Voice

Screen Shot 2015-11-21 at 2.41.28 PMCarla Fay likes to refer to her employment at AHMA as a “happy accident.” She met with Twila in the fall of 2013 after a friend was hired away to Dallas. She was surprised to discover that her Southwest High School choir teacher, Alan Potts, was also hired for the open position. She always remembers wanting to sing and never remembers enjoying practicing the piano (she hopes Twila doesn’t read that last statement.) Regardless, she is grateful to her parents for paying for her piano lessons as a child. In junior high and high school, they made sure she had voice lessons, but Carla Fay was in her forties before she really learned how to sing. Learning to sing is a process; a lot of the learning came through teaching and performance. Most of Carla’s education was obtained through Tarrant County College, South Campus where she earned an Associate of Science in Nursing and an Associate of Arts. From 1987-2010 Carla worked as a registered nurse for her husband’s clinic, Ronald N. White, MD. Her classes in music at TCC began in the fall of 1996 and she met her voice teacher, Darlene Marks in the spring of 1998.

Carla Fay has BIG ideas and sometimes they come to fruition. In 2011, Carla got the idea to put on a show. She hired an accompanist (Mark Stamper), rented the concert hall at The Modern, collaborated with an artist from Lake Charles, Louisiana (Vickie Singletary), designed the program and sold tickets. Because of that fearless, bold move she had the opportunity to sing for the Lake Charles Symphony’s Gala in 2012.

A note from Carla Fay: 

I’ve come to believe that teaching children and teenagers to sing is a calling. I’m happiest when I am watching their performances. My utmost goal is to provide a safe, nurturing, fun environment for learning and growing. Stay tuned; I have some BIG ideas. And if you are an adult and you remember singing as a child and then along the way life interrupted you for whatever reason – call me. We will find your voice.

You can call me Carla but if you want to see me smile call me Carla Fay. I can’t help but smile. I’m named after my Aunt Rowena Fay and my grandmother Beulah Fay.

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PAYMENT POLICY

Registration at AHMA is for the school year. For your convenience, a nine-month payment plan is available. Our automated payment system withdraws a monthly payment from your account or charges your credit card on the 2nd of each month (September through May) or once a semester. Early withdrawal before the end of a semester does not terminate responsibility for payment of tuition. (See withdrawal policy below.)

WITHDRAWAL POLICY

A 30-day notice is required for early withdrawal. One of the two following conditions will apply: (1) Refunds for withdrawal from classes during the semester will be limited to the tuition for remaining classes minus four week’s tuition. (2) For those making payments in quarters, one payment will be due upon withdrawal.

MAKE-UP LESSON POLICY

Musikgarten – Because these young students need the security of having class with the same group of students each week, class lessons missed cannot be made up during another class. No refunds or credits will be given for missed class lessons. Private lessons may not be made up except in the case of illness or emergency, and then only if we are notified by 2:00 PM the day of the lesson to be missed. To cancel a private lesson call your teacher at 817-731-2612. Leave a message if he/she is unavailable. No refunds or credits will be given for missed class lessons or un-rescheduled private lessons. No makeup lessons will be given after the next AHMA school session starts. Please remember that tuition purchases instruction time, training and experience. Your lesson time is reserved for you even if you don’t use it.

Parent Participation

Parental supervised practice is of utmost importance! Parents are partners in the learning process. Gentle encouragement is needed for the student to feel the delight of successful learning. It is very important that a student feel successful at the tasks he or she is attempting. Please encourage daily practice. Younger children should not be expected to do all of their practicing alone. Sing songs together, practice rhythm and note reading exercises together, practice the assigned pieces together. Try to set aside the same time every day for practice sessions, and make it a goal to practice each piece multiple times each day. Practice time is rewarded through our Practice Points program. Students can receive small prizes throughout the year, and end-of-year awards are also given out.

BAD WEATHER POLICY

Bad weather closing of AHMA will coincide with Fort Worth ISD. Information on school closings is available from radio/TV. Due to scheduling difficulties, bad weather days cannot be made up.

Special instructions:

Students and parents arriving early should enter through the front entrance and wait for their class in the waiting room (foyer). Parking is available in front and behind the school. Please do not park in the driveway! This blocks students and parents who wish to park in back from entering and exiting.
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