SPECIAL UPDATE: lessons and coronavirus
In-person voice lessons are suspended until further notice. Until it is safe to meet in the same room again, I am teaching lessons exclusively online via videoconferencing platforms Zoom or Jitsi Meet. All you need is a computer (preferable) or tablet–or, in a pinch, your phone–a strong internet connection (wired is best), and a comfortable, well-lit place to sing. If you have access to an external microphone and headphones, so much the better–this will enable us to run our sound through a web-based program with less lag and better sound quality.
I’ve now been doing lessons online for several months, and I’ve been really pleased with how well it works. Students are continuing to make progress, and for some students the online format is actually superior. And the online format also means I can offer lessons to folks in other parts of the state/country, which is exciting!
Please check my guidelines for online lessons for more information.
Who should take lessons
Anyone who wants to learn more about singing! I have worked with students who literally (and I am using this word correctly) never sang a note before starting lessons with me, students who are preparing for theater and college auditions, students who are pursuing or who have completed college music degrees, emerging professional singers, and everything in between.
I’m an LGBTQ+ ally and welcome everyone into my studio. I am competent around trans issues and always learning–and happy to help you explore and find the voice that best represents you. Singing lessons will only help your speaking voice, but if targeted speaking voice work is your main interest, I can recommend speech-language pathologists who are experienced in working with transgender clients.
What happens during a voice lesson
A voice lesson will generally involve vocal exercises and work on songs. With many students who are just starting out, vocal exercises will take up the majority or all of the lesson time for the first several weeks.
Voice lessons may also include theory, ear training/musical memory development, rhythm exercises, foreign language diction, text analysis, dramatic interpretation, anatomy, physical relaxation, and more–all depending on the student’s needs.
Basically, anything that poses a challenge to your learning process or your musicianship is worth addressing in lessons. Recording and note-taking are strongly encouraged!
Anywhere you happen to be, for online lessons! Once we’re able to do in-person work again, I will offer private voice lessons at Unity Church-Unitarian in St Paul, in the Summit-Dale area.