Elizabeth has been praised for her clear ringing soprano voice, excellent comic timing, and warm and enlightening performances (The News Journal of Wilmington, DE). She is a versatile singer and actively performs in musical theatre, operetta, and opera. She is also an established and respected voice and piano teacher.
Elizabeth was most recently seen as Joanie in The Full Monty at Candlelight Theatre in Delaware. Other recent performances include June in Musical of Musicals: The Musical and Peaches/ Baby Jane in Jerry Springer: The Opera with Bootless Stageworks in Wilmington, DE, solo perf
ormances with the New Voices Cabaret at the Society Hill Playhouse in Center City, and Woman 2 in My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra with Mainstage Center for the Arts in Blackwood, NJ. She has performed numerous leading roles with Philadelphia area Gilbert and Sullivan companies, most notably appearing as Angelina in Trial by Jury with The Savoy Company, winning Best American Production at the 2011 International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival. Her G &S performance credits include the roles of Patience (Patience), Yum-Yum (The Mikado), Rose Maybud (Ruddigore), Phyllis (Iolanthe), and Fiammetta (Gondoliers). Additionally, she has pioneered roles in new operas, including Gwendolyn in The Crowded House at the 2010 Philly Fringe Festival and Zelda in Black Horses with OperaDelaware at the 2009 Wilmington Fringe Festival. She "tackled the challenging score with gusto, her beautiful soprano and excellent diction winning in even the highest vocal points" (The Community News of Wilmington, DE).
Elizabeth holds an M.M. in vocal performance from West Virginia University, where she was featured in numerous WVU Opera Theatre productions and was the soprano soloist with WVU Choirs in Faure's Requiem and Handel's Lord Nelson Mass. While at WVU, Elizabeth resumed taking lessons at the piano, which she had previously studied for many years, and exceeded the piano proficiency level required by the university. She also holds a B.A. in music and international studies from Emory University. Elizabeth has studied and performed internationally, both at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, where she was the recipient of the Lemmonds Scholarship, and at the Bel Canto program in conjunction with L'Arena di Verona opera company in Verona, Italy.
As a graduate assistant at WVU, Elizabeth taught voice lessons to music education and performance majors as well as a course on vocal pedagogy. After graduating, she served as adjunct faculty, in which capacity she taught vocal repertoire and opera theater. She has maintained a private studio since 2005, in which she instructs students in voice and piano.
*** Lesson Details *** I am a fun, enthusiastic teacher who cares deeply about her students and their growth as musicians and people. I believe teaching works best when students are relaxed, having fun, and are actively engaged in the learning process. Musical skills depend upon muscles, so it is important that you practice what we work on during lessons at home if you wish to see real progress. I will work hard along with you and ask for your input during lessons; we are partners in the learning process.
My specialty is the voice. I teach classical vocal technique with an emphasis on the body-mind connection. Through the course of my training, I have studied the Alexander Technique, which is a method that has been used by actors, musicians, and athletes to find optimal body-mind coordination to achieve better results. The voice is the only instrument that is literally your body, so we will be using these tools to improve posture, breathing, and resonance. By learning a healthy vocal technique, you can expect improved tone quality, an expanded vocal and dynamic range, greater resonance, increased agility, improved diction, and more. Healthy vocal technique can be applied to any genre, but I work mostly with classical and musical theater repertoire as this is my area of expertise.
I am also an established piano teacher and have had much success teaching beginning and intermediate students from ages 4 to 91 in various styles of music. I believe it is important for students to learn how to read and interpret written music as well as understand the structure behind it, so in addition to learning musical basics, I incorporate music theory into lessons. I encourage my piano students to learn how to read lead sheets and create chord accompaniments as well, which opens the door for comfortably playing in all sorts of styles sooner than would be possible by classical approaches alone. I also work on improvisation and songwriting with my piano students.
Whichever you choose to study (voice, piano, or both), I tailor lessons to suit each student's needs. I would like to enable you to meet your musical goals, whatever they may be.
***Lesson Recommendations*** I highly recommend students sign up for weekly lessons, and do not reserve recurring times in my schedule for non-weekly students. In addition, although lesson length recommendations may vary depending on individual students' learning style, here are some guidelines:
I have been singing my entire life and have been playing the piano since I was 6. I did a doctorate in Voice at the University of Michigan. I've been teaching for the past 14 years now and am passionate about helping others liberate their true potential. I am comfortable teaching in a variety of styles: jazz, pop, opera, musical theater, folk etc.
As a performer, I've been working as an opera singer throughout the United States, Haiti, and Europe. I've appeared with opera companies in Philadelphia, Boston, Brevard, Aspen and Ann Arbor. I've given recitals in Paris
, Baden bei Wien, Port-au-Prince to name a few places. I'm currently most active here in Ann Arbor.
I am comfortable teaching a broad range of students from my teenage Broadway aspirants to my 60 year old divas :)
*** Lesson Details *** I bring the right mix of technical understanding, musicianship, and compassion to my students. I try to approach learning holistically focusing on technique, the music, and the psychology of performance. I am very patient and good natured.
I try to adapt my approach based on the needs of individual students. Some people are looking for a very relaxed atmosphere in which to delve into something new. Others need more rigid structure. I work with each student to identify their goals in taking lessons.
*** Specialties *** I teach classical voice, musical theater, jazz, pop, and healthy speaking techniques.
I also teach piano and ear training.
Lauren October 2, 2015
Jean Bernard coached me for two years at the University of Michigan as a jazz vocal performance major there. His thorough knowledge, technical skill, and flexibility and adaptability in teaching style are unrivaled to any teacher I have had. Beyond that, he genuinely cares for the student, helping them to achieve his or her musical goals and developing his or her unique voice. My voice grew leaps and bounds studying under JB.
Karen September 28, 2015
Jean Bernard taught my teenaged son singing, sight reading, and music theory for 2 years. He was a wonderful instructor with just the right amount of enthusiasm and patience. Additionally, he is such a genuinely lovely person that he is a wonderful role model for young people and my son really looked up to him. The only reason that we stopped lessons is that he left the state after he graduated. If you ever get the chance to hear him perform you should take advantage of it. You are in for a real treat!
Voice lessons consist of learning a solid vocal technique and singing arias from the standard operatic repertoire. Students learn to sing in Italian, German, and French, in addition to English. For beginners, Italian art songs and German Lieder are introduced initially, learning first to sing classical repertoire.
Sandra began her training at the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia. She is a two time recipient of the Mario Lanza Award, and holds a B.M. degree in opera from the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts. She studied acting at both the Wilma and Walnut Theaters in Philadelphia. In New York, she studied Shakespeare at the HB Studios, and received on-camera training at the Weisst- Barron Commercial School. Sandra is a member of Actor's Equity.
Sandra was engaged for seven years at Theater des Westens in Berlin, Germany, where she performed extensively in Musicals and Operetta. She a
lso toured throughout Germany with the ensemble "Operetten Express". In the U.S., Sandra has toured nationally with "Man of La Mancha" and "Carousel", and has performed leading roles in many regional theaters. She also performed in the Off-Broadway Musical "Mamaleh". Sandra has performed in over fifty productions of Musicals, Operetta, and Opera. Some of her favorite roles include: Aldonza (Man of La Mancha), Desiree (A Little Night Music), Marguerite (The Scarlet Pimpernel), Antonia (The Tales of Hoffmann), and Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi).
As a director, Sandra has staged operas for Center City Opera Theater, the Delaware Valley Opera Company, Boheme Opera New Jersey, and the New York Metro Vocal Arts Ensemble. She is currently singing concerts with the vocal group "Touch of Classics", and can be seen in commercials for Time Warner, Cuisinart, The Skooter Store, and Aspercreme.
*** Lesson Details *** Our lessons will be relaxed and informal. My goal is to make you the best you can be. We will work on giving you a solid vocal technique so that you can approach any style of music with a good foundation. We will also work on learning to read music, and most importantly work on songs that will bring out the actor in you.
*** Studio Equipment *** Small studio, keyboard, seating provided (couch), street parking
*** Specialties *** I specialize in musical theater, classical, and opera. I can also teach German and Italian diction. My acting experience is mainly in musical theater.
Monica S. September 18, 2015
In home Verified Student
Sandra is so amazing to work with! She is patient and very knowledgeable. I would recommend her for anyone in the area who is looking to take singing lessons!
Logan (daughter) D. June 5, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Sandra is a lovely woman. She is a wonderful teacher, my daughter just loves her. She is well worth the drive. She has a beautiful voice !!
Eileen G. March 12, 2015
In home Verified Student
My son is 16 and has been taking lessons with sandra since November of 2014. Sandra not only focuses on singing techniques to build your support and vocal strength, but also helps with understanding sheet music and acting within a musical piece. She is extremely personable and friendly. She has helped my son expand his vocal range, and she taught him vocal techniques to use to develop his voice. My son does musical theatre, and Sandra has taken a significant amount time during each lesson to help him sing the songs comfortably and understand the acting stand point in each song. She is a great teacher for him.
Bel Canto Classical method. As with all vocal study we work breathing, posture, register placement and resonance. Beginning with English Reliquary and Barber/Copeland usually, then to Italian arias.
Music degree from Lawrence University and Conservatory in Appleton, WI. Graduate work in conducting, piano, and vocal pedagogy at Westminster Choir College in Princeton. Also certified in Kindermusik for ages newborn to 7.
My studio, since 1993 is located in the back of my house and is in a family friendly location.
As my education originally was music education, elementary and secondary, I have gone on to be certified in teaching adults, both beginning and returning. There is so much piano and vocal educational material geared to the pre-school, the elementary, Jr-Sr high and Adul
t beginner and I promise we will have fun while learning.....
Anyone can learn an instrument and anyone can learn many different styles. Lessons will be geared toward your interests and goals, which we can work on at your lesson also.
The greatest virtues of a music teacher are passion, patience, understanding, and communicating. You will experience this in the studio. Give yourself a treat of two months of lessons and I promise you will be playing and/or singing better than you expected.
Member of MTNA (Music Teachers National Association), NFMC (National Federation of Music Clubs), NJFMC (NJ Fed. of Music Clubs). MENC (Music Ed National Conference),
*** Lesson Details *** I am generally easy going and laid-back and will work with you to obtain specific goals such as a piece you would really like to learn. I can be strict if assignments are not followed or if there is no progression; we need to analyze why that is. I use many teaching methods as there are many different learning styles. The series I am currently using are Faber, Alfred, and Celebrate Piano! for pianists. Many singers are in Broadway, Disney, and/or English Reliquary and Italian Arias. There are so many wonderful choices! I can guarantee after three months you will be playing some music you like, and you will be reading music, and able to perform if you wish (starting small). With singing you will have basic knowledge of proper posture, breathing, and increased range. I also so enjoy people and communicating so you will feel comfortable taking lessons, and I believe that is one major factor of success in learning an instrument: the student-teacher relationship And second for children, especially the young, is the parent-teacher relationship .
*** Studio Equipment *** Studio: Yamaha baby grand piano, Kawaii studio upright and keyboard, Yamaha keyboard, recording abilities, computer software, couch and two chairs, parents can sit in on lesson. Also have computer programs for note learning, composition, as well as giving you apps to download.
*** Specialties *** Different methods for different students. Piano: mostly Faber and Alfred series. "Prodigy": Aaron/Thompson series. I've also had graduate study in teaching the Adult Beginner! As I was a church music director 1994 till last September, I am very familiar with traditional and contemporary sacred music, learning and performing. If you also wish to combine singing and accompanying yourself on piano or guitar lessons can be tailored.
Savannah H. October 1, 2015
Acoustic Guitar ·
In studio Verified Student
The lesson's are going great! And I find myself progressing with each lesson Mary is a great teacher. I am excited to learn more about guitar
Tavia H. September 23, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Mary goes beyond teaching you how to play! She creates an environment of comfort, safety, and no judgement. I have learned so much in such a short amount of time all while laughing and having a great time. She really gets the most out of the time you are with her. I couldn't have asked for a better supporter and teacher!!
Steven Skuder August 20, 2015
In home Verified Student
Mary took a systematic approach to evaluating my voice and structured exercises to start me going in the right direction. She did a great job explaining how to breath, what to focus on and how to practice. I have have no doubt that she will have me competently and confidently singing in the near future.
I began studying opera in college when I was 18. I have been studying it ever since and am pursuing it myself. I can help students with good technique and to understand what the field entails should the student wish to pursue it. Otherwise I can help students gain an understanding and hopefully an appreciation of it.
I have a bachelor's degree in music from University of Miami with a minor in acting and have just finished my Master's degree in vocal performance from Texas Tech University. At Texas Tech I held my own private studio for two years. During that time I taught students of all levels in various styles ranging from classical to music theater, to rock and pop. I have helped students of advanced levels and also students who thought that they were tone deaf. I enjoy working with and getting to know all of my students. Teaching really is a great pleasure for me.
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"Dan is an excellent singer and an excellent teacher. Those two don't always come together in the same person in my experience. Dan is very encouraging a
nd has helped me very rapidly to make improvements after not singing for several years. The learning process has often been a frustrating experience for me. Dan is very helpful in keeping me focused on what's working so I don't get too fixated on what is not yet working. He helps me with my technique for what isn't working so I hear improvements every week. I would highly recommend Dan to anyone who wants to learn great vocal technique and build their confidence as a singer!"
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I just started lessons with Anna-Lisa. She was able to diagnose my weakness,adjust my posture,give me different execerises to w
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I am classically trained in both the piano and violin. It had been about 10 years since I last had any private lesson
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JoAnn has been an extremely supportive instructor. I am shy to perform but she put me at ease immediately and has encouraged me to be more confident and daring in trying new techniques. What mainly sets her apart from my past teachers is that she also has a way of giving easy to understand instructions on how to change various parts of your body to produce the sound you want. As a result my singing has improved immensely over the past 6 months since starting lessons. I now sing in a professional level choir and love the mature, full sounding quality of voice I have been able to produce with JoAnn's help!"
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I've been taking lessons with Jule for about 2 months now, and both myself and others are already seeing a very positive improvement
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Julie is a consummate artist, teacher and musical mentor. And by the way, wow- what a voice she has!"
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"In my lesson with Jamie, we worked on using correct vowel placement to open up my sound. When the lesson was over, the sound changed dramatically. My voic
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