What do I bring to my first lesson?
- Completed registration form
- Book (as assigned by YVC)
- Recording device and a voice diary/log for notes
How long will the lesson last? All private lessons are one (1) hour in length for adults and 45 minutes for little singers.
When are lessons offered? Lessons are available Wednesdays from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM and Saturdays & Sundays from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
How much do the lessons cost? Private lessons are $60 for adults and $45 for little singers. My fee schedule I call pay + pay forward, you’ll pay for the current lesson as well as the next lesson that you’re committing to on my schedule. What this means is you’ll pay every other lesson.
What are the components of the lesson? Physical Warm Ups, Vocal Eases, Focus Topics & Song Study.
What instruments do you teach with? I use an electronic piano for warm up and an acoustic guitar for song study (as well as backing tracks).
How often should I practice? For adults I recommend starting with 15 to 20 minutes every other day. For little singers we’ll first talk about experience and then make decisions as we procede with lessons.
What will the homework consist of? Reading chapters in the book assigned plus supplemental handouts to read. You'll learn how to warm up with pre-recorded pitch patterns and eventually you'll sing along to personalized backing song tracks which I create (as well as other prerecorded tracks).
What's my training? A voice coach (like myself) generally speaking has had years of singing experience and has studied with a voice teacher. I’ve also spent years touring as a professional musician and I’ve been a teacher for roughly 10 years.
How long will it take before I can sing well? This varies with each student, you can expect about six months of solid vocal function (technique) focus along with consistent practice.
Can you help me get over performance anxiety? I can provide you with tools to help you cope with anxiety and tips for learning how to maximize your strengths.
I’ve never taken lessons before and I don’t have a good singing voice, will lessons help? Everyone can benefit from taking lessons no matter your current level of singing. We’ll start by exploring basic skills like maintaining good pitch and melody recall. All singers develop at different rates so be realistic and open to possibilities.
“Welcoming, encouraging, competent, and the list of accolades could continue endlessly. Nancy is a wonderful instructor, my singing has remarkably improved and my confidence has grown. Her dedication to her students is evident in the amount of work she does in planning and prepping for each lesson and ensuring that the individual needs of each of her students is addressed…” —DIane
“Nancy is a professional singer/voice coach and she brings years of experience and knowledge of music, songs, and vocal technique to solving my singing issues.” —Russ
“Nancy is so talented in bringing the best out of her students. She is professional, patient and dedicated to seeing her students succeed in their personal goals. There is no better music coach or caring personality, and honorable in every aspect of her profession.” —Bev