Helpful Hints

Friendly Advice from the Voice Teacher!

  1. Stay focused! In a culture where there is so much going on, it is easy to become “distracted”, from your dreams. I help you to remember what it is that you wanted to do before you talked yourself out of it! For young singers, it can be as simple as staying “engaged” for the duration of the lesson. For an adult, it can be in dealing with fulfilling your goals while maintaining a job, raising a family, and dealing with other demands and responsibilities. Make working on your craft a priority and not something that gets lost in they shuffle! You will be glad you did!
  2. Have fun! The best work seems to happen when we work hard, but don’t take ourselves too seriously! When I give a student permission to really play, the best stuff happens!
  3. Accentuate the positive! Unlike learning an instrument, YOU are the instrument! We tend to be, even from an early age, full of expectations, judgements and criticism for ourselves, particularly in the realm of performance! The best and most rewarding results come from acceptance. Showing up with what we have and knowing that we are all “in process” allows us to embrace the journey, rather than base our success primarily on outside recognition. As long as you have breath, there is always another chance!
  4. Be consistent! Mastery comes through practice and consistent lessons. In my own life, I started to study voice when I was 18 and continued through my 40th year. While I certainly don’t expect that from my students, I have noticed that those who show up week after week seem to enjoy much more success than those who fit a lesson in here and there. You get out of it, what you put into it!

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