Coaching: Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get started with Coaching?
If you’re completely new to coaching with me, the best place to start is by scheduling a free consultation. We’ll spend 20-30 minutes talking about you and your songwriting goals, and try to figure out if we’re a good fit for moving forward.
To schedule your consultation, please use this page or email coaching [at] thesongfoundry [dot] com.
How does scheduling work?
You can schedule Skype coaching sessions yourself online. You purchase a package of one, three or six sessions then schedule them at your convenience.
All our scheduling is powered by Acuity Scheduling, one of the best and most secure scheduling systems around. Their software adjusts itself to your timezone and automatically sends confirmation and reminder emails so you’ll have a record of everything.
Once you’re ready to book your session, you can go straight ahead to the scheduling page. If this is your first session, I strongly recommend you book a free, no-obligation consultation first via this page.
How long are the sessions?
All sessions are forty minutes. In my experience, it’s bang in the sweet spot between not having enough time to do you and your songs justice and having more than enough time so your session ends up unfocused and you don’t get good value for money.
When are sessions usually available?
I offer sessions as often as I can but I’m limited by factors including the other projects I’m working on and the timezone I’m in. So sometimes you’ll find the schedule is pretty regular. Sometimes it’s more random.
I do my best to vary the times available to cater to people with different schedules in different parts of the world, but if the availability for your time zone really sucks, just send me a message and let’s see what I can do.
Do I need to prepare anything before my first session?
If you book a free consultation via our coaching page, I’ll tell you everything you need to know then.
In the meantime, it’s a good idea to make sure you have a device with Skype installed and your own Skype account. If you have some material ready to share – even something really rough – it’s worth getting that together as it’ll be really helpful as we get started.
Is there work to do between sessions?
The time in between sessions is where you’ll make 90% of your progress. During your coaching I’ll recommend things you should do – things to read or study, specific song assignments or writing ideas – before your next session.
I don’t set homework. It’s not school or college. It’s up to you to do the work, but yes, I will help guide you on how you can keep moving forward.
If there's no set program, how does the coaching work?
Normally I’ll encourage you to focus on three areas: Your Work, Creative Process Skills and Song Analysis. We’ll talk more about how these things work in your free consultation or first session.
How do you take payments? Can I pay in currencies other than US Dollars?
Payment for Skype sessions are processed by Acuity Scheduling, our secure online booking system. You can pay using all major cards in many international currencies or with a PayPal account.
If you’re paying in any currency other than US dollars, our booking system doesn’t charge any additional fees, though your bank might. You might want to check with them before you make any payments. You can check out our international prices page to see what our coaching rates look like in other currencies.
When do I pay for a session?
All Skype Sessions are paid for in advance. It keeps the paperwork down at our end and also gives you the privilege of having The Song Foundry in your debt until you’ve used all your sessions.
What if I need to cancel or rearrange a session?
You’re free to cancel or reschedule a session any time more than 24 hours before it’s due to begin. After that, sessions cannot be cancelled or changed and the session is counted as taken whether you attend it or not.
Can I get a refund for my unused sessions?
If you get cold feet before the first session of any package is used we can refund the package in full, no problem. Once you’ve had your first session, though, we’re not able to offer any full or partial refunds.
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