I teach my students about the anatomy of breathing and tone production, focusing on breath energy and a released sound. I use fixed-Do solfège to teach note-reading and develop the ear. I am careful to assign repertoire that is at my students' level, challenging them musically but not going beyond what is appropriate for their vocal development. This avoids tension and injury and inspires confidence as students study music that they are able to sing well.
I teach classical/opera and Broadway singing styles. I do not teach pop singing. I accept voice students ages fourteen and older. I encourage younger students interested in voice lessons to consider joining a choir and/or taking lessons on another instrument instead. In my professional opinion, the voice is not sufficiently developed before age fourteen and there is a greater risk of injury in private voice lessons. In a choir, children are directed to sing in a healthy way for their age and learn valuable musicianship and aural ...
I grew up in southeast Michigan and have been in love with music for as long as I can remember. My mom tells me that I walked into the kitchen one day when I was about 18 months old and started singing the theme song to her favorite soap opera--in the right key! I started violin lessons when I was three years old and at five I became the youngest student ever accepted into the studio of James Waring, now-retired violinist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Under Mr. Waring, I developed a solid virtuoso technique and worked on chamber music as well as solo and concerto repertoire for the v
iolin. While I was an undergraduate student at Westminster Choir College, I continued my violin study with Dr. Mia Wu.
After six years of violin study, I added piano lessons. I studied with Catherine Rollin, an internationally-known teacher and composer. Ms. Rollin's practical approach to technique and musicianship has been extremely influential in my own teaching, and I use her exercises and compositions with my students. I studied a wide range of repertoire with Ms. Rollin but my very favorite pieces were those by Bach, Chopin, and Debussy.
I sang in choirs throughout my childhood and began taking voice lessons in high school. I eventually decided to study voice performance at Westminster Choir College, where I completed my Bachelor of Music degree in 2004. I then studied for a year at the New England Conservatory with soprano Luretta Bybee, but ultimately returned to Westminster to continue working with my teacher there, Margaret Cusack. I got my Master of Music degree in vocal pedagogy and performance from Westminster Choir College in 2008. While a student at Westminster, I performed the soprano roles of Ifigenia in Handel's Oreste, Amy in Mark Adamo's Little Women, and Janthe in Heinrich Marschner's Der Vampyr. I have coached with Daniel Beckwith, J. J. Penna, and Dalton Baldwin, and was privileged to sing in the Westminster Choir and the Westminster Symphonic Choir under Dr. Joseph Flummerfelt. With the Westminster Choir, I recorded the album Heaven to Earth and performed in Lakmé and I Capuleti e i Montecchi at the Spoleto Festival U.S.A. in Charleston, South Carolina. I also performed Handel's Messiah with Sir Neville Marriner and Nicholas McGegan, Mahler's Symphony No. 3 with Sir Michael Tilson Thomas and Lorin Maazel, Berlioz's Requiem with Charles Dutoit, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with Lorin Maazel.
I have taught in the Princeton area since 2008, maintaining a studio of about twenty voice, piano, and violin students. In addition, I sing as cantor and soprano section leader at Queenship of Mary Catholic Church in Plainsboro and am a member of Princeton Pro Musica. I live with my husband, Jerome, in Lawrenceville and I love to knit when I'm not teaching or performing.
*** Lesson Details *** I offer lessons in my studio. In my studio, I have an upright acoustic piano, a full-size violin which I use for demonstration, a music stand, and a mirror so voice and violin students can check their technique. I also have a comfortable couch where parents can observe their children's lessons.
Violin students MUST bring their own instruments to the first lesson. Piano students must have their own pianos when lessons begin. I strongly recommend an acoustic piano even for beginning students, but a full-size (88 keys) touch-sensitive electronic keyboard is also acceptable. Voice students are encouraged to practice with a piano or electronic keyboard but may use an online keyboard to check pitches if they do not own a piano. TakeLessons can put you in contact with me if you have questions about purchasing or renting instruments.
My goal in teaching is to foster a love of music and a passion for the arts. I focus on developing my students as musicians in general and on a relaxed technique that will allow for the best possible artistic expression.
I have found that my students who practice regularly find their lessons rewarding and enjoyable and tend to make significant progress. That said, not every student decides to take lessons because he or she wants to become a professional musician.
Violin and piano students should practice every day. Voice students should practice six days a week, taking one day to rest their voices both from solo practice and choirs or any other activities that involve significant vocal use.
I encourage parents of younger children to attend lessons and help their children practice. It doesn't matter if you aren't a musician yourself. Just encouraging your child to focus and to remember what he or she worked on at the last lesson will help enormously.
Practice time will vary depending on the student. All students should begin their practice with some stretching to loosen up their muscles, followed by the scales and exercises we worked on during their lessons. Students should try to practice fifteen minutes to one hour each day, depending on age. This time may be broken into two or three shorter sessions depending on the student's stamina. If you have just begun taking lessons, an uninterrupted hour of practice may be quite exhausting. You can still practice for an hour each day, but you may prefer to divide your time into three twenty-minute segments. Voice students especially are encouraged to divide their practice into shorter sessions, even if they have been singing for several years. The more you practice, the faster you will progress, and the sooner you will be able to begin working on more challenging and interesting music.
Even if you already know how to read music, we will probably spend some time talking about music theory. Beginning students especially will have a theory and/or notespeller book with assignments each week. If there is something in your theory assignment that you do not understand, you may skip that part and ask me about it at your next lesson. If you finish your assignment quickly, I encourage you to work ahead. Again, the more theory you learn, the easier it will be to learn new music, and the sooner you will be able to work on more advanced music.
Some students choose to take a break from their lessons during the summer months or the holiday season. While it is good to take a day off once in a while and I encourage students to take a week off after a big recital, you will lose a lot of ground if you spend two or three months without any practicing or lessons. If you are really interested in making a lot of progress during a vacation from school, I am happy to work with you twice a week so you can improve even more quickly. I had two violin lessons a week for a summer when I was younger and two voice lessons a week for a few months during college, and it made a huge difference.
*** Studio Equipment *** I teach in my home studio. I have an upright acoustic piano, a full-size violin which I use for demonstration, a music stand, and a mirror so voice and violin students can check their technique. I also have a comfortable couch where parents can observe their children's lessons.
*** Specialties *** I teach violin, piano, and voice lessons. Please click "Read More" below for more information.
VOICE I teach my students about the anatomy of breathing and tone production, focusing on breath energy and a released sound. I use fixed-Do solfÃ¨ge to teach note-reading and develop the ear. I am careful to assign repertoire that is at my students' level, challenging them musically but not going beyond what is appropriate for their vocal development. This avoids tension and injury and inspires confidence as students study music that they are able to sing well.
I teach classical/opera and Broadway singing styles. I do not teach pop singing. I accept voice students ages fourteen and older. I encourage younger students interested in voice lessons to consider joining a choir and/or taking lessons on another instrument instead. In my professional opinion, the voice is not sufficiently developed before age fourteen and there is a greater risk of injury in private voice lessons. In a choir, children are directed to sing in a healthy way for their age and learn valuable musicianship and aural skills.
I do not accept male voice students. I do not feel that my understanding of the male voice is adequate to provide the level of instruction that I expect from myself. There are many female voice teachers who are comfortable teaching male students, and vice versa. TakeLessons can help you find the teacher who is perfect for you!
PIANO Beginning students work from the Alfred Premier Piano Course, later transitioning to the Pathways to Artistry series by my former teacher, Catherine Rollin. We work on developing a curved hand position with relaxed wrists and strong finger joints. I use technical exercises to teach artistic expression rather than teaching these two elements separately. Beginning students count and sing note-names out-loud to integrate theory and note-reading with their playing. I accept piano students ages five and older. I do not accept piano students younger than five because their hands are often too small to play comfortably.
Blythe is a wonderful teacher,as well as person. She has made taking piano something my dauhter looks forward to every week. She is quite an asset and a great find!
Dingding G. April 24, 2013
Violin Verified Student
It is out of sheer luck that TakeLessons.com introduced me
to Blythe. As an adult student, I started learning the violin
decades too late, and yet with Blythe's patience and her
effective techniques in helping me correct errors, I am
steadily progressing. One day my dream of playing the violin may
actually come true, and I will always be grateful that Blythe has made this possible.
Tarsha began her study of music at the prestigious LaGuardia HS of the Performing Arts in NYC. There she was trained in Classical music and Theory. She then went on to Syracuse University to earn a Degree in Music where she majored in Voice and minored in Piano. Once Tarsha graduated, she continued to take private lessons while performing in pageants and talent shows around the NYC metro area such as "Amateur Night at the Apollo", and the "Ms. New York" pageant where she won the talent competition. Her biggest audition however, took place on the streets of Harlem U.S.A where an unafraid Tarsh
a approached world renowned rapper "Doug E. Fresh" and began to belt out a tune for him right there in the middle of the street! Doug E. wasted no time in signing Tarsha to his management co. and it wasn't long after that that Tarsha was signed by Tommy Boy records to record her first album. The album yielded the hit song,"Where I Wanna Be Boy" and set the stage for her next major move to Motown Records. It was at this time that Tarsha teamed up with other artists such as Busta Rhymes,Nas, Common, AZ, Big Pun, jazz legend Najee and Jahiem just to name a few. After touring and embarking upon a career in radio, Tarsha began teaching from her home. She had been hired by "Diddy" (Bad Boy Records) to come in and train some of his groups. She decided to share her knowledge of the music industry and to help train others to achieve their dreams.
Tarsha believes there is an artist inside all of us and her desire is to bring it out and let it SHINE! The lessons are all about the student and their desires. Whether it be training for an audition, preparing for a performance or simply training one's voice, the students needs will always come first. She takes great strides to ensure that the students have fun while working. Music should always be fun! Each student will be given their own specific type of lesson depending on their goal, but it will be fun, easy to learn and rewarding!!
*** Lesson Details *** Each lesson will begin with stretching exercises and vocalizes. We will then move onto the chosen work of that day. We will break down the music first lyrically so that the student understands what their repertoire means and will gradually incorporate performance techniques. Each lesson will end with a recap of that days session and at home study will be given.
*** Studio Equipment *** Piano
*** Travel Equipment *** I provide a keyboard and a tape recorder. They should provide any manuals or specific recordings we work on.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in R&B. I myself was an R&B singer from Motown Records (1996-2000) so i am familiar with the differences between singing for recordings and live singing. I have also toured so I am quite knowledgeable in maintaining one's voice while on the road. I have performed and taught how to sing with live bands as well as with electronic accompaniment.
Maik L. May 4, 2015
Singing Verified Student
Tasha did a great Job with our Child.
Emily L. April 1, 2015
In home Verified Student
Tarsha is fantastic. She does not waste any time but got Emily right into the things that matter. Very impressive and we are privileged to have here as a Vocal Coach for Emily. She is professional and a great communicator.
Students learn proper vocal technique to help them sing Broadway-style music and build stamina. The techniques for mixing the voice and switching between a head and chest voice is emphasized.
Rachel B. has produced, directed, and performed in numerous productions both in Philly and NJ. She earned her B.M. in Music Theatre from Westminster Choir College in 2010, and went on to intern with the Passage Theatre Company in Trenton, NJ. Recently, she has been delving into the world of opera, producing and directing works by Donizetti and Mozart with Opera MODO. In 2011, she started her own company, Plutonian Productions, which specializes in original works.
Diane U. May 20, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Rachel made my daughter feel comfortable and confident immediately when she began voice lessons. She has taught her the basic techniques she has needed and makes it fun. She varies the lessons in order to teach a wide variety of things.
Isabella M. May 11, 2015
In studio Verified Student
She is the absolute best! Not only does she help build a foundation, but also helps the student achieve their goals. She is patient and always has a different way to explain things, if you don't understand. I would recommend her to any person, of any level, interested in getting a singing teacher.
Deborah B. May 10, 2015
Rachel is wonderful for so many reasons. She allows her students to feel comfortable and fills them with confidence. It had been over 6 years since the last time I sang publicly and I came to Rachel very nervous and filled with stage fright. With her as my vocal coach I am now more confident and a much stronger singer then I could have imagined and this is only after working with her for less then a year and I can not wait to see what she has in store for me next. She is truly a gifted teacher.
Experience performing musical theater from a young age to advanced. Able to teach a healthy belt for men and women.
Hello! I'm Shane and I would love to be your voice teacher! I am committed to uncovering the true potential that each singer possesses as well as helping their awareness as a musician.
Regarding my private vocal and music theory students, I identify the individual needs and create a curriculum based on the the learning style of each student. Vocally, I include the following subjects with every student: relaxation, posture and alignment, breathing, phonation, support, registration, resonance, and articulation. It is extremely important that every student has a sense of achievement and succe
Studio Lessons: I currently have a studio that enables me to audio or video record each lesson. I also use a fully weighted electric piano for these lessons and have a music stand for students to use.
In-Home Lessons: I have the ability to travel for in-home lessons within a certain radius of my home in central New Jersey. My only requirement for these lessons is that a piano/keyboard must be present with a music stand being preferred, but not required.
Within these studio mediums, I am able teach the following vocal styles, techniques, and musicianship skills: -Classical Voice -Opera -Musical Theater -Jazz -Pop -Rock -R&B -Country -Ear Training -Music Theory
My background in voice is extremely diverse with an undergraduate degree in Commercial Music from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Before completing my Masters of Music from Westminster Choir College of Rider University, I worked as a session singer, background vocalist, and voice teacher. I was privileged to work with some of the most talented musicians in the music industry and I decided to pursue graduate work in an effort to share the importance and knowledge of a healthy vocalism.
I am currently living in Princeton, New Jersey where I work as a classical vocalist, opera singer, and teacher. I am able to teach out of my home, travel to your home, or teach online.
I look forward to hearing from you!
Thulasiraja K. May 26, 2015
Music Theory ·
In home Verified Student
Shane is very knowledgeable and flexible. Great teacher!
Jason B. April 2, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Shane helps create a relaxed environment, is knowledgeable and I feel like my goals and concerns are taken seriously. I would certainly recommend him.
Thulasiraja K. February 16, 2015
Music Theory ·
In home Verified Student
His teaching approach is really clear and he starts from where we think we need help. Great experience so far. I'd highly recommend him as a teacher for music theory..
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