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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!

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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Katie L. April 18, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Josh is awesome! He is so patient and definitely has a unique way of bonding with my daughter - so she listens! Incredible!
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Matt Connolly April 4, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I alway look forward to my lessons with Josh. He is very personable and enthusiastic in his teaching methods and very understanding of one's learning level.
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Dan J. March 6, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Josh is a great teacher, a good combination of song learning and technical skill work. In many cases the technical aspects we're working on are being used in the song itself and it brings a nice level of practicality to things.
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Joshua F.

Joshua F.

Allston, MA 02134
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Albino M.

Cambridge, MA

I have been singing for years and teaching voice!!

About Albino

Albino was born in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, a country in southern Africa known for its rich musical and cultural heritage. Fueled by the resourcefulness and determination that have always characterized Mozambicans, he built his first guitar at 16 from a 5-liter can of oil, scrap wood, and strings made out of electrical cords.

Drawn to the sounds of neighborhood street musicians in Maputo, Albino began to play in a number of local bands. As with his home-made guitar, Albino wanted to combine styles and incorporate diverse elements in his music. For his talents to grow, he knew he n
eeded experience new places, cultures, and sounds.

While studying music education and Performance at Universidade Eduardo Mondlane in Mozambique, he heard about the Berklee School of Music in Boston, USA, where he could expand his musical horizons. Soon after, he was one of the first students to receive a full scholarship to Berklee through the African Scholars program. In 2009, he settled in Boston, Massachusetts.

At Berklee, he was exposed to a variety of influences, but wanted to go deeper into the roots of jazz and expand his knowledge of music. He auditioned and was selected to participate in the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, which is directed by Danilo Perez and the residency teachers, including Joe Lovano John Patitucci, and Terri Lyne Carrington. The Institute emphasizes an artist's original vision in jazz, and has helped Albino find his own unique voice in the art form.

Albino still felt the absence of his own Mozambican traditions in his music. With the help of his mentors, Richard Bona and Lionel Loueke, two of the most prominent African musicians in the United States of America today, he began to bridge that gap.

Today, Albino's music succeeds in combining many disparate parts into an organic whole. It incorporates his musical experiences from Mozambique, the U.S., and many other places around the world, combining rhythmic patterns and musical concepts to create a unique Moz-Jazz sound. He will always continue to combine and capture the energies of different musical traditions to create a unified and original musical style.

Albino's original composition “Mozambique Dance” was recorded by Jazz Revelation Records, a student-run record label at the Berklee College of Music, for the 8th annual album released in 2011. He also recorded “Awusiwana,” his own composition, for the Berklee 2012 summer album. His debut album, also called Mozambique Dance, is to be released in Spring 2013.

Albino is an active musician, and has performed in several countries including Mozambique, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Italy, the U.S., and Mexico. He has also produced and recorded various projects in Mozambique and in the United States. In 2012, he will graduate from Berklee College with a degree in Music Production & Engineering and Performance, and a minor in Acoustics and Electronics.

*** Lesson Details ***
My teaching method dependent on the type of student. All my students will be treated with care and commitment to help them archive the their goals in the lessons.
We will be using book method as a way to follow a clear direction.
Learn songs, chords, scales, phrase, theory and more material that is needed for better musical foundation.

I am open to what the student wants to achieve over short and long terms.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Desk top and Laptop Mac Computers
Protools, Logic Pro, reason
Focusrite 56 Liquide, Focusrite Dual Mono Mic pre
BBe Maximizer
Bricasti, M7, sterreo reverb

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar
Guitar Amp
Mic
Laptop
Mbox

*** Specialties ***
Guitar
Bass Guitar
Voice
Ukelele
Song writing
Production
Audio Recording
Mixing
Mastering
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Amalie April 3, 2016
Ukulele · In home
Verified Student
Albino was great with my young daughter. She was really excited to practice what he taught. She was able to play a simple song after her first lesson. He connected with her.
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Paul June 26, 2015
Bass Guitar · In home
Excellent experience!
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Albino M.

Albino M.

Cambridge, MA 02139
(2)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Yun H.

Boston, MA

Yun started recording as a singer at a very young age. She has recorded and released 9 albums as a member of “Green Swallows” from 1999 to 2005 and two solo albums in 2004 and 2005. To further broaden her musicianship, she studied composition, arranging and performance at the Berklee College of Music, and completed a Performance Degree. She teaches singing in English, Mandarin and Cantonese. One of her students Jia Wei Zhao was recently admitted by Berklee College of Music.

About Yun

Yun H started recording as a singer at a very young age. She has recorded and released 9 albums as a member of “Green Swallows” from 1999 to 2005 and two solo albums in 2004 and 2005. To further broaden her musicianship, she studied composition, arranging and performance at the Berklee College of Music, and completed a Performance Degree. As a versatile performer, she sings in English, Mandarin and Cantonese. Her sound is a blend traditional Chinese folk and contemporary jazz / soul music. Yun has performed in music events in New England and beyond, including “Roots and Gospel in Gardner Mus
eum”, “2013 Lunar New Year Concert in Berklee Performance Center”,“Newport Folk Festival 2013”, “Newport Folk Festival 2014”, “Ivy League Spring Festival Gala 2014” and shared stage with Yo-Yo Ma, Eugene Friesen (four-time Grammy Award-winner), Sandeep Das (two-time Grammy nominee), Mike Block, and Hozier (2015 Grammy Nominee).
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Amy May 10, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I like my singing lessons with Yun. She is not only an amazing teacher with professionalism and ethics, but very reliable, understanding, supportive, and patient. She gives unique methods that helps you sing better and won't loose your voice. She will make sure that you meet your goals and she is there every step of the way! I would definitely recommend her to my family and friends! Thank you Yun!
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David April 29, 2016
Vocal Training · In studio
Verified Student
She's very knowledgeable and an expert in her craft
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Peiwen Soh February 13, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Yun is very knowledgable about proper singing technique- eg placement of the voice and vowel production and stylistic issues. She usually role-models the correct ways of producing sound but I think incorporating other ways of explaining would be helpful too.
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Yun H.

Yun H.

Boston, MA 02115
(15)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Heather B.

Allston, MA

My students will build a strong technical foundation for singing. We will learn about breathing, posture, text, acting, and other singing tools. I can help you free your unique voice, and have fun in the process! I believe that singing requires a balance of focus and joyful energy.

About Heather

Hi, there! My name is Heather and I can't wait to meet you! I've been studying singing for seven years, and I have a Bachelor's Degree in Music from the University of Oregon. I'm currently attending Boston Conservatory for a Master's Degree in Vocal Performance. I believe that the joy of music should always be present when you sing, and that singing is a great way to see the benefits of hard work pay off. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Sherry April 15, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
She tried her best to meet my needs!
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Sara J. October 15, 2015
Singing
Heather and I are colleagues at the Boston Conservatory's graduate music program, and as a fellow instructor I would highly recommend her to anyone seeking voice lessons. Heather is not only a skilled vocalist, but she is very personable and fun to be around; she's the kind of teacher to help students feel at ease and encouraged. I have enjoyed working with her.
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Heather B.

Heather B.

Allston, MA 02134
(2)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Lilla N.

Boston, MA

Lilla has been singing, touring and recording all over the world for 10+ years. She has written songs and produced music that's been in films, commercials and on radio. She has a BA from Berklee Collage Of Music. Lilla loves working with students and sharing knowledge. "One of the best feelings is seeing my students grow musically.
When teaching I focus on music that keeps my students inspired to sing music they love! In lessons I cover technique, developing personal sound, ear, range, power, tone, style and we have fun!" -Lilla

About Lilla

Lilla has been singing touring and recording professionally for over 10ys. She's been teaching private lessons since 2014 and is currently available to teach at a private classroom and online. Lilla has helped students with technique, belting, expanding their range, developing personal sound and style, strengthening the voice, songwriting, reading music, becoming more confident singing and performing, learning to play piano and more.

Lilla began singing in a Gospel Choir at age 11 and was trained at Berklee Collage of Music in Boston where she received a BA Degree in Professional Music. As
an expert in her field, Lilla looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. As a teacher Lilla focuses on what inspires her students to sing, their goals and musical growth. She is professional, fun to work with and makes lessons enjoyable as well as challenging.

Lilla has preformed and recorded internationally, working with impressive artists, including Ciara, Trombone Shorty, Esperanza Spalding, Annie Lennox, and Carole King. She had produced 2 solo albums and recorded on over 100 records.
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Elayia R. April 2, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
She was very patient and really connected with my daughter....this my daughter first day....awesome 😃.
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Yun H. January 29, 2016
Lilla is a great musician friend of mine. She is a wonderful singer and an experienced voice teacher. In my professional option as a voice teacher, Lilla has a fund of knowledge of basic vocal technique and vocal performance. She can definitely help you to develop your singing skills in all levels.
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Lilla N.

Lilla N.

Boston, MA 02115
(2)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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