Jill Knapp: Vocal Coach

Award-winning singer Jill Knapp, a familiar face in the Wilmington music and theater scene, is selectively accepting new students (ages 15+) for her vocal studio in Wilmington, Delaware.   A veteran music director, vocal coach, and public school music teacher, Jill holds a BA in Music Education and has over 65 theatrical productions to her credit. As a member of the Music Educators National Conference, she has served as an adjudicator for choral and vocal competitions across the country. She regularly tours the US and Europe with Los Angeles' 17-piece big band The Industrial Jazz Group, and she performs regionally with her acoustic dork-rock duo Hot Breakfast!. Jill also serves as a studio musician for several studios in New Jersey and Delaware, she had the honor of providing backing vocals for Whitney Houston in the mid-90s.   In 2013, she won a Homey Award for "Best Lead Singer," and she can help you sound your best, too.

Her comfortable studio is just moments away from The Arden Gild Hall, New Candlelight Dinner Theater, and The Wilmington Drama League.  Leverage Jill's experience and knowledge, and hear what a difference just a few lessons can make!


Choosing a Voice Teacher | Audition Assistance | Long-Term Voice Lessons | Short-Term Lessons | Ensemble Coaching

Attention Directors and Music Directors | Recording Studio Vocal Coach

What to Expect During a Lesson | Rates | Please Keep in Mind... | Contact Information


Choosing a Voice Teacher
Unsure about how to choose a voice teacher? That's normal!
Choosing a voice teacher is similar to choosing a massage therapist. You have to be comfortable with each other, and willing to talk about what your body is telling you, what things feel like, etc. It's a very personal thing, and it's important for you to shop around until you find a voice teacher who can not only help you achieve your vocal goals, but also has a teaching style that works with your learning style. Some students prefer their teachers to sugar-coat their words; other students want the Simon Cowell treatment!

Your first voice lesson is actually a two-way audition. You are auditioning for me so I can decide if I can help you achieve your goals; but I am also auditioning to be your teacher as well. You should be evaluating if my teaching and communication style works for you! I'm always happy to recommend other voice teachers in the area if I think they can serve your needs better. Other teachers refer their students to me as well-- this is one of the benefits to working with a teacher who is part of a network of other music teachers. There is never any pressure obligation to stay affiliated with a voice teacher. The only obligation is that no matter who you work with, you will work hard, you will try new things, and you will practice, practice, practice.


Audition Assistance
Have a big audition coming up for theater or college? Need just a few lessons so you can sing at a special occasion?
Auditioning for a musical theater production? I can help you select a piece that best fits your vocal range, type and character. I can also help polish that song you've been using for years, giving you new interpretations and ideas to help keep your audition fresh and convincing.

Are you a high school student auditioning to be a music major in college? I can help you choose appropriate repetoire and help you with your foreign language requirement, too.

No matter what you're auditioning for, I can help you:

  •  Choose vocal selections directors want to hear
  •  Sing with conviction and confidence
  •  Look comfortable even if youíre not
  •  Pronounce your words clearly without sounding stuffy or rigid
  •  Choose interesting pieces which show off your best range
  •  Survive an audition when you have a cold


    Long-Term (Weekly/Bi-Weekly) Voice Lessons
    Want to brush up your vocal technique? Looking for a disciplined approach to singing? I offer long-term lessons, where you'll come in on a set weekly (or bi-weekly) schedule.

  •  Free your singing voice to smooth over vocal breaks
  •  Learn and utilize effective warm up techniques that cater to your vocal needs
  •  Work up new repertoire
  •  Understand the body/mind connection and sing with intention
  •  Learn to belt with minimal strain to your voice


    Short-Term Lessons
    Do you have a special occasion coming up where you'd like to sing? Come in for an evaluation, and we'll decide how many lessons you'll need for you to reach your short-term goal.

  •  Learn to sing through the jitters
  •  Learn relaxation techniques so you can sing with conviction and confidence
  •  Look comfortable even if youíre not
  •  Pronounce your words clearly without sounding stuffy or rigid


    Ensemble Work and Coaching
    Belong to a vocal ensemble, and need help learning that tricky harmony?

  •  Understand how your part fits in with the other voice parts of a piece
  •  Blend with other voices with ease
  •  Hone your listening skills
  •  Learn to sing in tune and correct pitch issues on the fly


    Attention Directors and Music Directors!
    Whether you need an extra set of ears or someone to bang out some obscure alto parts for your chorus rehearsals, I can be the dependable help you need during the rehearsal process. Let me:

  •  Work with actors one-on-one to become more comfortable singing on stage
  •  Make your chorus sound like an ensemble (and drill obscure alto parts into their heads)
  •  Teach your belters to blend, and teach your blenders to sing out
  •  Help that tenor who just canít quite get that one high note

    Opening night is always hectic, and you invariably need to be in 3 places at once. On the night of the show, hire me to:

  •  Focus, center and psyche up your cast before a performance
  •  Warm up your cast so you can warm up the pit orchestra
  •  Warm up your orchestra so you can warm up the cast
  •  Be the extra set of ears to assist in your sound check.


    In-Studio Vocal Coach
    Are you a singer in a band and working on a recording? Not quite getting the vocals to sound the way you want?
    Hire me to come to the recording studio with you, and we'll work together in the vocal booth to capture your best performance. Good singers shouldn't have to rely on pitch-correcting tools like Auto-Tune, and with the help of a vocal coach in the studio with you, you'll sing with passion, power, musicality, and control-- exactly what your band needs you to be!


    Coming to a Lesson: What to Expect
    Your first lesson will be mostly discussion, to understand and document your musical/vocal goals, and to get a sense of what kind of instruction works best for you.   A short, non-written musical test will be given to get a sense of where you are, skills-wise.  We'll also test your vocal range, and we'll decide if we want to move forward. I'll ask some questions:

  •  How often do you want to come in?
  •  Is there an end-date you have in mind (an audition or an event, for example), or will these be continuous lessons?
  •  Do you have a certain vocal style you like?
  •  Who are your favorite singers?
  •  Have you ever had lessons before?

    Subsequent lessons are divided roughly in half. The first half is spent on technique-- through discussion and exercises. The last 20 minutes of the lesson is typically spent on repertoire-- this is where we apply what we've learned to actual pieces of music we've selected.

  •  Lessons are 50 minutes in length. Please make every attempt to be on time, and call ahead if you are running behind.
  •  All lesson end-times are firm, even if it started late. (Other artists use the studio space, and we must be respectful of their schedules.)
  •  Refunds will not be given if the student is late, and lesson times may not be extended to make up lost time.


    Rates

  •   Initial Lessons (evaluations) / single lessons are $60.
  •   Subsequent lessons are 50 minutes in length, and cost $50. (Monthly rates are available for students signing up for weekly lessons.)
  •   Sheet music can be purchased through me, or you can purchase it from your favorite sheet music store. Students are responsible for paying for their own sheet music.
  •   Payment is due at the start of each lesson. I accept checks, cash, PayPal, and credit and debit cards.


    Please Keep In Mind...

  •   I'm a working musician, and staying healthy is important to me being able to perform and earn a living.   Please don't come to a lesson if you're sick, or if you think you're coming down with something. I promise to give you the same courtesy if I'm feeling under the weather.
  •   All lessons begin on the hour, and end at the :50 minute mark. If you arrive late, your lesson will still end at the regular time so I can prepare for my next student.
  •   I will do my best to give you a regular lesson schedule, but sometimes we'll have to juggle days to accomodate my travel schedule with my bands.


    Contact Information
    So how do we get started?

  •   Email me at jillknapp attt gmail dottt com (use normal email format for that, of course... we must protect ourselves from spammers!); or
  •   Call 302-475-6414.