My last student yesterday, Bob McKay, is a true joy to teach. Bob is a Senior VP at SEPPIC and our conversations range from him telling me about the chemistry of his product line to our past readings of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky with a dose of the latest financial investment advice on the wild ride of Apple stocks. But what do I love most about Bob? Every single week he brings in the coolest songs to work on, which help me to remember things about my past that I thought were gone for good! The way I teach Bob is so very different from the way I teach my 12 year old pop student, Grace, and the way I teach her is different than my professional dancer, Sky. It's important that I keep up on vocal pedagogy information so I can serve my students well.
-Introduction, “Tips On Popular Singing” ©1941
A daily (and yes, that means 7 days per week) vocal warm-up routine is necessary for any singer who wants to be taken seriously. You have no excuse with the over-abundance of methods and programs available for free, minimal cost, and some priced so high I wonder what their motivation is. Teachers charge anywhere from $50.00 to $500.00 per hour for a lesson. Does a high price mean quality? For me, anyone more expensive than my attorney is suspect, but that's my personal threshold. You be the judge for yourself. Audition different teachers to find the best one for you. Ask students about their experiences with teachers. If I am not the best teacher for you, I will let you know and try to help you find someone better suited for your needs. Any good teacher will do the same.
Peace out and rock on,