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I wasn’t even sure if lessons would make a difference…
“I can’t speak highly enough of Chris. He has far exceeded my expectations as a vocal coach. Before I met Chris I was skeptical that I could even become a better singer. I wasn’t sure if lessons would even make a difference. After a couple months of taking lessons with Chris, I can honestly say that I have noticed significant improvement in my singing. He has helped me to have better control over my voice through fun and engaging exercises. Since I was a beginner, it was hard for me to understand the point of some of the vocal exercise and how it translated to me becoming the type of singer I wanted to be. Chris was able to cater my lessons to help me better understand them by working on a song of my choice and choosing exercise to help me sing the song in the style that I liked. Lessons done in this way have been incredibly fun since I know the meaning and purpose behind the exercises that I do. Also, Chris is great at listening to your voice and finding ways to explain why you are making the sound that you are and what you need to do to create the sound that you want. I look forward to going to my lessons ever week because with every lessons I know I’m one step closer to becoming the singer that I want to be. I couldn’t be happier with Chris and synergistic singing.” -Si W.Read More Testimonials
I have taken voice 5 or 6 times in the past…
“I cannot recommend Chris highly enough. I have taken voice 5 or 6 times in the past, and he is by far the best teacher I have ever had. He is clearly extremely knowledgeable and experienced, and is a natural teacher. Excellent at putting you at ease, he first gets to know your voice and your musical preferences, and tailors his teaching to what is best for you individually. His explanations, suggestions, and exercises are all clear and helpful. He also has a sense of humor, and knows how to make each lesson enjoyable and fun. I can’t think of anything I would change, and I feel fortunate to have him as a teacher. “Read More Testimonials
An Active and Collaborative Approach to Teaching this Adult Beginner
“Working with Chris is and adventure in personal discovery and development. As a retired research librarian I had to asky myself why.
— Actively Diagnostic — Chris found out for himself where I actually am. We started with a (very) short music / singing history, a directional goal based on what I hoped to do, then actual breath and sound work to find out what my breath and sound was at that very moment. He even used that diagnostic process to begin to help me become aware of what I’m doing now. For example, to breathe in a specific way and notice what happened, and describe it. Then breathe a different way and compare it. Already I was learning the physical awareness I need to develop.
— Discovery not Dogma.– After the first month of lessons I still haven’t been told what ‘the right way’ to do something is. At least not by Chris. My whole body is telling me what it prefers to do when I’m not telling it to things ‘my’ way.
— Experiential Learning. — The beginning for me is to learn to feel breath in my body, to be aware of where it is and how it moves, and what happens to other systems in the body. A new version of learning to rub your tummy while patting your head.
— Collegial and Collaborative.— I’ve begun to think of lessons with Chris as a series of experiments with comments on results of each step, repeating steps as needed, then again with variations. Chris may be the ‘lead investigator’ guiding the experiments, but as co-experimentor I have the dual role of being the subject and a primary observer (aka ‘student’). I’ve asked Chris to repeat an experiment so I see what it looks like from the outside, and to get a better idea of the process.
— Awake and Aware.– Or as I’m more used to calling it – mindfulness. I check in with my body several times a day to see what the breath and body systems are doing at that moment and relate it to the lesson and earlier check-ins. There is a (nearly) daily practice session, focused on 1 to 3 points that emerged from the work in the last lesson.
** Though it’s been only a month since I began working with Chris, I find not only chages in vocal qualities, but some of the principles are creeping constructively into other areas of life (including saxophone lessons).Read More Testimonials
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When considering the review consider also the reviewer background: Age 59, my last (“real”) music lesson (piano) was 51 years ago, and my last music class was in 6th grade (almost 50 years ago, when we played soprano recorders for a few weeks). Truly a beginner!”
A bright spot in my daughter’s day…
My daughter is a high school junior, and has been involved in choir and vocal performance since the 3rd grade. Chris is her third voice instructor over those years. He is by far the best. Talented and technically competent, he efficiently uses every minute of instruction time. His very positive, supportive, and just plain fun instruction style always makes his lesson a bright spot in my daughter’s day. As a parent, I am very pleased and highly recommend Chris. Dean. FRead More Testimonials
Simple, Concrete Explanations
“As someone with only a small amount of vocal training and knowledge, I needed an experience that would cater to my current skill-level and encourage me to move forward. Chris made me feel completely comfortable and emphasized the importance of singing naturally. Chris offered me simple, concrete explanations of how the voice works and why we implement certain singing exercises – this makes our practice together fun and natural, and reveals the relative simplicity in applying certain vocal techniques. He was very personable, consistently offered more explanation when needed, and invited me to help shape the lesson experience by asking for my input and feedback. Most importantly, he gave me real recommendations that I could start applying immediately! Chris is very knowledgeable – I would definitely recommend his services and plan to have more lessons with him!”Read More Testimonials
A Breath of Fresh Air
My daughter has been taking voice lessons for a few years and is fairly advanced in her ability and technique. We were crushed when her voice teacher moved out of state, and we found ourselves in the market for a new teacher. We were beyond pleased to find Chris as her new vocal coach. He has helped my daughter fine-tune her vocal tone quality, expand her musicality, and overall take her singing ability to a new level. His professionalism is a breath of fresh air; he’s always on time and has a fantastic demeanor. We would highly recommend! Mele A.Read More Testimonials
“Inspired! Excellent! Highly Recommended! I was very impressed with Chris. I left excited and informed. He worked with me from where I was and I left with so much more than I imagined. I am inspired. I look forward to my next lesson. I highly recommend Synergistic Singing. Thank you Chris! -Ryan SRead More Testimonials
Her singing technique has improved exponentially…
Chris is amazing with my daughter. She has been taking lessons with Chris for the past 6 months and her singing technique has improved exponentially. He lets her pick the songs and works at her pace. He is very adjusting of any schedule change (even if it is last minute). My daughter always looks forward to her singing lesson with Chris. Chris is patient, well rounded in different genre’s of music, fun to work with, and an experienced professional. I would highly recommend him. -Hemal S.Read More Testimonials
Comfortable from the very first lesson…
Chris is wonderful with my daughter. I presented him with a list of issues she was having, and he had a structured lesson tailored to her needs ready the very first lesson. He has a way of making students feel comfortable from the very first lesson. I would highly recommend him!! Rachel M.Read More Testimonials
Coming from no Voice training what so ever, I can carry on a song without hesitation
I’ve really enjoyed taking singing lessons from Chris. He’s got very cheerful personality and excellent teaching qualities. Coming from no Voice training what so ever, I can carry on a song without hesitation. I totally recommend Chris as a professional Voice instructor without any doubt! Thank you, Chris! -Nazira S.Read More Testimonials
I have seen a remarkable improvement in her vocal quality
Chris has been working with my daughter for several months now, to prepare for the All-State auditions. I have seen a remarkable improvement in her vocal quality, and she is showing promise to advance even further than last year in the process. Chris has the training and skills to take any kid to the next level. I highly recommend him! Sara C.
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Chris has helped me exponentially..
“Chris has helped me exponentially in many regards. In the short time I’ve taken lessons with him, Chris has already introduced me to the world of belting (healthfully of course) and has shown me singing techniques I had never heard of or tried before. He is also helping me explore my more dramatic side by incorporating expressiveness and emotions into my singing. I cannot thank Chris enough for the encouragement and support he’s pouring out, enabling me to grow not only as a singer, but a performer as well. -Kelsey H.Read More Testimonials
I hold my B.A in Voice from the University of North Texas. I was a member of UNT’s A Capella Choir, ranked among the top five undergraduate choirs in the nation. I have worked with a range of vocal teachers from many backgrounds, from a metropolitan opera star to voice science academics to professional singer-songwriters. This breadth of experience and research over the last 11 years has enabled me to refine the art of teaching someone how to sing so that it is effective and feels good for the singer to do, no matter where they start. For me, seeing the joy on a student’s face when they are able to stay in tune for the first time, or hearing their excitement on the phone when they tell me they’ve won a $20,000 college vocal scholarship, makes it easy for me to say that I really love what I do!Chris Abdo 512-814-8932 Chris [at] synergisticsinging [dot] com 13552 US 183 N, STE A Austin, TX 78750 Voice Lessons also Available Online, in Downtown Austin & Cedar Park/Leander. Ask for details.
From The Blog
March 28, 2017 By Chris Abdo
Your voice kind of works like a balloon. The louder you sing, the LESS air you use, so if you want the best chances at straining your voice with loud volumes, then push the air out. If you want to avoid strain when singing or speaking loudly, then … [Read More...]
March 27, 2017 By Chris Abdo
Sign Up for the Singing Class for Beginners! When is it? 6:30pm on Wednesdays Who is it for? Geared for Beginning Singers adults ages 18 and up but intermediate/advanced singers are also welcome! You need … [Read More...]
February 15, 2017 By Chris Abdo
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