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Popular Singing Teachers Near Gwynedd

Elizabeth H.

Conshohocken, PA
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Barbara N.

Brookhaven, PA
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Jeffrey W.

Haddon Heights, NJ
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Elizabeth H. Conshohocken, PA

Subjects Taught

Broadway Singing, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing, Speaking Voice

About Me

Elizabeth has been praised for her clear ringing soprano voice, excellent comic timing, and warm and enlightening performances (The News Journal of Wilmington, DE). She is a versatile singer and actively performs in musical theatre, operetta, and opera. She is also an established and respected voice and piano teacher.

Elizabeth's most recent appearances include featured performances with New Voices Cabaret at the Society Hill Playhouse in Center City, the role of Woman 2 in My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra with Mainstage Center for the Arts in Blackwood, NJ, and the role of Peaches/ Baby Jane in Jerry Springer: The Opera with Bootless Stageworks in Wilmington. She has performed numerous leading roles with Philadelphia area Gilbert and Sullivan companies, most notably appearing as Angelina in Trial by Jury with The Savoy Company, winning “Best American Production” at the 2011 International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival. Her G &S performance credits include the roles of Patience (Patience), Yum-Yum (The Mikado), Rose Maybud (Ruddigore), Phyllis (Iolanthe), and Fiammetta (Gondoliers). Additionally, she has pioneered roles in new operas, including Gwendolyn in The Crowded House at the 2010 Philly Fringe Festival and Zelda in Black Horses with OperaDelaware at the 2009 Wilmington Fringe Festival. She “tackled the challenging score with gusto, her beautiful soprano and excellent diction winning in even the highest vocal points” (The Community News of Wilmington, DE).

Elizabeth holds an M.M. in vocal performance from West Virginia University, where she was featured in numerous WVU Opera Theatre productions and was the soprano soloist with WVU Choirs in Faure's Requiem and Handel's Lord Nelson Mass. While at WVU, Elizabeth resumed taking lessons at the piano, which she had previously studied for many years, and exceeded the piano proficiency level required by the university. She also holds a B.A. in music and international studies from Emory University. Elizabeth has studied and performed internationally, both at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, where she was the recipient of the Lemmonds Scholarship, and at the Bel Canto program in conjunction with L’Arena di Verona opera company in Verona, Italy.

As a graduate assistant at WVU, Elizabeth taught voice lessons to music education and performance majors as well as a course on vocal pedagogy. After graduating, she served as adjunct faculty, in which capacity she taught vocal repertoire and opera theater. She has maintained a private studio since 2005, in which she instructs students in voice and piano.

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I am a fun, enthusiastic teacher who cares deeply about her students and their growth as musicians and people. I believe teaching works best when students are relaxed, having fun, and are actively engaged in the learning process. Musical skills depend upon muscles, so it is important that you practice what we work on during lessons at home if you wish to see real progress. I will work hard along with you and ask for your input during lessons – we are partners in the learning process.

My specialty is the voice. I teach classical vocal technique with an emphasis on the body-mind connection. Through the course of my training, I have studied the Alexander Technique, which is a method that has been used by actors, musicians, and athletes to find optimal body-mind coordination to achieve better results. The voice is the only instrument that is literally your body, so we will be using these tools to improve posture, breathing, and resonance. By learning a healthy vocal technique, you can expect improved tone quality, an expanded vocal and dynamic range, greater resonance, increased agility, improved diction, and more. Healthy vocal technique can be applied to any genre, but I work mostly with classical and musical theater repertoire as this is my area of expertise.

I am also an established piano teacher and have had much success teaching beginning and intermediate students from ages 4 to 91 in various styles of music. I believe it is important for students to learn how to read and interpret written music as well as understand the structure behind it, so in addition to learning musical basics, I incorporate music theory into lessons. I encourage my piano students to learn how to read lead sheets and create chord accompaniments as well, which opens the door for comfortably playing in all sorts of styles sooner than would be possible by classical approaches alone. I also work on improvisation and songwriting with my piano students.

Whichever you choose to study (voice, piano, or both), I tailor lessons to suit each student's needs. I would like to enable you to meet your musical goals, whatever they may be.

*** Studio Equipment ***
An upright piano, a designated music room, vocal and piano music materials, metronome, full length mirror, ability to record lessons in my studio

*** Specialties ***
*Teachers classified as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25
lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.I specialize in classical and musical theater repertoire. I also have training in Alexander Technique.

Barbara N. Brookhaven, PA

Subjects Taught

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

About Me

I have been singing for as long as I can remember. It is my very favorite activity. I have transformed my love of singing into a career.

I have been teaching music lessons for over 25 years. When you study with me you will have the advantage of that experience. I have extensive experience teaching students of all ages. Throughout my teaching career I have taught students with varied backgrounds and diverse needs. If you are a person who was told not to sing by your music teacher, don't give up! I have taught many children and adults to match pitches and improve their singing voices.

I earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Moravian College and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Temple University. While at Temple, I studied standard vocal repertoire and Early Music. I have also completed graduate courses in Early Childhood and Elementary Education at West Chester University.

I served on the faculty of Suburban Music School for 17 years where I taught voice, piano and recorder lessons. I also directed the Children’s Choir and the Women’s Choir. I was formerly on the faculty of Delaware County Community College where I taught courses in the Music Department; and of Temple Music Prep where I instituted, developed and maintained a vocal program at Temple University’s Ambler Campus.

In addition to teaching I was employed for eleven years as a chorister at Christ Church Christiana Hundred in Greenville, DE where I have had the opportunity to sing for such notable conductors as John Rutter, Sir David Wilcox, Sir Philip Ledger, Stephen Cleobury, and James O’Donnell. Previous choral work has included singing for Dr. Ifor Jones and for Michael Korn. I perform in solo and chamber music recitals throughout the Philadelphia area and in Cape May, NJ and with a Celtic group called Celtic Women and Friends.

*** Lesson Details ***
Voice Lessons

When you study voice with me, you will start with the basics - posture, breathing and tone production. If you have studied before, we will review these areas and brush up on anything that needs work. The next step is to learn some vocal exercises to warm up and develop your voice. When the exercises are going well, we will begin to work on songs. You will need to learn some classical songs because they help to develop your voice, but we will also work on the kind of music you like best. In addition to songs, we will work on solfege (do, re, mi, etc.) which helps to train your ear and to improve your sightreading ability. If you don't know how to read music I will teach you that. If you read music but have some gaps in your knowledge, we will fill those in.

I teach what is called bel canto (beautiful singing). It is a healthy vocal technique that will help you avoid vocal problems. When you learn to sing with this technique, you can sing any style of music you want. After a few months of study, you should be able to tell that your voice is growing stronger, that you have better breath control, and that your range is increasing.

Although I have high expectations of my students, I am relaxed and friendly. If you love to laugh, we will enjoy that together!

Piano Lessons

When you study piano with me you will enjoy playing a variety of songs from your lesson book. As you advance, we may add a repertoire book which increases the number and variety of songs you play. There are many excellent piano methods. I use different methods for different students, depending on their needs.

Lessons will include posture and proper hand position, warm-ups, songs and music theory. Music theory is the study of notation and how music is put together. You will have a workbook with exercises for this study. If there is a particular style of music you would like to play, we will look for music at your level to add to your lesson. After a few months of study, you should know how to read basic notation and be able to play a number of songs. You will also have increased your knowledge of musical notation and harmony.

I expect my students to practice in preparation for their lesson every week. I am relaxed and friendly, so that should help to put you at your ease.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, music stand, stereo equip, seating for parents

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching the bel canto style singing. With this technique, a person can sing any style of music she or he chooses.

Jeffrey W. Haddon Heights, NJ

Subjects Taught

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

About Me

My background is as a classically trained singer and voice teacher. I have studied with numerous leading voice teachers and singers in the United States. I have a Bachelor's and Master's degree from Florida State University in Voice Performance and my Doctorate in Musical Arts in Vocal Pedagogy from The University of Miami. My education has provided me a great understanding of how the voice functions correctly and how to relate this to any level of student, from completely inexperienced singers to advanced singers. My teaching style focuses on making sure that the different parts of the voice are working correctly then focusing on the coordination of the entire system working together. Whether you are preparing for an important singing engagement or just trying to improve your skills, I would love to help you achieve your goals.

*** Lesson Details ***
Every voice lesson will consist of equal time instruction through vocal exercises and instruction through song. I have a very laid-back and fun approach to singing and teaching. I feel that the studio should be an enjoyable place and the voice lesson should be a time of the week to which the student looks forward. During the first lesson the student and I will set achievable goals in achievable time spans specific to the level and skill of the singer. I will give the student all the tools to achieve their goals, including weekly skill and muscle training exercises tailored to the student's needs.

*** Studio Equipment ***
In home studio, Baby Grand Piano, Guitar, Microphone and amplifier, seating for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
They need a piano or keyboard

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical voice, using the pricipals of natural acoustics and comfortability in vocal production. Creating a resonance that is natural, beautiful, and individual to each singer.

Sandra H.

Philadelphia, PA
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Claire B.

Philadelphia, PA
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Rosalind H.

Coatesville, PA
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Sandra H. Philadelphia, PA

Subjects Taught

Acting, Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Singing, Theater Acting

About Me

Sandra began her training at the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia. She is a two time recipient of the Mario Lanza Award, and holds a B.M. degree in opera from the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts. She studied acting at both the Wilma and Walnut Theaters in Philadelphia. In New York, she studied Shakespeare at the HB Studios, and received on-camera training at the Weisst- Barron Commercial School. Sandra is a member of Actor's Equity.

Sandra was engaged for seven years at Theater des Westens in Berlin, Germany, where she performed extensively in Musicals and Operetta. She also toured throughout Germany with the ensemble "Operetten Express". In the U.S., Sandra has toured nationally with "Man of La Mancha" and "Carousel", and has performed leading roles in many regional theaters. She also performed in the Off-Broadway Musical "Mamaleh". Sandra has performed in over fifty productions of Musicals, Operetta, and Opera. Some of her favorite roles include: Aldonza (Man of La Mancha), Desiree (A Little Night Music), Marguerite (The Scarlet Pimpernel), Antonia (The Tales of Hoffmann), and Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi).

As a director, Sandra has staged operas for Center City Opera Theater, the Delaware Valley Opera Company, Boheme Opera New Jersey, and the New York Metro Vocal Arts Ensemble. She is currently singing concerts with the vocal group "Touch of Classics", and can be seen in commercials for Time Warner, Cuisinart, The Skooter Store, and Aspercreme.

*** Lesson Details ***
Our lessons will be relaxed and informal. My goal is to make you the best you can be. We will work on giving you a solid vocal technique so that you can approach any style of music with a good foundation. We will also work on learning to read music, and most importantly work on songs that will bring out the actor in you.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Small studio, keyboard, seating provided (couch), street parking

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in musical theater, classical, and opera. I can also teach german and italian diction. My acting experience is mainly in musical theater.

Claire B. Philadelphia, PA

Subjects Taught

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

About Me

Chosen as Teacher of the Week February 27th, 2012! Profiled on Takelessons.com Facebook page, and chosen from all the teachers of Takelessons across the country.

I love teaching, and I have learned so much from my students.
I have students of all kinds and ages, and teaching at home has brought so much richness to my life. I finished my Masters' degree in Voice Performance and Pedagogy- the study of teaching- from Westminster Choir College in Princeton. I've been teaching in Philadelphia for more than 7 years, at the University of the Arts and West Chester University.

We work together to make lessons fun, productive, and make practicing easy. I make lots of practice recordings, warmup mp3's, music theory exercises and karaoke tracks, and I take notes during the lesson that I email to you. I am open to all styles of music and am currently teaching pop, R&B, rock, classical and folk styles.

Students and Experience

Since October 2011, I've been working through TakeLessons, and have broadened my teaching skills through the wider variety of students I've encountered: adults and children, gospel singers, singers under contract with managers, yoga teachers, clergy, young men with changing voices.

Languages

I have also taught many bilingual students, including English as Second Language and more recent immigrants. So far I've taught speakers of: Albanian, Creole, Greek, Khmer, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish and Tagalog speakers. Because of my classical background, I've sung in French, German, Russian, Italian, Latin and Spanish, and so I understand how singing in different languages changes your sound, and what to do to make you sound more authentic.

My Music

Currently, I am working on a career as an opera singer. I am studying privately every week with Randall Scarlata and work with pianists in the area on a routine basis. I may have a Masters degree, but it is common to study privately as your voice matures. So I'm still a student too. I took private acting lessons that helped me sing my music with emotional honesty, and helped me look good on stage.

My Musical Life

2014

Auditions and more auditions! The singer's life is sometimes as much singing auditions as performing or rehearsing.

Working on putting a recital together of Viennese music for the spring!

2013

This fall I am working on my German language skills, making promotional recordings, and all those auditions.

I picked up teaching at West Chester University to fill in for another teacher on leave, and have loved teaching the theatre students.

I spent the summer in San Francisco and had a great time singing fully staged operas of Mozart, Offenbach and Tchaikovsky!

I have been singing at the First Presbyterian Church on 21st and Walnut here in Philly and also at Keneseth Israel Reform Temple in Elkins Park since the autumn of 2012. Being a professional choir member is a big part of a classical singer's work as they gain stage experience and grow into a full solo voice.

2012

I sang (and blogged for TakeLessons) from the Alpenkammermusik program in Liesing, Austria. This is a chamber music and art song (solo song with piano) training and performance session for 12 days. I worked with with my teacher, Randall Scarlata, as well as Sam Armstrong, a pianist and coach from London. My major piece is a work by Maurice Ravel with Cello, Piano and Flute, as well as some voice trios with piano by Bernstein, and duets by Mendelssohn and Schumann. Busy, busy. I was the cover role (understudy) of the Sandman in Hansel and Gretel at Delaware Valley Opera here in Philadelphia. The production is in English, not German, so kids can enjoy more easily. I sang as a chorus member for Amahl and the Night Visitors back in December and in their Broadway Review showcase in March, so they've been wonderful to me this year.

In February I sang the role of Mrs. Nolan in Gian Carlo Menotti's "The Medium" an American opera that will play in Princeton, NJ from February 17th-25th.

2011

That summer I had two exciting professional engagements: I sang in the chorus of The Rake's Progress (Stravinsky) for the Princeton Festival and sang the role of Madame Larina in Eugene Onegin for Delaware Valley Opera Company in Narrowburg, NY. To have a full role with a professional company before my degree came in the mail is pretty wonderful, and makes me feel good about this challenging career choice.

I received my Masters' degree in May 2011.
While in school from 2009-2011, I sang with orchestra the mezzo-soprano roles in scenes from La Cenerentola, Rigoletto, and Carmen, and did a role study of Dorabella in Mozart's "Cosi fan tutte."

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are student focused. I ask a lot of questions "How does that feel? Did you feel a difference that time? What's one word that helps you focus on breathing?" You shouldn't feel like you are teaching yourself, but that I am working to make you an observant singer who can work well outside of lessons.

I don't expect you to read music right away, so I do recordings of your warmups and send them by email in an mp3. I do encourage my students to learn to read and play a little piano, and I have materials to help you that I supply free of charge.

I teach whatever style of music the students want to focus on, even though I'm primarily a classical musician.
Let me explain:

A large part of my education was learning how to apply basic principles of singing- breath control, vowel shape, clear pronunciation- to a wide variety of musical styles. The goal is not to sound like an opera singer singing jazz- but to sound like a jazz singer, or a pop singer, or an R&B singer singing WELL in the chosen style. I listen to a wide variety of music and have learned what about the singer makes them sound good or right vocally- belting? a floated high note a la Patti LaBelle? Sarah Vaughn's rich low voice? As we develop style in the lessons, I'm also helping you find your own sound. It's important to sound like your best self and not a copy of anyone else, no matter the style.

Because my recent work has been with middle school through young adults, I think I am best at teaching students age 10 and up. I've found recently that I really like teaching middle schoolers. I have had experience with the changing male and female voices, so I'm comfortable with that particular age of singer.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a private studio with a keyboard, central air conditioning, and high ceilings with big windows for lots of light. I have several volumes of music books as well as jazz anthologies. There is plenty of room in the studio for family or friends to wait during the lesson, or if the student prefers, family are welcome in my living room or dining room. There is free street parking in the neighborhood and is easily accessible from I-76 and I-676.

*** Specialties ***
Through my masters' degree studies, I learned how to nuture a voice through any style of music. I focus especially on release of tension and a healthy voice. My previous teaching included a lot of pop and Broadway. I help my students by getting them ready for what is expected of a singer to nail the audition or club gig. As a opera singer myself, I am competent in most classical performance practices, Baroque through Contemporary.

Rosalind H. Coatesville, PA

Subjects Taught

Broadway Singing, Classical Voice, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing

About Me

Hi, my name is Rosalind H. and I began my musical education at the age of ten, when I first started taking lessons.  Since that time I have performed professionally as a singer in churches, cafes and at weddings and in venues including the Kimmel Center and Carnegie Hall during my college years with the renowned Westminster Symphonic Choir.  After spending a year teaching children and adolescents aged 6-17 voice and piano while completing my Master€™s of Arts in Music Therapy at Drexel University, I am now looking to take on private students in Chester County and surrounding areas.
�                    Westminster Choir College '11 Alum�                     Graduated with a Bachelor's of Arts in Music, summa cum laude�                     Member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing
              Board Certified Music Therapist

 *Please be aware that I teach Beginners Piano.  I do, however, teach all levels of voice, as long as the interested voice student is over at least the age of 8. Singing lessons for students younger than this age can be detrimental to a child's vocal development.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am available to travel to your house (piano students must have a piano or keyboard) or host you in my home. 

Piano students can expect to learn the basic music theory knowledge, including reading staff notation and lead sheets.  I will also focus on fingering techniques and coordination.  Students will be expected to practice theory knowledge and songs outside of lessons to help improve finger coordination and music-reading speed and accuracy.

I offer beginning to advanced singing lessons for students interested in classical, operatic, Broadway and popular music and beginning piano lessons.I try to provide my students the opportunity to practice a wide range of skills when learning music. 

Voice students will learn exercises to practice good breath control, posture and diction, all of which form the foundations of good singing.  Students will be expected to practice these exercises outside of lessons, prior to practicing vocal literature, so as to develop good singing habits.  About fifty percent of lesson time will be dedicated to technique, and the other fifty percent will be dedicated to learning vocal pieces.  Dependent upon their level of knowledge, students may also be asked to watch videos of professional singers outside of lessons, so as to expand their musical understandings and aural sensitivity.  These practices will enhance muscle coordination and breath control when singing, helping to enhance and improve pitch, timbre, expression and vocal range.

As a board certified music therapist, I often draw upon those skills I learned during my master's degree in music therapy, which taught me that music can have a profound effect on the human brain and upon cognitive development.  My skills as a music therapist allow me to better understand a student's cognitive strengths and areas for improvement, and to develop individualized teaching strategies which utilize student strengths.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My home studio is equipped with keyboard, guitar and piano, as well as a sizable repertoire of classical, broadway and popular music. I am more than happy to help students find any music they may need for lessons that is not already in my library. I also own a portable keyboard that I use for out-of-studio voice students.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect students to provide a piano if they are receiving at piano lessons as it is needed for practice. I have a portable keyboard for voice students, but I strongly recommend that voice students record their lessons for reference during practice.

I recommend the following books for piano students (listed by age):
Ages 5-8:
My First Piano Adventure, Lesson Book A with by Nancy & Randall Faber
Ages 8-12:Piano Adventures - Level 1: Lesson Book [Book]Faber Piano Adventures

Ages 13 and up:

Adult All-In-One Course: Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course, Level ...by Willard A. Palmer

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical and operatic music (arias and art songs), but I am comfortable with a wide array of singing literature, as I believe that the technical foundations of good singing remain constant, regardless of the genre. I also have performed with a gospel/spiritual choir, as a soloist, during my college years.

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