Carl Bourhenne

Carl B.

Seal Beach, CA

About Carl B.

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Carl teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: August 1994
Last sign in: Yesterday

Overview

During your first lesson I do a computer analysis of your voice, I find out what your goals are in singing, what your favorite kinds of music are, and I take you in the direction you want to go and show you how to get there in the shortest possible time.

Think you're the only one who feels that terrifying nervousness? Most everyone does, including the biggest stars. The four books I've written on singing are entitled, "SING BETTER FAST", complete vocal technique in brief, "HOW TO CONQUER NERVOUSNESS FOR SINGERS" in which I'll teach you to not only handle, but to direct extreme nervousness into your singing, making your performance soar. I've also written, "HOW TO GET STANDING OVATIONS FOR SINGERS" to teach you to drive your audience to their feet for a standing ovation, and "ADVANCED SINGING".

I always record my students so that they know how they sound to others. I also make a CD of them singing to background music if they wish, included in the cost of the lessons for no extra charge.

Learn to sing beautifully, and most important, emotionally. Learn the parts of your vocal instrument, How each works, How they work together. Develop Breath support (80% of singing). Learn "The Singer's Formant", that "ringing" sound of professionals. Learn how to conquer nervousness, learn about Resonance, Overtones, Vibrato, How to sing high notes, Learn the "singing vowels", and more.

I would rather teach singing than eat chocolate, and if you knew how much I like chocolate, you'd know my passion for teaching singing. I've been studying voice since third grade, and teaching singing for eighteen years.

I've had nine singing teachers myself, so I know just how you feel. I get you comfortable, and I listen closely to what you want to do and where you want to go with your singing voice.

My students learn all the important aspects of singing right away, rather than drawing them out over time.

I teach beginner, intermediate, advanced, and professional students of all ages.

I teach all styles of singing, including pop, blues, gospel, classical voice, rock, jazz, scat singing, belting, country and western, and rap.

I teach singing in English, Italian, Spanish, and German.

As my singing student you'll have access to the four books I've written on singing: SING BETTER FAST: a complete but concise treatise on vocal technique (It includes a Practice CD with a free recording studio program to install into your computer); HOW TO CONQUER NERVOUSNESS FOR SINGERS, HOW TO GET STANDING OVATIONS FOR SINGERS, and SING BETTER FAST 2, ADVANCED SINGING. These four books are the most current and relevant works on these subjects available today.

My Bachelor's and Master's Degrees are from California State University Dominguez Hills.

Put your singing voice in my hands. You'll love what happens.

*** Lesson Details ***
My introductory class includes a computer analysis of your singing voice, then describes the main parts of your vocal instrument, how each works, and how they work together. It teaches you what a song is, and how to sing a song well right away.

During the first lesson I record every student and play it back, both for computer analysis, and also so the student can hear how they sound to others. Remember the first time you heard yourself in a recording and said, "That's not me!" I'll explain that to you, and why it's so important to record yourself and listen to your recordings.

Your lessons are designed toward YOUR goals and desires in singing, and include specific guides for your between lessons practice sessions.

I also teach how to sing karaoke and impress an audience. I've been studying audience psychology for more than 15 years, and MY ENTIRE ORIENTATION IN SINGING IS TO, "DRIVE YOUR AUDIENCE TO THEIR FEET FOR A STANDING OVATION!"

I record CD's with custom labels for students, with their picture, included in the price of the lessons. You can have a CD of yourself singing for you to to play, to give to your family and friends, or perhaps to sell.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons are in my home studio, with recording equipment which we use to record you in lessons and on CD's, high quality studio monitor speakers that let you sound exactly the way you sound to others, high quality recording microphones, computer, control panel, keyboard, and music stands.

*** Travel Equipment ***
When I come to your location for lessons I bring portable equipment to do a computer analysis of the student's voice, and to record and play back my student's progress for analysis and discussion.

*** Specialties ***
I teach singing in English, Italian, Spanish, & German, in all styles, including Pop, Blues, Gospel, Classical, Rock, Jazz, Scat Singing, Belting, Country and Western, and Rap.

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Always wished you could conquer that terrifying nervousness? I'll teach you how.

Experience

Soloist, Chorale

Jan 1996 - Present
Home Concerts & Theater Concerts

I have performed in many venues, presentations, events, musicals, and classical performances over the last 30 years, and have enjoyed teaching singers for 19 years.

Education

Master's Degree

Sep 1982 - Jun 1988
California State University Dominguez Hills

Bachelor of Arts

Sep 1982 - Jun 1985
California State University Dominguez Hills

Assocoate of Arts

Sep 1980 - Jun 1982
Cerritos College

Associate of Arts

Sep 1980 - Jun 1982
Cerritos College

Languages Spoken

English, Spanish

Fluent / Native Proficiency

English, Spanish

Fluent / Native Proficiency

German, Italian, French

Limited Proficiency

Certifications

Vocal Production and Delivery

Jun 1996
Dun & Bradstreet

Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced courses in planning and delivering lessons.

Awards

Most Effective Vocal Teacher

Feb 1998
Torrance Theater Group
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16 Reviews on Carl B.

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Ken C. Sep 6, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Great teacher! Ive learned so much just from our first lesson. Im excited for the lessons to come!
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Larry Jun 24, 2016
Singing · In studio
When I first met Carl I told him I love to sing but couldn’t carry a tune. Well he changed that fast. My singing improved to a deeper and more vibrant sound after only two lessons. I’ve now completed the 5 lesson package and the results are nothing short of amazing. Not only can I carry a tune but I do so with a powerful operatic style voice that I didn’t even know I could do. But Carl knew. He brings out the best in you.

Carl teaches you techniques that focus on the foundation of voice development. I learned how to increase singing range and to hold notes. Lessons and exercises are very effective. Carl is a professional singing instructor who is committed to his student’s success no matter what level or style of singing. Now I understand why Carl gets such consistently high ratings. Based on my experience it is very well deserved. I highly recommend Carl to help you achieve your singing goals.
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Mariah S. Mar 18, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I felt very comfortable with Carl. I was nervous about singing and he assured me that even the best of them gets nervous! He was very patient, understanding, and he means what he says, which makes me at ease knowing he is there to help and not there to give artificial compliments. Extremely knowledgable when it comes to singing and you can tell that he thoroughly enjoys teaching as well as singing himself. I look forward to continuing my vocal lessons with him and excited to see what the future holds in my singing career!
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Joe K. Sep 26, 2015
Classical Voice · In studio
Verified Student
Carl taught me what no other voice teacher did and I had few of them. He knows the best techniques and how to get the best out of your voice in a short time. I highly recommend him. He knows all the secrets of beautiful singing.
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Amanda S. Aug 21, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Carl is an excellent instructor! He is very patient, encouraging, and gives you the tools to become a better singer. I couldn't ask for a better instructor, thank you for everything Carl!
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Barry J. Jul 2, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Carl has been fantastic. I just completed my third lesson and my voice has been completely transformed. Couldn't recommend him more.
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Susan D. Dec 12, 2014
You will like Carl as your instructor. He is an expert at what he does, especially voice analysis with techniques to better any singing voice. He knows from A to Z what needs to be done to correct and improve, and this he imparts with specific instructions, coupled with lots of encouragement. He has generously worked with both my husband (a very good voice) and me (a bit of the ordinary) and we have always been satisfied with his professionalism and love of the art. Thanks, Carl.
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Matt S. Dec 1, 2014
Vocal Training · In studio
Verified Student
I'm a guitarist for fun in a 3-piece band with a couple of my friends. We've had some difficulty securing a singer to jam with us so I figured that I would give it a shot.

Upon discovering TakeLessons.com, I found Carl's page and immediately decided to book lessons with him. What a fantastic decision that was! He's an excellent instructor and will assist you in becoming the best singer you can be. In particular, he emphasizes finding your own, unique voice, as opposed to imitating others; this alone was invaluable advice for a singing novice such as myself.

Highly recommended!
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Stan A. Oct 25, 2014
Singing · In studio
Got my first computer diagnosis of my singing voice and what a blast. Carl used it as a basis to show me what my tongue, soft palate, lips, and jaw do when I'm singing really well. He's my fourth singing teacher, and my best.
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Patrick E. Oct 21, 2014
Singing · In studio
I played bass guitar in my band for more than five years and always wanted to be the singer but had no clue how to sing to impress an audience, so I never tried. I signed up with Carl and he got me singing in my own voice, making a good sound, and singing with emotion. Our audiences loved me, so I'm the lead singer now. I'm soooo grateful. Thanks Carl.
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