Learn the fundamentals of vocal technique, health, and the craft of singing. Dive into the powerful elements of expression that lead you to a performance that resonates with your audience.
Learn how to properly prepare for an audition, communicate your range, and find the perfect song(s) for the role you're going for--or better yet--the roles that are perfect for YOU. Give the BEST first impression that goes the furthest.
From beginner to advanced, traditional reading to pop/jazz chords, passing your keyboard/ear-training proficiency exam to arranging a song you're writing, we can cover it.
A: Voice: age 10 - adult; Piano: age 7 - adult; Flute: age 8 - adult
Special message to adults:
Yes, ADULTS WELCOME! Whether you are a seasoned performer looking to develop your musicianship/theory knowledge, a Symphony musician wanting to explore more commercial/jazz styles, a drummer or producer with a desire to learn to sing/play piano, or a community musical theatre vocalist needing some vocal direction regarding repertoire choice/development, audition prep, range development, etc. this is for YOU. For over a decade, I taught a variety of styles, levels and topics to ages 3 1/2 - retired adult, but the last 2 years have been spent specifically working with adults (who match all of the examples I listed above) as well as music-directing 3 adult community theatre productions, running (and helping build) an online subscription-based adult jazz education site, event managing in-person adult jazz workshops and 4-day camps. 1) There is no age in music, and 2) don’t worry about ‘what you know’ and ‘what you don’t know’—wherever you are, I will meet YOU there. Don’t just rely on the roles you win or the gigs you get to advance your performing/music skills—private and group lesson work will get you to YOUR next level.
A: 60-minutes is most often the minimum length of time required for a quality and comprehensive lesson. However, I will work with you to accommodate 30- or 45-minute lesson times, just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Also, longer lesson times are available by request—I have unlimited Zoom time!)
A: For this service, there is NO monthly commitment. That said, steady, weekly lessons are recommended to see real progress. You can purchase/book any number of lessons (within two months in advance) you’d like right here to make that happen, OR you may be interested in advance-purchase options, packages and promotions for investing in more than 4 lessons. If you would like more information on these options, please email me at email@example.com.
A: All students need: strong internet connection, music stand (attached to piano is fine), one device to connect to Zoom with camera/audio, and a notebook to write down lesson assignments. Vocalists need a binder (1 1/2 in 3-ring hardback black is recommended, some sheet protectors) for their sheet music, lyrics, repertoire lists, and other documents. Highly recommended: Vocalists need 1) a second device for music, lyrics, recordings, backing tracks, etc. and 2) a piano/keyboard nearby.
TIPS: Arrange your lesson area as close to internet router as possible. Test the lighting and sound before getting started. Set up your online lesson area as if it were a classroom setting; this means placing the zoom camera at a height appropriate for a teacher to be communicating with you face to face, set on a desk or other sturdy piece of furniture, not casually FaceTiming a friend from the couch or sitting crosslegged at your keyboard with the phone on the music stand. Vocalists: prepare to be standing, and I should be able to see your torso to top of the head for breathing/alignment assessment, and we will be moving our bodies throughout exercises and songs so (try to) give yourself some room, if possible. Pianists: if you can, having the option to see your hands from above the keys is optimal for assessment. If you can angle it this way, and/or have dual devices (screenshare on Zoom between computer and ipad/iphone) for multiple views, even better. We CAN make it work in other circumstances, and some of this preparation takes time.
A: I send you (the student or parent of student) the Zoom invitation via email. You don’t need to have the app, but it is recommended. Ten minutes before the lesson time, you click the link in the email, wait in the virtual waiting room (this is when you will be warming up, once you know how to!), and I (the host) will admit you to the lesson at start time. I will send follow up materials and assignments after the lesson, and in advance.
Lessons are individualized for each student, catering to the student’s learning and communication style. There are many different types of private lessons available, and most of these can be done in groups as well!
Here are some of the topics for lessons:
Vocal technique (overall vocal health, body alignment, breathing, tone, releasing tension, vocal flexibility, range development, articulation, dynamics/expression, etc.) in various styles (classical and contemporary styles, such as musical theatre, jazz, pop)
Stylistically appropriate prep for auditions, performance, artistry/expression
Piano for Vocalist
Music Theory (what you really need to know)
Private lessons are the best way to improve your skills as a musician. If you are serious about getting to the next level, whether it be through technique, musicianship, overall performance, creativity—or maybe you’re just a little shy and only want to sing in front of one person for a while—one-on-one instruction is the best thing for you.
That said, group classes and collaborative projects are totally fun, enriching, and rewarding (emotionally and educationally) too! Group classes are offered in music theory, vocal jazz improvisation, group singing, songwriting/analysis, musical theatre ‘in the round’, and more! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.