Carl Bourhenne

Carl B.

Seal Beach, CA
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About

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Carl delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 5+

Teaching since:
August 1994

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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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

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

Photos & Videos

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

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I'll do a computer Analysis of your voice and its strengths during the first lesson.

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I'll teach you the parts of your vocal instrument and how to use them to sing.
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22 Reviews

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Robin B. Nov 10, 2017
Singing · In studio

If you are hesitating or unsure of your abilities, Carl is the teacher to give you confidence and solid teaching.! I would highly recommend him as an instructor.

Xavier Nov 7, 2017
Singing · In studio

I have had 7 singing teachers, and none of them compare to Carl. I told him about my past experiences with my teachers and he understood the frustration I felt. He geniuenly cares about his students' personal goals and really pushes you to be you. I feel so relieved that I found Carl. I'd reccomend him to any singer at any level!

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Steve May 29, 2017
Country Singing · In studio

Carl is very knowledgable and a great teacher. I had previously purchased other CD and Online courses and they don't even come close to what I've learned so far.

Francisco May 27, 2017
Opera Voice · In studio

Working with Carl has been a great experience! Along with his patience and positive attitude he also knows what is best for the voice to help it grow.

Jessie Apr 13, 2017
Singing · In studio

My first lesson was a success with Carl and I'm super excited for the future lessons I have with him!!!

Jacob T. Jan 24, 2017
Vocal Training · In studio

Carl is an excellent teacher, never thought i'd ever be able to sing but I improved within the first few lessons. He's very knowledgeable on performances as a singer. And just how to simply sing correctly; I highly recommend Carl, he goes above and beyond

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Ken C. Sep 6, 2016
Singing · In studio

Great teacher! Ive learned so much just from our first lesson. Im excited for the lessons to come!

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

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

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.

Amanda S. Aug 21, 2015
Singing · In studio

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!

Barry J. Jul 2, 2015
Singing · In studio

Carl has been fantastic. I just completed my third lesson and my voice has been completely transformed. Couldn't recommend him more.

Susan D. Dec 12, 2014
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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

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.

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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Evelyn M. Sep 20, 2014
Singing · In studio

I played the guitar pretty well but only sang in my room. I took a chance with a lesson from Carl and thank my luck star I did. He showed me pictures and a video of the voice working and taught me all about my voice and how to use it. I got my first standing ovation at my karaoke club last weekend. Carl is now teaching me how to sing other kinds of music and I'm considering learning to sing classical. He's very nice and my Mom promised he will always be my singing teacher. Grateful Evelyn

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Franklin B. Sep 20, 2014
Singing · In studio

I used to do only pantomime, but Carl showed me how to do it with my own voice singing, which I didn't know I could do. Now I'm one of the most popular singers in my community theater group. How can I really thank him. Thank you anyway, Carl.

Carmen E. Mar 6, 2014
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voice instructor

Carl has been extremely helpful in helping me improve my singing. He has been working with me for at least 5 years and is very patient and always willing to help me when I have to perform. He has helped me with the pronunciation of Italian when I have had to sing an Italian song. He also instructs several other people in our community who perform.

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Anda M. Mar 6, 2014
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Surprise, I can sing!

In fifth grade my teacher told me to stand in the back because I couldn’t carry a tune, so all my life I’ve avoided singing. Carl needed only ten minutes to teach me to carry a tune and show me I have a very nice singing voice. He also taught me to handle my nervousness, and now I sing wherever I want. Thank you, Carl, from the bottom of my heart. Can’t wait for my next lesson.
Anda M.

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Bill F. Mar 6, 2014
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Rate Carl B.

Carl taught me how to make major improvements in my singing. He did it gently, one concept at a time, and with plenty of practice. As we moved on to other concepts, we reviewed and re-Inforced that which I had learned earlier.
I am now asked to sing at parties and in performances. I am a true "ham." I enjoy the attention and the applause that Carl has taught me how to earn.
I recommend taking singing lessons from Carl and reading his book.

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AnitaR Mar 6, 2014
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Improved performances

Carl has helped me achieve Standing Ovations at my performances. I am, also, singing with greater confidence.

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