Courtney Bowles Voice Studio

Walnut Creek, CA

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

I focus on teaching healthy singing for all ages. My students learn songs in all styles and genres of music. I like exposing them to all different kinds of music from Broadway and Classical to Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift. Every 4 months or so each student receives a CD with all of their songs (either 6 or 7) on it including the melody line and accompaniment. This CD is great for practicing their music, auditioning for shows, and for performing for their families.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love watching my students learn and grow in confidence- not only in their singing abilities but also in themselves. It is great to see them master the vocal techniques we work on together.

Location

Walnut Creek, CA 94597

Years in business

10

Times hired on Thumbtack

8

Reviews

6 Reviews
  • Beth B. Dec 15, 2015
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
    Courtney had the perfect expertise to help me re-connect with my natural voice. After studying with numerous voice teachers, she was the one to provide the most helpful and valuable instruction regarding correct form and technique. And she's fun! I would highly recommend her as a voice teacher to anyone! So grateful. Thank you, Courtney!
  • Gina M. Dec 12, 2015
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
  • Jen H. Nov 16, 2015
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
    My daughter has been working with Courtney for several years. Courtney is knowledgeable of all genres and also focuses on the technical aspects of singing. My daughter's range, tone, projection, and breath control all improved, which allowed her confidence to grow.
  • Beth B. Dec 15, 2015
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
    Courtney had the perfect expertise to help me re-connect with my natural voice. After studying with numerous voice teachers, she was the one to provide the most helpful and valuable instruction regarding correct form and technique. And she's fun! I would highly recommend her as a voice teacher to anyone! So grateful. Thank you, Courtney!
  • Gina M. Dec 12, 2015
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
  • Jen H. Nov 16, 2015
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
    My daughter has been working with Courtney for several years. Courtney is knowledgeable of all genres and also focuses on the technical aspects of singing. My daughter's range, tone, projection, and breath control all improved, which allowed her confidence to grow.
  • Gwen S. Feb 26, 2014
    Courtney is a wonderful voice coach, she is highly professional and extremely talented. My daughter has been her student for 4+ years. We have been so impressed with the experience my niece is now a student.
  • Maggie C. Jan 21, 2014
    I began taking voice lessons from Courtney Bowles during my freshman year of high school and continued our weekly lessons until I moved away for college this year. During those four years, thanks to my experiences with Courtney, I not only grew exponentially as a vocalist but also as a person. Courtney’s encouraging and funny personality breaks down any walls of intimidation and that provides an honest and collaborative learning environment. Courtney taught me how to sing correctly while embracing my own unique voice and always continues to emphasize the importance of singing for longevity. Students will leave their lessons with a better understanding of how to sing without damaging their voices so they can enjoy singing for the rest of their lives. One of the Courtney’s best qualities is that she is willing to work with many different styles of vocalists and teaches a repertoire of music ranging from opera to current pop hits. She is always honest and took the time to explain corrections to me until I fully understood what she was saying and could apply it to my songs. Working with Courtney has made a lasting impact on my life. Any student looking for quality vocal instruction should definitely meet with Courtney!
  • Andrew N. Jan 20, 2014
    I have been taking voice lessons with Courtney for 3 years now. and highly recommend her to anyone thinking of learning to sing better. She has taken me from me from having a totally untrained voice to having one that I enjoy as well as others -- and it is continuing to grow. Courtney tailors her lessons to my goals and abilities. We started with the basics and have continued peeling the onion back getting into more technique and more complicated pieces as my abilities grow. She has a very positive and supportive style while setting expectations and giving feedback. The music that I sing is contemporary; I choose half of the songs and Courtney chooses the others to teach me new techniques and skills. Courtney makes singing fun!

Q&A

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have 15 years of professional lessons including a Bachelor's Degree in Vocal Performance from San Diego State University. I have also been teaching private lessons since 2006 and enjoy helping my students enhance their talent and improve their vocal skills and stage presence.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
My lessons are broken down into 45 minutes and 1 hour times. 45 minutes = $40.00 1 hour = $50.00 Every 4 months there is an extra charge for the CD I provide including the melody lines and accompaniments. Each CD has 6 songs on it. CD = $30.00
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I have been singing my whole life. I have been very fortunate to have had wonderful teachers, myself. All my teachers challenged me in every lesson to keep growing as a singer. Once I finished school I realized that performing wasn't my only passion; I wanted to inspire singers to learn and grow like my teachers had done for me.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I teach students of all ages. I currently have students ranging from 12 years old to adults. Helping singers of all ages is fun and rewarding.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
It is important to meet with your potential teacher and make sure it is a good fit because a student needs to feel comfortable with their teacher to have success. I personally start every potential student with a meeting. In this meeting I run the potential student through a mini lesson working on vocal exercises so I can assess the students ability. After I have the student sing we talk about what I hear, their vocal goals and I answer any questions they may have. It is a chance for the student to get a feel for my teaching style to ensure it is a good fit for the student as well as it is for myself.