Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect from my first lesson?
What can I expect from ongoing lessons?
How soon can I expect to see results?
What is the Thomas Blaylock method?
Is your main focus on technique or do you work on artistry also?
What is the cost of lessons?
Where do you teach?
Do you teach children?
What is your training and performance experience?
What styles of music do you teach?
Do you work with the speaking voice as well as the singing voice?
Do you work on audition preparation?
What is the difference between a voice teacher and a voice coach?
What can I expect from my first lesson?
The first lesson includes a complete intake and vocal assessment. You will learn the foundation of this vocal technique and how it can strengthen your voice and body. We will start to cover the vocal exercises you will be working with in the coming weeks.
What can I expect from ongoing lessons?
For the second lesson we continue with the vocal exercises. You will take home an exercise CD and booklet to work with. In ongoing sessions, we’ll begin with the exercises and move into singing music you’d like to work with, as well as music that I recommend.
How soon can I expect to see results?
I encourage students to look at their progress gradually, since changing vocal habits is a process. You may notice some changes after 6 weeks, or it may be 2 -3 months before you really notice any changes.
What is the Thomas Blaylock method?
I am certified as a voice teacher at the Northwest Institute of Voice and I teach Thomas Blaylock’s vocal technique. It is a systematic approach to vocal development and you will work with an exercise booklet and CD. This technique is revolutionary. It can teach you how to find and maintain a clear and fully resonant sound every day (either speaking or singing). When your voice is “under the weather”, you will learn how to work with it so you don’t have to stop using it to let it heal.
Is your main focus on technique or do you work on artistry also?
The first two lessons will focus on technique entirely, but after that we will do a combination of exercises and songs. I focus on balance; a balance within the lower and upper registers of your voice (achieved through the exercises) and a balance of technique and artistry. I will shift what we’re working on in a lesson, depending on your goals. If you have an upcoming audition or performance, we will focus more on preparation for that and less on exercises. It all depends on what you need.
Where do you teach?
I teach from my studio in SE Portland, at 23rd & Hawthorne Blvd.
Do you teach children?
Yes, I start working with children at age 10. Prior to age 10, I recommend that young singers find a choir to join, or begin learning an instrument such as recorder, violin or piano. There are also excellent classes at the Oregon Children’s Theater or Northwest Children’s Theater that will focus on musical theater training.
I also teach music and movement classes for children ages 0 to 5 years with Music Together. Please see our website for more information: www.musictogether-pdx.com
What styles of music do you teach?
I teach all styles of music: classical, musical-theatre, jazz, pop, folk, country, R&B, etc.
Do you work with the speaking voice as well as the singing voice?
Yes, definitely. I use the same exercises for developing a speaking voice or a singing voice. If you are having any problems with your speaking voice, I recommend this technique to help you achieve a clear, resonant sound and a strong connection to your breathing.
Do you work on audition preparation?
Yes, having over 25 years of experience with auditions has given me insights into how to best prepare for them. If you want to work only on audition material for a limited number of sessions, we would skip the technique and focus on your immediate goals.
What is the difference between a voice teacher and a voice coach?
A voice teacher is someone trained in vocal technique and vocal artistry. A vocal coach is focused primarily on vocal artistry and working with various languages. A coach works minimally with technique and primarily with artistry/languages.
If your questions were not answered here, feel free to contact me!

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Before I worked with Deanna my singing voice did not feel natural. She has helped me find my true voice.

Deanna is that she is keenly focused on your particular needs as a singer, and is able to assist you in reaching your particular goals.

Working with Deanna, I gained confidence, strength of voice, as well as greater range.

John K.

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From the get-go Deanna’s been a great piano teacher to our 5 year old and each week he races through the door to begin the lessons. It’s only been a few months but we can sense his growing understanding of how the piano works. Anyone who helps my kid (or anyone’s kid) learn to play and love music gets 5 stars.

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My 10 year old son started taking piano lessons with Deanna Maio at Confident Voice Studio a couple of months ago, and she has done a terrific job connecting with him and helping him advance his piano practice. We highly recommend Deanna!

Carissa H.

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We’ve been searching for a piano teacher for a few months. We knew we wanted our son to experience lessons and develop an early skill set for music but we also knew we needed a teacher who understands the needs of young kids and loves teaching them. But it’s so hard to find a teacher who is passionate about 4 year olds AND has a schedule that accommodates working moms.
Most of the teachers I found could only do mid-day appointments.
Deanna is engaging, kind, understanding, and informative. She connected with Tommy immediately and had a teaching style that is clear and direct. She also was able to vary activities in a way that allowed Tommy to focus and feel successful.

 

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My 4-year-old son has been taking lessons with Deanna for the past 6 months. I am a preschool teacher. I was immediately impressed by how Deanna was able to connect with my child and work with him with such calmness and ease.

My son tried many different classes and has had many different instructors. Deanna has by far been his favorite instructor and he is always excited and ready for class.

The program she uses is wonderful, it introduces children to sequencing and patterns, fine motor skills and development and so much more. I highly highly recommend classes with Deanna. We love her!

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Before studying with Deanna… I was less confident overall in my singing, my voice cracked in a lot of places and my range was a bit narrower. The most difficult part about that was singing in front of others and not being quite sure what notes were going to come out of my mouth.

The thing about Deanna is that she is very welcoming, supportive and makes you feel comfortable. My biggest insight learned during our lessons was that it is possible to get my voice to be more predictable, the importance of proper breathing and that it really is helpful to record and listen to your own voice. And this was valuable because it’s a confidence booster especially during performances.

I gained confidence, comfort and knowledge about singing. I’d recommend Deanna to singers that want to stretch the current limits of their voice and feel more confident singing. Thanks so much for this great experience!

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