WHAT IS AN INTRODUCTORY LESSON?
An introductory lesson is the first meeting with a student. It is a full-length, paid lesson with no further commitments. Parents of minors should attend this lesson with the student. A good portion of the trial will be spent discussing the student's history and goals, getting to know the student's learning preferences, and answering any questions the parent or student has. Basic vocal exercises then help establish a starting point (parents are welcome to stay or step out). The purpose of this lesson is to get comfortable and make sure that it is a good match.
HOW LONG ARE LESSONS AND HOW OFTEN SHOULD I HAVE ONE?
Through many years of experience, I have found 50 minute lessons to be the most effective for most students. Younger students, 10-12, may take shorter lessons if available and recommended. Students come for a lesson at the same time and day each week (i.e. every Thursday at 6pm). Consistent, weekly lessons are essential to creating positive vocal habits and seeing continued growth.
DO I NEED TO PRACTICE AT HOME?
Practicing at home is crucial to making continued improvement and to maintaining healthy singing habits. Every time you sing you are training muscle memory. This includes: your lesson, dedicated practice sessions, singing in a choir or show, even singing to the radio, or in the shower. In your lesson we will go over a practice routine that suits you and your needs specifically.
WHAT STYLE OF MUSIC CAN I SING IN LESSONS?
No style of music is off limits. My students have performed professionally in classical, musical theater, pop, metal, jazz, and folk styles. We will work together to choose music that will help you reach your goals and that you enjoy working on. I will always encourage students to try new things and develop a solid foundation before getting 'stuck' in a particular genre. That being said, I will never make a student sing a song that they don't like.
CAN YOU MAKE ME A STAR TOMORROW?
No. Becoming successful can take a long time and often requires a great deal of work and dedication. There are many talented people working very hard towards the same, highly competitive, goals. Success cannot ever be guaranteed. I do promise to help you build a solid technique and give direction to help you work towards your goals.
My students have been cast as leads and supporting members in professional and local musical theater. I've had students receive call backs for Broadway shows, American Idol, and The Voice. My professional students regularly receive paid gigs for solo and/or band performances. My students have also been accepted to, and received scholarships from: Manhattan School of Music, Ithaca, Westminster Choir College, American University, George Washington University, Rutgers Mason Gross School of Music, Rowan University, The New York Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, and Moravian College. My school-aged students also frequently participate in top choirs, including: All-State, Regional, and All-National Honors Choirs.
If you want to know about my wide variety of lessons and activities, or are interested in my teaching experience and methods, I’ve compiled a series of questions that clients often ask. If there’s anything else you’d like to know, please feel free to contact me directly.