Do You Sing to Avoid Mistakes? How do you respond when you make a mistake? Do
Hi, I'm Chris,
Let's find exactly what you need to improve your voice while nurturing a life-long love for singing.
Your Voice is a Unique, Special Snowflake
We'll Get to Know Your Voice,Your Hopes & Goals First..
Then Design Lessons Just for You.
I've had 3 singing instructors and the others don't even come close to Chris,
Chris is very positive, wonderfully encouraging, truly-genuinely loves music, and sharing his skills with others so they can enjoy music! I've had 3 singing instructors and the others don't even come close to Chris, his techniques, his depth of knowledge, and kindness. He can work with any age group of students. He is technically proficient which expands his abilities to provide lessons even from a distance. He's the best!!
High School Student
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.
Public School Teacher
I Have Gone Into Rehearsals Feeling Much More Confident Than I Used To…
Chris is great to work with. My previous instructor focused specifically on one singing style, but Chris has a breadth of knowledge to support a wide range of singing styles. He focuses on fundamentals and breathing, finding your own voice and style, and also on the technical differences that make each style unique. I would recommend Chris for singers of all levels of experience. He has helped me work on opera and musical theater pieces, and I have gained a much greater appreciation for the difference between dark and bright sounds. Chris has helped me work on rehearsal pieces and I have gone into rehearsals feeling much more confident than I used to.
The Difference You'll Experience
Discover the Unique, Natural Beauty in Your Voice
How do you sound more like yourself and not like you're copying the singer? With Chris, you'll see concrete ways that your movements transform the sounds you hear...so that you'll have the full spectrum of colors in your voice.
Kind, Encouraging Feedback
Have an audition coming up? Not sure if your song is performance ready? Chris gives you kind, encouraging and honest feedback that takes a realistic view of what's possible in what time frame, while seeing the inspiring potential for your voice.
We'll Sing Outside of the Technique-Box and Genre-Box
Popular methods likes Speech Level Singing didn't remotely help Chris when he first started singing...neither did classical Bel Canto techniques. These methods do, however, have their place! So in lessons, we include and transcend techniques to see what actually helps you, right now, in your singing.
All techniques we do will be specific to the genre and vocal style you love to sing. So don't worry, you won't be singing opera when you want to sing pop.
Not sure if you can become a better singer? Here's what students have to say...
Dell Product Manager
Before I met Chris I was skeptical that I could even become a better singer.
After a couple months of taking lessons with Chris, I can honestly say that I have noticed significant improvement in my singing...
An adventure in personal discovery and development.
“Working with Chris is and adventure in personal discovery and development. As a retired research librarian I had to asky myself why.
I'm already seeing improvements in voice and piano after two months!
Chris is an awesome teacher! He is super kind and super funny. I have no previous experience, and with only two months of lessons I already see significant improvement in my voice/piano skills! Definitely recommend doing both piano and vocal lessons simultaneously. Come to Chris, I promise you won’t regret it!
Contact Chris to Start a Breakthrough Chapter in Your Singing Story
Know Where to Go With Your Voice with Kind, Honest, Concrete Feedback
Gave me the belief I could learn to sing!!!
"After the Saturday class I knew I would enjoy learning from Chris, his enthusiasm is very infectious and what he told us during the class made perfect logical sense. Gave me the belief I could learn to sing. .”
Competitive Classical HS Singer
Tell him EXACTLY what you want or what you've been noticing with your singing and no doubt he will help you become a better singer by the hour.
“I've been with Chris for the past two years and I have to say he is a GREAT coach. He is a dedicated, talented, and an extremely passionate vocal coach. I have competed in the TMEA vocal audition process for the past three years and each year I got further along in the process and felt more and more confident in my abilities. Chris's engaging exercises and bubbly personality makes lessons a load of fun and pass by super quickly, making you want to have additional lessons. Tell him EXACTLY what you want or what you've been noticing with your singing and no doubt he will help you become a better singer by the hour.
When you have nobody to give you any honest feedback...
When you have nobody to give you any honest feedback other than say a recording device you can play back to yourself, it’s kinda hard what exactly is the issue. I’ve had to figure it out on my own, but with a teacher the one on one that a choir director does not have time for, has been the BEST feedback I could possibly have. It gave me confidence and a sense of where I am musically.
The Synergistic Studio is Located Online & in Austin, Tx
located inside Austin Strings : Plaza Cortez #201, 13276 Research Blvd, Austin, TX 78750
Afraid to Sing? We'll Ease into Singing by Getting to Know Your Voice First
Chris cuts away the clutter and identifies the techniques that will really improve your singing quickly
I have watched many, many Youtube videos about singing, and surprisingly never learned key lessons...I have purchased online video lessons, but none that offered feedback. I have learned a lot about singing technique, but found them to be complex and it's hard to distinguish the key areas. Also, I find these courses cause me to spend a lot of time watching videos and not much time actually singing. Chris cuts away the clutter and identifies the techniques that will really improve your singing quickly. I have watched many, many Youtube videos about singing, and surprisingly never learned key lessons such as "Steady Mouth Shape and Vowel for a Steady Pitch". I like that Chris focuses on the key skills needed to improve singing, and doesn't get "lost in the weeds." The last thing I want to do is sing endless scales and sing "nee, nee, nee, nah, nah, nah" and so on, when I'm not even sure of the benefits.
Jeanine W. PHD
I have taken voice 5 or 6 times in the past, and he is by far the best teacher I have ever had
“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.
He eased me into singing and now I don’t know why I was ever afraid!
I always wanted to take voice lessons but never did out of fear. I’m so glad I found Chris! He eased me into singing and now I don’t know why I was ever afraid! After just a few lessons, I’m noticing improvements in my voice and confidence when singing in front of others. Chris is down to earth, passionate about what he does, and an incredible teacher. He makes learning fun and easy. I appreciate that he takes the time to get to know me and my voice so he can better coach me rather than using a one size fits all approach. This has been an awesome experience and I look forward to my lesson each week!
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