Students are encouraged to participate in weekly private lessons to help promote steady progress. If interested, students may choose online lessons. Lessons are as short as 30 minutes for new students and as long as 60 minutes for adults and teens.
There is no audition required before enrolling in lessons. Hearing a student vocalize (e.g., sing scales and other simple vocal exercises) during the first few lessons will provide sufficient information about his or her initial abilities and how to proceed in refining each student’s natural abilities and skills.
Feedback is given regularly throughout lessons and a student's progress will be discussed periodically to see how it is measuring up to his or her goals. An honest assessment of a student's steady progress, (or lack of improvement), is a good tool for determining whether or not we are a good teacher-student fit, whether or not my approach needs to be adjusted, or whether or not the student's goals are realistic.
Students who play an active role in the learning process will progress more quickly. Recording devices are encouraged as a way of objectively tracking progress. Recordings also provide the student with an opportunity to listen repeatedly to their lessons and to perhaps gain a better understanding of the concepts and science being taught to them.
Other tips for success:
• Reading assignments on vocal anatomy that provide better understanding of the terminology used in lessons.
• Regular at-home practice of assigned exercises.
• Regular application of proper technique during lessons and practice.
• A desire for knowledge and progress related to vocal development.
Students have access to the following:
• A large library of music including: pop, Disney, musical theater, folk songs, foreign language art songs, opera, and oratorio
• Recordings using audio and/or visual equipment
• Practice in microphone technique
• Individually-tailored practice materials
• Ear Training, Sight-singing, and Music Theory materials and training
• Preparation through the Royal Conservatory of Music: Music Development Program
• Preparation for school choral auditions, MMEA or musicals
• Access to NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) competitions and events
• Annual recitals
Students develop vocal skills including breath support, register blending, vowel formation, diction and phrasing. Musical skills such as intervals, sight-reading, rhythmic skills, scales and technical exercises are also addressed. Students are exposed to a wide variety of age-appropriate repertoire that may include musical theater, Disney, pop, rock, folk, art songs in foreign languages or opera.