My primary focus is teaching the best and most effective Vocal Techniques to students of all ages and backgrounds. I also teach Acoustic Guitar and finger picking. My teaching includes the Orff and Suzuki methods of music for Children. My primary focus is on teaching singing and I have been teaching beginning to advanced Voice, as well as beginning to intermediate acoustic guitar privately for over 25 years. My students perform in recitals at least twice a year. They also participate in local Broadway productions and Musicals for C.Y.T., Coast Kids, Moonlight Theatre, Escondido Center for The Arts, J Company, and Star Theatre Productions. Students also are involved with Classical, Choral, Gospel, Pop and Rock performing. Along with these venues, students perform for talent shows at their schools, sing in bands, and perform locally at their favorite venues. Many of my students have gone on to sing professionally and I currently teach Artists with ongoing careers. My motto is learn to sing the "Easy, Natural Way". I teach the very best techniques, so vocalizing is not strained or difficult. My main focus is on teaching good "placement" of the sound, using the best ways to secure breath support and control, as well as good stage presence. Dealing with stage fright is always addressed, whether the singer wants to sing just for themselves, or audition for Musical Theatre productions. Styles range from pop to rock and opera. I teach students of ALL AGES and work with every style or genre of music. Having spearheaded the Music program at the local YMCA has been a special treat in my teaching career! *** Studio Equipment *** I teach using a piano for learning vocal exercises and good techniques. I also teach acoustic Guitar from my home studio only, as online for guitar is more challenging for teach my students to learn good finger picking and strumming techniques. Using a computer is always employed for vocals, to pull up songs on YouTube, so students can choose what they would like to work on. Karaoke versions are used as well, for further training purposes. *** Travel Equipment *** When I teach at a student's home, I bring my Guitar with me, if they're studying this instrument. It is helpful for a student to have a piano or keyboard for me to teach voice, but I do have a keyboard I can bring if none is available. Having a computer close by is very helpful, to get the most out of the lesson as is possible. *** Specialties *** I specialize in helping people who have created possible "bad habits" in their singing techniques. "Placement" and breathing, or "support", are of key importance. When good techniques are used, just about anyone can learn to sing beautifully. I also work with all ages, having background with Children, as well as teens, middle age, and elderly vocalists. Singing is universal, so every ethnicity is included in my student roster. If someone wants to learn to play the acoustic Guitar, this is always a plus, to accompany ones-self, or to focus on the instrument on it's own. Singing and playing should be "easy" and this is the approach I take in teaching.
Teaches all skill levels
Teaching since 1994
Vocal Performance & English
Teaches ages 5+
Speaks English, some Spanish
Has background check
Susan is really a wonderful singing teacher and person! My daughter enjoys her lessons and has really improved in just a few months! She is knowledgeable and encouraging and exactly what we were looking for!
We had a wonderful time and I am in a new level of playing guitar after 5 weeks. Thanks Susan!
My daughter loved her first lesson. Susan was great with her. Looking forward to seeing her progress!