What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
We will start at the beginning with breathing and placement. I give my new students exercises to improve strength and pitch right away and then add vocal concepts such as high notes, power, nuance, diction and working around the break as we move forward. We work on music that is challenging but something that students love.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I am the Director of Music for my church for the last 14 years and can teach you how to read music. I am soloing in church almost every week and rather than tell you how to sing these concepts I can show you! 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 am a 4 year member of the Paul Delgado Singers...like us on Facebook!
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
I teach 1/2 hour and hour long lessons. It's not complicated at all. $30per half and $60per 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
How did you get started doing this type of work?
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!
What types of customers have you worked with?
I have worked with rock men and women, four of my student have had the lead in their high school plays. I have worked with Pageant winners and Indie performers. I had a student that I worked with for 14 years well into his seventies. Little children, people of all ages and backgrounds have come into my teaching life and I have learned something from every one of them. I am grateful and blessed.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
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.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Talk to the provider and ask questions that are important to you. Be brave and try it out, you will know after one lesson if the chemistry is right.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
I am living proof that this 'Speech Level Technique' really works! Still singing strong after 30 years!