Why choose Noelle Catiller as your teacher?
I am passionate about singing and even more passionate about teaching! You will see results using my vocal techniques. I will teach you how to sing in fun, friendly and constructive environment. Each voice lesson will be tailored to the personal needs of your voice. Although, ongoing development with your voice takes hard work, the benefits are worth the effort!
What is your teaching method for singing?
I will teach you to master the principals of vocal muscle memory. Good voice technique based on the knowledge that the voice is a physical, mechanical and acoustical instrument and that good foundations will equip you to sing any style you want to sing. You need a proven method that is so much fun, and so easy to understand that you can’t wait to do it.
Two of my favorite phrases are "Practice Makes Permanent"" and "Muscles Have Memory". If you start replacing bad habits with good ones the good ones will start to take over. As you apply my training your muscles will start to automatically become more efficient. That’s when things become really exciting. It’s not magic, just good voice training.
What is the difference between a voice teacher and a vocal coach?
A voice teacher works with a student over a significant period of time to develop vocal range, power, flexibility, a free and effortless vocal production, and a beautiful singing tone. A voice teacher can also work with students to overcome singing off key, straining the voice, and many other vocal faults.
A vocal coach is a pianist who accompanies a singer and makes suggestions about the interpretation of a song in order to enhance a performance. A vocal coach often helps a singer before an important singing event. Vocal coaching rarely changes the core sound of a voice, but it can immediately help make a stronger performance, and if continued regularly over a period of time, it can help a student develop musicianship and confidence.
The most significant results come from working with a voice teacher in order to develop a voice to its potential, and then working with a vocal coach for help particular performances. Noelle Catiller Voice Studio provides a complete program of study including both voice teaching and vocal coaching.
Do you teach different styles of singing?
Yes! Using my vocal techniques, you will learn how to produce a warm, open and full sound that can be applied to any style of music.
How do I pick a good voice teacher?
Choosing the right singing teacher is crucial to your success as a singer. A good voice teacher should have the following qualities:
1) Teacher Credentials: A teacher should be either university trained or has taken extensive vocal pedagogy classes. A good place to find teacher is professional organizations like National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) or Music Teacher’s Association of California (MTAC)
2) Knows How to Teach: A teacher who is good at teaching will not only be knowledgeable about singing, but will also be able to give you clear constructive criticism, will challenge you and give you the tools to be able to correct yourself. Be aware when studying with teachers that teach many different instruments. Are they equally qualified and experienced at all those instruments? There is a big difference between a teacher that specializes in piano or guitar, but also happens to sing, versus a teacher that specializes in just voice. Just because a teacher has a music degree, does not necessarily mean they are qualified to teach every instrument.
3) Good Rapport: Your learning success will depend on the rapport between teacher and student.
4) Style: Most teachers teach classical technique, but some will specialize in applying that technique to music theatre, jazz and popular styles.
5) Performance experience: A teacher who has performed will have unique insight and guide you through your performances.
Do you teach adults?
Yes! Ages 6 and up are welcome!
Do you take beginners?
I love to teach beginners because they come to us without preconceived ideas about how to sing. Very often a beginner can make faster progress than an experienced singer, because the experienced singer must break old habits before he/she can improve.
I don’t know if I’m good enough to take voice lessons. Do you think it’s worth it?
Every voice can improve with proper training. You won’t know how good you can get unless you try it. Many students have started voice lessons very dissatisfied with their singing abilities and discovered wonderful voices hiding inside.
Should I sign up for weekly 1/2 hour or 1 hour private voice lessons?
I recommend ½ hour for beginning students and 1 hour for more advanced students.
What should I expect in an online voice lesson?
Advantages to Online Voice Lessons-Student and teachers are typically more focused during online lessons, and of course there’s the undeniable convenience and accessibility.
Difference in Communicating Online- Eye contact and the lack of physical proximity for correcting posture are definitely different in online interactions. These matters can easily be handled by simple communication.
How do group lessons work?
Group voice lessons offer an excellent introduction to vocal study. But group lessons are not just for beginners. Classes include exercises that help to develop a healthy vocal technique, expand range, build power, control, and over time, a beautiful singing tone. Students also learn songs and sing them together, and as they become comfortable, they are encouraged to sing individually in front of the group. Group lessons provide an opportunity for singing in front of other people on a regular basis, building performance skills, and gaining confidence as a performer.
Some students take private voice lessons in addition to a group lesson. This is particularly beneficial for long-term students who have already developed some vocal technique and want to go the next step as a singer. All singers will benefit from working on exercises, learning songs, and developing performance skills through group lessons.
Can my first lesson be a trial to see if I like it?
Yes! Just schedule a private ½ hour lesson with me for $35, or attend a group lesson for $20.
What will my first voice lesson be like?
We'll do some vocal exercises so I can evaluate your vocal range and quality. I'll explain some technical concepts and ask you about if you have had any previous training and experience. We may go through a song you know, or I may suggest one for you to work on depending on your situation and your goals. I will go over my studio policies, calendar, materials and books you will need for voice lessons.
What will my other voice lessons be like?
We'll start every lesson with exercises to develop and strengthen your technique. Exercises will be tailored individually will address the fundamentals of good singing: breath support and control, legato singing, pure vowels, vocal agility, and relaxation. Then, we will focus on repertoire, still employing the awareness of the technique and your expression.
How often should I practice voice?
Practice at home is essential; it reinforces and solidifies what is taught at each lesson. Practice time should consist of at least 15 minutes of warm-ups and the rest can be used to practice their songs. Students are expected to practice at least 3 days a week, not including the lesson day. Remember: sometimes students will enjoy practicing and other times it will be a chore. Consistency is the key to progress. As Robert Cutietta said, "Musical children are not born, they are raised."
How long will it take me to be good at singing?
The voice is a muscle in which needs time to train and conditioned. Vocal development is a long term process. In analyzing beginning voice students, I find that some students are gifted with a well-placed natural voice, possessing a lovely, full, open quality, while others will have many problems. As a result, some students will make swift process, while other will take many months of careful study before much progress is evident.
All of this sounds difficult to me. I just want to have fun. Is that possible?
I teach singers of all abilities. Some people are driven for success, and we am here to help them go as far as they can. Other people just want to have fun and see what happens. I am happy to help you either way. Improving your singing increases your enjoyment of life no matter what your goal.
I home school through a charter school and I would like to study with you, but you are not an approved vendor. Can I request you as a vendor?
Yes! Just tell your Educational Facilitator at your charter school that you would like to request me as your teacher. We will need to fill out some paperwork and wait for approval. Then, you can request a Purchase Order and we can begin lessons! Note: I will only become a vendor with charter schools in the state of California.
What if I don't live near Temecula Valley, California and I want to take lessons from you?
I also offer voice lessons online through Skype. Contact me today to get started!
What is My Music Staff?
My website is linked to My Music Staff. This software allows you to view: studio news, your account, invoices, make payments, set up Auto Pay, calendar, attendance, lesson notes, register for events, downloads, swap list, practice log, keep track of repertoire and your e-mail history.
How do I register to be part of your studio?
After you have contacted me and we have set up a lesson, I will send you a link to register. After you register, you will be e-mailed your login information.