Jennifer V.

Jennifer V.

17 Reviews
Pittsburgh, PA

About Jennifer V.

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Jennifer teaches: Males 8 and up
Females 8 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: August 2007
Last sign in: Today
Average response time: 18 hours

Overview

Do you love to sing? I offer private voice instruction. In a relaxed, fun environment.

I teach Somatic Voicework The LoVetri Method created by Jeanie Lovetri) is a body-based method of vocal training which draws from many disciplines. It is based upon voice science and medicine as well as traditional classical vocal training, complementary tools such as yoga, movement, dance, acting, and speech training, and various bodywork approaches. My Education and Licensing includes, BAA of MDS studies West Virginia University, Studies in Master of Classical Performance Wichita State, Artist Diploma Duquesne University, and Levels I II & 3 In Somatic Voice Work from Shenandoah Conservatory. As of February 2014 I have been certified as a National Association of Teaching Singers " Nats" Vocal Coach. In this way I will in the future offer opportunity in Performance and Masters classes through this organization to to promote confidence, fun in Music, and Personal Growth.

I also recently wrote an article with takelessons about one of my interesting approaches to teaching. Feel free to check it out and comment! :)
http://takelessons.com/blog/2013/10/using-colors-to-understand-breathing

*** Lesson Details ***
My goals are to give you or your child one thing. The tools to accomplish the goals they stride for in a relaxed and safe atmosphere. So I tailor my teaching environment to the Students needs and desires, personality, and of course way of learning. At the end of the day, it really is all about you. :-)

*** Studio Equipment ***
Large studio in house, clavinova piano keyboard, Finale 2012 for theory teaching, Hand bells, Video games pertaining to Music Theory, Interactive teaching toys, and many books. Waiting area in studio for parents with couches, and can also sit in on lessons. Free parking on street.

*** Specialties ***
My main goal is to make everyone feel like they are at home. So I have a studio that offers that. It's a small space for now) I will be expanding soon. But we make it work. :)

If you are seeking the big baby grand piano and stern Voice teacher this may not be the place for you or your Child. I believe Music can be a very organic and wonderfully fun process and teach it that way. While instilling excellent work ethics and creating all types of Music and Strong Technique in Healthy Singing.

When I teach children I teach them Music theory using colors. The formula I use is called the "ROYBIV" Approach. While it is a new idea to society as I very recently had it copy righted, I have been using it for three years and it really works. "ROYGBIV" has has helped make music theory more applicable and fun.

Photos and Videos

Holiday Music give back 2014!

Experience

Executive Director Apr 2011 - Present
Sing and Relax Studios

I am a private vocal coach who contracts for takelessons and runs her own business

Education

Certificate of Contemporary Vocal Pedagogy Jun 2013 - Aug 2013
Shenandoah University
A.D MM of Opera and Jazz Performance May 2010 - May 2012
Duquesne University
Duquesne University, Artists MM Performance Degree, MDS BAA WVU. CCM Certificate, NATS Teaching of Singing Certified Aug 2003 - May 2012
Duquesene, West Virginia University, Shenandoah University
BAA Multidisciplinary Studies Sep 2006 - May 2009
West Virginia University

Languages Spoken

English, IPA for singing: Italian, German Professional Proficiency

Certifications

CCM Somatic Voice Level 3, and certified Vocal Coach National Association of Teaching Jul 2013
Shenandoah University

The understanding of teaching contemporary commercial voice. So I teach how to approach those Pop ballads and top 40s without hurting your voice.

Awards

My first National Article. Mar 2014
Examiner Magazine

Affiliations

National Association of Teachers of Singing Mar 2014
NATS

Founded in 1944, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members worldwide.

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17 Reviews on Jennifer V.

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Amy W. Dec 15, 2014
Broadway Singing
Verified Student
Jen has been working with my daughter for only 4 months but her growth in that amount of time has been amazing. She absolutely loves Miss Jen! Jen is an outstanding teacher and makes my daughter feel so comfortable and relaxed. Her favorite time of the week is when she can work with Jen. We are so honored and grateful that she is working with our daughter, we couldn't ask for a better teacher. The best around!
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Olyvia D. Nov 1, 2014
Broadway Singing · In home
I started working with Jen a little over two months ago, and in those two months I have learned more about the music business than I have in my entire life. Ms. Jen works hard to make sure her students get the most out of every lesson. She is a genuine person with a huge heart and dedication to the music field. In every lesson, Ms. Jen warms us up well by working on breathing techniques. We are always laughing and having a ball, there is never a dull moment with Ms. Jen! I would recommend Jen to anyone interested in taking lessons. She is an inspiration to all of her students, and the best teacher I have ever had!
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Anna I. Oct 7, 2014
Singing · In studio
Jen is a great teacher who really cares about her students and whether they are learning. I came to her studio to learn how to sing for fun, and it was very helpful! She lets the student's goals guide the instruction, rather than sticking to a rigid curriculum. Jen also considers the student's needs and understanding carefully, making sure to explain things in a different way if needed.
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Kiera S. Aug 23, 2014
Broadway Singing · In studio
I worked with Jen for just over a year and I have to say, not only did I learn a lot about music theory and breathing, but I gained such a great mentor and friend. I left Pittsburgh when I graduated and Jen is still there willing to answer questions about anything related to singing. In the year that I worked with her I: performed in three studio performances, auditioned and got the part of Mary Sunshine in my college's production of Chicago, and made it to the semi-finals of the Classical Singer's Competition. Without Jen, I wouldn't have been able to do any of that. I am more confident than ever and I'm still singing!
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Lara R. May 29, 2014
I am so impressed by Jen and her passion to truly help others. Her patience and ability to work through any challenges are inspiring. Jen is an incredibly talented individual with an amazing ability to help anyone learn and grow, regardless of their beginning skill level. You can see just how much she cares and goes above and beyond to make her lessons fun and meaningful. She is just wonderful and I would and do recommend her to anyone who will listen.
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Kayla V. Mar 7, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
Jen is simply the best-better than all the rest!!!

My grandaughter Kayla has been taking singing lessons with Jen for almost a year now. Prior to Jen, Kayla had one lesson with another teacher but it was not a good match. Kayla needed someone who would critique her in a positive way and make her strive to do better in all aspects of what she learns. Jen has this capability of taking something negative the student is doing and make the student feel positive about it. I know sounds impossible, but I witnessed it myself. My grandaughter loves going to her lessons and she is learning so much more than just singing techniques. Jen has opened a whole new world to my grandaughter. She talks about now writing her own music, learning Italian,etc. She even tried out for a school play and got a part; something I know she would not have been comfortable doing if not for Jen. So, if you want an atmosphere of learning in kindness, an enthusiastic teacher that makes you feel special as you learn your craft, never makes you feel self conscious of yourself as you learn and most of all the ability to let the student know they truely are special she's the one. She's a teacher you'll remember with a warm smile everytime you open your mouth to sing.
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Ella S. Jan 28, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
Amazing Person

I love to going to my voice classes with Jen! She is funny, kind, and a wonderful person to be around. My favorite part of my week is going to my voice class. She has a unique way of teaching that is helpful but fun. I have a fun time when I arrive there to when I leave. He personality makes you feel welcomed and in a relaxed environment. I would recommend Jen to everyone that what's a voice lesson! She is an amazing person to be around!
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Imani W. Dec 12, 2013
Singing
I recommend Jennifer Vanella wholeheartedly!

I started working with Ms.Vanella in July or 2013. I originally came into her studio not knowing what to expect. I can honestly say I was presently surprised. Jen creates an atmosphere that is fun and comforting for all who enter it. she is patient, kind, and dedicated to ensuring that her students are the best singers they can possibly be. I am forever grateful that I found her when I did. I have grown immensely since working with Jen and I recommend her to anyone who is in search of a professional,talented, and experienced vocal coach!
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Lea Anne M. Nov 9, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
Excellent and fun teacher!!!!!!!!

Jen is an amazing teacher. In the time we have been together I have noticed lots of improvement not just with singing but with my confidence. I always was very scared to singing in public which was a problem with doing theater. Even from the first lesson I was welcome with her energetic personality. She teaches you the way that you learn the best and makes each lesson fun and interesting. All of my lesson have been colorful and interactive. She approach them with new techniques I have never even heard of and make everything easy and simple to understand. She gives you her honest opinion and helps you improve on your weaknesses to make sure you will succeed.
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deanna B. Oct 16, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
Awesome instructor

Jen is an amazing teacher hands down!! She is down to earth, honest, and patient with my daughter which is not always an easy task. My daughter is passionate about singing but has ADHD, Jen has found what works for Breanna and keeps her focused and motivated. Just in the few months we have had lessons I can definitely tell how much her voice and breathing has improved. We are so lucky to have found Jen and HIGHLY recommend her to anyone looking for singing lessons.