|Jill Knapp: Vocal Coach
Jill Knapp, a familiar face in the Wilmington theater and music scene, is now accepting new students (ages 15 +) for her vocal studio in North Wilmington; just moments away from The New Candlelight Dinner Theater and The Wilmington Drama League. A veteran music director, vocal coach and teacher, Jill has over 65 theatrical productions to her credit. She regularly tours the US and Europe with Los Angeles' big band The Industrial Jazz Group, and she performs locally with Joe Trainor's musician collective The.Company and with her duo Hot Breakfast! Leverage Jill's experience and knowledge, and hear what a difference just a few lessons can make.
Have a big audition coming up for theater or college?
I can help you select a piece that best fits your vocal range, type and character. I can also help polish a piece you've been using for years, giving new interpretations and ideas to help keep your audition fresh and convincing. College applicants will benefit from diction pointers for singing in foreign languages, too.
Private Voice Lessons
Want to brush up your vocal technique?
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:
Coming to a Lesson: What to Expect
First off, it's important to state this up front: Teaching voice is a very personal thing, and not all teachers fit well with their students. I want to make sure my teaching style matches your learning style, and that you are as comfortable as you can be. There are never any hard feelings between teachers, and if a different instructor works out better for you, that is a positive thing! I'm always happy to recommend other voice teachers in the area if I think they can serve your needs better; and they also give 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 to stay affiliated with a voice studio. The only expectation is that you will work hard, try new things, and practice on your own.
Assuming your goal is to have ongoing lessons, your first lesson will be mostly discussion, to understand and document your musical/vocal goals. A short, non-written musical test will be given to gauge your current level of musical knowledge. Your range will be tested, and we will agree upon a schedule. I'll ask some questions:
If you are accepted as a student, and if I pass your audition to be your teacher, we can begin to pick out music together and get started.
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?