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Debbie Carter/ Voice Teacher

Downey, CA (map)

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About Debbie Carter/ Voice Teacher

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I offer private voice lessons. I have been teaching for 17 years. The method I provide is called Speech Level Technique for ages 5 to 75.

I will help transform your vocal instrument to reflect greater power and beauty. I will give you a wider range on the high and low end, with the ability to demonstrate everything that I want you to do.

We work on songs you love, and we record each lesson, so you can practice at home.

I love teaching, and my goal is to help you reach yours!

Location

Downey, CA 90241

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  • 5/5 stars December 21, 2013

    I'm trying to find the right words to describe how great of a teacher she is but I don't think I'd do her any justice. Her knowledge, professionalism, and passion for teaching voice... it just oozes out of her. Whatever you're there for, I know Debbie will get you there.

  • 5/5 stars November 17, 2013

    I've been taking lessons with Debbie for less than two months and I can already see results. She teaches in an understandable way. I can assure that the practices at home with the recordings in class are of great help. I stopped singing at the age of 10 and haven't properly sang until right now (age of 18.) I can already see results in just a short period of time. She is patient and makes it comfortable to sing. I am auditioning for the X Factor soon and I feel very confident on improving and getting through the judge's audition and bootcamp. I would really recommend her if you're considering on taking singing classes.

  • 5/5 stars September 21, 2013

    She explained everything and was very personable

  • 5/5 stars July 21, 2013

    Debbie Carter is an amazing vocal teacher. She has a great attitude and is very patient. She made me feel welcomed and comfortable the minute I walked into the room. She has given me advice on how to use and care for my voice and has made me feel more comfortable with singing high notes (those can be scary!). She is very punctual and starts and ends classes on time. I have had a very positive experience with her and hope to continue with classes. Thank you, Debbie for your time, teachings, and wisdom!

  • 5/5 stars January 8, 2013

    Very warm and supportive. Very satisfied with my experience and excited with the progress made.

  • 5/5 stars January 2, 2013

    Good experience so far.

  • 5/5 stars December 23, 2012

  • 5/5 stars December 22, 2012

    The first day working with Debbie Carter as my teacher was a good idea because when she trys to teach you. She gets into detail with what you need and you feel that your going to reach your goal sooner then what you expect

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  • Just had our annual recital for The California Guitar Academy on March 2, 2013 and it was a huge success with over 25 students performing onstage! Check out The Downey Patriot on Facebook to see all the images taken by the staff photographer. The Academy was featured in 6 photos in the paper on March 7, 2013! Go to our Facebook page to see Maria Brunner Ventura's stunning photography of that day as well and what are you waiting for? Call for lessons today!!
    Mar 13, 2013 at 7:29 pm

  • Hello Friends!
    I wanted to invite you to our annual Festival of Fine Arts the last weekend of February up at Hillcrest Congregational Church in La Habra Heights. Check out our site on Facebook, Artfest Hillcrest! Free all weekend with Music (I will be singing) so come on out , enjoy the art and music!
    Feb 10, 2013 at 5:17 pm

  • Hi friends! I wanted to update you all as I prepare for the new year! I am teaching voice at two locations, in La Habra Heights and in Downey. Please take note or sing one, Ha!!...and tell all your friends! Thank you and Happy Holidays!
    Nov 29, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Question and answer

Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.

A. I will help you with vocal technique; Breathing, High notes, the Break, Resonance, Power and Nuance. I work with all musical styles and most important is that your lesson is recorded so you can practice the exercises at home!

Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.

A. Three students three stories; One student has just graduated from high school and is headed to Honor's College in the fall. After three years of lessons she has participated in band, has had numerous solos in her vocal ensemble and is writing music to play and sing along with her ukulele.
One of my student's is blind and has embraced her vocal ability to sing solos at school in church with my choir and in recitals to great applause!
I am still teaching my most loyal and endearing student after 14 years, we have so much fun every week and he has enjoyed writing and recording two of his songs!

Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?

A. Here's the answer to the unanswered question. Everyone can learn to be a better singer by following some simple techniques. I can show you vocally how to do what I want you to do which will help.

Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?

A. One good question: What is the best way to practice the exercises that you give me?
Answer: We record the lesson, the practice is up to you!

Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

A. I have 17 years teaching experience as a voice teacher but I am also a working vocalist. I sing for many occasions, weddings and funerals, solos in church where I am the Director of Music, with my professional Chamber Choir 'The Paul Delgado Singers'. I can sing the technique that I am teaching you which is invaluable to a voice student. I am a pro at explaining in words what I want your voice to do, where I want your voice to go.

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. My new students come in with shyness and nervousness, but I like to tell them congratulations for putting themselves out there to try something new. Voice lessons are very personal and I like making my students feel welcome and to help them relax with a bit of humor and humanity. I love it when I see the light bulb of that 'got it!' moment in their eyes. Music is Magic I always say, and I have had many memorable moments over the years where my students have surpassed their own expectations in their performances!

Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

A. Yes I can teach anyone to sing with more beauty and power...IF you practice! That's why I record your lesson so you can practice at home!

Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?

A. I once had a student with pronounced pitch problems who wanted to sing in the Community Playhouse. I worked with her for six months and not only did she make the chorus but the last time I saw her perform she had one of the lead parts!

Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?

A. I am living proof that this 'Speech Level Technique' really works! Still singing strong after 30 years!

Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?

A. I've been singing since I represented my home state of Montana in the Miss America Pageant and won a talent award scholarship. I love teaching voice, especially the look on my student's faces when they find a powereful voice they never knew they had. I can help!

Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.

A. Check out the video I posted...that's my new student Paulina singing her very first solo at our recital on March 2, 2013. She is singing a song from The Little Mermaid where the tempo of the song 'Part of Your World' fluctuates and she forgets the lyrics from time to time as she doesn't read yet! You will see me feeding her the words and trying to hold her from going too fast and getting ahead of the track...so cute!! She was so proud along with mom, dad and Grandma and Grandpa.

Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?

A. I am the Director of Music for my church and can teach you how to read music. We can work with harmony and since I have experience in bands and in the recording studio I can offer you sound performance advice. I also record your lesson on a micro SD card for you to upload into your computer or on your phone voice recorder so you can practice at home. I am a member of the Paul Delgado Singers...like us on Facebook!

Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.

A. I teach 1/2 hour and hour long lessons. It's not complicated at all. $25 per half and $50 per hour. I will see you every week, you pay me at the beginning of each month. If I miss your lesson then I owe you one, if you miss without a 24 hr. notice then I charge you. Easy

Q. What is your greatest strength?

A. I'm a people person and my greatest strength is the ability to show you how to do what I want you to do through my vocal ability.

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