- Teaches students:
- Ages 10+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
- June 1991
I've sung most of my life. I've been teaching since 1991. I listen to a lot of different singers but my real passion is jazz, Brazilian music and blues. I've performed in the US as well as England and Scotland. I also have recorded 2 Cd's.
I teach many different styles of music and work with beginners to advanced. My teaching studio is equipped with a P.A. system so that students can also work on their performance skills.
What's the first lesson like? When I first meet a new student I ask about what experience they've had singing. Even beginners sing in the shower or along with their favorite songs.
Finding out what kind of music the student listens to and wants to sing is also a big part of the first lesson. I find that it's more motivating and fun to work on songs that the student enjoys.
It's good for me to know if they feel strain, tension or raspiness. I explain a little about how the vocal cords work, visualizing or picturing the action of the vocal cords and the muscles that work with them.
I encourage students to find their own images that they can relate to. We work on breathing, increasing range and power through vocal exercises. I have pre-recorded exercises for the student to work on during the week.
Working on songs is equally important. Knowing how to get the sound that is uniquely your own and expressing yourself without strain or damage to the vocal cords.
Do any of the following things interest you? Increased range and power, ear training, song writing, breath management, music theory, or improved performance skills? Try a lesson. It's rewarding and fun!
*** Lesson Details ***
I have a warm down to earth approach to voice lessons. I'm laid back and very patient. This doesn't mean that I'm not demanding of my students. I'll help you find the best way to find practice time and enjoy the journey. In a few weeks you'll notice an easier time hitting those higher notes. In a few months you'll be singing songs with more freedom. You'll learn breathing, tone quality, how to increase range and power. We'll also work on performance and making a song all your own.
*** Studio Equipment ***
PA system for singing on mic. Recording lessons or songs is also possible. As of July 2017 video will be available.
*** Specialties ***
music theory, voice, singing, speaking, beginning piano, performance skills
I specialize in jazz though I don't have much call for that. I'm good with most styles except Rap & Opera.
I am a believer in Speech Level singing. I combine methods of Caesari and the methods that both Musician Institute & Los Angeles Music Academy use.
I've taught in England, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Diego. For the Center For Voice I was Director of Education for 2 yrs.(developing classes & hiring teachers for them) I also taught classes as well as privately. After that I was the Executive Director. For Los Angeles Music Academy I taught privately and classes.+ Read More
I hired the teachers for classes i.e. Music Theory, Beginning Voice, Sing with a band class, etc.
I taught private students and 3 of the classes over different years.
Learned everything needed for small and large stage performing. All performances were graded and recorded.
Carol is an excellent instructor and is able to give great constructive criticism to help my voice perform to the best of it's ability.
Carol is a pro and taking lessons from her has been one of the single best decisions I've made in a very long time. I love singing and she reminds me of that when I feel like I'm not that great at it. She has helped me to improve and to believe in myself and while lessons are structured she has the instinct of an artist to lift your spirits when that is what is lacking. There is something really special about a teacher who is coaching your spirit as well as your talent. I used to have a life coach but turns out Carol is that too. I recommend her highly.+ Read More
She's really good at helping me sing better and I'm now able to hold my notes
longer and stronger. I'm not as afraid, as I use to be, to sing and hit the high notes.
She's nice and is teaching me to hit the notes right and to breathe correctly.
I'm getting better
Carol is a fantastic teacher with great musical taste and tons of experience. Lesson plans are tailored to your specific needs and timing is very flexible. Wish I would have gone sooner!
I decided to finally pursue voice lessons, after years of thinking about it but never taking action. Now in middle-age - and not sure exactly what I want to do down the road - I can definitely say that have LOVED working with Carol! I could not have asked for a better teacher to start me on this path. Her knowledge and experience comes through in every lesson, but it is her warm and personal demeanor that helped me believe that I could start on this journey and really enjoy the process. She has a way of connecting with you so that you understand what she's saying, and you can then starting improving under her direction. I would highly recommend Carol and I look forward to continuing with her.+ Read More
Learn something new every lesson!
I think my son really enjoyed the lesson. I'm very hopeful for a continued positive relationship. Hope we can meet next lesson a week from Labor Day! Thank you! Brenda
A caring and sensitive teacher which promotes confidence in her students. We are looking forward to more lessons!
I've really been enjoying my singing lessons with Carol. I'm learning so much. Carol is very upbeat and encouraging. I will definitely be continuing with her after my first five lessons.
Carol is a great teacher! I was glad that I was able to find a teacher who has experience in the genre's of music I like to sing which are Jazz and Blues. Carol keeps things fun by letting me learn the things that I want to learn and her flexibility make her such a good teacher. Thank you very much Carol!+ Read More
Carol is awesome! Complete professional with tons of knowledge and experience yet laid back and approachable. Honest assessments and expert guidance. Carol is a great person and a wonderful teacher and I feel lucky to study under her!
My son Steven has been taking taking lessons with Carol for about 2 years now and we think she is the greatest! Carol was very knowledgeable during the lessons and her patience with my son helped him achieve greatness. My son is now moving and we wish he could take Carol with him but shes got great work to do with other students! I HIGHLY recommend lessons with Carol!+ Read More
Carol is very personable; I've made good progress through exercises and helpful advice.
Carol is wonderful. I would highly recommend her as a singing teacher. My daughter loves her lessons with Carol and she is a very talented musician
Fun, and open to new ways to teach.
Carol taught me a lot of techniques in singing that made me more confident when performing. She cares about improvement and not just teaching lessons.. I would highly recommend her.
Just before I met Carol for my first singing lesson, I expected to feel embarrassed to sing in front of her. I was quite nervous, actually. But Carol's professional yet fun, laid back manner disintegrated all my trepidation and I left giddy and excited for the next lesson. She is a very encouraging and supportive instructor, and I feel so lucky to have found her!+ Read More
My experience with Carol has been wonderful. She is quite smart and patient with student's potential and knows how to help you at a pace good for your learning curve. I learn a lot so far.
Very pleased with this experience.
I'm taking these classes mainly for breath and voice control for public speaking, but am delighted to be learning so much about the singing voice and how to improve it, also.
Carol is very knowledgeable, patient, encouraging and professional. I'm entering my second month and am very pleased with the progress, and feel I'm acquiring a life skill that is helping me beyond my original expectation.
Carol is very patient and encouraging. She connects well with her students and makes lessons fun. My daughter really enjoys her singing lessons and looks forward to them!
Really connects with the students
This teacher has a wonderful teaching style that children really connects with children. She is patient and very encouraging, making the lessons highly effective, yet fun.
She is excellent teacher:D
She teaches me kindly and slowly so even I'm not a native speaker, I can understand her lesson very well. Also she knows what I can do what I cannot do and gives me proper excercise every week. I really enjoy her lesson and I love her!!!
Ms. Carol is very patient and understanding of her students ability and needs. She makes learning fun and praises appropriately while pushing the students to grow with recommendations on how to improve each week. We love her!Thanks Ms. Carol :)
I watched as Ms Carol gave my grand daughter singing instructions. I thought she was very informative, and was really great with teaching techniques.
My daughter loves Carol! She is patient, upbeat, and is an excellent voice instructor. We are happy to have found her!
Carol is a great voice instructor. She's really brought singing to my level and I can notice a difference just after 2 lessons! And she's just a great person all around.
Great teacher, technically first rate but it's the encouragement and support that are also much appreciated. Carol is very patient and a pleasure to work with. I would strongly recommend her to other students.
Fun and knows her stuff
Carol is a great teacher. She is a lot of fun and helps you to not take yourself so seriously however is very serious and knowledgeable about teaching you how to sing properly. She makes you feel comfotable. I would recommend her to anyone and everyone!
Carol is great - she is very easy to understand, very comfortable to work withand a nice, funny person too! Carol makes it seem like fun playtime and as a bonus I am also seeing progress and getting results too, and after only a few weeks!
Perfect Teacher for me
I love Carol. She is patient and kind and her musical background is perfect for my goals. She gives me tips and instruction that are helping me move toward perfecting my voice and style - and it's honest feedback. Now, making myself practice every day is the next hurdle to get over. I can see progress every time I practice. Thanks Carol, see you soon~!
My 13 year old daughter, Maddy, is REALLY enjoying her voice lessons with Carol. As a voice coach, Carol does it all. She starts with finding out where your skill level is at then proceeds with the basics of how the vocal cords work...which is very useful information that I think many voice coaches overlook. From there she goes over proper vocal warm up exercises AND why these exercises are important .(ie how they effect the vocal cords and the resulting sound that comes from them). Then Carol helped Maddy pick an appropriate song for her vocal range and singing style. She gave her a CD and went over the lyrics, marking the breathing points. Only 3 lessons to date and I can already hear Maddy's voice moving toward a refined, professional level. She has a warm, inviting type approach that is quite well received by my daughter. (who has several years of musical theater experience, but never any private voice lessons) Maddy has had callbacks for many lead roles but, to date, has just missed those spots and ended up with ensemble roles. I truly think Carol will give Maddy that extra "something" that will give her that first lead role in the very near future. Thank you Carol!
I found Carol's easygoing style of teaching to be spot on for my daughter Sarah. I think there was an instant rapport between teacher and student, and Sarah's already made noticeable gains in self-confidence.