“I think we all know that our voice, or the voicing system, is not only an instrument but also the core of our daily expressions. ”
- Zongyi (Charlie)
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Throughout my musical life, singing has always played an irreplaceable role. I think we all know that our voice, or the voicing system, is not only an instrument but also the core of our daily expressions. We use this system every day. In fact, we use our voices too often that we think it is just a small thing that we do not seem to pay a lot of attention to. Thus, a lot of us have never really think about whether they are using their voicing system correctly. In the world of pop music, one of the most important concepts and singing strategy is SLS (Speech Level Singing) suggesting that our singing should be as easy as when we are speaking normally, no matter the range. However, Over the years of my vocal training and the observation I have done as I am doing them, I found the bug in it is that some, if not a lot of us, are not using our voices correctly when we speak. One small example is that some of us either undersupport or oversupport their voice when speaking. Thus if we cannot use our voice even when we are speaking, how can we take that into singing and call it the right technique? Therefore, I would always start by helping my student find the "healthy" way to create sound using their voicing system---how to speak healthily, and by refining all these "little bricks, and foundation of the building" we can make sure that the "building is stable and can last longer".
Name: Zongyi (Charlie) (Full name will be provided upon registration)
I am currently a 3rd-year student majoring in Music Performance at Concordia University with CCM (Commercial Contemporary Music, aka. pop singing) (specifically, Ballad, Folk, R&B, Softcore Rock, and also Chinese style pop songs) as my primary domain of expertise. Besides, I have also had some cross training that involves classical and musical theatre voice training together with several years of vocal training and performance experience from the age of 9 to nowadays. The story of my musical education can be traced back to when I was 4 years old. I have shown a high enthusiasm and talent in music and respond well to music even as a baby. So my parent decided to have me learn singing with a senior professor at the Chinese Central College of Music, which is the enlightenment of my musical and vocal studies. I stopped after a year because of family issues and restarted learning to sing at the age of 9. I am very lucky to have a very professional and approachable voice teacher who has unlocked my full potential and talent in singing. It was at that time that I was exposed to more intensive vocal training and performance opportunities. Having participated in the Children Choir (北京七色光合唱团) (does not have an English name) established by the Beijing Centural TV Channel aside from the vocal studies I was pursuing, I am able to say that I have a considerable amount of performance experience, which is still the foundation that supports my performances now.
Childhood and adolescence (in China): I have been singing with the Child Choir (北京七色光合唱团）(does not have an English name) established and sponsored by Beijing TV Channel. Altogether, I have gained a lot of opportunities to perform, from solo performances at school competitions, and art festivals in an auditorium, to the performance with the choir at the Spring Festival Gala stage held by the Chinese Central TV Channel. Adulthood: Solo half recital (with accompaniment) for my voice private study at Concordia University (Oscar Peterson Concert Hall); Performance in Chamber Ensemble class at Concordia University (Oscar Peterson Concert Hall); Performances on mini concerts held by my private study professor.
Rates and Studio Policies
Registration Fee: $25.00 (One-time lifetime registration fee may be used by all family members)
Rates for instruction:
30 minute private lesson: $39.00
45 minute private lesson: $49.00
60 minute private lesson: $59.00
Travel charge: additional $15.00 per visit (for lessons in a client's home as opposed to my studio)
1. Cancellation Policy
Lessons not cancelled or rescheduled with at least 24 hours notice are billable to the client and payable to the teacher. This does not of course apply to travel fees unless the notice is effectively given at the door and the teacher has travelled to the location.
2. Cessation (quitting) Policy
A client must provide a 2 lesson notice period to stop lessons. So a weekly student needs to give 2 weeks of notice, a biweekly student works out to 3 weeks notice and a twice weekly student works out to a week of notice.
3. Illness Policy
Lessons cancelled due to illness or extraordinary circumstances with less than 24 hours notice remain billable to the client and payable to the teacher.
BAH teachers are encouraged to offer a make-up lesson at a future date in the interest of client relations and general goodwill. This only makes sense as teaching a student with the flu for example, will ruin the rest of your week's employment.
No more than 2 lessons may be made up due to illness within a 60 day period.
4. Rescheduling Policy
Any lesson can be cancelled or rescheduled with at least 24 hours notice.
Summer Vacation and Extended Absence Policy
Clients may schedule longer absences for trips etc. 24 hours notice is required.
It is normal and typical for students and about 20% of our teachers to schedule a break in the summer. We do not enforce a notice period (see cessation of lessons) at the end of a long summer break.
5. Evaluation Period
There are no free trial lessons with Beethoven at Home but we do offer a 2 lesson evaluation period where it is easy to try out a teacher. There are no free lessons during the evaluation period and clients may choose to discontinue the lessons at any time by providing the required 24 hours notice. After the student's 3rd lesson the required 2 lesson notice period will apply (see cessation of lessons above).
Lessons in your home
Zongyi (Charlie) is available to teach in your home if you are located in the following areas
Zongyi (Charlie) can provide online instruction. While other platforms are possible BAH strongly recommends the use of the Zoom video conferencing platform as it is optimized for music lessons and audio quality.
Zongyi (Charlie)'s Studio Location
Zongyi (Charlie) offers lessons from his studio. Please note that map locations are based on the postal code of the teachers studio. address will be released to you if needed.