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Popular Opera Voice Teachers Near Decatur

Sindhu G.

Lilburn, GA
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Xavier J.

Smyrna, GA
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Kadina W.

Decatur, GA
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Sindhu G. Lilburn, GA

Subjects Taught

Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing, Songwriting

About Me

Sindhu, singer and pianist, received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Georgia State University where she studied with W. Dwight Coleman. She is familiar with many genres of music including classical, pop, christian contemporary, and music theater. Her stage credits include the roles of Cendrillon in Massenet’s Cendrillon, Mi in the Atlanta Lyric Theater production of The Land of Smiles, and Voice of the Fountain in the Lincoln Center Opera production of Ainadamar.

Sindhu is also at home in orchestral singing, having sung as a featured soloist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra on several occasions, including performances of West Side Story as well as the concert setting production and Deutsche Grammophon recording of Osvaldo Golijov’s Grammy Award winning Ainadamar, which she also sang at Carnegie Hall with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s.

In addition to singing, Sindhu is accomplished pianist, having performed as a music director and accompanist for many musicals including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Wiz, High School Musical, and the Secret Garden. She currently serves as the Children Choirs accompanist at Tucker United Methodist Church and plays regularly in the worship services at Gwinnett Community Church.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons take place once a week for either 30, 45, or 60 minutes.

For Piano: I use the Faber method books. Lessons usually begin with a concept out of the Lesson Book followed up by an assignment from the Theory Book. If time permits, we will play out of the Performance Book, another song book, or a song of the student's choice. I always try to end the lesson with a music game that emphasizes ear training, sight-reading, and theory.

For Voice: I teach breath focused singing using a variety of approaches, the main being Bel Canto Technique. I enjoy teaching many genres of voice including music theater, classical, pop, and jazz. I begin the lesson with exercises emphasizing breathing and technique. I then move to working through songs enhancing the student's artistry. If time allows, we work on sight-reading and ear training at the end of the lesson.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano and music stand. I also have recording equipment if the student needs to record themselves.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I do not provide any equipment besides books and materials. I expect the students to have a piano or keyboard accessible in the home.

*** Specialties ***
Classical and Contemporary Piano

Classical, Pop, and Music Theatre Voice

Xavier J. Smyrna, GA

Subjects Taught

Opera Voice, Singing

About Me

Xavier, a native of California, has been involved in music from a very early age. In church, Xavier was active as a soloist with the children’s and adult choirs. Beginning in high school, Xavier was very active in the music program of Pleasant Hill Adventist Academy. As a member of the concert band, he played the alto and tenor saxophones. He also sung in the concert choir and in the highly auditioned chamber singers. In seeking to broaden his musical interests, Xavier auditioned for and performed the role of Enjolras in Schoenberg’s Les Miserables in 2004, and the Beast in Menken’s Beauty and the Beast. Upon graduation, Xavier continued his musical training at Oakwood University where he majored in vocal performance and pedagogy. While at Oakwood, Xavier studied with Dr. Julie Moore Foster, sang and toured extensively with the world renowned Aeolians, and toured with gospel choir, Dynamic Praise. In the summer of 2010 Xavier auditioned for and was accepted to the Manhattan Summer Voice Institute at Manhattan School of Music in New York City. While at the program he studied with Maitland Peters and performed in a scene of Mozart’s Don Giovanni. In the summer of 2011 Xavier participated in the Harrower Summer Opera Workshop and sang the role of Maestro Spinelloccio in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and sung a scene from Bizet’s Carmen. While at GSU Xavier has sung the roles of King Melchior in Amahal & the Night Visitors and Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro. In the summer of 2012 Xavier returned to the Harrower Workshop and sang the role of the 2nd Priest in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. He recently returned from Beijing, China where he participated in a musical exchange program at Renmin University. In the fall of 2012 Xavier performed the role of John Brooke in Adamo’s Little Women. Currently Xavier is a 2nd year graduate student at Georgia State University in the studio of Kathryn Hartgrove.

As a teacher, I will help you or your child tap into their own voice. I will use a classical technique as a base, but this technique can be used for any genre of music. I live to use examples, while explaining to you exactly how your body is involved in your singing. Since I am still a performer, I am always learning how to improve my instrument, and I will share any new insight gained.

*** Lesson Details ***
During our first lesson we will discuss your goals so that each lesson can be centered around them. I will always give you vocal exercises that you can use to practice the skills we've worked on during hte lesson. I encourage you to recored all lessons so that you have a record of what took took place. After every lesson you will receive homework so that you can continue working, and so that you will not forget what we have discussed. After three months of lessons, you will understand your voice, how its works, what we are doing to improve it, and you'll have increased your singing repetoire.

*** Studio Equipment ***
If the lesson is an in-studio lesson, we will use a keyboard or upright piano.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a keyboard. My students will provide all of their own textbooks/music books.

*** Specialties ***
I am classically trained, and therefore I specialize in classical/opera voice training.

Kadina W. Decatur, GA

Subjects Taught

Broadway Singing, Choir, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Stage Performance, Vocal Training, Voice Acting

About Me

Born to sing, is something I take to heart. I believe that any one can learn to sing. Most people desire to be a singer and I am here to show you how. I believe that with the proper training and consistent practice to perfect your craft, you can do it! Most people can sing, they just have not been taught how to properly do it. My motto is "Singing should be as easy as talking". Each student is individually assessed and I design a program that it catered to you, and only you. Each student will work at their own pace. I also provide the opportunity to perform in my seasonal showcases.

I have a passion for music, I have a passion for seeing people progress, so teaching voice is something that comes natural for me. I have over 8 years of teaching voice of all types. I have taught mostly in individual and group settings. I have taught classical, jazz, r&b/pop and studio voice. I can ensure that you will have a grand experience.

*** Lesson Details ***
Expect a great experience! When learning to sing you want to make sure the experience was worth while. Singing is fun, relaxing, and can bring out a different confidence within. I aspire to teach you in a manner that caters to each student. In order to progress, you must practice your craft, so yes expect homework. When you return for your next lesson, the time you spent practicing on your own time will reveal itself.

After 3 to 6 months, you would have learned techniques and routines that will continue to enhance your health, your confidence and most importantly your voice.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Studio Office: keyboard, keyboard stand, music stand, and laptop video recorder and seating for parents. Recording equipment.

*** Travel Equipment ***
keyboard, keyboard stand, music stand, and tape recorder.

*** Specialties ***
classical voice, jazz voice, musical theatre voice, r&b/pop voice and vocal recording.Beginners Piano.

Letha H.

Atlanta, GA
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Thomas T.

Atlanta, GA
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Mary Frances K.

Norcross, GA
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Letha H. Atlanta, GA

Subjects Taught

Acting, Broadway Singing, Clarinet, Flute, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Oboe, Opera Voice, Piano, Saxophone, Singing

About Me

With a performance degree from the University of Georgia, teaching certification from Georgia State and over 25 years of professional teaching experience, I am able to offer my students a diverse range of instructional resources.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons include a warmup, music theory work, vocal or instrumental technique and then a vast selection of song repertoire to support new ideas in both technique and theory. Students are directed to watch or listen to examples of master performances in their field of studies. Clear weekly goals are made between lessons and I am always encouraging! Whatever life throws at you during the week doesn't have to stop your studies cold- we will come up with a plan that fits your lifestyle.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a small Protools setup with microphones and a Kurzwell keyboard. I like to be able to go online for some resources.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I regularly use the internet in lessons as well as standard published educational texts.

*** Specialties ***
I have been told that I am especially good at helping people make the jump from playing by rote to reading from the page. In vocal instruction, I am familiar with three schools of technique: the psycho-imagery school, the "anatomical" school, and the Italian "open throat" approach. My background in acting also contributes basic vocal projection techniques to vocal training. I am comfortable with all genres of music, including pop, rock, soul, R&B, gospel, jazz and opera. In instrumental studies, I am a woodwind doubler, reading fluently and transposing on-the-spot . As a jazz and gospel artist I improvise primarily on the flute and saxophone. My piano skills are equivalent to a second-year college piano major. I can improvise accompaniments as well as read piano scores. In addition to being a certified teacher in Georgia, I attained national certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in 2004.

Thomas T. Atlanta, GA

Subjects Taught

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

About Me

Would you like to maximize the potential for your child or for yourself to develop as a vocalist and as an artist? Why not learn from a seasoned professional? I am a professional singer, having performed over the past 20 years with opera companies, orchestras, and theater companies across the United States and in Europe. I love music and I love performing. What I also l love, in fact am passionate about, is helping others to find the richness that comes from learning about music and about performing. I love seeing that sparkle in the eye when one of my students masters that tough song. I love celebrating with a student when he or she gets that vocal scholarship to college, or makes All-State Chorus, or gives a brilliant recital!
I hold a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from the University of Georgia, and have also spent two summers studying at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. In addition I spent two years apprenticing with Florida Grand Opera in Miami and one season apprenticing with Glimmerglass Opera in Cooperstown, NY.
I have sung leading roles with numerous opera companies across the country, including New York City Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Washington National Opera, Atlanta Opera, New York Opera Project, Minnesota Opera, Arizona Opera, Hawaii Opera Theater, and Opera Theater of Saint Louis, among many others. I have performed as soloist with orchestras in Atlanta, New York, Birmingham, Anchorage, Flagstaff, upstate New York, and in Paris, France; Chartres, France; Graz, Austria; and Maribor, Slovenia. I've also begun to branch out into musical theater in cities like Atlanta, Toledo, and Shreveport.
I'm certainly not only interested in opera and classical music. I love jazz and rock and pop and Broadway. One thing I've learned from singing everywhere from on stage at Lincoln Center to the neighborhood karaoke venue is that regardless of the genre, the basic technique is the same! I have students who would love to perform on the world's stages. Some, however, would prefer to make their way on Broadway. Some want to sharpen their talents to become the next "American Idol". The great thing about singing at a very high level is that regardless of the type of music, the basics are the same. I can help you or your child develop to the greatest potential. And with a solid technique, you will be able to perform even when you may not be at your best!

*** Lesson Details ***
Each of your lessons with me is tailored to what your goals are. We'll work on proper breathing, good tone production, and confident performance technique. I use several effective vocal exercises to develop these techniques, and I will help to guide you in making good choices in repertoire that you wish to work on.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons are in the living room, one wall is all mirrors, piano

*** Specialties ***
The thing about singing well regardless of genre -- classical, jazz, Broadway, pop, country -- is that it is all based on the one thing, and that one thing is a solid technique. Having a 20-year career as a performing classical singer, my knowledge of classical music is more extensive than, say, my knowledge of country. However, since the basic technique for all genres is centered on good breath control and support, I can help you or your child regardless of the type of music that is desired to be studied.

Mary Frances K. Norcross, GA

Subjects Taught

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

About Me

Biography - Mary Frances K. has been teaching voice since 1991. She works with youth and adults, beginner and advanced. She helps voice students develop a healthy, beautiful sound, proper placement and projection of the voice for singing and speaking. Her goal is to help singers gain fulfillment and joy while improving their art.

Voice students of hers have won university voice scholarships and have been accepted into Allstate Chorus for High School in Georgia and other voice programs at the college level. She has taught in her home, and for Music Life Studio.

She also teaches piano. She has taught piano for about 8 years. She studied piano privately for 10 years and had further study at Indiana University. She accompanies herself in her own vocal study and rehearsals for synagogue choir practice. She believes music should be fun and rewarding.

Students wishing to have any combination of piano, music theory and/or vocal development can receive a program of study that meets their individual needs.

Mary Frances has performed with the Southeastern Savoyards Light Opera Company, the Atlanta Opera Chorus and Studio, the Atlanta Symphony Chorus, Marietta Theater in the Square, and Neighborhood Playhouse. She has sung title roles in Patience, Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel and Gretel. Other roles include Josephine in HMS Pinafore, the Princess in The Student Prince, and Connie in The 1940’s Radio Hour.

She has performed many roles with Capitol City Opera Company (CCOC) including Annina in The Saint of Bleecker Street, Bastienne in Mozart's Bastien and Bastienne, Nora in Vaughan Williams’ Rider’s to the Sea, and Gilda in Milton Granger’s Talk Opera. She sang for many years in CCOC’s school outreach program. She has sung many concerts for CCOC as well.

Mary Frances was a soloist in Handel’s Messiah for Peachtree Presbyterian Church. She has worked as the soloist at The First Church of Christ Scientist in Roswell, Georgia and continues as a soloist at The Second Church of Christ Scientist in Sandy Springs, Georgia. She has occasionally directed the choir at Congregation Dor Tamid in Alpharetta, Georgia.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University School of Music in both Voice and Theater. Mary Frances continues her education as a long time student of Elizabeth Colson of Atlanta, Georgia. She has attended Brevard Music Center, The Georgia State Opera Workshop and the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. While in Graz, Mary Frances was a finalist in the Meistersinger competition.

*** Lesson Details ***
Teaching Style and Curriculum - My teaching style is relaxed yet progressive. I use positive reinforcement to encourage
progress with adults and children. Students
are allowed to progress at their own pace which varies with age, coordination,
processing speed and previous exposure to musical education.
I prefer the Alfred’s Basic Piano Library series for my
piano students. I find that my students
learn more music theory and music reading with this series. If the student has started lessons in a
different series, I can work with that as well. I have a large music library
that provides a wide selection of music in addition to the Alfred books. I
expect most beginning students to learn basic music reading and theory in 3 to
6 months. They should also to be able to play simple tunes in that time.
I am an active professional singer, so I have a large
library of vocal material at my disposal.
I begin my voice lessons with breathing techniques and vocal placement
using widely accepted exercises coming from a large body of sources such as:
Vaccai, professional level vocal teachers, coaches and directors that I have
worked with and learned from over the last 30 years, and the writings of highly
acclaimed authors in the vocal field. I also have a wide selection of art song
books, oratorio, musical theatre, and opera. My background is classical and musical theatre,
but I believe all styles of singing need the basic skills of breathing and vocal
placement. I strive to keep voices
healthy as well as find each student’s most beautiful sound. Most students will
see progress in breath control, range, projection and diction in 3 to 6 months.
Repertoire is chosen on an individual basis depending both physical and musical
ability. Younger students and beginners will be encouraged to not push their
voices with material that is too difficult for their individual abilities
because singing requires a certain amount of physical endurance. My goal is to
find each student’s natural sound without strain for whatever style he or she

*** Studio Equipment ***
PianoComputer with Internet AccessLibrary of Music and Reference Materials (Sample Listing):Alfred's Basic Piano Library Books Twenty-Four Italian Songs and Arias, Medium High and Medium Low Voice; SchirmerSing at First Sight; AlfredBasics of Singing by Jan Schmidt; SchirmerMany Soprano Collections of Arias, Oratorio, Sacred, and Art Songs from SchirmerSeveral Broadway Music Collections from Hal LeonardDiscover Your Voice by Oren BrownTraining the Speaking Voice by Virgil AndersonInternational Phonetic Alphabet for Singers by WallDynamics of the Singing Voice by Meribeth BunchClassical Singer Magazine SubscriptionJournal of Singing, The Official Journal of the National Association of Teachers of Singing,Inc.Subscription

*** Specialties ***
I am classically trained bel canto voice teacher, but I can work with broadway and pop styles. I use the Alfred Basic Piano Series for Piano students

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