I teach from my home in West Seattle. All levels. Men and women ages 12 and up. We work on repertoire, phrasing, scat, rhythm and improvisation as well as the proper vocal techniques of breathing, support and range. I help students develop a practice routine that is fun, builds strength and produces results. Many of my students have gone on to work locally and many have won awards at various vocal competitions.
I know over 2,000 jazz standards, and work with students using a series of accompaniment recordings of virtually ever song from the great American songbook (see list for ideas). These songs can be modified to each student's key and tempo and stlyle preference. I also have the digital technology to remove the vocals from some existing commercial cd's to make custom rehearsal cd's. Each lesson will be recorded to a cd for easy practice access. In addition to your practice cd you will hear at each lesson a compilation of various great jazz singers recordings of the songs you're working on! This is in keeping with my philosophy that learning from the Great's is always a part of jazz!
NEW: My three tiered practice approach:
Dear Singers, Do you struggle with a lack of focus and direction in your practice sessions? Assuming you practice at all? Is it hard to decide where to begin?
NEW: Clinic Topics covered in private lessons:
If you've been to my clinic's before you know that topics covered can range from singing the blues to stylizing ballads. These and many others from my Clinics page can be requested as subjects of focus in your private lessons.
MONEY SAVING TIPS: I do encorage private students to "share" a lesson. Split the cost of an hour lesson by having a friend join you: 2 students/$30ea. 3 students/$20 ea., etc. Also remember I do NOT require students to sign up for "regular" weekly or monthly lessons. Students may schedule on a lesson-to-lesson basis.
WHO'S SONG IS IT ANYWAY?
I've created an Improvisation Game for 2 singers!!
RECITALS FOR REGULAR PRIVATE STUDENTS
As an incentive to practice and stay focused I believe it's important to have "stage time". I schedule, every 6 months, for my regular private students a cost-free performance at Tula's jazz club, with my band! To participate simply set up some regular (approx every 2 weeks) private lessons, and remind me you'd like to get a performance scheduled.
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