It’s been quite a while since I’ve used this page–my husband and I started a family, I embarked on a brief stint as a producer, and I’ve been teaching more and more genres and levels of voice. I even taught some music theory classes!
I’m currently branching out into online teaching. One of the pleasant surprises I got from everything going online was that I had students who made quite a bit of progress! Not to say that there weren’t difficulties, and definitely not to say that it’s better than seeing and hearing a student live, but it wasn’t nearly as limiting as I thought it would be. It turned out to be a viable format for teaching, and some of my students are going to continue virtually.
The next thing is to reach the people who don’t have time for weekly lessons. If that’s you, check out my Online Courses for Busy Adults. Singing can be such a fulfilling part of life–and I believe that most of you who aren’t professional singers can meet your goals without committing to long-term weekly lessons. I’ve got a course for those who need the basics of pitch-matching (otherwise known as the “tone-deaf”), and a course for those who’d like to learn how to improve their tone in popular genres of music.
Although my students have been having more and more success, and I am in my 17th year of teaching music full-time, I still get attacked by Imposter Syndrome when starting something new–like online courses. When I step back and think about it, there’s no logical reason why I can’t deliver classes in a slightly different format, to a slightly different set of students. But that nagging voice in my head still says, “Who do you think you are, trying to reach a whole new group of people? Trying to expand your reach and impact? Why don’t you just stay in your lane?”
If you’re hearing that voice when you think about taking a short voice course–if you feel like it’s not for you, or that ship sailed long ago–well, it’s the voice of our amazing brain, whose job it is to keep us alive. Our brains like closure, certainty, and safety. Stepping out to try something new is none of those things! It’s like when I ask my mom for advice on some new venture. Her advice is always quite conservative, because she wants to keep me safe above all.
And when I hear that little voice, or feel that hesitation, telling me that maybe I should wait, maybe I shouldn’t try just yet? I thank my brain for letting me know what the absolute safest option is. I tell someone, like my husband, that I’m feeling afraid, just so it’s out there. And–like Elsa in Frozen II–I decide to step out “Into the Unknown.”
If studying singing feels like that for you, join me and we’ll take that step together.