What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
You are treated as a unique individual and therefore will receive guidance that is tailor-made for YOU. Because of this, I want to know what drives you musically, and what's inspiring you to be a better musician. It can be as simple as "I want to sound better singing in the shower" or as ambitious as "I want to bring a crowd of thousands to tears."
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I've been a voice teacher, vocal coach and performer for more than thirty-five years. I studied piano from age 7 and through my higher education at Eastman and Berklee, where I graduated Magna Cum Laude. Since college, I've trained with vocal instructors in Boston, NYC and LA. And I still perform in many different bands and projects, both on stage and in the studio.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
Prices vary according to length of lesson, if lessons are purchased singularly or as a package, and applicable travel fees. I attach my current rate sheet when I put in the quote.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I started singing and writing songs when I was four. I started piano lessons at seven and took those through university level (Eastman School of Music and Berklee). Throughout my teens I taught myself other instruments, eventually took voice lessons before embarking on a world tour as a lead vocalist. Taught myself how to record music so I could express my own unique visions in the recording studio.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Ages 7-61 from myriad ranges of styles and influences.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
A vocalist was working on an ambitious concept record she'd written, and we needed to change her style of singing from musical theater to a more rock sound, and ALSO have her sing with multiple character's voices. She was already a great singer but learned tons of new techniques and approaches to her singing.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
You need a personal connection with your instructor, and you need to sense that they care about your musical enrichment and development. Go for a trial lesson with a teacher who is not demanding a commitment and offers a trial lesson. Any decent instructor will understand if you don't want to pursue after one lesson and want to try someone else.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Anyone can become a better musician, even if they think they're hopeless. All it takes is considerate, patient, yet passionate guidance.