Monday, October 2, 2017, 01:48 PM

You Have an Audition

You have an audition and you want to be prepared. First, if you need help with your singing, giving yourself more time and practice will net greater improvements.

I am primarily a technician versus being a performance coach, so I am the person you work with to make your voice all around better. Making a voice better takes time and practice, so cramming for an audition isn't recommended.

There are people who specialize specifically in how to work the reality TV auditions so they turn out in your favor and can give you short-term coaching and guidance. I only know what my students who have been through these auditions tell me, so it's not my primary focus. If you want to go in with a better voice than you have, it helps to start lessons at least several of months prior to your auditions, and much more than that if possible.

Changing Your Style

You have taken lessons before or been in choir, but you want to work on a more commercial sound. I specialize in contemporary commercial styles of music.

A choral or classical sound is a wonderful thing to develop, but it doesn't always translate when singing pop, rock, blues, country, R&B, and other radio-friendly styles.

We will work your entire voice in a way that lets you sing many styles including choral, etc, but my lessons focus on contemporary commercial music styles (including some musical theatre). I am a rock, pop, R&B, jazz and country girl through and through. All of my years of teaching have focused solely on these styles and their variations.

Other Reasons

You play guitar or piano and want to sing and play, or you have been nominated to be the singer in your band. You joined the church choir or praise band.

You love karaoke but you don't want to have rotten fruit thrown at you.

You want to sing for your wedding, anniversary, parents' anniversary, graduation, a football game, an event, etc.

You write songs and want to sing them well.

You downright love singing and want to invest time to improve.

You were told you were tone-deaf and you need lots of help.

There are as many reasons to take lessons as there are new students. To me, voice lessons are a great joy.

I have the gift of many voices each day I teach, and I get to guide my students and hear them progress. Of course I am biased because I have happily made voice lessons my career, but I think they are great. I love my job.

Monday, October 2, 2017, 01:46 PM

These are a few of the many reasons you might decide to commit yourself to voice lessons.

You've Always Wanted to Sing

You have always wanted to sing, and you want to take steps to learn how. You would be surprised how many adults contact me in this situation. For many younger singers, this is a great reason to start lessons. I love working with beginners to singing and beginners to lessons. We can start from the basics and build good habits and a healthy voice, or if you have been singing in the shower and the car and want to take it to the next level, I will guide you through exercises to strengthen and improve your voice.

You've Taken a Singing Break

You used to sing in school or when you were younger, but you've stopped and your voice isn't what it used to be. Voices are living things, and they have a long maturation process, so your voice will continue to change as you grow and mature. For some voice types (the lower voices), they don't fully mature until your late thirties! Most people are more concerned with the notes they used to be able to hit, but can no longer reach comfortably. Regaining your range is generally a matter of strengthening the muscles used to sing and reminding the body of good singing habits so long as you have realistic expectations. If you sang very high as a youngster and your voice gets lower and deeper, you might not be able to sing in the same exact way as an adult, but we can set realistic goals and work towards them in a specific way.

Professional with Vocal Issues

You are a singer who is having vocal trouble while performing/recording/touring and you need some extra help. If you are having any major issues such as persistent hoarseness or a sudden change in your voice, seek medical advice first. Rule out a medical issue if you have any concern that you injured or damaged your voice. The doctor you want to see is a laryngologist or an otolaryngologist. Issues I can help you with include pitch problems, projection or power, consistency, range, flexibility, fatigue, precision, riffs and runs, and other general aspects of singing that require skill and technique. I have the utmost respect for each artist's and singer's individuality. I will work with your uniqueness without trying to change your sound. I will give you tools to allow you to do what you do easier, better, and more safely. It should save you time in the studio, too!

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