What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I continue to be an active performer in opera and musical theater. It is very important for a voice teacher to be able to continue to perform at a high level, so that your voice teacher can demonstrate and understand the concepts of good vocal technique.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
$25 for a half hour lesson, $45 for a full hour lesson.
I teach at several schools in the Houston area as well as my studio in Clear Lake.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
While I loved music and made State choirs in high school, I actually entered college as a history major. I proceeded to change majors several times before I was cast in the opera at school. I fell in love with performing and decided to make music my career choice.
Teaching voice lessons became a passion during graduate school; while I still enjoy performing, teaching is my real passion and I fortunate enough to be able to make voice lessons my career.
What types of customers have you worked with?
1) Voice Teacher
2) Opera and Musical Theater performer
3) Singer for weddings, funerals, and other special occasions.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
1) Shop around. While voice teaching does have a science to it, do not discount the personal interaction between teacher and student. Some instructors will just 'click;' others will not. Trust your instinct.
2) Ask the voice teacher for references from current students and employers (either in performing or teaching).
3) Ask the voice teacher to sing a small selection for you. While not all great performers make great teachers, a good voice teacher should possess a strong voice.
4) Ask the voice teacher to give you an idea of their vocal goals for you in a month, 3 months etc...A good voice teacher should be able to give you a detailed assessment.