Your voice is unique to you and your training is designed for you alone.
The first thing I will do is analyze your vocal patterns. You will have certain sounds and sound combinations that you consistently produce well, and others where you are consistently blocked. I then help you become aware of your pattern – awareness is a big part of my teaching.
I will then assign several songs to you. (If you are interested in your speaking voice only, the songs will be very rudimentary. They will be necessary however because problems in the voice are pitch specific.) These songs will be provided to you in sheet music form in appropriate keys and will be chosen mostly from the American Songbook, folk songs, and jazz and pop standards. In addition, you will get links to the best renditions of these songs by artists on the Internet. You will not be expected to sight read.
Your assignments will change often and in a graduated way as you make progress. This will avoid the bad habits that can become entrapped within a song that has been learned at an earlier level.
And speaking of avoiding bad habits, you will not have to do mindless exercises. Finding your beautiful, powerful voice is about becoming mindful and making the right choices. Mindless exercises often backfire.
As we advance, more and more I will work in tips regarding delivery.
For singers, this will mean musicianship, phrasing, timing, and physical delivery.
For speakers, this will mean the same. The sense of musical cadence you will have acquired will be applied to your verbal delivery, (whether a speech or everyday communication).
In either case, you will get the same direction I give actors when I’m directing a play. Whether in a play or a musical, I make little distinction between acting the spoken word and acting a song.
If you have professional needs or aspirations...
I know what you will need vocally with or without a mic from my personal experience (which includes leading roles at NBC, ABC, PBS, and in musical theater).
And because I’ve worked with Actor’s Equity, SAG, AFTRA, AGVA and AGMA, I know what’s called for in different venues, whether in TV, film, voice-over, or on stages big or small.
If you are studying with me privately, and want to acclimate to public performing, I will include you in a group class where you can practice what you’ve learned in a safe environment with other students like yourself. The groups are encouraging and supportive, small and private.
Small Groups (4 to 7 Students)
This is the best initial choice for most singers and speakers. Experience taught me that most people learn fastest when they start in a group. Groups also can be a lot of fun and will save you money.
Taught in midtown at Ripley-Grier Studios. $25 /class
This is the best choice for one or two people who want undivided attention– e.g. preparing for a performance or an audition. It’s also best for those who want to concentrate on the spoken voice – e.g., trial attorneys, public speakers, voice actors. Also, a good choice for accent correction and special problems, such as stuttering.
Taught in midtown at Ripley-Grier Studios. $120 /hour
Professional Unions 15% (AEA, SAG, AFTRA, AGMA, AGVA)
Student and Seniors 20%
Prepay 5 — 10%
Prepay 10 — 20%