How often should I take a lesson?
Weekly lessons are recommended, especially for beginners. Weekly lessons not only help you see results much more quickly but they also keep you motivated, provide accountability for your growth and correct any incorrect technique or habits you may have while practicing on your own. That said, sometimes weekly lessons are just not in the schedule or budget. If you are self-motivated and committed to regular study, every other week lessons might be a good place to start.
How long does it take to learn to sing?
Beginners who practice regularly can expect to notice improvement after several months of study. It often takes a year or longer for a student to establish good habits and develop a reliable technique. Singers who are serious about their art study all their lives. Of course, practicing is the key to changing habits that hinder vocal freedom.
I'd like to sing classical music, but I also want to sing rock/pop. Will I learn how to do both?
What you will learn is how to use your voice in a healthy way, whatever style of music you sing. A good technique will teach a singer how their voice works and to achieve vocal consistency at any given time. The goal of vocal training is to find the most true, free and resonant tone of your voice. As a performer, I have learned how to “cross-over” to different styles of music, and this personal experience has allowed me to help a great many students explore many styles of music.
Can you help me increase my range?
The top and bottom notes of your range are built-in to your instrument, but most people simply do not know how to access them. Vocal training can help you “find” those notes by addressing issues such as improper breathing, muscle tension and opening the back of the throat. Most people who are using their voices effectively can count on a range of from 2-1/2 to 3 octaves.
I am an older singer. Is it too late for me to learn how to sing?
Absolutely not! If you love singing, you owe it to yourself to do what is in your heart. I have taught several students who might be thought of as “seniors” with wonderful results. One lady in her 60’s, who never thought she could sing (but always wanted to) joined a large women’s barbershop choir after only a year of lessons, and is now having a great time sharing her voice!
At what age can my child begin voice lessons?
Many teachers have different ideas as to what age is appropriate, but generally between 10 and 12 years of age is a good place to begin voice lessons. Younger children generally are not developed enough either cognitively or physically to benefit from formal voice training. We recommend starting young children on piano or some other instrument in order to build a solid musical foundation in order to prepare the child for training as their body and voice matures. The question for me is also about focus and attention span. Many children under the age of 10 are not cognitively able to handle a 30 minute voice lesson, even if they are capable of handling a 30 minute piano or violin lesson.
When is a child ready for piano lessons?
This is by far one of the most frequently asked questions about music instruction. My experience shows that children who are approximately 6 years of age are most likely to have a positive experience in piano instruction.
How long are the lessons?
Typically ½ hour.
Do you offer group lessons?
No, I offer only private lessons to ensure that the students have my full attention, and allows me to customize the lesson to their own specific needs.
Is the parent allowed to observe?
Usually the child will be more comfortable without the parent in the room.
Do you offer lessons for teens or adults with no prior piano experience?
Yes, I love to work with beginners of any age.
How often should you practice?
Regular practice is essential for progress and must receive the same priority as homework and sports practices. It is recommended to practice all assignments 5-6 days a week.
Do I need an acoustic piano?
Generally speaking, that is the best case scenario. However, there are some fine digital pianos on the market today that have weighted and touch-sensitive keys.