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This 30-minute initial lesson is the first step to becoming a Skokstudio student.
Schedule your Welcome Lesson with Heidi Skok
Virtually, using Zoom
In-Person at the Mentor studio location.
Now Accepting New Students
Take an introductory Welcome Lesson as the first step to becoming a student at Skokstudio
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.
A Welcome Lesson may be scheduled either:Virtually using Zoom *OR* In-Person at our Mentor, OH studio location.
30 minutes @ $50.00
This 30-minute WELCOME LESSON is an initial PRIVATE INDIVIDUAL VOICE LESSON with Heidi Skok. A Welcome Lesson is the first step to become a student at Skokstudio. This is an opportunity to share your vocal goals and background with Ms. Skok, and will be conducted as a standard Skokstudio “Technique” lesson. This lesson is offered at a special 33% discount off of the standard Pro-Singer “Open-Registration” hourly lesson rate.
During the Welcome Lesson, Ms. Skok will identify your voice type and range after listening to your current vocal production. She will also introduce you to her teaching method, including breathing exercises to increase breath support and vocal exercises from her REST(TM) vocal technique, and will then custom-tailor a vocal development plan for you at Skokstudio.
Additionally, your lesson will be video recorded and sent to you both if taking a Welcome Lesson virtually or In-person at the Mentor studio.
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Skokstudio is interested in training serious singers, ages 13 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 Welcome Lesson.
Programs and Eligibility
Individual Private Voice Lessons at Skokstudio are offered by Enrollment for vocalists of all development levels (from new beginners to advanced). Open Registration lessons without a recurring monthly subscription are also available for advanced students, vocal instructors, or (active) professional vocalists.
Enrollment in Individual Private Vocal Lessons is for a term of one year and requires a monthly subscription for lessons, while Pro-Singer (Open Registration) Lessons and packages can be taken for shorter lengths of time. Eligibility for Enrollment or for Open Registration Lessons or is at the full discretion of Skokstudio. Enrollment in Private Lessons is offered 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, and to vocal instructors who desire to expand their teaching and singing abilities.
Pro-Singer (Open Registration) Lessons are primarily offered 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 continued 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 link above. 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 “Welcome 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 Welcome 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 Welcome 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 are active, and demand a level of physical participation which requires students to stand, freely move around, or crouch for short periods of time, and may 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
Although Cell phones, tablets, iPads, Chromebooks are permitted for a Welcome Lesson, Skokstudio requires that for regular online lessons, students must 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 and have unacceptably low quality sound. Students who enroll in regular lessons are not “In-Person ONLY” and must also be able to attend virtually over Zoom. Students must download and install the Zoom application to their computer, which must meet Zoom’s minimum computing requirements.
Students Under Age 18
Talented and dedicated teenagers under age 18 may also be considered for private instruction as well. Students must be able to clearly demonstrate that they possess the necessary high level of commitment required by Skokstudio. Students under 18 may take lessons only with parental/guardian consent, and are then permitted to take only 30-minute lessons, unless otherwise directly approved by Skokstudio.
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. In partnership with its sister organization Resonanz Opera, Skokstudio seeks to champion principles of inclusion, diversity and social equality in the Arts through 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.