Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I choose Owens Vocal Studio?

It is important to choose a teacher who has been trained to work with the voice to avoid vocal injury and prolong your singing voice to a healthy, old age. Some college music majors (but not all) take a class called Vocal Pedagogy where they learn how to teach voice specifically and how to safely work with voices. Not only has Mrs. Owens had many years of these classes from undergrad through doctoral levels, but she has now taught vocal pedagogy classes for 10 years. In addition to this, her 21+ years of teaching experience has given her the ability to work with most every kind of vocal issue that may arise. While teaching knowledge and experience is of the utmost importance, so is performing experience. Mrs. Owens has been in the auditions for the school choirs, all-state choir, extra-curricular choirs, talent shows, college, grad school, musicals, operas, workshops, recitals, etc. and she has also performed in all of these as well. She has been there and knows what preparation is needed and can help you achieve your goals - whatever they may be.

I'm interested in online lessons, but do they really work as well as in-person lessons?

Though online lessons do currently differ slightly from in-person lessons (though we're getting closer to no differences every day), there are many benefits for the students who take lessons online. Because they cannot depend on constant piano accompaniment, students gain vocal independence, self-reliance and courage to sing on their own. Their intonation and aural skills sometimes improve faster than in-person, and they can tend to self-correct more often than in-person students. Some students who can be distracted easily also may do better due to the focus needed during an online lesson. Travel time is completely eliminated, saving both time and gas and allowing a student to attend lessons while their parents are still at work, or allowing a lesson time to fit into their tight schedule better. Online lessons can be taken from anywhere - not just from home, so if you are on vacation or at school between rehearsals or even live far away, as long as you have internet connectivity and a smart phone, tablet or computer, you can attend your lesson. (I've even had a student take their lesson from their car - not while driving.) Some students also feel more comfortable being in their own home which can help take the fear away from vocal lessons for some students.

It's the middle of a session - do I have to wait for the next session to begin?

No! You can either take some individual lessons, or Mrs. Owens will set up a session for you with the correct pro-rated cost for the session. Go to the Student Questionairre to get started!

How long does it take to learn to sing?

This will depend on your ultimate goals in singing, as well as your natural ability, musical background, self-initiative and practice habits. There is no set time that it can take to learn and improve, and singing can be a lifelong pursuit as long as you choose to improve. Most professional level singers have studied at least two years prior to college and then four years during college. Most continue studying with a teacher while performing regularly to keep up skills and keep from allowing bad habits to set in. Once you begin vocal study, it is recommended that you commit to at least 6 months of regular weekly lessons to experience noticable vocal progress.

I'm a total beginner - is that ok?

Yes! Tiffany has worked with all levels and abilities. Each lesson is individualized and meets the student where they are, helping them to develop a strong foundation in functional singing and make improvements no matter when they begin.

What ages do you accept?

Owens Vocal Studio accepts any age student who is able to maintain consistent focus for 30 minutes straight, and who is interested in learning about and improving their voice. Tiffany has worked with students as young as 7 years old and up to 60+ years of age.

Is there an age that is too young to study voice?

It is true that young voices take an extra measure of care to avoid damage. However, since most children learn to sing by imitation and experimentation, wouldn't it be best to entrust your child's voice to a trained teacher who has knowledge of this age group and can lead them into healthy habits? Younger students will benefit greatly from the combination of piano with singing as they will learn to read music and learn other important musical skills while developing their own unique voices.

How do payments work?

Sessions are paid in full, in split (two) installments, or in monthly installments and are accepted by cash, check, bank-to-bank apps or credit/debit card via Square. There are discounts for paying in full or in split installments.

What am I getting for my money?

At Owens Vocal Studio, tuition costs reflect your teacher's 21+ years of teaching experience, high level of training and education, piano ability, and performance background. In addition to your dedicated time with Tiffany, your private lesson tuition also provides for lesson planning and preparation, song research and selection, studio costs, ability to reschedule and swap lessons, video lessons for last minute cancellations, accompaniment and fees for studio recitals and materials such as piano tuning in addition to exclusively reserving your studio slot. Enrolled students may add extra lessons (for audition prep, competitions, etc.) at regular cost.

*Tuition does not cover the cost of your personal, legal copies of your music.

What if I don't want to or can't register for a session or just want to take a lesson every now and then?

Individual lessons are available without session registration at a non-contracted rate as long as there is an opening in the schedule. These lessons will not receive a regular weekly timeslot.

Do I need to bring a pianist or background track?

Tiffany is a skilled pianist, so there is no need to pay for a lesson accompanist. (The exception being if you are preparing for an audition or competition and would like the help of working together with your accompanist.) If, however, you are interested in bringing an accompanist, just ask. For auditions requiring a background track, it will benefit you to practice along with it with the help of Mrs. Owens.

How do I sign up?

Help Tiffany get to know your musical background and your interests by filling out the Prospective Student Questionnaire. She will reply via email with a studio policy for you to review and a list of possible dates and times for either an introductory lesson or to begin a session.

How soon can I start?

Typically, lessons can begin at the very next available time for your lesson slot if you wish and as long as Tiffany is able to find a time that works with your schedule. If it is between sessions, scheduling a lesson will be at the discretion of Mrs. Owens.

Should I choose 30, 45, or 60 minute lessons?

Many students choose a thirty minute lesson for cost's sake, and this length of time will typically allow for a full warm-up and concentrated work on one performance piece per week or perhaps two if you are wanting to make sure to address more than one song. A forty-five minute lesson can allow time for two to three pieces, and is also a good choice if you are interested in adding piano study, sight reading or music reading skills to your voice lessons. An hour lesson is recommended for more advanced students - those preparing for a college major in music or music theater, or those serious students who want to have the time to fully explore multiple songs each week. An hour lesson is usually too intensive for beginning students or for young students and is not recommended.

What can I expect in my first lesson?

During the first lesson we will discuss your experience, goals, and interests. Mrs. Owens will conduct an evaluation of your current vocal technique through a series of vocal exercises and warmups. You will also be asked to sing a familiar song (your choice or something you know). Mrs. Owens will then suggest some exercises or techniques which would continue to be developed at subsequent lessons. If you have not registered for a session, there is no obligation to sign up for more lessons right away. If the studio is a good fit and you can commit to the studio policies, you can request to register for the session.

Can I give lessons to someone as a gift?

Yes! Tiffany will email or mail a gift certificate to you or directly to the recipient after receiving payment. Request a gift certificate via the contact page.

Why is the studio scheduled in sessions?

Scheduling in sessions does several things for you. It gives you stability in the schedule, it allows you to look ahead and reschedule or swap lessons when you know you will need to, and it allows you to focus on your music rather than keeping up with your lesson schedule. Spring and Fall sessions also both end with a recital to show off all the hard work you have been doing. If you really don't want to or can't commit to a session, contact Mrs. Owens to talk about individual lessons.

What do current and former students/parents have to say about the studio?

Tiffany has been working with my daughter for the past 6 years. She has always been willing to work with her on whatever she wants to learn, from classic Broadway, current Broadway, audition pieces to competition music. Tiffany has taken my daughter's basic talent and expanded her range and confidence to shine during performances, auditions, and competitions. My daughter's confidence has soared over the past 6 years under Tiffany's guidance and she has been able to perform on several stages outside of her own high school. She is now getting ready for college auditions and I know, with Tiffany's help, my daughter will be able to continue her passion into the collegiate level.
Studio Parent

Tiffany is an inspiring voice teacher who enables me to be well-prepared and set for success. Tiffany successfully balances her instruction with my personal preferences to make a winning combination. She always goes above and beyond and exceeds my expectation.
Current Student
Tiffany is a dedicated and talented voice professional who provides excellent instruction tailored for each of her students. She brings out the best in her students and is fully supportive of them.
Studio Parent
Tiffany is wonderful as a teacher and as a person. I am constantly learning something new at every lesson. My voice and knowledge has improved greatly over the years because of the proper technique she has taught me. She's great at personalizing your lessons according to your voice type. Tiffany has gone out of her way to help me choose the right vocal pieces for various auditions.