart’s Performing Arts has been steadily building for the past couple of years. Owner, Kaity Heart, wanted to start a music lesson business that focuses not only on proper technique, but also performance skills, which is often missing from a normal music lesson. Using pop culture, humor and constructive criticism, teachers at Heart’s Performing Arts put a unique spin on the typical music lesson.
Our mission is to help singers and musicians become better performers with strong theory and technique; all while teaching a well-rounded, pop-culture-based, fun lesson.
Currently we only offer in-home lessons, but we would like to see that change!
Our 3-5 year plan is to open up a studio in the Minneapolis/St.Paul area to do in studio lessons with five teachers in-studio and have another five teachers out-abound. Our ideal studio space would have an area for a lounge/homework area, a stage for performances and sound studios for lessons. We will keep you updated on our progress!
THEORY AND TECHNIQUE
No matter what genre or instrument you pursue, we put a huge focus on the correct technique and the theory that helps you understand your instrument. Whether it’s breathing for singers or scales for instrumentalists, you will learn the correct and safe way to learn your craft.
Lessons are personalized to the student; teaching a combination of songs the student would like to learn, strong technique and chord theory. Student must have an acoustic or electric guitar, a bass or a small drum kit in order
to move forward with lessons.
Lessons are completely personalized to what the student needs. With all students we will work on vocal techniques, vocal health, stage presence, warm-ups, and stage fright if necessary. We work with classical, Broadway/belting, pop and rock /extremes /screaming. With Broadway students we will also work on acting and dancing as it affects the song. It is not necessary to have a piano, but it does help!
Lessons are personalized to the student in level and in genre. Younger students work out of the Bastien series and older students work out of Alfred's series. Older students also learn chord theory, ear training and scales. You must have a full, weighted 88 key piano or digital keyboard to proceed with lessons.
It is one thing to play your instrument perfect or sing on pitch, it is quite another to be entertaining while doing it. We help all of our students work through stage fright, own a stage and become a performer. For musical theatre students we take it one step further with character development, auditioning skills and lyric analysis.
SKILLS & BIOS
KAITY Owner: Vocal/Piano/Performance Instructor
EMILY Voice/Piano/Guitar Instructor
Updates: April 2015 finds Kaity in a new role of a correspondent for Darkness Radio on AM1130. As of September 2014, Kaity is performing with Anthony Shore's Elvis Tribute as a backup singer and the lead female singer of Revolver and the Secret Agents.
Kaity threw her life away for rock & roll and hasn't looked back. She has been lucky enough to perform at Roy Wilkins Auditorium, The Myth and several Coliseums and Arenas around the Midwest. She also was a Minneapolis finalist for The Voice. Kaity Graduated with honors from University of Minnesota Duluth with a B.F.A in Musical Theatre and a Minor in Dance.
Kaity's talents are often requested by local and national bands for vocal performances as well as lessons and technique improvements. With close to fifty students locally, Kaity loves working with young, enthusiastic talent and helping form and guide their careers as entertainers.
Kaity's favorite color is sparkle and her favorite food is cheese enchiladas... and for desert, more cheese enchiladas! Her hobbies include watching Doctor Who, event planning and playing with kitties Gracie and Littler.
Emily has a B.A in Music Business and a minor in Music Education. Has been playing piano since she was 7 years old, and guitar since she was 12. While in college she focused on voice and sang in the Augsburg College Choir. After college she has been featured in many Americana and Singer/Songwriter style groups including The Lovely Larks with whom she still plays.
Her style is described as a mix of Bohemian and Hipster and like to look as close to Annie Hall as she can! Her favorite styles of music are singer/songwriter, bluegrass, folk, Americana and her heart has a big place in Rock and Roll.
Has a boxer pup named Kaiser McKool. His favorite TV show is New Girl. Sometimes Emily will watch it with him.
NATHAN Guitar/Bass/Percussion/Piano Instructor
LIZZIE Administration Voice/Violin/Acting Instructor
Nathan Kinney is a teacher with years of experience, knowledge, and passion for music. Throughout his career working in touring bands and recording projects, he has developed a keen ear and unique perspective on music, and brings this to his teaching style.
After getting a degree in Audio Engineering from McNally Smith College of Music in 2006, Nathan began giving guitar, bass, percussion, and piano lessons around the Twin Cities. In 2011, he began teaching and directing programs at Rock Camp for Dads and in 2014, he opened his own production house, Polarity Haus Media.
Nathan continues to play in various original and jazz projects in the Twin Cities. He has a dog named Stubbs the Destroyer and loves Doctor Who as much as Emily and Kaity.
Lizzie is a Firecracker Country Girl from Central Wisconsin who has charged ahead in bringing back the actresses of old like Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, and Carol Burnet through her performances in Musical Theatre. She has been in shows like Phantom of the Opera, Aida, Peter Pan, and plenty more. Currently she is in her senior year at UMN Twin Cities earning her BA in Theatre Arts and a minor in GLBT Studies! She has been training her voice since she was twelve as well as cultivating her love of playing and teaching violin. She has had the privilege to debut Eric Whitacre’s music in New York City and was on the ground level of an Opera Master Class in Boca Raton, Florida with her previous Voice Instructor.
Since moving to Minnesota in 2011 she has assisted in starting a Show Choir; The Gold Standard Show Choir at the Twin Cities UMN, played a homicidal robot in a 1 act play, and has traveled the world through Semester at Sea.
Lizzie loves to cuddle with her Australian Sugar Gliders, Lindsey Sterling, Romeo and Juliet while living life in a wibbley wobbly timey wimey way. Her favourite colours are pink and green and she loves adventures and dance parties!
DEANNA Voice/Piano/Performance Instructor
Deanna grew up in Spokane, Washington. She sang with the Spokane Area Children’s Chorus (SACC) continuously from 1992 to 2004 until graduating in 2004. She attended Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington where she completed her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance. Deanna participated in the operas at WWU. Her favorite role at WWU was “Belinda” in Dido and Aeneas. While at WWU, Deanna sang in multiple choirs and chamber ensembles. Beside her classical studies, she also sang with the Vocal Jazz ensemble, contemporary musical theater revues and cabarets.
In May 2013 she acquired a Master of Music degree in vocal performance from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln performing multiple stage roles. Her favorite experience was participating in a workshop with the writers of a new musical, Big Red Sun – music by Georgia Stitt, words by John Jiler.
Since moving to the Twin Cities in 2013, Deanna has sung with in local choirs, the Minnesota Opera Chorus, and joined the St. Croix Festival Theatre as a Guest Artist for their 2014 season. She begins teaching at the St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists in the fall. Besides performing and teaching, Deanna is an advocate for community action, involvement and volunteer work. Her hobbies include exploring the outdoors, trying out new restaurants, watching improv theater and experiencing the arts culture around the Twin Cities.
Her favorite band is The Shins and Florence and the Machine, her style is described as pro-boho, and plans on getting a kitten very soon!
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The word recital tends to send a chill down parents and students spines…a four hour long affair while everyone sits patiently while one by one each student stands up, walks to the stage, the teacher introduces them and finally they play; all while sitting in an uncomfortable church or school….
Gone are those days! We do all of our recitals at The Garage in Burnsville, a teen rock venue that give us a full stage with sound, intelligent lighting and a very fun atmosphere. Students wait backstage and play songs they have picked and that they love. We even do a Halloween recital, where everyone (including the parents and teachers) dress up and our digital piano is set to a spooky organ sound.
In past years we have been lucky enough to perform at Mall of America for their Holiday shows in the rotunda. We announce our participation every year in October if selected.
Our Students have also performed at several venues around town including Steppingstone Theatre and Children’s Theatre.
The very brave and advanced students also try their luck at shows like The Voice, American Idol and America’s Got Talent. We have had students make it through 3 rounds of American Idol and 2 rounds in America’s Got Talent. And our owner Kaity has made it to the finals in Minneapolis for The Voice after being selected by producers.
Wednesday October 22nd
Although Savannah did not bring home the crown, her performance was tweeted all around the world! Twitter followers praised Savannah as being one of the most entertaining performances of her night.
Students of Heart’s Performing Arts are equipped with the skills to perform in a number of different venues, performing different genres of music; all with the confidence of owning a stage!
Miss Minnesota Savannah Cole gets ready to sing at Mall of America
The entire Teen Recital group wearing gowns from GLITZ! Gowns, our sponsor for the evening
Teens posing in their GLITZ! gowns
Singers of Heart’s Performing Arts performing at the first ever Minneapolis Holiday Market
2014 was great year!
Ahan is seriously spooky in his Scream mask!
Evie looking fierce while singing 'Howl' by Florence and the Machine
With our headsets, Molly can dance and sing at the same time!
Spooky Students waiting to perform at our Halloween Recital 2014!
The Incredibles Family: featuring Preethi and Prajna at our Halloween Recital 2014!
Savannah Cole, Miss Minnesota 2014 is brushing up her vocal skills and preparing for Miss America with Kaity Heart. Photo by Sarah Morreim
Kaity Heart is a proud Voice Coach with Miss Minnesota Scholarship Pageant and Savannah Cole Miss Minnesota 2014 who will be competing for the Title of Miss America on National Television. Photo by Sarah Morreim
Olivia as a tiny Gwen Stefani in our 90’s recital!
Cross promotion with Betsey Johnson at the Mall of America. Students got to wear designer dresses and jewelry during our Holiday Show.
Erin, an advanced piano player, playing at Mall of America.
Evie, a Broadway style singer, at Mall of America.
James, singer of Shirts and Skins a Minneapolis based cover band, gets brush up lessons to help with singing stamina.
Students, like Julia, have the option to work in a recording studio with our many partners.
Kathryn, a Miss Outstanding Teen contestant, sang her heart out and won Audience Choice and The Spirit Award!
With new-found confidence Angelina learned at H.P.A, she is now a runway model!
Students and Kaity waiting to sing in KS95’s largest ‘Clouds’ choir.
Matt Lawton’s first EP ‘Just Live’ features higher notes than he ever thought he could get!
Screamo band, Lost in Prague, got help by learning correct screaming and extreme singing techniques.
Preethi playing piano at Mall of America.
Prisha (6) and Sid (5) getting ready to sing at Mall of America.
Lead singer of BREED, Raymond can sing much longer now that he has training!
Sarah Alice, singer/songwriter, started trying out original pieces at recitals, now she performs in the Midwest area.
Alumn Lisa Bark promoting her show Wizard of Oz on Live Televison
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PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES ABOUND
OUR STUDENTS LOVE TO PERFORM!
OUR INSTRUCTORS ARE SEASONED PROS
It is very important to us when hiring new instructors that they have a good grip on what it takes to be a performer in the music or theatre industries. All teachers have performed professionally and continue to perform and gain new insight for their students.
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Kaity singing for glam-punk band ‘GlitterGun’. Final show at The Surf Ballroom in front of 2500.
Emily plays guitar in this Americana group ‘The Lovely Larks’
Emily in ‘The Lovely Larks’
Nathan with his Gibson SG live at a Twin Cities Night Club.
Nathan in the recording studio.
Nathan enjoys playing live!
Kaity in WFTC’s ‘Like It’ campaign
Emily teaching Gianni ‘The Coconut Song’
Kaity in the 70’s cover band ‘Surly Jones’
The most valuable thing that [Heart’s Performing Arts] taught me is the importance of keeping a portfolio. Although I complained about this tedious project initially, I cannot tell you how many times this lovely, marvelous work of art has saved my butt. I actually just auditioned for Spring Awakening which I didn’t know about until late the night before, and thanks to the portfolio, I was cast as Anna.
Broadway Student 2007-2012
After working with [Heart’s Performing Arts] for just a little while, I had begun to notice the transformation of my attitude. Now I am an extremely confident singer on and off the stage as well as a strong-minded, creative little lady.
Classical/Broadway Student 2008-2012
My biggest accomplishment with music has been recording a CD of my original tunes and getting the CD on iTunes. [Heart’s Performing Arts] training made me much more comfortable with putting something so personal out for the public to see.
I used to be terrified to even walk on a stage! Working with [Heart’s Performing Arts] helped become comfortable and confident on stage, which lead to me discovering my love of theatre in high school.
Broadway Student from 2007-2012
One important thing I learned was how to sing for longer periods of time through [the] breathing exercises you taught me.
Singer Songwriter from 2009-2011
The thing I most enjoyed was the rapid forward movement I experienced right off the bat with some simple practices I was shown
Lead Singer of the rock band ‘Breed’
I became much more aware of my voice and were it was placed. It helps a lot when singing different styles of music. My biggest accomplishment was getting a role in a play at The Stepping Stone children's theatre in St. Paul.
Broadway Student from 2008-2013
WE WANT TO KNOW ABOUT YOU
We would love to take you on as a student! If you would like to learn more please leave the following information in your message: • How old is the student? • Where are you located? • Do you have any preference of day or time of lesson? • What are your goals for your student? • What are their goals? • Have they ever taken lessons before? • What level (if any) of book are they in? • Do you consider them a beginner, intermediate or advanced student?
We will not work with intense guttural screamers based on the high risk of vocal disorders. This singing style is extremely hard on your voice and we don't recommend this style at all. Disorders include: nodes, legions and paralysis all lead to loss of voice and/or surgery. It is recommended if you feel any pain at in your vocal chords to go see a specialist immediately.
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