Voice Instruction Charlotte

Charlotte, NC

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About this pro

Robert Wendell, master of music, offers expert instruction in voice, serving the Charlotte area, teaching in the following styles:

* Classical
* Blues
* Jazz
* Scat
* Rock
* Country

Improve vocal health! Eliminate range and voice break problems! Increase vocal ease, richness, naturalness, range, power, flexibility, and beauty of musical expression.

If you're just learning new songs and that's about it, you need someone who can guide you toward using your voice with greater ease, more joy and freedom, heartfelt expression and beauty! This is vital for any style.

For those interested in classical repertoire, enjoy expert guidance in Italian, French, and German repertoire, style, expression and diction!

He has a master of music degree from the University of Florida with 3.95/4.0 GPA and decades of vocal instruction, choral directing, and teaching general musicianship skills. He is a strong sight singer, professional vocal soloist and instrumentalist.

Appointments are available for adults and children.

We are located in South Charlotte, approximately halfway between Pineville and Matthews. Robert is married since 1976 to Maria Rosa (Alonso) Wendell from Buenos Aires, Argentina, who has been a naturalized U.S. citizen since 1987.

Welcome to Spanish speakers.

Location

Charlotte, NC 28277

Background check

Complete

Years in business

11

Times hired on Thumbtack

53

Reviews

18 Reviews
  • Patti K. Mar 25, 2017
    Singing Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    Back to Basics
    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.
  • Brian D. Jan 7, 2017
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
    Amazing.
    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 it
  • Brandon W. Jan 3, 2017
    Work Hard, See Results
    I've been taking voice lessons with Robert now for almost a year. What I like about taking lessons with Robert is that, while progress can be kind of slow and frustrating at times (depending on the student), change does inevitably come and when it does, it's like singing with a brand new voice. If you're wanting a teacher who listens to you sing songs badly, praises everything you do, and does nothing to resolve any bad habits you've acquired over the years, then Robert is not your guy. But if you want someone who will push you to go farther than you thought possible, then stick with Robert. It's going to take time and work to achieve that sought after "singing voice" but anything worth having always does. I've had three different voice teachers in the past but this teacher is the only one that has made a difference in my knowledge and approach to singing. Try to schedule an earlier lesson because after five or six lessons, Robert does tend to lose his concentration and is occasionally easily distracted.
  • Micahel S. Mar 20, 2016
    Singing Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    Very nice and knowledgeable. Robert will make you better!
  • Chak A. Jan 26, 2015
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
  • Joshua I. Nov 30, 2014
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
    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.
  • John F. Aug 14, 2014
    I've been seeing Robert for a little over a year now, and my vocal abilities have drastically increased because of it. His exercises target specific aspects (like pitch or vocal production), and over time he incorporates all of them together to bring your voice to its fullest potential. After my year with Robert I've become more sensitive to slight pitch changes, my pitch has improved dramatically, and my higher register is stronger and clearer. I would recommend Robert to anyone of any skill looking to improve their singing, as he knows exactly what hes doing, and hes more than happy to explain what the exercises do or answer any questions regarding music theory. His methods expedite the learning process and make your voice sound incredible almost effortlessly!
  • Christine S. Jul 11, 2014
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
    Robert Wendell is a nice guy with a lot of talent to share with his students. He will take the time to explain what he is doing to help your child sing better and his voice instruction fees are fair too.
  • Paige Allison M. Jun 1, 2014
    If you love singing but have never felt confident in yourself, Robert Wendell is the instructor for you. Even, if you are a fantastic singer and you just want to expand your vocal capabilities, Robert Wendell is the instructor for you. Robert Wendell has a unique style of teaching that is completely revolutionary in the field of voice instruction. His style and method of teaching will work for ANYONE. He will will cut through all of the beliefs you have about our own singing, and reeducate you on your vocal mechanism. He will unlock the voice in you that is dying to get out. And he'll do it with an extremely educated background and a delightful sense of humor. I have had numerous voice instructors, including instructors in collegiate settings. All of my lessons went the same way. I'd sing, they'd critique, I'd sing a little better, then the lesson would end. The next time I arrived, all of the progress that was made from the last lesson seemed to have vanished, and I'd feel like I was starting over again. I gave up and resigned myself to the thought that I am just one of those people who can't sing. I was wrong and I can sing. The truth is we can ALL sing. My belief in my singing "ability" combined with conventional vocal instruction were the direct causes of my inability improve at singing. After taking vocal instruction with Robert Wendell for less than a year, and I can confidently say now that I am a singer, which is great because I love to sing but never had the confidence to do it before. Take him up on his trial offer. You have nothing to lose, and a beautiful voice you can be confident in to gain. It's worth the risk.
  • Adair B. Jul 7, 2013
    Mr. Wendell is an outstanding vocal coach. In mere weeks he helped me improve my tone and intonation by greater strides than other teachers could do over multiple years. Not only do his methods produce astonishing results, but his personality and demeanor can get students through the inevitable frustrations with ease and good humor. Further, even though I was taking lessons for pleasure and not for professional aspirations, Mr Wendell still treated every lesson seriously and with his full attention. I highly recommend Mr. Wendell to all vocalists, regardless of experience or goals, and cannot say enough good things about him!
  • Pierce R. Jul 3, 2013
    Robert is a gifted performer both vocally and instrumentally. As a teacher he is insightful, down to earth, and driven by high standards.
  • Susie A. Jul 3, 2013
    Robert is an excellent voice coach with an in depth knowledge of how to produce sound correctly and effectively. He is also very musical and a wonderful, patient teacher. He works effectively one on one and in a group setting. He is also an excellent choir conductor. His fine ear allows him to give feedback that results in a pure and musically sensitive sound that is as satisfying to audiences as it is to choir members.
  • Wanda B. May 31, 2013
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
    I had one session with Mr. Wendell. He makes you think about why you do what you are doing and you realize for the love of it. I enjoy his philosophy and I believe I am going to enjoy my experience in learning all I can from him. Thanks Mr. Wendell!
  • Lexy S. Apr 23, 2013
    I have now been taking lessons from Mr. Wendell for a little over a month and a half, and I have to say I already see a world of difference in my voice! He's taught me to sing with ease, and also has improved my range quite a bit! He also is helping me build a musical imagination to where writing and making songs my own comes naturally! He is the most knowledgeable voice teacher I have ever worked with and his techniques work wonders. Very Recommendable!
  • Jennifer A. Mar 23, 2013
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
    Very knowledgeable when it comes to the human voice, how it works and how to make it better. Within 2 months I saw a big difference in my singing as well as an ease and a free-ness in my singing. His techniques REALLY WORK!!
  • Blake O. Sep 19, 2012
    It is clear that Mr. Wendell feels at home with teaching voice, and his deep appreciation for the musical beauty of vocal literature reveals itself in his sensitivity and dedication to catalyzing the highest possible experience in his audiences, and the best possible performance from the vocalists he directs, whatever level of ability they may have. This is a result of the instant cognition he has for each singers abilities, limitations, and maximum potential, which he brings forth. I found he had me singing things I never imagined I could do, often working with me separately and personally on various parts. Regards, Blake Overall
  • Henry V. Jul 21, 2012
    nice videos
    Robert W. Jul 30, 2012

    Thank you. I very much appreciate your feedback. Sincerely, Robert

  • Stuart A. Mar 12, 2012
    If your interested in learning voice, I have found that there is no better teacher out there than Robert Wendall. He teaches you to fully understand what you are doing and how to fix problems that may occur. He studied with the best in the business and it comes out in his classes. He truly is amazing at what he does. There are many other voice teachers out there that teach all kinds of instruments and throw in voice because they thought they would cover the spectrum when it comes to teaching. These kinds of teachers can show you a few tricks of the trade, take your money and in the end you don't truly understand the mechanism that is the voice. Don't waste time and money on people who 'really' don't understand what Robert does. Robert's focus is being a specialist in voice training, that's it. I'm thrilled that I've finally found the right teacher for me. Stuart

Q&A

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.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
$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 types of customers have you worked with?
Voice Instruction, Sight Reading, Tutoring in Basic Musical Skills, Harmony, and Improvisation.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
A deep technical understanding of vocal function together with the ability to hear how the voice is functioning allowed me to help three different students with speech problems. I helped a woman with a lifetime of lisping overcome it in three weeks. She told me her female boss was treating her with much greater respect after she quite lisping.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Make sure the prospective teacher understands vocal function and anatomy well enough to address whatever specific problems a student may be having. Ensure they can understand what a voice is doing physically from the sound it produces. We can't see inside the voice, but a genuinely good teacher has learned to hear very specifically what's off and what's right, what's physically wrong or correct inside. Teaching melodies and accompanying them is NOT teaching voice. The teaching has to improve the way a student sings so that it's healthy, uses the least effort to produce the best possible results, develops a wide range from low to high, increases vocal flexibility, agility, and feels deeply satisfying both to the body and the soul. Teachers who can't do that are not really teaching voice...just songs.