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I've been a student of Charles' since the end of 2015 and can with certainty say that he gets results. Most of his exercises and homework (and boy does he give you the good work to do) is slightly off the beaten path but the results are undeniable (if you do the work). I've been singing most of my life and taking lessons and my biggest issue has been tense 'squeeky' vocals and fear of the high notes. My voice is thin but I'm a contralto and this has often been miss understood by other vocal coaches. Charles has not only helped me overcome my timidity associated with my voice but has me reaching, singing 'big' vocals like Jill Scott and Lala Hathaway. On a personality level he is fun to work with and will mold his coaching technique to your personal needs. He's highly responsive to the needs of his students and spends time out of the lessons going through the homework and giving advice all days of the week. If you are looking to truly improve your vocals, are wiling to put in the work and have a coach that cares a bout your voice then Charles is for you.Apr 23, 2016Verified
Singing Lessons (for adults)
Charles is the best. Ive been taking singing lessons for 17 weeks or so and i hear a tremendous difference in the way my voice sounds. On the first day he will give you a broad overview covering his techniques. Then you can pick and choose what you would like to learn. Charles will give you simple drills that might feel a bit funny when you first try them, but if you just do what he says and practice for an hour or two per week you will magically get a little better each week because Charles knows his stuff. His knowledge comes from experience and academic papers he has read vigorously. Just do what the guy says and dont forget to practice, and i promise you will improve. People who have said I would never be a good singer have retracted their statements and admitted they were wrong after only 12 weeks!Apr 22, 2016Verified
Singing Lessons (for adults)
Charles is an incredibly knowledgable teacher. Every question I had was anwered befoee it could leave my lips and then some. Regretfully I had to cut my lessons short due to work, but for anyone with the desire to learn he will exceed your expectation. 10/10, will keeping learning from him as time becomes more available.Feb 5, 2016Verified
To be blunt, Charles is amazing. As an older student with musical experience, his background in theory and linguistics was exactly what I needed to take my approach to vocal technique to the next level. And this in no way means he is only for advanced students, as I have personally witnessed him modulate his approach and tone for younger students with personality and success! And this is all before taking into account his genuine dedication and support for his students which manifests itself through email communication outside of lessons, providing supplemental tutorial links/videos and generally the ability to match your effort minute for minute. Take advantage of this instructor as he can help get you where ever you want to go!Dec 19, 2014
Aside from Charles's accolades he is praiseworthy in all other aspects of his being. From his personality to his ability to effectively and efficiently teach. He has helped me to open my voice up and helped me to create a new sound for myself. If you're a serious singer an amazing voice coach is what you need to take things to the next level. He is nothing short of amazing. You set goals with him and he encourages you to reach them. You can describe any problem you're having with your voice and he'll help you get through it while helping you to understand what it is you're accessing in your body to make your sounds. Very engaging and interactive teaching. No lesson is easy and no lesson is boring.Jan 5, 2015
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?My standard rate of $50 per hour is just that... a standard. A pretty reasonable one if you look at the industry standards. My prices only get lower from here. Let me cut to the chase and tell you how to lower my prices: -Meet me at my place -Save me gas, and I'll give you a pass. I will lower my rate, and be able to give you more time. -Be on time, or even reasonably early -I have several students who are busy and end up a bit late to most lessons. That's understandable, life happens, but as I like to ensure my students have enough time for progress in each lesson, this takes up a bit more of my personal time to make up for time missed. While I don't charge extra in most cases, time is still money, so I can't exactly afford to give you a discount. -Do the homework -I give homework pinpointed to your specific vocal needs, and I try to streamline homework to simple noises you can make in the shower or while doing housework. I understand most students can be busy, but focus is important. The faster you improve, the faster I get to show you off. While your improvement will give me warm fuzzies and a twinkle in my eye (just ask my past students when their reviews clear on this site), it will also give me a tool to generate more revenue. Showing your vocal talent off and getting a written testimonial generates money for me, so why shouldn't it generate savings for you? -Refer additional student(s) -This speaks for itself. I would charge a lower price for both you and your referral. -Other benefits -I am wide open to suggestions on how you may help me help you. ... and most importantly... be a friend! I have met many of my students outside of the lesson period. With a mug like that, I can't afford to be mean. And with my prices having gone as low 20 per hour, you can afford to be a friend. What does that mean? In my experience, my friends tend to be respectful, kind, open minded, and maybe exchange heartfelt presents with me now and then (my heart tends to really feel things that can go in my stomach, hah). So what are you waiting for? You could be lowering my price as soon as today!
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?If you want to get a jumpstart, reach out to me telephonically (3O1-9O8-4467) by downloading WhatsApp for any major smartphone platform. Use the recording feature to send me an acapella sample of you singing what you like for a minute or more. I will render vocal analysis in an audio response. This is all free, including any questions you may have regarding my analysis. Try before you buy. For the first lesson, PLEASE set aside at least two hours. Any further time past the two hours is on the house. Bring a notebook and writing utensil!!!
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?My undergraduate degree is in Linguistics and Biology. Biology teaches us how the voice works, while Linguistics teaches us what we can do with our voices. I also have SLP level training in voice health (including looking my real live vocal cords under a camera!!!). In addition to staying current on vocal trends (keeping up with every genre on radio, The Voice, American Idol... no matter what I personally feel like listening to) and vocal research (would love to discuss this with you if you're interested), my most valuable source of continuing vocal education is... *drum roll* YOU!!! No, really. Your response to my curriculum does not fall upon deaf ears. My lesson plans are breathing entities that constantly update to match your specific needs. I have created at least two new drills for each one of my students, which adds to my total working arsenal.