Q: I've never taken a voice lesson before, what happens in a voice lesson?
A: The first we spend warming up your voice with scales and exercises. I will make recommendations on how to improve and ask you questions about what you are feeling so that later you can identify and repeat it.
Then we get practical and work on music and performance. Either on music I assign or things that you bring in, we work through the music, the vocal issues improving as we go, and work on the interpretation and performance of the song.
Q: How often should I take voice lessons?
A: Once a week. If you have a big audition or performance coming up, I might recommend more, but less often it is difficult to build momentum and build on what we did in the previous lesson.
Q: You offer 30, 45 and 60 minute lessons... how long should I come for?
A: Usually I suggest Elementary and Middle School Students to start with a 30 or 45 minute lesson, and High School and older to start with a 45 or hour long lesson and see how that goes.
Q: Practicing? How long? How often? Do I really have to?
A: If you want to get better, yes. Learning what and how to practice is just part of what you will learn. We record every lesson, and you have access to it online. I suggest that you listen to your lesson several times between lessons, and to use it as a guide of things to be working on and focus on. Additionally the first part of your lesson will feature exercises to build your voice, so sing along, use the pause button and
, warm up with it you should practice everyday. Learning to sing is one of those things that the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. Start out listening to your CD and doing the exercises we did at your last lesson. I wouldn't practice for too long though, maybe 10-15 minutes at a time a couple of times a day would work best.