Online & New York, NY
" Singing lessons in Chatham, NY, Manhattan, NY and Online"
Services: Voice Teacher / Vocal Coach
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- $12560 min
A graduate of the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music with two years post graduate study in the Professional Division at the Juilliard School and American Opera Center, I enjoy a life of performing and teaching. Details can be found at Mind Your VoiceMy most influential teachers have been James Carson in singing, Clyde Vinson in acting, Dr. David R. Hawkins and Dr.Wayne Dyer in seeing clearly, Neville Goddard in feeling clearly and Peter Kelder in feeling better.
Franco Spoto meets The Skeptic 1
Franco Spoto Invites You to Mind Your Voice
Franco Spoto, in Concert September, 2012
Belinda F. July 2
"Franco Spoto embodies what the word "Teacher" means. His positive and encouraging teaching style lays the foundation to enable a student to try, make mistakes, learn from them and improve. The points discussed, explained, modeled are cohesive in presentation and have a purpose. He engages the student in a way that is disciplined, demanding yet not intimidating. I relate these observations as a mother who has seen and heard my teenage daughter become more confident and thoughtful as she learns what it really means to sing in the full sense of the word. Having Mr. Spoto become her teacher is one of the best decisions I have made. "
carol R. June 28
"Franco is a true teacher spirit - culling the very best from each student - enhancing the student's ability by increasing both the unconscious and conscious understanding of the student's instrument. Franco starts with high expectations of each and every student's potential. Franco is a kind and caring man. "
Sally V. June 28
"A master of the body as a musical instrument... I purposefully show up a little late for my lessons to see if I can catch him exercising his own voice, making the walls shake from its power. Franco is simply amazing. "
Daniel L. June 27
"Franco is truly phenomenal. To have someone of this caliber right here in the Capital District is a unique luxury and I urge anyone with the slightest bit of curiosity for singing or with desires for a career to strongly consider studying with this man. I have only been seeing him for a year and I have made gigantic leaps in not only my ability to sing but also my understanding of how the voice works and how easy singing can be."
Stanley S. September 11, 2012
"A coach's coach, Franco has made the greatest contributions to my vocal success among all my
coaches to date (2005). Good teachers care about their students, but Franco is passionate about
helping them achieve their goals."
Everett S. September 11, 2012
"Bertrand A.W. Russell said "The experience of overcoming fear is extraordinarily delightful". I
needed help to overcome fears when singing and I found Franco Spoto. He introduced me to my
mind and my vocal body. Therein I found my voice! From that day since, singing is an absolutely
delightful experience for me."
Michael R. September 11, 2012
"I've had some very good voice teachers and had some very good singers as voice teachers - this time my experience has been truly different. Franco considers both mind and body and is helping me build a sense of my voice that llows me to be more consistent, flexible and ultimately more expressive than I thought possible."
How can I improve the sound of my voice?
By learning the feeling of resonance. Resonance is a product of vibration and vibration is only possible in an environment of freedom. Learn the feeling of freedom and your resonance will improve.
What’s the best posture for singing?
Erect and in a state of balance; but it must be a result of thought, not of holding yourself this way or that.
How do I relax my jaw?
Relaxation is important in the dentist’s chair and in hypnosis, but, in functioning as a singing instrument, you want to achieve poise, a state of balanced readiness. Learn how the jaw actually moves, what exercises strengthen and make fluid that movement, and you will find tension-free function, which seems to be relaxation but is actually balanced, poised coordination.
How do I support high notes?
The body should brace to sustain a pitch in response to the thought of that pitch, not because of intentional muscular pressure. If you want to call to someone across the street, you don't consciously beef up your chest and abdominal muscles and try to push the sound out. You imagine his or her ability to hear you and do it; just do it. Your imagination has done the work of asking your body for the proper brace. If your mental game is working but your body is not bracing properly, exercises to develop balance, strength and flexibility throughout must be applied.
How do I know the right amount of breath support to sing any note?
Your ego, your conscious mind, doesn’t know, but your imagination does. There must be what I have learned to call an indispensable minimum of air present against the under side of the vocal cords after inhalation. You must learn to close (approximate) and keep closed the vocal cords at the end of inhalation. From that moment on, the thought of pitch adjusts the vocal cords, which in turn demands a concomitant brace of the body. Please don’t fall into the trap of believing that you can consciously apply the correct “muscle” to your torso/diaphragm/larynx for a given pitch. Many physical elements coordinate to adjust the vocal cords and allow a sustained vocal tone, but they are all governed by thought.
What are the best exercises to warm up?
Warming up is really tuning the voice like any instrument; tuning it for optimum performance. I like to refer my students to a checklist. Get your mind into the game. Become aware of yourself from your center. Remind yourself that notes are not high or low. Study the feelings of change and movement when you THINK of various vowels. Study the feelings of change and movement when you THINK of various pitches. Begin with exercises which help your body understand a single breath pressure throughout your range. Next add exercises which help you feel and see the flexible and balanced structure of the head/mouth/pharynx. All this said, the single best exercise for tuning the voice is the Great Scale, covered early on in your lessons.