I've never taken a voice lesson, how does this work?
Typically during lessons we will start with vocal exercises to warm up the voice, as well as to learn and practice different voice techniques that we will be applying to songs. After exercises we spend time working on one or more songs. Usually this means singing through the song first, then breaking it into pieces, working out the trouble spots, and polishing the rest. Trouble spots give us the opportunity to apply the techniques we learn in exercises. Some students choose to commit to working through a song until it is polished which can take many lessons when you first begin. Other students prefer to try many different songs at first and visit different vocal issues that way.
If you are working towards a performance we can also work on performance techniques so the rest of your body can be as prepared as your voice!
What do I bring?
If you're coming in for a voice lesson--bring an idea of what songs you want to work on. If you'd like me to help you decide on what songs to work on--I'd be happy to. Just remember that it will take up class time. If you're a note taker, feel free to bring something to write with and paper. Recording part or all of your lesson is also an option--just let me know if this is something you'd be interested in.
If you're coming in for piano--you don't really need anything unless you're a note taker. If you are--bring something to write with, and paper.
If you're coming in for songwriting--bring a notebook and something to write with. If you prefer to type when you write and want to bring your laptop, that's fine. Also you will need The Complete Rhyming Dictionary: Including The Poet's Craft Book Edited by Clement Wood
Is my child too young to begin voice lessons?
I typically start teaching kids at age 7, but it is possible to start them earlier on if they're focused. Learning technique takes some discipline and listening skills--so if your child has these qualities we may be able to start him or her before the age of 7. Keep in mind that if they are not yet reading, songs might take a long while to learn because a lot of lesson time might be spent memorizing lyrics before we can do a whole lot of singing. This can get very boring and aggravating to younger students (though I did once have a very focused 5 year old who could memorize like a champ). Another thing to keep in mind is that your child's voice will continue to develop and change over time and we will need to continuously adjust to those changes.
Do you teach adults?
Yes! These days most of my students are adults. Ages 7 and up and all levels are welcome!
Do you have a cancellation policy?
I do require at least 24 hours notice if you wish to cancel a lesson. Unless we can agree upon a make-up lesson time during the same calendar month, payment for the lesson will be due.
Why 24 hrs? In order to reschedule students for make-up lesson times, I need to know what I have available to offer any given week. 24 hours notice gives me a little bit of time to fill a time slot that I have been holding for a student. As a self-employed musician, it also helps keep my life more stable and sane. Thanks for your understanding!