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Popular Online Opera Voice Teachers

Milton J.

Corona, CA
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Adam R.

Watchung, NJ
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Nicole G.

New York, NY
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Milton J. Corona, CA

Subjects Taught

Acting, Broadway Singing, Classical Guitar, Film Acting, Guitar, Improv Acting, Method Acting, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Shakespearean Acting, Singing, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Theater Acting

About Me

Music is the means to create a portal into our souls, so that we may see each other for who and what we are, not merely as what we do. I want to help foster those young, middle-aged, and not-as-young how to tap into their own soul portals through music so that they may find others' as well. I believe that in order to entertain others with your voice or your instrument playing, one must first be able to entertain oneself - all the while having fun doing it! As a recent graduate of the University of California, Davis with a double major in Music History & Ethnomusicology and African-American & African Studies; a former co-host of the popular hip-hop radio show ATF Radio: All Things Fresh on KDVS 90.3 FM; a former Music Director of The Afterglow of UC Davis; and a current Vocal Music Performance graduate student at the University of Redlands, I have come in contact and learned from a vast amount of different musicians and professionals. A classically-trained bass-baritone with roots in R&B, Soul, Rock, Pop, and Jazz, I have aspirations to help each and every student realize their full musical potential.

*** Lesson Details ***
My teaching style is very friendly, inviting, and audience-driven. In the beginning, I strive to refer to my presence in the lessons as a fly-on-the-wall, so to speak, in order for my students to get out of their own way and sing as if no one's watching. From there, I apply the audience aspect - singing not only for enjoyment, but for entertainment for yourself and for others as well. If one is able to build that frame of mind in their lessons, their actual performances will not be too far from what they've already dealt with before.

I provide teaching and repertoire books, as well as instrumentation for myself (i.e. guitar, misc. tools for specific lessons). I expect my students to provide a piano (or keyboard equivalent), pitch pipe, and instrument if applicable (i.e. guitar), and, of course, themselves!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Vocal Room with Piano; Keyboard, Classical Guitar, Electric Guitar with Amp (for in-home lessons)

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide teaching and repertoire books, as well as instrumentation for myself (i.e. guitar, misc. tools for specific lessons). I expect students to provide a piano (or keyboard equivalent), pitch pipe, and instrument if applicable (i.e. guitar).

*** Specialties ***
I utilize the Kodaly method for vocal performance, starting at the basic level of tonal scales (major, minor, harmonic, melodic, etc.) and Solfege application to serve as a foundational base; rhythm syllables such as "ta" and "doo". Additionally, foundational breath control is applied, as it is very important for the singer to learn how to control their breath and support their sound. From there, repertoire mimicry is applied, or what I call "phrase building," as it is important for any singer to be able to effectively create vocal phrases.

I utilize guitar repertory books such as Mel Bay's Children's Guitar Chord Book and Modern Classical Guitar Method books for guitar pedagogy. These allow the student to learn chords, picking and fingering techniques in a academic lesson while also learning performance techniques with an one-on-one instructor.

For piano, I use the publication A New Approach to Keyboard Harmony to learn chord progressions, sequences, modulations, realization of both figured and un-figured basses, improvisation, and score reading. Learning these techniques will help transition students seamlessly to various styles and genres that incorporate the piano, helping you learn and love the piano without frustrating stoppages that often lead us away from lesson continuity.

I specialize in Classical, R&B, Soul, Pop, Rock, Jazz and Opera styles.

Adam R. Watchung, NJ

Subjects Taught

Acting, Basic Math, Broadway Singing, Child Acting, Choir, Ear Training, Elementary Math, Film Acting, Film and TV Acting, Jazz Voice, Meisner Technique, Musical Theater, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Phonics, Piano, Reading, Singing, Speaking Voice, Stage Performance, Theater Acting, Trumpet, Vocal Training, Voice Acting

About Me

Adam runs successful singing, piano & acting studios in New York City & Watchung, New Jersey with clients on Broadway, MTV, & in the film/TV industry. He has also appeared on TV as a singing/confidence coach on TLC’s Date Patrol. He has directed 50 of the over 75 productions he has produced Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway. Adam's theatrical investment properties include the 2011 Olivier Award winning musical, Legally Blonde: The Musical (Broadway, West End), Godspell (Broadway), Ghost the Musical (Broadway), Blithe Spirit (West End), The Wedding Singer: The Musical (Broadway), Macbeth (Broadway) with Alan Cumming, How the Grinch Stole Christmas: The Musical (Broadway), Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life (Broadway), NEWSICAL - The Musical (Off-Broadway & National Tour), and 27 Heaven (Off Broadway & National Tour).

*** Lesson Details ***
30 minute lesson - Typically do 10 to 12 minutes of warmup and the rest of the time is devoted to practical application of technique to your songs, as well as, performance aspects. I also offer hour lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I use my Macbook Pro to record lessons and distribute them to students via a free Dropbox account.

*** Specialties ***
Types of Tecniques Offered
Belt (Hard Mix)
Legit (Classical)

Types of Style
Musical Theater
Heavy Metal

Types of Instruction Available
Individual Private Study
Group Study

Nicole G. New York, NY

Subjects Taught

Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Singing, Speaking Voice

About Me

Welcome! Thank you for visiting my page! I'm Nicole, a professional opera singer and voice teacher born in New York City. I've very recently returned to the area from Seattle, WA, and I am so excited to reach out to new and continuing students in NYC!!

I grew up in Hillsborough, New Jersey, and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from the Ithaca College School of Music in upstate NY. I completed a professional certificate program, the Artist Diploma in Early Music (Baroque Opera and Chamber Music) at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA.

I am an active performer AND a dedicated teacher, and LOVE to share my passions and knowledge with my students! I have years of individual one-on-one voice teaching experience with students of all ages and abilities. My students have been nominated for NJ Paper Mill Playhouse's Rising Star Awards, have been accepted to pre-college musical theater programs on full scholarship, have earned multiple leading roles in high school musicals and plays, have performed major choral works at Carnegie Hall, have sung in church choirs and for weddings, and have released their own pop/rock album. I look forward to meeting and working with you! ~Nicole

Below contains some recent performance credits of mine:

-The role of Hebé in Rameau's "Les Indes Galantes" for Amherst Early Music Festival's Baroque Opera Project, conducted by Kevin Mallon and directed by Drew Minter (2014)

-The role of Night in Purcell's "The Fairy Queen" for Amherst Early Music Festival's Baroque Opera Project, conducted by Gary Wedow and directed by Drew Minter (2013)

-Solo recital of baroque repertoire for soprano, baroque trumpet, lute/baroque guitar, and harpsichord with renowned Seattle-based musicians Kris Kwapis, Stephen Stubbs, and Byron Schenkman (2013)

-Recital with other colleagues sponsored by the Early Music Guild in Seattle (2013)

-The role of Venus in John Blow's "Venus and Adonis" with Cornish Opera Theater (2012)

During the 2011-2012 seasons:
-Appearance in Operamission's North American premier of Handel's "Almira"

-Performances with the New York Continuo Collective in a concert of Monteverdi opera scenes

-The role of Clarice in Caldara's "Il Giuoco del Quadriglio" through the Amherst Early Music Festival

-The role of Fortuna in "L'incoronazione di Poppea" through Pacific MusicWorks' Accademia d'™Amore

-Performance in the Young Artist's concert program held by Bucks County, PA period-instrument ensemble, La Fiocco

-Performances as a soloist and chamber musician with The Opera Project of Lambertville, NJ

-Premiere of composer Richard Tocce's new song cycle for soprano, cello, and piano, "Love Elegies of Sulpicia"

I have been a soprano soloist/cantor/section leader/soprano substitute with two churches in Seattle and with three churches in New Jersey, and have worked as a Children's Party Entertainer performing as Cinderella, Belle, Alice, and other characters! I actively perform gigs of all kinds in a variety of environments.

I have performed across the US, in Italy, and Germany, and have appeared in master classes led by Julianne Baird, Nancy Zylstra, Neil Semer, Ann Baltz, Patrice Pastore, Paul Sperry and Sharon Sweet.

In the realm of Musical Theatre, I have performed as Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof, a Hot Box Girl in Guys & Dolls, and in productions of Bye Bye Birdie, Grease, and Little Shop of Horrors.

I received additional training through the nationally recognized OperaWorks program, Crittenden Opera Studio, and Actor's Workshop of Ithaca, among others.

I am a full member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), and as a Baroque specialist, I am member of Early Music America (EMA), and as a published lyricist, I am a member of ASCAP (the American Society for Composers, Authors, and Publishers)

*** Lesson Details ***
Through our work together in lessons, you will:

-Explore, re-awaken and nourish your creativity in music

-Develop a solid foundation in vocal technique through effective tools and exercises (addressing breath, posture, alignment, an open throat, phonation, resonance, articulation...)

-Address your personal practice/performance goals

-Focus on self-awareness (body, aural, and emotional awareness), musicianship, interpretation, performance, and musicality

-Learn a variety of repertoire, according to your needs and development

-Cultivate your artistry for application in practice, audition, and performance settings

-Experience JOY in singing, and HAVE FUN! :)

Regardless of age or skill level, I approach students with respect and professionalism within a safe and supportive environment, fostering enlightenment and creativity.

Typically, our lessons will begin with a brief conversation on how you are doing, and what you would like to accomplish in the lesson. We will spend the first part of the lesson warming up with a few specific exercises tailored to you and your voice. Then we will move to repertoire - a song or two that you love to sing, wish to learn, or want to prepare for an audition, competition, performance, or simply because you want to make music!

My lessons with you are personalized and unique. I am here to support you and help your voice grow, and I am also here to challenge you to achieve your best. Our lessons are about singing what you love to sing. Over time, I give repertoire suggestions. Need to find out what it is that truly speaks to you? I'd love to help!

After three or six months with me, you will have learned HOW to:

-become mentally and physically 'present'
-stand and align your body properly to promote beautiful singing
-open your throat
-achieve a low, consistent breath
-feel deeply connected to your body
-sing "on the air" or "on the breath"
-sing a beautiful, connected legato line
-have clear, effective speech for speaking and singing
-learn a piece of music
-prepare for an audition or performance
-walk into a room and present yourself for an audition or performance

You will also have learned how to:

-read music if you do not know already
-strengthen your musicianship
-understand/interpret, personally connect to, and deliver the text of your songs

We will take things at Your Own Pace through a personalized, holistic approach that will help you sing easily and beautifully. I can't wait for you to join me!!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home studio: living room, Yamaha keyboard 88 keys, open space, full length mirror, couch, chairs for additional seating, limited street parking.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide a piano, music stand, full length mirror, couch/chairs, metronome, music library. If traveling to their home, I expect my students to provide a piano or keyboard, music stand if possible, and a mirror (full length if possible.)

*** Specialties ***
I emphasize a variety of holistic methods that serve the student in multiple ways: physical, emotional, aural awareness; posture and alignment; low-centered/connected breathing mechanism, breath compression; open throat, released tongue/jaw; legato line, phrasing; articulation, diction, style, artistry; the process of learning a piece of music. Genres: Classical, Musical Theatre, Pop. I enjoy helping students to prepare for auditions and performances, as well as explore the art of singing and encourage the joy of singing.

About Opera Voice

In order to learn how to sing opera, a great love and commitment to the art form is required. Many opera students confess that after ten years of study, they are only just beginning to feel they have a handle on this challenging yet unique form of vocal art.

If you remain determined after hearing this, you can be well on your way to a successful music career. To really enhance your skills, however, you’ll want to sign up for private opera voice lessons to learn how to sing opera with a trained professional.

TakeLessons can help you find the perfect instructor for your individual needs and goals. These qualified teachers know what it takes to succeed in the industry, specifically for a niche like opera. All of our instructors complete a yearly background check and extensive ...

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