Connie Castro Music 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..As it is important to ensure a good match between student and teacher, the fi
rst Private Lesson consists of an assessment of current skills and goals as a pre-requisite for enrollment asa 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-Tim
e Private Lessons, enrollment forms are completed & a lesson slot is assigned.

Upon enrollment, all students are provided with CCMS Studio Policies, Yearly Calendar detailing the lesson schedule, holidays and studio concerts & Swap Sheet to connect with other students regarding swapping lessons if a situation arises & you absolutely cannot attend your scheduled lesson.

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.

2. Seriously Full-Time Private Lessons (4 - 60 minute lessons per month, average)
One hour per week of training for serious singers desiring to pursue singing in college and/or as a part time or full time career.
 
3. Part-Time Private Lessons  (2-60 minute lessons per month) ...
Students unable to commit to Full-Time private study have the option of scheduling private lessons on a space-available appointment basis.  Scheduling a lesson every other week is suggested in order to see steady gains, as well as a dedicated home-practice schedule.
 
4. Periodic Consultations  (45 minute or 60 minute appointments)
Consultation appointments include activities such as:
>Performance or touring preparation
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Audition preparation
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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
 

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 PRIVATE STUDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED 
TO PARTICIPATE IN REGULAR STUDIO 
OPEN MIC NIGHTS 
at the Jam Shack 
to gain confidence sharing your music 
on stage.