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Heidi is amazing. By the end of my daughter Alex's first lesson she was already starting to sing stronger. Heidi has a very unique way of teaching that makes vocal techniques and skills easier to understand and develop. We have been to a couple other instructors, but, my daughter is extremely shy and finds it hard to relax with most people Heidi brought her out of her shell within the first few minutes. I was stunned. It only took one lesson with Heidi to know our search was over. After a few weeks of lessons with her we are positive we've found the very best. Thank you for all you do, Heidi.Aug 6, 2019Review from GoogleSkokstudio LLC's reply
This was a wonderful review! Thank you so much for having come to see me! Always wishing you the very best.
Wow! My experience with Heidi has truly been transforming! I have always loved singing and it's been a lifelong dream to become an actually good singer. I sang in high school and took voice lessons but then stopped when I went to college. After college, I started my career as a teacher and got married and had my daughter. Then at 38, I decided that I still wanted to pursue the dream and I did! I started searching the internet and it quickly became apparent that Heidi Skok was the best and even a veteran singer of the Metropolitan Opera! I decided to take the plunge and I was really nervous before my first lesson. Here I am, this 38 year old wife, mom, and teacher that wants to take voice lessons from an extremely accomplished and experienced teacher...and I haven't sung in over a decade. Instantly, Heidi made me feel welcome and important. She was confident, positive, and very engaging! I was hooked and kept going back. The process has not been easy, the struggle was real...but Heidi told me that I shouldn't expect it to be easy. She explained that it was going to take time, patience, practice, and a positive attitude. I appreciated her honest answer and I so appreciate and am forever grateful for her technical training! That was exactly what I needed! I needed someone to teach me how to sing from the ground-up. We did so many different vocal exercises; I stood on exercise balls, used Pilates bars...whatever it took for me to understand what I needed to feel and do. I have improved significantly and I'm becoming a good singer. It's an amazing feeling and I couldn't be happier! Heidi has an amazing ability to connect with her students and get to know them really well as singers and people. She can train ALL kinds of voices from classical, musical theater, pop, and country. Learning how to sing in head voice has been my greatest challenge but I'm figuring it out and now I'm even working on some belting. It's truly been one of the BEST journeys of my life! And I can't wait to continue...Dana McKinneyChardon, OhioJul 17, 2019Review from GoogleSkokstudio LLC's reply
Dana! Thank you so much for this marvelous review. It's been my honor to work with you and help you. It takes time sometimes to really get where the voice is and where it is headed, and you are really finding it now. Thank you for your hard work with me. I look forward to much more.
My online lessons have been transformative. Heidi has found volume and range in my voice that I didn't know I had. She has taught me how to be the singer I want to be -- and we have never met in person!Dec 17, 2019Review from GoogleSkokstudio LLC's reply
Judith! Working with you was a real pleasure! Thank you for sharing and having trusted your vocal journey to me. So grateful for your work.
What can I say that hasnt already been said?! Heidi truly is the best! Ive always been musically inclined but I never could figure out singing by myself. Nor did I have the confidence to be front and center like singers are. Ive only been with Heidi for about a month and completely lacked chest voice when we started. Heidi not only helped find it but assisted in reaching notes and abilities I never knew I had. I cannot wait to see where the journey leads!Aug 5, 2019Review from GoogleSkokstudio LLC's reply
You are a wonderful, eager student. Thank you for being willing to work with me. I too, am looking forward to the journey.
Heidi Skok introduced me to a mind-body voice connection that has completely changed my sound for the better. After singing for more than 50 years I can honestly say that at 65 years old, I've never sounded better. The Skok studio has introduced me to demonstrably better support, sound production, and healthy singing. Thank you, Heidi! Greg Gnau. #OPERAat65Feb 8, 2018Skokstudio LLC's reply
Thank you Greg SO much for this wonderful review. You make us all so proud. Thank you for sharing your light with the world. It's been an absolute joy for me to help you.
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?Vocal Evaluation (In-studio at 8789 Mentor Ave, Mentor OH) is $20. Vocal Evaluation (performed online using Zoom) is $25. Enrolling students pay an annual registration fee and 24hr lesson pre-payment is required. Students can select from several subscription-style discounted lesson package plans when paying lessons fees.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?New student candidates request a Vocal Evaluation session as the first step to become an eligible candidate for enrollment in private instruction at Skokstudio. The Vocal Evaluation gives prospective students an opportunity to discuss their goals with Master Instructor Heidi Skok and to demonstrate their vocal ability. Students can request a vocal evaluation at the Skokstudio.org website. After receiving a request for a Vocal Evaluation, Skokstudio will contact students within 24 hours by email and/or telephone to confirm that the requested evaluation has been Approved before making the appointment or charging a fee.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Vocal Performance from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA and an Artists Diploma from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. I was a member of the Metropolitan Opera's Young Artist Development Program, now known as the Lindemann Program from 1991-94. That is the equivalent of study for a Master's Degree. I am the recipient of many awards, including The Sullivan Foundation, Opera Index, The Metropolitan Opera National Council Regional auditions, among many others. I have served on the voice faculties of many colleges and universities, including the University of Kentucky, New England Conservatory, New School University, The College of Saint Rose, Bennington College, Oberlin College Conservatory, and Lakeland Community College. I also was on the faculties of two arts organizations, The Fine Arts Association in Willoughby, OH and Fairmount Center for the Arts in Novelty, OH.