Private lessons are $20/half-hour, and payment is due in full at the beginning of the month. Lessons are taught out of my home in Claremont, NH. My husband and I have a cat and a large-breed hound, so please keep that in mind if you have allergies.
If your teen would like to take voice lessons, but this rate is higher than your family can afford, please contact Melissa Richmond at the West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts (WCCMA). The WCCMA offers reduced-cost and free music lessons based on income.
I require 48 hours’ notice to cancel a lesson; details on this policy are communicated at our first meeting. If you cancel our first meeting less than 48 hours in advance, I will bill you for my time. Time reserved for you is time I can’t schedule with anyone else!
I teach healthy vocalization to novices, beginners, and lifelong singers with little or no formal training. I place an emphasis on physiologically sound body usage and breathing. Each student learns to work with his or her body to achieve a solid base for beautiful, comfortable, and healthful singing.
I prefer to teach private lessons, because this gives me the freedom to address each student as an individual. Invariably I have found that students in group lessons experience directly conflicting areas of difficulty; private lessons are the most efficient and rewarding option for both student and teacher.
Good technique is not just about opera: it’s about physical and artistic freedom. Most people aren’t elite singers (opera singers), but you can get so much out of your instrument without going all the way to an operatic sound! Incidentally, did you know that even elite singers have different types of voices? You may not have heard one that you like yet, but that doesn’t mean this kind of singing is “bad”! Renee Fleming is an amazingly skillful singer, but both my husband and I prefer the lighter sound of Beverly Sills. Sylvia McNair is another example of a unique and beautiful instrument.