What ages and levels do you work with?
Vocals-on-Stage is designed for all levels and all ages, from beginner to professional.
Sometimes students want to take lessons with the goal to sing karaoke, other times they are already professional singers who sing in a band or in a choir, are touring musicians or want to prepare for an audition. I am here to help all students achieve their goals. I love working with committed singers, investing 30 min to practice every day will benefit you and you will see improvements very quickly.
Do you work with beginners?
Absolutely, everybody starts at a certain point and I am happy to accompany you on your way of becoming the best singer you can possibly be. I enjoy working with students who are just starting out and helping them to reach their goal step by step, one lesson at a time. We will work on your goals and your preferred style of music and I am here to help you reach your goals and guide you to do that in a healthy way.
What styles do you teach?
We teach many different styles, mostly modern music including Pop, Rock, R´n´B, Soul, Jazz, Musical Theater, Country, Folk, Blues and Electronic/Dance.
What is Mix singing?
You have probably heard the terms “Belting”, “Full Voice”, “Bel Canto” or “Mix. Well while Belting does not quite fit in this category the other ones are very much alike. I like to use the word “Mix” for describing a seamless sound from your low register to your high register. Singing in Mix voice gives a singer the capability to perform with a smooth, strong, balanced and continuous sound, from the bottom to the top of their vocal register, typically with a range that extends far beyond where they began. Singers who mix can easily transition through the bridges in their voice without strain, blending registers effortlessly. They are able to focus on performing a song, whatever their musical style, because their voices are strong, flexible, and reliable.
Is Mix the same thing as Belting?
Belting is a vocal technique in which the chest voice is extended above its natural range with an increased volume. Even as a soprano you can belt just so high before your voice flips into a head register, sometimes even into a falsetto sound, which when singing certain pop songs or Broadway belt songs, ruins the general effect and style of the song and can be harmful to your voice. In Mix you train your voice to blend your registers in a healthy and strong way which makes navigating through those vocal breaks or passagios much smoother and easier.
What is IVTOM?
IVTOM stands for International Voice Teachers Of Mix. It is a non-profit organization and network of like minded teachers of mix singing who continually strive to be the best in their field. IVTOM Teachers strive to teach natural, unaffected, beautiful and healthy vocal production, with a return to pure bel canto singing in all styles. To find out more about IVTOM please visit: www.ivtom.org
How frequently should I take lessons?
You will get the best results if you take a minimum of one lesson per week. Consistency will ensure that you progress more quickly. Students can choose between a full lesson (one hour), 45 min or a half lesson (half hour).
How often should I practice?
The voice is an instrument and through practice and repetition we build the muscle memory. Ideally you should practice every single day for at least 30 minutes. It is more beneficial to practice every day for 15-30 minutes than once a week for an hour or longer. It´s the repetition that will help you break subconscious habits. If you can’t practice daily, then try every other day or so. Whichever routine you set for yourself, try to stick to it. Practicing for shorter periods of time more often will help you stay on the right track.
How long does it take for me to gain total control of my voice?
It really depends on you, no two voices are alike and there are factors like talent, overall musicality, current vocal skills, practice habits, past experience and the physical condition of your voice, to be considered. You will see improvements within your first lesson and as you continue practicing and taking lessons you´ll get closer and closer to the goals you have set for yourself. The muscle memory is very important to build the vocal mechanics, so be consistent with your practice and your lessons and give yourself the time you need. A timeframe of 3-12 months is realistic for a dramatic development.
Where is your studio location and what are your hours of operation?
We offer 1-on-1 and online lessons. Online lessons can be taken from all over the world. In person lessons are held in 3430 Vinton Ave, Culver City 90034 and 13615 Burbank Blvd, Sherman Oaks, 91401 CA.
Monday to Friday: 9 am – 7 pm
Saturday: 9 am – 2 pm
Do you offer online lessons?
Yes we do! If you don’t live in Southern California and still would like to take lessons, no problem! We happily offer Skype or FaceTime lessons. All you need is a computer (Macbook Pro or iPads both have fantastic built in cameras and microphones and deliver clean sound and clear picture) and a Skype or FaceTime account along with a solid internet connection (we recommend a minimum of 5 Mb/s download speed and 2 Mb/s upload speed) and you are good to go. If you have any further questions please contact Vocals-on-Stage at firstname.lastname@example.org