Online mouthpiece consultations with Phyllis Stork
If you’ve been following our videos and reading the blogs but still have questions about applying the information, it’s possible to arrange for a personal consultation with Phyllis Stork, aka Dr. Mouthpiece.
Not every playing problem is mouthpiece related, but whether your issues are conceptual, based on faulty technique, or even if the mouthpiece proves to be the culprit, we can help.
These consultations are available on a very limited basis. We offer sessions online (Skype, Facetime) or, many players choose to make the trek to our headquarters in Vermont. We certainly recommend the “in person” session for best results.
Online, the cost is $50.00 for a half hour. In person, we prefer to schedule hour long sessions at a cost of $150.00. This cost does not include any mouthpieces that may be recommended. Please be advised that we tend to go way past an hour if you come to the shop (at no additional charge). We work until you feel confident that you have the tools you need to make the changes you seek.
At each session, we analyze your unique playing characteristics. This includes any technical issues or physical aspects that could be limiting you. We offer strategies to help you tweak your playing or overcome major playing issues. Whether these involve being better prepared for your job, your next big audition, or just feeling more comfortable so you can enjoy your hobby more. We love helping players get more out of their personal musical journey.
WHAT YOU NEED
You don’t need to “prepare” anything. If you can play a 2-octave scale, you’re all set. If you can’t, all the more reason to contact us! Bring all your horns, as much music as you feel comfortable with and questions. We love questions.
WHAT TO DO
Click here to schedule your session.
How to connect online
You can use your mobile device (your phone or tablet) or your desktop computer. Just be sure we can get a good close up look at you and your embouchure.
Lighting and sound
Make sure you have adequate lighting on your face so Phyllis can clearly see your embouchure and setup. Avoid light at your back (like sitting with your back to a window). Make sure you’re in a quiet room free of any distraction or other sounds. Most modern phone or tablet microphones are adequate for hearing you play, but feel free to use more elaborate equipment if you’re so equipped.
mobile phone or tablet (iPhone, iPad, Android devices)
- adequate Internet connection speed, at least 5 Mbps download speed and 4 Mbps upload. Check your connection speeds at speedtest.net if you’re unsure.
What to expect
Once the online connection has been established to everyone’s satisfaction, Phyllis will ask you a few questions about your playing situation, the mouthpiece you’re currently using and the particular problems you’re experiencing. Next, you’ll be asked to play something simple like a two-octave scale to establish a baseline, the consultation proceeds from there. Make sure you’re warmed up and able to demonstrate the particular problem you’re experiencing.
Please fill in the form below and indicate the weekdays and times you’ll be available for a consultation. Phyllis will contact you with your appointment date and time, and once payment for the session is received (via the Stork shop site), your consultation will be confirmed.
If for any reason you must cancel or reschedule your consultation, at least 24 hours notice is required. Appointments may be rescheduled at our discretion if time permits
Teacher discount rate
Teachers wishing to have consultations for their students can get a discounted rate based on an annual subscription for their teaching studio. Please contact us for more information.