I provide a unique service to individuals who want to sing, but not sure they can. My lessons are tailored to meets the needs of every person, and no two lessons are alike. I am also an accomplished pianist and can play most music easily. I have worked with seasoned professionals, emerging artists and enthusiastic beginners. All ages above 17 are welcome, especially those 55 and older. My group class is called “The Joy of Singing.’ See my profile on Facebook.
I love watching people as they realize that, yes,they can sing, or they can hit that note or that they can bring a text to life. I love figuring out what a person needs, and then helping them find it and helping them discover their own true voice. I also love playing for singers both in studio and in public.
I studied vocal technique with Dan Bridston for six years when he lived in Los Angeles County. If he were still here, I would still be taking a weekly lesson, plus engaging with others in performance classes Dan would run. He brings voluminous knowledge of musical history and pedagogy, a skilled ear and many tools to diagnose and treat common ailments of vocal sound production, from those of the singing beginner to the professional’s. Dan is patient and relates to each singer’s situation with sensitivity, tailoring his approach with ever new and different exercises to get at the nub of whatever particular problem presents itself. I guess he’s seen them all or most of them. Plus, he plays the piano beautifully and accompanies his singers with precision and touch. I miss his guidance musically and I miss Dan Bridston greatly as a friend.
I have known Dan Bridston as accompanist, coach, linguist and, most recently, as a voice teacher. His positive, supportive approach in all of these disciplines allows the student to develop a joyful attitude while also enjoying technical growth. I recommend him to the aspiring operatic star or the person whose goal is to be an excellent choral singer. He gives the same professional attention to each.
Dan really understood how the voice works and he can help anyone to become a singer. He individualizes the lessons based on where the students are and can coach anyone from professional singers to beginners. He works with a love for singing and singers at all levels. What’s more, he’s an amazing accompaniest which really helps to prepare the singers for performance.
The first lesson/interview is free. We get acquainted, do a little singing and a little technical work. The first session is generally between 30 and 40 minutes.
I have over 40 years of experience working with voices of all kinds. I have worked at universities and opera companies all over the country, in addition to running my private studio. I have degrees from California State University at Los Angeles and have studied abroad. I mentored with two master teachers for many years, and have studied both vocal pedagogy and anatomy.