FAQS

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the questions people have asked me over the years.  If you find your questions are still unanswered, please contact me, and I will be happy to help.

Do you teach music theory?  Do I have to learn music theory?
I am a complete beginner and never took a lesson can I study with you?
Can anybody learn how to sing?
Is it possible to learn singing from an instructional CD/ DVD?
How much time should I spend practicing?
Do Lessons over Skype really work?

Do you teach music theory?  Do I have to learn music theory?

Yes, I do teach music theory, but your lessons do not have to include that.  Whether or not you should be studying music theory depends on your on what your goals are.  If you are a complete beginner or taking lessons just for fun, you do not have to study theory.  However, if you are an advanced student who wants to learn songs independently, play with a band, lead a band, go to auditions, perform, apply to music colleges / conservatories etc., it is most likely that you will need to study music theory.

I am a complete beginner and never took a lesson- can I study with you?

Yes, absolutely!  I accept students of all levels, and will be happy to introduce you to the basics of a strong, healthy vocal technique.

Can anybody learn how to sing?

Yes!  If you concentrate in lessons and you are dedicated to the learning process, you will be able to improve your singing.  More importantly, you will be able to sing much better than you could without training.  In some cases, people do have varying degrees of what is called “tone deafness.”  In very sever cases of “tone deafness,” it would be very hard to make progress but in minor or average cases a great deal of progress can be made.  Some people mistakenly think they are tone deaf because somebody told them.  This is not necessarily the case; it is a general rule of thumb not listen anybody regarding singing techniqu unless they are a professionally trained musician.

Is it possible to learn singing from an instructional CD/ DVD?

A teacher does one important thing that a CD or a DVD can never do.  He can hear you and tell you how you sound.  If you are practicing only with a CD, you might be practicing things that are incorrect without even being aware .

How much time should I spend practicing?

That depends entirely on your goals.  If you are studying for fun, try to practice at least twice a week for half an hour.  If you are an advanced student you should practice more, and will probably have more material to review.  In any case, I highly recommend recording every lesson and carefully reviewing the recording on your own, even in weeks when you are swamped.

Do lessons over Skype really work?

Students have been very happy with the results we have achieved through voice lessons via video conferencing.  In some ways, not being in-person makes it a little more challenging but I am very effective in expediently analyzing the particular topics at hand and devising an approach to breaking through those issues.


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