What about lessons during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Students who wish to take live lessons will be asked to submit proof of vaccination and agree to weekly PCR testing (clients who have received a 3rd shot/booster are exempt from the PCR testing requirement). Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, as well as most schools, offer no-cost PCR testing. The studio is fully equipped with air purifiers (including UV-C light filters), built-in ventilation, and thorough sanitation of equipment after each lesson.

What equipment do I need for virtual lessons?

Your can use your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer. 

For the best experience we recommend using a USB condenser microphone and head phones

 (or a pro audio setup if you have one), but just a head set works, too!

What is "JamKazam"?

USA-based students taking online lessons with Rocío have the option to use the JamKazam platform,

which allows for simultaneous music making, that is, Rocío can accompany you on the piano as if you were in the same room with her! Certain equipment and a subscription to JamKazam is required, contact Rocío for more details.

 

I just started singing; do you work with beginners as well?

Absolutely! I fact, we really enjoy working with students who are just starting out. It is fun to pick a goal and then start working towards it together. No matter what your issues are, we'll find a way to take care of them.

 

How long does it take to get my voice going?

Ah, the famous question... it really depends on your current skill level, frequency of lessons, your practicing habits, and the goals you have set for yourself. Although you'll start getting results immediately, it takes time for your vocal mechanism to build the muscle memory to do it right all the time. Keep in mind that you are the instrument, in other words, you don't get to see how to hit the notes the correct way, but you only get to experience the physical sensation that goes with it. So it takes time and practice. Have patience.

How often should I practice?

Ideally every day. You do this by singing along to the exercise portion of your last lesson recording. If we worked on a song as well, then you can choose how often you'd like to practice it in between lessons. Of course we understand that everyone has a busy schedule, but the exercise portion of your lesson recording is really not that long. If you can't practice daily, then try every other day or so. Whichever routine you set for yourself, try to stick to it. Remember; it is the repetition that will build the muscle memory!

Am I supposed to keep all the lesson recordings I get over time?

We definitely recommend that you do so. As you progress with your training you will notice that on certain days your voice isn't doing what it was doing the day before. If you keep all your recordings, you'll learn to find a lesson in your collection that addresses the specific problem you may be having that day. And... listening back to some of your earlier lessons can be quite a boost!!

 

Will we work on anything besides technique during my lessons?

Absolutely! It takes a lot more to deliver a song than just hitting all the notes in all the right places. We'll work on rhythm, phrasing, styling, emotional content, etc. as soon as you can sing through your current song without technical difficulties. In addition you can visit the occasional workshops we put together to work on your "non-technical" skills even more.

I've heard that you need to sing Classical music to get your voice going... but I'm not really into Classical. Is that a problem?

Oh no, absolutely not! We will find songs in your preferred musical genres (anything goes!) and teach you how to apply what you learn about technique and style to them. We never let a student work on a song he/she/they doesn't like!