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Your Savvy Singer Success Formula is the:
You are the ultimate GIVER!
Your focus is on the people you serve – your students. You will do anything to support them musically and emotionally.
You are an excellent musician and educator and you are constantly looking for ways to help your students, be it in reading up on pedagogical concepts regularly or attending professional development conferences.
You are always looking for opportunities for your singers to perform and addressing their particular needs with great care.
Your students trust you because they know you will do anything for them.
They are LUCKY to have you in their lives!
Your students skip out of their lessons singing the great words of Stephen Sondheim, “I know things now, many valuable things!”
(maybe they aren't actually singing Little Red but you know what I mean! 😉)
That being said….
You are very attentive to your students in their lessons but sometimes you feel frustrated that you can’t accompany them with enough effectiveness that they always feel supported musically.
You can accompany the vocalises well enough but that Jason Robert Brown song or that Schubert Lied gives you agita.
You are busy with a full studio and don't have time to devote to taking piano lessons.
You want to be able to accompany your students like a pro without having to go back to music school and get a piano performance degree!
“Students don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”
– Anonymous –
Hi! Let me introduce myself!
I’m Dr. Regina Zona, a master teacher of voice, piano, and dramatic interpretation and owner of Singer Savvy Academy by the Zona Studio LLC.
To get the bragging out of the way….I am a former award-winning opera singer, a current award-winning cabaret singer, and a recording artist with 2 albums (with 1 more on the way), one of which is on the Naxos American Classics Label.
I started to play piano at the age of 8 and for the longest time, I had dreams of becoming a concert pianist. But when I was a junior in high school, I was cast as Maria in West Side Story and that was it! The stage got me – hook, line, and sinker! And ever since, I have been blessed to sing on opera and concert stages around the world and in some of the most prestigious clubs in New York City.
But most importantly, I am a wife, a mommy to three adorable puppies, (Max, Jack (he’s the cutie in the picture) and Chester), and I drink way too much coffee. The truth is that I don't think I actually like the taste of coffee all that much, but I love sitting in a Starbucks on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, sipping my latte and watching the ever-fascinating New York City crowds. I am also obsessed with Bob Fosse, and I frequently break out in musical theatre song lyrics!
Oh yeah! And I teach too!
I have been teaching voice and piano for over three decades, in a thriving private studio as well as in tenure-track positions at several universities around the country. I am also an in-demand dramatic coach for singers in opera and musical theatre and a stage director.
At Singer Savvy Academy, I serve singers and voice teachers who want to master the musicianship skills that support their singing and the singing of their students. Basically offering “everything but the voice lessons,” there are courses in piano skills, sight-singing, music theory, role preparation, audition techniques, and more geared toward transforming singers into well-rounded musicians, performers, and artists.
So what is the Able Accompanist's Success Formula?
You are an Able Accompanist but that doesn't mean you need to be an Expert Accompanist.
You need certain skills that serve as the foundation for your playing and then the most important piece of knowledge is knowing what you NEED to play and what you DON'T NEED to play.
Being an Able Accompanist doesn't mean you need to be able to play Mozart and Beethoven sonatas.
You don't have to be able to play ANY solo piano music. For heaven's sake, as a teacher, you've got plenty of music to play! You just need the specific skills that you can use to effectively play the accompaniments of your vocal music.
The pillars that hold up the Able Accompanist can be found in:
The F.O.R.M. Method
This is your foundation – learning the technique of playing and reading. This includes major and minor scales, triads, inversions, and seventh chords, key signatures, popular chord progressions, and developing coordination between the hands.
Next you need to know how to create new material when you have been given very little guidance like accompanying vocalizes, playing from a lead sheet, playing a 12-bar blues, and figuring out what to do with your left hand.
The next step is to know what to play and what NOT to play when looking at a complex accompaniment. You need to know how to analyze a vocal score so you can simplify accompaniments in various styles.
Finally you gain the independence in your playing by learning the importance and technique of sight reading and proper practice techniques.
You, as an Able Accompanist, can play for your students in their lessons and not get distracted by the complexity of the music.
You, as an Able Accompanist, can give your students your full attention while they sing and your play.
You, as an Able Accompanist, can feel confident enough at the piano that you can play for your students in recitals and auditions.
You, as an Able Accompanist, can support your students musically like never before!
(no Wicked Witches died in the making of this scenario!)
Are you excited? Here is the next step!
Register for my FREE Masterclass
“How to Level-Up your Piano Skills as a Singer – in 30 Days or Less”
If you are ready for some ACTION STEPS on how to get your accompanying skills up to the level you've always wanted them to be, then you must register for this FREE class.
Inside the class, I'm sharing:
➡️ How to actually use the F.O.R.M. Method to play the piano effectively for yourself and for your students
➡️ The 4 misconceptions people (and singers specifically) have when thinking about learning to play the piano
➡️ Why you DON’T need a degree in music and years of piano lessons to be able to play the piano for yourself or for others
➡️ How to work with me more closely to achieve more independence and mastery at the piano!
This class is for you if:
⭐ You want to be able to play the piano for yourself or for your students confidently.
⭐ You’ve watched some online videos and bought some piano method books but don’t know how to apply these things to the specific skills you need.
⭐ You know how to read music but you’re overwhelmed by the technique required to actually play vocal repertoire.
⭐ You can play scales and “chord-fake” but you’re overwhelmed by actually playing accompaniments with any level of mastery.
⭐ You want an easy, straightforward system to learn how to play the piano in a way that will support your singing or the singing of your students in 30 days or less.