PRIVATE LESSONS

Private acting lessons are conducted in half-hour sessions, and are tailored to the student’s specific needs.  Whether it’s monologue coaching, audition techniques, or learning general knowledge of the biz, our experienced instructors will bring out the best in your acting skills! Students may register for weekly private lessons, or may drop into single lessons as their schedules permit.

CONTACT US if you are interested in enrolling or dropping into a private acting lesson. 

Private Lesson Policies

Weekly Lessons


Weekly lessons are perfect for serious students who are able to commit to a half-hour or hour-long private lesson each week for the session. Enrolling in a weekly lesson means that you have a “reserved” lesson spot each week. Students may enroll at any time, but once enrolled, they are committed for the remainder of our session, which runs from September to May.




How to Enroll


Visit our website and create an account to enroll in private lessons. Be sure to specify the type of private lesson you would like, if the instructor teaches more than one discipline. Enrolled students are committed to the entire session, and an annual $25 registration fee is required at the time of registration. Parents are to notify the office if their child has any injuries or illness of which the parent feels we should be aware. Students who do not wish to participate in a recital or performance should notify the office upon registration to avoid additional fees.




Enrollment Deadlines


Students may enroll at any time, and will pay a prorated rate. Students who would like to perform a monologue in the recital or gala must be enrolled for the entire session. The enrollment deadline for Music & Theatre Showcase participation is January 20, 2019. Students may enroll after this date, but they will be unable to participate in the recitals.




Conflicts of Interest


Students who are enrolled in private lessons will not be allowed to take the same type of lesson from a teacher at a different studio. Teaching methods and philosophies may vary greatly from studio to studio, and may hinder, rather than help, a students’ progress.




Student Absences


All absences should be reported by emailing the BCS office (info@beyondcenterstage.com) at least 24 hours before the start of the scheduled lesson. Students who accrue three absences per 16 weeks of lessons will not be allowed to participate in the recitals. Students who accrue four absences in a row will be dropped from their private lesson spot, with no refund. No refunds or credits will be issued for any student absences.




Make Up Lessons


Music and Acting students are allowed one make-up lesson per 16 weeks of lessons for any reason. Students who are absent from a makeup lesson will not get another opportunity to make it up. Make-up lessons do not accrue or transfer between semesters or sessions. Lessons that are rescheduled outside of an instructor’s normal teaching times are equivalent to a cancelation and make up lesson. To schedule a make-up lesson, email info@beyondcenterstage.com or stop into the BCS office.




Instructor Absences


If a lesson must be canceled by an instructor, the lesson will be made up outside of the instructor’s normal teaching hours. If the instructor and/or student is not able to make up the lesson within 30 days of the cancelation, the student will receive a credit for the missed lesson. Extra make up lessons will not be granted to compensate for instructor cancelations.




Drop-in Lessons


If you’re not able to commit to an entire session, you’d like to try out a lesson to make sure you like it, or you would like a specialized lesson to work on an audition, drop-in lessons are a great option. To participate in a drop-in lesson, create a customer portal account through our website, and click on “register for classes.” Find the private lesson teacher, time, and day you would like, then select the dates you would like to drop in. Lessons must be paid in advance. Drop-in students are not allowed to participate in performances unless they switch to”enrolled” status by the enrollment deadline. Students who enroll after dropping into a lesson will pay a prorated tuition. Drop-in lesson payments may not be used to credit tuition. There are no refunds for missed drop-in lessons, and no make-up lessons. Registration fee does not apply.




Punch Cards


Private lesson punch cards are available for students who will be dropping into private lessons more often, and would like to receive a lower rate. Drop-ins using a punch card must be scheduled in advance by selecting “register for classes” in the Customer Portal, and selecting the lessons and dates you would like. The student’s digital card will be punched if the lesson is not canceled at least 24 hours in advance. Punch card students are not allowed to participate in performances unless they switch to”enrolled” status by the enrollment deadline. Private lesson punch cards expire within 60 days of purchase. Registration fee does not apply.





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