Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. This is an interesting question. I'm not sure how to answer it but the most common type of job I'm doing right now is volunteering in my community and knowing that it is all about connection. Being a musician you have to connect with your audience or you'll lose them.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. I pay close attention to what, who and where they are coming from. I want my students to feel comfortable and feel valued.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. I have 30+ years of experience and I use every bit of it to enhance our one on one lesson. I also make sure that the student leaves with something new to work on and feel of value about their time with me.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. I don't know if the consumer can actually ask about the right service until they meet with the teacher and get a "feeling" that it will work for both of them.
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. They need to know that what I offer is what they want. I always explain what I teach and what I don't. I also have a free consultation with anyone who would like to meet in person first. First impressions are important.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. On my website I have several "stand outs" and I'm proud of my accomplishments. I feel that I deliver by encouraging everyone at any age that THEY CAN DO IT! I also let them know that it takes work and dedication. I am only the vessel that can suggest. It is still their practice and hard work that pays off.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I love working with all ages. I always get as much out of teaching voice and guitar as my students do. When they come in and share that they are competing or entering in some talent show I always get shivers and encourage, encourage, encourage.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. They wonder if I can help them. I always say that I can't works overnight miracles but I will do my best to take it day by day.
Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?
A. My favorite story is that I was Tori and Taylor Thompson's vocal coach and when they came to me they were very young (8 and 10). They entered the American Jr. Idol's contest down in L.A. and WON over several thousands of entries. It just shows that I was doing something right and I feel honored.
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. I hope that customers know that I am here for them. I want them to succeed and feel that they came away with something. I also like lifting them if possible so they feel good about themselves and can take it out into their community.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. I've been a musician all my life and giving back through teaching just seemed to fit.
Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.
A. I'm playing for Peace Week and have written a song that I feel very proud of. I hope that it lifts people and gets them to think about their place in this world.
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. I am a constant learner and so I'm always reading and researching what works best for my students. I also talk to fellow colleagues.
Q. What are the latest developments in your field? Are there any exciting things coming in the next few years or decade that will change your line of business?
A. I hope to take my business into the my community with a non-profit approach that allows people of walks of life to enjoy learning music. Just because you don't have enough money to take lessons doesn't mean you shouldn't have the same opportunities.
Q. Describe your most recent project, what it involved, how much it cost, and how long it took.
A. I recently taught for the Recreation Dept. in my community and I found it to be a great success. I taught a teen Idol vocal class, an adult vocal class and a My first singing class with mommies. It was a great success! Check my website out for pictures.
Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.
A. I've been told my prices are extremely reasonable and affordable for my area.
Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?
A. Be sure you know what you are doing because people come from all walks of life and need encouragement and individual care.
Q. What is your greatest strength?
A. My willingness to learn from my students and adjust to what it is they want. I also make it fun and I think fun is the key at any age.
Q. What are you currently working on improving?
A. Finding the right way to market myself and get out in the community more. I have a lot to offer and think that I am a benefit to my city...and beyond.