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Courtney Bowles Voice Studio

Walnut Creek, CA (map)

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About Courtney Bowles Voice Studio

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My name is Courtney Bowles.

I am a professional singer and private voice teacher in Walnut Creek. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Vocal Performance from San Diego State University and have 15 years of training under three renowned voice teachers Mary MacKensie, Michelle Latour and Ronit Levy-Widman.

Teaching has always been a passion of mine. I love helping my students find confidence in themselves through their voices. Every lesson starts with ear training, a little music theory, vocal exercises focusing on technique and song work incorporating the specific techniques we are working on at the moment.

I believe in singing healthy with your natural voice whether it be classical, musical theater or pop. I currently have openings on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in Walnut Creek.

I teach ages 10 and up. My fees are $40.00 for 45 minutes and $50.00 for an hour lesson.

If you are interested in lessons for yourself or your child or have any questions, please feel free to email me.

Courtney Bowles

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Walnut Creek, CA 94597

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  • 5/5 stars February 25, 2014

    Courtney is a wonderful voice coach, she is highly professional and extremely talented. My daughter has been her student for 4+ years. We have been so impressed with the experience my niece is now a student.

  • 5/5 stars January 21, 2014

    I began taking voice lessons from Courtney Bowles during my freshman year of high school and continued our weekly lessons until I moved away for college this year. During those four years, thanks to my experiences with Courtney, I not only grew exponentially as a vocalist but also as a person.

    Courtney’s encouraging and funny personality breaks down any walls of intimidation and that provides an honest and collaborative learning environment. Courtney taught me how to sing correctly while embracing my own unique voice and always continues to emphasize the importance of singing for longevity. Students will leave their lessons with a better understanding of how to sing without damaging their voices so they can enjoy singing for the rest of their lives.

    One of the Courtney’s best qualities is that she is willing to work with many different styles of vocalists and teaches a repertoire of music ranging from opera to current pop hits. She is always honest and took the time to explain corrections to me until I fully understood what she was saying and could apply it to my songs.

    Working with Courtney has made a lasting impact on my life. Any student looking for quality vocal instruction should definitely meet with Courtney!

  • 5/5 stars January 20, 2014

    I have been taking voice lessons with Courtney for 3 years now. and highly recommend her to anyone thinking of learning to sing better. She has taken me from me from having a totally untrained voice to having one that I enjoy as well as others -- and it is continuing to grow. Courtney tailors her lessons to my goals and abilities. We started with the basics and have continued peeling the onion back getting into more technique and more complicated pieces as my abilities grow. She has a very positive and supportive style while setting expectations and giving feedback. The music that I sing is contemporary; I choose half of the songs and Courtney chooses the others to teach me new techniques and skills. Courtney makes singing fun!

Question and answer

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

A. I focus on teaching healthy singing for all ages. My students learn songs in all styles and genres of music. I like exposing them to all different kinds of music from Broadway and Classical to Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift. Every 4 months or so each student receives a CD with all of their songs (either 6 or 7) on it including the melody line and accompaniment. This CD is great for practicing their music, auditioning for shows, and for performing for their families.

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. I love watching my students learn and grow in confidence- not only in their singing abilities but also in themselves. It is great to see them master the vocal techniques we work on together.

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

A. How do we start lessons?

Before I take on any student I meet with them and a parent. In this meeting I run the student through some vocal exercises, then we talk about what I can offer, the appropriate lesson time, and answer any questions the student or parent might have.

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

A. I have been singing my whole life. I have been very fortunate to have had wonderful teachers, myself. All my teachers challenged me in every lesson to keep growing as a singer. Once I finished school I realized that performing wasn't my only passion; I wanted to inspire singers to learn and grow like my teachers had done for me.

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

A. My lessons are broken down into 45 minutes and 1 hour times.

45 minutes = $45.00
1 hour = $50.00

Every 4 months there is an extra charge for the CD I provide including the melody lines and accompaniments. Each CD has 6 songs on it.

CD = $30.00

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