Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. 1) Voice Teacher
2) Opera and Musical Theater performer
3) Singer for weddings, funerals, and other special occasions.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. 1) Shop around. While voice teaching does have a science to it, do not discount the personal interaction between teacher and student. Some instructors will just 'click;' others will not. Trust your instinct.
2) Ask the voice teacher for references from current students and employers (either in performing or teaching).
3) Ask the voice teacher to sing a small selection for you. While not all great performers make great teachers, a good voice teacher should possess a strong voice.
4) Ask the voice teacher to give you an idea of their vocal goals for you in a month, 3 months etc...A good voice teacher should be able to give you a detailed assessment.
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. 1) Have an idea of what music you would like to sing. It helps a voice teacher know what technical aspects of singing will be most important.
2) Visit my website www.clearlakevoices.com
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. I am very proud of my students and their successes: most make All-Region and State Choirs, earn top marks in Solo/Ensemble competitions, and are leaders in their church and community choirs.
I love to teach. I am passionate that all my students become confident in their singing and achieve their performance goals.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. 1) Do I teach styles other than choral, opera, and musical theater?
A- Yes. I have students in many genres - contemporary Christian, pop, classical music, musical theater, and choral music. Strong vocal instruction can benefit all singing styles.
2) What ages do you teach?
A - I teach all ages and experience levels. I have taught students as young as 8 and adults over 70.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. While I loved music and made State choirs in high school, I actually entered college as a history major. I proceeded to change majors several times before I was cast in the opera at school. I fell in love with performing and decided to make music my career choice.
Teaching voice lessons became a passion during graduate school; while I still enjoy performing, teaching is my real passion and I fortunate enough to be able to make voice lessons my career.
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. I continue to be an active performer in opera and musical theater. It is very important for a voice teacher to be able to continue to perform at a high level, so that your voice teacher can demonstrate and understand the concepts of good vocal technique.
Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.
A. $25 for a half hour lesson, $45 for a full hour lesson.
I teach at several schools in the Houston area as well as my studio in Clear Lake.