Voice, Piano, Guitar, Cello & Music Theory

Presstonwood Music Studio

Dallas, TX

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About Presstonwood Music Studio

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Located in North Dallas, we provide a warm friendly environment in which to learn and practice the art of music. We offer private lessons with qualified instructors in voice, piano, guitar and music theory.

The study of music has been proven to aid in brain development and cognitive ability. Our programs will appeal to all ages and all levels of expertise from beginner to advanced. Our professional instructors are experienced in both teaching and performing and can give the student great insight into the world of music.

Mr. Wolcott received a Bachelors of Music degree in Voice and Music Theater from the University of Texas at Arlington. Professional credits include the Fort Worth Opera; Cincinnati Opera and Shreveport Opera Company and many local area concerts.

Through the years Mr. Wolcott has studied with Carlo Miestrini, artistic director, La Scala Opera, Milan, Italy; Mr. Reid Bunger, Principal Bass Baritone, Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria; Ms. Jing Ling-Tam, Professor of Music, UT Arlington and world renown clinician.

Mr. Wolcott currently teaches Voice as an independant instructor for the Plano ISD and was part of the Arlington Music Educator Program for the Arlington ISD where he taught private voice at James Bowie High School. He has worked closely with the Music Faculty at Grapevine High School and in support of their program has written curriculum for the music history program.

Lessons begin at $30 per lesson.
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Current professional memberships include:
Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA)
National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS)

Location

17370 Preston Rd, Suite 502
Dallas, TX 75252

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  • 5/5 stars July 14, 2014

    I just spoke with Phillip Wolcott. He sounds like just the person I need to help me get past some of the vocal issues I'm experiencing. I'm looking forward to it!

  • 5/5 stars May 19, 2013

    I've been taking lessons with Phil for nearly a year and I am so happy with the results I'm hearing in my voice. My voice before taking lessons with Phil was weak and pitiful, however, the method Phil uses is extremely effective and does magic for your voice. He takes a more physical approach to getting your voice strong and robust, you have to be committed to doing the vocal exercise cd's he gives you everyday but it is so worth it.This guy knows what he is doing and knows how to get the voice in good shape. He is a cool guy too and doesn't bore you to death during the lesson, his dry sense of humor makes the lessons fun and enjoyable. I highly recommend Phil to anyone who is serious about a professional career in singing, you won't find a better teacher in Texas than Phil, I guarantee it.

  • 5/5 stars April 4, 2013

    Phil is a fantastic piano teacher for my son! He clearly adapts to the individual personality of each student. He also pushes my son to do better, without taking away the fun of learning. I have never gotten a groan about going to a piano lesson - my kiddo grabs his music and jumps in the car every time!

  • 5/5 stars March 24, 2013

    I have been taking voice lessons with Phil for more than one year and I have been very pleased with the results that I have realized from this training. I have had professional voice lessons before with other instructors but I did not see such remarkable change and improvement in my voice as I have experienced with Phil's instruction. The method that he teaches is very effective. I saw improvement almost immediately and continue to see improvement ongoing. He is by far the best voice instructor I have encountered.Phil is very professional in every way. He is also very positive and very easy to work with. I recommend him without reservation to anyone who wishes to see a remarkable transformation of their voice.

  • 5/5 stars March 19, 2013

    Our daughters have been working with Phil for the past 7 months, one with voice and the other with piano, and WOW! The progress they have made is remarkable. We could not be more pleased.

    Phil's extensive knowledge and friendly approach are a rare combination. The girls have learned so much and look forward to their lessons each week. Phil covers mechanics, musicality, theory, physiology...everything! We are really looking forward to seeing the growth continue as we continue working with him.

  • 5/5 stars September 12, 2011

    Our son had been taking piano lessons for 2 years prior to taking lessons with Phil. He has learned more in this past year than in the two previous years combined. Our son enjoys Phil's sense of humor and teaching style. We are looking forward to another great year! Thank you Phil

  • 5/5 stars July 5, 2011

    My wife and I sing with several groups, each having different vocal styles and performance objectives. Phil's training is equally applicable to all. He definitely helps us get more out of ourselves than we would on our own. And he does it with excellent explanations about "why" we're doing this or that exercise. That helps us tote his training to our various vocal settings. Sherrill has been surprised to have moved from Alto to Soprano, and I have effectively added 3 - 5 notes to my once-bass, now bass-baritone range. We look forward to his sessions in our home, for the skills he brings and shares, and for his good humor.

  • 5/5 stars June 28, 2011

    I had no idea what I was getting into. Seriously.. I went to Phil expecting to learn the same old stuff any voice coach will teach you.. most of which can be found on youtube. But I was pleasantly surprised. Phil understands singing on a level that just blows my mind. But he doesn't overwhelm you with his knowledge, he simply meets you where you are. So if you are serious about singing or even just a beginner, I can't imagine finding a more qualified & effective teacher in the Dallas area.

  • 5/5 stars April 4, 2011

    I am a 65 year old woman with a passion for learning to play the Piano.
    I really can say nothing but good things about my beginning music training from Philip. I have tried several times to take music from other teachers. Never been successful. I can't put my finger on it now except Phil knows just how to teach to keep a student interested. He comes to my home and that is a real plus. I am enjoying learning how to play a piano. Thanks Phil
    Clara Bowens

Question and answer

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. Finding the right teacher is probably the most important thing a person can do. It is extremely important to make a wise choice when choosing a teacher. Teaching someone to sing is much like building a multi-story structure. You must first build a strong foundation on which to build the rest of the voice. The method that I teach takes great care to build such a foundation and has been proven time and time again over the past 200+ years.

You should look for a teacher that is a “Singer” first, i.e. you wouldn’t ask a plumber to fix an electrical problem in your home so why would you ask an accompanist for vocal lessons. If you want to learn the art of singing you should learn it from a singer.

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

A. The teacher should have a good working knowledge of the human voice and how it functions. You might want to ask some basic anatomy questions to test his/her knowledge.

Does the teacher know the mechanics of tone production.

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

A. How long have you been teaching?

Where did you go to school?

You should seek a teacher that has many years of experience and is well educated in the art of singing. Although a degree does not make one a great singer or even a good one it does give a great deal of credibility to the teacher and substantiates his/her qualifications.

Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?

A. How long has this individual been teaching voice and/or piano?

Does the teacher do this full time or is it a part-time effort to supplement their income?

What will be my commitment, both financially and in time?

What do I hope to achieve by studying with this teacher?

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

A. I take a physiological approach to singing... after all it is a physical endeavor. The voice or larynx, despite all its complexities, is just another set of muscles that can be trained to reach its fullest potential. The method that I teach, “The Franco/Italian Bel Canto Method” has been taught in Europe for more than 200 years and has produced the world’s greatest classical singers. Now having said that let me assure you studying this method doesn’t mean that you have to become a classical singer. The techniques used are designed to strengthen and improve the quality of the human voice and can be applied to any genre whether your goal is “Broadway” “American Idol” or just to improve your voice for you own personal satisfaction. The method also addresses all things associated with singing, such as breathing and breath control.

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. I have been singing and teaching for over 30 years both professionally and for my own enjoyment. Singing is my passion, it is what I do. I have found that teaching someone to sing is perhaps one of the most rewarding things I do.

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

A. “I can’t sing and don’t think you can teach me to sing.”

Anyone can learn to sing...as long as there are no physical impairments. You may not sound as good as your neighbor but you can be taught and learn the mechanics of singing.

“How long will this take?”

Like any physical endeavor the more you practice the faster you will improve. There are some limitations however, the larynx is a remarkable instrument it will develop at its own pace and in its own time, it will not be rushed. Trying to "rush" the process can and will result in damage to the delicate tissue causing problems later on. The teacher should be aware of the possible dangers associated with “over training” the voice. With proper care and guidance the end result will be a voice that is strong, vibrant and will last the individual a lifetime.

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

A. I was very fortunate to have as my teacher, someone who believed in passing on his knowledge and understanding of what it takes to be a great singer. Little did I know at the time but he was training me to pass on his legacy and it has been my great honor to do so. Thank you Mr. Tate!

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

A. During the school year I teach voice as a contract music instructor for the Plano ISD. At the end of each school year the students perform in recital for their parents and friends. I am always very proud of my students as the demonstrate what they have learned and how much they have improved through the year.

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

A. I keep up with current trends through the professional organizations I belong to. In addition to this I am continuously researching and studying on my own.

Q. Describe your most recent project, what it involved, how much it cost, and how long it took.

A. Through the summer I have been teaching courses in “Song Writing” (I find the term Music Theory scares most people,) in several venues in the area. The course, a six hour block of instruction, is brief overview of how to write a melody and the basics of harmonization. By the end of the course the student has written a melody and receives a digital recording of their work. I have had great results with this course and look forward to teaching it again in the future.

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

A. The lessons are based on 30 minutes each and are priced as follows:

Individual lesson at my studio - $25.00
Individual lesson in your home - $30.00

These rates apply to both voice and piano lessons.

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