As a Westminster student, I was exposed to a wide variety of classical music settings and pieces . Voice Performance students such as myself were expected to be able to sing a wide variety of art songs, sacred music literature and arias in English, Italian, German and Latin among other languages. We performed in various venues such as the Kimmel Center and Carnegie Hall and took numerous classes in proper classical diction and performance.
Hello! My name is Rosalind and I believing in teaching music lessons that go the extra mile. Students and parents can expect excellence in customer service that goes beyond their weekly lessons.
How are lessons with me different?
-Convenient Locations in Downingtown, Coatesville, West Chester as well as online lessons!
-Lessons are recorded and sent to parents and students within 24 hours so that assignments are always clear and that you have a clear idea of progress
-Access to my student newsletter which includes tips for how to improve as a performer and news about student's upcoming performances
-I help students find and prepare for performance opportunities and I attend student performances
-I select one student a month to participate in our student showcase, featuring them in my newsletter
-I host twice a ye
ar recitals where students can show off their new skills
-I bring all materials to lessons for your convenience (excluding piano)
-singers receive recorded warm ups to practice with at home
-I am skilled at helping students with ear training if they need it for voice, most of my students can match pitch after a month of singing lessons no matter the trouble they have had before
-every student gets a "new student kit" at their first lesson including a list of performance opportunities and a vocal health guide for singers
-weekly instructional videos for voice sent
-weekly links to articles about music and the brain
-I respond to student concerns and questions within 24 hours
I welcome students of all ages and work hard to make music accessible for everyone.
-Young kids in voice can expect their lessons to be fun and educational including using visual tools like scarves and shakers, and imaginative play to learn vocal techniques needed to sing on pitch and with proper breathe control.
-Children in piano lessons will learn music theory and piano technique through simple songwriting exercises, theory games, visual tools and more. They will learn about composer's lives and musical styles, providing them with a well-rounded lesson experience.
-Older children and adult singers can expect to learn about their vocal anatomy in order to better control of their voice and become independent during practice sessions at home. They will learn how to improve breathe control, posture and diction. Time during lessons will also be dedicated to developing stage presence and discussing vocal health. Singers will be allowed to select repertoire from the genre of their choice. They can also learn how to harmonize and sight-sing in lessons if they would like.
-I teach beginning guitar students and help them learn how to play with proper technique and accompany themselves when singing. These students learn to read staff and tab and shape different chords on the guitar. I use theory games and visual tools for kids to make lessons fun
-Music theory/composition students will be taught how to read and write music. Students will be invited to improvise on the piano and record their improvisations.They will be taught how to sight-sing in order to learn how to notate any melodies in their head They will learn how music has changed and been influenced throughout history. They will learn how to read lead sheets and use stylistic invariants in their playing. They will be provided with honest feedback and constructive help on their compositions.They will learn how the human brain processes music and how best to capitalize upon this process for the greatest audience appeal.
-I have experience teaching students with special needs and adjusting lessons to help them meet their goals.
I am a Westminster Choir College '11 Alum who graduated with a Bachelor's of Arts in Music, summa cum laude. I also have my master's degree in music therapy from Drexel University. I am also a Member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and a Board Certified Music Therapist. During my time at school I performed at Carnegie Hall and the Kimmel Center, and did music therapy work with older adults, as well as disadvantaged children and parents.
I also have my own parent/child music class I host every Thursday September-May. It's never to early to start a music education!
I have been teaching for over four years and now have a studio of more than 70 happy students. Teaching music is my passion, and I love seeing students grow!
I often draw upon my experience from my master's degree in music therapy, which taught me that music can have a profound effect on the human brain and upon cognitive development. My skills as a music therapist allow me to better understand a student's cognitive strengths and areas for improvement, and to develop individualized teaching strategies which utilize student strengths.
*** Studio Equipment *** My studios are equipped with keyboard, guitar or piano, as well as a sizable repertoire of classical, broadway and popular music. ' I also have a mirror for voice students to see how their body is moving when singing and visual tools for students like scarves, whiteboard, markers, crayons...ect. I am more than happy to help students find any music they may need for lessons that is not already in my library.
I recommend the following books for piano students (listed by age): Ages 4-6: My First Piano Adventure, Lesson Book A with by Nancy & Randall Faber Ages 6-12:Piano Adventures - Level 1: Lesson Book [Book]Faber Piano Adventures
Ages 12 and up:
Adult All-In-One Course: Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course, Level ...by Willard A. Palmer
Voice: Alfred's Teach Yourself to Sing *** Specialties *** I specialize in ear training, sight-singing and knowing and understanding vocal anatomy. Many of my students are students who have gone on to score lead roles in their schools or community theater performances, as well as lead singers of local bands looking to improve their techniques and improve their vocal health.
I specialize in theory and sight-reading for piano and theory students.
I also specialize in teaching those with special needs.
Rosalind quickly pinpointed problem areas and gave excellent instruction on how to work to improve by giving great explanations of what was happening with the voice and why. Highly recommend.
May 8, 2019
Beatrice ( Bea)
Rosalind is professional and helpful as I try to use my voice in a better way. She provides clear explanations to help me understand what I need to do to be better. I am given exercises to practice that help me with my lessons.
January 6, 2019
Great start. Ryann learned a lot already. She can’t wait to return.
Interested in studying voice in the Philadelphia area? Hit me up! I have years of experience with all sorts of different pedagogical approaches and am very adaptable to every individual student's needs.
I also have a small music library, and am always looking to further my repertoire knowledge.
Join my Center City studio! I believe in teaching healthy and effective singing, emphasizing character and intention, and incorporating general music theory.
I have taught kids, high schoolers, and young adults, but I feel comfortable teaching all levels! I also teach piano and music theory to beginner and intermediate levels.
I have years of performing and teaching experience, and am constantly learning and growing in both fields. I have sung a variety of roles in opera and musical theater throughout New York, Boston, Philadelphia, and Louisiana, as well as solo work in Boston's Symphony Hall and the Museum of Art. I also taught choir on top of voice/piano lessons.
I attended LSU for my undergraduate degrees in Voice Performance as well as Music Education, and recently graduated from The Boston Conservatory with my MM in Voice
Performance, and a Professional Studies Certificate. I also have several years studying voice under an Alexander Technical teacher.
I like finding learning styles/approaches that best-fit an each individual student. I feel it is important that students feel comfortable asking questions and voicing concerns.
As an teacher/Instuctor: I believe it is important students feel they can communicate openly and honestly during lessons. As with many learning processes, singing requires practice, patience, determination, and enthusiasm!
As a singer/performer: I enjoy singing in a variety of 'classical' genres including Opera, Art Song, Early Music, and Broadway. While the majority of my performing experience centers in opera and music theater, I also enjoy solo recitals, chamber music, and choral performances.
Background: Originally I'm from Columbus Ohio. I obtained a Bachelor of Music at Ohio University, and a Master of Music at Texas Tech University. When not singing or teaching, I enjoy tai chi, meditation, making natural soap, cats, and being outdoors in nature.
As a bass opera singer and professional voice over artist, I am dedicated to creating a healthy and beautiful sound with my own voice and the voices of my students. I will not come into our lessons saying there is a single way to sing. In fact, many genres require a great deal of varying vocal techniques and stylized voices. What I will do is help to lay a foundation in healthy singing so that you feel comfortable singing any genre. We will start by ensuring that your breath and vowel placement feels comfortable and from there move into repertoire of your choosing or some that I recommend based upon your interests. You will leave your tenure with me empowered to continue your passion and career for singing long after your lessons end. Music is meant to be shared. Together, we will help you to share the music and passion that you hold so dear.
Hello, my name is Matthew F. and I am a professional opera singer based out of Philadelphia. As a current roster musician with Philadelphia Opera, I know what it means to perform at some of the highest levels houses in the country. My travels have taken me across the country, singing in over 20 productions in the last three years. Now, I am returning back to Philadelphia to teach full time as I once had. Previously a student teacher at the Masterman School, I have had a true passion for music education for as long as I have been a musician. My students have grown both personally and musically through our tenure together. This is because I offer lessons that not only grow your singing ability but help to enhance your comfort for performance, public speaking, and general engagement in the production of sound. Through our lesson plans, you w
ill even begin to see changes in how you speak as our core focus will be on breath control, vowel placement, and healthy vocalizing so that you may feel comfortable singing any genre of music. While we will focus on classical training, I want to work with you on whatever repertoire you’d like! If you’re preparing for your school’s musical, a great karaoke with friends, or just some fun shower singing, I will get you there.
I just started with Matt today! He seems great, and I'm looking forward to continuing our lessons!
August 4, 2019
Matthew has been excellent! He took the time to get to know my goals and really understands what I’m looking for. After just a few lessons, I’ve learned a lot about opera/classical singing from the ground up and have already developed a much deeper appreciation for singers. I can’t recommend Matthew highly enough.
August 4, 2019
Great teacher! Not only has a immense amount of technical knowledge, but has really helped me come out of my shell and let my voice loose. Look forward to continuing lessons!
Recent graduate of West Chester University of PA, holding a master in vocal performance, and being a vocal accompanist at the same time.
Earned my undergrad degree in piano and composition, so I have solid piano technique.
Teaching emphasized both on techniques and musicianship, and more importantly the talents and interests of each individual student. Approach is tailor made for different students, so as to achieve their potential and develop their love of singing.
I am a friendly, patient, caring and funny teacher!
I love to play piano, sing, listening to music, and make music with my friends. It's always joyful to do something you are interested in and truly love!
Hoping to share with you all the ups and downs in this wonderful musical journey!
Hello! My name is Alexa and I am a professional singer and actor in the Philadelphia area. I received my BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of the Arts and I specialize in Musical Theatre voice and performance, though my training and expertise also delves into classical, pop, and jazz. I have been teaching both group and private voice lessons for the past 5 years, and I currently teach through a studio where I have 8 private voice students. My teaching style is extremely tailored to the individual student and focuses on their strengths and interests. Vocal technique and health is my main priority, but I love helping the student find ways to ignite their inner joy while maintaining vocal health. I also take the performance aspect of singing into account when teaching, and I use the passion of the overall performance to inform the voice and solidify the vocal technique. I am also very skilled in helping with audition preparation!
Hello! My name is Alexa and I am a professional singer and actor in the Philadelphia area. I received my BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of the Arts and I specialize in Musical Theatre voice and performance, though my training and expertise also delves into classical, pop, and jazz. I have been teaching both group and private voice lessons for the past 5 years, and I currently teach through a studio where I have 8 private voice students.
As a working actor, I know what the audition scene is like and I am skilled in helping with audition prep! I also recently curated, designed, and produced a duet cabaret with me and a fellow friend and performer that had a very successful outcome, so I would love to help with any cabaret or performance ideas.
My teaching style is extremely tailored to the individual student and focuses
on their strengths and interests. I also take the performance aspect of singing into account when teaching, and I use the joy of the overall performance to inform the voice and solidify the vocal technique.
Your voice is your very own unique instrument. Singing is ultimately about expression and communication, and I believe healthy vocal technique helps us to do that effectively! Drawing on my years of teaching and performing classical repertoire, I work with you on tone production, breath support, diction, listening skills, and expression to help you achieve your classical singing goals. My areas of expertise are art song and opera, but I also have experience with classical and contemporary musical theatre. I emphasize the importance of embracing the process of learning to sing and having fun with it! Whether you want to explore your range, learn a specific song, gain confidence singing in front of others, explore vocal health strategies, or prepare for an audition, I'm here to help. Let's work together!
Monica is a classically trained soprano with a strong background in solo and choral singing and church music. Her opera credits include full productions and scene showcases in the roles of Laetitia (The Old Maid and The Thief), Cinderella (The True Story of Cinderella), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Zdenka (Arabella), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Belinda (Dido and Aeneas), and many ensemble roles. She has appeared as a featured soloist with Rochester Lyric Opera, The Little Theatre, IC BACH, Ithaca College Women's Chorale, Roberts Wesleyan College Chorale, Roberts Wesleyan College Community Orchestra, and Roberts Wesleyan College Jazz Combo, performing a variety of repertoire from opera arias and vocal chamber music to Broadway classics and jazz standards. Monica was the 2016 Winner and 2015 Runner-Up of the Concert
o/Aria Competition at Roberts Wesleyan College, and she has been a finalist and semi-finalist in regional NATS competitions. A frequent recitalist in upstate New York, she has performed the world premieres of several new art songs at venues such as the DiMenna Center for Classical Music in NYC.
Monica is also a seasoned church musician, having served as a church cantor, pianist/organist, and choir director for 10+ years. In these roles, she assists in various leadership positions, designs resources for cantors, and provides both traditional and contemporary music for services, funerals, and weddings.
Monica is passionate about teaching and has experience teaching students ages 7-70 of all levels of experience, from adult community members to undergraduate music minors. In addition to teaching private lessons, Monica has taught group voice classes, assisted for undergraduate diction classes, and tutored students in diction, music history, music theory, and aural skills. She has formal training in Vocal Pedagogy at the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as formal acting training.
I have been teaching and singing professionally for 20 years. I sung in opera houses all over the world and worked with some of the best teachers and coaches. My teaching centers on the Italian school of vocal placement, and ensures vocal improvement within two lessons! I teach all genres of music and specialize in technique and building strength and stamina. My students reach their musical potential and have a uplifting experience doing it!
I am a professional opera singer and songwriter. I graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance, and also hold an Artist's Diploma from the Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA) in Philadelphia.
My students can expect to improve week to week in their vocal technique. I teach the traditional Italian technique of breath support and vocal production. Students will learn to release built-up tension and apply these techniques to unlock their own unique sound. My students learn to sing with freedom, confidence, and expression. I have students ranging every vocal style, from Rock and Pop, to Broadway, Jazz, and Classical.
As a professional opera singer, I have traveled all over the world, sung in the leading opera houses, and worked with some of the best conductors, coaches, and teachers. I bring a weal
th of knowledge to my students.
I look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a better singer!
"I had taken some casual voice lessons from my sister, but I hadn't done a lot of singing before I took lessons with Vandi. I really enjoyed studying with
her. It turns out I have a really great voice! I never would have found out how much I truly enjoy singing without Vandi."
"I worked with Michelle for a little over 2 years. As an adult student, I was super nervous about singing in front of anyone - it took me this long to just
sign up for lessons! She was patient with me and gave me lots of tools for dealing with my nerves and stage fright. Michelle helped me to choose songs that I not only wanted to sing but that matched my voice and range. I was hesitant about performing in a recital but Michelle pointed out that it was like training for a marathon - doing all the work but not performing just seemed silly. It wasn't perfect but it was definitely something I'm proud to have crossed off my bucket list."
"It was an excellent lesson. She is very professional and well prepared. She was able to accompany on piano and spoke Italian fluently, which was super hel
pful for the music. Can't wait for the next one!"
"Not only reasonably priced lessons but you also get top class experience. Keith can translate complex theory and technique into simple English, very easy
to understand, good at explaining. If you need to learn how to sing well but can't afford university classes, Keith Gray is a very good alternative. He also knows piano and guitar."
"Working with Fawn is so great! She is so friendly, enthusiastic and is a great teacher! I have learned so much from her and moved quickly and I continue t
o do so under her instruction. Highly recommend her!"
"Hard to describe how well Michelle trains/steers/guides/educates/prepares her students. Once you see how her process works, you will see that she is one-
of-a-kind. Highly highly recommend."
"JoAnn is a great and friendly instructor: She clearly explains proper technique and suggestions for good practice; she picks songs to help strengthen weak
points of the student; she knows how to connect with each student; and she cares about every student she has."
"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."
"Jonathan is a great teacher! His method focuses a lot on body awareness--from the core torso muscles used for breath support, all the way to the muscles i
n the face where resonance occurs.
Jonathan is very intuitive about my individual needs, helping me find my voice through specific corrections, rather than just providing general instruction. He is also a warm and welcoming host and quick to offer a cup of hot tea!
Highly recommend, especially for students looking for greater body awareness while singing and hoping to get more out of their breath support."