|Monday||12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m.|
|Tuesday||12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m.|
|Wednesday||12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m.|
|Thursday||12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m.|
|Friday||12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m.|
|Saturday||12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m.|
Voice Instruction Charlotte
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12 years in business
54 hires on Thumbtack
Marva E.Aug 6, 2018Verified
As a seasoned singer, with no previous professional instruction, I am THRILLED with what Robert has taught me thus far. He is exactly what I needed - learning the basics to enhance and improve upon what I already knew.Mar 25, 2017Verified
Robert Wendell is an amazing teacher. Not just in voice, but in general, he always makes sure you know what you're doing as you're doing it so you know how to fix it if you begin to do it wrong or make proper adjustments to fix things. This is the least I can say about the guy, I could seriously type a full-length multiple page essay about how and why he'll teach you how to use your voice to the best of your ability and all the genius he uses to do itJan 8, 2017Verified
Very nice and knowledgeable. Robert will make you better!Mar 20, 2016Verified
Robert is a lovely man knowledgeable about all aspects of voice instruction - musical, acoustic, scientific, and more. I'm really looking forward to future lessons. He explains his approach thoroughly and makes you feel like a collaborator every step of the way.Dec 1, 2014Verified
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- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?$30 for an initial one-hour, trial lesson so the student can find out how I work for him or her with relatively low financial risk. After that the fee is $45 for an hour at least once a week. It's only $35 for a second member of the family or the same person coming back for a second lesson in the same calendar week (unless it's a makeup for a missed lesson). No cards; check or cash only and pay as we go for each lesson. My hours are from 11:30 AM to 8:00 PM Monday through Saturday. Evenings and Saturdays naturally tend to fill up first.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?I listen for healthy, efficient vocal function. I don't just go for a "nice sound". The goal is to optimize functionally the interface between vocal anatomy and the laws that govern the aerodynamics of vocal sound generation and the acoustics of sound propagation from the larynx out into the hall. I have unique exercises that are anatomically, aerodynamically, and acoustically informed to set up the voice; predispose it to optimize its function. By enjoying what already feels good, sounds great, and is much easier than any other way to get that kind of high quality result, it naturally starts to self-refine. The student doesn't need to know all the technical details of this process, but to be genuinely effective in solving vocal problems for the student, the teacher must. The student fully understands the laws on a practical level only by noticing and remembering how it feels when it's working right. When it feels really good, sounds great, and it's relatively effortless (no physical strain) even on high notes, then the voice is working properly. When the teacher deeply understands the best vocal traditions and modern voice science, they illuminate and reinforce each other. The five steps of progress as I have formulated them are: Listen, Feel, Notice, Enjoy, Remember. When a student remembers how it feels when it's right, the student can do the same great things with his or her voice at will.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?Well over two decades of intense experience as both a voice teacher and choir director. I have a master's degree in choral conducting from the University of Florida. My undergraduate major was violin with a minor in voice. I then studied classical voice for three years with Lav Vrbanic at the New England Conservatory in Boston. I already had excellent diction in my native English, as well as Italian, French, German, and Spanish, the last of which I speak with near-native fluency. Before studying with Professor Vrbanic I was already an excellent sight reader, so he could put anything in front of me without ever having to teach me the words or the music. For those three years we focused exclusively on optimizing vocal function. I'm also a jazz, blues, and R&B lover, and have been an expert at scat ever since middle school.