I am a private voice and piano teacher in Iowa. I learned about the New York Vocal Coaching company about 3 years ago, while searching for specific vocal exercises for my students. Immediately I was hooked. I watched Justin’s “Voice Lessons to the World” like an addict.
After a few months, I decided teaching was where I belonged. I had a great meeting with Justin via Skype to determine whether or not I was a good fit for his Teacher Training program. I received an enthusiastic “Yes!” And it happened. Fall of 2015 I was IN! And it was everything I DREAMED, and then some. And yes — this too was ALL available via Skype. And not ONCE did I feel the presentations inadequate, or that Skype interfered with my learning, or Justin’s ability to teach.
The techniques Justin teaches are truly “ahead of the game”. I learned things that weren’t even MENTIONED in my professional music education. I learned about misnomers, why they exist, why they are problematic… I learned about the LARYNX and how every little piece of it works (and that “NO”, it really isn’t about a low larynx all the time!) I learned about “twang”, proper belting techniques, breathing, physical modalities, formants, passaggi, and best of all, how to design the PERFECT exercise for pretty much any “problem” for any one singer. It — was — AMAZING.
What I got out of this program was more than just the BEST pedagogy, but taught in a way that encouraged me to think, allowed for me to question, and never ONCE made me feel “dumb” or less than. Justin is an AMAZING teacher. He truly has a passion for what he does. His information is flawless (really, the guy studies for “fun”!), his information is up to date (music education is behind by about 70 years!), and his professionalism will not bend for ANYTHING. Justin teaches how to teach by example. With him, you truly can learn by watching him. He works exceedingly hard to be a good mentor, and a good example. The effect Justin has had on MY teaching, is nothing short of miraculous. I have the information, and the confidence, to teach any style of music, to any singer. Everything I do in my lessons today, is intentional. And you can never go wrong when that’s the case!
The really fun part, is when music majors from other colleges come to me and say (after one lesson), “Ohhh… I get it now!” If you are looking for an AMAZING training program, with what I consider to be THE best vocal coach/teacher out there, the New York Vocal Coaching Company Teacher Training Program is THE best. Justin really does, “leave no stone unturned” in his program. And — you’ll have a LOT of fun doing it!!