Testimonials

Garrett Liam States Vocal and Acting

Studio Testimonials


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Posted Kelly Hummert week of January 7, 2013:
I came back to voice lessons after a 16 year absence! I had originally studied with a prominent female teacher in St. Louis, but found the experience to be tiring and nerve-wracking. All the criticism left me in tears after classes, and as a young girl, I needed encouragement and faith and for my teacher, who I trusted, to believe in me. After two years of studying she told me I’d never make it as a singer – only as an actress. Cut to 16 years later, when I found Garrett. From the moment I met him, I felt completely at ease and welcome and appreciated. He is a phenomenal teacher. Because I feel so comfortable with him, I am able to learn in a relaxed environment that is encouraging and entirely fun. I am improving by leaps and bounds due to this man. Anyone who is passionate about singing and looking for a teacher, please contact Garrett first! His extensive experience as a very successful performer makes him a wonderful, compassionate instructor. We are wildly lucky to have him in St. Louis!

Posted July 2, 2012:My son, a KHS Class of 2012, began working with Garrett the summer before his junior year. Garrett helped him hone his voice and find his true passion was in the music, despite having stellar acting skills. “Uncle Garrett” is that rare find of a coach and a friend who was able to connect with him, coach him, and mentor him. My son aced his auditions, winning 5 college scholarships – 1 was the highest music scholarship offered at the university – all because he learned how to breathe, how to work through his music, and how to focus. These are skills he honed with his weekly lessons with Garrett. My son will be a freshman in college in the fall and will take all the lessons with him. Garrett is truly a rare find, he is great with kids of all ages and I am happy to continue my relationship with his studio through Talya and her piano lessons for my daughter.

Posted June 26, 2011:Words cannot express my gratitude. Garrett has been a mentor to my son for many years, so much so we fondly refer to him as “Uncle Garrett.” He has become family. He attends my son’s performances when he can. Professionally he has taken him to the next level vocally, and given him confidence in his abilities as a performer. Without Garrett my son wouldn’t have the success on stage that he has achieved since working with him. We cannot thank him enough.

Posted January 8, 2011:I worked with Garrett States for my four years during high school and I still go back to visit him when I’m home from college. Don’t think that if you’re not interested in musical theater that Garrett isn’t for you. I started with Garrett when I needed to learn how to sing back-up vocals for my metal band. Then, I recommended my band’s singer/screamer to him. If that doesn’t prove to you how versatile Garrett States is as a teacher, then I don’t know what will. He will work with you to find what you want out of a vocal or acting coach and he will show you how to reach your goals. He really goes beyond being a vocal teacher, he is genuinely interested in all of his students and cares immensely about every student’s progress. It seems like he took the ambitiousness of his performing career, bumped it up a few notches, and transferred it to his teaching career.

Posted November 8, 2010: I have had the pleasure to study with Garrett Liam States for four years now, although it seems as if I have known him my whole life. I have taken voice and acting lessons since the age of 6 and never have I had such a close relationship with an instructor. Garrett does much more than just coach his students. Garrett has served as my mentor and prime source of encouragement since I began training with him. I also know that it is not just me who feels this way about Garrett. I have many friends who also train with Garrett and we are constantly talking about how much we love him and how Garrett is such a wonderful teacher with the encouragement he provides. Also, in the four years I’ve studied with Garrett, my voice has improved immensely. We found notes in my range that previously, I was terrified to even attempt to sing. I could go on and on explaining the positive impact that Garrett has had on me over these past few years.

Posted November 2, 2010: I was nervous, he was encouraging. I went to Garrett Liam States for my very first voice lesson (at age 30 might I add) and I was nervous. Garrett was so encouraging, and supportive. He had a way of explaining how to use your voice correctly and different breathing techniques that made since to a newcomer like myself. I highly recommend Garrett for voice instruction to anyone. Garrett is a gentleman in every since of the word and is a master at his profession.

Posted October 20, 2010: Garrett is simply the best vocal and acting instructor with whom I have had the pleasure to study. I have studied voice with him for several years and — as an actress — I have worked with him both onstage and under his direction. His vast knowledge and tremendous talent are enhanced by his considerate demeanor and professionalism. Garrett has an amazing gift for bringing out the best in others and helping them to realize their fullest potential. He is patient, encouraging, and inspiring, and has a knack for putting people at ease. He truly cares about his students, going “above and beyond” to equip them with the materials and support they need to succeed. His professional performance background has given him a wealth of experience on which to draw in addressing the concerns of his students and preparing them to face challenges. I have been delighted to hear others I know who study with Garrett speak so highly of him and to follow their achievements as they develop their abilities under his guidance. Garrett has not only helped me to grow as a singer and actress, but was vitally instrumental in my successfully pursuing a degree in vocal music and has been a valuable resource in working with my own choir, students, and cast members. For anyone seeking personalized instruction from a caring professional with expertise in a wide variety of musical and theatrical genres…whether the goal is singing or acting, for personal fulfillment or the professional stage… look no further!

Posted October 18, 2010: Garrett States has been an amazing teacher and support. He helped my oldest daughter expand her range and repertoire well beyond where she was when she started. His support and caring helped her make it through some tougher auditions and achieve several great accomplishments. He coached her through college auditions with both acting and voice and she got into her choice of a school. Since then his continued emotional support and help has aided her through several auditions where she has been the only freshman to get as far as she did. My younger daughter also takes from him and, as in the past with her sister, the weekly lessons are fun, educational and a big confidence booster. In addition, Garrett States has a wonderful relationship with his students and helps them navigate the professional, emotional, musical and acting aspects of performing.

Posted October 17, 2010: Garrett States provides a wonderful learning environment for students interested in advancing their vocal and acting skills. With a good St. Louis reputation and wonderful connections Garrett is very helpful in securing auditions as well as aid with lines and songs once cast.Garrett is also very flexible with the level of commitment each student has to theater or vocal performance. Whether a student wishes to work rigorously and contine vocal performance in college, or if a student just needs assistance with songs for school choir, Garrett offers the same professional environement and opportunites. As a student I developed a many helpful skills in both vocal performance and acting that help me in the professional theater community. I would recommend Garrett to anyone looking to further their vocal and acting skills. He is the best of the best that St.Louishas to offer not to mention his many years in the theater business as an actor himself. He knows what the professional theater world commands and has proved to be so helpful in applying and auditioningfor theater programs on a collegiate level.

Posted October 17, 2010: Garrett knows what all master teachers know – that building a rapport of trust with a student is essential to achieving any high goals. At each session, Garrett builds positive rapport because he knows that the process of learning to sing well often asks a student to take a risk. On a scale of 1 to 5 stars, Garrett Liam States solidly deserves 5 stars for his work with me over these past years. Mr. States has improved my voice by encouraging me to put emphasis on important qualities of vocal excellence including creative and critical thinking, resonance, focus and on the placing of my voice. Working with Garrett Liam States is one highlight of each week for me.

Posted October 17, 2010: Garrett Liam States is an amazing vocal coach! I am a middle-aged business person that could not carry a tune three years ago despite a great desire to sing in public. Garrettpatiently and methodically taught me how to hear notes via the keyboard and with accompanied cds. He guided me in establishing personal performance goals. I have surpassed all expectations. I have written songs and have performed within a group and as a soloist on numerous occasions. Yes, I am very grateful!