- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
Pricing at my South San Francisco studio location is $45/30, $60/45, and $75/60 minutes. Some students pay at each lesson, and some prefer to buy in sets of 5 or 10. However you prefer is fine! I provide receipts/invoices for students who request them.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I approach every new student as an individual. I like to talk to the student first about their goals and previous music training, before we do any work together. In the first lesson, I quickly assess the personality of the singer as a guide to structure their lesson. Some singers will immediately feel comfortable singing new exercises in front of a total stranger, but most singers need time to get comfortable. I adjust to the comfort level of that student. I will often begin the warm up with breathing exercises and muscle relaxation techniques, while the student gets comfortable. Next, I assess the range and color of the voice, as well as its strengths and weaknesses. I let the student know what I hear throughout the process, so they know exactly where their voice is starting from. I try to give a very balanced assessment of everything, good and bad.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have a Masters degree in Voice Performance from Duquesne University. I have taught voice for over a decade. I also perform regularly with local opera companies.