Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get started? 

To begin your training, call us at (865) 339-3564. We will register you as a student, place you with the program you need, and schedule your weekly lessons. 

What is the best way to contact you? 

You can call, text, or email us with any questions you may have about the programs we offer at MVA.  If you live internationally, not to worry!  You can email us at office@martinsvocalacademy.com and we can get you started that way.  If you are local or national, you can reach us by calling (865) 339-3564 or you may also email us from our website by clicking here. When emailing us, be sure to leave a contact number. 

How much are lessons? 

We offer fair and competitive rates for our coaching programs in our area. Lessons range from $30-50 per half hour and $60-$100 per hour depending on the program you choose. You can learn more about our coach and rates by contacting the studio at (865) 339-3564 or emailing office@martinsvocalacademy.com 

What will I learn in the lessons? 

Our teachers understand that every student is an individual, with personal musical needs and goals. We make it a priority to tailor how we teach and what we teach to your individual needs. 
‍If you enroll here for voice lessons, your teacher will ask you about your favorite type of music, and set goals to help accomplish whatever musical aspirations you have for yourself or your child. Together, you will develop a plan to achieve your goals! We love beginners, so even if you don't know where to begin, we can help!

What singing styles can I learn? 

We teach all styles from rock, pop, jazz, country, gospel, jazz, and R&B. We combine the important fundamentals with the music YOU want to sing.

How long does it take to learn to sing? 

There is no set answer of how long it takes to learn to sing. With regular practice, a basic level of singing, learning to sing can be accomplished in a few months. However, to hone your skills and reach a singer's full potential, requires many years of practice and disciple.  Most of our students take lessons on a long-term basis because they want to be constantly improving and they find the lessons very enjoyable.

I don't have any musical background or ability. can I still help my child practice? 

Yes. Even if you don't have a musical background you can ask the teacher for advice on how to help your child practice. By simply monitoring that they are doing exercises a certain number of times per day the student will progress. Parents will occasionally sit in on their child's music lesson to get an idea of the proper way a song should sound or how the student should be projecting their voice. We are always here to help!

What should I bring to my lessons? 

Always come prepared with a recording device (your phone is fine), and your material memorized. If you are a first-time student, coming prepared with a song, monologue, or piece to play is definitely a plus! (room temperature water is always provided)

How often are lessons? 

Lessons are once a week for most students. You are welcome to take lessons multiple times a week if you like, but once per week is the minimum. 

Can I record each lesson? 

Yes. We believe there is great value in recording your lessons. You’ll have it to refer to later and it’s a great way to practice specific techniques given by your coach. 

How often can I take lessons? 

Most students take once a week. However, there are others who opt to take multiple times a week in multiple art areas. You may take up to 6 times per week if you desire. 

What is your payment policy? 

After you register with us, we ask that you provide a debit or credit card number and we automatically charge the students on the first of every month. Cardholders are emailed a receipt for payment each month.  

How do I know which MVA Program is best for me? 

We will recommend an MVA Program for you, however, if you feel you want to explore different programs, we will help you with that too.

Can you help me find an agent? 

No. We aren't an agency but we can help advise you on what to look for in a proper agency. We can not guarantee that each student will be signed either.  Although they will have the training necessary to land any gig or get signed.

Do you offer students the opportunity to showcase their talent? 

Yes. If the student has graduated up to the Studio Recording Experience program, they will have the opportunity to record songs in our on-site studio, apply what they have learned within MVA as they are featured on the MVA Youtube Channel and Social Media Channel as well as the websites streaming player.  Each song is professionally recorded, mixed, and mastered so the student can share their music with the world.  This a great way to experience what a professional artist can do within MVA. 

I’m interested in taking lessons online. How does that work? 

Taking lessons via Skype, Facetime or Zoom is revolutionizing the student/coach experience.  Not only are these applications free to download and set up, but it also enables you to take your lessons from the comfort of your own home ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD!   We have national and international students who take advantage of this option on a daily basis as well as local students who simply don’t want to fight traffic to get to us in person.  As long as you have a quality internet connection, the quality of the lesson is the same! 

Do you offer standard discounts for new students? 

Yes.  We run several promotions each year for new students however, we always offer a 10% discount for families interested in registering more than one child.  Not to mention our local discounts for students.

Are you a manager, publishing company, or record label? 

We are not. However, we can help you sharpen your skills and develop you as an artist so you can become appealing to those establishments. 

Do I have to sign an annual contract to take lessons? 

Absolutely not. We want to earn your business.  Our programs are structured on a month-to-month basis.  We believe we offer the best training at a fair price so there’s no need to lock anyone into a long-term contract. 

Can I pay as I go? 

All of our students are on a monthly payment system.  We have our autopay set up for the beginning of each month.  Once you are set up in our system, you will be ready to start. It's hassle and stress-free.  We make it simple for you!

What is your rescheduling policy? 

We require a minimum of 24 hours notice to reschedule lessons.  Failure to give proper notice will result in the forfeiture of that lesson with no option to make it up. When coaches are given proper notice, students have 1 month from the date of the missed lesson to make it up.  There are no refunds but a "make-up" lesson will be scheduled as soon as possible for the student.