What do we do in a typical lesson? We always start with breathing exercises to energize and coordinate the body, followed by a series of technical exercises to help build the voice. Some time will be spent on ear training and sight reading, and then we will work on your pieces where we combine the technique practiced in the beginning of the lesson with the musical elements of style, language, diction, and interpretation.
Do I have to sing like an opera singer? No. But I will be teaching you the pillars of classical vocal technique (correct breathing, supporting the tone, placement of vowels), all of which strengthens the tone, expands your range, frees up the voice, and allows you to sing any style of music more beautifully.
Do I have to sing classical music? Yes, and No. Classical music tends to have a much larger range, and thus is a better tool for building your vocal technique, so we will always work on something classical. I also encourage you to work on other styles at the same time (Broadway, Disney, folk or jazz styles can all benefit from good vocal technique).
Will you turn me into a … (soprano, alto, tenor, or bass)? No. Your voice is your voice, and by your late teens your voice type is decided by your physiology. No matter what voice type you end up being, I am here to extend your range both up and down, and strengthen and free up your voice so that you can sing with ease and beauty.
What are your rates? All information regarding rates and payment options are listed on the Rates page in the main menu.
How much do I have to practice? For younger children and beginners, 1/2 hour per day, (5 days per week or more) is sufficient. For more advanced students, 1 hour per day is preferable.
Do I need to bring an accompanist? No. I will accompany your lessons, but if you do a public performance, my studio accompanist is available for a fee.
If you have any questions that are not answered here, please contact me by phone (519-763-1172) or email at email@example.com.