Question and Answer

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. Interview the instructor... find out what makes them tick! What is their level of understanding regarding the type of music you would like to focus on in the lessons? Will the instructor be rigid and limited in the type of repertoire or will the instructor be open to whatever the student is passionate about learning? Does the instructor have a performance background as well as teaching background? Does the instructor encourage performance opportunities for the singers within recital and/or staged events with live audiences? Does the instructor teach via cookie cutter methods or does he/she structure the lessons around the individual needs of each singer?

Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?

A. Singing does not always require a formal degree! The reality is that cross-over artists need a trustworthy and knowledgeable vocal coach who can bring stability to the voice as well as possible connections within the industry. Classical singers, however, do need more formal training and indepth understanding with regard to technique, music theory, music history and composition. But even classical singers can build a singing career without enrolling and committing to university studies. And unfortunately, in the world of cross-over music... there is no academic standard of training within a university setting. Many times it's about being seen and heard at the right time - right place.  And finding a coach and producer who is in the "know".  Whatever your vocal passion... it demands consistency, focused stamina and a sense of adventure.  Sharing the gift of music with others brings fulfillment and postive outcomes whether your aspirations are on a professional level or solely for the purpose of self-expression!

Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

A. I'm one of the few professional voice instructors who understands a wide range of styles and not only effectively teaches but can demonstrate as well. I sing not only classical repertoire but a wide variety of cross-over music... including pop, rock, blues, country, bluegrass, and jazz.  Not only should an established vocal coach be able to instruct the inner workings of the vocal instrument but effectively demonstrate the diversity of styles for both male and female students.  For classical interests, this would involve the sophisticated instruction via the "Bel Canto" approach.  For cross-over styles, my methods include the application of both "Belt" technique as well as "Legit" vocal production.

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. One-on-one interaction with my singers! Being exposed to such a wide array of individuals helps fuel my creative flow and in turn, enables me to share my passion with those who are willing and hungry to learn.

Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

A. Will you allow me to sing the kind of music that I want to sing? Answer: "Absolutely!" My singers create their own flight plan of sorts. My job is to steer them in the right direction and empower them to trust the process through the technique as their voice emerges and grows!

Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?

A. I have spent the majority of my life from a very young age immersed in music. I have been exposed to music that spans across a wide range and it has made me a more open and intuitive listener! I consider myself to be a "guru" of the voice and I have labored and journeyed through many highs and lows to find my voice... It takes discipline, commitment, fortitude, curiosity, patience, fire, and endurance to teach as well as sing on a level that most would consider professional. I have studied for many years and dedicated immeasurable number of hours to fine tune my own skills and vocal talents. It is my pleasure and devotion to share this with my student singers! And to share it in a manner that reflects joy and enthusiasm within a fun and safe environment!

Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?

A. Destined to be in music - family members immersed in playing various instruments and singing since a child. Seemed to be the best outlet for me to express myself and feel safe. I identify everything with music... it's in my blood and soul.

Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?

A. I perform as much as possible. I attend and create workshops with other professionals. I keep up on the latest news and insights via professional publications and resources. I surround myself with professional musicians and singers. And currently, I'm diving into songwriting!

Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.

A. My rates and payment guidelines are clearly listed here on my website for review.

Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?

A. Trust your inner voice! If music speaks to you, then follow. But be informed about the realistic outcomes of becoming a professional singer/musician. The road is challenging with numerous twists and turns... and it is not for the faint of heart. There will be many rejections and you will need to be strong in continually bolstering your efforts and your inner drive to succeed.  And ultimately, singing should be FUN and oozing with self-empowering energy and outcomes!  I encourage performance opportunities for both serious and novice singers.

Q. What is your greatest strength?

A. The ability to hear a voice of any age and intuitively know what adjustments are needed to introduce ease of good vocal production.