How often should I practice? For how long? Where?
Short answer: Everyone is different. I will advise you in your lessons about your specific needs regarding weekly practice. Now for the longer answer…
In general, I ask that my students practice in between lessons. If you have time in your schedule to practice every day for at least 1 to 2 hours, please do! Muscle memory is an amazing thing – IF you are practicing correctly. If you do not feel you understand what to do – technically speaking – do not reinforce any bad habits, please.
I will be able to assess whether or not you are understanding how to get the correct sounds you’re looking for while in your lesson. It is then that I will advise your practice routines.
If you find your schedule is such that you must practice in small amounts at a time, I recommend at least 1 hour every other day before I next see you. Again – only if you understand what to do. After 2 or 3 lessons, you’ll begin to understand. Believe me, there’s always something you can do – even if it is just looking in a mirror at how you take a breath for singing.
Where should you practice? Why, your home, of course! This is such an individual judgement call. Do you have roommates or a partner/spouse who supports your journey in singing? Great! After 9am and before 9pm is my policy – but please not that long! Joking. If you are one who feels better in a focused setting like a practice room, there are spaces for singing to rent rather inexpensively in Manhattan. I’ll give you this info. in your lessons if you cannot find it online.
Do I need to buy anything for my home in terms of tools or equipment?
I recommend to all of my students that you have at the very least a virtual keyboard from the web so that you can give yourself pitches for warm-ups. However, if you can manage it, amazon.com has a good selection of small, portable keyboards with at least 2 to 3 octaves. This is my best recommendation if you do not own or have easy access to a piano.
I also ask that you make it a priority to record your lessons. Most data phones now have this recording feature. If you have any questions, please ask.
Can I contact you in between lessons if I have questions?
For the most part, no.
I ask that you please save your questions in a practice journal and bring them to your next lesson. If I were to answer all the texts, calls and emails sent from clients every week, I could not do anything else. I’m sure you understand. I trust that your time is valuable and that you believe mine is, too.
If you have a question about scheduling or whether or not you should come to your lesson due to illness, please do ask at any time. Please note that there is a 24-hour cancellation policy. Emergencies are considered on an individual basis.
What if I am only a “little bit” sick? Should I cancel my lesson?
I thank you in advance to please not bring your potential contagious germs to your lesson where I or any of my students or family could catch it. We can make up your lesson if you cancel with at least a 24-hour notice.
Can I combine my Voice Lesson with a Reiki Session?
Of course! Let’s chat about what that may mean to you and what your intentions are. Please also see the Reiki FAQ’s section of my site for more information on how this can work for you.
I have seen some of my students’ voices free up in just one or two combo sessions. It is amazing what a rebalancing and shifting of energy can do to free the voice. When open to the possibility that there may be an energy imbalance, at your request, we would combine Reiki into your voice lesson. This sometimes works faster than trying to sing and push through vocally.
Even though I am not pursuing a professional career as a singer, will I get to perform?
If you are interested in performing, I will most definitely create a performance opportunity for you. “Amateur” is not a bad word! Everyone knows artists come in all shapes and sizes and must be allowed room to grow. I am happy to organize student recitals if there is enough interest. Otherwise, let’s talk. I’ll always try to find you an opportunity to sing in public if you’re interested – if you don’t first.
Do I have what it takes to make it as a singer?
Oh, if I had a dime for every time I am asked this question…Here’s the thing:
The question is almost like asking, “Who am I and why am I here?” No one can answer that except you. The answer is up to you and you alone. I am here to support you on your journey. If you are truly barking up the wrong tree (i.e. you’re tone deaf, etc.), I will tell you. No judgement. Simple Truth.
Otherwise, as I mention in my teaching philosophy, you get out of it what you put into it. There are many questions you will have to ask yourself along the way. I am happy to help you with what questions to ask. As you go down the path of a singer, you will discover over and over what you are made of. It’s exciting and scary all at once. Oh, the possibilities…
And now for a quote from one of my favorite poets and philosophers, Goethe:
Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary Truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too.
All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred, a whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.
Whatever you can do or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.”