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How to Choose a Voice Teacher in a Baltimore

By OJ S. - Baltimore Voice Teacher

As an experienced voice teacher, I want to share a few tips with you on how to get the most out of your singing lessons in Baltimore by heeding these four criteria when choosing a voice teacher:

Fit. How compatible are you with this teacher? If you want to sing a specific type of music, choose a voice teacher who has at least some experience with that genre or style. Similarly you should choose a teacher who will be supportive of and helpful to someone with your level of experience.

Proximity. Construction combined with congested roads and highways make driving almost impossible during peak travel hours in Baltimore. Keep in mind what day, time of day, where and how you will be traveling to get to your singing lessons in Baltimore. Consider whether or not an in-home lesson would be worth the added expense to avoid those hassles.

Experience. A good voice teacher should have energy, curiosity and commitment to the craft. Fortunately, there is no direct quantifiable correlation between those three characteristics and years of experience, but consider a voice teacher with at least some private lesson experience.

Education. Universities and conservatories are designed to produce professional performers, not vocal pedagogues. Most of the time, a teacher with a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) will be overkill for a novice singer. On the other hand, a teacher without at least some formal education or extensive private study may not have a strong enough command of the fundamentals of music to help you achieve your goals.

I hope you find these tips helpful as you embark upon your musical journey to take singing lessons in Baltimore. Good luck!

About Robert H.

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Pikesville, MD

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I am an accomplished vocal coach and songwriter and currently work with a wide variety of singers from young beginners to professionals who look to develop through ear training, singing and songwriting. In a unique way I guide people to become better performers and musicians through the combination of voice, piano and composition.

About Robert
Creativity, skill and love of music are the key elements that I work to encourage in every student. Over the years my teaching has evolved and I find it gratifying to take people far beyond their own expectations while helping them achieve their goals. I believe everyone is musical and just needs the right key to tap into their own creativity.

For beginners it's important to study with an excellent teacher. Setting a solid and creative foundation makes all the difference!
For advanced players studying with a great artist takes you greater artistry.

Weekly private lessons focus on te
chnical skills in either piano, voice (or a combination of both) and a strong musical foundation. Theory and Ear Training are fundamentals that are embedded in this approach to developing a complete musician and artist.

I have over 20 years experience working with students as young as 3 and old as 85! Often multiple generations in a family study together making for a rich family experience.

Performance opportunities: Recitals, Concerts Cabarets and Musicals are a part of developing into a musician and singer and enhancing a love of music that will last a lifetime!

*** Lesson Details ***
Piano - Classical, Jazz, Blues and Improvisation. Current students are beginners to professional musicians and music teachers.

Voice – I am an accomplished vocal coach and songwriter and currently work with a wide variety of singers from young beginners to professionals who look to develop through ear training, singing and songwriting. In a unique way I guide people to become better performers and musicians through the combination of voice, piano and composition.

I work with students as young as 3 or 4 and into their 80’s. It’s important to begin with an excellent teacher from the start to set a good foundation and to have the ability to develop as quickly and thoroughly as possible. I enjoy working with beginners as well as accomplished musicians. I also believe that music is one of the great joys of life and that lessons should be FUN!

Besides a wide variety of performance opportunities through my Family to Family Concerts, I also offer my students the curriculum and exams of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, a gold standard music curriculum.. The ABRSM is accredited in over 100 countries worldwide and exams are offered twice per year in all instruments and voice.

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Lesson room with grand piano, vocal mics, recording equipment. Parents can sit in on lessons and waiting area available, parking on street. No pets.

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They will need a piano or keyboard

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A message from Robert: Hello, I am a master teacher focusing on the classical repertoire along with a very creative approach to improvisation and composition. I help students to achieve their interests of music rather than focusing on teaching one particular method. Classes are tailored to the student and constantly evolving. This has led me to work in a variety of mediums and styles including Jazz, improvisation, rock and blues. This approach also enhances an understanding and love of classical music.
I also guide my students in the curriculum and exams of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. (ABRSM) Exams are offered twice per year.
I have also found it inspiring to work with people with disabilities and help them find a way to express themselves musically. I give lectures and workshops in the area and around the country on improvisation and creativity along with concerts of my own music.
I also work with a number of students in vocal coaching and accompanying.
New this year are seminars in songwriting for adults and children. Groups of 4-5 collaborate on new songs. Film and video composition coming soon!
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Kevin March 26, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I am a beginner student at the age of 50. I have always wanted to Play the piano and Finally my wife treated me for me birthday. Robert is my instructor and God bless him for his patience ! I would recommend him to any one not only for piano lessons but to experience someone with the love of music in their soul . Thanks Robert~~
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Jamaal G. February 13, 2017
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
Best Instructor ever!!!!!!!!
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Kaira J. January 19, 2017
Verified Student · Music Performance · In home
I really enjoyed my singing session with Robert. I had so much fun during my session, and felt confident for my audition. He is definitely a teacher who knows what he is doing and will make sure you learn while having fun. This definitely will not be my last session.
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Robert H.

Pikesville, MD 21208
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$37.50 / 30-min

About Lilly A.

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Columbia, MD

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We can work on your vocal technique (breathing, extending range of your voice, posture, and more) as well as your favorite songs!

About Lilly
Ms. Lilly received a B.M in Vocal Performance from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C where she studied with Regina McConnell. Upon graduating, Lilly continued her studies at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins and received her M.M from the University of Maryland. As an undergraduate she was a recipient of the Se-Jong Scholarship. She has been participated the NATS Mid-Atlantic Regional Vocal Competition and received an honorable mention from the Friday Morning Music Club Competition. Mrs. Ahn took part in the Amalfi Coast Music Festival under the direction of Thomas Reil
ly and while there she performed the role of Nella in Gianni Schicchi. She also participated in scene studies including roles of Giulietta from I Capuleti e I Montecchi, and Papagena from Die Zauberflöte. She attended the Little Patuxent Opera Institute directed by Deborah Kent. She is also a soloist of Baltimore Choral Arts Society under the conductor Tom Hall and was recently featured in a televised concert, where she sang Mozart’s Allelujah.
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Lessons occur in my living room with a beautiful baby grand piano. A waiting area is available for parents.

*** Specialties ***
Breathing Management (Talking and Singing)
Music Theory
Classical Singing
Presentation of yourself
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Candice M. March 18, 2017
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
Very pleased with my fiirst lesson. Lilly was very patient and knowledgeable. Looking forward to many more.
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Zhen February 24, 2017
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
She is super nice and patient, each lesson is enjoyable. I could feel my progress.
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Lily S. February 11, 2017
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
My girl like her. It is her first lesson.
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Lilly A.

Lilly A.

Columbia, MD 21045
(16)
starting at
$55 / 30-min

About Belinda L.

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Baltimore, MD
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My specialty is in classical voice technique, whether that be for opera, art song, musical theatre, pop, or R&B.

About Belinda
*** Lesson Details ***
NOTE: I prefer to teach students ages 11 & up.  I will accommodate younger students, but as vocal development is a direct reflection of physical development (the instrument is the body), we will be unable to delve deeply into technique.  Instead, the curriculum for younger students will include musicianship and piano skills; they will be more of music lessons that incorporate singing rather than "vocal" lessons.  My current studio consists of all sorts of singers including classical, musical theater, R&B, and pop.  In classical voice lessons, we will be learning songs n
ot only in English, but also Italian, German, and French. Classical voice lessons may not be for everyone, however, and we will learn repertoire that suits the interests of each student.

I emphasize a basic knowledge of music theory, because it's important for a singer to not only know how to sing, but to also understand the music he or she is singing. I will incorporate music theory into the lessons, starting with basics such as learning how to read notes.

I believe in making sure the singer is comfortable and confident.  The environment you will be learning in is open and non-threatening because a singer needs a place to explore his or her voice.  I encourage my students to make mistakes and to keep the lines of communication as open as possible.  Singers are perfectionists, and we're constantly telling ourselves what we do wrong- we don't need someone else enforcing that negativity.

I concentrate on a classical vocal technique, with proper posture, efficient breathing, lack of facial and body tension, and healthy vocal production. I believe that it is important to have a strong foundation of healthy technique no matter what style of singing. My teaching style and lesson focus will be different for each individual person, and I'm very flexible in adapting to each singer's needs and personality.

I am a very understanding teacher, and very patient, but I will push you to work to your potential! What you put into these lessons and your practicing is what you will get out of it. I am not strict, but I do expect dedication, passion, and respect. I am a very enthusiastic and energetic teacher, and lessons with me will be fun, productive, and encouraging.

If I sound like the right teacher for you, please arrange a trial lesson to see how well we work together!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room, piano, full-length mirror, comfortable seating for parents

*** 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 singing- applicable to any style of singing!
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Margaret W. June 23, 2016
Verified Student · Singing · In studio
Belinda is a wonderful teacher. She has been very patient with me and taught the lesson in a step by step way, helping & directing me to know what I should be looking for. I enjoyed very much to have her as my instructor.
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Mercedes M. March 15, 2015
Verified Student · Singing · In home
Belinda is an amazing teacher I have been doing lessons with her since January,and she is amazing fun,she will help you with anything your having a problem with, and I so Recommend her :)
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Kerry H. February 12, 2015
Verified Student · Singing · In studio
I have been working with Belinda for a little over 2 years. Every lesson, she challenges me to be better than before. What I love most about her style, is she customizes her style of teaching for the student. I am a very imagery oriented person, and she always helps me to visualize things in ways that makes sense to me. My singing has dramatically improved during my time with Belinda, and I would recommend her to anyone in a heart beat. Every lesson is different, every lesson is challenging in a new way, and every time I walk away feeling like that was the best lesson I've ever had. Thank you Belinda!!
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Belinda L.

Belinda L.

Baltimore, MD 21202
(11)
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$57 / 30-min

About Rachel S.

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Hanover, MD

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I have extensive singing and teaching experience, in genres including classical, musical theatre, and pop. I believe that excellent technique is the basis for singing in any genre, and apply that to my teaching. I teach singers how to sing healthfully with their own unique voice, in any genre.

About Rachel
Hi! My name is Rachel, and I have been teaching lessons professionally for over 10 years now. My primary instruments are voice and piano, and I also teach music theory/ear training/musicianship skills. I earned my degree in vocal performance from James Madison University, where I taught lessons to non-music majors as well as tutored general music for the student population. I am currently getting my masters in voice and pedagogy (teaching) from the Peabody Conservatory. I would describe my teaching style as fun and relaxed, with a strong emphasis on healthy technique. I believe that all studen
ts should have a strong technical foundation, and that begins on day one. Genres I teach include classical, musical theatre, pop, and accompanying skills for pianists. I can also help with audition prep on both instruments. I look forward to meeting with you!
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Audrey March 15, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Rachel is very knowledgeable and patient. She is able to convey techniques that are easy to remember and put into practice right away. Rachel is one of the best teachers I have taken lessons from and I am an older student. I highly recommend her.
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Savannah February 1, 2017
Verified Student · Singing · Online
This was our first experience with voice lessons. Rachel surpassed my expectations!
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Victoria January 27, 2017
Verified Student · Singing · Online
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Rachel S.

Rachel S.

Hanover, MD 21076
(30)
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$40 / 30-min

About Maia T.

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Baltimore, MD
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We teach all types of vocal training in multiple languages

About Maia
I started learning music when I was 4 years old, and by the time I was 16 I already had a solid client base of students doing well and succeeding. I teach violin, piano, harp, voice and viola. I've been teaching over 20 years and have a degree in music studies.
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Ms Ann March 8, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Peace and Blessings my daughter's first lesson went well Ms Maia was very professional and patient with her. I look forward to watching my daughter blossom into a awesome musician.
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April T. February 28, 2017
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
Maia is awesome! My daughter enjoys learning and having fun! Maia makes music interesting, mathematical, and genius!!!
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Mary M. October 11, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In home
She was very nice, patient, and fun. Can't wait to learn more
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Maia T.

Maia T.

Baltimore, MD 21214
(10)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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