I hold permanent New York State certification for teaching in music. My concentration area was Vocal Music.
Q and A:
What happens in a private voice lesson?
A voice lesson typically consists of three parts:
Physical warm-ups – enjoy body relaxation exercises
and improve your posture.
Vocal Warm-ups – have fun with phonated breathing exercises to
develop pitch accuracy, articulation, and diction. Enhance your general vocal development and target specific elements of the repertoire you select.
Repertoire – Learn how to sing the songs you love and discover new ones! Understand how to interpret vocal music including foreign language diction (where applicable).
Do I have to be able to read music?
No, but this is one of the skills you will acquire during your course of study.
What should I bring to each lesson?
1 two-pocket folder, 8-1/2"x11", w/o fasteners – for
storing your loose sheet music.
2 sharpened No. 2 pencils.
Sheet music – depending on the repertoire selected
I will lend you a copy of the sheet music. If you decide
to study the piece then you must purchase the sheet
music yourself (contact me to see a policy statement
from the Music Educators National Conference
regarding copying music).
CDs, cassettes, cassette player, microcassette recorder,
other items as needed.
A bottle of water – to keep yourself well-hydrated
during the lesson.
Commitment to Practice:
When you study a song – learn the lyrics, the pitches, the rhythms, the dynamics, the phrasing, the expression, and combine it with your stage presence and your unique personality – polish it over a period of weeks, maybe months – refine it and present it as a gift to an audience who is just waiting to hear you – Well, then you have really achieved something special. You can be sure that you will feel a deep and long-lasting satisfaction that you will remember for years to come.
If you get into the habit of practicing a little bit every day, you can make steady progress. This means not over-committing in other areas. Practice when you feel fresh and can focus easily. Allow yourself to take frequent breaks. Calm and efficient practice is the single most important factor in assuring productive and enjoyable lessons.
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