Northeast Ohio Vocal Arts Academy - Professional Training for Singer-Actors

COACHING

VOCAL MUSIC COACHING
Voice lessons are for teaching you how to sing, but a coaching session prepares a specific piece of literature for a performance — including an audition. Here is the correct procedure for planning an audition!
 
When you plan to audition for a specific show, let your Vocal Instructor or Coach know when the audition dates are, at least a month in advance. Do not wait until a week before tryouts to pick out a song and ask your Instructor to “help you learn it”.  Outside repertoire will not be coached during private voice lessons.  Specially priced coaching packages are available to accommodate this need.

Coaching is also available to singers not currently enrolled in NOVAA's Private Vocal Instruction Program. Please call 330-342-7827 or email NOVAA to schedule an evaluation session.

If there is no particular show scheduled, you need to start preparing two pieces for audition purposes. (Professionals need at least five audition pieces ready at all times.) The first piece should be a smooth-flowing ballad; the second should be more of an up-beat comical or character nature.

Beginning students often select a song that is inappropriate for their voice type and attempting to sing it may cause vocal damage. Let a Vocal Instructor or Coach help you choose the material. Depending on the venue level (school musical, community theater, semi or professional), you may need only an excerpt (16 measures). More difficult venues may require a recitative or soliloquy, as well as an interlude.

Clients will need to provide three copies of music. Accompanist fees are not included; non-traditional repertoire must be submitted one week prior to first coaching session. Vocal music coaching usually requires at least two sessions. Because the vocal instrument is somewhat fragile, coaching sessions should last about one hour. (Professionals can arrange for a private two-hour coaching session with a Vocal Technician).

When preparing an audition selection, you should become familiar with the complete work from which your music is selected. This allows insight for character definition as well as interpretation and musical style.

WHAT DOES VOCAL COACHING COST?
Coaching fees are based on needs of the project in question and individual performance needs of the student, i.e. audition, recital, role. One assessment session, no longer than 45 minutes will be required to determine the individual performance needs of the student; the assessment session will cost the current rate of one 45-minute voice lesson. The results of this assessment session will determine the number of coaching sessions required, as well as the cost per session.

In addition to your private coaching, you will receive a tape of the session. The client will then work on the coaching information privately. At a subsequent session, the Coach will check for comprehension and retention.

DRAMATIC REPERTOIRE / ROLE COACHING 
If a performer receives a role in a production, or wants to study repertoire not assigned by an Instructor, special arrangements may be made to coach the project.

Repertoire/role coaching fees are based upon needs of the project in question and individual performance needs of the student. One assessment session, no longer than 45 minutes will determine the individual performance needs of the student; the assessment session will cost the current rate of one 45-minute voice lesson.

The results of this assessment session will determine the number of coaching sessions required, as well as the cost per session.  Clients will need to provide two copies of script or monologue for dramatic coaching. 


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