Prestonwood Music Studio

Prestonwood Music Studio

5.0 (6)
1 hire on Lessons.com
12 years in business

About this pro

I have been singing and teaching for over 30 years both professionally and for my own enjoyment.

Singing is my passion, it is what I do.

I have found that teaching someone to enjoy and express themselves through music is perhaps one of the most rewarding things I do. I was very fortunate to have as my teacher, someone who believed in passing on his knowledge and understanding of what it takes to be a great singer. Little did I know at the time but he was training me to pass on his legacy and it has been my great honor to do so.

Our new studio will be a place where students of all ages can learn and explore the wonders of music from the beginning novice to the more advanced musician, in a friendly and constructive environment.

We provide a warm and friendly place in which to learn and practice the art of Music or if you wish we can bring the studio to you. We offer private lessons with qualified instructors, group classes, and performance opportunities.

The study of music has been proven to aid in brain development and cognitive ability. Our programs will appeal to all ages and all levels of expertise from beginner to advanced. Our professional instructors are experienced in both teaching and performing and can give the student great insight into the world of music.

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Dallas, TX 75244
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6 Reviews

5.0

  • Ernie McKnight

    Phil is and has been working with my daughter since she was 7, she is 13 now. He is patient kind, enthusiastic and conscious about her skill set and has helped her grow over the years. I would highly recommend him for piano or voice lessons.

  • Ravi Joshi

    Both my children have been learning from Phil Wolcott at Prestonwood Music for over 4 years. He has been the perfect teacher as I have seen my children develop their skills at BOTH playing piano and reading music! Very patient and always positively encouraging my kids in sharpening their playing skills. Mr. Wolcott has also been very accommodating in scheduling classes around our busy schedules.

  • Michael Johnson

    My son has been taking lessons at Prestonwood Music Studio for 5 years and has loved it. He’s progressed so much in that time, and Phil is the most patient and kind teacher. I would recommend Prestonwood Music Studio to anyone wanting to learn in a fun and warm environment.

  • Tristan Rolater

    I have been a student of Phil’s for ten years! Four of those years were spent in piano, but a majority of them were spent in singing. Phil is absolutely an incredible teacher and has taught me essentially everything I know about the art of singing. I’ve excelled in most of the environments I’ve sung in, standing out due to the techniques and qualities I gained from my lessons with Phil. I highly recommend him to anyone who wants to sing, beginner, intermediate, or professional alike.


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FAQs


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

I take a physiological approach to singing… after all it is a physical endeavor. The voice or larynx, despite all its complexities, is just another set of muscles that can be trained to reach its fullest potential. The method that I teach, “The Franco/Italian Bel Canto Method” has been taught for more than 200 years and has produced the world’s greatest classical singers. Now having said that let me assure you that studying this method doesn’t mean you have to become a classical singer. The techniques used are designed to strengthen and improve the quality of the human voice and can be applied to any genre whether your goal is “Broadway”, “American Idol” or just to improve your voice for you own personal satisfaction. The method also addresses all things associated with singing, such as breathing and breath control.


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

A graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice and Music Theater.

I keep up with current trends through the professional organizations I belong to.  In addition to this I am continuously researching and studying on my own.


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

The lessons are based on 30 minutes each and are priced as follows:

Individual lesson at my studio - $40.00  


These rates apply to all lessons.


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

During the school year I teach voice as a contract music instructor for both Plano and Lewisville ISD's.  At the end of each school year the students perform in recital for their parents and friends.  I am always very proud of my students  as the demonstrate what they have learned and how much they have improved through the year.  


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

Finding the right teacher is probably the most important thing a person can do. It is extremely important to make a wise choice when choosing a teacher. Teaching someone to sing is much like building a multi-story structure. You must first build a strong foundation on which to build the rest of the voice. The method that I teach takes great care to build such a foundation and has been proven time and time again over the past 200+ years. You should look for a teacher that is a “Singer” first, i.e. you wouldn’t ask a plumber to fix an electrical problem in your home so why would you ask an accompanist for vocal lessons. If you want to learn the art of singing you should learn it from a singer.


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

How long have you been teaching? Where did you receive your training? Where did you go to school? What will be my commitment, both financially and in time? What do I hope to achieve by studying with this teacher? Does the teacher do this full-time or is it a part-time effort to supplement their income? You should seek a teacher that has many years of experience and is well educated in the art of singing. Although a degree does not make one a great singer or even a good one it does give a great deal of credibility to the teacher and substantiates his/her qualifications.