Singing - Voice - Piano - Guitar
About Sharon Angle
I have been teaching piano since 1978 and voice since 1980. I have performed professionally since the age of 15 with
chorales, jazz ensembles, musical theatre, solo vocal recitals, and solo artist venues. I also recorded radio jingles,
back up for jazz and rock artists. It has been a longtime passion of mine to teach others music. I take a very personal
approach to each client based upon their goals, needs, and talents. This allows my happy family of clients to thrive in
a positive, healthy, supported, and goal oriented environment.
I teach private lessons from my home studio in Bothell, WA just 1/2 mile off of HWY 405 and exit 22. I extend my warmest welcome to all singers, actors, speakers, budding pianists, and guitarists of all ages and levels of experience! Together we set your goals for what you would like to accomplish with your lessons.
Beginning to Professional Level Singers, Actors, Speakers Beginning to Intermediate Piano Beginning Guitar
MY STUDIO FOCUS:
I teach private lessons, workshops, classes, master classes, and am a consultant for chorales, ensembles, and musical theatre productions. I have been a guest director for college musical theatre but no longer travel due to my student load. I have a professional accompanist who accompanies my studio and is willing to work with you here in the studio, privately, and in performance. My vocal students range from beginners to polished professionals who need technical coaching to maintain their instrument. My piano students are beginners to early intermediate levels. My guitarists are beginners.
I work with singers, speakers, and actors through speaking and singing on the same throat. My technique comes from my own studies with 15 teachers. I teach because of my search for my own teacher who could teach me support, open throated singing, the ease of singing, vocal health, dexterity to sing fast runs freely and with accuracy, and who also understood musical theatre, jazz, and opera. I have learned that far too many teachers do NOT know how to teach others to sing with freedom - in other words - without strain to the instrument. Just because someone is a great singer it does not mean they can teach! When I developed nodules in my first year of college, I began reading everything I could find about vocal strain, specifically nodules. After the diagnosis I was told not to speak, sing, hum, or even cough for 2 weeks. Then, my ENT doctor told me not to sing for 6 months. That was devastating! As a singer - just try not to sing even for 2 days and you will understand my frustrations. I found a teacher who helped me develop my voice again - very slowly and gently. It was like learning to walk all over again after an accident and having to learn to use different muscle groups. It was frustrating and very difficult emotionally. I have worked with many singers and actors who have suffered with vocal issues ever since.
I choose to ensure that others do not have to go through what I did. I make my living teaching to ensure others have the opportunities I never had. No one should go through what I did! To sing or speak for 2 - 3 hours non-stop means that you need technical training to strengthen and understand how your muscles function to support you while you practice and perform on stage. Far too often I have people come to me who are midway through the run of a theatre, musical, or opera production and have "fried" voices due to strain and no breath support. I help them retrain their voice to support their performance and to maintain consistent vocal health. Keep in mind that this takes many hours of training and work on your part. We can not retrain the muscles without using them correctly every day. It takes time, patience, persistence, and repetition on your part to improve.
All of my students learn vocal and physical exercises that support the voice, not tear it down to a raw and sore throat. It is a travesty to any performer to have a sore throat - especially if it is caused by improper use of the instrument! All of my students receive the same technical background to begin with. Vowels and technique exercises ensure a healthy throat for all of my students.
How we approach your lessons depends upon your immediate goals, long-term goals, and field of expertise.
Sing Well ~ Be Well