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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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Anne M.

Boston, MA

For the BEGINNER OR HOBBYIST adults or children. Also appropriate for vocal coaching to review of 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 and 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 Spring-Summer 2015: As I continue in my graduate school program my time is limited, but I will try my best to accommodate any s
tudent 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 those other language difficulties.

Schedule your lessons now. You always have the choice to determine if you've found the right teacher. Then, a weekly lesson time will be confirmed so that steady progress can be made.

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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Phil B.

Cambridge, MA

Everyone is born with their own unique voice which, over the course of a lifetime, acquires its own unique habits, tensions, fears, limitations, and strengths. I firmly believe that anyone can sing once they understand the basics of vocal mechanics: need, thought, breath, and sound. Together, we'll work to release old habits and tensions, strengthen the vocal muscles and reconnect with the true voice deep inside you.

About Phil

Hello! My name is Phil B., I'm a working theater artist, musician, composer, and educator based in Somerville, MA. I've taught performing arts to students ages 2-75 for the last six years with organizations like the American Repertory Theatre, Citi Performing Arts Center, 826 Boston, Boston University, Puppet Showplace Theatre, and Cambridge Public Schools.

My private lessons are completely flexible and designed to meet the needs and goals of each individual student wherever they are in their own unique creative journey.

GUITAR: Are you looking to finally play that dusty guitar that's b
een sitting in the corner forever? Has your child been begging you for lessons? Maybe you played a long time ago and want to tune up your skills, or be able to play music at your school or place of worship, or you're a singer who's looking to accompany yourself when playing gigs. I've taught students of all ages the basics of guitar from posture to theory, reading, chords, strumming, picking, and relaxation techniques to make this instrument feel like an extension of your own body.

VOICE/SINGING: Everyone is born with their own unique voice which, over the course of a lifetime, acquires its own unique habits, tensions, fears, limitations, and strengths. I firmly believe that anyone can sing once they understand the basics of vocal mechanics: need, thought, breath, and sound. Together, we'll work to release old habits and tensions, strengthen the vocal muscles and reconnect with the true voice deep inside you.

SONGWRITING: Is there a tune you can't get out of your head? Maybe that perfect rhyme seems just out of reach, or the next chord sounds all wrong? I've written countless songs for children, crafted original English lyrics and translations for foreign artists, and composed music for poetry and prose. My feedback system will help you communicate your thoughts and emotions clearly through words and music while fostering your own unique style, sound, and personal aesthetic.

ACTING/STORYTELLING: Looking to nail that next audition? Hoping to deepen your relationship with text? Do you get nervous when asked to speak in public? In private acting/storytelling lessons, we'll discuss tools and strategies to overcome onstage jitters, analyze and interpret text, connect with the body, and release blocks and tensions in order to let any story tell itself through you.

I am able to travel to anyone within walking distance of an MBTA station/stop or host students at my home studio between Porter and Union Squares in Somerville.

My goal as a teacher is to help each student recognize and actualize their own latent ability, passion, point-of-view, and spirit through performance. Every artistic venture is a new journey, and I'm eager to walk a part of it alongside you.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Open space, speakers, music stand, acoustic instruments preferred.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar, Music Stand, Music Literature

*** Specialties ***
Singer/Songwriter Style, Folk Singing, Musical Theatre Singing, Folk Guitar, Fingerpicking, Storytelling, Children's Music, Youth Music Education, Puppetry, Playwriting, Dramaturgy
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Judy Y. May 20, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Phil is the best!!! He is humorous and knows how to adapt method based on my situation. He also has a piano now :))))
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Marie D. January 7, 2014
Guitar
Great Teacher!

One of my sons has been taking guitar classes and singing classes from Mr. Phil for the last two years and both of my sons have taken his theater class. Mr. Phil is an excellent teacher, great with kids, lots of fun and a great musician. We have been very happy with his teaching.
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Liz V. December 10, 2013
Guitar
Awesome Teacher!!!

Phil is an awesome guitar teacher. He is very knowledgeable and uses my musical interests and reasons for learning (the guitar) to aid in teaching. He is able to adapt and meet me at my level yet pushes me to excel and reach my potential. I am always excited for every lesson!
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Phil B.

Phil B.

Cambridge, MA 02141
(3)
starting at
$25 / 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.

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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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John E.

Boston, MA

I am a confident vocal instructor (especially for pop, jazz, soul, rock and latin music). Whether you are an absolute beginner or a more experienced musician who is trying to sing better, I have the expertise you are looking for and i'm quite good at explaining it. Frequent topics include pitch, tone, mouth, jaw, tongue, throat, throat-singing, diaphragm, abdomen, and more musical concepts.

First I will ask you some basic questions. Then I will immediately begin sharing information / training you. The fastest road to your success is my goal.

About John

Meet John Egizi, the trombonist, bassist and world class music educator with extensive training from Los Angeles County High School for The Arts, Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, Berklee College of Music and Onyx Productions. John is an expert on several topics, extremely well networked and generous with his knowledge.

Students from New York City and Boston can work with John in person.
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Rafi F. June 16, 2015
Arrangement and Composition · In home
Verified Student
John is awesome, patient and pays attention to detail. A skilled and knowledgeable dude. I highly recommend him.
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Ryan G. November 24, 2014
Trombone · In studio
John is one of the most gifted musicians I know. His ability to see music as an extension of his soul sets him apart from the herd. John helped with my breathing so I can last longer. I would recommend anyone to meet with john and take a lesson on anything musical. Love this guy!!!
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Madeline L. November 18, 2014
Bass Guitar · In studio
John is extremely versatile and talented, and his love for music is so obvious and inspiring. I went to him with what I thought was a solid foundation of knowledge but he brought so many new ideas to the table that I started thinking of music in a whole new-and positive- way. He is very personable and easy to work with, and he treats you with respect and focused attention to detail. Definitely try working with him, you won't regret it!
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John E.

John E.

Boston, MA 02115
(4)
starting at
$30 / 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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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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Daniel T. April 25, 2015
Singing · In studio
Before beginning voice lessons, I had my suspicions and often wondered how someone could improve your voice like any other instrument. After a few lessons with Mark, it quickly became clear how this is possible. Through Mark's incorporation of unique warm-ups, intensive training, and a bright attitude that maintains a fun atmosphere each class, I realized how, with the proper teacher, one is able to open up and improve upon their voice in ways that wouldn't have been possible without lessons. However, not only are lessons necessary, but the right teacher as well. I found that with Mark and I strongly encourage anyone else considering voice lessons to try to find a teacher similar to him, although I'm not sure how easy that would be.
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Winona K. April 23, 2015
In studio
Mark knows how to incorporate fun and efficiency in his lessons. He's truly invested in his students, and he thinks of ways to better them outside of the classroom. He has a great personality and is very encouraging as well!
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Mark L.

Mark L.

Boston, MA 02114
(5)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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