My private vocal studio is comprised mostly of high school students.  I have regular studio classes, for which I hire various pianists.  The main goal of this is help students learn BEFORE college the fine art of working with a pianist.  This is vitally important, I think, when teaching music (especially voice, as the voice is rarely presented alone).

I also hire pianists to play for the two annual NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) competitions that we have each year here in Arizona.  I try to contact pianists well in advance.  When I contact each pianist, I spell out projected dates, amount of pay, and what the projected repertoire is.  I keep in contact with the pianist, and ask if it’s okay whenever there is a schedule change, BEFORE I confirm it with the students.

Most importantly, I found over the years that I got incredibly nervous when it came to paying the pianist.  After enough times running after students to make sure they had paid, I decided to use MTH’s [···]

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