DANIEL JAMES SHIGO teaches a limited number of students at his home studio near Lincoln Center, and at 244 Rehearsal Studios on West 54th Street.
An introductory lesson is recommended where you will receive a thorough consultation, feedback on your present level of skill, and an overview of how to proceed to the next level.
How It Works
For beginners, a good part of the lesson is given to developing the instrument so that it can be played upon. This outlines the difference between a coach and a voice teacher; while a coach primarily works with language, diction, and interpretation after the singer has developed technical skill: the voice teacher addresses the formation and function of the voice itself. More advanced students work at mastering their vocal technique, the application of technique to repertoire, and preparing for auditions and performances.
Repertoire is given as technical skill is acquired, the acquisition of technique itself being the result of a systematic, step-by-step approach.
Learning to sing means learning the think, listen and feel. The process begins with a tailored practicum of exercises which are intended to bring out your true, real, authentic voice—in fact, your very Self. With consistent and assiduous practice the result is an absolute technique that functions at a high level of vocal artistry with great ease, precision, and fulfillment.
While it is Daniel's job to give you the tools in order to sing, you will have to engage in daily practice to make it happen. He will show you in detail how to do this. At-home practice involves multiple ten-minute practice sessions.
Each musical style, be it bel canto or Broadway, uses the vocal instrument in a specific manner, which every singer can learn with time, skill and practice. Whatever the style, the essential goal is to connect your heart and mind to the music in order to persuasively express the emotions that compel you to sing it; real freedom of expression being a matter of disciplined study.
Many young singers are at risk because of lack of technique. As the incomparable Tony Bennett stated:
The young people look great on television. They're youthful and have a lot of energy, but when you see them live, they can only do about 20 minutes because they haven't got the training to hold an audience for an hour and a half.
Singing is an athletic event that requires training. Talent is the starting gate. To go the distance, you need a working knowledge of your instrument and its abilities, as well as a strong technique.
What to Expect
You may schedule a paid introductory lesson before agreeing to on-going lessons after making payment via PayPal or Squareup. You do not have to have an account with either service to make a lesson payment after an invoice is sent.
What to Remember
Lessons cancelled within 24 hours are invoiced for the full amount.
Students that are late will receive the remainder of their allotted time. Lessons that are forgotten cannot be rescheduled.
Lessons will be rescheduled in the event of extreme weather, natural disasters, death of a family member and accidents.
After the introductory lesson, a minimum of four lessons are scheduled and paid in advance. Ongoing students are then invoiced on a monthly basis. No credits, exchanges, or refunds.
Cash, credit, and personal checks are accepted. If your bank returns check payment, a $20 fee will be assessed.
Voice lessons are scheduled between the hours of 11 AM – 9 PM EST, Monday through Saturday, and are 55 minutes in length.
Skype & Zoom
For those who cannot travel to New York City, Daniel offers instruction via SKYPE & ZOOM. To use this service, you will need a high speed Internet connection, and a high Hz frequency UBS connected microphone—a Blue Yeti, Blue Snowball, or Samson C01U are good choices. You will also need to carefully consider your light source, which must light your face and body.