Donna O Studio

Palmdale, CA

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

I have many students that have gone on to professional vocal engagements and are currently performing in different parts of the country and the world. Some Students currently hold recording contracts as well. Many of my students have received full scholarships to the University's of their choice.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I enjoy watching a student come in with virtually no knowledge of how to sing properly and quickly learn how to implement the techniques that I teach. Watching a student succeed is the pleasure I aim for.

Location

Palmdale, CA 93551

Years in business

20

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

82

Reviews

31 Reviews
  • Mildred P. Jul 29, 2016
    Singing Lessons (for children or teenagers)
    Verified Review
    Excellent instructor
  • Jennifer K. Apr 25, 2016
    Singing Lessons (for children or teenagers)
    Verified Review
    Donna is great! Really knows her stuff!
  • Emily V. Apr 16, 2016
    Singing Lessons (for children or teenagers)
    Verified Review
    My kids are interested in singing because of her.
  • James T. Mar 24, 2016
    Singing Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    I was blown away. My very first lesson, I heard things I've never heard before. I was so impressed with her students that I stayed till closing just to listen to them.
  • Kellee D. Oct 29, 2015
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
  • Lilibel R. Oct 28, 2015
    Love the way she has alot of patience with my 7 year old Tony thanks for helping him alot
  • Catherine D. Oct 28, 2015
    Donna is a very talented and superb vocal coach. Her ability to connect with each of her students and help them achieve their goals is amazing. My daughter has improved quite a bit since she has been taking lessons from Donna O Studio. I would sincerely recommend her to anyone who is interested in learning to sing. Wonderful lady and great teacher.
  • Briana L. Oct 28, 2015
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
    Donna is a wonderful voice teacher! She has helped my daughter become more confident as a vocalist and has helped her reach her goals. A truly fantastic voice teacher!
  • Hildegard C. May 28, 2015
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
    I've only seen Donna twice, but it's easy to tell that I am in the right hands striving to improve my voice.
  • Monique M. May 7, 2015
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
    Donna is a wonderful teacher that's always willing to take the time needed. She is organized, punctual and welcoming to all. Donna is helping to build my daughters confidence in so many ways. Thank you Donna.
  • Seth G. Jan 24, 2015
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
  • Nicolo F. Nov 1, 2014
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
    Donna is a marvelous voice instructor. I would recommend her to anyone that wants to sing well
  • Tannan L. Oct 1, 2014
    Donna is an amazing teacher! Many believe that a vocal coach is only there to help you better your voice, but Donna goes beyond that and helps you conquer any doubts and fears that come with this field. So if you are looking for someone who genuinely cares about your success and has the knowledge that will improve your singing immensely, she is the teacher for you!
  • Cassie O. Oct 1, 2014
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
    Donna is a joy to be around and made me feel welcomed right away. She knows what she's talking about and I managed to see a huge difference just after one lesson. :)
  • Alex W. Oct 1, 2014
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
    Donna has been great!! I never expected to go and just get better, but Donna has taught me things about opening my vocals up. Overall its been a wonderful experience, meeting new people that enjoy what they do!
  • Sandra S. Jun 19, 2014
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
    Donna is an amazing voice instructor, she is very knowledgable about music, and singing. I would definately recommend her to anyone who wants help with learning to sing better. My daughter loves going to her lessons.
  • Jovahnna H. May 24, 2014
    Acting Lessons
    Verified Review
    I went in for a consultation. I was very nervous she helped me out with that with a few simple gestures lol. I feel very confident that she is the right teacher for me and I know she will help me perfect my body as an instrument. She is very easy to talk to and is a really great person, I can feel it. She has great vibes and I can't wait to take in what I learn on my next lesson. I know she will help me reach my goals when it comes to my voice and career as an entertainer and artist. Everything feels right about this and I can't wait for the outcome.
  • Brandy W. May 24, 2014
    Donna is fantastic. I've seen my daughter grow not only vocally but also in her everyday confidence. Donna make her lessons fun and she is encouraging. My daughter says her lessons make sense and are easy to understand and she feels she has learned a lot. Great job Donna. Thank you for all you've done.
  • Jamie R. May 23, 2014
    Donna is a thrill to work with. All of her students love her includin me! In the short time that I've known her I love her as if she were my mother. SHE IS AN AMAZING TEACHER!! And a great friend. Donna has the great ability I draw you in and provides good tips. She has made many good singers into great people an amazing singers! I love her and so do all of her students. She's not all sweets and gummybears though she's strict when it comes down to it, but not to harsh she loves working with kids of all ages and even adults! She will no only make your voice 70 times better, but she will impact your life in a way that you never thought was possible. In the end my review for Donna is, SHES AMAZING! Love able and fun! But stirict when she needs to be! I love her and you will to
  • Janine P. May 23, 2014
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
    Donna Parsons is an incredible voice coach. Her coaching style is unbelievable. What makes her remarkable is, results are immediate.
  • Angelica R. Apr 14, 2014
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
    Donna is a down-to-earth true pleasure and professional! In action, Donna connects with a performer's psyche to bring out the creative side of the performer. Behind the scenes you fell Donna's presence as she supports you 110% in mastering the performance techniques to bring you to the next level. I highly recommend Donna for coaching all serious performance levels!.
  • Emily R. Feb 16, 2014
    I have been taking private lessons at the Donna O Studio since my Sophomore year of high school in 2006. I did have to take time away from the studio for college but since moving back to the area, I have resumed lessons in opera, classical, and musical theater. I have loved the vocal instruction that I have received over these years at the studio. Donna is a master of her craft and you can really tell that she loves what she does. She invests so much of her time to her students and grooms them for vocal success. She is very good about explaining proper vocal technique and also the fundamentals of performance, auditioning, and even vocal anatomy; where our sound is coming from and how your whole body is used to create sound. She has many singers of all ages and vocal backgrounds so you'll be sure to find satisfaction in your vocal instruction! The best thing of all is that I am still learning new and wonderful things about my voice and am tackling new vocal goals!
    Replied to Emily R. - Feb 18, 2014

    Thank you, Emily, for your kind review. I have watched your voice grow and get stronger. Your understanding of how to master Your Instrument has increased. I'm very proud of you for learning the hardest Lessons in Auditioning..That "Yes" is a great responsibility to follow thru with all you know, with strength & integrity. "NO's" remind us of our ability to stay focused & on point--- always KNOWING that "No is a part of Yes!! Success is when Preparation MEETS Opportunity... BRING ON the "OPPORTUNITIES"!!

  • Sunsiray W. Feb 4, 2014
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
    I worked with Donna for my first lesson this week and all went great. In working with her for one lesson I am feeling better about my breathing which was what I was looking for in the first place.
  • Jody T. Feb 1, 2014
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
    Working with Donna has added color to my black and white dream.
  • Miranda H. Oct 29, 2013
    My experience at Donna O Studio has been absolutely incredible. Not only did Donna help instruct my technique, but helped me construct who I am as an artist, not just a singer. The studio is more than just a place to "get good" it is a place to try, fail, try again, succeed and learn. It's a safe place to be unafraid to experiment with characters and choices and growth.
  • Phyllis B. Oct 29, 2013
    Donna is a consummate professional. Her techniques are extremely helpful and her teaching style is easy to comprehend. I would recommend her to friends.
  • Prince T. Oct 25, 2013
    Two years ago I was searching for a voice teacher for my two daughters 11 and 7 at the time. Donna was one of two recommended voice teachers. I chose Donna because of the good things I heard about her. It has been a blessing to watch my children's vocal talent, ability and knowledge grow under Donna’s mentoring. Donna is master of all genres of music and will identify weak areas and improve your strong areas. She provides training / guidance to bring out the best in you. Being a vocal coach is more than a job for her she loves what she does and takes pride in seeing her students succeed. She creates and provides opportunities for students to practice in studio and during mini concerts in preparation for public events. My children have won several singing contests and have been invited to sing at public events.
  • Linda B. Oct 21, 2013
    Teaching and performing are not only Donna's livelihood, they are passions. I have known Donna for many years and I have seen her excell in every endeavor she takes on but I only saw her acheive true bliss when she opened the Donna O Studio where her talents, professionalism and love of teaching are merged.
  • Ssg C. Sep 12, 2013
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
    I have been taking voice lessons from Donna Parsons for more than 4 months now. I had never taken voice lessons before I began with Donna, but I knew I needed a good voice coach to teach me the mechanics of singing. I had basically taught myself by imitating other singers, which had caused me to develop several bad habits through the years. It became evident that I needed to improve when I began auditioning for theater roles, and I was NO MATCH for the trained singers I was auditioning against. I was looking for someone to help improve my sound overall by teaching me how to maintain flow of lines while singing, increase breath support, increase my vocal range, and ease onto notes so my singing didn't sound forced or labored, but controlled. She has helped me do all of those things and more! From the first day she made me feel like I had the potential to be fantastic! Every week I feel like I make progress or learn something. She has an entire repertoire of teaching techniques that are creatively designed to teach all types of learning styles so that you can visualize and better understand her lessons. She is truly amazing! I would go into detail, but I don't want to give any of her secrets away. Bottom line is that you will NOT find a better, or more experienced teacher, and she is MORE THAN WORTH the price of her lessons! She really genuinely cares for each one of her students as singers and people. You don't get that kind of personal feel from most instructors. I am so glad that I found Donna!
    Replied to Ssg C. - Sep 12, 2013

    I enjoy working with you and helping you to understand not only where you are currently, vocally, but where you are going. Some Techniques are often harder to grasp until you simply "feel them"! It's at that point of understanding when the lesson is truly learned. I know you will understand what I just said as you experienced it just yesterday. C, it is a true honor to work with one who has given so much to protect our country.

  • Vickie P. Apr 23, 2013
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
    First I was contacted right away, surprising. Then took Granddaughter for her first session and wow it was great, the atmosphere was relaxing, no pressure. Wonderful person Donna and you could really see and feel her interest,. made me want to get up and sing :-) I loved it, my Granddaughter really loved it and enjoyed her first singing sessions. If I could give 10 stars they would be well deserved. Thanks Donna for making my Granddaughters day.
    Replied to Vickie P. - Apr 23, 2013

    What a pleasure to meet you Both! Jessica's voice is amazing and I think she is going to fit right in. I would like to see her acquire a repertoire of at least 20 songs in her new Book! :-) We can do that...last night we went over 3 already, so I'm excited to see where this goes. Take care ... Oh, also, I will be looking for backtracks for those two songs you mentioned. Bye for now!

  • Mary C. Nov 2, 2012
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
    I have had two lessons with Donna O Studio and I really love the setting/atmosphere and Donna's way of making the experience conducive for learning and performing to ones highest potential. She is poised and professional. I definitely intend to continue. Mary
    Replied to Mary C. - Apr 10, 2013

    Mary.. you are an amazing talent! I am counting the days until your schedule changes and life can get back to Singing!!! Your voice is wonderful.

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
First I want to meet them and hear what their goals and dreams are regarding Singing. Then I have them Audition so I can see where they are vocally.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Just after High School I was offered a recording contract. I then headed to college and studied Applied Voice at KState. From there I moved to LA where I studied privately with Carol Newbar, Keith Wyatt, Frank Fetta but ultimately leading me to Georgio Tozzi. I did multiple shows in LA, acquiring my AEA card, performed for LA Music Center Opera (a special show with Dudley Moore) and began touring with Opera Ale'Carte with Richard Sheldon (10 years).
How did you get started doing this type of work?
My Parents always told me I should Teach Voice. I am honoring them by building Vocalists!
What types of customers have you worked with?
Young, Middle Aged and Older. If you have a desire to sing, I will find your Voice.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Keep in mind that all singers don't know how to translate their gift in a teaching situation. I've had other Teachers as my Students. At the end of the day, when I ask them why they are studying with me, they have consistently told me, "because you make it easy to understand and to build into the voice"!
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Why do I want to Sing? The answer to that question is Personal and a Directive for each person. Follow Your Dreams!