I began teaching from our home roughly 10 years ago while living in upstate NY. After several months of working with different aged singers I found I had a deep passion for helping others learn how to use and improve their vocal instrument. Through the years I’ve worked with both amateurs and professionals, I especially enjoy working with older learners who’ve always wanted to sing but were either too intimidated or lacked resources.
At several points in my career I too have worked with a voice teacher, most notably I studied with Franco Spoto and not just in the role as a student - Franco was also a kind and patient mentor when I first approached the idea of teaching.
My teaching style is a combination of technical instruction and coaching. It's also an outgrowth of the varied musical experiences I've had. My goal as a voice coach is to help students find a way to sing with freedom and to facilitate a process that encourages their natural abilities to the fullest. Each student receives individualized instruction to help them move closer to achieving a balanced singing voice.
Here's how I work:
- I work acoustically in the studio with a keyboard and guitar.
- Beginners will start by learning to speak on pitch, next you'll learn about registration and how to access chest, head and mixed voice.
- Singers will learn good vocal function through repertoire and we'll examine song form, we'll explore how to best approach singing the different styles of CCM (Contemporary Commercial Music).
- Our Process involves the singer creating an authentic interpretation of each song which we'll then record to examine "nuances, embellishments and style related vocal effects."