Russell Schmidt was born and raised in Southern California. His first memory of music was when he was young his mother would play the piano and sing when he was going to sleep. He said to himself, "I'm going to learn how to play the piano and sing as well." While his piano skills are average, he really took a liking to singing and improving his vocal ability.
He has performed in many musicals such as The Wizard of Oz, Sleepy Hallow, and Once on this Island. He is currently in the Vocal performance program at Palomar College and has performed in many Recitals as a soloist and also with Professional groups such as the San Diego Master Chorale and the Bach Collegium of San Diego.
When he was in High School he was introduced to a vocal coach by his choir director which set him on his path as a musician. It is his dream to offer this same chance to young singers who aren't sure where or how to start their journey as a vocalist/musician.
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I start by getting to know them. Asking about their background and help them develop some goals that they would like to accomplish during their lessons.
I am currently a Vocal coach at El Capitan High School.
I have taken voice lessons for 3 years
High Schools students get a 50% discount rate of $30/hr
College Students get a 33% discount rate of $40/hr
Buying 4 lessons up front will save $40
General rate is $60/hr
I started teaching by voluntering at my church to lead the choir. After a few years of that, I decided to go back to school and get "formal" training in Music education and teaching Voice.
I have worked with High School age students.
I would tell them to find someone that understands what they want to accomplish. My voice teacher gave me a lot of freedom when it came to choosing the kind of music I wanted to study/perform. She still guided me by giving books of music to look through, but she allowed me to make the final decision.
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