Whether you are just beginning your vocal journey or you are a busy performer who wants to improve healthy technique and sing with more confidence; perhaps you are a worship leader or backup singer struggling with vocal strain, my goal is to help you find vocal freedom and maintain an amazing, healthy voice that will confidently meet your expectations, year after year, in every situation, every time.
As an active performing vocalist, musician, songwriter, and worship leader, I understand the demands and challenges of a busy performance calendar, singing sets for back-to-back audiences day after day and week after week, and the need for a vocalist to find the vocal freedom that will produce confidence in their voice no matter what the venue.
*** Lesson Details ***
The first steps to mastering vocal freedom are the building blocks for vocal success. Whether the student is a child or an adult, with little or no training, it is my goal to make singing an enjoyable and freeing experience.
Singing with complete vocal freedom and confidence can seem very elusive. Surprisingly, it's not as elusive as one might think! Vocal freedom is within reach and most students experience a measure of it within the few first lessons, some even gaining a full octave in their range in their first lessons. Using a systematic method incorporating the study of good vocal technique and working on songs the student loves to sing makes learning more fun and gives the student a greater appreciation of music as a whole while encouraging a passion for music that lasts a lifetime. I encourage and teach sight reading, and theory basics especially for those students who are considering music as a profession.
*** Studio Equipment ***
My home-studio is bright and open and set up with an upright piano, full length mirror, music stand, iPad with appropriate applications, guitar, mandolin, ukulele, and computer for recording and playback. Parents are welcome to sit in on lessons or wait for their children in the adjacent room. I also may provide a follow-up email which includes any recordings and lesson notes from the current lesson.
As the student progresses I also provide a PA system to teach mic technique and build performance confidence.
I ask that students come prepared with bottled water and a ring binder with zippered pouch for learning tools and handouts. Students are encouraged to bring a flash drive to lessons for recording transfers or they can use their phone or other recording device to record their lessons.
*** Specialties ***
I honestly love my students and love teaching voice! It's such a privilege to be a part of their vocal journey. I specialize in church worship vocals, choir, a capella, show tunes and musical theater. I teach free, healthy vocal technique which enables each student to explore and focus on different styles of singing. I also love teaching young voices especially teens who want to have a good time learning to sing.
NOTE ~ My teaching style is more structured therefore some young children may not be ready to take lessons with me.
I also include the option of acoustic guitar or ukulele lessons as some students desire to learn to play along with a project song. Not only is it fun but the music education that comes with it is highly valuable for future musicians. (rentals available at an additional cost to the student)
Any student that prefers to learn only worship guitar or beginning ukulele is welcome too! I'd love to hear from you and set up a lesson.
Associate vocal, guitar, ukulele and piano instructor and certified music instructor. Rock University Teachers Association, Escondido CA
Private Home-Studio Owner: Voice, ukulele, piano and guitar lessons.
Vocal workshops and conference clinician.
Clinics and workshops at your location.
Organize, prepare and oversee technical and musical aspects of worship services and special events, plan worship sets and lead practice sessions. Lead band musicians and vocalists and give vocal instruction. Direct adult and children's choirs, and a cappella ensembles. Responsible for developing and raising up new musicians through conducting workshop, seminars and one-on-one instruction.
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Grade Achieved: 93.7%
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Grade Achieved: 100.0%
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George W. Russell, Jr.
Associate music instructor and certified music instructor. Rock University Teachers Association, Escondido CA