to My Studio...
Spring 2017 I am offering FREE first time half hour lessons
in NYC and Edison for any first time students interested in
trying a lesson with me. Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 212-417-0074 and I will send you the info!
currently live and teach in Edison, NJ but occasionally also
teach in New York City (34th Street).
my studio I have beginners, intermediate students and professionals.
I have rock singers, R&B singers, folk singers, classical
singers, actors, professional speakers... absolutely anyone
who needs to know how to use their voice efficiently and effectively
for their profession. It is really a labor of love to work with
such a diverse group of people. I teach ages 16 to 60+.
I do not take kids younger than 16 because I find the intense
one-on-one focus on technique is not something they are quite
ready for. However, I do make case-by-case exceptions if they
are already working as singers.
Method (or "All the various ways to get to the same result")
theories on good singing do not differ much from everyone else's.
Every legitimate voice teacher wants their students to produce
beautiful, free, resonating, round tones. Achieving a proper,
relaxed throat opening and proper coordination and balance throughout
the voice is what I believe most everyone is aiming for. Most
of my exercises and approaches are taken from the Bel Canto
masters -- Manuel Garcia being my first source of information.
I also supplement the teachings of Garcia by turning to William
Vernard's "Singing, the Mechanism and the Technic"
when I found it necessary to back my information with a
more scientific explanation. And, then of course, there are
the years I've spent studying under a number of fantastic teachers
from whom I took away many different exercises and techniques
to achieve various technical coordinations. I mix all that in
with my own lessons in this vocal journey and on stage experience
so that I can approach each student's voice from different angles
and approaches. I then assign each student their own targeted
exercises for their voice, their goals, their genre of singing,
their experience, etc. Individualized training.
pursuit of good vocal technique...
pursuit of good vocal technique is, for most, a lifelong pursuit.
Brilliant, clear vowels and stunning crisp diction can be elusive
until one has learned proper balance and relaxation in the throat,
tongue and breathing apparatus. Many a teacher and student have
tried to put the cart before the horse. The truth is that what
makes this an inexact science and an art is that there is no
one "true" way. There are good ways and better ways
(we won't discuss the bad ways).
is my experience that we can't all learn the same concepts the
same way. What I offer my students is the benefit of my own
journey and study. I have studied under many of the best (and
some of the worst) teachers the art has to offer in the past
20+ years. I use a variety of exercises to help weed out the
bad tensions that are the usual culprits until I find what it
is. I always aim to give a student whatever exercises and guidance
I feel will serve them best. Sometimes I know immediately from
the student's personality what will work, other times I might
have to try a few different exercises before the right fit is
found. I do not believe in doing things rigidly. Rigidity is
one of the things we seek to avoid!
do not advocate quick fixes. There are none. These are muscles
that must be worked slowly and regularly for long-term results.
I believe there is no other way. That doesn't mean you can't
see results quickly though. Usually, people begin to notice
they are making progress after only a few weeks.
ultimate goal is to prepare you so you can sing well with the
tools I've given you. I am not trying to keep you forever!
welcome the opportunity to discuss approaches to vocal training
with other singers and voice teachers so feel to email me with
your thoughts and/or articles you might want to have me link
on this website. Singing is a process. A wonderful study that,
when applied with joy, can be much like zen practice.