Lessons with Lori
Violet, in her school's production of Once Upon a Mattress
Weekly individual lessons are offered in 45 and 60 minute sessions. After a brief interview, we will determine the optimal lesson length for you based on your age, experience and goals.
Each lesson begins with vocalization, which is time to concentrate on vocal technique through the use of exercises and sound experimentation. We will record your lessons so you have something to practice with at home throughout the week. If building music literacy is important to you, we will spend some of your lesson time developing sight-singing and ear-training skills.
The remainder of your lesson will be focused on repertoire, where we will apply the principles of vocal technique to the actual singing of songs, discover how to sing expressively and develop confident stage presence.
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What You'll Receive
- Encouraging, non-judgmental instruction. I am compassionate with my students who put themselves in a vulnerable position by singing in front of someone else, while also being passionate about pushing you to be the very best you can be!
- Vocal technique:
- Clear instruction in the anatomy of the voice
- Correct posture/body alignment
- Breathing technique for singing
- Assistance finding the best resonance in your voice
- Strengthening the tone in both low and high registers
- Bridging the gap between registers
- Release of unnecessary tension
- Other technical aspects of singing
- Diction in Italian, French and German as well as English
- Stylistic interpretation of many different genres of music, including classical art song, musical theater, opera, jazz and pop.
- Sight-singing and ear-training
What You'll Give
- Willingness to experiment, try new things and be focused in lessons
- Commitment to a minimum of four months (one semester) of weekly lessons
- Diligent practice between lessons with the recordings and materials I provide for you
Your progress is entirely dependent on your ability and commitment to create muscle memory and habitual thought processes through consistent, frequent practice at home over a substantial amount of time. The old saying is true, “ Rome wasn’t built in a day!”
What to Bring With You
- Sheet music in a designated lesson binder and/or song books
- Recording device
- Water bottle
- Small notebook or notebook paper in your binder to take notes, write down assignments, etc.
NOTE: students will need to purchase music for use in their study. Commonly used resources are:
- Meeker Music (624 N Tejon Street, Colorado Springs)
- Graner Music (4460 Barnes Road, Colorado Springs)