Rebecca B.

Rebecca B.

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New York, NY

About Rebecca B.

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Rebecca teaches: Males 5 and up
Females 5 and up
Teaching since: November 2003
Last sign in: 3 days ago
Average response time: 2 hours

Overview

Whether you are seasoned performer or a an absolute beginner I want to help you reach your vocal potential.

I have loved running my own private studio for the past 10 years. Watching my students improve and make strides in their musical careers and reaching their personal goals is so fulfilling. I fell in love with teaching music while a student myself! I am an alumna of the University of Michigan, where I received Masters of Music and a Bachelors of Music degrees with honors. While there, I began my private vocal studio and studied vocal pedagogy. Since graduation, I have maintained a professional private studio in New York. I love what I do. I find it fulfilling to give my students the tools that they need to succeed and watch them achieve their goals.

I have performed in both the US and internationally on a professional level. As a performer I am comfortable in a range of repertoire: Musical Theater, Jazz, Opera, Pop, Folk and other genres. As a teacher, I find that my own experiences in performing inform and help guide my teaching style. In addition to teaching and performing in Operas, Concerts and Musicals, I perform on behalf of an outreach organization called Concerts Motion, bringing live performances to audiences who are hospitalized, isolated or in need. I also serve as a Cantorial Soloist at Shaaray Tefila of Bedford, New York.

In addition to my more advanced and older students, I have a passion for teaching children. I began working with younger students as an instructor at the Cranbrook Theater School. While there I taught lessons and group workshops on singing, acting and general performance to students ages 5 through high school. Since then I have worked with young students on a regular basis in both private lessons and working with music outreach programs in public schools and youth outreach community programs. In addition to building musical skills, I find that performing and studying music gives children a sense of accomplishment and confidence in their lives.

Teaching Emphasis

*Musicality
*Breath Control
*Wide dynamic and vocal range
*Performance Practices
*Song Selection
*Children's Lessons
*Lessons to Improve Public Speaking and Speech
*Healthy Vocal Technique


My approach to vocal instruction encourages a healthy technique bringing freedom throughout the entire body. I teach a variety of ages and singing levels. I look forward to working with you!

*** Lesson Details ***
The style and pace of my lessons are tailored to each individual student. I bring structure to the lessons, but work at the speed that is comfortable for you. It is my ultimate goal to give you the tools and the confidence to learn and perform music on your own. Most importantly we make the most of our time together for whichever length of lesson you choose.

Each lesson generally starts with a physical and vocal warm up. This is followed by vocal exercises (arpeggios, scales, and various other exercises that will develop flexibility and also breath control in the voice, as well as expanding the vocal range). The last part of the lesson will most often focus on a song or piece of music as we incorporate the technical and artistic elements we have worked on thus far.

Expectations:

Depending on the level of the student we will begin with the basics: pitch matching, simple vocal exercises, and standard songs. After a few months of lessons students should expect to have the skills to move on to more difficult vocalises and advanced songs. All that we do in our lessons will have an emphasis on singing in the most healthy way for your voice.

We will work on intonation, rhythm, style, diction and projection. We will also do audition and performance preparation. I will give the student exercises to take home and work on between lessons.


We will have fun and learn a lot in the comfortable and energetic setting that I create!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Private in-home studio: Separate studio with electric piano, music stand, several chairs, music books, mirrors, speakers and open space for us to work in!

There is a separate living room/waiting room where parents/caretakers are welcomed to wait while their student is in their lesson. Parents/caretakers are also welcomed to sit in on all or part of lesson in the studio.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will bring music repertoire books that we might be using. I would expect them to have a keyboard or piano.

*** Specialties ***
I am classically trained, but have studied pedagogy pertaining to many different types of singing. I work with many singers of Opera and Musical Theater. I also have a lot of experience working with singers who are in bands and play instruments (guitar, bass, drums, ukulele, keyboards) while they are singing. I find this provides an entirely new set of challenges for the singer and feel that I have found efficient and successful ways of negotiating this. I also teach students of jazz and folk music and work with singer-songwriters on getting the best of themselves on their original pieces.

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Experience

Youth Performance Supervisor Apr 2013 - Present
Concerts in Motion

Cantorial Soloist Jan 2012 - Present
Shaaray Tefila

Outreach Performer Mar 2011 - Present
Concerts in Motion

Freelance Opera Singer Apr 2007 - Present
Self Employed

Voice Teacher Jan 2006 - Present
Rebecca Blinder Voice Studio

Education

Masters of Music in Voice Performance Sep 2006 - Apr 2007
University of Michigan School of Music
Bachelors of Music in Voice Performance Sep 2002 - Apr 2006
University of Michigan School of Music

Languages Spoken

French Professional Proficiency
German Professional Proficiency
Hebrew Professional Proficiency
Italian Professional Proficiency
Spanish Limited Proficiency
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10 Reviews on Rebecca B.

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Cristina V. August 24, 2014
Singing · In studio
I have been taking lessons with Rebecca for a little over a year. During this time her high energy level and enthusiasm for teaching has made each lesson an absolute pleasure to attend.

She is a teacher who enjoys thinking during each lesson and providing her students with the right tools to improve their singing.

Rebecca’s unique teaching style also blends the technical and mental aspect of singing.

If you are a beginner or a more advanced singer looking to improve your technique, she is a great choice.
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Sarah N. August 16, 2014
Singing · In studio
I've loved music and dance my whole life, and always wished that I could carry a tune. About a year ago I decided to see what I could do about it, and found my way to Rebecca.

I was nervous that a singing teacher would not want to deal with an absolute beginner like me. Rebecca immediately set my mind at ease. She has been so patient and supportive, and encourages me to push myself while keeping things fun. I've been surprised and gratified with how much I've been able to progress in less than a year, and consider Rebecca both a teacher and a friend.

Rebecca is a skilled practitioner (I love to listen to her sing) but has a gift for teaching and takes a professional approach to her work. She thoughtfully tailors her approach based on my skill level and interests, and remembers where we are lesson to lesson.

I've progressed in my singing, but the lessons have also had a positive impact on my life in other ways, such as my speaking voice when presenting at work, how stress manifests in my face, even my "oms" in yoga class are better. :)

I look forward to my lessons as an opportunity to explore my own creativity and vocal capabilities, and can wholeheartedly recommend Rebecca to other non-professionals.
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DichellZ March 6, 2014
She's the Greatest!

The moment that Rebecca and I started working together, I knew that we would get along very well and that i would have so much to learn and so much to gain. She is very patient, professional, and kind, and makes you feel like you can be yourself. When singing during our lessons, she gives me wonderful constructive criticism where it is needed and she gives me signs of approval when i do something right/ great. I've only been working with her for a couple of months and i already see a vast improvement in my singing and i know that she will help me go above and beyond. She's one of the people you'd want to keep in your life because not only is she an amazing teacher, but a wonderful person and friend
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KevinFernandez March 6, 2014
Great!

She helped me so much in such a short amount of time, shes incredibly talented and such a nice person. It was a pleasure working with her.
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JordanaJ March 6, 2014
Great Singing Teacher for Kids

My daughter, Z, who is 7, has been taking singing lessons from Rebecca for a year now. The lessons are great and my daughter loves them and loves Rebecca. Rebecca is a fun and patient coach. She teaches Z about singing and so much more. They start out with vocal warm ups that are simple enough that Z can master them if she concentrates and focuses in what she is doing. Z and Rebecca also work on songs each week. Rebecca's goal in her lessons for Z is for Z to gain confidence in herself as she notices her own improvement from lesson to lesson. And she always takes a fun and positive approach to music making. I would highly recommend Rebecca as a singing teacher for any young child interested in having fun and improving their vocal skills!
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Kevin H. January 2, 2014
Singing
So glad I decided to take lessons with Rebecca

I had never taken a singing lesson before, so was nervous about what I was getting myself into. From the first minute of the first lesson, Rebecca had already put me at ease, and now my lesson is the favorite part of my week. Rebecca is a gifted singer and a natural teacher. She works with students as individuals, helping them achieve their specific goals in a way that works best for them--no matter what their age or experience/ability level. I am probably one of her older students (41 years) and I have seen her interact with students as young as 6 or 7, and she is great with everyone. A real pro. She is smart, insightful, patient (very!), and has a knack for communicating ideas and helping me make the connections that lead to progress. I have been able to do things with my voice and improve my singing in a way I never thought I could. I have continued to make breakthroughs after 10 months of lessons, and the reason is Rebecca's ability to create a structured but relaxed environment in which I feel comfortable and focused, and inspired to improve. If you are thinking about taking singing lessons--whether for the first time or to hone your professional skills--I would highly, highly recommend Rebecca.
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Nechama L. February 9, 2013
Singing
Rebecca is really great!

Rebecca is a great singing teacher. She is patient, she teaches according to what you need as an individual, she is very informed on the topic that she teaches, and at the same time she is kind and fun to work with! I would recommend her to everyone:)
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carlos S. February 7, 2013
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You won't be disappointed!!!

Rebecca is an amazing teacher has a lot of patients and it well skilled and knowledgeable. You won't be disappointed, I serious. Not just anyone can teach, there many people who the the knowledge but few who can teach it.
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BrittneyM February 23, 2012
When I first started voice lessons with Rebecca, I had no confidence or any real training prior to her. She's taught me how to sing in a healthy way and how to get the best possible sound out of each note. Her knowledge is very broad, and I believe that anyone no matter what experience level you have, can learn something from her! I look forward to continuing my Lessons with her, and highly recommend her!!!
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FrankA February 16, 2012
Claire says she's a great teacher and she's awesome!