About Our Lessons
At Dana V. Music (DVM), students receive quality instruction by highly qualified professionals in a positive learning environment. We offer private lessons in voice, piano, violin, viola, cello, guitar, flute, saxophone, and clarinet to students ages 5 through adult. Music lasts a lifetime, so why set limits?
During lessons, students will learn healthy technique based on their natural talents. Musical expression of varied styles is encouraged and explored as students progress in lessons.
It is very important that students become musically literate, which is why we take time during lessons to teach basic music theory.
We also offer group music theory classes as a supplement to private lessons.
Instruments We Teach
Ages 8 – Adult
The vocal instrument is a complex living system and healthy technique is the key to lifelong enjoyment. Let our instructors guide you on your journey of expression and discovery.
Ages 5 – Adult
One of the foundational instruments of contemporary music, our guitar and ukulele instructors teach across genres and will equip you to play for yourself or as part of a group.
Ages 5 – Adult
The piano is both approachable for young beginners and richly complex for advanced players, and is perfect for learning to read music and building a strong musical foundation.
Ages 5 – Adult
Whether you want to learn the classics or contemporary pieces, our instructors will help you master the bowing and finger technique needed to excel at this captivating instrument.
Ages 5 – Adult
Whether you are wanting to augment your band studies or learn for fun, clarinet lessons will help you develop a beautiful sound and a strong musical foundation.
Ages 5 – Adult
Cello lessons will help you to develop strong fundamentals and play without tension to create a clear and beautiful sound on this soulful instrument.
We want our students to feel confident and moved to explore their musical art. Students are encouraged to not only learn music that the teachers choose, but to also bring music that excites them. All teachers are educated and well-equipped to nurture musical theater, classical, jazz, folk, and contemporary/popular styles of music. Have fun and explore all genres!
Recitals of Relevance and Performance Opportunities
We believe in learning through performance, but do not require our students to perform until they feel ready. All students are given recommendations and advice about performances and competitions through the many programs and organizations that we are affiliated with. One program we are extremely proud of is Recitals of Relevance. Two times per year, students present a piece to be performed in recital as outreach to members of our local and senior communities. In recent years, we have presented recitals to The Louisville Farmers’ Market, Golden West Senior Living, Flatirons Terrace, The Academy, and The Lodge at Balfour. For some students, this is the first presentation in public! Our students’ performances are received with great love and support. We enjoy these outreach events and pride ourselves on providing positive performance opportunities for our students. For more information on instruction, including lesson scheduling for you or your child, please contact the office or call (303) 974-5586.
- 1.0 Supplies and Behavior
- 2.0 Billing
- 3.0 Cancellation Policy
- 4.0 Makeup Lessons
- 5.0 Room Rental
- 6.0 Continuing Students
- 7.0 Payment Schedule
1.0 Supplies and Behavior
We love it when our students come to lessons prepared with the following:
- Music Binder and Music
- Digital Voice Recorder or a recording device (applies mostly to voice students)
- Water Bottle
We appreciate when our students:
- Practice regularly
- Reflect and share their musical experiences with their teachers
- Are positive and openminded about new ideas and experiences
1.1 Student Mental and Physical Health Request:
We believe in giving our students the best possible experience and education, and we cannot do this unless we are made aware of any physical, medical, mental, or behavioral conditions that a student may possess. When the teacher is aware of such conditions, he or she can instruct in a sensitive and informed way that will be more beneficial to the student. Additionally, our students’ safety is a top priority, and if we are not made aware of the symptoms and effects of students’ conditions, we cannot uphold the safety of the studio. We are not experts, but we do have expert references to assist and guide us. Your information will only be shared between you, Dana, Katie, and the private lesson instructor. Please contact Katie and Dana immediately if there us anything we should know about the student.
1.2 NEW: Student Safety (Dismissal)
There are many activities that take place in the lower level of the Koko Plaza building. There are also many community events around the building that keep the lower level populated. We do not know every person who comes to this building and cannot vouch for the safety of the atrium and exterior of the building. We also do not want children waiting outside in the elements. For that reason: IF YOUR CHILD IS UNDER THE AGE OF 8, PLEASE PARK YOUR CAR AND PICK UP YOUR CHILD IN ONE OF OUR WAITING ROOMS: PRIVATE STUDIOS A (BEIGE) or SMALL ENSEMBLE ROOMS (LAVENDER) If you are running late, you will be able to find your child there, NOT IN THE HALLWAYS. *If you have a child under 8 and you prefer that they wait outside, please send us a handwritten, signed letter giving your child permission to come up the stairs.
We bill with fullsemester invoices and all bills are delivered by email*. You may choose to pay for the full semester in one payment, in two halfsemester payments, or by four (fall) or five (spring) monthly payments. Please refer to the DVM Pricing List and Payment Schedule for details. *Only one party will be billed per student. Duplicate bills and split payments are the responsibility of the registering guardian.
2.1 Prorated Bills
Dana V. Music will prorate up to three lessons for known conflicts per semester. You will be notified of the deadline by email prior to each semester (August 1, 2015 for the Fall 2015 semester and December 15, 2015 for the Spring 2016 semester). We will not prorate for possible absences without dates. We invite you to attend our makeup master classes for any additional absences that occur during the semester. NOTE: School/Community Productions or Events Please make sure that you list your lessons as a conflict when auditioning for plays and productions. Due to our high volume of students, Dana V. Music has very little freedom to move lessons after the times are set. Please be very sure of your conflicts and be clear about your commitment to lessons (especially Fairview High School students in fall musical or spring Pop Show, and CenterStage Theatre Company or Art Underground participants).
2.2 Late Fee
A $15 late fee will be applied to all payments 10 or more days late. An additional $15 late fee will be applied every 30 days after the initial fee, until payment is received. Please view the DVM Pricing List and Payment Schedule for payment due dates.
2.3 Credit Cards
We accept credit cards only as part of our automatic payment plans. Full, half, and monthly options are available. Please view the DVM Pricing List and Payment Schedule (enclosed) for dates that credit cards are charged. If you are interested in this option, please fill out the Credit Card Authorization form, found in all studio wings, and turn it into our office for processing before first payment deadline.
3.0 Cancellation Policy
**We are expecting and looking forward to a commitment from our students to attend every lesson in the time they have chosen, as this is the best way to positively progress in lessons. There will be NO credits given for canceled lessons. In the event of any cancellation, please do the following:
- Contact your teacher directly by phone or email
- HEALTH: Our school has many students coming in and out on a daily basis. We try very hard to keep illness down. If a student is believed to have a contagious illness OR does not have the ability to sing or play their instrument due to illness, please cancel your lesson. There will be makeup options as long as we know the student’s condition.
4.0 Makeup Lessons
Advanced Cancellations (more than 24 hours in advance): NEW Policy! Teachers will offer makeup lessons for up to 2 ADVANCED CANCELS. For any additional cancellations, students are asked to sign up for the Makeup Master Classes.
- Teachers have until the END OF THE SEMESTER to offer makeups for advanced cancels.
Please do not expect immediate makeups. LATE CANCELLATIONS (less than 24 hours in advance): *Late cancels and noshows will be offered a Makeup Master Class only.
4.1 Makeup Master Classes
You may sign up to attend one of our semesterly, instrument specific makeup master classes. You are welcome to take a master class with any of our teachers. Please view this schedule under “Existing Students” Note about Master Classes: Attending master classes is a unique and nurturing way to learn. Students will gain a connection to their peers, colleagues, and Dana V. Music teachers, which will create strong relationships and increase overall knowledge of their instrument. These classes were created to ensure that our students have a worthwhile and educational makeup option.
4.2 Inclement Weather
Dana V. Music will post any school closures on our Facebook page and website home page. Most often, lessons will not be cancelled unless BVSD cancels, but even then, please do not assume that we are closed as weather sometimes clears up by the afternoon. Teachers have the right to cancel lessons for bad weather even if Dana V. Music is not closed. In this case, the teacher will offer makeup options or will offer a Skype lesson from their location at the student’s regular lesson time. Skype lessons are only offered in the event of bad weather and will not occur on a regular basis.
4.3 Teacher Cancellations
We are committed to teaching weekly lessons to all registered students at their regularly scheduled times. In the case of a cancellation by the teacher because of illness or an unforeseen conflict, a substitute will be provided or the teacher will make up the lesson.
5.0 NEW! Room Rental Opportunities
Students of Dana V. Music will now be able to rent our Large Ensemble Room, Small Ensemble Rooms, and Private Studios for rehearsals, meetings, recordings, etc. for the following discounted fees: $25/hourLarge Ensemble Room** $10/hourSmall Ensemble Room (Sky or Lime) $5/hourPrivate Studio *In order to reserve a room more than a week in advance, 1 hour of rental fee (nonrefundable) is due at the time of reservation. **For those students using the Large Ensemble Room for College/University/Audition DVDs, a flat fee of $25 is required for recordings up to 2 hours (discount). An additional fee of $15 will be charged for use of DVM’s video cameras (optional)
6.0 Continuing Students Private Lesson Scheduling
Dana V. Music runs in 3 terms: Fall, Spring, and Summer. We believe that continuous lessons lead to more rapid progress. Scheduling is done each semester by email, on a firstcome, firstserve basis. You will be notified with a reminder a week before the date that scheduling begins (listed on the DVM 2017-2018 Calendar in this packet). Once you respond with your scheduling request, a $50 tuition deposit is due to hold your spot in the schedule.
6.1 Summer Lessons
We teach throughout the summer and recommend that students maintain skills and take lessons during this time. Summer and Fall scheduling are linked by the same tuition deposit. Fall Tuition Deposit & Summer Lesson Policy: In order to reserve a spot with your current teacher in the FALL schedule, the two following actions are required: 1. Turn in a nonrefundable $50 tuition deposit to be applied to fall tuition AND 2. Schedule at least 4 lessons during the summer term. This policy is due to the large attrition rate often seen in summer, loss of skills, and the inability to schedule the large volume of new summer students interested in fall study with their summer teacher.
7.0 Payment Schedule
7.1 Payment Due Dates
Full Payment due January 8 Half Payments due January 8 and March 1 Monthly Payments (approx. 1/5 of total) due January 8, February 1, March 1, April 1, and May 1
7.2 Credit Card Clients
If you are signed up for our automatic payment system for credit cards, your card will be charged on the following dates: Full Payment: January 8 Half Payments: January 8, March 1 Monthly Payments: January 8, February 1, March 1, April 1, May 1
7.3 Family Discount
Families with more than one individual studying privately for a full semester will receive one free lesson per semester (Fall and Spring only) for the second student, as well as for any additional students.
We offer to pricing options, contact us with any questions.
- Fixed, monthly price for weekly lessons, charged on a recurring basis on the 1st of the month
- Locked-in pricing that does not increase for as long as you maintain the plan
- Priced at approximately 3.5 lessons per month versus 4-5 lesson weeks available each month, which builds in a buffer for prorations and cancellations
- Clear, transparent, easy-to-understand monthly billing
Clarinet & Cello Lessons:
- 30 Min: $140/month
- 45 Min: $195/month
- 60 Min: $240/month
Voice, Piano, Violin/Viola, Guitar, Ukulele Lessons:
- 30 Min: $150/month
- 45 Min: $210/month
- 60 Min: $260/month
Dana V/Katie Studios Reservation:
- 30 Min: $160/$150
- 45 Min: $225/$205
- 60 Min: $275/$255
The Fine Print:
- Cancel anytime with 30 days’ notice
- 10% discount on the 2nd and subsequent plan(s) for siblings and students taking two or more instruments
- An allowance for prorations and absences is built into the pricing, so no prorations are offered
- Consistent with our current policy, students are entitled to two makeup lessons per semester for absences that were communicated to Dana V Music at least 24 hours in advance
- A make-up lesson or a substitute teacher at the normal lesson time will be offered in the event of a teacher absence
We have a lot of awesome music instructors here at Dana V, some of our amazing teachers are below. For a full list of our teachers see our staff page.
Dana Vachharajani (formerly Dana Bhatnagar) holds degrees from Carnegie Mellon University (BFA’97) and The Juilliard School (MM ’01). She has had a career defined by singing at top venues, public education, and
Praised for her vocal clarity, crystalline coloratura, and abundant musicality, Lebanese-American soprano Christine Honein has been featured on the stages of the United States and the Middle East. In December 2019, Christine
Piano & Voice
John Boggs is a pianist, composer and vocalist based currently in Lafayette, Colorado. He holds a DMA in Composition from the University of Colorado Boulder, a M.M. in Composition from the University
Luisa Marie Rodriguez is a performer, a teacher, a conductor, and a very passionate vocal pedagogue. Always interested in growing and refining her teaching skills, Luisa has attended the Acoustic Vocal Pedagogy
Paige Sentianin, soprano, is a professional classical singer and voice teacher. In her performance career, she has been praised for her clear sound and “coquettish vivacity both in her acting and singing.”
What Our Students Say
I knew next to nothing about the college audition process when I began looking for schools. The people at Dana V. were always receptive, supportive, and helpful in tackling each step of the admittedly arduous process. I sincerely believe I would not be studying at the program I’m in without the resources afforded to me at Dana V.Will Thames | Alumni Student
I am always inspired by the talented and vibrant community that Dana and Katie have created a space for at Dana V Music. I am lucky to have been influenced by such passionate, energetic, and accepting teachers, and even luckier that they continue to offer advice, and encouragement to their alumni.Zoe Benson | Alumni Student
My experiences at DVM, and the confidence I gained while learning to sing and use my voice are applicable every day at my job when I’m speaking with and presenting to clients.Whitney Meer | Alumni Student
DVM has forged me into the musician I am today. DVM has also been my greatest source of inspiration as a musician and I am extremely thankful for everyone in the studio. Thank you for pointing me towards the values I hold today.Vidushi Goyal | Alumni Student
I have always loved Dana V Music particularly the Bring It To Broadway series. It’s incredible that Dana is able to consistently bring in Broadway veterans to help out young artists. The masterclasses have been very beneficial to my growth as a performer. I can still watch the videos years later and gain something from the artist’s perspective.Tanner Sands | Alumni Student
Dana and Katie were two of the most influential teacher figures in my high school years. Being a young person is difficult as it is, but being a young person who wants to pursue performing arts professionally is even harder. Not only do Dana and Katie provide amazing and non-judgemental lessons, classes, and other resources at their studio, their warmth, kindness, and constant encouragement gave me the support I needed (and often struggled to find) to get into such a great collegiate theatre program. Dana and Katie are like artistic superheroes who truly go above and beyond for the sake of their students!Michelle Herring | Alumni Student
Although I am not pursuing a career in music, my time with DVM was an incredible way to learn about something I love as well as about myself. Going every week to voice lessons was always so exciting and I am so grateful for Katie and Dana for what they’ve brought to the Louisville community!Mason Noteboom | Alumni Student
Dana V allowed me to explore my interest in music and theater. All the instructors have an amazing guiding hand which encourages every student to become their own artist. With their help, I was able to transition into the college process unafraid.Justin Pappas | Alumni Student
Dana V has such a loving and supportive family of instructors and students! I really miss everyone from the studio.Jessie Bolger | Alumni Student
While I have not pursued the arts as a career, I believe that DVM and other music/theatre training throughout my high school years gave me the skills and discipline needed to be successful in the careers and hobbies that I pursue. Dana was also more than a voice teacher to me; she often served as a mentor and friend in a supportive, knowledgeable environment. I am so proud to see DVM grow from a little corner room at The Dairy to what it is today!Jessica Harper | Alumni Student
DVM was an integral part of my voice and theatre education. I was lucky enough to take voice lessons for about a year as well as participate in DVM’s production of A Little Princess. I worked with Dana herself as well as Cody Qualls, and they both gave me tools that I still use every time I sing. I was only with DVM for a short time, but in that time I experienced a huge amount of growth musically, and I am always grateful to Dana and Cody for their role in shaping the performer I am today. I still have some songs they introduced to me in my audition book too!Jenny McPherson | Alumni Student
I studied vocal music at Dana V for six years and throughout this time I grew immensely in both vocal technique and self confidence. Everyone at Dana V encouraged and supported me to push my limits and grow to my full potential. The friendships I formed and lesson I learned during my time at the studio will last a lifetime.Jennifer Concienne | Alumni Student
During my undergraduate courses, I wanted to take music theory (because it is fascinating to me, and I was always too busy in high school to take it). One of the great things about going to a small liberal arts college is the music department didn’t require me to be a music major to take music theory. I had received a scholarship that covered the cost of lessons, and was involved with the choirs. After I finished the two year sequence of music theory, I realized that due to the credits from my lessons, ensembles, and music theory, I was four classes (music history and conducting) away from a music major, and so I declared. I did not intend to be a music major, I was just heavily involved with music because I loved it. Although career-wise I am using my physics degree, continuing to be involved with music through college has kept me grounded and has been a creative outlet for me. As I prepare to go to graduate school and narrow my focus on my studies to just physics, I am actively searching for ways to still be involved with music.
My lessons with Katie McClave and Alex Vital through high school were wonderful. I bonded with each in different ways, and I always look forward to catching up with them when I am in town. I can’t imagine what my high school experience would have been without their guidance.Grace Kerber | Alumni Student
Dana V music has been the cornerstone of every other voice class I take. I never feel as fulfilled working with any other voice coach because I loved working with the teachers at Dana V so much!Ellie Oliver | Alumni Student
I continue to be inspired by my mentors at Dana V. Music and am so thankful that Dana continuously takes time out of her schedule to check in with me to give excellent advice and be a sounding board for a young ambitious musician, even one who is no longer her student!Divya Maus | Alumni Student
Dana V. Music gave me the opportunity to explore my music on a higher level. Though the schools innovated and compassionate teaching skills I could experience the joys of music. Dana V. Music not only challenges students to think creatively but they also support growth in developing skills. The most memorable thing about the music school is the professional and warm community they provide. The values and mission of Dana V. Music still make an impression on me today.Diana Lee | Alumni Student
I started taking voice lessons with Dana when I was 14. Lessons with Dana were the highlight of my week. She started me off on a great track vocally, and inspired me to pursue a career in music. If it weren’t for her I wouldn’t be the musician and teacher I am today.Charlotte Haertling | Alumni Student
I started taking lessons at DVM when I was 13 and that was probably one of the best decisions I could have made for my voice. I received a vocal education about my voice specifically, while also learning how to feel good and confident about myself in a performing context. I deeply love and appreciate the Dana V. Music school.Asha Romeo | Alumni Student
Dana V Music is where I took voice lessons for ten years and every day since I feel so lucky to have worked with them. The more I learn in college, the more grateful I am that I have such a solid technique and healthy habits, which was all thanks to my wonderful teachers.Alei Russo | Alumni Student