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About A Chat with Amanda K Hootman
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
I am a lyric soprano that trained in the UK with ENO mezzo-soprano Kathy Taylor-Jones, and world-renowned baritone David Barrell. In Los Angeles, I am a member of the musical improv comedy community. I use an integrated teaching method, rather than ascribing to individual singing methodologies.
Do you provide any materials? What should your students expect to bring?
Student needs to bring a phone or dictaphone to record with, a karaoke track of their song, water, and sheet music of their song. To work without tracks, an accompanist can be arranged for an extra $45 per 1 hr lesson.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
Anyone can sing. Working in the improv scene with comedians who have never sung professionally but have these raw voices that come out when they improv - like diamonds waiting to be cut and polished - has inspired me to teach singers of all levels. I want to unlock your greatest vocal potential.
What do you love most about your job?
I love making funny noises with people. I love the cracks and splats and imperfections and meltdowns that are the hallmark of true progress. That great messiness. I love celebrating students who smashed the audition, or just smashed the office karaoke party. I love the way music unites all of us.