HOW OLD MUST ONE BE BEFORE ONE BEGINS TO TAKE VOICE LESSONS?
You can never be too young or too old. For
the young voices, especially the boys, this will help as they go through the voice change.
I LIKE TO SING POP SONGS, WILL I STILL BE ABLE TO SING
Most definitely! The SRVS will help you sing
better the style of music that you prefer.
WILL IT MAKE ME SOUND LIKE AN OPERA SINGER?
No! Not unless your voice has that quality.
HOW WILL I BE ABLE TO REMEMBER WHAT I WAS TAUGHT?
You will receive materials dealing with vocal
technique, vowel modification, and vocal exercises.
You can't afford not to! The amount you pay
for at least one thirty minute voice lesson per week is an insignificant amount to pay for something that could possibly help
you avoid nodules on the vocal cords and eventual surgery due to incorrect phonation. Plus the basic knowledge you gain about
your voice will give you confidence and a better sounding singing and speaking voice.
A word of caution: You must be exceedingly cautious and selective when selecting a vocal teacher. The voice
is an extremely delicate instrument that merits proper care; therefore, your choice should be done wisely, not just because
that one charges less. Many have been the singers that have been referred to Mr. Ríos who had almost met vocal disaster
because of improper voice teaching received from someone who purported to be a voice teacher, but who knew nothing of correct
Teaching correct vocal production is a science.
Thus the voice teacher has to be well grounded in his/her line of work in order to see and hear and then correct and eliminate every
problem that singers face: e.g. incorrect position of the tongue and jaw, incorrect impingement of each vowel according to
pitch on the soft and hard palates, improper breathing, aspirated sounds, and etc.
WHAT STEPS MUST I TAKE TO BEGIN?
You begin by coming to see Sonny Ríos
at his studio (please call beforehand to learn if Mr. Ríos will be at the location), then sign a contract
for studies at The SRVS. THERE IS NO NEED TO AUDITION! But if you prefer to audition to see if
you will like my method of teaching, then that will be considered as a lesson and its fee will be applied to the monthly fee
once the contract is signed. If it is decided that this studio is not the place to train in, then the time spent will be considered
as a non-contract lesson (30 minutes = $75.00; Hour = $150.00; any thirty minutes thereafter will be $50.00, if taken consecutively
after the first hour) and payment will be required immediately. There are four types of contracts that you must choose
from before you commence studies. Click on the Contracts link to view.
I MISS A LESSON, WILL I BE ABLE TO MAKE UP THAT LESSON? Most definitely! As long as you notify
our studios twenty-four hours in advance, your lesson will be made up.
IF I WISH TO RENEW MY CONTRACT, WILL I BE ABLE TO DO SO? Most definitely! In fact, if
you sign consecutive contracts, you will be charged lessons fees of a contract the length the two contracts amount to: e.g.
two three months contracts will be as if you had originally signed a six months contract; three months and a six months
contract will be as if you had signed a nine months contract originally; etc. Twelve months contracts fees remain the
10. WHAT SHOULD I BRING
WITH ME WHEN I COME FOR MY LESSONS?
You may bring with you any style of music
you prefer to sing, whether it's in sheet music or recorded accmpaniment (CD, cassette, iPhone, etc.). But first and
foremost, you must come with an intense desire to learn and work and a willingness to sacrifice of your time and resources
in order to become a successful artist!