Please visit VocalStudy.com to learn about the relaxed singing (open throat, Bel Canto) approach I use to increase range, improve resonance and Intonation (pitch accuracy), and overall strength and stamina for singers, no matter the preferred musical style. The emphasis is on maintaining vocal health and freeing your individual voice. I also teach songwriting, music theory and other musicianship skills. (References and credentials also on site.)
It is hard to describe how happy I am when a student discovers they have a "voice." It is very gratifyng to witness the advance of their skills and particularly the "freeing"of their voices, seeing the joy they derive from knowing they can sing. From there the process moves to finding out that they can express themselves more deeply, and clearly, than before in a safe, supported environment. Many then are freed to share their newfound ability with others. Others are just happy to know they can sing in tune and with a good voice for their own satisfaction and enjoyment. Can't beat it and every day there seems to be a new scientific study on the multiple benefits of music's "whole brain" activity. I'm happy to be a part of helping in that pursuit.
"I chose Dr. Jarrett because she was a PhD and a musician, not a kid with a Mel Bay scale book. I was looking to correct a long-term pitch issue, and Janice taught me that my issue was breath control, not pitch control. We addressed that and much more! My lessons have gone so far beyond the pitch issue - performance mind-state, music theory and notation, clarity of artistic message, artist personal management, and most important - voice preservation and care. I am nearing 60 years old, and I can hear myself improving month-to-month. I have gone so far beyond what I thought I was capable of."
Janice is a great teacher! I have been taking lessons for over a year. I had a goal of strengthening my voice and improving my singing. I am very pleased with my progress. Janice provides clear, honest, effective instruction. She is incredibly knowledgeable, and the lessons are fun! My overall musicianship and knowledge of theory have improved along with my voice. I highly recommend Janice!
I introduce them to the concepts involved in the approach: Bel Canto, open throat or relaxed singing and the importance of warming up. If they understand the concepts behind the instruction, they are more involved, and more effective in the process of retraining muscles.
I have been singing virtually all my life and along the way sang a number of different musical styles professionally. I have also been an instructor from grade school to elders and from colleges and universities to community environments, to private teaching, workshops and demonstartions. My degrees in World Music gave me a chance to hear and understand a number of other musical traditions beuand Western music. I found this invaluable.
Hour lessons for adults are $50 an hour, and $45 for 45 minutes. Younger than 12, the price is discounted and 30 minute lessons can be sacheduled if needed.
I was formally teaching as a freshman in undergraduate school (Collegium Musicum, small choir). I have taught off and on as a private voice insturctor since then while being an instructor or professor in various schools. Now I also teach composition (songwriting) and other skills for musicianship and performing.
From grade school on up, students with no experience to professionals and from some considered tone-deaf (most weren't) to those with advanced facility.
Fairly often I have what I call an "epiphany" happen in a lesson when a concept I have been talking about suddenly makes intellectual and phsyical/psyiological sense to the student simultaneously. (An "ah ha" moment.). Those are great.
Learn a little about vocal training if you can from known academic sources first (They have free online information.). I think the teacher should have a strong connection to teaching the actual psysiology of the vocal instrument. There are numerous ainging gurus of sorts on the Internet who promise the world and have questionable advice. I have only one or two I can recommend.
Ask what the teacher's approach is based on their teachers (what traditions). Many are primarily versed in Classical music which is not always optimum for singers who want to sing in other genre (pop. country, jazz, etc.), although some teachers have experience in a greater variety of musics. There are also those who specialize in musical theater who can be better for students who prefer that. These genre have a large repertoire and a more specialized teacher can be helpful. (There are less who are, like me, more experienced in a variety of styles.)