LET ME HELP YOU IN FINDING YOUR OWN VOICE
I'd love to work with you on achieving your singing potential whether it is to sing a song in front of people at an event, prepare for an audition or become a professional singer and performer.
All voice coaching sessions are personalized and tailored to each individual whether you are a beginner or may have had some voice training. Each session will focus on your specific needs and goals.
“IT’S EXCITING TO SEE SOMEONE WHO’S ALWAYS WANTED TO SING REALIZE THEIR DREAM. HELPING THEM GROW AND BUILD SELF CONFIDENCE IS A THRILL FOR ME.”
Lisa Donahey is a professional singer working in the music industry for over 35 years and logging in over 45,000 hours singing and performing. Donahey skills span across many areas like studio session singing to a recording artist, as well as singer and performer on stage and for live concerts and events. She is a graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA where she studied Voice and Performance. While at Berklee, she received the coveted “Outstanding Performer of the Year” award, performed in numerous concerts and was asked to perform for pop singer, Sting, jazz great, Nancy Wilson and the incomparable Manhattan Transfer.
Donahey is not limited to singing one particular musical style; she enjoys singing everything from musical theater to jazz, country to classical and has made a name for herself in the music industry working with songwriters and film scorers alike. Her talent has taken her all over the world as she shares her love of music with audiences.
You can hear Donahey on Disney’s 50th animated film, Tangled, as well as singing on-camera for TV shows, General Hospital, The Middle and Harry’s Law.
Lisa has also released three critically acclaimed albums: Takes on Broadway,which pays homage to Broadway favorites, classic to contemporary, her debut CD, She’s Got It Covered, which is an incredible array of cover tunes from various musical genres; Jazz to R&B, Country to Musical Theatre. Holiday 2018, Donahey released her third album, Christmas In Our Soul, which spent many weeks in the top 20 on Billboard’s Smooth Jazz charts. The album stands out with fresh surprises. Among these are three compelling, never-before recorded songs – including “It’s Gonna Be A Hot Hot Christmas” - co-written by two-time Academy Award®, Grammy and Golden Globe nominee, Allan Rich, who has also written for other powerhouse singers like Whitney Houston, Barbra Streisand, Natalie Cole, Dolly Parton, Tina Turner and more.
Donahey enjoys sharing her experiences and knowledge from teaching the basics to new students who want to learn how to sing, as well as helping them hone their performance skills so they can become a well-rounded and conscientious performer. She believes that having a strong foundation and training in their craft can take them far and help them find their own voice and stand out.
LESSONS & RATES:
- 30 minutes voice coaching lesson - $40.00
- One-hour voice coaching lesson - $75.00
- Audition Prep sessions available
All lessons are at Lisa’s Home Music Studio in Sherman Oaks.
CPR & First Aid Certified.
Below are areas we will work on in your lessons:
- Sharpen and refine your vocal, performance and musical skills
- Focus on proper vocal technique, breath control, vibrato and tone, diction
- Learn how to prepare for an audition and build your song repertoire
- Differentiating between “singing” a song and “performing” a song
- Transitioning your vocal technique more easily between various vocal styles from pop to jazz, musical theatre to classical.
- Learn to be comfortable with and use a microphone
- Improve your stage presence
- Gain self confidence in front of people
- Finding your own voice
HOW TO BOOK YOUR VOICE COACHING LESSON:
For a free private consultation or for information on scheduling, please email Lisa Donahey via the CONTACT button on this website, E-Mail: Lisa@InTempoProductions.com or call (818) 259-2178.
I look forward to helping you find your own voice!
Best, Lisa Donahey
WHAT A VOICE COACH DOES:
My job as a voice coach is to be objective and to be an educated and experienced set of eyes and ears letting the student know if there is an issue with their vocal technique and performance and offering solutions. Singing is not easy, even for trained professionals. Learning to breathe correctly, posture, enunciation and vocal placement all take hard work, training and practice. I can help make you aware of areas where you can improve and provide solutions and new ways of approaching your singing and performing. Having the tools to sing and perform can also build your self-confidence and ability to be comfortable being in front of people. The skills you'll be learning are far reaching, even beyond singing and performing. I want you to always be your best as a singer and performer and do it in a way where you are protecting your voice by helping you understand how your voice works, as well as being comfortable in your skin.
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM VOICE COACHING:
Kids eight years old to adults can benefit from working with a voice coach. Whether you are a singer/performer or someone who speaks regularly in front of people, I want to know what your goals are and any vocal issues you’re dealing with, so I can help you reach your full singing and performing potential.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I TAKE A LESSON?
Like any craft you are trying to excel in, working on improving your singing voice and range does not happen over night. It is a process. In order to see results, it is recommended you study once a week in order to keep the momentum of your learning and vocal growth. The voice is a muscle and it needs to be worked and trained regularly like any other muscle in your body.
WHAT TO EXPECT IN A VOICE COACHING SESSION:
In a voice coaching lesson we will review vocal health and top line technique, work on developing your best self as a singer and performer in a positive and stress-free environment.
In a typical voice coaching lesson, we will start with light stretching, getting connected to the breath, and simply getting our body in “check” since singing is a physical activity. Think of yourself as an athlete warming up for a race. That's what smart singers who care about their instrument do-they warm up and prepare.
We will then run vocal scales and exercises, so I can better understand your vocal range and the nuances of your voice addressing any areas posing challenges, as well as potential areas for growth. We want to get your voice into a healthy place and routine where you can sing freely without tightness or tension. (It’s hard enough to perform a song when you feel stressed wondering if the sounds are going to come out and sound right).
The lesson will end with us working on a song of your choice singing to a backing track that you will bring on CD or as an mp3.
Each lesson, we can continue to strengthen your voice and build your self confidence so you are ready for your moment to shine.
MATERIALS - For most lessons, students are responsible for bringing their own backing tracks for the songs they’d like to work on CD or as an mP3 on their smart phone or an iPod. Adaptor cords, amp/speaker and microphone will be provided.
PRACTICING - The work won't stop in the lesson. Like anything you want to get good at, you will need to work on the exercises given to you in your lesson throughout the week to continue to strengthen and improve your vocal technique and singing.
ATTENDANCE - Students are responsible for their time slot. Lisa Donahey offers flexible lesson times for all students and families. However, if a student who is a minor is not available for their weekly lesson for any reason it is the parent’s responsibility to notify the voice coach at least seven business days in advance to reschedule accordingly. A credit will not be issued for the missed lesson.