Why Take Private Voice Lessons?
If you’re here, you probably don’t need to be convinced that private voice lessons are a good idea. But let’s talk about it anyway.
Yes, you can save money by watching free videos on YouTube and buying at-home vocal training products. We do that too – we love to keep filling our tool belts with more tips and tricks.
But a good teacher will save you a lot of time. A good teacher will be able to evaluate your voice quickly and know what you should work on first. (It’s not the same for everyone.) A good teacher will guide you to do exercises correctly. (Doing exercises wrong is worse than not doing them at all.) A good teacher will be able to guide you through the “dip” in confidence that often comes when you start changing well-worn but incorrect vocal habits.
And for some people, it’s not an exaggeration to say that a single lesson with a great teacher can change the course of your career, but a year of lessons with a mediocre teacher can leave you worse off than you started.
Vocal Instruction vs. Vocal Coaching
We are both vocal instructors and voice coaches. A voice teacher teaches you the technical aspects of how to sing – things like how to breathe, how to support and project, how to get pleasing tone and good resonance, and how to sing smoothly across your entire range. A voice coach helps you interpret your song, find your voice, make songs your own, and improve your performance. We do either or both, depending on your needs, interests and goals.
Our voice lessons do draw some elements from classical and modern vocal methods, but all of our teachers do teach mix. This means that all of our voice teachers teach you to develop consistent tone and power across your entire range.
Among all the vocal instructors at Performance High, we work with singers in almost all genres: pop, rock,R&B, electronica, jazz, country, blues, folk, musical theatre, and metal.
We have three groups of vocal coaches – Tungsten, Titanium, and Silver (named after three of the minerals mined in Colorado).
You can take half-hour, 45-minute, or hour lessons. 30 and 45-min lessons are pro-rated exactly off the hour prices. You can pay by the lesson, by the month, or by the 4-month period. Save $5/hour by paying by the month. Save $10/hour by paying for four months. See more details on our Rates page.
What We Do in Voice Lessons
In your first lesson, you and your teacher will chat so we understand what you like and dislike about your voice, why you are taking lessons, and what you want to get out of them. Then we’ll do a 15-20 minute evaluation using vocal warmups and exercises to explore your voice and learn which areas you will benefit most from working on first. We also like to hear you sing a song or two, since oftentimes people sing songs very differently than they do exercises.
We often work on things like smoothing your break; singing with power and resonance but less strain; singing with more consistency from note to note and day to day; improving tonal quality; being more expressive; polishing pitches, riffs, and runs; extending range; harmonizing; and developing a unique sound.
In subsequent lessons, we spend less time talking at the beginning. We may also cut warmups a little shorter if you have already done some that day. We usually will want to do at least a few minutes of exercises, though, to make sure your voice spends time performing optimally before moving into working on songs.
More Than Just Voice Lessons
Sure, we teach people how to sing. But that’s really just the tool. What we really teach is personal growth. Belief in self. Possibility. Opportunity. Change. Crossing bridges. And learning how to learn. Adrienne talks about this in the video below.
- We seek to understand your reasons for taking lessons and tailor your lessons to reach your goals.
- We seek quick results while still helping build healthy habits over the long term.
- We respect all genres of music.
- You and your voice are safe with us. Although you will be stretched, our studios are safe zones.
- Lessons will be fun and relaxed, but efficient. We value your time.
- You get to sing what you want. (If you select a song way beyond your current ability, we may suggest circling back to it at a later time.)
How to Work With Us
The great majority of our lessons are private face-to-face voice lessons. We find it much easier to teach online, partly because there is no technology standing between you and us.
We don’t ask for a commitment to any certain number of lessons, unless you choose to pay for month of weekly lessons up front. You can schedule as often or as infrequently as you like.
Most adults take weekly or bi-weekly hour-long lessons. Some adults, particularly experienced adults who know how to warm up their voices effectively, take half-hour lessons.
Pre-teens and young teens usually take weekly lessons, though it’s not required. Younger students often take half-hour lessons; older teens often take hour lessons. We suggest shorter lessons more frequently for shorter attention spans.
Yes, we do Skype lessons. We prefer to work with you in person if you’re nearby, but if not, we’re happy to meet online! We can meet on Google Hangouts, FaceTime, or Skype.
Vocal intensives are 4-8 hours of one-on-one instruction over 1-3 days. They’re best for experienced vocalists who plan to come in from out of town. Vocal Intensives are 100% customizable and can include multiple teachers at Performance High.
If you’d like to do a vocal intensive, contact us to discuss your previous vocal training and what you’d like to get out of a vocal intensive. We will need to make sure there’s a fit before we commit, so we may ask for a short audition video.