Your voice expresses your thoughts, feelings and desires. Learn to speak authentically with purpose, impact and ease.
Don't kid yourself. Every time you interact with someone you are presenting--whether in person, online or via the written word. Coaching can mean the difference between daily frustration and career success.
If you have experienced any of the following, I can help you free your voice and express yourself with greater ease and confidence.
Your body has so very much to say and truly does lead your interactions - learn to lead it so it doesn't lead you.
It is important to become aware of your non-verbal behavior/body talk and manage it to navigate successfully through your interactions so your body is reinforcing the messages you want to share - your points, your problems and your passions.
Your body is also an integral component of your listening skills. One of the most valuable skills in connection is cultivating the ability to listen well.
Your ability to connect with others in an authentic and congruous way make you memorable. Learn to engage and connect!
When you are authentic and engage with others from your heart, people relate and respond in-kind. Yes, you need to rehearse, but my experience is that being authentic rather than polished to perfection is what people remember.
The talk I remember best was nearly 40 years ago. Wayne Dyer walked out on a stage in San Diego and just stood there looking at us. Then he shared that he had just received news that a good friend had died in an accident. He proceeded to share deeper about his shock and grief - and his desire not to let us down by cancelling. He talked of how precious life is and of how important it is to live it well as you never know when your last breath will come. He connected with hundreds of people in that room and inspired us all to consider what changes we might want to make to live well.
This is the place to learn reliable, proven, practical tools to forge strong skills and connections.
WHO IS ACCEPTED?
Singers, Ages 12 to Adult, at all levels of competency, from 'tone shy' beginners to accomplished performers, desiring to study Contemporary Commercial Music (musical theater, pop, blues, jazz, rock, folk, country, gospel, metal, etc).
Connie also loves to support kindred spirits… injured singers who have suffered vocal damage through illness, medical issues or improper singing habits. These individuals can greatly benefit from understanding how their injuries occurred, how to “undo” their unhealthy vocal habits, and most importantly, how to “renew” their beautiful voices through adopting good technique and healthy habits.
Vocal Technique Instruction
is an educational training program designed to help you correct unstable breathing patterns that actually create and reinforce fatigue, illness, anxiety, mental confusion, overwhelm and so much more.
Breathing is foundational to a healthy, strong and clear voice and a vital component of vocal coaching, presentation training and performance skills for speakers and singers.
LEVEL I ... Individual Sessions
Essential Breathing sessions assist you in learning to re-establish the natural, free, full-body breath you were born with.
(3-6 sessions are recommended for optimal training and integration of skills.)
Level II & Level III ... Individual Appointment or Customized Workshops
Keynote Presentations … 20-30 min
Connie would love to share an overview of the benefits & principles of Essential Breathing™ with your group.
Email Connie to arrange a 15 minute telephone consultation to discuss your goals, concerns and situation to determine if we might be a good fit to work together. Pricing and policies are outlined at this time.
If it is a YES, we will set an initial Assessment appointment to discern in more depth where you are, where you want to be and what it will take to get there.
Speakers typically see marked results in 12 sessions (60 minutes/wk) depending upon needs and skills. For maximum learning and changes that stick, 6-12 months of ongoing coaching is optimal.
Remember, poor vocal habits and the distracting body language that often accompanies them, likely began in childhood. iIt takes time and support to undo and extinguish such lifelong patterns. One year is not a long time for such an impactful and life-changing commitment to yourself!
Singers are accepted for full-time lessons (45 minutes/wk) and encouraged to make a 3- 12 month initial commitment, depending upon needs and skills. For high level skill development, ongoing lessons are optimal.
I highly recommend communication and voice/vocal expert Connie Castro for those professionals that would like to gather tremendous insight on how to interact and translate thought effectively during live audience presentations and also current online video forums such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, etc. Connie was fantastic to work with while making the training session fun and easy to follow and understand. She stresses the importance of proper body language, the video location setting, angles and background to negate peripheral distractions and ensure effectiveness. Additionally, Connie’s vocal and communication insight and training is truly invaluable as you will gain confidence, project very professionally with clarity and genuinely have fun during these normally stressful interactions. My experience was truly fantastic !!!
Brad Nelson, Founder/President iNspired liVing, Las Vegas NV
Connie is a phenomenal voice coach. I had never worked with a vocal coach before and did not know what to expect. Working with Connie was great because of her friendliness, knowledge, helpful tips, as well her own approach making the voice lessons fun. From my lessons I have grown in confidence and skills to have a healthy speaking voice for years to come.
Rev. Michael H., Monument, CO
Dear Connie, you are on my mind today...two days after my 50th birthday party. It was truly a magical night playing music, surrounded by friends and family...This would never have been possible without your presence in my life. Your encouragement through this journey of music and self has been a huge blessing in my life...to find the courage to share this important part of my life with others.
Tim Cameron, Colorado Springs, CO
Thank you for being my vocal teacher these past three years. You have taught me so many important things regarding my voice, and I'm so grateful that you've stopped me from chest belting...my mixed voice has never been stronger! Thank you for every audition you helped me with, every song and every backtrack. I will truly miss you.
Jenna Klewsaat, Larkspur, CO
You made my day! Dear Connie, I want to thank you for so many things. First, to the extent that I can sing, I have you to thank. You not only had me doing the right exercises, but helped me understand why (amazing how much it's like any other instrument.) And you've been making our music community a better place for many years, and a lot of people truly appreciate it.
Charlie Hall, Colorado Springs, CO
Thank you so much for all the wonderful exercises, laughter and encouragement. You are a very special teacher with a true "teacher's heart.
Fran Winckel, Tucson, AZ
You've taught me so much over the past few months! I'm so glad to have had the opportunity to learn from such a talented lady! Thank you for your kindness & friendship.
Sarah Weber, USAF, Brussels, Belgium
In addition to being a delightful, positive and supportive presence, Connie is a knowledgeable and competent voice instructor. She is expert at understanding all the ‘moving parts’ of the voice and breaks it down into easy bites for wonderful results. Regardless of ability level, Connie ~ with her knowledge, skillful teaching, and firm and gentle encouragement ~ supports people in their singing and performing journey. I have enthusiastically recommended Connie to many, and will continue to do so.
Sally Rothstein, Colorado Springs
Thank you so much for everything you have given me...I've loved watching and experiencing you transform people, whether they come to your door young and ready to sing or older and more cautious about their voice--no matter who you lay your hand upon, you have this way of influencing people to become better, both in their voice and in their heart. I am so truly blessed to be one of those people.
Becca Rothstein, Colorado Springs
I'm not sure I can express how grateful I am. You are so amazing at what you do, I'd never have learned as much from another singing teacher... You really love what you do and as a result, you are incredible at it. You know even better than I how much my voice has changed since I began learning from you.
Nell Maynard, Colorado Springs
Right away, I felt more relaxed. But now, I am moving from relaxation to confidence and focus. Connie has taught me how to use my breath to improve my performance. Her teaching is transformational.
K. Sherwood, Colorado Springs