Vocal Life Singing Studio

Springfield, MO

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

Vocal music teaching is my profession, not a hobby. Providing quality instruction is very important to me. That's why I studied singing for nearly 20 years through private vocal lessons in addition to my musical studies at university. I studied advanced vocal teaching methods and combine this knowledge with a strong academic grounding in music and strong performance skills. I have sung lead roles in operas, musical theater productions, and oratorios and have sung with bands and in a cappella groups. I bring all this background to my vocal studio teaching. My teaching emphasizes producing a vibrant, comfortable tone utilizing the methods I learned during my 18 years of study with my vocal teachers, and through my university degrees. I enjoy working with a wide diversity of students with different goals and interests, while some teachers only like to work with classical students, only feel comfortable teaching pop style, or only want to work with those who are wanting a career in music.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

Watching my students progress is the most satisfying aspect of my job. When teaching, I especially enjoy diagnosing any problems with the voice and working together to solve them. Voice teaching often involves visualization and finding common images between the teacher and student, and it is very exciting when this happens. Meeting and working with many interesting people who are passionate about music is also exciting. It is also educational for me to work with students who have many different musical interests. I learn about a lot of new music and performers this way.
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Location

Springfield, MO 65803

Years in business

27

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

60

Reviews

15 Reviews
  • Gregg R. Apr 17, 2015
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
    Very productive, looking forward our next encounter.
  • Melissa C. Apr 13, 2015
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
  • Maria P. Feb 26, 2015
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
  • Nona (. Jul 22, 2014
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
    Carolyn is certainly very knowledgeable and an excellent voice coach.
  • Jessica M. Mar 7, 2014
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
    Carolyn is a great teacher. I began lessons with NO prior knowledge or experience and she is as patient and encouraging as I could have hoped. She works with the individual to establish techniques and excersises that are specific to them, creating a comfortable and pleasant learning environment. I have recommended her to my friends in the music community.
  • Laura B. Feb 21, 2014
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
    I just had my first lesson with Carolyn this evening. She is wonderful! I immediately felt confident in her knowledge and her expertise. She is working with me on basic theory and technique, and even after one half-hour lesson I can tell a difference in the quality of the sound I'm producing and the way it feels to be singing. I can't wait to work with her again next week!
    Replied to Laura B. - Feb 21, 2014

    Laura, you were easy to work with, and I, too, look forward to your next lesson.

  • Annie L. Sep 28, 2013
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
    Very informative and we found what we needed.
    Replied to Annie L. - Sep 30, 2013

    It is great to be working with you 3!

  • James B. Sep 11, 2013
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
    Working with Carolyn has been great! She has really been able to pinpoint what my strengths and weaknesses are and how I can improve.
    Replied to James B. - Sep 19, 2013

    Thank you. I am enjoying working with you.

  • Jennifer B. Jul 10, 2013
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
    I attended an introductory session with Carolyn. She seemed very knowledgeable in voice. I felt very comfortable with her. Due to personal reasons I was unable to continue past the introductory session, but would definitely return to Carolyn for lessons in the future. Great instructor!
  • Leah P. May 22, 2013
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
    Carolyn responded to my e-mail request for a quote and first lesson very promptly. We were able to schedule a time to meet within that same week. Carolyn is friendly, personable, honest, and talented. I am pleased to be working with her.
  • Zarek M. Mar 5, 2013
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
    My son was very relaxed. Carolyn took the time to listen to his likes. She was very encouraging to his singing. She also took some extra time with him since it was his first visit to explain things a bit more. It was a great experience all around.
  • For F. Dec 1, 2012
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
    I had an upcoming audition and I hadn't done performance singing in a few years. In order to prepare, I took a few lessons with Carolyn Smith. She is knowledgeable about the preparation process for an audition, as well as the actual singing lessons. We determined my singing range, then focused on perfecting the audition song. She is a positive and patient teacher, encouraging one over the tough spots while also challenging one to continue to improve each time with new techniques. She taught me how to adapt the sounds in the song to better show off my voice, how to add expression to my singing, and improve my overall sound (tone, projection, breath control, etc.). I highly recommend her to anyone who wishes to improve his/her singing abilities.
  • Drew A. Sep 14, 2012
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
    So far so good. I'm very interested in voice technique and improvement and that is what the lessons stress. Working well for me.
  • Jerriann C. Mar 13, 2012
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
    best ever
  • Lauren C. Nov 21, 2011
    Singing Lessons
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Q&A

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I am a member of National Association of Teachers of Singing which publishes a quarterly magazine that I read. It has informative, well written articles dealing with recent trends and solid research about the voice. In addition, I participate in some of their online chats discussing vocal issues.I attend recitals and concerts and listen to recent compositions using Sound Cloud, etc. Recently I completed a course in digital sound design and have begun online courses in music production and programming for musicians.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Individual lessons are the most common, and group lessons are the most economical. Most students are long term, but some come for advice on how to sing a song better for an audition. I also teach mountain dulcimer and will soon offer beginning piano lessons. I can also tutor students in basic music theory, including sightsinging.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Look for a professional teacher with knowledge of how to train your voice safely and effectively. Find out about his/her training (degrees) and experience. Look for a teacher that not only has a degree in vocal music but also has had some course work in vocal pedagogy. A vocal student needs a teacher who is patient, caring, supportive and knowledgeable and who communicates effectively with you.