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My Ideal Client, Philosophies, and Samples
Susan Anders Brizick

Ideal Client …

The type of student who is the most successful studying in Susan Anders Brizick’s Voice Studio

School aged students who love to sing and want to improve their singing and learn about different styles of music. The most successful students want to get a part in the school musical, glee club, or school choir and want to improve the quality of their voice. Often students are embarrassed about making a mistake or feel they can’t get their voice to do what they want it to do, such as move through a transition spot in their range. Students want a teacher who can understand how they learn and help them improve week by week in a comfortable environment with out getting frustrated. Using building blocks and focused practice, students gain confidence to audition for their goal for a lead or solo.

Adult students who love to sing and want to learn to sing different styles of music and find which suits their voice best. These adults are community chorus or church choir singers, parents or young professionals who are finding time for themselves and want to develop their singing voice, or those aspiring to perform on a stage. They want a teacher who understands their maturity, both musically and personally, requires different teaching techniques. Adult students who want to build more confidence in their singing voice and themselves. Singing is not always easy. We use building blocks to help progress week by week working with their individual voice, learning style, and life experience. This helps build confidence in a comfortable environment to achieve their musical goals.

Does either of these scenarios describe you as a singer?

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Samples of Teaching


What is the best age to start voice lessons?

I believe that voice study can begin around 12 years of age. At this age, most kids are mature enough to respond to instruction and make vocal progress. Younger students fare better in a small group environment such as a church or school choir or just singing along with other music such as the radio. I would also suggest taking piano lessons first.

It is never too late to start voice lessons, but most professional singers start private study as teenagers or in their early twenties. All of my lessons are tailored to meet the individual needs and goals of each student.

How often do lessons take place?

Lessons take place weekly. A weekly commitment to lessons ensures dedication to practice and therefore quicker results. I can monitor progress of the student and the student has enough time to process and practice tasks assigned. Weekly assessments help us to quickly find the best way to work together, answer questions that arise in practice sessions, establish good communication and identify individual musical goals.

Why should I take voice lessons? Can’t everyone sing?

Almost anyone who can speak can learn to sing, but most people don’t use their voices to their full potential. Voice lessons teach singers how to control their breath and find vocal resonance to create a fuller, healthier, and more beautiful sound. Lessons also teach general musical skills and build more confident singers.

Should I take voice lessons with a teacher or can I really learn to sing from an online program or DVD?

Every voice and every person is different and responds differently to technique. Learning to sing demands a personal touch and ears and eyes outside of oneself. With the guidance of a live teacher, you will get direct response to what is actually heard and seen by others, not just what you hear inside your head. A live teacher can also help you explore to find what repertoire and vocal range actually suits your voice best.

What we hear while we’re singing just isn’t true, so we are always dependent on someone we trust to take the role of our ‘outside ears’. Renee Fleming

What is your style of teaching?

I approach each student differently based on their age, musical goals, how they learn and what makes them ‘tick’. I want to help people find their true singing voice and build confidence in their singing; to help them meet their musical goals in a comfortable environment while guiding them on a musical journey to satisfy their souls.

The task of an excellent teacher is to stimulate ‘apparently ordinary’ people to unusual effort…. P. Cross

How often should I practice?

Daily practice is ideal, but 5 times weekly for 20 -30 minutes each practice is sufficient for beginners. More advanced students should practice for 1 hour to 1 and ½ hours. You want to practice enough that your body remembers the vocal technique or as if you are training your body to run a particular race.

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