Why should I take private lessons?
The voice is the instrument that we all have from birth. Private
study can help anyone improve their voice. Along with learning correct
posture, breath support, placement, and diction, private lessons
will help to expand your repertoire. They help to build confidence
both on and off the stage. We have also seen our private students
consistently excel in the audition arena all while having a fun
and informative time with our highly qualified instructors.
We believe in teaching
solid, classical vocal technique through musical theatre repertoire.
This simply means that you will learn the fundamentals of singing
while learning songs from the musical theatre genre. Our instructors
are also qualified to prepare you for auditions for competitive
choirs or other vocal performance types and styles.
What does a typical voice lesson
In a half-hour lesson, your instructor will
take roughly the first five to seven minutes of the lesson warming
your voice up with vocal exercises. After that, you can expect to
run through a song you have been working on in part or in whole.
This will be followed by intensive, detailed work on portions of
that song. The instructor may single out issues with your diction,
phrasing, placement, posture, or any other facet of your technique
that can be improved.
In an hour lesson,
your instructor will take roughly the first ten minutes of the lesson
warming your voice up with vocal exercises. After that, you can
expect to run and work through two songs in part or in whole, much
in the same way as you would in a half-hour lesson.
What should I bring to my lessons?
At your first lesson, if you are getting ready for an audition,
feel free to bring any music that you already have. If you are preparing
a role, ask your music director for copies of the piano accompaniment
to your song or purchase the sheet music for your solo songs so
that we can best assist you in your lessons. Our instructors will
suggest repertoire and provide music if you don’t have anything
in mind, however. Your instructor will conduct an assessment of
your vocal range and ear training while warming your voice up.
At all of your lessons,
including the first, you should bring a bottle of water and a pencil.
At subsequent lessons you should bring these items as well as a
folder or binder (preferred) with all of the music you have worked
on to every lesson. It is also beneficial to record your lessons
in part or in whole, so bring a digital audio recorder or a cell
phone with recording capabilities. Required materials for each lesson:
bottle of water, recording device, pencil and sheet music. If students
do not bring their sheet music to the lesson, the instructor will
work on vocal technique.
How often should I have voice lessons?
We believe that virtually everyone can benefit from consistent and
regular study of the voice. While we hope that most of our students
will commit to scheduling weekly or semi-weekly lessons and purchase
a package, we understand that some students can only take lessons
to prepare for a role or an audition. We recommend that students
who are taking individual lessons to prepare for an audition schedule
a minimum of three half-hour or two one-hour lessons. We recommend
that students who are preparing for a role and are unable to commit
to a 10-lesson package schedule between four and six half-hour or
two to three one-hour lessons. From our experience, we find that
students have the most success and feel the best prepared after
several sessions dedicated to one audition or role.
Everyone can benefit
from regular voice study. Younger students should consider taking
lessons every other week. More advanced students should schedule
weekly lessons. Instructors will assign tangible milestones for
students to work towards from lesson to lesson.
What can I expect to get out of a package
of 10 voice lessons?
Students can expect to learn
between two to three songs through the course of a 10 half-hour
lesson package. Instructors will tailor the individual pace of individual
lessons as well as the package to each student. While learning songs,
students will learn fundamental vocal techniques to use in the context
of any song or singing experience.
How old should I be to benefit from
Generally, our students are aged
10-adult. Students younger than age 10 can benefit from lessons
to prepare them for a specific role or vocal experience. We recommend
that our younger students take lessons every other week.
Should I schedule lessons with the
same instructor every time?
All of our private instructors
are qualified to provide you with informed, quality vocal instruction.
While we believe that students will benefit the most from the continuity
of study that comes with taking lessons with the same instructor
over a period of time, it does not hurt to get a fresh perspective
from time to time as well. With that being said, please do not hesitate
to take an occasional lesson with a different instructor at Drama
Learning Center if your schedule changes sporadically. Our instructors
also serve as substitutes for one another, so if a teacher is unable
to make a lesson one week, you may work with one of our other highly
qualified instructors on an intermittent basis.
Should I schedule a half-hour lesson
or an hour lesson?
A half-hour lesson is suitable
for students of all levels who are taking consistent weekly study.
Hour lessons are designed for advanced students who need to build
repertoire more quickly and/or work on more detailed technical components
in their voice. This is why we require instructor approval for students
interested in taking hour-long lessons. Exceptions will be made
for students preparing for a role in shorter periods of time on
a case-by-case basis. Students choosing to focus on both voice and
acting should plan to work each component in separate lessons unless
they are enrolled in hour long lessons.
Should I bring songs that I already
know or have worked on in the past?
If you are preparing
for a role and you already know the music, bring it. Remember, though,
that old habits are hard to break. New technique is best learned
through new repertoire. After some time of consistent study and
established good technique, then it is possible to go back to old
repertoire with less risk of jeopardizing all of the hard work you
have been doing.
How do I schedule lessons?
Lessons can only be scheduled through the main DLC office by calling
410-997-9352 or emailing
Though Instructors can let you know their availability they do not
schedule their own lessons. Please note that we can only guarantee
lessons slots if payment has been received. Unused lessons in a
package expire after six months.
What if I need to cancel or reschedule
DLC requires no less than 24 hours notice
for any lessons that need to be cancelled or rescheduled otherwise
the full amount of the lesson will be charged. You may cancel or
reschedule lessons by calling 410-997-9352 or emailing
Even if you let your instructor know you need to change a lesson,
you must communicate this directly with the office. If an instructor
needs to unexpectedly reschedule a lesson, the office will get in
touch with you as soon as possible.