Debbie Carter/ Voice Teacher

Downey, CA

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

I have 19 years teaching experience as a voice teacher but I am also a working vocalist. I sing for many occasions, weddings and funerals, solos in church where I am the Director of Music, with my professional Chamber Choir 'The Paul Delgado Singers'. I can sing the technique that I am teaching you which is invaluable to a voice student. I am a pro at explaining in words what I want your voice to do, where I want your voice to go.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

My new students come in with shyness and nervousness, but I like to tell them congratulations for putting themselves out there to try something new. Voice lessons are very personal and I like making my students feel welcome and to help them relax with a bit of humor and humanity. I love it when I see the light bulb of that 'got it!' moment in their eyes. Music is Magic I always say, and I have had many memorable moments over the years where my students have surpassed their own expectations in their performances!

Location

Downey, CA 90241

Years in business

6

Number of employees

6

Times hired on Thumbtack

60

Reviews

23 Reviews
  • Ian D. Nov 19, 2016
    Singing Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    One of the best instructors I have ever had.
    She is an excellent teacher. She works with you and encourages you along the way. She has a very organized plan towards success with great milestones to check on your progress.
  • Venessa S. Nov 1, 2016
    Singing Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    Step by step
    She is great, she teaches me everything step by step. You should hire her! ;)
  • Peter C. Sep 13, 2016
    Singing Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    Great teacher
    First lesson was great! Debbie is extremely encouraging and knowledgable. You can definitely tell that she is experienced, and that she knows exactly what she is teaching. Even though I only had one lesson, I already learned so much, and immediately felt a difference in my voice. I look forward to continuing lessons with her.
  • Norma R. Aug 14, 2016
    Singing Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
  • Laura O. Apr 22, 2016
    Singing Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
  • Zena R. Mar 7, 2016
    Singing Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    I was so happy and excited going to my first clas. Debbie was so happy with my practice that made me feel secure and confident with my voice!! I'm eager going to my 2nd class! :-)
  • Ralph M. Feb 5, 2016
    Singing Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    I am looking forward to my third lesson with Debbie. Except for singing in the shower and in my car, I have never sung to any extent, and hardly ever in front of someone. Thanks to Debbie, I am already gaining confidence in my abilities. She is a very patient and effective teacher. I highly recommend her.
  • Aldo C. Feb 1, 2016
    Singing Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    I has been my dream to sing from my heart; not for business but more me. My expectation and acceptance of my voice along with excellence vocal coaching from Debbie made me a better more confident individual! if you're looking to walk out singing! She is #1
  • Zaria J. Jul 14, 2015
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
    She really made me feel comfortable
  • Victoria M. Apr 19, 2015
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
    She is great. She is very experienced and knowledgeable. Very patient, and makes it fun.
  • Armando D. Feb 25, 2015
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
  • Rosa G. Jan 31, 2015
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
    Excellent coach, she teach my daughter and give her lot of confidence. !
  • Marilyn B. Jan 19, 2015
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
    I love her layout plan for the voice and she seems to be very helpful and understanding. I love it
  • Marvin A. Jan 19, 2015
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
  • Susan B. Dec 5, 2014
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
  • James L. Dec 21, 2013
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
    I'm trying to find the right words to describe how great of a teacher she is but I don't think I'd do her any justice. Her knowledge, professionalism, and passion for teaching voice... it just oozes out of her. Whatever you're there for, I know Debbie will get you there.
  • Xochilth R. Nov 17, 2013
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
    I've been taking lessons with Debbie for less than two months and I can already see results. She teaches in an understandable way. I can assure that the practices at home with the recordings in class are of great help. I stopped singing at the age of 10 and haven't properly sang until right now (age of 18.) I can already see results in just a short period of time. She is patient and makes it comfortable to sing. I am auditioning for the X Factor soon and I feel very confident on improving and getting through the judge's audition and bootcamp. I would really recommend her if you're considering on taking singing classes.
  • Mary Q. Sep 21, 2013
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
    She explained everything and was very personable
  • Jenny M. Jul 21, 2013
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
    Debbie Carter is an amazing vocal teacher. She has a great attitude and is very patient. She made me feel welcomed and comfortable the minute I walked into the room. She has given me advice on how to use and care for my voice and has made me feel more comfortable with singing high notes (those can be scary!). She is very punctual and starts and ends classes on time. I have had a very positive experience with her and hope to continue with classes. Thank you, Debbie for your time, teachings, and wisdom!
  • Robert C. Jan 8, 2013
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
    Very warm and supportive. Very satisfied with my experience and excited with the progress made.
  • Sharon B. Jan 2, 2013
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
    Good experience so far.
  • Laura B. Dec 23, 2012
  • Jose P. Dec 22, 2012
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
    The first day working with Debbie Carter as my teacher was a good idea because when she trys to teach you. She gets into detail with what you need and you feel that your going to reach your goal sooner then what you expect

Q&A

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!