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Singing Lessons

Singing lessons

I am what you would call a vocologist or a “singing voice specialist”, a designation that has only recently come into the voice vocabulary.  A specialist of this sort has training in voice performance, voice pedagogy and voice science.

 

Given this background, I teach singing using a systematic approach that allows students to understand, appreciate and take ownership of their own vocal development. 

 

Want to learn how to sing?  I can help.

Smith - Four folk songs - I know where I'm goin'
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Goodall - Requiem - Close now thine eyes

Adapted singing lessons for students with exceptionalities

An adapted singing lesson is a singing lesson where modifications are made to best suit a student’s individualized needs.  These needs may be physical, developmental, attentional, or sensory.

While many concepts of an adapted singing lesson are similar to a standard singing lesson, adaptations are made that allow students to learn at a rate and in a style that they are comfortable with allowing them to focus on specific musical or functional goals in a fun and motivating way.  

Have you avoided signing your up for singing lessons in the past despite a passion for music because you thought that it might not be a good fit?  Let’s connect.

"When I began studying under Charlene during my undergraduate program, it did not take me long to realize the honour and privilege I had of working with her. Not only is she an immensely gifted vocalist, technically and artistically, but she is also a kind and intuitive teacher. Under Charlene’s tutelage, my singing was given the space it needed to transform. Rather than singing to simply produce notes, I now sing to participate in the creation of moments wrapped in grace, beauty, humour, and passion. Getting to this point in my singing would not be possible without the great care Charlene took during our time together and for this I am so very grateful."

Elissa N.

"Words cannot explain the gratitude I have for Charlene. She challenged me to grow not only as a singer, but also as a more passionate individual. She taught me about what it requires to pour all of yourself into something you love, and I could never thank her enough for that."

Victoria M.

"Studying under Charlene was wonderful. Through her tutelage, I was able to grow as a vocalist and as a pedagogue. She explained technical concepts so that I could understand them and then attempt to apply them in a practical way. She engaged both my body and my mind in our lessons together. She made me feel comfortable enough to try to take risks, and through her extensive knowledge, she was able to make me feel supported while guiding me in my progress as a musician."

Caitlyn B.

"I learned so much from Charlene and am so thankful to have had her as my teacher!"

Natasha W.

“Charlene was a pleasure to work with during my undergraduate years. Her knowledge of vocal technique, and her ability to share her knowledge clearly and concisely, were invaluable in our voice lessons. She helped me to understand concepts using a variety of pedagogical approaches and guided my vocal development to a level beyond which I had previously believed I could achieve. She demonstrated kindness, patience, and humour in every lesson and was consistently able to interpret and meet my needs as a singer and as a person. Charlene was an encouraging teacher who continually inspired me to work hard while raising my confidence in myself as both a singer and as an academic. Charlene was an inspiration to me in my own career as a voice instructor, as she demonstrated professionalism and care in every aspect of her teaching.”

Laura C.

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