Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to have talent?
Talent is something that you are born with, and can make some aspects of singing easier. But singing is a learned skill, which means that with patience and practice, anyone can learn how to sing.
Who should take singing lessons?
Anyone who wants to improve their singing voice! The majority of my students are professionals, emerging professional, adult avocational, or dedicated high school students preparing for post-secondary study.
I have an audition in 2 weeks. Can you help me?
In two weeks, you could learn the notes and words of a song, but building a functional technique to use in that audition takes significantly more time.
Do I have to live in Regina?
Absolutely not! Through the wonders of technology, I have students from all over who take on-line lessons.
Where do lessons take place?
My studio is in the Riddell Centre at the University of Regina, but I also teach online for students outside of Regina.
Do you teach anything else but classical music?
Yes of course! Most of my students are in the classical realm, but I have students who sing in multiple styles, including music theatre, gospel, jazz, and contemporary pop music. No matter what style you sing, there are some technical and stylistic differences, but the basic vocal function is the same.
Do I have to sing opera?
No, but if you want to improve faster, singing in other languages can help get around some bad habits from your mother tongue.
Will I have to sing scales?
Yes, just like athletics, scales and exercises are used to explore the voice and master skills. Then we take those skills and apply them to our music and performances.
How often should I have a lesson?
Science shows that more frequent lessons are best for quick advancement. Dedicated beginners should aim for one lesson per week on a regular basis. More experienced singers who have more developed skills, benefit from regular lessons, but are able to meet less regularly.
What do I need for lessons?
For online students (under current Covid-19 restrictions, all lessons are held online at this time), you will need:
- Desktop or Laptop computer
- Strong internet signal (wired preferred)
- Space where you can stand 5 or 6 feet away from the camera
What if I can't make my scheduled lesson?
With at least 24 hours advance warning, Flex lessons may be rescheduled. Lessons cancelled after that point are forfeit with no refunds.
With at least 24 hours advance warning, weekly lessons may be cancelled and rescheduled. Repeated cancellations or absences may result in the loss of your scheduled time.
Can I buy lessons as a gift for a friend or family member?
Of course you can, but from my experience I would suggest no.
The relationship between a voice teacher and student can extremely personal. If you want to buy lessons as a gift, I would suggest buying a package of Flex lessons to try things out, before pursuing something long term.
I do not want to take or continue voice lessons. Can I get my money back?
Packages of Flex lessons are non-refundable.
Weekly lessons require one month’s notice to cancel.
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