Strike The Right Note

Strike The Right Note

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34 years in business

About this pro

I was a professional opera singer in Europe before returning to take care of my family. I have a Master of Music degree and have been teaching since 1988. I developed my methods myself, based on sound scientific data and original research.

I love empowering students to meet their musical goals--to me, this is the most rewarding part of my work.

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Carrollton, TX 75006
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I have an initial interview at no charge and no obligation, to assess the student's needs, goals, and abilities. I then go over a general review of what the student can expect, and what they need to do at home. I provide them with extensive resources at no charge to supplement their work. Once lessons begin, we meet for half an hour each week to assess their progress and build on what they have accomplished.

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

I have a premed degree which included training in body mechanics and muscle function, and a Master of Music degree in voice with a minor in piano and a specialization in music before 1750. I have a career in opera that dates back to 1988 and includes performances in a dozen countries, and I have done much original research into optimizing both learning techniques and science of sound production for both piano and voice.

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

Lessons are $40 per half-hour with a three-month minimum requirement. Discounts may apply for referrals or more than one member of the same immediate family taking lessons. In addition, I have a few work-study positions available.

How did you get started teaching?

Two weeks after I started taking music lessons, the other students in the class were coming to me instead of the teacher for help. The next semester the school hired me to tutor students privately and after that, I had a waiting list of students.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with students as young as four, and as old as 88. I take any student, regardless of talent, age, experience, as long as they are willing to put in the work. I have students who have modest goals and students who want to be professional classical musicians. Anyone can learn to sing or play well!

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I loved performing for a select group of entertainers at the Festival OFF in Avignon, France, after hours!

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

Have a clear idea of your goals to start out with. It's okay for those goals to change as you go along. Then make sure your teacher is going to help you achieve those goals in a reasonable amount of time, and for a reasonable investment of money and effort. Your teacher should be transparent with you about how long it will take for them to help you realize your goals. And if something isn't working, don't stay with the same teacher!

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

This is such a long answer I had to write and publish a book about it! Basically there are about twenty-five questions you need to ask a prospective teacher. (You can see my own answers to those questions in an interview published on my YouTube channel.)