What's up everyone!!!!! I'm Koli P. Bolden from Tacoma, WA... I've been a Metal Vocalist for 20 years with various bands and a ton of shows... I am the ONLY Vocal Instructor in Pierce County who teaches the proper technique of Screaming...I am also the 1st African-American in the state of Washington to teach Metal Vocals... I have 2 levels of coaching... 1st one is the homed-based vocal coaching and the 2nd is the stage....The 1st level will be in my home on a P.A. system where you will learn the basics of Metal Screaming.. The breathing technique, volume control, the typres of Screams and warm ups/aftercare of the voice... The 2nd level will be at the Real Art Tacoma All Ages Venue in Tacoma, WA... This is where you put it all together... You will perform in front of a small audience, work on stage presence and performance.. This phase is the exciting one.... I know that I can make you into a very AWESOME Vocalist or at least, stand before a crowd and deliver... \m/
The thing that I enjoy most about my NEW journey of becoming a Vocal Coach is teaching people something unique... Let's be real here, How many African-Americans do you see or have heard of teaching Metal Vocals?! Well, I am one of the 1st. I learned by watching Melissa Cross's Zen Of Screaming after numerous singing lessons and getting frustrated because no one was teaching Metal vocals at that time which was around 2000-01... Again, there is NO ONE in Tacoma, WA who currently teaches Metal Vocals until now.. Seeing and hearing people learn how to properly scream is a blessing because so many people have no idea about the technique that's required to scream effectively without destroying your voices... I teach all ages and all walks of life if they want to learn how to scream like a Banshee!!!! The 1st experience that I had was teaching Angelo Moore of Fishbone's Niece Rachel Ferguson of Nighttrain and she was highly pleased with what I taught her.... The bands that I were in are Drown Mary, Dubbuk and Under The Red Door and currently with BEYOND THEORY... We are on Facebook and ReverbNation... \m/
Great coaching on my voice and performance skills!
My typical process for working with a new student is getting to know the student and parent(s) and finding out what the student wants to accomplish.. That's the most important part of the process... Then my goal is to get the student comfortable in my abilities to coach them and their own abilities to learn and execute... Also, not to be ashamed or discouraged if they don't hit the right notes or deliver a killer hook right away...That's OKAY... We're human... That's why I'm here to help and encourage my students because at the end of the day, they teach me... They teach me love, compassion, patience, understanding and growth... That's why I want to teach people how to use their powerful and passion with their voices...
I started singing at age 6.. I was in the school choir until 10th grade but still continued to sing on my own... Participated in talent shows as a Rapper/Dancer in college... Took some voice lessons at Green River Community College... Learned how to Scream by watching Mellissa Cross's Zen Of Screaming and joined my 1st Metal Band Drown Mary at 26 years old as a Frontman/Lead Vocalist after cracking my skull in the Marine Corps... Joined 4 more Bands after I left Drown Mary and stayed a Frontman/Lead Vocalist for 18 years opened for Morbid Angel, Sabaton, Six Feet Under, Sanctuary and Headlined with numerous local Metal Bands...... I'm also a School Mentor young people at Lochburn Middle School in Lakewood and volunteered at the Real Art Tacoma All Ages Venue...
I charge $80.00 per lesson for an hour for in-practice room lessons. $50.00 for an hour via Phone or Internet.. Students must have FaceTime or Facebook Messenger to receive lessons. $150.00 for monthly one day a week lessons. All Payments are made through [email protected]@gmail.com and my Practice room is @ Maxi Space which is located on 3608 South 74th Street Tacoma, Washington 98409. I DO NOT TRAVEL TO STUDENTS.
I've always wanted to be a teacher so I went to college and majored in Physical Education but I absolutely hated the school curriculum so I left college and joined the Marines... So to make a long story short, how I got into teaching Vocals was after I quit my last band, Beyond Theory and my job as a sign flipper/security guy at Two Five Trees... I realized that I can do a lot more by becoming a self employed music education coach I'm Disabled Veteran, too so this is a great way to earn an additional income...
I prefer coaching students who are 20+ because that’s when the voice is fully developed in order to “scream” properly without doing permanent damaging your larynx and Vocal cords. This is a very unique, harsh sounding and non traditional style of vocals so I don’t encourage coaching anyone under the age of 20.
Working with this AMAZING Singer-Songwriter who was very influential in my music career... She helped me change the way I write songs and to be in tune with my spirit... Very enriching experience.. This was out of my genre but I was able to show her how to perform on stage and providing some vocal tips. She gave me 5 stars in my review!
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Any question is fine with me... You, the student are free to ask me ANY questions at any time... I will gladly and honestly answer any questions or concerns... I want to ensure that you as a student and your child/student have the best and secure experience with me as a Vocal Coach!