“Deborah artfully takes you under her wing with infinite patience, positive attitude, encouragement and clear masterful understanding of vocal mechanics and takes you to where you never thought you could go.”

– Alexander Leon, student

TEACHING

“Deborah artfully takes you under her wing with infinite patience, positive attitude, encouragement and clear masterful understanding of vocal mechanics and takes you to where you never thought you could go.”

– Alexander Leon, student

TEACHING

LESSONS

I teach voice, guitar, songwriting, and performance and recording skills from my studios in San Jose and Menlo Park, California. Many of my students focus on vocal technique exclusively; whereas others work on a combination of skills. Students may also take online/virtual lessons via webcam and skype. It is always an honor to guide my students in the process of gaining the skills and confidence to free the music that is within them.

Voice

I teach a vocal method that is effective for all levels of singers, from people who claim “they can’t sing” to professionals who want to strengthen their vocal technique. Scores of Grammy Award winners, Metropolitan Opera singers, and pop music stars – Stevie Wonder, Amy Lee, Natalie Cole, Al Jarreau, Bette Midler, Liza Minnelli, Prince, Tina Turner, Michael Jackson, Anthony Kiedis, and Annie Lennox, to name a few – use the same method to expand their vocal range, flexibility, and strength.

As students develop a kinesthetic awareness of how their bodies work during singing, they gain confidence, their range expands, and they are able to sing with greater ease and freedom through their entire range. As singers improve their technical proficiency, I help them develop their own style and learn how to interpret songs in their own voice.

Recording & Performance

I coach students in performance and recording skills by analyzing students’ live performances or studio sessions. I love to help students improve their stage presence, pacing and stamina, microphone technique, and emotional delivery of live and recorded performances. I also help performing artists integrate singing, playing, performance, style, and stage presence, and advise performers on the creation of album projects.

Guitar

I teach beginning guitar to students of all ages and musical experience. Students will learn to read and play from written music as well as understand beginning music theory. Students also focus on how to play guitar accompaniment, so they can play and sing at the same time.

Songwriting

I teach beginning and advanced students how to write meaningful, well crafted songs. You will learn how to write lyrics, melodies, and instrumental accompaniment that express your unique sound.

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