A Plan for Mastery

 

Customized Lesson Packages  Designed

to Promote Comprehensive Vocal Technique

 

20-Lesson Package 10-Lesson Package 5-Lesson Package

A New Paradigm For Learning Vocal Technique

 
The most effective and swift way to master any art or discipline is to learn each aspect individually, building each upon the next and integrating them together, within the context of an overall structure that ensures every component is addressed.
 
However, that is not the way most of us learn to sing. We begin as self-taught, and we pick things up haphazardly. Voice lessons usually seek to tweak or augment what we developed on our own, rather than starting with technical fundamentals as instrumentalists do. The teacher addresses the aspects of a student’s technique that require attention, with an expectation that by the end of the lesson the student will be “one hour better” than when they arrived. As a result, singers learn skills like breathing, flexibility, articulation and dynamics in fragmented morsels and may not eventually arrive at deep understanding of each. Some achieve a high level of skill fairly quickly while for others it turns into an endless, open-ended endeavor, with no way to predict when or whether they will achieve the level of skill they desire.
 
The skills that comprise singing technique are quantifiable and teachable. By approaching each of them in turn and methodically integrating them, it is possible to accelerate the learning process and ensure that nothing gets left out.
 
Learning to sing is no more mysterious than learning any other skill. Rather than luck or natural aptitude, it requires commitment on the part of the student, skill on the part of the teacher, and a well-structured lesson plan. Each of these plans is designed to instill a comprehensive understanding of vocal technique and provide a clear pathway to achieving mastery.

Package Options

20 Lessons: A Structured Path to Vocal Mastery

The twenty-lesson plan is the most thorough and inclusive of my offerings, as well as by far the best value. I am offering it for an inaugural rate of $2465 (my usual 15% discount rate for a twenty-lesson package), and I will include a copy of my book Complete Vocal Fitness: A Singer’s Guide to Physical Training, Anatomy, and Biomechanics, a Nea 2 massager, and access to my online courses as they become available. I will also provide a pianist for the seven sessions that require one. I will customize the plan will to meet each singer’s needs and priorities, but the fundamental structure will be as follows:

Lesson One (90 minutes)

Initial Assessment

We’ll have a pianist present for the first half hour, during which you’ll share a range of repertoire.  Then I’ll lead you through some diagnostic exercises to assess your strengths, challenges and range. We will discuss your musical background, goals, and preferred practice habits in order to customize the course to fit your needs and learning style. 

Lesson Two

Phonation

  • Introduction to laryngeal anatomy
  • Exercise sequence to promote and recognize clear, efficient phonation
  • Application to repertoire
  • Practice recommendations and reading/video viewing assignments 

Lesson Three

Breath Conditioning

  • Introduction to breathing anatomy
  • Simple physical stretches and exercises to promote full breathing
  • Inhalation and breath release exercises
  • Airflow onset exercises
  • Practice recommendations and reading/video viewing assignments 

Lesson Four

Breath Release

  • Exercise sequence for vocalizing with coordinated breath release 
  • Application to repertoire
  • Practice recommendations and reading/video viewing assignments 

Lesson Five

Integration 

  • First half hour: Review phonation and airflow exercises
  • Second half hour: Apply to repertoire with pianist 
  • Practice recommendations based on lesson 

Lesson Six

Registration

  • Introduction to the anatomy and biomechanics of vocal registers
  • Exercise sequence for register integration
  • Vibrant Voice Technique exercise for equalizing registration
  • Practice recommendations and reading/video viewing assignments

Lesson Seven

Integration

  • First half hour: Review phonation, airflow and registration exercises
  • Second half hour: Apply to repertoire with pianist 
  • Practice recommendations based on lesson

Lesson Eight

Articulation, Part 1

  • Introduction to anatomy and biomechanics of the jaw and tongue
  • Exercise sequence to release and coordinate jaw and tongue
  • Practice recommendations and reading/video viewing assignments, to include my online Articulation for Singers course

Lesson Nine

Articulation, Part 2 

  • Introduction to anatomy and biomechanics of the lips and soft palate
  • Exercise sequence to condition and coordinate the lips and soft palate
  • Practice recommendations and reading/video viewing assignments, to include my online Articulation for Singers course

Lesson Ten

Integration

  • First half hour: Review all exercises with an emphasis on articulation
  • Second half hour: Apply to repertoire with pianist 
  • Practice recommendations based on lesson

Lesson Eleven

Range

  • Review laryngeal anatomy with a focus on how to expand and optimize range
  • Exercise sequence to improve laryngeal mobility and range of motion
  • Vibrant Voice Technique exercises for improving range
  • Practice recommendations and reading/video viewing assignments

Lesson Twelve

Flexibility

  • Introduction to the anatomy and biomechanics governing vocal flexibility
  • Exercise sequence to promote flexibility
  • Practice recommendations and reading/video viewing assignments

Lesson Thirteen

Integration

  • First half hour: Review airflow and flexibility exercises
  • Second half hour: Apply to repertoire with pianist 
  • Practice recommendations based on lesson

Lesson Fourteen

Breath Conditioning

  • This lesson will take place in a fitness setting
  • Exercises to promote balanced abdominal and core strength, flexibility and coordination
  • Practice recommendations and reading/video viewing assignments

Lesson Fifteen

Breath Management

  • Introduction to anatomy and principles of breath management
  • Vocal and physical exercise sequence for optimizing and regulating subglottal breath pressure
  • Practice recommendations and reading/video viewing assignments

Lesson Sixteen

Integration 

  • First half hour: Review airflow and breath management exercises
  • Second half hour: Apply to repertoire with pianist 
  • Practice recommendations based on lesson

Lesson Seventeen

Physical Stabilization

  • This lesson will take place in a fitness setting
  • Exercises to promote stability of the shoulders and limbo-pelvic-hip complex
  • Practice recommendations and reading/video viewing assignments

Lesson Eighteen

Physicalization

  • Discussion of intentional versus habitual and/or unconscious physical movement
  • Exercise sequence to integrate the movements of singing with the movements of character definition and stage action
  • Practice recommendations and reading/video viewing assignments

Lesson Nineteen

Dynamics

  • Introduction to the anatomy and physics involved in creating dynamics
  • Exercise sequence to explore and expand dynamic range
  • Practice recommendations and reading/video viewing assignments

Lesson Twenty (90 minutes)

Assessment and Wrap-Up 

  • First half hour: Balanced warm-up and exercise review
  • Second half hour: Apply to repertoire with pianist
  • Third half hour: Reflection, assessment, discussion about next steps
20-Lesson Package

10 Lessons: An Intensive Immersion

The ten-lesson plan covers all essential components of vocal technique and integrates them with one another. I am offering this package for an inaugural rate of $1305 (my usual 10% discount rate for a ten-lesson package), and it will include a pianist for the first and final lessons.

Lesson One
Initial Assessment (with pianist)
We'll have a pianist present for the first half hour, during which you'll share a range of repertoire. Then I'll lead you through some diagnostic exercises to assess your strengths, challenges and range. We will discuss your musical background, goals, and preferred practice habits in order to customize the course to fit your needs and learning style. 
 
Lesson Two
Phonation
  • Introduction to laryngeal anatomy
  • Exercise sequence to promote and recognize clear, efficient phonation
  • Application to repertoire
  • Practice recommendations and reading/video viewing assignments 
Lesson Three
Breath Conditioning & Release
  • Introduction to breathing anatomy
  • Simple physical stretches and exercises to promote full breathing
  • Inhalation and breath release exercises
  • Exercise sequence for vocalizing with coordinated breath release 
  • Application to repertoire
  • Practice recommendations and reading/video viewing assignments 
Lesson Four
Integration 
  • First half hour: Review phonation and airflow exercises
  • Second half hour: Apply to repertoire study
  • Practice recommendations based on lesson
Lesson Five
Registration
  • Introduction to the anatomy and biomechanics of vocal registers
  • Exercise sequence for register integration
  • Vibrant Voice Technique exercise for equalizing registration
  • Practice recommendations and reading/video viewing assignments
Lesson Six
Integration
  • First half hour: Review phonation, airflow and registration exercises
  • Second half hour: Apply to repertoire study
  • Practice recommendations based on lesson
Lesson Seven
Articulation & Resonance
  • Introduction to anatomy and biomechanics of the jaw, tongue, lips and soft palate
  • Exercise sequence to release and coordinate the articulators
  • Exercise sequence to promote and explore balanced resonance
  • Practice recommendations and reading/video viewing assignments, to include the online Articulation for Singers course
Lesson Eight
Range
  • Review laryngeal anatomy with a focus on how to expand and optimize range
  • Exercise sequence to improve laryngeal mobility and range of motion
  • Vibrant Voice Technique exercises for improving range
  • Practice recommendations and reading/video viewing assignments
Lesson Nine
Flexibility
  • Introduction to the anatomy and biomechanics governing vocal flexibility
  • Exercise sequence to promote flexibility
  • Practice recommendations and reading/video viewing assignments
 
Lesson Ten (with pianist)
Integration
  • First half hour: Review exercises
  • Second half hour: Apply to repertoire, with pianist 
10-Lesson Package

5 Lessons: A Concentrated Introduction

The five-lesson plan can be a great introduction to vocal technique or can serve as a refresher for a singer whose progress has plateaued and is seeking new insights and strategies. I am offering this package for $685 (my usual 5% discount rate for a five-lesson package), and will provide a pianist for the final lesson.

Lesson One
Phonation
  • Introduction to laryngeal anatomy
  • Exercise sequence to promote and recognize clear, efficient phonation
  • Application to repertoire
  • Practice recommendations and reading/video viewing assignments 
Lesson Two
Breath Conditioning & Release
  • Introduction to breathing anatomy
  • Simple physical stretches and exercises to promote full breathing
  • Inhalation and breath release exercises
  • Exercise sequence for vocalizing with coordinated breath release 
  • Application to repertoire
  • Practice recommendations and reading/video viewing assignments 
Lesson Three
Registration & Flexibility
  • Introduction to the anatomy and biomechanics of vocal registers
  • Exercise sequence for register integration
  • Vibrant Voice Technique exercise for equalizing registration
  • Introduction to the anatomy and biomechanics governing vocal flexibility
  • Exercise sequence to promote flexibility
  • Application to repertoire
  • Practice recommendations and reading/video viewing assignments
 
Lesson Four
Articulation & Resonance
  • Introduction to anatomy and biomechanics of the jaw, tongue, lips and soft palate
  • Exercise sequence to release and coordinate the articulators
  • Exercise sequence to promote and explore balanced resonance
  • Application to repertoire
  • Practice recommendations and reading/video viewing assignments, to include the online Articulation for Singers course
Lesson Five
Applying Technique to Repertoire
  • First half hour: Review of Exercises
  • Second half hour: Application to repertoire, with pianist
5-Lesson Package

"Vocal technical mastery is possible. If you are struggling with some aspect of your technique, proceed with the assumption that you will find a way to conquer it rather than fear that this is just a built-in limitation of your voice. Be grateful for the natural talent with which you have been endowed, but train for mastery."

from The Singer's Audition & Career Handbook
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