Online Lessons

Demonstrating a rounded facial posture during an online lesson

What is an online lesson like?

  • Platform: Online lessons are conducted using FaceTime, Skype, or Zoom, depending on your preference.
  • Vocalizing: Once we are connected, the lesson begins with vocal exercises. (You do not need to vocalize extensively before we begin.)
  • Repertoire: When we move to repertoire, you need to be prepared to sing a cappella, which sometimes can be a tremendous plus. If you plan to work on a piece of non-standard rep, that I might not have in my personal music library, please email me a PDF or link before your lesson.
  • Camera and lighting: Please position your device’s camera so that you are visible from the torso up, and can look relatively straight into the camera (rather than looking down). Check lighting to ensure that you are decently lit (e.g., not backlit, or in darkness). Even though I cannot see your entire body during an online lesson, I can “hear” your lower body support from the sound of your tone, and guide you in necessary adjustments.
  • Payments can be made online via PayPal or Venmo. 

Can you really *hear* the singer?

  • Yes, absolutely. If the audio connection is clear, I can hear the important elements of your technique (like registration, vowel quality, overtones, tongue tension, and palatal position) as easily as I do in person. 

But is it as good as in person? 

  • In-person work is the gold standard, of course. But many of my students who regularly take the majority of their lessons online (because they have moved away from the Bay Area, for example, or are currently sheltering in place due to Covid-19) have found it surprisingly similar to work in person. Give it a try and decide for yourself!

How do I book an online lesson?