Carl Bourhenne
Seal Beach, CA
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Carl Bourhenne

Carl B.

Seal Beach, CA
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I teach operatic Bel Canto singing to beginners, intermediate, advanced, and touring professionals.
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.

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 how to do the Singer's Formant, "Squillo" (that "ringing" sound of professionals).

Learn how to conquer nervousness, learn 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 all styles of singing including Pop, Blues, Classical, 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.. I believe 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 the results.

About Carl B.

I love teaching singing to all ages and all levels, including Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, and Touring Professionals.

I teach all styles of singing, including Pop, Musical Theater, Gospel, Classical, Rock, Jazz, Scat Singing, Belting, Country and Western, and Rap.

I am a very high level singing teacher, but I also LOVE teaching beginners.

Think you're the only one who feels terrifying nervousness? MOST EVERYONE DOES, including the biggest stars. I'll teach you all about nervousness and how to manage it from my book, "How To Conquer Nervousness For Singers".

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

I have studied all the major singing teachers of the last 250 years, and my book, "Sing Batter Fast" available on Amazon, includes everything I have learned from them, plus my own singing and teaching experience.

I have had nine singing teachers in my life, so I know where you're coming from, and just how you feel.

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

The four books I've written on singing are entitled, "SING BETTER FAST", (Complete vocal technique in brief, available on Amazon), "HOW TO CONQUER NERVOUSNESS FOR SINGERS" (Not only manage, but USE nervousness in your singing). I've also written, "HOW TO GET STANDING OVATIONS FOR SINGERS" (How to drive your audience to their feet for a standing ovation), and "ADVANCED SINGING" for advanced and touring professionals.

I always record my students so that they know how they sound to others. I can make a CD of you singing to an orchestra of background music if you wish, all included in the cost of the lessons at no additional cost to you.

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

I would rather teach singing than eat chocolate, and if you know how much I like chocolate, you understand my passion for teaching singing. I've been studying voice since third grade, and teaching singing for twenty-four 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 singing in English, Italian, and Spanish

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 for computer analysis, and 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 record CD's for students, 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 and Computerized Voice Analysis, high quality recording microphones, computer, control panel, keyboard, and music equipment.

*** 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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George
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Carl has been there and done that; and shares all of his experience and passion with you! He is thorough and it is obvious that he knows what he is doing and is dedicated to helping you learn. A real professional that you can count on!

Posted Mar 15, 2019
Anne M.
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Carl took the time to get to know me, and began to feel so comfortable with him. It was perhaps the best experience I have ever had with a teacher for singing. I received great information and techniques.

Posted Dec 22, 2018
Paul M.

Unbelievable. I realized how little I knew. I think you should just send everyone to him.

Posted Sep 6, 2018
Toby S.
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Carl helped prepare my son for an upcoming audition and it made a big difference in his ability and confidence in just one lesson!

Posted Apr 26, 2018
Robin B.
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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.

Posted Nov 10, 2017
Xavier
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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!

Posted Nov 7, 2017
Steve
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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.

Posted May 29, 2017
Francisco
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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.

Posted May 27, 2017
Jessie
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My first lesson was a success with Carl and I'm super excited for the future lessons I have with him!!!

Posted Apr 13, 2017
Jacob T.
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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

Posted Jan 24, 2017
Ken C.
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Great teacher! Ive learned so much just from our first lesson. Im excited for the lessons to come!

Posted Sep 6, 2016
Larry
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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.

Posted Jun 24, 2016
Mariah S.
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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!

Posted Mar 18, 2016
Joe K.
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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.

Posted Sep 26, 2015
Amanda S.
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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!

Posted Aug 21, 2015
Barry J.
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Carl has been fantastic. I just completed my third lesson and my voice has been completely transformed. Couldn't recommend him more.

Posted Jul 2, 2015
Susan D.

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.

Posted Dec 12, 2014
Matt S.
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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!

Posted Dec 1, 2014
Stan A.
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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.

Posted Oct 25, 2014
Patrick E.
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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.

Posted Oct 21, 2014
Evelyn M.
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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

Posted Sep 20, 2014
Franklin B.
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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.

Posted Sep 20, 2014
Carmen E.

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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.

Posted Mar 6, 2014
Anda M.

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.

Posted Mar 6, 2014
Bill F.

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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.

Posted Mar 6, 2014
AnitaR

Improved performances

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

Posted Mar 6, 2014

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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, and have enjoyed teaching singers for 24 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, Croatian

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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