Voice Studio

 

Voice Studio

Jonathan Silvia, voice teacher

jonathan@silviasound.com
(425) 562-3431

FAQ


Frequently Asked Questions


Why should I take voice lessons?
Who can be a voice student?
My son/daughter is under 14 years old. Can he/she take lessons?
What is a typical lesson like?
Do I have to know how to read music?
How much does it cost?
What happens if I have to cancel? What if I am running late?

Why should I take voice lessons?

For those who are already singing regularly, voice lessons put you on the right track towards healthy singing. You will be more secure singing in groups and in front of people. Singing builds confidence!

Who can be a voice student?

Voice lessons are perfect for those involved in school, church, and community choirs. Coaching on specific pieces for upcoming performances or auditions is also ideal!

All ages (14+ preferred) and voice types are taught!

My son/daughter is under 14 years old. Can he/she take lessons?

Voice lessons can start as soon as 6 years old, depending on the teacher and the student. However, most teachers prefer the students to begin voice lessons at an older age, as the voice is more developed and abstract concepts are easier to grasp. Piano lessons at this age is a great way to start music training (see, for example, Sarah’s Piano Studio). If you would like to continue exploring voice lessons for the youngest students, I have colleagues I can recommend.

What is a typical lesson like?

Each lesson is overall customized to the needs and goals of the students. For the most part, however, they follow a fairly standard format. We do some warm-up and technical exercises to start, to focus on a few concepts such how to use breath, singing legato, stretching range and the like.

Following that, we work on a segment from an Italian exercise book, Metodo Pratico written by the composer Nicola Vaccai (1790-1848). With these exercises we reinforce what was started in the warm-ups, learn more on Italian pronounciation (useful for all students!) and pure Italian vowels.

The final part of the lesson is devoted to working repertoire, whether it is a piece that the student has brought in or one that I have assigned.

Ultimately, the lesson is designed around the student. How to read music and music theory can also be a component.

Do I have to know how to read music?

You will get the most out of your lesson if you come in with at least a basic understanding of how to read music. It is not mandatory, and can be made part of the lesson.

How much does it cost?

Rates are competitive; one of the best buys on the Eastside! Please contact me for exact prices.

Payment for each lesson occurs at the lesson itself, check or cash is accepted. Paying one lesson at a time provides both student and teacher better flexibility in scheduling.

Piano accompaniment for lessons (recommended) can be provided at additional cost depending on availability, though Sarah Silvia. Please refer to her accompaniment services here.

Depending on the situation, I may ask the student to purchase music books on occasion to provide us with exercises and repertoire to sing!

What happens if I have to cancel? What if I’m running late?

To cancel a lesson, please notify me by phone by 9:00 a. m. the morning of the lesson itself. If you wish to contact me by email, please allow at least 24 hours for me to receive your message.

There is no charge for a lesson canceled as above. However, if I am not given enough notice, or if I am not notified at all, I will have to charge for the missed lesson at the next lesson. Exceptions are made for emergencies.

If you are going to be more than 5 minutes late, please call me on my mobile phone (425-562-3431). If you are more than 15 minutes late and I have not received any notification, I will assume it is a “no-call, no-show,” expect payment at the next lesson, and am at liberty to leave the premises.

If the lesson begins late, as able, I will try to make up for the lost time. Regardless, the charge for the lesson will remain the same.

Likewise, I will make sure to call you if I am going to be over 5 minutes late. Also, due to my performing schedule, I will have to cancel and reschedule lessons on occasion. Usually, I will be able to give the same notification, and there will never be a charge for a lesson I have to cancel.

 


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