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Voice Instruction Charlotte
About this pro
I have an unusually deep understanding of vocal function coupled with an ability to empathize physically with the student's voice. That means that after years of singing myself and teaching others, I have developed the ability my teacher had to feel in his own voice whatever I was doing with mine (see [Background] tab at the the link above to my Website). This, together with my knowledge of detailed and specific vocal function, allows me to solve vocal problems very quickly and effectively. Most other teachers do not directly address the exact nature of vocal problems. They often only have general formulas, exercises, and little tricks that they hope help somehow improve the voice. They sometimes work, but very slowly and usually only work well for the most talented students. The most concrete evidence for the effectiveness of this skill is in the contrast with the professional country singer before and after study with me. He almost quit several times for fear I would make him sound too classical. He's very glad now that he didn't. He says people often come up after his gigs and ask why he's not in Nashville and famous. To find out how he sounded before and after studying with me, click on the link to my Website above and then on the second tab labeled [Samples of our Work]. He was initially slow to learn, but then suddenly had some major breakthroughs. This varies from student to student. Some progress more or less evenly and others don't get it for a long time and then suddenly have a eureka moment. I get a huge amount of personal fulfillment from witnessing how much and how quickly my students advance. Anyone who knows how to sing well can teach talented students. Over time, they finally learn to copy their teacher's technique. The least talented challenge my ability to teach and so teach me the most about how to help all singers. Some learn to sing despite other teachers' inability to even teach them. This includes extremely pitch challenged students, who progress slowly, but who could not progress at all with other teachers. Most teachers have no idea what to do with them. They either tell them they're tone deaf and can't study or pretend any old pitch is just fine and make them feel good about their bad singing. These students often tell me that they hear music in a completely different way after studying with me than they did before. One actor who wanted to do musicals but had no ear for music told me he didn't even know why he liked music before and that his study with me had opened up a completely new world for him. On the other hand, my most talented students advance so quickly it's almost unbelievable. It's sometimes hard for me to believe it. I recently had an Indian student for only a month before she had to leave for college. She sings classical Indian ragas with the tambura (stringed instrument that drones in the background) and tabla (a set of Indian drums). I was musically familiar but not technically very knowledgeable about classical Indian music. She had learned her ragas from an Indian teacher in New Jersey, but had not received any clear help with her voice. She strained for high notes and had a fuzzy, breathy tone on the lowest notes. Her father found me and scheduled as many lessons as possible before she had to leave. At the last lesson, she was singing so effortlessly and beautifully that her father was virtually jumping out of his chair. I told them then that her raga teacher in New Jersey would likely be taken aback by how much better she was singing. A few days ago (September 2017) he called and told me my prediction had come true. Her teacher had even asked if she could call me to find out what I was doing to help students so much and so fast. I gave the permission and she did call me. She plans to Skype with me to find out more. This young girl (17) was one of the most talented students I've ever had, but I had to give her the "right stuff" in record time. Otherwise such good results could never have occurred. This experience reinforced my confidence in my adaptability to any genre, since I had never worked with any Indian classical singer before.
12 years in business
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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.
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