Q: Are lessons always weekly?
A: Yes. I recommend weekly lessons because it gives incentive for students to practice and advance quickly in their learning experience.
Q: It’s tough to pay for a month up front. Can’t I just pay each time I come to a lesson?
A: Payment for the month up front guarantees your time slot in advance, so that nothing will interfere with it, and you don’t have to worry about having the money on hand for every lesson.
Q: How old do you have to be to take voice lessons at your studio?
A: At least high school age. But to be more specific: I can take young students once they are over the initial “hump” with voice changes during puberty and they are starting to settle into their adult voice. A free consultation will determine if the voice is ready.
Q: How soon will I start to sound better?
A: It depends; there are no guarantees in any vocal method, and every student is different. Some people may experience an instant breakthrough, while others improve slowly and incrementally. The students who get real results within the first 2 months of lessons are simply consistent with their lessons and practicing whatever is assigned.
Q: I have an audition in two weeks! Is there anything I can do to improve my voice before then?
A: Not much. If you have been preparing diligently up to now and just want a “check-in” to see if you are 100% ready, then a couple of short lessons would be right for you, so you can get feedback. However, if you are new to voice lessons or otherwise don’t have well-established, healthy vocal practices in place, it’s unlikely that a couple of lessons two weeks before an audition will get you where you need to be. Good vocal habits take time to develop.
Q: What forms of payment do you take?
A: Cash, check, or PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: When is my monthly payment due?
A: Prior to the start of the first lesson of the month.
Q: What is an “underdeveloped” singer?
A: “Underdeveloped” is not to be confused with untalented, tone-deaf, monotone, or any of the other disparaging (and untrue) words people use to describe what they believe are poor singers. “Underdeveloped” simply means a singer who is just beginning to learn the basics of singing.
Q: What kinds of things do you focus on in lessons?
A: I try to approach singing holistically – which is to say I touch on all areas of the singer’s practice: breathing, toning, posture, resonance, placement, styling, interpretation, expression, emotion and stage presence. I borrow techniques and terminology from yoga, chakra study, tai chi, and elsewhere to help the singer feel in their bodies what it’s like to create a good sound, which should be free, flexible, and fearless.
Q: What kinds of music will I be singing?
A: It depends on your goals as a singer. If you are a high school student looking to score a “I” rating at state competitions, you will need to learn some classical music in a foreign language. If you’re an adult who wants to audition for community musical theater, we will look at appropriate show tunes. No matter who you are, I will be aware of your own musical tastes and make sure that the music we choose together is appropriate for whatever you’re committed to. But don’t be surprised if you are asked to step out of your comfort zone and try something out of your genre; sometimes the best songs for developing technique lie outside your own musical boundaries.