Coach Robert has served as Eryn’s voice teacher for about 6 years now. Robert Hoefer is president of the South Carolina Institute for Vocal Training (SCIVT) and CEO of Pitch Doctors, LLC. Coach Robert has been in the music and voice industry his entire life, beginning his vocal training as a child under the tutelage of the distinguished Hungarian instructor Dr. Arpad Darazs.
In this episode, Coach Robert starts off with talking about his journey through education and vocal training. Eryn and Coach Robert also discuss the differences between different types of singers, expanding your range, and keeping your voice strong and healthy. He also talks about the importance of stage presence and wardrobe and how you go about developing it.
Coach Robert tells young performers to explore yourself and don’t do anything half-heartedly. You have to work hard in order to get to what you want to do. Remember that there is so much that goes in to what makes you and what goes into your package. Believe in yourself and it is for you, no one can take it away from you.
In This Episode:
2:22- What was your training like from Dr. Arphad? How was your training from him different from the typical training?
6:59- How were you able to get signed with Motown Records at such a young age?
10:10- Did you still go back to school for more training even after getting these record labels?
11:03- Would you recommend that going to school and investing that way is the way to go?
11:58- So, when you get a singer, be they a beginner or one who has some experience, is there a process that you take them through?
13:26- Why do you let your students choose their own material versus giving them a song that is more suitable for them?
15:04- How would you take an actor singer into your hands? Are their different approaches you have towards a “theatre” singer versus a “concert” singer? What is the difference between the two?
16:50- Does your physical makeup affect your range? Is there a way that a student can work on their range and their voice?
18:32- Do you have any tips of keeping your voice strong and healthy?
19:30- One of your biggest things that you preach is stage presence. How exactly do you define and teach stage presence?
21:28- When watching competitions like The Voice or American Idol, I realize that a lot of the winners or runner ups of those shows aren’t doing that well commercially. Why is that? Is there something that will limit them?
25:29- Is there a way to develop a certain tone that is different from the normal?
27:01- What advice would you give to a performer that hasn’t had much experience or doesn’t have the opportunity to work with professionals?
27:38- Any advice for a performer in general?
28:11- Do you have any thoughts for the parents of these young performers?
29:15- Where can someone find you for further information on getting to learn from you?