|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!
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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.
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:
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.
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.
Ensemble Work and Coaching
Belong to a vocal ensemble, and need help learning that tricky harmony?
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:
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:
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:
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.
Please Keep In Mind...
So how do we get started?