Private Lessons

Private Lessons

Find Your True Voice

I've always believed that one-on-one private lessons is an excellent way to master Singing or Public Speaking. Most students who come to me have never had a chance to speak or sing in front of an audience or if they have they never had a chance to truly hone their skills.

My job is to make you look and sound comfortable in your own skin when in front of an audience, big or small.
  • In Person or Online via Webcam
  • Beginner or Advanced

Voice & Performance Tips

If you’re trying to think of what to say next, then you are not listening.

If you are talking over someone else, then you are not listening.

Listen to yourself. Appreciate the good, fix the bad.

Participate in open mics, karaokes, spoken word, poetry jams and improv.

You can only teach yourself so much before you hit a wall.

Smiling opens the sides of your mouth and helps with projection.

Humming is an excellent vocal warm up.

To avoid vocal fatigue, warm up hours before your performance.

It’s better to hit a wrong note than to make excuses.

Smile

When you perform, Smile! If you think you’ll look silly then consider what it looks like when when all you do is frown.

Be teachable.

No one cares about your mistakes more than you.

Mumblers are never taken seriously. Open your mouth and people will listen.

It’s not about you, its about connecting with the audience.

Everyone has a talent. Many choose to ignore it.

Listening is equally as important as singing or speaking. Be teachable!

Sing every day.

Practice daily in the shower. The steam helps open up your sinuses.

Stay focused on your goals.

You are never too old to learn to sing.

Stage Fright

Use stage fright to your advantage. The more scared you are, the bigger you should be.

Wanna hit that high note? Try opening your mouth!

bigger

Bigger is better. Don’t hold back!

Relax, slow down, take your time and don’t rush. Less is more!

Storytelling

Singing is storytelling. Singers are storytellers.

Focus on the message and stage fright becomes less important.

Don’t stop just because you made a mistake. Keep going!

Check out my TED Talks about Stage Fright

Private Lessons

unmistakable passion

“From the minute she enters a room, Carolyn’s presence exudes a tangible, enchanting warmth, confidence and positive energy that magnetically draws people to her.  Her… Read more “unmistakable passion”

Gina Pennesi
Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Guelph
Issues Officer by day Singer – by night!

gain confidence

“Taking singing lessons with Carolyn was absolutely amazing. She helps you get over the anxiety of performing in front of people. She also teaches you… Read more “gain confidence”

Marin Toque

pleasant

“I’ve never met an entertainer more easy or pleasant to deal with than you were. All that and you were fantastic, we had great comments… Read more “pleasant”

Nicolaas Sont CMP
Confersense Planners Inc.
Senior Meeting Planner

create energy

“Before we worked with Carolyn, we know how to play but we didn’t know how to perform. She changed all of that. We now know… Read more “create energy”

Ken Goodwin
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Partner & Drummer of Winning Band “Bill’s Choice” of the “Big 4 Battle of the Band”Oct 2011

masterful

“Anyone for whom the voice is an important facet of their career should work with voice and performance coach Carolyn T. She has a  masterful… Read more “masterful”

Christine Saadé
Vocalist and Producer

best musicians

“If you’re looking for a night of awesome music – you need to experience Carolyn T!  With killer vocals and a wide range of musical… Read more “best musicians”

Becky Coles
TALK 820
Midday Producer/On-Air

highly recommend

“Carolyn coached me five years ago just before I went into the studio for the first time to do some recording with my band, and… Read more “highly recommend”

Fahrin Kermally

thoroughly impressed

“Thanks Carolyn for performing at our recent corporate event. Your musicality and force of personality really warmed things up. It is always a pleasure to… Read more “thoroughly impressed”

Chris Dunn
Dutton Brock LLP

powerful tools

“I am so fortunate to have met Carolyn at one of her Open Jams at Harlem a couple months back. I jokingly told her that… Read more “powerful tools”

Danielle Sabourin
Real estate investor/entrepreneur/singer ; )

undeniable energy

“I recently saw Carolyn T perform live at the Harlem Jam which she also hosts. I have to say that I was truly blown away… Read more “undeniable energy”

Nala Burdyna
singer/ songwriter

professionalism

“Hey Carolyn. Wanted to thank you again for helping to make my 50th Party a massive, successful blast!! It goes without saying that the night… Read more “professionalism”

Robert Lawrence
wwwork.com
Vice President

educational

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Ricky R. Singh
Actor/Comedian

really amazing

“Working with you was fantastic and I knew from our first conversation that it would be a great fit! Thanks for all of your help… Read more “really amazing”

Ryan Hayward
Diane Frankling Housing Co-operative Annual Pride Party
Community Projects Coordinator 

vocal energy

“My first experience with Carolyn was during a performance at a Beach Jazz Festival performance. I was blown away by her vocal energy and presence.… Read more “vocal energy”

James Dawson
Jim Dawson Photography
Photographer

impressive

“Sweet lady, who has a real passion for singing! Also, you see a difference in your voice by the end of the first session. Impressive.“

Ashley Belmer

her energy

“I have always heard about Carolyn T and her brand of music, but when I saw her perform I knew they why people spoke. Her… Read more “her energy”

Ryan Singh
Producer, Director

engaging

“Thank you Carolyn for taking part in our 3rd annual “Woman’s Worth” event. (proceeds donated to Breast Cancer Research). The event is surrounded by so… Read more “engaging”

Mary Corrado
The Business Agents
President

mentor

“First let me tell you what an awesome talent you are. Seeing you live at Harlem was a great thrill. And secondly, let me tell… Read more “mentor”

Fred Collis
Sales/rep. and musician

faultless execution

“Having recently  had our wedding in the Niagara-on-the-Lake Region, we have hired the Carolyn T Band to perform at our ceremony, cocktail hour and reception. Not… Read more “faultless execution”

AVG/CK

incredible skill

“Carolyn T not only sings with remarkable passion and dynamic range, she moves audiences with her incredible skill as both an entertainer and band leader.… Read more “incredible skill”

Kathleen Gorman
Composer – Pianist – Vocalist

powerhouse voice

“My husband Matthew and I were recently married on August 29th 2015. We had decided from the start of our wedding planning that we wanted… Read more “powerhouse voice”

Michelle Anderson
Human Resources Generalist

soulful voice

“Even though I have known her for a short time, Carolyn is a dynamic woman with tonnes of energy. Her soulful voice and confidence as… Read more “soulful voice”

Devonna Munroe
Master’s Student

welcoming stage presence

“Carolyn T is a dynamic soul drenched vocal powerhouse! Her versatility, welcoming stage presence, and true love of music shines through at every performance. Whether… Read more “welcoming stage presence”

Frankie Dee
Singer, Guitarist, Performer

invaluable performance techniques

“Carolyn T is a powerful woman and an inspiring performer. Her vibrant,passionate presence is truly something not only to behold, but from which to learn.… Read more “invaluable performance techniques”

Meghan McMaster
Vocalist

contagious energy

“Going to see Carolyn T. was the best decision I made as a new musician.  Her skills and insight as a coach are incredible!  With… Read more “contagious energy”

Anila Pant
Singer / Writer

respectful

“Warm, respectful, friendly, supportive and encouraging are the first words that come to mind when I think of Carolyn T.  She has the tenacity to… Read more “respectful”

Chris Hercules
Spoken Word Artist

unique style

“Carolyn T is a true performer! She has a unique style and energy about her on stage that is very inviting and bigger than life… Read more “unique style”

Betty Jackson
BMJ Research
President

world class performer

“Carolyn is a wonderful coach. She understood our client’s strengths and weaknesses in performance and completely customized the lessons for the client’s needs. Carolyn’s Open… Read more “world class performer”

Sunny Choi
A&R Department The Rodney Company c/o Sunny Choi
Pianist

exciting

“Thank you Carolyn T – I heard only positive and exciting things about your band and they all loved hearing you sing and play, even… Read more “exciting”

Kathy Halampark
Cooperative Housing Federation of Canada

true methods

“Carolyn Thompson is a great voice coach. She’s genuine and uses tried and true methods to up your game. Something as simple as shaping my… Read more “true methods”

Tim Washington
Software Developer

can’t stop dancing

“Wow, what an amazing voice, what a great band, what a fun night …. Carolyn T and her 7-piece band rocked our event all night… Read more “can’t stop dancing”

Dr. Mona Loutfy
Women’s College Hospital, University of Toronto
Infectious Diseases Specialist & Clinician Scientist Co-chair of 2011 Canadian Association for HIV/AIDS Research Conference, Co-chair of 2011 Canadian Association for HIV/AIDS Research Conference

poise

“I had the priveledge of meeting Carolyn at “A Woman’s Worth” Seminar. She was the key note speaker and she captured everyones attention from the… Read more “poise”

Lisa Creasor
Canadore College
mother of 3, Practical Nursing student

awesome band

“Thanks to Carolyn T and her awesome band, I was able to perform two of my own songs with live backup at Harlem this past… Read more “awesome band”

Chattrisse Dolabaille
Singer, Songwriter

awesome experience

“I look after my daughter’s young band, Lightning the Band. A group of shy youngsters with a serious love of music. I was desperately trying… Read more “awesome experience”

Celeste Segal
Lightning the Band
Mom/Band Manager

memorable performance

“Beautiful singing telegram! I asked Carolyn to sing her own version of my partner’s favourite song for his birthday. She was open, professional, and such… Read more “memorable performance”

Sarah McGaughey

positive role model

“This summer, my 15 year old daughter expressed interest in getting vocal lessons / coaching. After thoroughly researching potential coaches online, Carolyn Thompson is 1… Read more “positive role model”

Elaine De Marzo-Robins, PMP
Rogers Communications Inc
Program Manager

inspiring

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Meghan Burton
National Money Mart
Student/ Customer Service Representative

awesome teacher

“I thought my first session would be my last because I was nervous but here I am I keep coming back for more. Carolyn is… Read more “awesome teacher”

Danidee Nailat

absolutely lovable

“Carolyn came to our home to perform for my father in law’s 80th birthday bash. We knew from the start that Carolyn and her band… Read more “absolutely lovable”

Jill Baker

fully satisfy client’s demands

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Jarek Dabrowski
Guitarist

charismatic

“Carolyn is an amazing vocal coach that has helped me feeling more comfortable on stage, she is really enthusiastic and charismatic with a really soulful… Read more “charismatic”

Rodolfo Silva
Composer

outstanding

“As a voice coach, Carolyn Thompson was outstanding.  As a budding politician, she helped me enormously to better enunciate, pace my delivery and inject some… Read more “outstanding”

Tim Grant
Green Party of Ontario candidate in Trinity-Spadina

amazing

“She is amazing! she is fun, calm, and re-assuring. She makes you feel like you can kick your insecurities and be the performer that you… Read more “amazing”

Adrienne Johnson

grateful

“It’s been a hectic past few weeks but you have been constantly on my mind and so I am taking this time to say thank… Read more “grateful”

Kizzy Paris
Program Facilitator in Youth Work

brilliant

“I was thrilled to hear that Carolyn was the key note speaker for the Woman’s Worth Seminar.  From the moment I met Carolyn, I knew… Read more “brilliant”

Moira Sutton
successbreakthrough.com
Life & Success Coach, Motivational Speaker, Author “8 Keys to Unlocking your Infinite Passion”

fantastic

“I’ve never met an entertainer more easy or pleasant to deal with than you were. All that and you were fantastic, we had great comments… Read more “fantastic”

Nicolaas Sont CMP
Confersense Planners Inc.
Senior Meeting Planner

money well spent

“Words cannot describe how helpful Carolyn helped identify my weakness in speaking to the public. I was a complete mess in speaking to the public,… Read more “money well spent”

Houdou Dene
Engineer
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