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Your Savvy Singer Success Formula is the:
You are an aspiring ARTISTE!
You’ve got something to say and you say it through music.
Since you were a kid, you’ve been writing lyrics and melodies.
As an adult, you have dreams of quitting your day job so that you can write and perform full time.
You consistently put yourself out there on social media singing your music or reading your lyrics and have developed a following.
You are outgoing and love to socialize but love spending hours at home in your self-created music studio working on your art.
When you are making music, your personal soundtrack comes straight from The Who’s Tommy:
“I’m FREE! And freedom tastes of REALITY!”
(but without the help of any Acid Queens!)
That being said….
You’ve got a fairly good audience base on social media but you know in order to be noticed you need to grow your audience.
You hear all of the layers of music in your head but sometimes you struggle to write down and play your music exactly the way you hear it.
You are a self-taught musician or maybe you’ve had a few lessons on an instrument but you want to really beef up your musicianship skills.
You’ve learned bits and pieces from YouTube but you see the value in getting personalized instruction in order to fulfill your big dream of being a recording artist.
You want to develop the skills that you need to make your dream a reality.
“Let’s talk now about practice and process. You practice technique to get your fingers where you want them to go. You practice theory to understand where they can go and why. You play, live, and write songs. You practice that to bring the theory and the technique and create art with it. And you seek inspiration to make that art something that’s meaningful to you and you can communicate to others.”
– Tom Morello –
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 Savvy Singer/Songwriter’s Success Formula?
Being a successful Savvy Singer/Songwriter is not about Talent.
Being successful is about skill and knowing your craft. It’s about being an excellent musican and being able to express yourself intelligently through the music. It’s about WORK not talent.
A Savvy Singer/Songwriter’s best tool is the Piano
Yes, there are multitudes of singer/songwriters out there who play the guitar – it’s portable and looks cool slung over your shoulder. But the piano is the greatest instrument to write and make music with. The piano is a full orchestra with so many colors, range, and possibilities. If you really want to take your music to the next level, learning to play the piano is the best step you can take.
The pillars of music and piano playing that hold up the Savvy Singer/Songwriter can be found in:
👏The C.L.A.P. Method👏
Chords are the harmonic foundation for the music. Every melody is supported by the chord progression. And many of the world’s most famous songs are based on only three chords! Learning chords and voicings create the basis for truly understanding how to make music.
Next you need to know how to read a lead sheet. A lead sheet is where you see the melody and lyrics of a song with chord symbols only. All the information you need is there to make the music.
The next step is to know how to take the information on the lead sheet and create an accompaniment to support the melody. Accompaniments don’t need to be complicated but they often determine the mood of the song.
Finally you gain the independence in your playing, coordination between the hands, and dexertity by learning proper practice techniques.
You, as a Savvy Singer/Songwriter, could sit down at the piano and play the music exactly as your hear it in your head.
You, as a Savvy Singer/Songwriter, could talk intelligently with other musicians, producers, and sound engineers about the music so they see you understand your craft.
You, as a Savvy Singer/Songwriter, could build a huge online audience and be seen and heard as an excellent musician with something important to say through your music.
(no Wicked Witches died in the making of this scenario!)
Are you excited? Here are some next steps!
Enroll in My Mini-Course
“5-Day Sing & Play”
If you are ready to finally take your musicianship to the next level and learn how to get your music out of your head and onto a keyboard, then you need to take this course.
IN ONLY FIVE DAYS, you will learn everything in the C.L.A.P. Method through a series of video lessons
➡️ How to construct basic and complex chords, both in root positions and inversions
➡️ How to read a lead sheet and the basics of music reading in the treble clef
➡️ How to create simple accompaniments that are appropriate for the style of music you are playing and singing that don’t sound simple at all
➡️ How to practice mindfully and effectively so you see results fast
You’ll also have access to a plethora of supplemental materials to help you on your course journey including:
➡️ Workbook with graphics to help your understanding of the concepts
➡️ Lyric/chord sheets of popular songs you will be working on
➡️ Lead sheets of popular songs you will be working on
➡️ A resource list of where you can find your favorite music online – FREE and paid
➡️ A practice session workbook
This course has an $891 value but will only cost you
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Download the Chord Cheat Sheet
This is a Chord Chart with all the most used chords you will use in your playing in all keys. Major, minor, diminished, seventh, sus – it’s a chord delight!