Presstonwood Music Studio

Dallas, TX

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

I take a physiological approach to singing... after all it is a physical endeavor. The voice or larynx, despite all its complexities, is just another set of muscles that can be trained to reach its fullest potential. The method that I teach, “The Franco/Italian Bel Canto Method” has been taught in Europe for more than 200 years and has produced the world’s greatest classical singers. Now having said that let me assure you studying this method doesn’t mean that you have to become a classical singer. The techniques used are designed to strengthen and improve the quality of the human voice and can be applied to any genre whether your goal is “Broadway” “American Idol” or just to improve your voice for you own personal satisfaction. The method also addresses all things associated with singing, such as breathing and breath control.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I have been singing and teaching for over 30 years both professionally and for my own enjoyment. Singing is my passion, it is what I do. I have found that teaching someone to sing is perhaps one of the most rewarding things I do.
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Location

Dallas, TX 75252

Background check

Complete

Years in business

6

Times hired on Thumbtack

19

Reviews

15 Reviews
  • Nikhil J. Feb 8, 2016
    Piano Lessons (for children or teenagers)
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    Phil has been wonder and patient while teaching piano to our 5 year old energetic son. My son has really responded and enjoys practicing and going to class.
  • Lauren T. Oct 31, 2015
    Singing Lessons (for adults)
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    I've only been working with Phil for a few weeks, but I can already tell a difference in both range and the strength of my voice. I didn't pursue voice lessons sooner because I thought any professional would be frustrated by my musical ignorance, but Phil has been great at meeting me where I am. I love that I leave the lessons with something to work on. I'll update this review if anything changes, but if the lessons are more of the same, I'm very confident in my 5 star rating.
  • Haely J. Sep 26, 2015
    Singing Lessons (for adults)
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  • Jason R. Mar 23, 2015
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
  • Tron K. Jan 22, 2015
    Music Theory Lessons
    Verified Review
    Mr. Walcott is great thanks!!
  • Patrick H. Jan 13, 2015
    Guitar Lessons
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    Loving it so far, only one month in and can see quite an improvement in my vocals as well as learning a few basic chords on guitar, I'm one lesson away from learning to play my first song. Phillip and Drew are excellent and patient instructors!!!
  • Sharon R. Jul 14, 2014
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
    I just spoke with Phillip Wolcott. He sounds like just the person I need to help me get past some of the vocal issues I'm experiencing. I'm looking forward to it!
  • Lance C. May 19, 2013
    I've been taking lessons with Phil for nearly a year and I am so happy with the results I'm hearing in my voice. My voice before taking lessons with Phil was weak and pitiful, however, the method Phil uses is extremely effective and does magic for your voice. He takes a more physical approach to getting your voice strong and robust, you have to be committed to doing the vocal exercise cd's he gives you everyday but it is so worth it.This guy knows what he is doing and knows how to get the voice in good shape. He is a cool guy too and doesn't bore you to death during the lesson, his dry sense of humor makes the lessons fun and enjoyable. I highly recommend Phil to anyone who is serious about a professional career in singing, you won't find a better teacher in Texas than Phil, I guarantee it.
  • Leigh Ann D. Apr 4, 2013
    Phil is a fantastic piano teacher for my son! He clearly adapts to the individual personality of each student. He also pushes my son to do better, without taking away the fun of learning. I have never gotten a groan about going to a piano lesson - my kiddo grabs his music and jumps in the car every time!
  • Oleta W. Mar 24, 2013
    I have been taking voice lessons with Phil for more than one year and I have been very pleased with the results that I have realized from this training. I have had professional voice lessons before with other instructors but I did not see such remarkable change and improvement in my voice as I have experienced with Phil's instruction. The method that he teaches is very effective. I saw improvement almost immediately and continue to see improvement ongoing. He is by far the best voice instructor I have encountered.Phil is very professional in every way. He is also very positive and very easy to work with. I recommend him without reservation to anyone who wishes to see a remarkable transformation of their voice.
  • Katrina F. Mar 19, 2013
    Our daughters have been working with Phil for the past 7 months, one with voice and the other with piano, and WOW! The progress they have made is remarkable. We could not be more pleased. Phil's extensive knowledge and friendly approach are a rare combination. The girls have learned so much and look forward to their lessons each week. Phil covers mechanics, musicality, theory, physiology...everything! We are really looking forward to seeing the growth continue as we continue working with him.
  • Maureen M. Sep 12, 2011
    Our son had been taking piano lessons for 2 years prior to taking lessons with Phil. He has learned more in this past year than in the two previous years combined. Our son enjoys Phil's sense of humor and teaching style. We are looking forward to another great year! Thank you Phil
  • DonSherrill B. Jul 5, 2011
    My wife and I sing with several groups, each having different vocal styles and performance objectives. Phil's training is equally applicable to all. He definitely helps us get more out of ourselves than we would on our own. And he does it with excellent explanations about "why" we're doing this or that exercise. That helps us tote his training to our various vocal settings. Sherrill has been surprised to have moved from Alto to Soprano, and I have effectively added 3 - 5 notes to my once-bass, now bass-baritone range. We look forward to his sessions in our home, for the skills he brings and shares, and for his good humor.
  • Matthew G. Jun 28, 2011
    I had no idea what I was getting into. Seriously.. I went to Phil expecting to learn the same old stuff any voice coach will teach you.. most of which can be found on youtube. But I was pleasantly surprised. Phil understands singing on a level that just blows my mind. But he doesn't overwhelm you with his knowledge, he simply meets you where you are. So if you are serious about singing or even just a beginner, I can't imagine finding a more qualified & effective teacher in the Dallas area.
  • Clara B. Apr 4, 2011
    I am a 65 year old woman with a passion for learning to play the Piano. I really can say nothing but good things about my beginning music training from Philip. I have tried several times to take music from other teachers. Never been successful. I can't put my finger on it now except Phil knows just how to teach to keep a student interested. He comes to my home and that is a real plus. I am enjoying learning how to play a piano. Thanks Phil Clara Bowens

Q&A

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I keep up with current trends through the professional organizations I belong to. In addition to this I am continuously researching and studying on my own.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
The lessons are based on 30 minutes each and are priced as follows: Individual lesson at my studio - $35.00 These rates apply to both voice and piano lessons.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I was very fortunate to have as my teacher, someone who believed in passing on his knowledge and understanding of what it takes to be a great singer. Little did I know at the time but he was training me to pass on his legacy and it has been my great honor to do so. Thank you Mr. Tate!
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
During the school year I teach voice as a contract music instructor for the Plano ISD. At the end of each school year the students perform in recital for their parents and friends. I am always very proud of my students as the demonstrate what they have learned and how much they have improved through the year.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Finding the right teacher is probably the most important thing a person can do. It is extremely important to make a wise choice when choosing a teacher. Teaching someone to sing is much like building a multi-story structure. You must first build a strong foundation on which to build the rest of the voice. The method that I teach takes great care to build such a foundation and has been proven time and time again over the past 200+ years. You should look for a teacher that is a “Singer” first, i.e. you wouldn’t ask a plumber to fix an electrical problem in your home so why would you ask an accompanist for vocal lessons. If you want to learn the art of singing you should learn it from a singer.