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Private Music Lessons With a Seasoned Professional!
I am an extremely successful voice and music teacher, music director, and professional singer with openings for new private students.
I have over 15 years experience teaching voice, music theory, and sight reading privately; directing musical ensembles; and performing professionally in OPERA, MUSICAL THEATRE and MANY other styles of music.
ANYONE CAN LEARN TO SING! I believe that with all my heart.
I help my students find their unique, beautiful voices so they can let it out with confidence.
Lessons are fun, creative and 100% interactive. You will learn to sing with more accuracy, confidence and strength. I teach a vocal technique that builds, strengthens, and improves your unique, natural voice.
I also teach and tutor beginner piano, sight singing, ear training, and music theory.
All lessons are available for:
- Male and Female Students 10 years old and older;
- Adult Men and Women 18 and older.
Lessons are taught in the music room at my home in West Hartford, Connecticut, in your home (if you have a keyboard), or online via Skype or Facetime.
A GREAT GIFT for a loved one or friend,
Contact me if you want to learn to sing, sing better, start piano lessons, or or get better grades in music classes!
*** Lesson Details ***
Voice Lessons: You will not only learn how your instrument works, (a vocalist uses their WHOLE BODY to sing), but you will learn how to produce an organic, relaxed, beautiful sound that is healthy and feels great. Lessons progress uniquely per student and are available for all levels of singers from people learning to match pitch and sing on key to singing with a professional sound and interpreting songs and arias.
Beginner Piano and Music Lessons: Depending on your desires and level of musical knowledge, I will tailor your lessons to learn basic piano skills, how to read music, music theory, sight singing, or ear training. Each student is taught as an individual. Together we will create, develop, and accomplish goals that will be extremely rewarding to deepen and improve your understanding of all types of music.
I am also an excellent tutor for High School and College students who are interested in testing out of or improve grades in music classes.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Spacious Music Studio with: Keyboard, Sound System with Wireless Handheld/Stand Mic, Music Stands, Comfortable Couch for Discussion, Table and Chairs for Music Lessons.
*** Travel Equipment ***
Voice: Students need to have access to either a piano or electronic keyboard in a space where the student can learn where there are as few interruptions or distractions as possible.
Other Music Lessons: We will need to work together in a quiet, comfortable space where there are as few interruptions or distractions as possible.
*** Specialties ***
VOICE: My method for vocal technique is to teach healthy singing that can be used for any genre of music from Opera to Musical Theatre to Jazz to Pop.
I teach all levels of voice and music but have found four groups of students incredibly satisfying to teach:
"Newbies": I have had students of all ages who tell me they always wanted to sing but are concerned that they are too old to learn. You are never too old to learn to sing beautifully and with a healthy, strong voice.
"Tone Deaf": I have had great success teaching singers who have always wanted to sing but were told they were tone deaf or that they should not sing. Everyone can learn to sing - not everyone can (or wants to) be an opera singer... but EVERYONE can learn to sing! I am a very patient, kind teacher and delight in helping people fulfill their dreams.
"The Developing Voice (10-18 years old)": Boys, girls, young women and men are able to learn so quickly and are passionate about singing. They are always wonderfully challenging and satisfying students. We not only work on vocal technique, musical interpretation, ear training, and sight reading, we also work on specific repertoire for auditions, solos, shows, concerts, recitals, and competitions.
"50+ Year Old Vocal Development and Maintenance": Students who are over 50 and musically range from people who have always wanted to sing better, to professional singers who want to continue to improve and adapt to the different vocal challenges that develop as the body and voice ages. I love working with people who are over 50 because not only can we set and achieve our goals, but our relationships help me become a better person and teacher with each lesson.
PIANO: I love beginner piano students who really want to learn the basics. The basics a piano student learns with me gives that student a rounded musical education that is the foundation for all further study and improvement. I am not a pianist, I am a singer. However, I play piano almost every day and took piano lessons for many many years including through college. Being able to play piano enables me to be a much better musician, learn songs easily and correctly, and assist my students.
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory
Guitarist Brian H. studied at The Hartford Conservatory and the Hartt School of Music, graduating at the top of his class with honors from The Hartford Conservatory. Brian has been a guitar and bass instructor at Choate Rosemary Hall since 1999. Brian also teaches at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, The Music Shop in Southington, and is the owner of Guitar Star Studio, located in Glastonbury, CT. In the past, he taught at The Hartford Conservatory and Riccardo’s Music in East Hartford. He has performed in many bands with diverse styles of music. As a past member of the John Jeski band for 13 years, he was a voting member of the Grammy Awards. Brian has had 25 years experience playing in rock/pop bands, and currently performs classic rock to today’s rock with Enny Corner. With his current Contemporary Christian Band, eXaudio, he has released three albums. He has had the opportunity to perform several times at the Oakdale Theater, the Rock Cats Stadium, and has also done a number of radio and television interviews. Brian has provided liturgical music for many years in CT; also, in Sicily and Rome. Mr. H is a patient, enthusiastic teacher who enjoys helping his students master the art of guitar.
*** Lesson Details ***
In the first half of the lesson, students can expect to learn music fundamentals from a guitar method book, i.e. how to read music; I also teach guitar tablature. Depending on ability (beginner, intermediate, advanced), I will show them chords, scales and how to play a guitar solo. The second half of the lesson is spent with the student learning their favorite songs and building a repertoire (song list) for possbile future performances.
*** Studio Equipment ***
home: Seating for parents. I provide the amp, instrument cable and music stand. I expect the student to have a guitar and notebook. If the student does not have a guitar, I will give a referral for reasonably priced guitars.
*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to have a guitar and notebook. If the student does not have a guitar, I will give a referral for reasonably priced guitars.
*** Specialties ***
Rock, Pop, Jazz, & Beginner Classical
Pick and Finger style Guitar & Bass
Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Singing
Rachel holds a Master of Music, M.M. in Vocal Performance from the University of Northern Colorado and a Bachelor of Music, B.M., from San Jose State University. She recently re-located from St. Louis, Missouri to the Hartford area. While in Missouri, she served as an Adjunct Voice Instructor/Lecture Professor at East Central College, a Private Voice and Music Instructor at St. John's School of the Arts and opened a private voice studio through Takelessons.com. In addition to her teaching experience in the Missouri area, Rachel was a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Northern Colorado where she was an assistant instructor for Music Survey and Music and World Cultures classes. She also privately tutored students in Music Theory, Music History, Vocal Diction and Sight-Singing.
Rachel is an active performer of opera, oratorio, musical theater, chamber and choral music. An active performer in the greater Hartford area, she has been featured with Hartford Opera Theater, Simsbury Light Opera and the Beth El Synagogue Choir.
Her local roles include: Beth in Little Women with Hartford Opera Theater's outreach performances, Peep Bo in Simsbury Light Opera Company's production of The Mikado and sang the roles of A Woman in "In a Grove" and Emma in Mermaid in the Jar with Hartford Opera Theater's annual New in November Festival.
She was also featured as a Young Artist with Winter Opera St. Louis. During the 2012 season, she performed the role of Echo in Ariadne auf Naxos, was a featured soloist and member of the ensemble in the Rogers and Hammerstein Broadway Review: A Grand Night for Singing, covered Musetta in La Boheme. During the summer of 2012, Rachel performed opera scenes from Die Zauberflote and Der Rosenkavalier with the Druid City Opera Workshop in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Rachel also appeared as the soprano soloist in Vivaldi's Gloria with the Southeast Missouri Chamber Ensemble and as the Widow in Mendelssohn's Elijah with the East Central Choral Association. In 2011, she had the pleasure of covering Lola and appearing in the chorus of Cavalleria Rusticana with both Winter Opera St. Louis in March and during the reprise of the production at the Southern Illinois Music Festival in June. She also sang in the chorus of La Traviata with Winter Opera St. Louis and performed as principal soprano with the internationally recognized St. Louis Symphony Chorus. While a member of the St. Louis Symphony Chorus, Rachel sung under the baton of such esteemed conductors as David Robertson, Claudio Abbado, Robert Spano and Nicolas McGegan.
While completing her Master of Music at the University of Northern Colorado, Rachel was seen as Gretel in Hansel and Gretel at the Union Colony Civic Center, Fanny in Rossini's La Cambiale di Matrimonio, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro in concert with the UNC Symphony and Beauty in Richard Faith's opera Beauty and the Beast in which she had the pleasure of personally working with the composer. After her graduation from UNC, she performed the roles of Giannetta in L'Elisir d'Amore with Loveland Opera Theater, The Lady Ella in Patience with the Victorian Lyric Opera Company and sang as a soloist for numerous concert engagements with the Greeley Chorale.
During the summer of 2007, Rachel was selected to be a touring artist with Opera Classica Europa based in Bad Schwalbach, Germany. During her travels with the company she sang in the chorus of Otello, Madame Butterfly, Tosca and as a soloist in multiple concerts and masterclasses throughout Germany and Spain. Rachel has also performed with Union Avenue Opera, Opera Fort Collins, the Opera Fort Collins Guild Arias@Avos Young Artists Concert Series, Trinity Lyric Opera, Townsend Opera Players, the Songfest Young Artists Program in Malibu, California and the Johanna Meier Opera Theater Institute in Spearfish, South Dakota.
Rachel has been a recipient of the Bev Sellars Young Singer Foundation Memorial Scholarship, Joe Tennsessen PVA Scholarship, Mu Phi Epsilon Scholarship, a four time recipient of the Manlio Silva Young Artists Scholarship awarded by the Stockton Symphony, a finalist in the Angie Southard Chamber Music Competition and was a winner of both the Kristina Townsend Memorial Vocal Competition and the Stockton Opera Guild Vocal Competition, respectively. Rachel is pleased to be joining the Takelessons team in Hartford, Connecticut.
*** Lesson Details ***
When teaching voice, I tailor lessons to each students abilities and strengths. First, I focus on developing a well coordinated singing onset, work with the student to develop a functioning concept of breath/breath management and encourage each student to find their ideal body alignment. I often use exercise books like Vaccai, Panofka and Marchese to supplement my personalized vocal exercises for each student. I'm a very positive, energetic and passionate teacher. I pride myself in providing a safe and happy learning environment for my students. In most cases, I also supplement vocal exercises and repertoire assignments with sight-reading and music reading exercises for those students that are inexperienced in those areas. I look forward to working with you and helping you find your true voice!
*** Studio Equipment ***
Upright Emerson Spinet Piano, a clavinova with weighted keys, metronome, recording devices and a variety of sheet music appropriate for beginning and advanced voice students.
*** Specialties ***
I teach classical technique, specially focusing on proper resonance and breath control. This method can be highly useful to broadway, jazz, popular or all other singing styles.
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