I understand how singers think and what they must learn to do with their breath in order to sing well. I teach them to read printed music.
During my 40+ years of singing, I have learned a lot of "junk science" about singing, as well as what works. I choose to teach what works. I can show the singer how to sing with the diaphragm - with confidence and without strain. I also can teach those we call "tone deaf" to sing melodies.
Master of Music, Bachelor of Music Education
I make singing as simple as I can and that leads to immediate results. The music I have them study is high energy and high quality, so we both enjoy the lessons.
I also rehabilitate voices, addressing chronic laryngitis, vocal strain requiring rest and post-surgery rebuilding. I teach relaxed breathing, not tensing or pushing. Been to choir workshops in England and France to teach breathing details to experienced choir singers/soloists.
I really appreciated how well he was able to communicate what he was teaching. I still have images in my mind that help me through tough situations that have come from him - and I am grateful to have those to continue to aid me in my singing life.
I learn what they are trying to accomplish with voice lessons. I ask them if they want to sing me a song. Then we go to work addressing range, breathing, confidence and more.
Bachelor fo Music Education, Master of Music, lessons with credible teachers and coaches in Cleveland, New York and London. Forty-two years teaching voice and 45 years collecting recordings of great performances, many of them opera.
I ask $25 for the first half hour from adults and give a break in pricing as we get to hour lessons @ $40/hr. It is less for students in school.
I was asked to take over the studio of a friend at a Parma Neighborhood Studio.
Students from age nine out to 75 and 80. Some classically trained, some not at all. Rock, classical, choir, musical theater, I teach all the routines of good breath management and teach them to read music.
I adjudicate Solo & ensemble Contest for Lorain county every year and we are encouraged to give a mini lesson when time permits. I like to show the young singer how much they are holding their breath when they are nervous and when we unhitch the restraints, this loud voice comes rolling out!
I suggest that they study voice with someone they feel comfortable with and whose ears they trust. Someone they respect and want to learn about singing from, not necessarily from someone who plays the piano well.
They should address questions about whether the teacher can teach the style the student wants to learn, or perhaps the languages they want to learn as well as the songs/rep they want to master.