Lessons

Anatomy of a lesson

I teach the principles of natural singing as practiced for centuries. Which means I can help young voices develop a beautiful effortless sound and projection. I can also bring back damaged or aged voices and rebuild a wider range.

Depending on what you wish to achieve, the lessons contain a mixture of:

  • technical exercises to build range, stamina, projection, and healthy singing,
  • repertoire to apply the technique being learned,
  • theory and history which I integrate in the actual singing rather than as separate subjects.

Duration of lessons

The duration of the lesson depends on the age of the student, the current level of singing, and the goal set by the student.

For young children I recommend starting with 20 minutes.

For beginning adults, I recommend 30 minutes.

For more experienced singers and for those who want to delve more seriously in singing and technique, I recommend either 45 or 60 minutes.

Where do I teach?

Under normal circumstances I teach from my house—a five minute walk from McMaster University in West Hamilton—and online.

However, given the current pandemic, all my lessons are offered online, via FaceTime, Skype, or Zoom.

I also offer workshops and seminars on a regular basis. Check this site or contact me for more details.

What is needed for lessons?

For in-person lessons, bring a recording device.

For online lessons, a computer or phone is needed.

For best results, use headphones and a good quality external microphone.

Click here for some microphone recommendations.

Recording your lessons

Lessons include technical exercises to build your voice.

You need to practice between lessons, ideally on a daily basis.

During your individual practice you want to focus on building your voice and not trying to remember what exercises you should do next. Therefore I encourage all my students to use a recording device to record their lesson so they can repeat the correct exercises until the next lesson.

Rates

Pay as you go

$80 for one hour
$65 for forty-five minutes
$45 for a half hour
$35 for twenty minutes

Pre-paid monthly

$75 for one hour
$60 for forty-five minutes
$40 for a half hour
$30 for twenty minutes

Payment is required in advance at the first lesson of the month for all scheduled lessons for that month.

Cancellation policy

I require at least 24 hours notice to reschedule a lesson.
Lessons cancelled with less than 24 hours notice will not be rescheduled.
“No-shows” will not be rescheduled.

Please note that I am also an active performer and may from time to time need to reschedule lessons to accommodate performances and other professional engagements.