FAQ

Q. What age can a child start lessons with you? 
A. I prefer to wait until children are at least 9. When they are younger, they can benefit from group singing - like choirs.

Q. I don’t like Opera. Do I have to learn to sing like that?
A. Absolutely not! Learning “Classical technique” doesn’t mean learning Opera or trying to sing like an Opera singer. It means learning to sing with correct breathing, placement, vowels, and not forcing the voice.

Q. I’m not sure… Can I just try one lesson?
A. YES. The first lesson is always a "trial" or Introductory/Assessment lesson, with no obligation to continue. It’s a two way audition: the student decides if they enjoy my methods of teaching, and I evaluate whether I can be helpful in reaching their goals. The “trial” lesson is the same cost as a regular lesson. See “fees” for prices.

Q. I have an audition coming up in a few weeks. Can you help me prepare?
A. YES. Even a couple of lessons can make a huge difference in one’s confidence and level of preparedness.

Q.  Do you teach Pop music? I have an audition/show coming up...
A. YES. I teach proper, “Classical” technique, to build a better, stronger voice. Then you can sing any style more easily and more beautifully. Your lesson would consist of classical warm-up and technique, followed by working on your audition/show pieces.

Q. My friends take piano exams. Are there voice exams?
A. YES. I encourage my students to take Royal Conservatory of Music (RMC) exams.

Q. I can’t read music. Do you teach that too?
A. YES. I think it’s important to be a well-rounded musician. It’s not as difficult as you might think.

Q. Do I need an accompanist (pianist) for my lessons?
A. NO. I play for students at their lessons. For concerts, recitals, exams, auditions and rehearsals, an accompanist is required. My studio works with several excellent pianists who can be hired for such occasions.

If you have a question that is not answered here, please feel free to call or email with your enquiry.