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The Right Song For Your Range - Boston Singing Lessons

By Maya A. - Boston Singing Teacher

We hear tons of songs on the radio, on our iPods and on the Internet. Why do the singers make them sound so effortless? As a teacher of singing lessons in Boston, I'm always surprised as to what students think their voice should be able to do already before any lessons. I had one student who was very ambitious about singing songs at the top of his register, so I introduced a few songs that worked on slowly expanding his range. Eventually, he was able to sing higher songs effortlessly.

As a voice teacher of multiple genres, students have asked me if they can sing a song that goes a little too high or too low for their voice. What makes a song right for your range? When you pick a song you want to sing, there are a few things you might want to consider: for example, is the song sung by a woman or a man? Men and women have different voices. Pop and rock songs are usually written to suit the needs of these two different categories. Let's take an example. If you're a guy who feels comfortable singing low notes without much effort then a John Mayer song might be great for you! However, if you are a girl who loves to sing high, a low jazz song may not be right for you.

When you start voice lessons in Boston, you and your teacher should work together to find a song that sits comfortably on your voice: it might have a breathy low or high note when you start learning it, but no notes that take a great amount of effort to sing. Over a period of weeks, working on "comfortable" songs like these will help to expand your range so those breathy low and high notes will become clearer!

It's important to remember that everyone's voice is different. Most songs are written for a particular singer's vocal range. If you've been trying to master a song for months and it still feels awkward to sing, it might not be not you; it might be the song! Move on and try a different song.

I hope these tips help as you embark upon your singing lessons in Boston and work on finding the right songs for your voice. Good luck!

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Joshua F.

Allston, MA

Singing is one of the most challenging and rewarding areas of musical performance. It's so personal and expressive that a lot of us feel uncomfortable approaching the voice at all. I've been singing and performing for over a decade. Using proper breathing technique and customized warm-ups I can help you become the best possible singer you can be! The first step is always the hardest but I am confident that we can do it!

About Joshua

Hi! I'm Josh, a passionate music educator in Boston, MA. I have taught over 1000 lessons over the past three years to piano, voice, and theory students of all ages. From preparing for rock-vocal style auditions at Berklee College of Music to helping re-discovering the fun of classical piano lessons, there is nothing I enjoy more than working with students on achieving their goals. As a gigging musician and a lifetime student myself, I know what it takes to improve, master, and most importantly ENJOY your time at your instrument. Looking forward to helping you reach all your music goals!

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ut me:
I eat/breathe/sleep music. From writing and conducting my first A Capella piece in high school to playing in bands that have toured around the world, music is my passion and my life! I value nothing more than finding that passion in others and working together to turn musical fantasies into realities.

From grade school to high school I took rigorous classical piano lessons. In 2006-07 I attended two summer programs at Berklee College of Music where I studied jazz/rock performance, and continued to study jazz piano at Washington University.

At Boston University, I studied classical music composition/theory, and was accepted to for a dual degree in Music Composition, Psychology, but decided to pursue music as a minor in order to allow more time for gigging. Since relocating to Boston, I have performed 250+ shows in various ensembles around the greater Boston area.

*** Lesson Details ***
As your private instructor, I am here to give you the most rewarding, interesting, and enjoyable lessons in the UNIVERSE. My lessons are are catered to your specific goals and where you are at, beginner to advance, 5-1000 years old. I am here to get you to where you want to go, whether that's taking up a new hobby or becoming a virtuoso. Together, we will do it!

In our lessons we will work on:

- Your favorite songs, any style
- Writing your own music
- How to learn music by ear
- How to read music notation and chord sheets.
- How to record/produce yourself
- really, seriously, ANYTHING YOU WANT!

I know what it's like to have a teacher that is uninspiring, or to be told that a certain kind of music is the "right kind to learn," when all you want to do is jam out to your favorite songs on the radio. I've been there. That's not what I'm about. I'll teach you how to play whatever it is you want to learn, whether that's the complete works of Bach or the latest One Direction song. Let's do it.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Digital Piano, Synthesizer, Digital Audio Workstation, Recording Equipment.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Piano and voice students must provide piano/keyboard.

*** Specialties ***
My experience is primarily with pop/rock/jazz/classical music, but we can do any genre/style you'd like!
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Harrison C. August 21, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Josh is great! He kept my child engaged and made him excited about piano and singing. Now he practices piano everyday and asks when is his next lesson. Thanks Josh!
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Samantha W. June 17, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Josh was great! He was knowledgeable and very easy to get along with.
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Gina V. February 15, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I started taking piano lessons with Josh a year ago and I am happy to say it is a great experience! Josh is an amazing teacher. He is only focused on what his student want and build his lessons around that to further their growth. Josh is flexible with scheduling lessons and is accommodating when lessons need to be changed or cancelled. He is overall a fun, interactive, and patient teach. I highly recommend him!
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Joshua F.

Joshua F.

Allston, MA 02134
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$35 / 30-min
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Anne M.

Boston, MA

For the BEGINNER OR HOBBYIST adults or children. Also appropriate for vocal coaching to review basic voice production.

Take singing or speaking lessons for the first time or build your knowledge and skills. Learn to sing/speak with more ease and power. Sing or speak better at school, church or in your band.
Learn to sing any style of popular music.

Professional voice users and intermediate-advanced singers should sign up for "Music Performance" or "Speaking Voice."

About Anne

"Anne M. is an experienced and supportive teacher, a jazz vocalist, pianist, composer and lyricist with a conservatory degree in jazz voice from Manhattan School of Music. She continued advanced studies with prominent, NYC jazz piano, music theory and songwriting instructors. She is currently attending Boston University, Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and working toward becoming certified as a speech-language pathologist and vocal therapist."

*Note for 2015: As I continue in my graduate school program my time is limited, but I will try my best to accommodate any st
udent with a strong interest in improving and maintaining a regular weekly lesson schedule. Pay-as-you go scheduling is not encouraged because of time constraints and lack of consistency for maintaining steady progress and reaching your goals. Weekly students are more successful!
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Hello!

Thank you for your interest in piano, singing, or public speaking lessons. My philosophy is based on teaching 5 important things that performers must practice:
Singers/Speakers -- articulation, breathing/phrasing, rhythm, tone and a personal connection to the material.
Pianists -- technique, tone, rhythm, mechanics, and expression

I am a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and received my conservatory degree and additional training in New York City. I can prepare you to audition, perform, present, and have fun performing better at school, at work, at home and on stage

As I train to become a certified voice therapist, I am able to help singers and professional speakers improve the health and longevity of their voice. I can work with students who have asthma, nodes, hoarseness, English as a second language, stuttering, or other language difficulties.

A variety of lessons for the beginner and the professional are available for customizing your goals.

Speaking, singing, performing, and music are for all! I look forward to sharing our voices and music together.

Let's get started!
Ms. Annie
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Jareds M. May 28, 2015
Speaking Voice · In studio
Verified Student
Anne is great. She is a great teacher who is extremely nice and easy to relate to. I'm learning a lot. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for speaking lessons.
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Sarah Z. December 5, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Thank you Anne. I get the most from you that one should play piano with the body in a natural state. "Nature commended should be obeyed."

I think it is incredible that you keep learning new things!

Wish you all the best in the future.

Genuinely
Sarah
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Scott S. October 31, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Returning to fundamentals as an adult learner is very difficult and challenging but, at least in my case, very necessary. Annie has been a wonderful piano and voice teacher guiding me through this process - patient and kind, tolerant of my poor practice habits, and able to help me work on all aspects of my music. I would highly recommend her to any prospective student, and hope to continue working with her well into the future.
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Anne M.

Boston, MA 02215
(10)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Eunhye J.

Boston, MA

- Optimal Singing Body

Although the health of your body is crucial in performing any kinds of instruments, singing needs your body to be the most optimal condition because Your Body Is Your Instruments.

I will help you to keep up with taking care of your body in terms of singing. There are techniques that you can learn to maximize your singing ability. I will share them with you each session.

- Finding your Own Voice

We will work together to discover what styles that suit your voice most. And, we will get your unique voice emerge, so that you don't try to sing like someone, but you actually sing it.

- Basic Musicality - pith, rhythm, expressions!
Even when you are physically ready, if your brain doesn't understand what you are hearing and singing, you aren't going anywhere. Ear training with me will improve this area, for sure.

About Eunhye

Dual Major in Piano Performance (Classical/Jazz Study) and Film Scoring at Berklee College of Music

Studied with professor
Ed Bedner (Doctoral Studies at BU)
Vadim Neselovskyi (International Pianist/Composer)

*** Lesson Details ***
1. Piano

- Relaxation Technique: Maximize your performance ability that you already have. (It takes a week to master it, and I will walk you through how you will be applying to the pieces you work on)

- Classical Repertoire: Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and more! If you have a school recital, we can work on these masters' pieces. You will be not only memo
rize and play, but also express as if it were your own music.

- Jazz & Improvisation: Beginner to Intermediate level (pre-college level) Learning jazz gives you a great foundation to play any kinds of contemporary music; R&B, Dance, Folk, etc.
Each lesson will give you hands-on exercises along with insights to delve into your creativity. It is highly important to determine what each student's goal is in order to design the course. So, please consult with me!

- Recital Preparation, College Application Prep.

* * * * *

2. Singing

- Optimal Singing Body

Although the health of your body is crucial in performing any kinds of instruments, singing needs your body to be the most optimal condition because Your Body Is Your Instruments.

I will help you to keep up with taking care of your body in terms of singing. There are techniques that you can learn to maximize your singing ability. I will share them with you each session.

- Finding your Own Voice

We will work together to discover what styles that suit your voice most. And, we will get your unique voice emerge, so that you don't try to sing like someone, but you actually sing it.

- Basic Musicality - pith, rhythm, expressions!
Even when you are physically ready, if your brain doesn't understand what you are hearing and singing, you aren't going anywhere. Ear training with me will improve this area, for sure.

* * * * *

3. Composition

- Theory that prepares you to Compose:

To get you ready to compose, you need to know a bit about 'Harmony, Counterpoint', which has been a powerful tool for generations. If you are not going to master classical composition, however, it can be overwhelming. I will walk you through the most important materials that you need to know to start your composition.

- Your Actual Compositions Down!
We will work together to finish your compositions either on paper, recording or both at the end of the semester. You will be proud of yourself to have your portfolio!

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4. Combinations
I also offer the combination of each area described above.
I recommend to spend at least 30 min for each area though.

Thank you so much for reading the introduction. I would be really happy to hear from you and to have a chance to improve our "music life" together eventually.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Upright Piano, Keyboard, Video/Audio Recording, Sequencing Device, Korean Percussions

*** Travel Equipment ***
Car

*** Specialties ***
Piano: Classical, Jazz, Pop and Technique

Voice Coaching in various style

Composition: Finding your own voice in writing

Korean Drumming: Janggu and Korean Rhythms
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Mark S. September 26, 2014
Arrangement and Composition · In studio
Verified Student
Fun and friendly experience. Eunhye is also patient which is needed with me!
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Ada R. March 5, 2014
Vocal Training
Verified Student
I learn so much in my first lesson

Eunhye J. is a great vocal teacher, she has help me so much with technique and breathing. If you need a vocal teacher I recommend her, she is friendly professional and patient.

Thank you
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Eunhye J.

Eunhye J.

Boston, MA 02128
(2)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Mark L.

Boston, MA

Fun and approachable technical foundation to bring to life your best voice! Instruction is rooted in many years of teaching experience and an extensive vocal pedagogy background, as well vocal anatomy training in conjunction with the MGH Voice Center in Boston.

About Mark

My students discover joyful music-making through the application of quality vocal training and technique. Via productive evaluation, and support and encouragement, I will help you to achieve your best voice. Whether pursuing a professional career in classical voice or music theater, or simply seeking to increase your own satisfaction with your singing, I am eager to help you achieve your goals. Student repertoire ranges from legit and contemporary music theater, to pop, jazz, and opera. Lessons focus on breath energy and release, resonance, vowel tuning, effective chest/head voice register bl
ending, movement and body release exercises, performance anxiety management, and musical expression. I hold a degree in Vocal Pedagogy and Performance from The Boston Conservatory, where I also previously taught Voice through the conservatory's Vocal Arts Extension Program. I am currently voice faculty at the South Shore Conservatory as well as at The French Cultural Center of Boston.
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Carmen Tu August 20, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Mark is a great teacher with many years of music experience. He was very helpful and extremely patient and encouraging. Awesome!
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Brent July 8, 2015
Opera Voice · In studio
Mark is a gifted voice teacher and I would highly recommend him for singers of all ability levels. I am a baritone who has an undergraduate degree in vocal performance and has been singing classical music, including opera roles, for 13 years. I am singing a couple solo pieces this summer (one English art song and one African-American spiritual) and was looking for a voice teacher to help me check-in on my technique. I took four lessons with Mark from June to July 2015.

Mark has an incredibly warm style. I immediately felt comfortable singing in front of him and hearing his feedback. He immediately zoned in on my “ah” vowel, which was too covered/dark. Over the next few lessons, we continued to improve the vowel and work to better release the breath. In my experience, modifying one aspect of the technique often reveals other areas than need work as well. Mark patiently helped me identify these areas and he provided some excellent tools and techniques to improve my overall sound. Mark’s instruction was consistently clear—he skillfully combined metaphors to describe how the voice works with explanations of vocal physiology. I definitely feel more prepared to sing these solo pieces next week!

I highly recommend Mark as a teacher for both new and experienced singers. It’s clear that Mark has a strong command of the fundamentals of singing and would be an excellent teacher for someone who wants to build a solid foundation. Furthermore, Mark would be a great teacher for more experienced singers that want to return to vocal training or fine-tune an established technique.
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Jim Rothgeb June 5, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Having never before taken singing lessons and without much to bring to the table so to speak, my insecurities were gently addressed; and soon I found myself comfortable and somewhat capable. I left feeling reassured and excited about my new adventure ... thanks entirely to Mark's approach and skills!
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Mark L.

Mark L.

Boston, MA 02114
(7)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Jennifer A.

Boston, MA

A concentration on technique and creating a well rounded performer. Specialty in classical repertoire and musical theater performance. Work well with students with disabilities.

About Jennifer

Do you want to learn to sing? How about playing the piano? Afraid that it might be boring? Not with me! Music is fun and lessons with me are always fun! I am fluent in sarcasm and movie quotes, and am always honest! In addition to having fun, you will learn to become a better sing or player, playing or singing music you enjoy! Start taking lessons today!!!!!
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Carla F. June 30, 2015
Singing · In home
About two years ago we discovered our daughter Amanda had a pretty voice and after many months of pleading with her to take lessons she finally agreed! Mrs. Almedia was highly recommended to us and she did not disappoint! My daughter has come a long way in working through her shyness and developing her voice and has volunteered herself to sing in two school talent shows and sing the national anthem at the start of a local mud run obstacle race. We are very pleased with Mrs. Almedias skills and flexible schedule and are thankful to have found her! She not only helped Amanda to develop her singing but she helped teach her confidence to use her talent.
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Darin M. June 24, 2015
Singing · In home
Miss Almeida is an outstanding instructor. Jennifer has been working with my daughter with singing and piano lessons at my home for two years. As a teacher, I find her lessons well planned, structured for the success of my child and goal centered. She is very friendly and my daughter absolutely loves her! I highly recommend Miss Almeida!
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Jennifer A.

Jennifer A.

Boston, MA 02116
(2)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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