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Program Problems and How to Handle Them

by Cindy Sadler



Cindy Sadler
Classical singing is a hideously expensive business. Education and ongoing training are pricy. Regular expenses include travel, audition fees, accompanist fees, coaching, wardrobe, headshots, website maintenance, scores, recordings, and more. Every cent is an investment in your careeróand so is every minute of time you put in. When those investments arenít paying off and you find yourself in a school or a program that isnít delivering on its promises or simply isnít right for you, what can you do?

Talk to People
Although it can be frightening to approach a faculty or staff member, especially one who has been critical of you, itís best to give the person the benefit of the doubt. By speaking directly to the person youíre having a problem with or who is in charge of handling problems, you create the opportunity for any misunderstandings to be cleared up before they escalate and to let the person know that you will not accept anything less than professional, respectfu...
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