I have well over thirty years in vocal coaching, choral direction, performance, composing and arranging. I have performed within a number of genres, including opera, operetta, musical comedy, classical art song, folk song and madrigal/Renaissance groups. I am a member of NATS, RIMEA, AOSA and NAfME. I have a number of businesses including The Shanteyman: Music of the Sea and Middle School Musicals. I possess a Bachelor of Music form Bowling Green State University and a Master's from Rhode Island College.
Everyone should sing and I can help bring out the best and healthiest technique as well as provide supportive, honest feedback. I teach young people (as young as 11) and older students (well over 11!!) You can check my profile on LinkedIn under B.J. Whitehouse.
My 12yr old daughter has been taking voice lessons from BJ over the last year. She started with no experience just a love of singing. BJ's sense of humor, passion for singing and expertise makes him an extraordinary teacher. He is always ready to start on time, organized and has a positive attitude. BJ has helped my daughter strengthen and expand her vocal range. He knows how to challenge her without pushing her over the edge. She is now able to project her voice and is more confident singing. BJ is very skilled in communicating and relating to my daughter which at times can be a tall order at this age. I highly recommend BJ as a voice teacher and he is an incredibly kind human being:)
I have been taking voice lessons with BJ for several months and found this experience to be infomrmative and enjoyable. The personalized approach to individualize the lessons to my needs is greatly appreciated. Highly recommended.......
I took a few voice lessons from BJ. Let me say, that I hate to hear myself sing except in the shower or in the chorus when my voice is blended. BJ was kind, and helpful and I learned one thing that has been incredibly helpful in singing and in my life in general. I lock my knees when I sing and whenever I'm tense - I've heard it before but there was something about encouraging me personally, in those few lessons, that was a game changer. It's interesting what you can find out when you put yourself out there and do something you are not completely comfortable with. I am grateful to BJ and very, very glad I took those few lessons.
We begin with some questions: Have you ever studied voice privately before? With whom? What do you want to get out of the lessons? What style of music are interested in? What are three (or more) of your favorite songs? Who are your favorite artists. Are you interested in performance? Solo? Do you presently sing in an ensemble? On your own? Have you noted any vocal health problems? Do you want to study other areas concurrently, such as theory, sight-singing, etc?
I have a Bachelor's and a Master's in music (vocal/choral.) I aslo have a great deal of experience in vocal training, choral direction (adults and children,) as well as experience in performancee/direction, theatrical, musical, etc.
Yes. $25 per (30 minute) lesson or $90 per month.
I have been coaching singers and choristers since 1978.
All ages, all levels, but mostly amateurs who wish to improve their technique, ear or are preparing for competition, auditions or performance.
I have directed many, many choral programs over the years and I have directed or performed in a lot of theatrical performances. My brand new "Everybody Chorus" has been rehearsing of late and the folks, all rank beginners, old and young are singing their hearts out! Nothing like it....
You need to take the leap and find a teacher. Once you have done that make sure that teacher has your best interests in mind, that is, if you are uncomfortable with the instruction, find another teacher. If you are uncomfortable with the music that is being offered-speak up. The relationship has to be professional but you will be sharing deeply personal expression through your singing and you have to trust your teacher.
Am I willing to practice? Otherwise, the questions will crop up in the lessons and it's up to the student to be honest about concerns, etc.