"World's Leading Online Vocal Coach"

- Wall Street Journal

Who has Richard worked with?

Richard has taught online singing lessons to singers and professionals in all 50 US States and 126 countries around the world. His clients include multi-platinum selling performers, artists and actors who have performed on Netflix, Disney, CMT, The Voice, MTV, American Idol, Australia’s The Voice, Australia’s Got Talent, America’s Got Talent, The X Factor, Nickelodeon, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Tonight Show, Live with Kelly, Yo Soy El Artista, Dancing with the Stars and many others. Check out the client page for testimonies and to watch several of Richard’s students perform.

What technique does Richard use to teach?

Frustrated with a less-than-average singing voice as a teenager, Richard started studying the anatomy of the vocal instrument and reached out to work with several world-renowned singing teachers. Building on the knowledge he gained from these teachers, independent studies and over 20 years of experience in the music industry, Richard has been able to bring forth an insightful, healthy and unique teaching style to his clients known as the Throga Technique. Throga is a vocal technique designed to help both singers and non-singers gain balance, flexibility and strength throughout their vocal range.

In order to accommodate the individual needs of every student, Richard draws not only from his singing background, but also from his knowledge of nutrition, neuropsychology, physical training, acting, music production and songwriting. His intuitive ability to help artists discover their true voice has led to consulting other celebrity-based vocal coaches, judging televised international singing competitions, and traveling around the world to teach Throga seminars and vocal workshops.

Can I get private lessons with Richard?

Yes! you can learn directly from Richard from the comfort of your own home, using Skype, Zoom or FaceTime. Whether a vocalist comes to Richard to increase their range in a single lesson, recover from vocal damage, or work with him over the course of several years to develop to their full singing potential, he provides them with the tools they need to continue learning on their own. Plus, online voice lessons are great ways to help clients reach their vocal related goals as a singer, actor, public speaker, or educator without the expense of traveling.

What can I learn in an online voice lesson?

  • Increase your vocal range
  • Master your breathing
  • Develop a healthy & strong voice
  • Prevent vocal fatigue or damage
  • Improve your speaking skills
  • Overcome performance anxieties
  • Prepare for auditions or touring
  • Improve your pitch control
  • Sing in the style of music you love
  • Beginner to advanced singers

Schedule A Lesson!

For current rates and details on how to setup a private online singing lesson using Skype, Zoom, FaceTime or Facebook, please use the link below to contact Richard directly.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Will voice lessons change my singing style?

No! The method Richard teaches (Throga) will help you cultivate whatever style you are passionate about singing. This includes every genre imaginable, like Pop, Country, Musical Theatre, Classical R&B, Jazz, Folk, Grunge, Rock, Metal and the hundreds of sub-genres related to each of them. Throga and the 7 Dimensions of Singing is designed to develop a singer’s instrument through isometric exercises and coordination to reach your full potential. The greater your vocal skills become, the easier it will be to express yourself.

Do I need a high-speed internet connection for online voice lessons?

Singing lessons will work with your regular home internet connection for standard video conferencing with Zoom, Skype or Facetime.

Why should I consider online voice lessons instead of in-person?

Not only are online voice lessons popular for both teachers and students because of its convenience and cost-effectiveness (no travel related expenses), they also provide students access to top voice teachers and vocal coaches across the globe. With several Throga Certified Instructors like Richard to choose from, you can book lessons to fit your schedule in between other activities from home or work. It’s also important to point out that the only access a voice teacher has to a student’s instrument is through verbal communication. Unlike a piano or guitar, a teacher can not reach over to help the student hold a finger down or tune a string. In this respect, online lessons are the same as in-person. It is through the power of communication, knowledge and modern technology that allows a vocal coach to make incredible strides with their students over Skype, Zoom and Facetime.

Who should take online voice lessons?

Online singing lessons are ideal for anyone seeking guidance with their voice. Private lessons can be used to explore and develop a singing style, overcome performance anxiety, prepare for an audition, learn about vocal health and maintenance, create a vocal regimine, increase vocal range, improve breathing techniques, and much more. Whether you are just curious about singing or looking to maintain your instrument for a word tour, online voice lessons with a quality vocal coach can help!

What if I’m a complete beginner? Will online voice lessons work for me?

Absolutely! If you haven’t had the opportunity to sing on stage yet, struggling with some fundamentals of singing, or maybe just not confident enough to share your voice with others, private lessons will help you in reaching personal goals as a vocalist.

What ages do you teach?

Generally speaking, ages 9 and up. The reason for this is that online communication requires a relatively good attention span for optimum results. Although exceptions can be made for more experienced children and focused personalities, they learn best through play, which can be challenging at times with physical separation. Otherwise, there are no restrictions in terms of age, style or skill level!

Am I too old to learn how to sing at 75?

It’s never too late to learn how to sing! Singing is a wonderful way to keep the mind active and the body responsive through artistic expression and physical challenges that improve breathing, communication skills, and so much more. Richard often works with students who are in their 80s and up.

Are online voice lessons expensive?

The average cost of “local” singing lessons in the United States is $30 ($60/hr), which is the same rate Throga starts their lessons at for select Certified Throga Instructors. However, Richard is a best-selling author in vocal education, the founder of the Throga Technique and has 20+ years of teaching and performance experience. This degree of expertise and popular demand lends itself to a higher price point. For more details on Richard’s current teaching rate and discounted offers (5 and 10 lesson packages), please feel free to contact Richard directly or visit Throga.com for more information on booking private lessons.

Does Richard offer any free voice lessons?

Richard does not offer private voice lessons for free. However, he does provide hours of free vocal tips and other content on the Throga YouTube channel. You can also take a free Vocal Profile Assessment to gain access to the Vocal Gym Basic program, which includes seven fully guided exercises, which includes access to a private Facebook Group page for direct feedback from Certified Throga Instructors on your singing.

What kind of equipment do I need to get started?

All you need to get started is:

  1. A modern mobile phone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer
  2. A standard internet connection
  3. A fairly quiet space (home, office, or car) to speak and sing in
  4. An account with Zoom, Skype or FaceTime

An external microphone and/or headphones designed for singing is optional

Do I have to be able to play piano or guitar to take voice lessons?

Not at all. Although being able to accompany yourself while vocalizing and singing can enhance your experience, it is not necessary to improve your singing abilities.

What happens during a private online singing lesson?

Every lesson is individually tailored towards a students’ goals and needs. That said, a first lesson generally consists of a brief introduction and opportunity to discuss any specific questions you may have. Afterwards, voice lessons are often divided into 2 parts: vocal exercises (warm ups) and songs (performance). Regardless of what you are working on, Richard will always be listening, evaluating and eager to help you find the best path for your voice and artistic expression. However, what happens outside of the lesson is even more important! The time you spend applying what you’ve learned, challenging yourself and singing often is essential to your growth!

Can I record a private voice lesson?

Yes, please do! There are many benefits to recording your private voice lesson. Richard will provide a LOT of information in each and every voice lesson, so not having to write everything down, being able to listen back to your vocal progress and practicing along with any new exercises is ideal.

What is your cancellation policy?

All scheduled lessons must be cancelled with at least 24 hours advance notice, or the lesson is still to be paid in full. If there is at least 24 hours notice, lessons can be cancelled at no charge or rescheduled if already paid for. Refunds are not offered. Out of fairness and integrity to Richard and all the other students, please note that we can not make exceptions to this policy. To cancel or reschedule a lesson, you can contact Richard directly or simply click on your lesson schedule from the student dashboard (login required) at Throga.com.

Can I start with just one lesson? Or do I have to commit to several?

Richard is here for YOU! Whether you want to set up a single lesson to start, commit to a consistent schedule or book them one at a time at your convenience through the Throga booking system is completely up to you.

How often should I take lessons?

Every lesson provides an opportunity to learn something new and progress towards your goals. That said, how often to take a lesson really depends on what your immediate goals are and the quality of practice you put in between private lessons. The good news is, you are never locked into any one schedule or length of time. Many students start with weekly lessons and then fall back to every other week after several months, or even just one lesson per month if taking an online Vocal Gym Course simultaneously. Richard recognizes that everyone’s goals, learning rate, budget and availability is different and welcomes you to take as many lessons as you are comfortable with, based on his availability.

Are there any opportunities to perform as a private student?

Yes! Richard’s students often participate in Throga’s online and in-person events. To share your voice online, we encourage you to share your singing videos in the private Vocal Gym Facebook Group. In-person performance opportunities include Throga Retreats, studio recording (at Throga Records) and convention style events at various locations (these events are currently paused due to COVID traveling and performance restrictions).

Do I have to audition to take online voice lessons?

Never! Singing lessons are available to anyone interested in improving their voice, no matter what their age, style or skill level might be. Finding the right teacher for you and your goals in mind is essential to reaching your goals. Richard has vast experience working with singers on stage, in the studio and in the practice room! You can check out his biography to learn more about him and decide for yourself if he’s a good fit for you. If not, you are always welcome to explore other Certified Instructors (each with their own musical background, experience and personality) at Throga.com.

How do I book a private voice lesson?

To book a lesson with Richard, you can contact him directly or view his availability and book a lesson right away through the private lesson page at Throga.com. To do so, an account must be created before selecting a date and time by taking a Vocal Profile Assessment.

Where are you located?

Richard is only offering online lessons at this time. His lesson studios are located in Rochester NY and Orlando FL, with in-person lessons occasionally available in Nashville TV and Los Angeles CA when traveling.

How do I pay for an online voice lesson?

To pay for a scheduled lesson for you or your child, you can contact Richard to receive a direct payment link or simply click on your lesson schedule from the student/parent dashboard (login required) at Throga.com and click on the lesson(s) you wish to pay for.

How do I cancel or reschedule a private lesson?

You can reschedule a confirmed lesson if it is at least 24 hours in advance of the lesson time. If the lesson is already paid for, the payment will be automatically credited to the new lesson time. To reschedule a lesson for you or your child, you can contact Richard directly or simply click on your lesson schedule from the student/parent dashboard (login required) at Throga.com and click on the lesson(s) you wish to cancel or reschedule.

What forms of payment do you accept?

We currently accept all major credit cards and PayPal accounts for private voice lessons.