Why Online Vocal Consulting?

Due to the overwhelming amount of requests I receive for vocal coaching, my Online Vocal Consulting program is the most efficient, cost effective way to help people interested in learning more about their voices. While not as intimate as an in-person vocal coaching session (which I do offer in special cases), coaching via the Web is in my experience just as exciting and useful. It also lets you practice singing in the privacy of your own home. Online Vocal Consulting also allows me to train singers in special situations; for example, when I’m on the road.

How does it work? I can’t imagine that Online Vocal Consulting is very effective…

In my experience, vocal coaching via the Web works very well and has many practical advantages. I conduct all sessions via Skype (Mac/PC) or FaceTime (Mac only, included with Mac OSX), which is better than simply posting video lessons on YouTube, because I can see if you’re doing the exercises properly, in real time. All you need is a webcam and a fast Internet connection (IMPORTANT: you need at least a fast DSL 16000 or cable connection for a dropout-free video chat session).

How much does it cost and how do I pay for a session?

The prices for an Online Vocal Consulting session depends on which plan you choose. I offer 30 minute (€40,-), 45 minute (€50,-) or 60 minute (€60,-) sessions. You have the option of training with me once a month (minimum) every two weeks (recommended) or weekly (highly recommended). Session times are coordinated individually to fit your time zone and schedule (and mine). Sessions are conducted in English or German. All sessions are billed monthly via PayPal. If you don’t have a PayPal account, you can easily register for one when you sign up for a session.

How do I schedule a coaching session? Is there a free consultation (Beratung)?

Very easily! Just fill out the Online Vocal Consulting Sign-up Form. It’s available in English and German. It’s very important that you fill out the Sign-up Form as completely as possible; the more advance info I have about you, the faster we can get started. Every session plan includes one free 20 minute practice session, so that we can get to know each other and talk specifically about how I can help you. For vocal consulting to work, you need to feel comfortable working with me.

How can I cancel a session?

If you need to cancel a session, please give me 24 hours advance notice, otherwise the session must be paid in full. There is also the possibility of rescheduling a session, but only in special cases.

What exactly will you train with me? Will vocal coaching change my singing style?

Each session is designed to suit your individual needs and skill level. To start, we will concentrate on proper breathing techniques, correct posture while singing and finding “your sound”. We’ll then move on to specific exercises designed to help you improve your strength, endurance and vocal range. Many other vocal coaches / teachers will promise you that singing lessons will not change how you sound. In my opinion, this is a contradiction, since any kind of formal vocal training is bound to change your sound in some way. My main focus however is not only to show you how to sing better, but to show you why you sing better using these techniques.

Do you also do vocal coaching for studio sessions, tour preparation, etc.?

Yes! I also coach duos and groups, as well as artists signed to record labels and public speakers. If your have any other specific questions about Online Vocal Coaching or other services please contact me at voice@charlessimmons.com .