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Voice FAQ

What should I know about my first lesson at the Portola Hills studio?

Please walk in the front door and sit on the couch. If you knock or ring the doorbell the teacher will need to stop teaching and come and let you in. It will feel a little uncomfortable at the beginning, but you’ll get used to it.

What should I bring to my first lesson?

Please find a bag that you can use as your voice bag. There’s no need to buy a new bag, an old backpack or tote will be great. This is what you will store your music notebook, practice sheets, music books and flashcards at home. You will bring this bag to every class.

What will I need for home practicing?

You will need a CD player. We find that students that can play their CD in their own room with no parental involvement seem to do best. You can buy one at Wal-mart or online at Amazon.
https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=cd+player

Tell me about the voice materials?

Books and materials are $50-60 for level one and include a studio notebook, CDs, flashcards, a vocalize book and usually a musical theater voice book and CD. Most students take between one or two years to get through level one based on their age and practice habits. Some younger students may need to buy one additional book in 7-12 months.

Tell me about the voice levels

The Glee vocal studio is unique because everyone starts at level 1. Each level has competencies based on breathing, vocal tone, harmony, music theory, and performance.

What are the directions to the Portola Hills studio?

28532 Chimney Rock Circle, Portola Hills, CA 92679

DIRECTIONS Coming North on El Toro
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Turn left on Glenn Ranch Road Turn right on Saddleback Ranch Road Turn on the first left AFTER the elementary school. (Shady Ridge) Proceed to the top of the street and turn right on Willow Brook. Make an immediate right on Chimney Rock Circle. We are the first house when you turn right. I own a black Flex that should be in the driveway.

DIRECTIONS from 241 coming from Oso Parkway
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Get on 241 going North Get off Portola Parkway – 1st one after Los Alisos Turn Right onto Portola Parkway. Turn Right on Glenn Ranch Road. Turn Left on Saddleback Ranch Road. Turn on the first left AFTER the elementary school. (Shady Ridge) Proceed to the top of the street and turn right on Willow Brook Make an immediate right on Chimney Rock Circle. We are the first house when you turn right. I own a black Flex that should be in the driveway.

DIRECTIONS from 5 Freeway going South
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Get off Bake Parkway Turn left (go about 10 minutes) Turn right on Portola Parkway (light) Turn left on Glenn Ranch Road Turn right on Saddleback Ranch Road Turn on the first left AFTER the Elementary School. (Shady Ridge) Proceed to the top of the street and turn right on Willow Brook Make an immediate right on Chimney Rock Circle We are the first house when you turn right. I own a black Flex that should be in the driveway

Guitar FAQ

What are the things I need for my first lesson?

A guitar, the music book, a pick, a strap, and a tuner. It would also be good to have a soft or hard bag to protect your guitar. If you want to visit a store, they will talk to you and answer your questions for a long time. I really enjoying buying things at Guitar Center because they are happy to help and answer all my questions. 23811 El Toro Road, Lake Forest, CA 92630 949-609-0055

See questions below for advice on buying each item.

What if I need to buy a guitar?

Guitar Center is on the corner of Rockfield and El Toro in Lake Forest near the Costume Castle.

If you need a guitar, but are worried about the price, here’s a great beginner guitar that’s only $69 with free shipping. It takes about a week to arrive from Guitar Center. If the link isn’t working, you can search under Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar.

https://tinyurl.com/p5lx3kn or https://www.guitarcenter.com/

What if my guitar is broken?

Guitar Center has a fix it place but it takes a few days. If you need new strings they can do it there, but you need to get it in soon so it is ready in time… Fixing a guitar is sometimes expensive. We had an old guitar for Penelope but it was cheaper to buy a new beginner guitar than put together the old one. Just stop by and they can give you a quote to help you decide. Guitar Center is on the corner of Rockfield and El Toro in Lake Forest near the Costume Castle. https://www.guitarcenter.com

Guitar Books

If your student is young we might be ordering a different book. Just ask us. You can buy just book 1 for $9.81 for book #1 and CD #1. https://tinyurl.com/o2kck3dI bought Books 1, 2 and 3 for $12.74 but you only need book one right now. https://tinyurl.com/pqfo8gf

Inexpensive Soft Bags

Here’s the least expensive bag. I really don’t know if it will do the trick, but it is a great price. Please read the reviews. $20 https://tinyurl.com/nv5arfz

Here’s the bag I got for my daughter. $28.98 includes strap for guitar and picks. Available with flag or spider webs. https://tinyurl.com/nwvbfmr

A hard case is even better if you want to order one on Amazon or guitar center. Many of you had concerns over price so I thought I would give you what I found on soft bags.

Picks

If you need picks, here are two light to medium variety pack of picks for guitar.
$5.20 if that is the only thing you are buying on Amazon. Colorful. https://tinyurl.com/ovvhg28
$3.22 if you buy with something else for $25 that qualifies as add-on https://tinyurl.com/nco87h6

Straps

If you didn’t get the case with the picks and the strap, you can buy a standard strap here.

Amazon has it for $3.99 as an add-on as long as you have something else in the cart worth $25
https://tinyurl.com/pfzdxdd

Guitar Center has it for $3.99. https://tinyurl.com/pq3hu9j

Tuner

Here is a tuner that is digital. It is $10 on Amazon. This looks just like the one I bought at Guitar Center for double the price. https://tinyurl.com/nornkyb

Piano FAQ

What should I know about my first lesson at the Glee Studio?

Please walk in the front door and peek your head in the stage room door to let us know you have arrived, even if you are a little early. Then wait on the couch in the lobby. The teacher will come to get you when it is your music lesson time, as long as you let us know you’re here.

What should I know about my first lesson at the Portola Hills studio?

Please walk in the front door and sit on the couch. If you knock or ring the doorbell the teacher will need to stop teaching and come and let you in. It will feel a little uncomfortable at the beginning, but you’ll get used to it.

What should I bring for my first lesson?

Please bring a 3-ring notebook to keep your practice sheets in. A view binder is nice but not required. It makes it so you can easily identify it as your piano notebook.

Do I need a piano to start lessons?

Yes. It is really important to have a piano so that students can develop proper technique, be able to develop a wide dynamic range (volume), and learn how to work with the piano to create beautiful music. While it certainly is wonderful to be able to practice on a grand piano, a baby grand or upright pianos work as well. If you are worried about cost, there are companies in Orange County that rent pianos at a reasonable price. If you have a keyboard, it is acceptable for the first 2-3 months. After that, please be prepared to make the investment of buying/renting a piano.

Here are a few keyboards on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Yamaha-Weighted-Digital-Bundle-Sustain/dp/B00VIFM5PY/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1501788508&sr=8-6&keywords=yamaha%2B88-key%2Bkeyboard&th=1

https://www.amazon.com/Yamaha-Digital-Amazon-Exclusive-Furniture/dp/B06WRWZX2B/ref=sr_1_15?rps=1&ie=UTF8&qid=1501788728&sr=8-15&keywords=88-key+keyboard+bundle&refinements=p_85%3A2470955011

How do I encourage my student to practice?

The best thing you can do for your student is to include a regular practice time in their daily routine. Our Commitment To Excellence program encourages students to practice. At the end of each lesson, the student and the teacher make a practice goal to work towards for the week.

How much should my student practice?

Students should practice 4-7 days a week. Length of practice is dependent on age and dedication, and will be decided in the lessons with the teacher. Our Commitment to Excellence program rewards students based on their practicing habits.

What piano books will I use?

At Glee, we create a customized learning plan for each piano student. Books will be chosen based on the student’s age and goals regarding their piano journey.

What if I want to do Certificate of Merit?

Talk with the teacher to see if your student would benefit from the program. Sign-ups are in the Fall, and testing is done usually near the end of February and beginning of March. If you are interested in Certificate of Merit, the best time to let the teacher know is in September.

What is the parent’s role for piano lessons?

The very best students have parents who are actively involved in their children’s music education. For the younger students between ages 4 –6 years old, it is really important to have an adult that is willing to stay during lessons to understand what is being assigned so practice at home can be the most effective. For kids ages 7-10, it is important to have a parent at home that helps the student establish a habit of practicing. Depending on the student, parent involvement in the lesson and at home practice can be very beneficial. For ages 11+ years old, parent involvement is dependent on the student. For all ages, it is very beneficial to have a person or parent that is helping the student keep a consistent habit of practicing.

Where is my lesson?

The majority of the students take piano lessons at the Glee Studio at 25 Spectrum Pointe Drive, Suite 406, Lake Forest, CA 92630. Other students choose to take lessons at the home studio at 28532 Chimney Rock Circle, Portola Hills, CA 92679.