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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!

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Taryn K.

Baltimore, MD

I work with beginner students to teach them the fundamentals of singing. I like to use a range of music that is both customized to the individuals interested yet still presents and educational challenge for the student. During the lessons I focus on proper posture and technique, note recognition, ear training, and harmony in order to enable my students to have proper control and a solid understanding of their voice.

About Taryn

I am a University of Hawaii Piano Performance Major with a training emphasis in classical piano. I have taken multiple AMEB piano examinations, as well as performed in various recitals, culminating in an undergraduate music certification. I have been playing for 17 years, working with a variety of musical and performance styles, including individual performance, accompaniment, and musical collaboration. These experiences have given me the skills to tackle and communicate musical themes and ideas to students with a range of learning styles and needs, from beginning to advanced, classical to lei
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*** Lesson Details ***
My teaching style is very dependent upon the need of the individual student. I believe that each person learns differently, and different people require unique methods of communication (visual, aural, descriptive), as well as structure of classes. In addition, I understand that students are hoping to gain different things from learning any instrument. Given this, I really try to cater to what a student wants, and how they learn best. However, I also believe that no student can learn and advance without an understanding of theory and development of technique. I generally use the Piano Adventures curriculum with my beginning students, however for intermediate and advanced students, I prefer to allow more freedom in the pieces that are learned. While studying with me, you can expect to develop technique through the study of classical music, gain an advanced understanding of music theory, and develop the ability to not only play well, but to perform well too!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Upright Yamaha piano in common area w/ seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to provide the piano or keyboard for practicing. The students should be responsible for getting the proper music books necessary for teaching.

*** Specialties ***
The genre I am most experience with is classical music.
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Kelly B. January 20, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
I had wanted my children to take piano lessons for years and am very glad to have found Taryn. She provides superb instruction . My children enjoy their lessons with Taryn immensely and always look forward to them each week. My husband and I are amazed at how quickly they have progressed.
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Matt K. September 16, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Taryn has done a great job teaching our 5.5 year old boy who loves music, but has lots of energy. She is patient and persistent with great teaching skills. She has been flexible with timing when we needed it. She uses the Faber and Faber My First Piano Adventure which is an excellent set of books for the pre-reader and early reader and also very affordable. We appreciate Taryn setting our son's musical foundation.
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Dane W. January 28, 2013
Verified Student
Taryn is responsive to my objectives and brings creativity to the task.

I'm a guitarist with 35 years of semi-pro and professional experience, with the ability to sub on simple keyboards parts. I chose Taryn from the available group of piano teachers because of her classical training. Her background is important because my goal is to acquire correct technique and become proficient at sightreading. Taryn understands that an adult student, especially one with previous performing experience, brings a perspective that's different from a child's, or from an adult with no previous experience. She communicates well and is appropriately flexible when required, but firm in her adherence to teaching the fundamentals that will help me accomplish my goals.
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Taryn K.

Taryn K.

Baltimore, MD 21201
(3)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Belinda L.

Baltimore, MD

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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Mercedes M. March 15, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
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
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
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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Karin A. February 12, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
Excellent teacher!

From the very first lesson, my daughter felt that she was learning a great deal from Belinda. Belinda cares about her students and is good with different styles of singing. She's always very professional, but fun at the same time.
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Belinda L.

Belinda L.

Baltimore, MD 21218
(10)
starting at
$57 / 30-min
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Zachary B.

Baltimore, MD

Regardless of your experience or age, singing is a wonderful expressive and educational tool. My extensive background in singing and wellness training allows me to teach students in a healthy and exciting way.

About Zachary

Dear Students and Parents:

My passion for performing and teaching brought me to TakeLessons as a way to enrich the Baltimore community (and beyond through Skype lessons!) and help individual students perform at their best. As an operatic performer, I thoroughly understand the importance of building a strong technical background for any level of singing or professional speaking. My other skills, like instrumental instruction, studying skills, accent reduction, and academic preparation are all offered through TakeLessons as well. As a teacher, I love having fun in lessons and building stro
ng connections with my students at absolutely any level. My personal musical performing experiences span opera, musical theater, jazz, pop, and R&B. I am so excited to share my knowledge and passion for singing with you, as well as any other subject we find to explore! As of February 2013, I am also available through TakeLessons' online instruction program! Please find more information below and I hope to hear from you soon!

Thanks!

Zachary B.

A native of Charlotte, NC, Zachary began his musical career as a tuba player and jazz bass guitarist. While attending The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Zachary began singing in various vocal groups on campus and developed his love for the singing voice. With encouragement from the music faculty, Zachary began training as an operatic baritone while at UNC. While attending UNC, Zachary was awarded both the Fischer Scholarship in Voice and the Tony McDowell Voice Scholarship. His singing brought him to Boston in the summer of 2010 to begin study at The Boston Conservatory. While performing various opera roles and attending summer programs, Zachary also opened his private studio and taught at a local music academy. He will sing the role of Marcello in The Boston Conservatory's production of La Boheme in April 2013, as well as a February opera scenes program which will include Cosi fan tutte and The Pearl Fishers.
Baritone Zachary B. is quickly establishing himself as an active operatic performer. Equally at home on the recital stage, his versatile lyric baritone voice fits a wide range of repertoire and styles. A graduate of The Boston Conservatory, Zachary has performed roles like the titular role in Don Giovanni (2012), Ramiro in L'Heure Espagnole (2012), L'horloge comtoise in L'Enfant et les sortileges (2012), Pooh-Bah in The Mikado (2011), and Bob in The Old Maid and the Thief (2011). Most recently, Zachary performed Character #7 in the ensemble chamber opera Transformations (Conrad Susa).

Starting in February 2013, Zachary will also be available through TakeLessons for online instruction. Lessons will still focus on energy, breath, and solid technique, so please contact him if you think this venue of instruction will be a good fit!

*** Lesson Details ***
Regardless of your background, I believe in making lessons fun, encouraging, and accessible. This means that my work with you will, by nature, be incredibly personal and always formulated for your specific musical goals. I will constantly strive to make sure you are comfortable in our work together as we explore singing, speaking, and music theory.

I believe every singing or speaking voice can benefit from a foundation in classical vocal technique. Whether you prefer to learn through singing songs or through various exercises, I can customize our lesson plan to fit your needs. Therefore, I provide a fun and engaging lesson atmosphere, but you need to bring your best as well! We will both be happier with the process if we are equally invested in your growth. We will start with something you already know (an aria, vocal exercise, or excerpt from a song) and work toward singing in your preferred vocal style. For example, classical singers will build their knowledge of English, German, Italian, and French diction and song styles. Additionally, I will always respect and include my student's musical interests.

Along the way, I am happy to address basic music theory ideas. If you prefer, we can also spend additional time reviewing and learning those principles to enrich your musical experience. I will always provide different exercises and ideas to keep your brain active in the singing process.

I believe in whole body, whole spirit singing. As a performer, I employ a variety of holistic exercises and theories to develop my own voice, such as basic Alexander Technique principles, voice therapy techniques, a variety of pedagogical palates, and energy work. If these sorts of things interest you, I am more than happy to incorporate them into our lessons. My personal results with those practices have been incredible, so I am always eager to share.

My personality is outgoing and energetic, so I bring that sort of atmosphere to a lesson. I expect preparedness and readiness on your part to maximize our work together. My greatest desire in teaching is to see you grow! So, if a challenging, yet comforting, work environment sounds like something you would like to try, consider scheduling a trial lesson with me. I am always happy to hear from new students!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Open area between the living room and the dining room, seating available, piano to accompany the voice lesson, garage/driveway/street parking.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I prefer for my students to have a keyboard or piano, and if possible, a music stand. We can always make a situation work if the student does not have access to these tools. I provide music, pencils, etc.

*** Specialties ***
I am an opera singer, and specialize in classical singing. However, I apply similar vocal technique to all genres of music, and focus on breathing technique, body and energy awareness, and discuss a holistic approach to singing with all students.
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Draaco A. May 19, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Great instructor, natural gifted at communicating the body mechanics, breathing, and finer points of singing.
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Anja J. March 9, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
After only 3 lessons, I feel like I have already made an improvement with my voice. Zachary is extremely patient and encouraging, and his charisma helps me to feel more confident about my progress. I am so glad that I found him, and I will definitely recommend him if I get the chance!
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robert M. February 10, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Brilliant! Enthusiastic and insightful. I highly recommend Zachary.
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Zachary B.

Zachary B.

Baltimore, MD 21201
(4)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Jennifer P.

Gwynn Oak, MD

Singing is my specialty--especially, singing in a relaxed, body-conscious, creative/heartfelt way. Are you longing to develop your own unique voice, and to share it with the world? To sing with more relaxation and freedom? To connect with audiences and to move them emotionally? Then, you've come to the right place.

About Jennifer

I am a professional singer-songwriter and have been teaching lessons fulltime for the last 12 years. I teach students of all ages and levels of experience. My current range of students include: kids with learning/developmental disabilities, teenagers who have starred in school musicals, and performing adult singer-songwriters. Whatever your background or desire, I can help you to cultivate your unique musical potential, and to strengthen your creative voice.

As a professional vocalist and pianist, I have worked freelance, in a variety of settings, over the years--including solo, in wedd
ing bands, small jazz and rock/pop groups and with big bands. I have been singing with the Mood Swings Big Band for 6+ years. During that time, we have performed at the White House, the Chamber of Commerce and in Kennebunkport, Maine (at the Bush estate).

I also have an extensive professional and personal background in meditation (10 years), astrology (5 years) and healing (particularly Reiki, 4 years). I am very interested in the intersection between a healing/mindfulness-awareness approach and singing/playing piano.
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Daisy N. July 30, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
She is the best piano teacher I've met so far. She taught me the basics fist and she asked me what I was comfortable with and what I wasn't. She also have me some good references to refer to when I'm home so I can practice and get better at playing
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Daisy N. July 30, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
She is the best piano teacher I've met so far. She taught me the basics fist and she asked me what I was comfortable with and what I wasn't. She also have me some good references to refer to when I'm home so I can practice and get better at playing
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Kayla S. June 9, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Jennifer was focused from the start. Her experience pin pointed what to work on during practice. She knew right away what weaknesses to strengthen and what strengths to perfect. Look forward to next session.
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Jennifer P.

Jennifer P.

Gwynn Oak, MD 21207
(6)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Seana G.

Baltimore, MD

Whether you can only make it to a lesson once in a while, or you’re ready to commit to an on-going relationship, you can be certain that your lessons will use your time well. Never hesitate to express the best way music lessons can fit into your lifestyle.

60 minutes: $65
Weekly 60-minute lessons will improve your musical ability fast. This is for the committed singer, regardless of experience, and the best way to gain the full musical lesson experience.

45 minutes: $55
The 30-minute lesson goes by fast, which is why the 45-minute option is great for someone who wants more experience, but less out of the pocketbook. This is also a good option for students around the ages of 15-18.

30 minutes: $45
Although the 30-minute lesson goes by quickly, it is full of information and improvement. This is a great option for younger students, or people with busy lifestyles.

About Seana

Thank you for your interest in advancing your musical studies through Seana Grace’s private studio! Whether you’re a beginner or you’ve been performing your whole life, my goal is to craft the lessons to be tailored to each student’s unique needs.

Voice lessons normally consist of vocal exercises, which help build a foundation with a strong singing technique. We’ll apply those techniques to songs and work on tying everything together in the art of performance.

Lessons are held in a private home in Upper Fells Point, Baltimore. The studio consists of an upright Beringer piano, music stand
s, and sitting room for parents or relatives.
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Jason L. August 20, 2014
Vocal Training · In studio
Verified Student
Seana is an exceptional teacher and motivator. Not only is she impressively knowledgeable and insightful, she's unbelievable encouraging throughout each lesson. Her positive nature really helps encourage progress lesson after lesson; I highly recommend her.
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Anne L. July 20, 2014
Classical Voice · In studio
I just had my first lesson with Seana. She is so energetic and it was really fun. I feel like I learned a lot. She worked me to the bone! She is a classical singer, but helped me with my musical theater piece. She is an amazing singer!
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Seana G.

Seana G.

Baltimore, MD 21231
(2)
starting at
$45 / 30-min

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