Trial Lesson to get started!
This 30-minute session is an opportunity to find out what a Skokstudio lesson is like,
as well as a chance to discuss your goals with Master Instructor Heidi Skok.
Now Accepting New Students
New students request a Trial Lesson as the first step to becoming a candidate for private instruction at Skokstudio.
Note: Participation in Open Registration private lessons may also first require a Trial Lesson.
Skokstudio welcomes dedicated voice students of all genres, from all walks of life, and from all over the world, who are driven to sing and who are committed to doing the technical vocal work necessary to develop as a singer.
Skokstudio trains early or emerging pre-professional and established professional vocalists, vocal instructors, talented high school students, and voice students of all levels, including new students who want to explore the possibility of a future singing professionally or who just desire to sing to the best of their ability.
To schedule a lesson, you must acknowledge acceptance of the following:
- Rescheduling permitted with 24-hr notice.
- There are no refunds for missed lessons.
All student candidates are required to download and read:
Student Handbook of Studio Policies and Procedures,
Terms and Conditions, Privacy Notice (PDF)
Please review all eligibility requirements below.
Skokstudio is interested in training serious singers, ages 18 and older, who want to develop their singing ability in any music genre, through the application of classical vocal technique. Eligibility as a candidate for enrollment in private lessons with Skokstudio is determined strictly on the basis of a student’s desire and commitment to develop as a vocalist. Some of our students are studying to become professional vocalists, while some are already professional singers or vocal instructors. Skokstudio also has students who just want to learn to sing better and to discover whether or not a professional singing career is right for them.
Skokstudio determines all new student candidate eligibility for enrollment through an initial Trial Lesson.
Programs and Eligibility
Individual Private Lessons at Skokstudio are offered by Enrollment for vocalists of all development levels and vocal instructors who desire to expand their teaching and singing abilities, and by Open Registration for advanced students, vocal instructors, or (active) professional vocalists.
Enrollment in Individual Private Vocal Lessons is for a term of one year, while Open Registration Lessons can be taken for any period of time. Eligibility for Enrollment or for Open Registration Lessons or is at the full discretion of Skokstudio.
Student candidacy for Enrollment in Private Lessons is primarily extended to pre-professional vocalists who intend to pursue voice as a formal vocational career, but also to professional singers who want to continue their vocal development.
Student candidacy for Open Registration Lessons is primarily extended to advanced students, vocal instructors, and professional vocalists who want to continue their vocal development but who are unable to commit to regular weekly lessons due to the demands of their professional singing career and/or as an vocal instructor.
Additionally, Skokstudio will consider student candidates for Enrollment who do not necessarily intend to sing as a career but who have the strong desire to develop their singing ability for the personal reward it brings them and are willing to commit themselves to doing the hard work that it requires.
Complete requirements for eligibility for Enrollment are available in the Skokstudio Student Handbook of Studio Policies and Procedures, which should be read and understood by all students. The Student Handbook can be downloaded here and from the button at the bottom of the page. Student candidates must acknowledge acceptance of the studio policies when scheduling a lesson.
> Student candidates with prior formal education in voice at the college level or prior private vocal instruction lessons are preferred.
> Highly talented and self-motivated junior high school and high school students will also be considered.
> New beginner students without prior formal vocal education or instruction may still be considered, but eligibility is based upon a candidate’s demonstrated talent level, their perceived willingness, drive, and determination, as well as a candidate’s ability to show that they intend to commit themselves to develop their singing voice.
> Skokstudio reserves the right to refuse eligibility to any candidate at its full discretion, and does not grant eligibility to Enroll without a “Trial Lesson”.
> Skokstudio does not discriminate for any reason of personal characteristics such as race, ethnicity, gender identity, or body shape.
> Although no candidate is too old, Skokstudio generally has a minimum age of 13 for students. However, pre-teen students with exceptional talent who have the ability to express their commitment are also encouraged to take a Trial Lesson to determine eligibility.
> For students under the age of 18, candidates must themselves be able to well communicate to the Master Instructor during the Trial Lesson that they indeed possess exceptional talent, dedication, drive, and are able to commit the focus required for their vocal development. Parents who are aware that their child has difficulty effectively communicating with others must make the Master Instructor aware of this in the last question below which asks for any additional helpful information.
> After attending a Trial Lesson, Skokstudio staff will confirm a student candidate’s eligibility to Enroll by email within the next 24 to 48 hours. Students are often invited to enroll during or at the end of the lesson itself, by personal verbal invitation from Master Instructor Heidi Skok. In other circumstances, if a student is eligible but there are no available openings in the studio schedule, candidates may also be referred to the studio Enrollment Waiting List.
Physical Participation Requirement
Skokstudio lessons demand a level of physical participation which requires students to freely move around, stand or crouch for periods of time, and use a variety of light fitness equipment from the REST™ Toolkit. Be sure to let your instructor know if you are unable to physically participate so that the curriculum can be modified to fit your abilities where possible.
Personal Computer and Webcam with High-Speed Internet Requirement
Skokstudio recommends that for online lessons students use either a laptop or desktop home computer with a webcam. Cell phones, tablets, Chromebooks or other mobile devices are not recommended for online lessons. Enrolled students will additionally be shipped the Enhanced Online Equipment Toolkit (USB microphone and Bluetooth headphones) to use with their home computer or laptop. Students must be able to download and install the Zoom application to their computer, which must meet Zoom’s minimum computing requirements.
Students Under Age 18
Principles of Nondiscrimination, Inclusion, Diversity, Social Equality
Skokstudio observes a policy of nondiscrimination for any reason of race, religion, ethnicity, gender, gender orientation/identity, or body shape in all company activities. Skokstudio also considers student candidate age eligibility to have no upper boundary. Along with its sister organization Resonanz Opera, Skokstudio seeks to champion principles of inclusion, diversity and social equality in the Arts through their partnership together in the ROSALIA Program for Vocalists. Inquire with the Studio Manager for more information about ROSALIA, Skokstudio and Resonanz Opera’s partnership program for social equality in the Arts.