Katherine Lipp's Voice And Piano Studio

Katherine Lipp's Voice And Piano Studio

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13 hires on Lessons.com
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15 years in business

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Delaware, OH 43015
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  • Karen Storey

    Professional Star* very smart and Talented Lady. K. STOREY

  • Marcela Nevarez

    She is patient, flexible, and communicates well. My 7yo is comfortable with her and she laughs and learns. Katherine makes learning fun and interactive. Would highly recommend.

  • Violeta Clarke

    Katherine swimming lessons were amazing. Our kids really felt comfortable with her and she was so patient when working with all the age groups. We will highly recommend her for any swim lessons. Your kids are in great hands with her.

  • Kandace Plantier

    Katherine is talented, patient, knowledgeable and has been amazing working with my 9 year old!

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Knowing who my client or student is, what their dreams are, and what drives them has always been my top priority regardless of the field I was working in. Therefore I would want to talk for the student for a little bit to get to know them and the length of that talk would be dependent on the lesson time length and age of the student. First I would discuss the payment policy and send a request for payment then I would get right into asking questions like, "Why do you want to learn about music?", "What is your favorite kind of music and why?", "Do you want to study music in college?", "What concepts are you struggling with in music theory?", "Do you have a keyboard?", and "What is your background in music?". If I had a lesson that was 30 minutes, I would only spend 5-10 minutes on introductions and jot down all the student’s answers.

Then I would ask if the student is familiar with the four basic voice types(soprano, alto, tenor, bass) and if they know their own voice type. I would explain to them that all singers are athletes and artists, therefore, we must warm-up our bodies and voices. The way to get the voice moving is through warm-ups and stretches. Then I would demonstrate for the student a few stretches myself and ask them to do it with me. Next we would do a few warm ups together first discussing the purpose and reason for each one. Last I would ask the student to find their favorite song online and to perform it with an accompaniment track on their computer. I would praise the student's bravery and natural skills and then go through the difficult parts together slowly. We would continue to work on those parts until the student felt secure and confident and move on the next difficult passage.

We would continue this meticulous work until each section felt solid and I would then have the student perform the entire piece once more with the changes we made earlier. Last I would ask them to describe the differences in feelings from the initial performance to the final performance. Asking questions like “,What did they feel in their body?,” “Can you recreate it?,” “Why did you think you initially had some concerns with certain sections?,” “How did you change between your two performances?,” “What do you think are your strengths?,” “Where is it easiest to sing?.” I would give the student suggestions on what songs to sing next and either email them the sheet music or provide a free website to download it from. Last I would ask them if they feel I am a good fit for their needs and if so we would schedule another lesson. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have taken over 17 years of voice lessons from a variety of voice teachers and am currently specializing in operatic singing in graduate school. I took beginning piano lessons and passed my piano proficiency test in my undergraduate training. The first instrument I played was the flute and I played it from 4th grade to senior year of high school. I also began performing in musicals in middle school and continued to be involved in them until a year ago when I was training for graduate school auditions. I have taken a variety of acting classes from ones at a prestigious Eastman summer workshop to an series of comedic classes in downtown Arizona.

I did well in all my undergraduate courses: ear training, music theory, music history, vocal pedagogy, French, German, Italian singing diction, sight-singing, conducting, movement, choreography, opera and musical theatre, University and Symphonic Choir, and performing in regular Master classes. I have been singing as a soloist at variety of churches with radically different denominations and programmatic styles for off and on 20 years. I learned French in middle school and acquired Italian, German, and Spanish speaking, writing, and reading in particular reference to Classical music in college. I have been exposed to or performed as a soloist or a group almost every type of music in almost every musical period.

College, my voice training, and graduate school have trained me to understand a large amount of musical styles and have only increased my versatility as an artist, performer, and student over the years. . I have greatly advanced in my performance and staging with the last two years I took ballet and gymnastics until middle school and later of took 3 years of private dance lessons focusing on ballet, basic Jazz, modern, and stage movement. Through the four different summer opera workshops I have completed I have solid relationships with numerous talented teachers, coaches, pianists, singers, dancers, professors, directors, and conductors from around a large part of the world. If I am not able to help a student immediately, I can refer to my superior musical colleagues. 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

I do have a standard pricing system to an extent. I am still a relatively new teacher and a student myself. It would be wrong to overcharge anyone and I aware of the status of the world right now. It is more important to me my students have access to music and culture versus me making a lot of money. Therefore, I think $25 for a half hour lesson in any of the fields I teach is very fair. $50 for an hour. However, if families have multiple children or going through a difficult time, I would consider $20 for a half hour and $40 for a full hour. I just ask my students or parents of students let me know immediately if something does come up. I am a very understanding, compassionate, and fair person.

How did you get started teaching?

I began teaching in elementary school often being the group leader and assisting my peers with difficult concepts. When I was in 4th grade, I was part of a program to help first graders learn how to read. When I got too old for Brownies, I helped teach crafts, business skills(cookie sales), and social skills to the younger girl scouts. At 13 I became the neighborhood babysitter and loved teaching all the children about nature and how to respect one another better. My first paid job was as swim instructor and I did that from age 16 to 22 years old and after that I worked as a Preschool Teacher at a local daycare for 5 years. I received 32 Masters credits in education and nannied for a couple years. Education and teaching has never left me my whole life and I consider myself a forever student. Teaching and helping someone else grow are the most rewarding things on this planet!

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with all types, ages, ethnicities, levels, and cultural backgrounds. As a swim teacher, I worked with babies up to adults. While in college, I taught a high schooler for my vocal pedagogy class. In my Preschool position, I worked with infants up to eleven year olds depending on the day and a child with autism and another with Asperger's. When I was mentoring for my Masters credits, I taught and assisted first graders with multiple disabilties and at an early education program for hard of hearing and Deaf children.When I joined as a substitute voice teacher at two companies in Arizona, I worked with a five year old to a fourteen year old, a couple of adults in the 30s, and an elderly student, who just wanted to take lessons for fun. Therefore, I can adjust my curriculum and lessons to whatever is best for each individual in my studio. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

The event I am most proud of is passing my graduate recital preview this Spring. My voice teacher and I had been working very hard toward this goal since the first time I sang for her, but I knew realistically where I stood against others in the program. It had been 12 years since I had that many classes and physical demands placed on my body and my voice. I was nervous I would not make it through my first year because I had so much academic catching up and reviewing to do too. Yet, I told myself I am just going to work as hard as I can and never stop trying and that is exactly what I did.

I took extra voice lessons every week, constantly asked for my teachers’ advice, researched topics on my own, received tutoring, spent countless days and nights reciting my foreign words over and over until they were innate, worked extra hours with my pianist, practiced in front of a mirror numerous hours, spent extra time studying, cancelled fun dates with my friends, tediously went over different rhythmic sections, studied and listened to my body, and used every performing opportunity as a tool to measure my progress as an artist, performer, and singer. Before I knew it, it was the day of my pre-recital and I did so well! My teacher, another professor, and my pianist were thrilled by how much I have progressed as a singer and a performer. They all said in one year I have gone up two levels musically all around; it because of their encouragement and support from that day I am ready to teach others how to have that same success!

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

My first bit of advice for finding the right teacher is find one whose personality meshes with you very well. Music is very personal art and can leave us feeling very vulnerable, therefore, it is important to find a teacher you trust 300 percent. I have found my best lessons have come from teachers I can talk about anything with.

Also it is important to understand how a teacher's background lines up with your personal goals as a student. If you are looking to get the lead in your high school musical, get into a college voice program, perform a Disney song for an event, or say even become a soloist at your church, I know I can help you. However, if you want to be the next country star or specialize in scatting and move to New York, I would not be the best match for you. Though I have some experience in both those types of singing, it is not that high of a level. If you still chose to work with me, you would need to understand we would be students together in that learning journey. I am open to learning whatever I have to though to ensure my students’ successes. A student should also  consider their teacher's actual location because in-person lessons I feel are even more beneficial. It is something to consider when life goes back to normal in the world.

I suppose the last thing is finding out if your future teacher and yourself have similar learning and comprehension styles. One teacher is not right for every student and that is no fault of either. Teachers are humans too and we are all built differently. I have met wonderful teachers that have radically changed my colleagues singing lives for the better but I grasped very little from our lessons. Then I have met teachers who friends have discouraged me from ever meeting and we instantly clicked and I learned a ton from them. My suggestion is really take your time finding the best-fitted teacher for you, especially if you want to make music your career.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

I think the student needs to spend some time thinking back on times when they did well on a project or in a class. They need to ask themselves questions such as “Why was that?,” “What was the teacher doing at that time?,” “How were they teaching the class?,” “Do you learn best from visuals, audios, texts, physical movement, graphs, etc.?,” “What subjects do you naturally excel in?” “Is music/art natural to you?,” “Do you come from a musical family?,” “Are you trained to play the piano?,” “How can a teacher help you learn and retain information best?,” “What memorization devices have you used before?.”

Lessons offered

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