When meeting with a student for the first time we always discuss his or her needs or goals. After that, we get into the foundation of building technique, starting with posture. Next, the student is assigned breathing exercises to practice.
WHAT TO EXPECT When meeting with a student for the first time we always discuss his or her needs or goals. After that, we get into the foundation of building technique, starting with posture. Next, the student is assigned breathing exercises to practice. These exercises are structured to energize the body and manage the breath. Every single student learns about appoggio. This is the term used for the process of suspending exhalation while keeping the torso in the position of inhalation by using the transverse abdominis and obliques. Students also learn that the action of the diaphragm is involuntary, therefore the exercises in which we engage are in place to have command over physical activity that we can control.
A TYPICAL VOICE LESSON After posture and breathing are addressed the students begin to learn how to produce tone,
which encompasses the vocal onset and the closure of the vocal folds. Students realize that proper breath management and producing tone go hand in hand. The ideal that the student and I work towards is a balance between superfluous air flow and and pressed pressure. This concept leads to a clean onset in which the edges of the vocal folds cleanly come together and stay closed during singing.
Students also learn how to negotiate and coordinate the vocal registers. This means that every student who walks into my studio learns where and what the larynx is. It is my job to be a second set of ears to help the student optimize his or her tone quality by maximizing vocal resonance. This concept may be different across genres, however every student learns how to begin coordinating the vocal process.
HOW I TEACH My aim as a teacher of voice is to be flexible and innovative, and provide students with a clear and honest assessment. I strive to explain to each singer exactly how to complete a task, whether maintaining the position of inhalation or correcting posture. In lessons, I refrain from being demonstrative so that the student can find his or her own unique sound without attempting to copy my sound. I use this method so that the student learns how to be her own teacher. This way, the student will be able to identify and correct her own vocal problems. When I am not present, the student will have confidence in her skills and can make educated corrections in practice, rehearsals, and in performances.
TECHNIQUE Throughout the course of lessons, it is my job to identify the most effective resonating space for the student and give her the skills to maintain that space. It is through the combination of effective breath management using appoggio and flow-phonation that the student becomes most efficient. Finding the most efficient technique for the student involves discovering the proper laryngeal position for the student’s voice type and by practicing continuity through all of the registers.
As all of the aspects of technique are being built in the studio, it is my job to ensure that I am building a musician. This means that I go over how the student needs to learn a piece and how to perform a piece. Often times with young students, they do not have the musical skills to teach themselves the pieces assigned. Sometimes the voice teacher’s job is to “plunk out the notes.” I highly encourage my students to take piano lessons and to use technology resources to aid them in building musicianship so they feel confident reading music. This process takes time, but it is the first step in building a competent performer.
MY GOALS I always cater to the students tastes while still meeting requirements, if any. I believe that this fosters joy and excitement in music. My goal as a voice teacher not only involves building a good singer, but creating a performer. I make sure that I not only find performing opportunities for my students, but also I create them. Every semester I hold a studio recital for my students to perform their repertoire in front of an audience. In the Fall of 2015 I founded a local opera company in order to bring classical music to the community. My students made up the chorus of Handel’s Messiah that we performed that December. In addition, I have invited my students to participate in the church choir I direct every week. I believe that learning how to sing must take place in the studio, but the most important thing that I can do as a teacher is to make sure that the student knows how to transfer the skills learned in the classroom to real-world performing experiences.
APPROACH I believe in a holistic approach to teaching, which involves connection to the text and acting. Though I cover many of these aspects in the studio, it is extremely beneficial for students to go outside of the studio and engage in physical courses such as yoga, Alexander technique, acting and dance. I personally engage in these activities to relate to my students and to be able to explain how we need to engage the body in singing. I also encourage my students to have coachings with other professionals to gain more insight into their repertoire.
Not every student who comes to my studio wants to sing opera. Many students want to sing in choir, in church, or just for fun. Overall, I always come from a place of acceptance and non judgement. Every voice is unique and I strive to help my students not only reach their goals, but surpass them.
ABOUT ME I have been teaching voice and piano since 2010. Not only an avid teacher, I have performed in music festivals all over the world including The American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, Accademia Europa dell’Opera in Lucca, Italy, Angel Vocal Art in Los Angeles, CA, Russian Opera Workshop in Philadelphia, PA, and Highlands Opera Studio in Haliburton, Ontario. I have also performed with companies including Opera San Jose, The Napa Valley Music Association, The San Francisco Youth Chamber Orchestra, Opera on the Spot, and The Solano Chamber Society.
I earned my Doctorate of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance, Pedagogy, and Literature from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA with Kevin McMillan. During my time in Harrisonburg, I founded Harrisonburg Opera Theatre and was the church choir director at Sunnyside Retirement Community Meredith Chapel. I completed my Post-Graduate Artist Diploma in Voice at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of acclaimed opera singer, Deborah Voigt. While in San Francisco, I interned in the Education Department of San Francisco Opera and taught Kindergarten and First grade music with the San Francisco Conservatory in the Schools mentor-ship program. I also received a full scholarship to attend the Rubin Institute for Music Criticism.
I earned my Masters of Fine Arts in Vocal Performance from the University of California, Irvine at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts where she sang the National Anthem for President Barack Obama at the school’s 50th Anniversary Celebration. At UC Irvine, I received critical acclaim for my portrayal of Euridice in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice, and as the Soprano in Pergolesi's Stabat Mater.
I specialize in the Alfred Series for piano and My First Piano Adventure for young students. This approach focuses on ear training and reading music. Custom exercises and choice of material is based on the student's level and field of study. Lessons are scheduled at the student's convenience as per availability. Frequency and length of lessons is based on the students needs.
Young voice students are taught general concepts, music theory, and ear training. After the voice is more mature, advanced and serious vocal study can be pursued. Melissa's students receive a well-rounded training in the style of their choice: Classical, Popular, Musical Theatre, and Jazz.
I emphasize solid technique, posture, breathing, and control, in addition to music fundamentals.
Love Dr. M! I've wanted to take voice lessons forever but I have been hesitant due to my lack of experience. Dr. M not only made me feel comfortable but also confident in the voice that I have. She's personal and warm but also very professional. She never gets frustrated with obstacles I face in my lessons; instead she helps ways to overcome them.
I've never left a lesson feeling disappointed with my ability, something I experienced with other voice teachers. I feel confident in my voice and I owe that all to Melissa. For instance, during one lessons I was feeling a little off. Rather than getting frustrated she helped me focus on great ways to approach singing when not feeling your best. Dr. McCann rocks!
If you are looking for a voice teacher new or experienced I would definitely recommend Dr. McCann. Top notch lessons and overall awesome woman!
November 5, 2018
Dr. M. is a phenomenal teacher who does a great job customizing her lessons to the needs of the student. She has helped me make amazing progress with my voice, and just as importantly has helped me gain the confidence to be able to sign.
Her lessons are fun, effective, and very positive. All of which help the student learn more and get more out of the lesson. I highly recommend Dr. M. as a teacher to anyone (at any level) who is interested in becoming a better singer.
I have over ten years of professional experience and have graduated from one of the top conservatories on a full ride scholarship
Are you interested in exploring Voice? I believe that each student is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring, and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow. It is my desire as a educator to help students meet their fullest potential by providing an environment that is safe, supports risk-taking, and invites a sharing of ideas. Together we will set long-term and short-term goals while enjoying all that music can bring. I hold an Artist Diploma and Masters of Music from The University of Michigan on full scholarship and a Bachelor of Science in Vocal Performance from Roberts Wesleyan College. Having performed both state-side and internationally I have the artistic depth and knowledge to help you achieve your goals.
I currently teach at my private studio in NYC Monday through Thursday. Professional
Tenor Steven T is distinguishing himself as a versatile leading man singing roles from Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Bohème to Argento’s The Man With A Paint Box in Postcard from Morocco. Known for his clear ringing top, OperaNews described his voice as possessing an “All-American sweetness… that blossomed heroically in the role’s highest phrases.”The Naples (Florida) Sun Times describes his voice as “fused with power and passion.”The Ann Arbor News simply calls his voice “outstanding.”
Mr T has performed extensively through out the United States and Europe singing the title roles of Faust, Fritz in L’amico Fritz, and Albert in Albert Herring. Other lead roles include Alfredo in La Traviata, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Jeník in Prodana Nevesta, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Macduff in Macbeth, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, and Don José in Peter Brook’s adaptation of Bizet’s Carmen. Noted venues include Carnegie Hall, Opera Santa Barbara, Fresno Grand Opera, Caramoor, Mercury Opera, Amore Opera, The Eastman Kodak Theater, The Sheen Center, WQXR The Green Space, Trealto Bramante, Opera in the Ozarks, The Connelly Theater, Teatro Caio Melisso, and The Garden State Opera.
Oratorio and Concert works include Handel’s Messiah, Beethoveen’s 9th Symphony, Bach’s St John’s Passion and Cantata No.4, and both Schütz and Dubois’s The Seven Last Words Of Christ with The International Symphony Orchestra, The Life Science Orchestra, and the Michigan Sinfonietta among others
Mr. T received his Masters of Music and Artist Diploma from the University of Michigan of full merit scholarship and his Bachelors of Science in Vocal Performance from Roberts Wesleyan College. As well as performing Mr. T maintains an active teaching studio in NYC, Long Island, and Berlin. Students with whom he has worked with have booked leads in Musical Theater and Opera both professionally and regionally as well as going on to conservatory
Steven is an amazing teacher, can’t wait for the next lesson !
March 18, 2019
Stephen was awesome! He created a light fun atmosphere that made me feel really comfortable being a beginner. and also is very truthful about my vocal potential which I really appreciated. I really enjoyed the space it was very peaceful. I would highly recommend Stephen to anyone who's interested in taking vocal lessons for the first time or someone who has tons of experienced. Steven is very attentive he really breaks down every detail about your voiceso you can recognize if there is a problem and correct it I really appreciated that.
February 26, 2018
Steven has everything possible going for him. He is amazingly talented in voice!
He is honest & sincere. He cannot create a talent in us that is not there. He tested me with chords, etc. , however we do not know if I have the talent to continue. Only my first lesson. He does not believe to continue if we both feel the inert talent is not there. He is ethical & moral.
Steven is patient & calm but has this inert enthusiasm that supports you, so you feel uninhibited & give it your best when you are with him in his quiet studio.. He is totally with you every second. I couldn’t ask for a better teacher. 5 STARS!!!!!
Breathing, Italian Swedish school of singing , Alexander tecnique
BIO: Elena started her musical studies at age 4, singing with the "New York City Opera Children Chorus". She studied at Manhattan School of Music. She studied in Hunter College and Queens College of the City University of New York and the Bejar Conservatory in Salamanca, Spain. She has performed in Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and throughout Europe as a soloist. She had sung Mimi in La Boheme, High Priestess in Aida, Ines in Il Trovatore, in addition to singing other operas including Othello, Carmen, Mephistopheles, The Magic Flute, L'Italiana in Algeri, Le Nozze di Figaro. She has participated in the Master Classes of Alfredo Kraus and Monserrat Caballé and David Jones. She is currently under the vocal direction of David Jones who is the foremost voice teacher pedagogue. Ms. Diaz- Acosta has also directed summer performing arts pro
grams and high school and college preparation workshops throughout the New York and New Jersey areas.
I have been literally to 4 youtube teachers and though I have nothing bad to say about any of them, i know that I need a long term teacher that I can see myself growing with as a singer. Our personalities just meshed. She knows how to make one feel comfortable. She is very encouraging to students with zero self confidence like me. I think I have found the teacher I’ve been looking for in Elena! i’m excited to see what she can do to transform my voice. Her resume as well as her reviews( students spoke highly of her character) are what stood out for me out of thousands of teachers online! It is also important that I love to listen to my teacher’s voice and i love her voice😊
April 5, 2018
Elena was great! She helped me start new ways to sing. I have sung for years, but these news ideas had immediate results!😊
I have been studying Broadway singers for years. I have been a Musical Theatre performer for years and I am still studying singing, acting and dancing. I am still young and know what it feels to want to better yourself everyday, so I can relate to most learning students. I put a lot of importance to vocal training, technique and warm-ups.
Lehman College, Bachelors of Fine Arts, Graduate! I am a Musical Theatre Performer. I perform all the time and believe that warm-ups are a big importance when it comes to performing. Technique is something I have been studying for a while, and I am consistently learning what new techniques work for myself too. I teach singing, acting and other subjects too, check them out!
Singing is so much more than just singing! In my studio, you will unleash your unique voice by letting go of unnecessary habits and setting up your body to produce a variety of healthy sounds. In addition to the vocal part of singing, we will work on diction, music theory, stage presence, and learning how to practice on your own. Whatever your goal may be, we will work together to find the best techniques that work for you.
About Sara Lin
I'm a classically trained opera singer with a passion for performing and teaching! I hold a Master's degree in Voice Performance from U. of Colorado at Boulder and a Bachelor's degree from U. of Minnesota - Twin Cities.
Originally from Oskaloosa, IA, I grew up practicing 4 different instruments and singing in children's choir. Music has taught me an infinite amount of life skills and I love to pass those lessons on to my students!
In my studio, you will learn to unleash your unique voice by using your body most efficiently and eliminating unnecessary habits. Lessons also include work on diction, music theory, stage presence, and learning how to practice on your own.
Laura's lessons are fun, high-energy, and tailored to meet every student's goals, whether it is to become a Broadway star or living room diva (or divo)! With over a decade of experience teaching both privately and in classrooms, Laura loves to help singers and actors excel at auditions, competitions, and performances by guiding the performer to connect with the storyteller inside. Her students have performed on and off Broadway, at Carnegie Hall, in national tours, on TV, and in theaters all across the US and Japan. And you can be next!
Hello! I am a NYC-based singer, pianist, actress, and animal-lover. Born and raised in Los Angeles, my artistic career began as a classical pianist, performing in venues across California, Japan, and Austria from a very young age. As a singer, I performed around the world with the Broadway tour of Avenue Q, and I've been seen in dozens of musical theatre and Shakespeare productions throughout the U.S. and even in Russia!
By combining my two passions of singing and playing piano, I served as Artist-in-Residence for California Musical Theatre Company, Sacramento Theatre Company, and the cell theatre in NY.
I've been teaching in NYC for over a decade, and my passion is to inspire the next generation of creative people of all ages.
When it comes to music, there is a quote that I love: "Every expert was once a beginner." This quote reflect
s my philosophy on pursuing the arts: that it's never too late to start and that no matter where you are in your musical journey, practice is the key to success. Mastering a skill requires discipline and dedication, and my goal is to help you find joy and inspiration along the way.
My lessons focus on building a strong foundation of technique, which gives you the freedom to explore your creativity and musicality; it is very important for me that my students strive not only for technical precision but also for musical artistry. Together, we will set a practice schedule that you can adhere to regularly, and I'll make sure to send you away with specific instructions each week on how to practice effectively.
With my fun, high-energy approach to teaching, you are guaranteed to enjoy the journey as you take significant steps toward becoming an expert. I'm looking forward to meeting you and getting started soon!
Laura was wonderful with my 5 year old girl, she was patient, energetic and her love for music showed through! My daughter has been very motivated to practice her songs to show "Ms Laura" next week. We look forward to working much more with Laura.
December 3, 2018
Amazing! Talented vocalist and pianist that communicates very well. Has great advice and wonderful personality. Great with kids.
September 28, 2018
I met Laura at Harvard University when we were both doing our MFA degrees in acting. Since our program was not a Musical Theater one and I was not a singer, I started to take private lessons with her to compliment some of the training in singing we were getting there.
Laura is a fantastic singer and actor. She has an incredible ear as well as great knowledge and experience of what makes a singing performance pop. All this makes her an outstanding coach.
Even now after graduation, I am still training with her. Our focus now is on continuing the development of my singing voice. My goal is to reach a level where I have the skill and confidence to audition professionally for musicals, and I know I am in great hands.
I’m a qualified Vocal Instructor with a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance from Capital University Conservatory of Music. I am a professional musical theatre performer in NYC and I am offering personalized lessons and instructive services to students in the New York City area OR over Skype! I love what I do and have been teaching children performance skills since 2010. I am committed to helping children (especially beginners) interested in the arts explore their musical and performing skills further and to help them reach their full potential.
I’m a qualified Vocal/Theatre Instructor with a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance from Capital University Conservatory of Music. I am a professional musical theatre performer in NYC and I am offering personalized lessons and instructive services to students in the New York City area OR over Skype! I love what I do and have been teaching children performance skills since 2010. I am committed to helping children (especially beginners) interested in the arts explore their musical and performing skills further and to help them reach their full potential.
Paula has been great working with my daughter via Skype and this week we were able to meet her in person in NYC. What a treat for my daughter!
March 21, 2019
Paula Shtein is a gem of a vocal coach for clients of all ages, experience levels and capabilities. She is always prepared, professional, flexible and able to assist with various genres of musical requirements the clients may need her help with at a moment’s notice. She doesn’t waste time at all with pre-class chatter. Paula gets right to work and is extremely efficient and effective. In just a few sessions, Paula was able to help all three of my daughters revamp their vocal and breathing techniques, compile an updated repertoire of songs for their upcoming auditions and refine their vocal presentation (aka vocal performance). With Paula’s help my middle daughter Melania booked a role in Matilda at the Walnut Street Theatre this past holiday season and gave a stellar performances during the entire run of the show. And this past winter, Victoria (10), Sophia (13) and Melania (12) were confident and actually placed at the top of their game among peers their age at a professional workshop in NY. As a parent and manager, I view Paula as a tremendous asset. She is a very hardworking, dedicated and determined vocal coach. Most importantly, she produces results…. consistently and solid results!
~ Christina Zalipsky (Mother, Manager of Professional Child Actresses Sophia, Melania and Victoria Zalipsky)
"Dr. Griffeath is very approachable and highly knowledgeable. He has a great, in-depth understanding of voice and helps one to understand the processes beh
ind every action taken in vocal lessons. He cares greatly about students’ progress, well-being, and enjoyment of the instrument. Highly recommended."
"The most kidness, sweet and friendly teacher I have ever met. I highly recommend her! She is super professional and her teaching techniques are the best.
Also, I encourage all parents to bring their children with her because she is one of the best singing teachers you can find in Texas."
"Great lessons, learning a lot and Sydney is very supportive and a good teacher."
"I started lessons with Michael having done both contemporary voice and years of choir. But prior to training with Michael, I'd never really been coached a
s to how to properly sing in a classical style. He's allowed me to find an entire element of my voice I didn't know I had and made it incredibly straightforward to progress. I now absolutely love singing in a way I didn't previously think I would."
"I am so excited about my voice lessons. I am a university trained classical singer with extensive operatic and art song experience who wanted to get back
to singing after a long absence. I was looking for a teacher that could help me to navigate the changes in my voice due to the aging process and provide me with the tools to steady a vibrato that had gotten out of hand. Michelle and Robert are exactly what I needed. They have extensive and commanding knowledge of the voice and support mechanism and teach from the Italian “Bel Canto School” perspective. That is to say pure vowels, open throated but focused sound and a healthy, low laryngeal position. I am loving my voice again and it has only been 3 lessons. They are exceptional at finding the beauty in the individual voice and not requiring a “carbon copy” sound. One of the best things about my lessons is that they complement each other as teachers and find a number of ways to facilitate a natural and beautiful sound by articulating suggestions in many and varied ways. If the student is unable to reproduce the desired outcome by one method, they will find another way to achieve it. Not one minute of a lesson is wasted and each week brings quick and substantial progress. It has been a joy to work with them and I look forward to each lesson and the progress they bring. In short, I am thrilled."
"I had never taken voice lessons or sung in my life. I just wanted to try singing. Vandi is so easy to work with. I had so much fun taking voice lessons
with her that I joined my school choir the next semester."
"She is the best voice teacher I've ever had! She brings me out of my comfort zone and teaches me safer techniques for singing that I never would have thou
ght about. She makes me feel safe and allows me to shine with every class."
"Liz is an amazing teacher, she understands the voice in a way I've never encountered. She is very professional, and I made concert choir at my school! She
really helped, thanks so much Liz! And she is pretty."
"I had the best years with Holly as my voice teacher. She showed me ways to expand my voice and be confident in ways I didn't even know we're pissible, and
overall transformed me into a better singer. I can confidently say that she is the reason I was selected into all of my high honor achievements in chorus! In addition to being an extraordinary voice teacher, she was a friend to me and helped me through many tough times. She is so understanding and patient and any student of hers is really lucky!"