With over 30 years experience as vocalist, musician, performer and educator, my vocal lessons are customized to help you meet your specific music goals.
Contemporary Vocal Lessons Include: Pop, Rock, R&B, Blues, Soul, Folk, Bluegrass, Country, Jazz and Jazz Standards.
The contemporary approach differs from classical in that there are more sub-divisions of music styles in contemporary such as Pop, Rock, Country, R&B, Blues, Soul and Jazz. And within these wonderful sub divisions we find differences in tone production, rhythmic phrasing and embellishments. It’s a joy to watch my students work with these amazing musical tools and to expand their musical capabilities.
A thorough voice teacher will include at least a bit of music theory to help accelerate the students overall learning and comprehension. Ear training is vital to all music instruction, especially for singers, and is a key element of my vocal fundamental program and is also a key element when we work with songs.
I meet with the student in the first lesson to discuss goals in detail, which then becomes the unique framework for that student’s study program.
About Rick Gabe
Music has always been an important part of my life. I look back over the years to the many wonderful music performances I’ve witnessed and to the many great teachers and family that exposed me to a vast array of unique vocalists, musicians and songwriters. This rich background was an integral part of my music evolution that led to my eventual foray into music instruction. I am so grateful to have this great foundation on which to teach.
One of my fondest memories, early on, was my first-ever performance at the age of 5- as a Frank Sinatra impersonator. From my teens forward, I parlayed my experience as a contemporary vocalist, musician, songwriter and arranger into a variety of musical projects with some amazing musicians and within a variety of genres that span Pop, Rock, Jazz, Jazz Standards, Blues, Folk, R&B and Soul.
My list of his mentors is quite vast, but among the most influential are legendary jazz Guitarist, Chuck Anderson, Fran Lawton, and also my music instructors at Delaware County Community College and Temple University in Philadelphia PA.
Performing for audiences is why we make this grand sacrifice for music. A small sampling of my performance venues include Ortlieb’s Jazzhaus (Philadelphia), Temple University, The University of Pennsylvania, Lincoln Financial Field (Philadelphia) and Disney World, Orlando.
Vocal lessons are typically conducted in 30 or 60 minute segments, but can be customized for each student.
Rick’s teaching studio is located in East Falls (Philadelphia) within Sherman Mills Business Park at 3502 Scotts lane. The studio is convenient to public transportation with additional instructors available to teach guitar, bass, piano and drums.
SKYPE & FACETIME OPTIONS
Skype or Facetime make it simple to conduct lessons via PC or Mac. This invaluable technology allows lessons to be conducted online for the long-distance vocal student, or those unable to travel to the teaching studio.
CONTACT RICK GABE
For more information about voice lessons, please feel free to call: 610-513-5223.
“Rick taught and kept a roster of students in my school from 2006 to 2015. Rick also put together vocal ensembles for our annual recital and continues to encourage and motivate his students. Rick’s versatility has also proven an asset in other ways such as his involvement in my music ensemble over the years. Rick can sing Sinatra to Stevie Wonder to The Beatles to James Brown. A kind soul- and always a smile to boot.”
~ Scot Silver, Bandleader; President- Silver Music Studios.
I discovered Rick Gabe when I was looking for a real vocal coach! I had just recorded my first solo CD and wanted to be more sure of my vocals.
Rick taught me valuable skills such as warming up properly before a show or recording, understanding and finding my pitch better, not being afraid to hit those tough notes, and how to expand my vocal range. We would sometimes work on difficult sections of my material together. He developed my vocal confidence immensely with his contemporary and direct approach. This was exactly what I needed.
What I have learned from Rick will stay with me for a long time. He is an excellent vocal coach!”
~John Lilley, guitar teacher and member of The Hooters