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Why Do Singers (& Parents) Love Confident Voice Studio?

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and have a ton of fun while we do it.

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Hello, I’m Deirdre Neal, I’m continuing from my Husbands Robert E. Neal Jr.’s post. Part 2.

Then Deanna said you can’t breathe from your diaphragm but you could breathe from your mouth or your nose and jokingly, said your skin, if you were a lizard. That was amazingly funny. I understood at that point. She gave us a demonstration.

While doing this, she said think of being fat and being skinny, she said before you sing expand your stomach out fat while taking in the air for your breathing while inhaling, and while you exhale and you’re singing bring your stomach back into skinny, and that’s the proper way to sing, we tried that, and at that moment the theory f singing from the diaphragm, went right out the window.

We now enjoy singing again. That explanation and demonstration gave us the breakthrough we needed. Now
we have major gains in our vocal journey and are more confident in our singing. We would recommend Confident Voice
Studio, and we give them a 5 Star rating.

Thank you Deanna Maio for being a wonderful Vocal Coach. We truly love your

coaching, it is the best. Robert & Deirdre Neal! God Bless your amazing company. We wish you and your company

Deirdre Neal

I’m so so so happy I reached out to Confident Voice Studio when I did.

Music has always been a big part of my life, but I’m starting to really like both my voice and the writing I have done so far!

Couldn’t have done it without the professionals you got me learning from, and I am eternally grateful!

H. B.

Just had my first voice lesson and am excited to come back for more! Have been looking for a good fit for over a year and quickly felt like this was it. I was impressed by the friendliness. High level of knowledge without pretense. Definitely recommend.

Kristine McGinley

Absolutely love this place! It’s the perfect introduction to music for my 4 year-old!

Andrea White

Before working with Deanna, my teaching skills were lacking in the area of vocal lessons for children. After working with her, I feel confident about my abilities.

The thing about Deanna is that she is a very experienced educator. She’s organized, clear, and to the point. She is easy to follow and understand when explaining a topic, and breaks everything down to a level that’s very comprehensible.

During our work together I gained ideas and materials, answers to the questions that I’ve had, validation of some of my own good ideas, and confidence. This was valuable because I wasted no time in adding material to my lessons. I am able to provide more variety and have more confidence that what I have to offer will keep them engaged and moving in a good direction.

I’d recommend Deanna to other teachers that have thought of seeking coaching or mentoring in order to become the teacher they aspire to be.

I’m a big fan and am inspired by Deanna’s many creative talents, her beautiful energy, work ethic, generosity, determination, and business savvy.

Kathy James

I love “The Show Must Go Online” and the experience that it brings both on and off the stage.
The director was very encouraging throughout rehearsals. She made everyone feel welcomed and comfortable.
It was really fun and I enjoyed my private rehearsal.
I can’t wait to take part in more virtual musicals during this quarantine time. 

TSMGO Cast Member
Michelle Harper

Deanna has been my daughter’s voice/piano teacher for over 2 years. She is full of energy and patience each time she gives a lesson. Her demeanor is always positive and she radiates laughter. It’s such a positive experience, that my daughter can’t imagine taking lessons anywhere else. Deanna is definitely talented and one of a kind.

I love seeing how happy he is after every class with you!

E. S.

Both presentations were great and a joy to watch.
Lots of “air” applause!!!!!!!!!!
Excellent idea and I hope there are more in the future. Even I can see me participating.


“I had an elementary goal, which I see now. But I needed to learn to neutralize my voice. And now I am building upon that goal and reaching other goals.”

Caron M.

I can’t say enough great things about Confident Voice Studio. Deanna is an incredible vocal coach that genuinely cares about the vocal health and goals of thos she works with. Since beginning lessons with her I’ve gained vocal technique and performance tools that are incredibly beneficial, and I’ve felt supported in every step i’ve taken in my musical journey. If you have any sort of music goals, run to Confident Voice Studio- they’ll get you where you aspire to be.

Shawna Parsley

to have a performance opportunity during the stay at home order!

TSMGO Parent of Performer
Aimee H.

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!

Mural N.

I keep having a ha moments as I go along. Ideas like opening up or being more gentle are becoming easier and make more sense than when I started.

L. G.

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!

Nadine S.

The things I like best about the studio or my classes are…

At the beginning of class there was something in my packet I did not understand but by the end of class I understood it!



Being a part of theater is part of what I do daily, weekly, monthly!
This virtual musical allowed me to still be a part of something I loved.
The rehearsal process taught me about correct filming, which will help me if I need to send in video submissions in the future.
I would love to have more online musicals as it made me be more confident in front of the camera.

Melissa Sondergeld-Hood at Confident Voice Studio
Melissa Sondergeld, Theater Artist and Teacher

I love working with Deanna and her team! I can’t wait to go back to another Sip and Sing class and bring friends!!

Kristin A.

I really enjoy working with my teacher. She is very kind and patient, and I need the encouragement, because I don’t have that much talent.

Any needs that have come up have always been taken care of by the studio director, the client care team or my teacher.

I appreciate being able to select a song, and have options to practice karaoke, with vocal track and sheet music, on the website, convenient for my practice.

Thanks for all you do.
L.G. (Adult Voice Student)

L.G. (Adult Voice Student)

I absolutely love this place! I have been taking vocal lessons with Deanna for quite a while now, and she is nothing short of amazing! Her personality is so bright, she has a beautiful voice and she is so supportive! When I started working with her I had zero confidence in myself, but I really enjoy singing. My confidence is building thanks to her support. I recommend her to anyone who is looking for quality lessons with a fun and caring teacher!

Taylor D.

Omg thank you so much for yesterday! I had so much fun and took a lot away from the short amount of time we had together.
The most valuable and useful pieces I took away from our lesson are probably the most important to me. Which is breathing correctly and the whole breakdown of the anatomy.
You made it so simple. I feel like I was able to visualize, feel, and apply exactly what you were saying right away.
Another element was the placement of my mouth for a greater, clearer, more effortless sound.

I definitely continue to apply these things and be aware of them when singing. Thank you again.

Angela T.

My two oldest kids have been taking piano lessons with Christie for almost a year, and we are crazy about her. Times when Christie has been unavailable, Deanna has given them their lessons. She picks up where Christie left off joyfully and seamlessly. My son is wary of new teachers, and Deanna and Christie have both worked with him confidently and it’s been a joy for all of us to see the growth – both musically and personally – in both my big kids. During this COVID crisis, Christie and Deanna have also proven themselves to be a source of support and understanding while we navigate this crisis and the profound emotional and financial impacts our family is experiencing. I am so grateful for their presence in our lives.

Katie Holland

I have never recorded myself in a video before. I had never even acted before! I didn’t know if I could pull it off.

The group rehearsal was a good opportunity to be in character in front of other people. It made the experience of acting more real.

I loved getting video feedback from the director. It felt very personal and made it easier to receive constructive feedback.

I was surprised at the good feedback because I had no idea if I was doing well or not since the whole experience was so new.

Overall it was very fun and a great learning opportunity, and a perfect distraction for these crazy times.

Tamar F.

Thank you for providing the online musical opportunity.
It’s been hard having no theater or choir and this experience perked Nathan up.
He enjoyed working on his part and letting some of his creative side out.
It was a positive, fun experience. I hope you will have another virtual musical during this quarantine time.

Shaari H.

I really appreciated having the opportunity to give my child a creative outlet during the stay at home orders.
We decided to join The Show Must Go Online in part because there was no audition required and it was easy to sign up!
The scene was fun, and it was great to be able to do it all from home.
The director provided both positive as well as constructive feedback in a kind and helpful way.
The end-product was great and we loved being able to share it with friends and family.
We look forward to participating in more virtual musicals in the future!

Heather L.

It’s been hard being home, so it was great to add a fun activity to my week.
Working on my “set” got me to clean my room, and I really liked doing my hair, make up, and coming up with my costume, too.
Overall, being a part of TSMGO helped improve my breath support, my intonation/pitch, and even my listening skills.
I now strain less to hit notes and sing with more confidence!
I’m glad I didn’t turn down this chance to perform. I got more than my money’s worth!!

TSMGO Cast Member
Lenore M.

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.

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.

“I feel much better, cause I ran in here 12 minutes late, kinda stressing out about all these things. I feel like this is self care. I feel grounded again in a good way.”


I like your positive energy and encouraging teaching style. J has been very happy working with you and when he performs, I can hear the improvement in his voice so I use that as a gauge of how…the lessons are going. 


This morning Charlotte started telling me a bunch of addition like 4+3 is 7, 2+3 is 5, and a number of combinations she worked out.

When I asked her how she figured all this out all of the sudden she said music class!

It’s like the math light went on in her head. Really neat.

Thank you.

Aaron C.

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.

Tracy V.

 Our session Tuesday was so helpful, and I feel more prepared for auditions than I ever have. I really appreciate you! 


 Before I started classes at Confident Voice Studio, I did not know I could have awareness of my voice, and how to modify when things felt off.

Adult Voice Student

Deanna is committed to her business and wants to help you find the program/teacher that will fit your needs.

I enjoyed the lessons and I received and have seen some progress. If you’re not a born singer like myself, there is no magic wine with any studio, but they do use an exercise program that has led to improvement for me.

As with any studio, ask questions and advocate for yourself and communicate and studios open to feedback and wants you to find success! Stem studios have a passive approach. Confident Voice Studio takes your business/growth seriously


Greg L.

“All the teachers have been extremely patient as I work towards my goals. Many of my goals push me out of my comfort zone and I feel that the teachers provide the opportunities for me to step slowly, or at my own pace.”


Mary W.

I leave each session feeling great — I am making good progress and that is a joy.


Before I started online lessons I thought they might be less effective than being in person, maybe they couldn’t see or hear me properly.

Then I realized they were just the same as being in person. My teacher could see, hear and train me the same as if I was in her studio and I didn’t need any fancy equipment.

The thing I loved most about online lessons is I could be ANYWHERE and still participate in my lessons.  We went on a 3 week road trip and all I had to do was set up my computer during regular lesson time and I was able to continue my training without any breaks.

If someone was thinking that online lessons can’t work I’d tell them online lessons provide the same benefits as in person learning.  You meet with your teacher in their studio from the comfort of your own home.  You practice/perform for them, receive instruction and homework just like in-person class.

I’d recommend online lessons because they give you access to the highest quality teachers that you normally can’t get because they live so far away, including out of state! I’m in California and didn’t have an in-person lesson in over 2 years while studying voice and piano at Confident Voice Studio.

Deanna, I am preparing to minister with another singer/musician for a woman’s conference at the end of March–again, I am so grateful for what I have learned with you and Western.  I told the other singer if she had asked me to play with her a year ago the answer would have been “no”, I didn’t have the ability.

I have grown so much through your studio!

Thanks! Love ya.

Cita L.

10 out of 10. Carlee loves you and has grown so much as a person and as a performer.

Sheena T.

Maggie booked another PAID voiceover role and just started her VO career about 6 months ago. Way to go Maggie!

“Hi Deanna,

I couldn’t wait until Thursday to tell you: I’ve been keeping a spreadsheet of my auditions and… i just got to add another green cell to it, because i got cast in a paid role!”

I just wanted to express my gratitude!
Our teacher has been working with my 5 year old daughter for the last month.
They’ve been patient and compassionate.
My daughter is finally starting to learn some chords on the ukulele and is very proud of herself for getting there!
Just wanted to let you know how great our teacher has been to us!

C.C., Father

You have taught me so much about not only my voice, but myself as well! Your studio truly has the warmest feeling to it and it is so welcoming every time!

I was a little nervous going from private lessons to the Confident Vocalist Circle, but it was SO much fun!!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything you’ve done, and continue to do for me each and every day! So So SO much love!

Quinn F.

My experience at Confident Voice Studio has definitely been a 10.

I’ve learned a lot and I feel better about my voice after every class!

Thank you so much.

Katie H.

Though I was initially concerned about the unique technical challenges of a virtual musical, it ended up being the perfect outlet!
Both my group rehearsal and private rehearsal were fun, positive, clarifying and improved my performance. They were the highlight of my week! The teachers were constructive and encouraging.
I would definitely recommend doing a virtual musical with Confident Voice Studio to a friend.

Bronwyn Baz

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.

Brian Y.

I loved my Performance Class with Melissa!
She let me try things a bunch of times until I got it right, and she was really paying attention and it felt really personal.
I learned good warm ups that I’ve kept doing since.

TSMGO Cast Member
Lenore M.

Before online lessons, I was unsure of how they would pan out.

Now that we are doing online lessons, I love the convenience of it


We had our Initial Fit Trial Voice Lesson for our daughter with Instructor Nate. This was our first experience with any type of private lesson and it was a great experience! Nate quickly made us feel comfortable and encouraged our teen, giving her confidence to replace her nerves. His instruction was clear and feedback was helpful. We look forward to working with Confident Voice Studio, where I have no doubt she will gain the vocal growth we were hoping for.

Deanna is FANTASTIC! We honestly went to another piano teacher with our son previously and he was not engaged. She is patient, energetic and consistent – he is SO excited every time it is lesson day. Could not recommend her highly enough!


Kimberley Y.

Everything I could have hoped for in vocal training.

Stephen E.

Before I started working with Deanna I was light in presence. I didn’t have a booming voice, and though I may still not- I felt Deanna’s direction allowed me to push past the previous limitations that I set for myself.

The most difficult part about that was I hadn’t much experience singing for long periods as I later would with Deanna. I was very rough with my approach to singing- never warming up, and not aware of the harm straining can do.

If I had continued down the path I was on I probably would have damaged my voice. I had always heard of the precautions singers took, but I tended to dismiss them as obsessive or myth.

The thing about Deanna is that her approach to instruction allows a newcomer to feel welcomed and at ease when learning new techniques and being exposed to a whole new array of material, such as music. I was very new to music theory- but quickly picked it up through her teaching, and never feared asking questions.

I’d describe Deanna as considerate, patient, and observant.

I have gained knowledge in reading music and having an even greater stage presence. I loved working with Deanna and the cast, and will always use the experience as a reference for future experiences.

I’d recommend Deanna to other vocalists who want to use their voice as an ultimate instrument in their performances.

Adrian C.