Frequently asked questions
What's the difference between voice training and voice coaching?
Coaching creates the best performance possible based on a singer's existing skill level.
On-going training will improve that skill level.
Coaching is used in preparation for an audition or performance. Coaching addresses presentation style, vocal tips and tricks, and shows you what and how to practice.
Sessions for vocal development, or learning new skills, are typically weekly. The can be more or less frequent than that. Ongoing training (with any teacher, not just me) is most effective when taken weekly.
Because Neuro-Vocal Method is explained in my book,
Money Notes: How to Sing High, Loud, Healthy, and Forever, a student can save themselves money for one-on-one time by reading the (first 90 pages of the) book prior to, or early in, the training process.
With private voice sessions the actual skill level of the singer is addressed and improved. How quickly a student improves relies on a number of factors such as:
How much experience the singer already has.
Whether the singer has a goal to work toward.
Whether the singer is singing regularly.
Whether the singer is performing regularly.
Whether the singer practices what is learned in the lesson.
The degree to which the singer is willing to engage in the process.
Where and when does Meredith see clients?
My availalbility will be visible when you select the type of session you'd like to book. If you're somewhere on the planet other than North America, and you find the times available inconvenient, please contact me. If I can accomodate you, I will.
All sessions are held through the Zoom app. You must have a computer or tablet with a working camera and microphone. If you have never used Zoom, know that it is free and effective. You'll get instructions for how to install and use it.
How many sessions will I need?
What's your goal? What kind of learner are you?
The number of lessons people need to reach their goals varies. You will get the most out of your lessons if you set up a weekly time. (BTW, this is true of all music and voice lessons, not just mine!)
If an open-ended commitment makes you uncomfortable, you can set an end-date to your private sessions based on your own goals, or a set time (e.g., eight months, or two years...). Most commonly, students take weekly lessons until a goal is reached, then move to every-other week for 2-6 months.
What happens in a typical session?
THIS DESCRIPTION DESCRIBES TYPICAL SESSIONS.
The first five minutes are for talking. In that time you can share anything that's going on with your voice, or anything in your life that might affect your voice.
The rest of the lesson is about 2/3 vocal development and exercises and 1/3 singing of songs. But that depends on the student.
If, for instance, you're rehearsing and singing with a band, more time will be spent on vocal exercises. More time will be spent on singing if you don't get to sing much during the week.
Because our lessons are online, accompaniment must happen on your side of the computer screen. Ideally you will have a separate device for playing your backing tracks (e.g., your smartphone). There are a number of excellent resources for providing backing tracks for songs. I will help you with that.
Any policies I should know about?
> 24 hour cancellation policy: if you cancel for any reason less than 24 hours before your session time there is a $50 charge.
> Don’t Show Up Hungry policy: students should have eaten something within 2-3 hours prior to their session time.
Do teenagers count as "Adult" students?
I've helped adults of all skill levels - from those who think they "can't sing" to working, professional singers.
Teenagers require special consideration due to the fact that their voices are still growing and changing. There is a lot that can be done to improve their singing and increase their confidence while respecting their growing voices.
I'm happy to work with teenagers who are excited about the process.
How much is a session? What payments are accepted?
60 minute coaching sessions are USD $135
75 minute introduction sessions are USD $145
60 minute 6-session package sessions are USD $121
60 minute 10-session package sessions are USD $115
If you do not live in the US and the exchange rate makes the fee prohibitive, please reach out to me directly.
Voice lessons are online, right?
Yup. All lessons are online. It's super convenient and easy!
Meredith works with singers and voice teachers from all over the world.
When you schedule your session you will see my availalbe studio times. If your time zone makes these times prohibitive, please reach out to me directly. If I can accomodate you, I will.
What happens during the Introduction session?
For coaching, we'll get right down to work based on the form you filled out on the scheduling app.
For the Introduction session, here's what you can expect:
After we talk about you for a while, and I answer an questions you might have, we'll get down to making noise.
In a typical Intro session, I'll listen to your voice, listen to your singing, and give you feedback about what I'm hearing.
Then we'll get down to biz. You'll leave the first session with something of value. Whatever I teach you will be one thing which will affect your singing powerfully - and forever - if you apply it.
If the session feels like a good fit, you can schedule regular individual sessions or subscribe to amore economical package. If either one of us does not think ours is a match made in heaven, then I'll refer you to another teacher and we'll part as friends.