Lessons & Coaching

As a singing teacher and vocal coach I offer edu­ca­tion and guid­ance on healthy vocal pro­duc­tion and on how to achieve your tech­ni­cal and/or artis­tic singing goals.

I wel­come singers of all musi­cal back­grounds and lev­els, from begin­ners to pro­fes­sion­al singers, actors, speak­ers. I am also avail­able as a coach for bands, stu­dio record­ings, vocal groups, etc. The fol­low­ing top­ics are cov­ered as need­ed or upon request:

What you can learn

  • support/breath con­trol
  • more volume/power, singing soft­er
  • reach­ing high and low notes
  • vocal pro­duc­tion anato­my
  • the four vocal modes of singing
  • blend­ing with oth­er voic­es
  • sound col­or — how to adjust your per­son­al sound
  • vocal effects (dis­tor­tion, creaks, creak­ing, growl, grunt, vocal breaks, vibra­to, orna­men­ta­tion…)
  • prevent/ solve vocal prob­lems / emer­gency aid
  • style
  • inter­pre­ta­tion
  • per­for­mance prepa­ra­tion
  • micro­phone tech­nique

Lessons

Private Lessons

Indi­vid­ual atten­tion — great for address­ing indi­vid­ual issues, vocal trou­bles, brush­ing up on tech­nique, prepar­ing for a per­for­mance, or for those look­ing for a safe and con­fi­den­tial envi­ron­ment. 

  • Cur­rent­ly accept­ing stu­dents.
  • Les­son fees as of Jan 2014:
    • 1 hour seg­ment — $65.
    • 1/2 hour seg­ment— $35.
  • Pre-paid month­ly rate: 1 hr $55 / 1/2 hr 30
  • Block-rate pre-paid: 6x 1hr seg­ments for $360.
    Lessons must be com­plet­ed with­in a 3 month peri­od.

Group Lessons

Explore the voice togeth­er and learn from each oth­er. 2, 3 or 4 singers learn­ing togeth­er is a fun. If you know oth­er singers, group togeth­er and sign up as a team. It makes lessons more afford­able for every­one and you have a sup­port group. Don’t know oth­er singers. Sign up for pri­vate lessons but let me know you are inter­est­ed in being in a group. When pos­si­ble, I will glad­ly group stu­dents stu­dents togeth­er. 

  • Con­tent is flex­i­ble depend­ing on the group’s inter­ests and needs.
  • Learn about the 3 over­all prin­ci­ples, the 4 modes, sound col­or and effects.
  • Les­son rate depends on length of time booked, fre­quen­cy, and size of group.

Skype lessons

A very viable way of work­ing togeth­er long dis­tance.

Coaching

Pre-studio coaching

Get­ting ready to record? Pol­ish your vocals ahead of time and make sure you sound the way you want to sound!

Song/vocal/performance coaching

You feel good about your singing, but some­thing is miss­ing. Let’s look for it togeth­er!

Guiding Principals

Guiding Principles

  • Assist singers and oth­ers in reach­ing their indi­vid­ual tech­ni­cal and artis­tic goals based on the singer’s musi­cal wish.
  • Pro­vide a sup­port­ive teach­ing envi­ron­ment based on trust.
  • Offer an atmos­phere based on mutu­al respect — each singer is unique with unique thoughts, expe­ri­ence, knowl­edge and needs.
  • Be accept­ing of singers regard­less of musi­cal tastes, styles and singing lev­el
  • Per­form my best towards singers and each oth­er.
  • Strive towards strength­en­ing my val­ue as a teacher and singer.
  • Stay cur­rent on tech­niques and method­olo­gies.
  • Con­tin­ue to learn. Learn from what works and what doesn’t work.
  • Be open to crit­i­cism. All crit­i­cism is wel­comed as a path to devel­op­ment.
  • Strive towards hav­ing a clear, open, hon­est, pos­i­tive and respect­ful com­mu­ni­ca­tion.
  • Con­duct ser­vices with integri­ty and con­fi­den­tial­i­ty.

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