I treat each singer as an individual. I do not teach one strict method across all students. I am flexible, listening to your voice and adapting to your needs.
I love working with singers to help them achieve their goals! When they celebrate their success, I celebrate, too. I enjoy being both a friend and mentor to my students.
I started my lessons with Liz over a year ago and my son, Frank, also started his sessions with her a few weeks later. It has been a wonderful experience for both me and Frank. I had a lot doubts with myself before I started with Liz. I was not confident with my singing and had troubles with my technique. Liz had helped me and led me out of the woods. For the last one year, I have learned songs in French, Spanish, Germany and Italian. Liz has been great to teach me how to sing them in these different languages. My son has made great progress, too. His singing has become delightful, more and more. I am happy that Liz's sessions are so engaging and useful to him and her patience and energy have made Frank focus very well in the class. I would highly recommend her to anyone interested in learning singing.
Elizabeth is patient, kind, and an excellent teacher. Thanks to her positive attitude and feedback, I have gained great confidence as a singer. Her teaching style is always constructive, but never critical or judgmental. She also does a great job of teaching multiple ways of approaching a single problem and helping students build off of their previous knowledge and use their unique skillset. She has even even taught me a great deal about the piano and how to play while I sing. Not only is she great at what she does, but she always managed to bring a smile to my face and was always ready to teach me something new, even on days when I didn't feel 100%. She is more than a great teacher and singer, but also a great person and mentor.
I like to talk to the student first about their goals and previous music training, before we do any work together. In the first lesson, I quickly assess the personality of the singer as a guide to structure their lesson. Some singers will immediately feel comfortable singing new exercises in front of a total stranger, but most singers need time to get comfortable. I adjust to the comfort level of that student. I will often begin the warm up with breathing exercises and muscle relaxation techniques, while the student gets comfortable. Next, I assess the range and color of the voice, as well as its strengths and weaknesses. I let the student know what I hear throughout the process, so they know exactly where their voice is starting from. I try to give a very balanced assessment of everything, good and bad.
I have a Masters degree in Voice Performance from Duquesne University. I perform opera throughout the Bay Area. I've also been teaching for over a decade!
Pricing at my South San Francisco studio location is $1 per minute. That breaks down to $30/30, $45/45, $60/60 minutes. Some students pay at each lesson, and some prefer to buy in sets of 2, 4, or 5. However you prefer is fine! I provide receipts/invoices for students who request them.
I accept cash, check, credit, PayPal, and Venmo
I often work with students who are preparing for an audition, performance, or for college music auditions. I also work with students who enjoy singing as a hobby. Many of my students play in bands and would like to explore singing as well
Search for a voice teacher who is honest and who is willing to adapt if something isn't quite working. If a voice teacher makes grand promises before even teaching you ("I will give you a high C," "I will make you a star," "I will turn you from a baritone to a tenor"), then that teacher isn't being honest and doesn't have your best interest at heart. If a teacher makes honest promises like "We'll work together to improve your range," then that is a good teacher.
A lot of customers ask what is the best age to start voice lessons. I recommend starting around 10 years old, but every voice matures on its own schedule. If your child is under 6 years old, I do not recommend taking voice lessons. In lieu of voice lessons, I recommend the Music Together program or a similar group music class designed for toddlers.