Lessons on correct breath and vocal technique
I have been teaching voice lessons on and off for about 15 years, but the vast majority of what I work on with students now reflects the vocal technique taught to me by the esteemed Dr. Robert C. White.
Doc has been my teacher since I first attended The Juilliard School. And for almost a decade now I can definitively say that my voice would not be as solid as it is without him.
In the last few years, as I have been conducting more, I have started offering vocal coachings. Generally these coachings are $45 for an hour.
Unlike the voice lessons I teach, these are centered entirely on language, style, and musicality. A vocal coach's job is to help the singer fill the gaps of knowledge when it comes to the following:
Language - correct pronunciation and accent specific to the language of the era when the piece was written. My specialties include: Italian, French, German, Russian, and English.
Performance practice - the correct musical techniques applied to specific genres of music; i.e. cadenzas, ornamentation, or any other unwritten rules assumed during different eras of music.
Musical styling - the correct use of dynamics and rubato in specific genres of music assumed during different eras of music.
Dramatic interpretation - finding a unique dramatic interpretation for the singer, using the performance practice and musical styling inherent to specific genres of music.
Focusing on these things, I endeavor to help the singer perform the piece to the best of their ability.
These coachings do not include vocal technique.
Generally, vocal lessons are $70 for an hour. If more time is requested, an arrangement can be made prior to the lesson.
All lessons include the following work:
proper breathing, breath control & exercises
vocal technique & placement
technique for accessing high/low notes
smoothing out the "passagio"
My vocal lessons are not limited to these, but the technique I teach is rooted in having a solid foundation in these principles. I firmly believe that with a thorough understanding of these principles, singing any style can be achieved with ease.
Most lessons do not include a pianist (I attempt to play as much as I can), but should it be required, or if the time comes when one is warranted, I am more than happy to help facilitate that.
If you are interested in having a lesson or coaching, please use the contact form below and I will get back to you as soon as I can!