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Q: How does the cost of classes compare to the cost of private lessons?

Q: What are the resource materials that I will receive with these classes?

Q: How many students are in a class?

Q: When do I have to pay for classes in order to officially register?

Q: What methods of payment are available for me to use?

Q: What makes the approach in these classes more effective than other methods commonly used today?

Q: Can you describe what happens in the level one classes?

Q: What kind of songs will I learn in this class?

Q: Can I audit one of your classes?

Q: Do you have any options that would allow me to gather firsthand experience of your ability as a teacher?

Q: I am a complete beginner. Is this class appropriate for me? Will I be intimidated by the level of other students in the class?

Q: I already have experience as a singer. How can these classes benefit me?

Q: I want to learn but I'm afraid to start. Can you help me?

Q: Do you teach sight singing or music theory in this class?

Q: What are your policies around cancellations and make-up sessions?

Q: Where is the class located?

Q: What does the space you teach classes in look like?

Q: When is the next round of classes starting?

Q: How does the cost of classes compare to the cost of private lessons?

After deducting the cost for resource materials and taxes, each two-hour class costs $31, an average of $15.50 per hour. The total amount for the class is $385 before taxes. Private lessons range from $75 per hour and up. It is important to note that you learn the same skills in the first 8 hours of class time as in the first 8 hours of private lessons. It takes the same amount of time to teach these initial lessons to ten people as it does to one so classes are far more cost effective for you.

I have priced these classes to make them affordable to anyone who might be interested. I am aware of classes in Toronto that cost as much as $600 for 10 weeks. Accounts from students who have taken both, state that the more expensive classes do not compare to the quality of instruction they have received in The Singer's Body. 

How can I afford to do this? Along with my classes, I also teach in Humber College's Music Department as well as teaching individuals privately. I insist on the highest level of instruction from myself. As a result, I have extremely low turnover in my private lesson roster. I will often only have a single opening a year to accommodate a new private student because many of my existing students stay for years. I started offering the group classes as a result of having 18 people on a waiting list for private lessons. I have been very fortunate to make a good living doing something I love. This is why I can afford to price The Singer's Body classes the way I do.

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Q: What are the resource materials that I will receive with these classes?

Included in the cost of classes are 2 CDs and a DVD. 

The first CD contains two different versions of the primary resonance exercise, which is the most useful tool available for understanding your own voice. 

The second CD contains vocal exercises that are designed to develop all aspects of your voice, such as range, power, stamina and proper maintenance, to name a few. This CD gives you the tools you will need to learn how to practice. I have created four different versions of this CD, which correspond with four basic voice types. Most vocal warm-up CDs that are available on the market were created as a 'one size fits all'. The Singer's Body warm-up CDs have been tailored to better match your specific vocal needs.

The DVD that you'll receive contains one and a half hours of the most important tools learned during the Level One classes. This DVD is a review and is my way of taking notes for you so that you can stay involved in the process and experience of the classes. You no longer have to worry that you might have forgotten something useful. If it is important, it's most likely on the DVD.

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Q: How many students are in a class?

For a class to run, the minimum enrollment is 5 people. The maximum is 10. Even though I usually receive somewhere between 15 and 25 new registrants per session, I will assign them to different groups to maintain the highest quality of instruction. At 10 students I can still ensure an excellent amount of individual attention in the Level one classes.

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Q: When do I have to pay for classes to officially register?

A set of 10 classes must be paid for in full prior to the start of the first class. I have learned the hard way that allowing a student to bring payment to the first class leads to a 30% chance of 'no show'. Even though you may be one of the trustworthy 70%, I've been forced to set a policy ensuring my minimum requirement is met prior to starting. The same policy also ensures that individuals are not turned away unnecessarily when a class has reached its maximum enrollment. 

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Q: What methods of payment are available for me to use?

I am able to accept cheques, cash or on-line payments. For on-line payments, I must email you a special link to register and pay.  

As previously stated, the classes must be paid for in full prior to the first class. I will accept deposits under the following guidelines. The deposit cannot be less than $100 and must be accompanied by a cheque for the remaining amount postdated no later than one day prior to the first day of classes. If the deposit is given by cheque, it must be cashable as of the day I receive it. 

I can accept payment in person or by mail. If you decide to register please contact me and I will supply you with the mailing address, which is also the location where you would drop money off in person. Please note: the address for payment is not the address where the classes are held.

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Q: What makes the approach in these classes more effective than other methods commonly used today?

All good vocal training methods emphasize the importance of vibration in some way. What makes The Singer's Body different from those methods is the extent to which vibration is utilized. Vibration is most commonly used by focusing it somewhere on the face or chest so that it is clearly felt. This allows the singer to find a consistent quality and to repeat it by calling up the same sensation on that part of the body.

Although this is a crucial step that must be covered while learning to sing, this is also the extent to which vibration is used by most teachers. The true importance of vibration in training is left virtually untapped because it is not properly understood. 

When you observe vibration throughout the body, you start to understand that you have access to a powerful tool for eliminating tension that interferes with the effortless release of the voice. It is important to emphasize that the singer's instrument is his or her entire body, not just the vocal cords, mouth, chest and lungs. A partial view of the body will lead to partial results. Learning to experience vibration fully will lead to a profound level of body awareness. This is only one of several important revelations a singer will gain through a heightened sense of touch or feeling.

When I talk with students about feeling, it is important to clarify that I am not referring to emotions that arise, or to a feeling of inspiration that may come from a connection to the music or the lyrics. One learns very quickly that these objects are superficial when one experiences a deeper sensory connection with the body and voice. Attachment to the external stimulus of a specific song or lyric to elicit an emotional response within is a fool's paradise and will ultimately lead to personal dissatisfaction with one's craft.

In The Singer's Body classes we use a tool, which I call The Primary Resonance Exercise. I think of this as the most important foundation tool a singer can have. This exercise acts as a primer so that your body recognizes changes from within as well as how to use directions from a teacher more easily. 

New students fall into two basic categories. The first group can easily access some awareness of sensation when singing, which may also trigger images in the singer's mind. He or she might imagine what the back of the throat or the inside of the skull looks like. This type of student improves quickly in the beginning until his or her percentage of used potential is roughly equal to the percentage of body he or she can feel. Students usually plateau at this point in their training.

The second group finds it very difficult to do either. Regardless of how dramatic the change in sensation is that occurs in the singer's body, this individual will not feel it. This student will not recognize the difference between good change and bad change and therefore struggles with his or her training from the beginning, showing no improvement. Making the transition to consciously feeling the instrument and then heightening that to full body awareness of sensation is what's missing from most vocal training available today. This is what we focus on and accomplish in The Singer's Body.

The human body is a very good conductor of sound. This kind of sound awareness through touch needs to be developed in most of us. I often compare this approach to the method a person would use to become a wine expert; a sommelier. For the most part, we all have the same equipment, but a master sommelier's nose and tongue can recognize detailed characteristics in a sip of wine. He or she could tell you the type of grape, where and when it was grown and who bottled it. What we do in this class is the 'touch' equivalent of that process. You will learn to let go of attachment to listening, which is the primary way in which we judge ourselves, and learn to trust a growing awareness of vibration, which is often very subtle. 

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Q: Can you describe what happens in the level one classes?

The Level One classes have a basic arc with a fixed beginning, middle and end. The class is designed to assist you in understanding the needs of your specific voice in order to improve. The first third of the class is spent developing heightened physical sensitivity to sound, which leads the singer to an experience of what musicians and athletes refer to as 'the zone.' This is the mind and body set that allows the instrument to function effortlessly and without judgment.

The second third of the class is focused on maintaining this new body awareness while working exercises that are designed to develop all aspects of your voice, such as range, power, stamina and proper maintenance. In this section of the class you will learn how to work with your voice to ensure the best possible results.

In the last third of the class, we will take the new found ease and control that you have developed and apply it to a simple song of your choosing. The objective here is for you to have an experience while singing that is ripe with possibilities that are new to you. The tangible experience of your own potential unfolding can be the powerful encouragement you need to continue integrating this new voice into your life in a meaningful way.

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Q: What kind of songs will I learn in this class?

Students are encouraged to start with songs that interest them. The style is irrelevant. The technique you will learn will help you in any style. To date, students have sung jazz, pop, rock, R&B, soul, original songs, music theatre, classical, hymns, folk and songs in other languages. I can also help you choose songs that will benefit you the most at your present stage of development.

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Q: Can I audit one of your classes?

Unfortunately, I do not allow people to audit classes. It is incredibly important to create a stable environment in which every student feels safe enough to let his or her subtle voice out. Individuals who register for my classes do so with the knowledge that I take great care in providing an emotionally safe environment for their exploration, which is challenging enough in front of a familiar group. Allowing a visitor to come in for my own gain, i.e. securing another student, would change the group dynamic and be a violation of the registered students' trust. 

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Q: Do you have any options that would allow me to gather firsthand experience of your ability as a teacher?

I have two options. 

From time to time I will run a free sample class for the general public. This class will usually take place on a Saturday afternoon or Wednesday evening, one or two weeks prior to the beginning of the course. Attendance is by RSVP only. For specific dates and times please check the main class page a few weeks prior to the start of classes in September, January and April.

The second option is an introductory private lesson. My rate of $75/hr for private lessons applies to this session. If you decided to take the class after having an introductory lesson, I will reduce the class rate by $25 to $360 so that your total for both the class and the lesson is $435 before taxes.

I understand the decision to start studying voice can be a scary one for some people. These options are made available so that you can make an informed choice with as little risk to yourself as possible.

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Q: I am a complete beginner. Is this class appropriate for me? Will I be intimidated by the level of other students in the class?

You are indeed an appropriate student for these classes. More than half of the people who sign up have absolutely no formal training. Like you, they enjoy singing even though they may have reservations about singing in front of other people. Like you, they want to explore what their voices have to offer. We have a lot of fun in these classes and you will learn more about yourself and your voice than you will probably expect.

One of the other remarkable things about these classes is that students of different levels of ability coexist in this environment effortlessly. This is partially due to one the key features of the class, which is an emphasis on creativity unblocking techniques. In these classes all students are treated as individuals with individual needs rather than judged by some arbitrary class average. Each person is encouraged to take the steps that are right for his or her level of ability.

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Q: I already have experience as a singer. How can these classes benefit me?

I have had many experienced singers take these classes. These individuals usually recognize that there is a deeper reason for continuing to learn that goes beyond trying to get a record deal or advancing a musical career. Sometimes the reason is to fix cracks in the technical foundation, which the individual cannot identify on his or her own. Sometimes it is to deal with performance related issues and sometimes it is because he or she has lost the love they once felt for singing. Mostly, these individuals have sought the class out because someone else told them about the primary resonance exercise that I teach and how it can help to elevate a singer's experience while performing in profound ways. This particular technique is not taught by any other teacher in the country and has its roots in many different body awareness and performance mastering techniques.

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Q: I want to learn but I'm afraid to start. Can you help me?

Thank you for your honest reply. The 'courage' to enter an environment that provides the opportunity to improve and to confront fears surrounding one's own voice can only be weighed by the individual. The 'wish' to experience change is seldom if ever enough to bring about those changes. The voice, as I'm sure you are aware, is one of our most intimate possessions. When an individual has learned to fear that gift, which a large portion of the general population has, the inner critic becomes a powerful adversary.

Many of my students are regular people like yourself; business people, computer technicians, health care professionals, therapists, painters, schoolteachers, etc. What each of these people share in common is the desire to find something he or she has misplaced along the way. The last round of Level One classes had 16 people in two groups. Twelve of those had never taken classes or lessons before and 10 of those had never sung in front of others. Most of these students expressed the same doubts as you before they signed up. They all stayed to the end and had more fun in the process than they knew was possible.

This is exactly what I specialize in facilitating and this is why people choose to take these classes rather than study with other teachers in Toronto. The environment that we create leads a person to forget very quickly that he or she is using his or her voice in front of others. No individual is ever thrown into the spotlight or forced to do something that he or she is not ready to do.

This class exists for people like you.

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Q: Do you teach sight singing or music theory in this class?

Regarding sight singing and music theory. That kind of training is easy to find in this city and is very non-specialized. In fact, you might be better off learning these skills on your own by picking up a couple of good books on the topic to start. The Singer's Body singing classes are specifically focused on helping you master your voice, and to that end sight singing and an understanding of music theory are not prerequisites.

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Q: What are your policies around cancellations and make-up sessions?

Please refer to the Payment and Cancellation Policy page.

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Q: Where is the class located?

Please refer to the main class page.


Q: What does the space you teach classes in look like?

Please refer to the main class page.


Q: When is the next round of classes starting?

Please refer to the main class page.

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