Answers to Frequently Asked Questions:
How/when /where do I work with clients?

Being able to read music or play a musical instrument
will probably be useful but is definitely NOT necessary! 

'Scared Beginners': As well as working with professional 'working singers', I have a particular passion for working with beginners, especially those who may be very scared of singing, or are doing singing as 'a personal growth' exercise for building self esteem / confidence etc. Some clients also work with me as a preparation for doing 'up-front' speaking and presentations in corporate environments. 

Where does Geoffrey teach?
Sessions are conducted in a friendly 'home' environment
at my flat in Elwood, Melbourne. See maps

What should I bring with me to my first session?
Beginners - Experienced

Recordings: You DO NOT need to bring a recording device with you to make recordings to practice with at home. I have all the facilities for making high quality practice recordings for you. They can be burnt to CD or copied to your USB stick in class, or downloaded from my website after the lesson is over. However, if you wish to record the lesson itself, that is fine, but bring your own recording device.

How do I work with you?
My teaching style is personal, adaptable, and customised to your needs and preferences! I prefer that YOU as the client, be in control of the process and be very active in making choices about how and when we work.  As well as making sure you 'know the notes' by making customised recordings for you to take home and practice with, I'll introduce you to vocal techniques to help develop and strengthen your voice.

Building confidence / Assisting 'nervous' singers.
Confidence is about 'knowing what is going to happen' when you sing, and that comes from good training, practice and experience. Nervousness comes from the fear of the unknown and the 'expectation of disaster!'     > more

Audition Preparation is a specially! I have worked with all sorts of singers:  from opera singers through to heavy metal vocalists! I suppose the majority of my clients though, would be singing contemporary and classic pop songs, or musical theatre songs or jazz standards. I also work with people using their own original songs or using unusual, alternative vocal styles. To see lists of song titles that other clients have worked on with me, see my YouTube channel  or  Search my Sheet music library. 

My rates are $70 (AU) an hour, which includes the making of all custom made personalised recordings for practice, etc. **   I place a high emphasis on students having appropriate recordings to practice with at home, especially if they don't play keyboards etc. I prefer hourly sessions rather than 1/2 hour, even if that means people come less often.  (I am not really convinced that an appropriate rapport can be established, and detailed work accomplished in 1/2 an hour, but once again, in keeping with my client-centred approach, we can do a 1/2 hour if that is what you really need. Sessions can be booked for almost any time. If you book for sessions during business hours, you are more likely to get the time you want.  Most evenings, and weekends during the day are available. I do not see clients every hour on the hour, "sausage factory style"! so if you need to adjust your lesson time at short notice, I can probably accommodate you.

Tax Deductions / receipts
Some clients may be able claim tax deductions for skills development, voice production work etc. Check with your boss, union, workmates, or accountant to see if this may apply to you!  If you regularly perform any sort of 'presentations' or other activities that involve the voice as part of your paid work you may be able to claim your sessions with me as a tax deduction!  (That would be nice wouldn't it?) I prefer to provide quarterly, Writing receipts at the end of every session wastes valuable lesson time so I usually write half yearly or yearly statements as required. Just ask!  

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**Recording projects may attract an out of hours fee for more complicated customised backings or music transcriptions etc. See Transposing sheet music.