Tricia Grey, MM

Founder, Sing Like A Star Studios

Sing Like a Star Studios offers the world’s most effective Voice Lessons for all ages and experience levels from professional singers to beginners.  You can take lessons at our East Cobb or Alpharetta studios or from anywhere in the world with our Online Lessons.

The first step to getting started with any of our classes is to register for a no-obligation GETTING TO KNOW YOU introductory session with the teacher of your choice. Students who are highly motivated or are interested in becoming professional singers should invest in lessons with studio owner and Master Teacher Tricia Grey, MM. Students with financial constraints or who are exploring singing for fun will enjoy  Lessons for Less with our highly qualified and trained  SLaS Associate Teachers.

QUESTIONS? Please email our Sing Like a Star support team at support@singlikeastar.com; call our support team at 404-790-1830 Monday-Friday, 10 am-6 pm EST. Download:INFORMATION AND FAQ.  This document will answer any questions you have about lessons at Sing Like a Star Studios.

TRICIA GREY, MM

image125Sing Like a Star studio founder Tricia Grey, MM is an exceptionally qualified voice teacher with a Master’s Degree in Music and 40+ years of professional experience teaching, training teachers, singing, writing songs, recording, and performing in the competitive music industry.  She is the founder of Sing Like a Star Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, the author of the books YOU can Sing Like a Star!, YOU can be a Successful Voice Teacher, and the creator of the groundbreaking Eight Steps of Vocal Development method, a technique that enables vocalists to sing throughout a range of at least three (and often four or more) octaves with power, consistency, and flexibility.

The Sing Like a Star vocal method develops vocalists who sing from very low to very high notes with consistent timbre and quality. This method is the preferred training for today’s artists who want a contemporary, powerful, and natural vocal sound.

Tricia hails from Los Angeles California, where she had a highly successful vocal studio and sang professionally before relocating to Atlanta, where she founded Sing Like a Star Studios.  She has trained many Sing Like a Star Associate Teachers in this highly successful method.  Tricia’s unique synthesis of world-class education and real music business experience has resulted in an approach to voice teaching that is unparalleled.  She has trained thousands of successful singers and voice teachers around the world.

With her unbeatable track record as a professional singer, a Master’s Degree in Music, students on Broadway, America’s Got Talent (Angelica Hale) The Voice, American Idol, X-Factor and with record deals and admission to the most prestigious University music degree programs, her ongoing research and education in vocal science, and her astounding ability to diagnose and quickly correct vocal issues, Tricia Grey, MM is one of the music industry’s most powerful, effective, and sought after vocal coaches.

 

 

Besides training singers and teachers worldwide, Tricia is also a published songwriter. She teaches a fast and easy method of songwriting that will have you creating your own songs quickly, even if you have never played an instrument before!  In 2010, Tricia released her 10th CD, “Right Now” available for purchase at either of the SLaS Studio locations or at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/triciagrey.

 

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AFFILIATIONS

SPEECH LEVEL SINGING

Tricia was an integral part of the Speech Level Singing (SLS) organization, having begun teaching voice under the direction of Los Angeles vocal maestro Seth Riggs (teacher of Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Beyonce, and hundreds more stars) at the young age of 20.  She reached the highest level (Level 5) in the Speech Level Singing organization, and subsequently wrote the Teacher Training Manual used to train SLS teachers throughout the world. She now trains teachers through her SLaS Associate Teacher Training program, and has written a Teacher Training manual for voice teachers.

Seth Riggs says about Tricia:

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Dear Tricia:

“I can hardly imagine a vocal technique teacher more eminently qualified to teach singing than you. You’ve sung it all- Blues, Rock-n-Roll, R & B, Jazz, Opera, you- name-it. The common thread to accomplish all these vocal avenues is your intimate knowledge of how to bridge the registers from chest to head voice. Your students will be extremely blessed to have access to your rare experience.     Seth Riggs”

 

VOCAL POWER ACADEMY: From 1980- 1996 Tricia was an instructor at Elisabeth Howard’s Vocal Power Academy in Los Angeles, another shining light in the vocal music industry. Liz was a pioneer in the teaching of the mixed voice, and a huge influence on Tricia’s teaching, writing, and singing.

CURRENT AFFILIATIONS

IVTOM: Tricia is currently on the Board of IVTOM (The International Voice Teachers of Mix), an international teacher education group dedicated to the scientific study of the voice and the promotion of good vocal technique in contemporary singing.

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VISION

Tricia believes that vocal training is not just for aspiring professionals and that anyone who loves to sing should consider taking voice lessons. “I can teach anyone to sing, if they consistently practice the exercises” says Tricia. “Many people think that singing ability is something you either have or you don’t- but nothing could be further from the truth. I have had many students through the years who came to me with very little natural ability, but with great drive, discipline and work ethic, who now have professional careers!”

Tricia says: “In voice lessons, we are re-training many small muscle groups through therapeutic vocal technique.  The key to success is consistency and commitment to daily practice and weekly lessons. You can make huge changes in your voice in a short time by simply singing along every day with your most recent SLaS vocal lesson, which is recorded.  We will give you life changing tools, but it’s up to you to create a daily practice routine that solidifies your new skills; this will bring about dramatic changes and improvements quickly.”

Tricia’s primary focus now is to pass on the wealth of knowledge and experience acquired in her many years in the music industry to her students, to empower all artists to reach their full potential and to realize their dreams, and to help anyone who has always wanted to sing  achieve their goals.

“I believe if you have the desire to sing, you can learn to sing, no matter what your background or obstacles are”, says Tricia.  “The desire to sing is in you for a reason, and you will only be happy as a person if you follow that desire.  If you have a burning desire to sing, that means you should be singing! You don’t have to want to be a star to love singing and to benefit from vocal training at Sing Like a Star studios- there is a place at SLaS for everyone to express their creativity! ”

Tricia sings and teaches in all vocal styles- rock, R & B, gospel, blues, jazz, musical theatre, and country.  She knows what it takes to succeed in today’s competitive music business.

Whatever your background, skill level, age, or experience, Tricia Grey, MM and Sing Like a Star Studios are here to help you live your dream- to Sing like a Star!

The following is an interview of Tricia Grey, MM by I Am Entertainment Magazine

TRICIA GREY, MM  INTERVIEW #2

  • What age or event in your life made you decide to make music your life and career?
    • I don’t ever remember NOT singing.  I sang for show and tell.  I sang for kids on the school bus.  I made my 5 brothers and sisters learn all the parts to every song from “The Sound of Music” and rehearsed them for weeks.  I opted to graduate high school early so I could go on the road with a band.  I lived in LA and never really considered anything but music as an option. I sang in rock bands all over LA and the US for many years and then decided to go to school to get my music degrees, and I was teaching voice all along, from the age of 20.
  • What lead you to become a vocal coach and open up Sing Like a Star?
    • I studied with an LA guru named Seth Riggs (the “Teacher to the Stars” who originated the Speech Level Singing vocal technique) for several years and at the age of 20, he was sending me clients on a fairly consistent basis.  I had never considered teaching before because I wanted to be the next Pat Benatar, but I started to see how teaching could balance out my life and make life in the music business less crazy!  I have always had a love for and a desire to learn everything I could about vocal pedagogy- the science of how the voice works.  I would be on a tour bus, poring over vocal pedagogy books, while everyone else was talking or sleeping.   Over the years I have read hundreds of books on pedagogy and spent thousands of hours furthering my knowledge base about the science of the voice through ongoing interaction with some of the brightest lights and vocal scientists of this generation. I had a “duel life” for about 25 years in LA; voice teacher by day, and rock singer by night!
  • Do you have a certain technique or teaching style that sets you apart from other vocal coaches?
    • The Sing Like a Star vocal method is a healthy yet commercial approach to singing based on register balancing and mix that will enable singers to sing in commercial vocal styles with  great high notes, power, and control. We create one seamless sound from the bottom of the range to the top with no vocal breaks.  We teach singers how to sing well in the style they love to sing in, rather than the instructor’s favorite style.  So we work with gospel, R & B, blues, rock, country, jazz, Contemporary Christian, musical theatre, and even classical artists.  Many vocal “coaches” do not offer much in the way of a scientifically based approach to vocal development.  They “coach” you on how to sing a song but do not know how to effectively develop a strong commercial vocal sound, so you end up singing the song with the same incorrectly produced voice you always had. Most singers will either pull their chest voice too high, and then “flip” or let go into a weaker, breathy sound, or they might be generally breathy and undeveloped throughout the voice, or they might come from a classical or choral background, where the upper voice (for females) is developed but the lower register is ignored. None of these methods really work for popular singing.  You need a voice that is even and strong from the bottom to the very highest notes, not breathy and weak on the high notes.The singer needs to invest in vocal training and development first before spending a lot of time doing licks and runs.  Even people who sing fairly well, find out when they get “in the trenches” of having to sing every night, that their voice will not hold up without a solid background in vocal technique.  The most important aspect of the Sing Like a Star vocal method is the ability to “mix” into the upper registers by negotiating the bridges of the voice, with a commercial, strong, and sustainable vocal sound.The most important quality a singer needs to have is consistency- you need to be able to deliver perfectly, night after night.  You need a lot of stamina.  You don’t get that without a lot of training, just like an athlete!
  • What was the first major production you were involved in and what age were you? How did it make you feel?
    • I was singing in all kinds of bands in LA from a very early age.  I felt like I was gonna be a rock star!  I will say though that the lifestyle is very hard work and not at all the glamorous life most people think it is.  Touring in a bus is grueling! I have always loved songwriting and being in the recording studio.  You can completely forget about time and everything else in there.  I find writing and recording to be one of life’s most fulfilling endeavors.  I teach songwriting to all my students because it is something you can do for yourself, at any time.  I also feel it’s a very important avenue to acceptance in the music business these days.  Not a lot of people are getting signed unless they write well, as well as sing well.
  • Why do aspiring and experienced singers need vocal training?
    • Every one needs consistent vocal training and technique throughout the life of their career to keep the voice “tuned up”.  It’s too easy to succumb to the temptations of over-singing, pushing chest, and other incorrect methods. Especially when you are fronting a band and trying to “out-sing electricity”, or singing over a large orchestra.   Because we don’t hear ourselves as we really sound, we need an outside set of ears to keep us balanced.  Just think of it as preventive medicine for the voice!The number of people who turn up at auditions for TV shows such as “The Voice” “X- Factor”, “American Idol” and so forth, will give you some clue as to how competitive this business is.  I always try to tell students that getting on a show won’t do anything for you unless you have invested years of preparation before that so your voice holds up and is perfect every time you sing.  Otherwise even if you get on the show you can prepare to be embarrassed in public when the voice does not hold up under the very rigorous schedule they will impose on you.  Can you rehearse 5 or 6 hours straight, learning brand new songs and arrangements on the spot, and then go out and sing with a fresh sounding voice later that night?  Can you do that day after day?  Most people who get into a musical show for the first time are stunned by the huge amount of rehearsal and singing that is now required on a daily basis, and either they get sick or they start losing their voice. The same thing happens when you are in a band that finally makes it. Now you have to tour and sing every single night for weeks on end, after traveling all day.  Will your voice hold up?  Probably not, unless you have done the preparatory technique work on your voice.Good vocal technique and training and daily practice are the tools that ensure a long career!
  • What do you look for when accepting new students? What should a perspective student prepare for and expect?
    • Work ethic! And integrity.   I require a minimum of 30 minutes per day of practice. I work only with clients  who have integrity with time (theirs and mine), finance, and honoring agreements. They should know that this is a partnership and that their end of the deal is daily practice, as well as honoring time, our most valuable commodity these days!
  • How important do you feel music is in a person’s life and what impact has it made on you?
    • It’s been everything in my life! Music and developing your talent can take you to places and people you can’t even imagine when you are starting out.  It did for me! It’s true what they say about “following your bliss”… it will take you places you never dreamed of.  Put in the work, develop the instrument, and be prepared for an interesting ride!I also believe that music and singing are for everyone, not just aspiring stars.  There is a niche for everyone who wants to sing, to use their gift.  It may be singing in a church choir, writing and recording your own music that no one but friends and family will ever hear, or going to nursing homes to sing for the patients.  OR it might be singing in huge arenas all over the world.  Developing your voice and your talent is always a worthy investment, and it is never to late (or too early) to start!There is always a place for you as a singer.  Once your talent is developed you will be amazed at the opportunities that will open up for you!
  • Do you have a most memorable moment working with a student?
    • I had a student in LA who was 10 years old  when the first season of the TV show Starsearch came on. She won! It was huge! She is on my website on the Lessons For Children page.  Just as memorable are the “breakthrough” and “aha” moments that I see every day in the studio, where students light up as they realize they CAN achieve a vocal skill they previously thought was impossible for them (like singing high notes!).
  • What is your #1 tip or advice to new and experienced singers to help them in their journey?
    • Develop a good work ethic and practice routine and work with a world class vocal teacher.  Saving money and getting the cheapest instructor is never a good idea, its like going for the cheapest doctor or car mechanic.You “save a penny but lose many dollars” (when you have to go to someone else who can fix the bad instruction)- you get what you pay for! Your voice is irreplaceable, unlike a guitar or a car.  Invest in the best instruction  instead of the cheapest.  Also avoid “vocal coaches” who only have you sing songs- you need to create a baseline of good vocal technique first. Focus on technique and developing your instrument before you worry about licks, runs, style, etc.  Be patient, but expect good results (if you are studying the right technique that is).  If you are not seeing results, find a better teacher.  If your teacher does not encourage you in the style you want to sing in, find a better teacher.
  • If you could sing or perform with one icon, dead or alive, who would it be?
    • Though I have sung in and teach all styles,  I have found the most challenging and fulfilling singing to be opera.  After years of being a “rock chick” I went back to school for a Master’s in Voice and performed opera professionally for awhile.   It requires the most range, power, dynamics, and emotion of any music I have ever sung.  So I guess my dream job would be singing La Boheme (which I actually did perform in LA) with Pavarotti, Corelli, or Domingo, all very exciting tenors.  Any of the Puccini or Verdi operas are so moving and exciting to perform!And right up there with opera are gospel and R & B styles.  Gospel requires that you be able to sing with power and stamina, as well as precise trills and runs, with more “lower register” coordination sounds (ie- the chest voice quality).  Gospel and R & B styles demand a really high level of vocal acuity, precision, and power to sing well.  You have to be at the top of your game to sing these styles well, and since they are more chest voice or lower register coordination sounds, they are more demanding on the voice.At Sing Like a Star, we teach every vocal style and help you to be the best singer you can be, in the style YOU like to sing!

OPTIONS  FOR STUDY

• You have the option of taking in-person lessons at either of our two convenient studio locations
Studio 1:  SLaS East Cobb- 1000 Johnson Ferry Road, The Crossing Center, Suite B-200, Marietta GA  30068: Just OTP, Windy Hill exit from I-75 North, exit 5-B from I 400.
Studio 2: SLaS North in Alpharetta- 365 Brady Place, (at Main Street), Alpharetta GA  30009: Haynes Bridge Exit 9 from I- 400 North.
ALL SLaS teachers teach in both studio locations.

• Or, you can take online voice lessons through your computer or mobile device (i-phone, i-pad, i-pod touch, Android) any day of the week.
Internet voice lessons are just like in-person lessons- but you don’t have to drive!  They are very effective and convenient if you do not live in the Atlanta area- or even if you live locally but prefer not to drive.  What a great stress and time saver!  All you need is a computer or mobile device (smart phone, i-pad or i-pod touch) with video capability and wi-fi connection and you are set!  A video/audio recording of your lesson is sent to you after the lesson. We use Zoom (www.zoom.us).  Your lesson is video recorded for you!

• You can even take lessons with a speakerphone if your internet connection is not great.

TO GET STARTED WITH THIS TRANSFORMATIONAL VOCAL TECHNIQUE

1. Download:INFORMATION AND FAQ.  This document will answer any questions you have about lessons at Sing Like a Star Studios.

2. QUESTIONS? Please email our Sing Like a Star support team at support@singlikeastar.com; call our support team at 404-790-1830 Monday-Friday, 10 am-6 pm EST. Register and pay for a GETTING TO KNOW YOU (GTKY) introductory session with the teacher of your choice. Read about the teachers by clicking one of the links below:
*Choose Master Teacher and studio owner Tricia Grey, MM (if you are a student of any age who is highly motivated or considering becoming a professional singer) or an SLaS Associate Teacher. (if you have financial constraints or are just exploring singing for fun).

At the Getting to Know You (GTKY) Introductory Session, your teacher will evaluate your voice, find a spot in their regular weekly schedule, and reserve your first month of sessions (if you decide you want to commit to the lessons).

The purpose of the GETTING TO KNOW YOU (GTKY) introductory session is…

FOR YOUR SLAS INSTRUCTOR TO:

a) Professionally evaluate your voice and share with you our plan to address your unique vocal challenges with the SLaS Eight Steps of Vocal Development Program.

b) Provide you with a sample of what the SLaS lesson experience is like.

c) Give you the opportunity to commit to regular weekly lessons in the teacher’s schedule if you would like to do so.

AND FOR YOU TO:

a) Receive a professional evaluation of your voice, your  current level of vocal technique, and a specific plan to address vocal challenges.

b) Discuss your musical and career goals with us and receive feedback about how we can help you achieve them.

c) Reserve a weekly lesson time in your SLaS instructor’s schedule and prepay for your first month of sessions, (if you decide you would like to commit to the lessons).

TO REGISTER FOR YOUR GETTING TO KNOW YOU (GTKY) INTRODUCTORY SESSION

1.  Choose the location that is best for you: East Cobb, Alpharetta, or Online (or a combination of these!).

2.  Choose the level of teacher you would like to work with:Master Teacher and studio owner Tricia Grey, MM

*Students who are highly motivated, pre-professional, or who think they might wish to become professional singers should invest in lessons with Tricia Grey, MM.

*Students of all ages who are exploring, taking singing lessons for fun, or who have financial constraints will love lessons with the SLaS Associate Teachers.

*Students who also wish to include guitar, piano, songwriting, or studio recording should select the SLaS Instructor who offers these options.

After the GTKY, lessons are pre-paid monthly by automatic debit on the first day of each month, using the credit or debit card you registered for the GTKY with. We do not accept cash or checks at the lesson because we want to focus on your voice!

We use MINDBODY payment processing. MINDBODY is a PCI Compliant Level 1 Service Provider. Both SLaS and MINDBODY, our merchant account service provider, meet all network and software requirements set in place by the Payment Card Industry’s Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS). Rest assured: your payment information is completely secure with us.

Students take a minimum of one lesson per week, at the same time every week.

3.  Register and pay for your GETTING TO KNOW YOU (GTKY) Introductory Session. 

Sing Like a Star Studios founder Tricia Grey, MM, offers an initial half hour GETTING TO KNOW YOU (GTKY) introductory session for $40. After that, lessons are prepaid monthly by automatic debit, on the first day of the month.

The SLaS Associate Teachers offers an initial half hour GETTING TO KNOW YOU (GTKY) introductory session for $25. After that, lessons are prepaid monthly by automatic debit, on the first day of the month.

RATES FOR STUDIO OWNER TRICIA GREY, MM

WEEKLY LESSON RATES (CONTRACT): PREPAID MONTHLY

30-MINUTE LESSON: $70.00 ($280 per month)
45-MINUTE LESSON: $105.00 ($420.00 per month)
60-MINUTE LESSON: $140.00 ($560.00 per month)

BI- WEEKLY RATES (CONTRACT) ONLY AVAILABLE IF THERE IS SOMEONE TO FILL THE ALTERNATE WEEK:  PREPAID MONTHLY

30-MINUTE LESSON: $80.00 ($160 per month)
45-MINUTE LESSON: $120.00 ($240 per month)
60-MINUTE LESSON: $160.00 ($320 per month)

DROP-IN (NO CONTRACT): VERY FEW TIME SLOT OPTIONS AVAILABLE

30-MINUTE LESSON: $100.00
45-MINUTE LESSON: $150.00
60-MINUTE LESSON: $200.00

*While we prefer that you register on our very secure online system using a debit or credit card, if you are uncomfortable providing that info before meeting us, you may register (for the GTKY introductory lesson only) with Paypal. All lessons after the introductory Getting to Know You session (GTKY) are pre-paid monthly, on the first day of the month, using your debit or credit card.

 

4.  Confirm your GTKY by phone and by email.

Once you have submitted the online registration form and submitted payment to reserve the session, our support staff will contact you during regular office hours (M-F 10 am to 6 pm) with a proposed time for your GETTING TO KNOW YOU introductory session.

     1.  PHONE: Our staff will speak with you on the phone, to match your requested time with the closest available time in the teacher’s schedule.

     2.  EMAIL: Our support staff will send you a confirmation email with details and links to the location. Please respond to this email with “confirmed”. Check your spam/bulk mail folder for your confirmation email.

     3.  PHONE: You will receive a second call from our support staff a day or two before the GTKY introductory session, to go over policies and answer any questions you may have.

 

5. Read your emails!

We will be sending you informational emails about locations, how to do lessons online, practicing, and other important information.  You will need to confirm your GTKY time by email.

6.  Review this page:  LINKS TO REVIEW BEFORE BOOKING

QUESTIONS? Please email our Sing Like a Star support team at support@singlikeastar.com; call our support team at 404-790-1830 Monday-Friday, 10 am-6 pm EST.

BREATHING BELT

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Each student is required to purchase the SLaS Breathing Belt ($50).  Breath Management and Support (Appoggio) are the foundation of good singing, and the SLaS Breathing Belt is our best tool to help you learn good breath management.  You will purchase the belt at your GTKY (Getting To Know You) Introductory Session, if you decide to commit to the lessons.

PAYMENTS: PREPAID MONTHLY

Lessons are pre-paid monthly by automatic debit, using a credit or debit card; we do not accept cash or checks at the lesson because we want to focus on your voice!

We use MINDBODY payment processing. MINDBODY is a PCI Compliant Level 1 Service Provider. Both SLaS and MINDBODY, our merchant account service provider, meet all network and software requirements set in place by the Payment Card Industry’s Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS). Rest assured: your payment information is completely secure with us.

Students take a minimum of one lesson per week, at the same time every week.

We look forward to helping you Sing Stronger….Sing Higher…..and Sing like a Star!