Q. What happens at the first lesson?
A. The first lesson will consist of a time of discussion for me to familiarize myself with who the student is, get valuable musical history, talk about goals, and discover where the student is on their musical journey. This is also an opportunity for the student (or guardian if applicable) to meet me and get to know who I am to make sure there is a good fit. There will be some singing! The student should be prepared to vocalize, do some sight-reading, and sing a piece they already know.
Q.How much are lessons?
A. Please see the Pricing page
Q. Are there openings in the studio?
A. I am currently accepting students.
Q. What ages do you teach?
A. While I specialize in college age and older, I do accept younger students as well. High school students are encouraged to take lessons to develop technique and build repertoire. With students fourteen or younger we’ll work a combination of exercises to promote freedom in vocal production alongside the building blocks of basic musicianship like sight-reading, music theory, rudimentary piano skills, ear training, practice skills, etc.
Q. Do you teach piano?
A. I do give piano lessons to beginners. When the student surpasses what I am able to teach I will recommend someone to bring them to the next level.
Q. Do your students sing in studio recitals?
A. I hold monthly master classes and an annual student recital.
Q. Do you give group voice lessons?
A. Group lessons are encouraged, especially for younger singers. See the Pricing page for more details.
Q. Who choses the repertoire?
A. Repertoire selection is a very difficult process. I highly encourage students to bring in music they like or enjoy and we can work on it some. However, if something is unhealthy to sing or would undermine the technical work going on at the time, we will choose something else.
Q. What styles do you teach?
A. I teach technique first. Once a healthy technique has been established the student’s individual sound and style will grow from it. Instead of teaching solely “jazz” or “broadway” or “pop” I teach “health” which will allow the student to sing in any genre, including the ones mentioned above.
Q. What tools do you provide your students to help them learn?
A. One of the hardest things about learning to sing is the necessity for discipline. To help achieve a level of discipline that coincides with the students ability and goals I work with each student to develop a written practice schedule each week; give a practice log for the student to fill out; and have written goals for each week. Additionally I provide listening assignments (both self-listening and of good artists to learn from); and vocalizes to work each week. I have recording equipment and highly encourage the student to record their lesson to learn from over the course of the next week.
Q. What else will I need to practice?
A. You will need your music, a pencil, a metronome, a mirror, a recording device, a keyboard, and a quiet, private location for you to practice undisturbed for best results.