Rebecca Claborn

Mezzo-Soprano

STUDIO SPACE AVAILABLE!

I am currently accepting new students, but availability is limited. Interested in taking lessons? Please contact me with any questions or to set up a lesson!

My teaching experience includes private lessons for students of all ages and musical levels, as well as classroom and masterclass instruction. I have taught private voice lessons at the University of Alberta, the Giovanni Yamaha School of Music, the Victoria Conservatory of Music, and at my private studio in Toronto. In the summer of 2016 I was delighted to be on the voice faculty at the Victoria Conservatory of Music's Summer Vocal Academy. I have also provided one-on-one coaching as well as masterclass instruction to students in the Historical Performance faculty at the University of Toronto. My training includes a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of New Hampshire, and my teaching is grounded in thorough training and extensive experience. 

When I teach a lesson, I am committed to creating a space for the student to explore their own musical sensibilities, develop an individually strong and healthy vocal technique, and work toward their musical goals, whatever those may be. My teaching style is responsive to the needs of each individual student, and I am happy to work with students age 12 and up at any point in their musical development. My studio is an inclusive, judgment-free space. I view the process of vocal training as a collaboration between myself and the student, and encourage my students to gradually develop a deeper understanding and awareness of the workings of their own unique vocal instrument.

 

LESSON FEES

$60 per hour

$50 per 45 minutes

Payment accepted by cash or cheque at the beginning of the lesson, or by Interac e-transfer by arrangement.

I find that shorter lessons do not allow for sufficient time to settle in, warm up, work on technical exercises, and look more deeply into technical or musical elements of repertoire. Therefore I encourage all of my students to book at minimum a 45-minute lesson, with an hour being preferable. However, I do recognize that some students may have scheduling, health, or other constraints that do not permit a longer lesson; in these cases, please contact me and we can determine an appropriate lesson length and fee. 

 

SLIDING SCALE LESSONS

Music instruction can be one of the most transformative processes of a person’s life. From my own experience, I know that studying music can be personally empowering, spiritually uplifting, emotionally healing, and profoundly fulfilling. I truly believe that music is one of the ways in which we express our deepest selves, and connect with each other on a level beyond words. Music is a fundamental part of our humanity, and so I am convinced that all people should have the opportunity, if they wish, to study music. 

For this reason, I offer a limited number of sliding scale placements in my studio. If you or your child want to take voice lessons, but find the costs of private lessons prohibitive, please contact me and together we can come up with a lesson plan and fee that will work for you. If all of the sliding-scale places are full, I will be happy to place you on a waiting list and contact you when one becomes available. 

I ask that only those who would not be able to take lessons otherwise request sliding-scale studio places. My regular fee is the result of careful consideration and is reflective of my training and teaching experience; the sliding scale is not designed to be a way for those with the means to take lessons to save money, but rather to make the opportunity to take lessons available to those who would not otherwise be able to study privately. Thank you for respecting the intent of this policy. 

 

Location

Unless otherwise arranged or indicated, lessons are taught at St. Clement's Anglican Church, 70 St. Clement's Avenue, Toronto. The church is convenient to public transit and parking is available. The church is fully accessible.

 

CANCELLATION POLICY

If, for any reason, I must cancel a lesson, the student will not be charged for that lesson. Lessons cancelled by the student with 24 hours' notice or more will be charged a cancellation fee of $15, which covers the cost of the studio rental. Lessons cancelled within 24 hours will be charged 100% of the appropriate lesson fee unless the reason for the cancellation is illness (see below).

If you are ill, please DO NOT come to your lesson. Singing while sick can strain or injure your vocal cords, lengthening your recovery. Additionally, I make my living as a singer and must avoid exposure to illness.  I ask that you try to cancel with 24 hours' notice, but recognize that sometimes illness can set in suddenly and without warning. Therefore, each student may make a maximum of two (2) cancellations due to illness per academic year (September - June) with no charge. After two cancellations, the student will be charged 100% of their usual lesson fee for any subsequent same-day cancellations, or $15 with more than 24 hours' notice.

 

MAKE-UP OR RESCHEDULED LESSONS

Cancelled lessons may be made up or rescheduled on a case-by-case basis, depending on the availability of myself, the student, and studio space. Lessons missed with no notice will not be eligible for make-up lessons. 

 

ACCOMMODATIONS

I am committed to making my lessons as accessible as I possibly can. If you require any accommodations to the above policies, or have questions about accessibility, please get in touch and we can discuss any necessary accommodations. 

 

EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCES

Life happens. If you find yourself in a situation that impacts your lesson that is not covered by the policies above, please contact me. We can't always predict what life will throw at us, and in these times the last thing I want is for your lessons - or their cancellation - to be a source of additional stress. I ask that students abide by the policies above whenever possible, but I do recognize that at times changing circumstances require a flexible response. If you have any concerns about anything relating to your lessons, please don't hesitate to address them with me.