Hello, I feel that there has never been a time in my life that I haven't been singing. From the early years at church and school, to college and then on to my career as a vocalist.
I graduated from Belmont University in Nashville, TN with a Bachelors in Music - Vocal Performance with minors in Music Business and Music Education.
I began my career singing for song writers in Nashville, working for music labels, singing in the studio as a studio singer, and singing back up for a few country and pop artists.
Through the years I have been hired to work for Cruise Ships, theme parks, resorts, touring companies, musical theaters, ballet theaters, as an actor (stage, tv, and film), as a musical director, as a vocal captain, and as a vocal teacher.
I am originally from South Bend, Indiana so my personality sort of fits the stereotype of my other Hoosiers, we are all pretty laid back, down to earth, and very patient. I love where I am from and love the people from Indiana as well.
I am grateful for all of my experiences as they have not only allowed me to see the world, but to meet so many people of varied cultures, and I would never trade any of my experiences in for anything.
Currently I am planting my roots in Chicago. More specifically East Rogers Park. Chicago is a good balance between what I liked about living in New York city, and being close to my family in Indiana. I have been teaching full time since May of 2010 out of my home in East Rogers Park (near Loyola University), out of music studios (Bucktown/Wicker Park, Evanston, and Oak Brook), and sometimes travel to my students homes.
My students tell me that I am the most patient teacher that they have ever had. I do like to keep my students focused on each task at hand building on previous lessons to ensure future success in singing.
*** Lesson Details ***
Scott is one of the most patient teachers around. He is a friendly instructor who is understanding of his students' needs and is concerned about meeting their short term and long term goals. He believes in helping each student gain confidence as a singer, performer, and artist.
Scott is both Classically trained as well as trained in contemporary styles of singing. He holds a Bachelors degree in Voice from Belmont University building from the fundamentals of singing traditional music moving forward to study pop, rock, country, jazz, musical theatre, blues, soul, gospel, and alternative. He teaches foundational singing principles of posture, breathing, and support can benefit students that want to master any style of singing.
Scott puts daily focus on singing in a healthy manner. No matte what style of music you are singing proper technique will produce a healthy non-abused voice. All of this is learned as a foundation of posture in singing, breathing, proper support, proper production and over all body control.
Scott's general approach to singing if very similar to training for a sport. It is a physical activity. The body, mind, and soul are all actively involved in the process. Using your body in a healthy manner, in a proper manner, will produce a great sound.
Scott has also been known for finding a persons own sound. To him it is not helpful to 'sound just like someone else.' Finding your own voice is finding your own style, finding your own personality, finding your niche.
Most lessons begin with vocal exercises to warm up the voice, body and mind.
Some student will then focus on pitch matching.
More advanced students will then move forward to working for a clear tone, control of breathing, range, style, phrasing, music theory, vocabulary, site reading, and performance level singing.
Some students may choose to learn how to sing a run in more traditional music, or will want to learn how to sing a lick, like in R&B. Some may even seek coaching for auditions, or song writing.
Example of a Lessons time frame blocking:
3. Reviewing past lessons
4. Finding what the student has been focusing on this week
5. Working on repertoire
6. Finding new material or teaching vocal techniques that fits current goals
7. Setting weekly goals and challenges
8. Reminding students of long term goals.
I have seen some students go from being people that have fun singing in the shower to being fully confident to audition for a show. It's all a matter of patience on both the students part and on my part. It also may take many months, or just a few weeks to master one idea. I have seen some people master a very difficult idea in just one or two lessons. Each person is simply different from the one before. This doesn't mean that only some can become great singers, and some can't. It simply means that everyone has a different time line of reaching their own goals. It's my goal to make sure you stay on track, feel good about where you are heading, and make sure you get there as soon as you are ready. I very much enjoy seeing each of my students succeed. My hope is that every student becomes the singer that they have always dreamed to become.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Keyboard, books, seating for parents.
*** Travel Equipment ***
If I come to my students I like for them to have a piano or a keyboard, not necessary, but preferred.
*** Specialties ***
I would have to say my most asked for vocal style to teach is along the genres of pop, rock, country, and musical theatre. I do teach a couple of students more traditional styles of music like opera. I use standard singing methods from speech level singing to tonal control singing. I highly encourage each student to master vocal techniques all the while finding their own individual instrument.