Vocal Coaching

Please note: Vocal coaching - that is, accompanying singers and helping them work through songs - is not typically my area of focus during most lessons, and a student primarily desiring this kind of vocal training should also hire a professional vocal coach and/or accompanist.

Working through repertoire is an important aspect of well-rounded vocal training, and should not be excluded from lessons. Vocal coaching is provided as an option for all students once the basics of proper technique have been consistently demonstrated during vocal exercises. A flexible student-selected repertoire encourages active involvement in and ownership of the learning process, and decreases boredom and frustration.

Students who sing in bands or choirs often bring their original or cover songs or audition selections and work through them with me during lessons. The focus is always primarily on applying correct technique to the songs to help them work through any problem areas and to create the best possible sound. Vocal phrases and individual words will be broken down to their smallest possible components, articulation patterns and the treatment of vowels may be analyzed and adjusted, and vocal registration will be examined within the context of the student's songs. Aspects of style (e.g., vocal effects), interpretation, dynamics, song arrangement and performance skills will also be discussed and practiced.

I will also provide constructive feedback (from a mainly technical perspective) on the vocals of recorded demos, if desired.

Vocal coaching via Skype is possible, even though I am unable to accompany the singer (due to slight time delays and my inability to hear the student over the sound of the keyboard). Some students accompany themselves on a guitar or piano. Typically, the student will sing a line at a time, a cappella, and we will break down that line and work through the individual notes and runs, 'tweaking' the student's technique and presentation.