Connie Castro Voice Studio



Private Lessons


719.548.8823
      
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WHO IS ACCEPTED?   
Singers, Ages 8 to Adult, at all levels of competency, from 'tone shy' beginners to accomplished performers, desiring to study Contemporary Commercial Music (musical theater, pop, blues, jazz, rock, folk, country, gospel, metal, etc).
 
Connie also loves to support kindred spirits… injured singers who have suffered vocal damage through illness, medical issues or improper singing practices. These individuals can greatly benefit from understanding how their injuries occurred, how to “undo” their unhealthy vocal habits & practices, and most importantly, how to “renew” their beautiful voices through adopting good technique and healthy habits.

HOW DO I BEGIN? 

INITIAL VOCAL ASSESSMENT... For Singing and/or Speaking Skills
As it is important to ensure a good match between student and teacher, the first Private Lesson consists of an
assessment of current skills and goals as a pre-requisite for enrollment as a voice student. The Vocal Assessment results and a few basic vocal exercises customized to address the current level and needs of the student are recorded & provided to the student.  If it seems like lessons with me are a good fit & the student desires to proceed with Full-Time or Part-Time Private Lessons, enrollment forms are completed & a lesson slot is assigned.

Upon enrollment, all students are provided with CCVS Studio Policies. The Yearly Calendar detailing the lesson schedule, holidays and studio Open Mic Nights is available on this website.

WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS?

1. Full-Time Private Lessons  (4 - 45 minute lessons per month or 4 - 60 minute lessons per month)
It is recommended that all singers take at least one year of full-time private lessons for maximum success.  In addition, full-time private lessons are vital for all serious singers who desire to make singing an ongoing hobby or profession, and all singers with any vocal difficulties.

Individuals desiring to enhance their speaking skills also typically benefit most from weekly coaching for 4-12 weeks to learn and integrate the concepts that result in an effective speaking voice. Breathing concepts are often integral to success as well.

2. Seriously Full-Time Private Lessons (4 - 60 minute lessons per month, average)
One hour per week of training for serious singers and speakers desiring to pursue using their voice as a part time or full time career.
 
3. Part-Time Private Lessons  (2-60 minute lessons per month, every other week)
Students unable to commit to Full-Time private study have the option of scheduling private lessons on a space-available basis every other week (or when I have cancellations). This option does require more dedication to independent practice in order to see steady gains. Singers and speakers who perform on a regular basis are the best fit for this option.
 
4. Periodic Consultations  (45 minute or 60 minute appointments)
Consultation appointments include activities such as:
>Performance or touring preparation
>Audition preparation
>Music selection for a performance
>Developing or learning  harmony parts/arranging
>Keying material for your best sound
>Self-promotion assistance (i.e. creating promo packs)
>Preparation for studio recording sessions

Speakers may work on  various scripts/pitches, keynote addresses, workshop presentations and more!

PRIVATE LESSON ACTIVITIES INCLUDE  
(see the overview page for more info)

· Vocal Technique Instruction--using developmentally appropriate exercises and activities designed to support the vocalist to develop their technical skills and to then incorporate good technique into every song.
  • “Set Up” (i.e. breathing, support, posture, release of excess tension)
  • Healthy Vocal Care Practices for the singing and speaking voice, including basic instruction regarding the vocal mechanism & vocal fold function
  • The “How To’s” of Singing (i.e. tone production, pitch training, resonance balancing, placement of sound, registers & register blend, ornamentation, vowel production, vibrato & straight tone, vocal coloring, dynamics, range extension)
  • Exploration of Styles, Harmony Production, Belting & Mix for pop, rock & musical theater
  • · Music Theory-- sight reading and sight singing; harmony production; basic piano skills; preparation for All-State Choir and college-level study (i.e. solfege, scales, triads, intervals), and even Self-Promotion assistance for musicians desiring to gig in their community (i.e. promo packs, networking, the business of music) and assistance to prepare for auditions, recording sessions and more.
 · Ongoing Review-- of key concepts & techniques to reinforce learning & foster student ownership of their developing skills and musical choices. Feedback is vital to growth & ownership.

· Performance Coaching-- to build a repertoire for auditions, studio concerts, gigs, recording and other musical opportunities; Performance Preparation to grab your audience-heart and soul! Dramatic interpretation; basic stagecraft and how to 'sell your song/tell a great musical story’;  strengthening your 'courage muscle'. 



All students are encouraged to participate in regular  

STUDIO OPEN MIC NIGHTS 

to gain confidence in sharing your music on a stage.