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 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've studied with Franco Spoto and not only as student - Franco was also a kind and patient mentor when I first approached the idea of teaching.
My goal as a voice coach is to help students find a way to sing that feels honest to them, to be able to sing with freedom and to develop 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 how to access chest and head voice and then you'll learn how to bring both of those to the middle for more of a mixed sound.
- Singers will learn good vocal function through repertoire by examining song form and by exploring how we approach the different styles of CCM (Contemporary Commercial Music).
- Our Process involves each singer creating an authentic interpretation of a song and your voice coach recording a performance to examine nuances, embellishments and style related vocal effects.