I’m writing this blog entry from the comfort of my home vocal studio. I’m wearing sweats and slippers because all of my voice students now study via online voice lessons with me on Skype, FaceTime or Zoom.
I live in a city (Portland, Oregon) where inclement weather can often make commuting difficult. I also may need to move to another city in the near future, but don’t want to lose the dedicated students from Portland who have studied with me for years. Those are a few of the reasons why I closed my physical studio in downtown Portland and went to an online only teaching format. I also don’t have to worry about catching every cold that would come into my small studio space, nor do I have to insist that my students stay home if they are contagious. They can take their online voice lessons from home, even from bed if they need to!
I have always been unconventional, and an out-of-the-box thinker, so leaving the traditional studio for the remote one was not a difficult transition for me.
The students who are with me are happy to have the same top quality instructor they had before, and their lessons have continued on without issue. I thank them for taking the chance on this less than the traditional method. Every vocal coach I know has a high percentage of their student roster taking their lessons online. It’s great to be able to offer my services to students globally as well as locally.
Online voice lessons aren’t for everyone, but for the serious singing student who wants to hone in on their vocal technique, they work great. Skype and FaceTime are better than ever, and it can almost feel like we are in the same room. I have a better view of the students face and mouth shape, I can hear them well with my headphones, and they have the exact same lesson they would have had in my downtown studio, with the same experienced and dedicated pro teaching them. I have taught thousands of lessons over the years, and believe 100% that I am the same teacher you get on the screen as you would get in the studio.