“The voice is a beautiful instrument” - Tibor Kozma
"Da Mic Don't Lie"
and it's why singers of all levels need coaching
My voice teaching concepts are based on several contemporary vocal techniques: Somatic Voicework, Speech Level Singing, Complete Vocal Technique and my own experience as a concert and recording artist.
VOCAL VITALITY: THE FOUNDATION TO
DISCOVERING & DEVELOPING YOUR SINGING VOICE
by Clif Payne
a. Total foundational health maintenance promotes lasting vocal care
b. Correct body posture is foundational
c. Face, neck, chest, diaphragm, back
2. Spiritual: All you really need is love of life.
3. Technical: Correct vocal technique is essential to singing well.
4. Musical: You make and shape your unique vocal sounds
a. Pitch, melody, rhythm, beat, tone, diction, breath support
5. Communicable (Ready, set—engage!)
a. What are the rules of engagement? Eye to eye contact/facial expression
b. Sing to be felt and believed, not just to be heard
c. Become the song, emote your performance
a. Think different; You're not just a singer--you’re a vocal athlete.
b. If you're career-minded, it’s a lifestyle for the long haul.
c. Your voice is unique, one-of-a-kind
d. Turn fear/anxiety into confidence/energy
7. Personal: Giving the songs your view of life
a. Cultural: The bloodlines that make you, YOU!
8. Focus/Diligence/Perseverance with the process of your vocal development
9. Conversational: Sing with the ease of how you speak.
10. Practice. Don't solely rely on developing your voice in performance
You Are A Human Instrument—You Are Not A Mechanical Instrument. Mechanical instruments strive to emulate the human voice. The human voice does not have to emulate a mechanical instrument.
My current teaching schedule:
Monday 6 -7:30 pm
Tuesday 4 - 7:30
Wednesday 6 - 7:30
Thursday 4 – 5:15 & 7:30 pm
Friday 2 – 4:30 pm & 5:30 – 7:30
Saturday, I’m available to teach from 11:30 am – 5pm
What To Expect At Your Lessons
During the current COVID pandemic, all lessons will be held on Zoom. You will receive a Zoom link 15 minutes prior to your lesson time. You can record the lessons on your device or through Zoom, if you like. Each lesson will begin with a brief vocal warm-up and technical exercises. Then we’ll start singing the songs that you have chosen along with songs I will suggest. At the end of each lesson, you’ll do a “warm down” exercise and we’ll talk about your next lesson.
My Policy For Referrals: Student referrals are certainly welcome. And when your referral becomes a student of mine, you will be given a free lesson to be scheduled at your convenience! When your referral reaches lesson # 8, You will be given another free lesson!
Attendance & Payment
As previously stated, all lessons will be held on Zoom until further notice because of the pandemic. Being on time is important for all our schedules. So please be punctual to prevent any spill-over into the schedules of my other students.
Teacher Absences: If the teacher is absent for any lesson, a makeup lesson is guaranteed.
Student Absences: If the student gives a 24-hour notice, a makeup lesson will be provided as long as it is scheduled in the same month as the missed lesson. If the student doesn’t give notice for missing a lesson, no makeup will be provided. Regarding illness or emergency, all makeups will be given at the teacher’s discretion.
Payment is due online in advance of your lesson via Venmo, PayPal, Cash:
30 minutes - $65
45 minutes - $75
60 minutes - $85
Discounts are available when you purchase a package:
Four 30-minute lessons (one month) at $60 = $240
Eight 30-minute lessons (two months) at $55 = $440 (You have indicated that you prefer this package. )
Session Fees & Additional Services
For occasional requested specialized work outside of the class requiring extended time, I generally charge the full lesson fee.