What happens at a voice lesson?
During the INTRODUCTORY LESSON, we will discuss singing goals and how to reach them and we will also conduct an actual first voice lesson. All lessons include breathing and stretching exercises, vocal warm-ups, ear training utilizing the Visual Feedback Technique, and detailed guidance with singing song selections of your choice. Each lesson will focus on improving tone, pitch, breath control, intonation, musicality, volume, posture, relaxation and voice quality. We will concentrate on strengthening vocal dynamics, and when applicable student will also learn microphone technique and stage presence.
Once regular lessons have been established, we will provide the student with an emailed .mp3 recording of them singing their warm-ups & ear training, as well as their song performance. The student will be asked to rehearse with their recording in between each lesson.
How often do voice lessons take place? How do I get started?
To begin with, all new students should schedule an INTRODUCTORY LESSON (60 minutes) for us to meet and for you to experience a typical lesson. Then, weekly lessons are recommended, as the more consistently we meet, the better the overall progress. After we have met for an introductory lesson, we offer the scheduling options below.
What are my scheduling options?
SAVER- Purchase a SINGER SAVER package and schedule ahead to guarantee your slots. Weekly lessons are recommended. Make-ups granted if rescheduled within 24 hours of the originally scheduled lesson. *Saves you $5.00 -$10.00 per lesson depending on the number of lessons in the package you choose. No refunds 30 days after purchase.
ONE at a TIME- Schedule weekly lessons "one at a time" up to 60 days in advance. Great for those with unpredictable schedules or those who want just a couple of lessons to prepare for an audition or show, or those who want to schedule an extra lesson in addition to those in their package.
How do I schedule a "SAVER Package"?
STEP 1. From Our SCHEDULER page, Select desired "Saver Package" (4 lessons or 6 lessons).
STEP 2. Enter the STUDENT's FULL NAME and PAYEE's email address and click "Proceed to Payment"
STEP 3. You will be redirected to PayPal where you can choose to pay via PayPal or Debit/Credit Card.
STEP 4. Once you have paid, write down your redemption code or print the confirmation page with your redemption code.
STEP 5. If you are not automatically redirected to our SCHEDULER page, go to: http://bayareavoicelessons.com/scheduler-start-here.html
STEP 6. Select "Private Lesson- (45 minutes) (Most Popular) or if 5 years of age or under, please select "MINI LESSON (30 min)"
STEP 7. Choose the date and time of the first lesson you'd like to schedule and enter the redemption code in order to reserve the slot.
STEP 8. A confirmation e-mail will be sent to you for each lesson scheduled.
STEP 9. Repeat Steps 6 and 7 until you have scheduled the number of lessons included with your package.
What forms of payments are accepted?
For your convenience, we accept Credit & Debit Cards via our secured PayPal system at the time of scheduling. If you would like to pay by check or exact cash, please use our contact form or call us in our studio office at 510-964-7805 to make special arrangements.
What is the cancellation/refund policy?
If student/parent of student provides less than 24 hours notice of their need to reschedule a lesson, or if a student misses a lesson (is a "no show"), the payment for that lesson shall be forfeited (is non-refundable) and the missed lesson will be considered as a "completed lesson". If you do indeed provide us with the necessary minimum of 24 hours notice, the online scheduling system will automatically allow you to easily reschedule, and you will not have to pay again in order to secure a new date and time. Please note, for Singer Saver packages, no refunds will be given after 30 days of purchase.
Can anyone learn to sing?
Yes. Anyone who has the ability to speak can learn to sing or improve his or her singing ability with proper technique and guidance. Singing requires physical coordination similar to learning to play a musical instrument, dancing, typing or anything else you can think of. All that is ever needed is practice, persistence, and patience. Consistency is the key (weekly lessons are the most beneficial).
How long will it take me to learn to sing?
Without having a crystal ball there is no real way to determine how long it will take to become a good singer, as it will depend on the specific singing goal, the consistency of lessons and dedicated rehearsal time spent in between lessons. In general however, new singers should anticipate committing to a minimum of 12 months of lessons to allow time for significant improvement.
I already know how to sing, so why should I take voice lessons?
Most singers have some particular habits that if not corrected can cause problems later in their careers. Taking lessons is an excellent way to make sure you set aside time to polish your craft.
It is imperative to practice good technique and habits that will prevent any physical problems such as nodules, polyps, hoarseness, or vocal fatigue.
How do you describe the style of vocal training? Do you cover sight-reading or music theory?
We pride ourselves on having a modern, non-traditional voice training style. In lieu of piano accompaniment, we utilize computer technology and powerful software to maximize training. While we do not cover sight-reading or music theory, our training focuses on the specific goal of improving and maintaining your best singing voice.
Is it possible to gain more range in my voice and better tonal quality?
Yes. There is always more that one can gain in oneâs voice if any restrictions they have been using are removed. Even the most renowned singers understand this and will usually continually consult with a vocal coach to ensure they are reaching their maximum potential.
Do you work with all styles of music and levels of singers?
Yes. Proper technique and fundamentals can be used in any style of singing (Rock, Funk, Classical, R&B, Folk, Gospel...you name it). I work with all levels of singers from total beginners to well-established singers.