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.
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.
Every lesson I teach is a unique and individual experience. I teach from a foundation based in the classical vocal style rooted in bel canto, however, I tailor every lesson to the student. I first determine what are the students goals and needs, and then we find the best approach for the student to learn. It is important that the student has a voice in what they sing, and how they learn; however, I will insist that they build a solid foundation to ensure that they become strong musicians who can sing in every genre if they choose, and can sing safely with vocal health as a number one priority.
Giustino C., conductor and baritone, is a musician with tenacity and passion. As an avid performer, vocal coach, and conductor he has enjoyed a musical career on multiple continents. His recent engagements include the role of Marcello in La Bohemé, and El Dancaïro in Carmen; he has appeared with Indianapolis Opera, Pensacola Opera, Florentine Opera, Opera Ouvert, and Opera Western Reserve. Mr. C. received his Master’s in performance under the tutelage of Dr. Kathleen Maurer. This Season he will be joining The Belle Ensemble as the role of Uberto in La Serva Padrona, joining the Little Traverse Civic Theatre in The Christmas Schooner, and performing the role of Arasamene in the World Premiere of Serse by Isaac Wittenberg.
As an educator, clinician, and vocal coach he has worked in Chicago, Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Florida, a
s well as toured Europe with the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp Youth Choir. He is an active member in the National Association of Teachers of Singing(NATS), and a regular adjudicator in the Great Lakes Region.
I believe that all people are singers; singing and music are the most natural human forms. Every student is unique, and every voice is as unique as a fingerprint; that is why every student and lesson is approached with the individual needs and goals in mind.
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!
I take the protection of a person's voice seriously. My technique focuses on guidance in the how to, rather than specific to a song. This way the individual can sing just about any type (genre) of music and, if using the techniques provided, can be sure to protect their voice for a lifetime.
I have been singing since the age of 4. Singing is almost like breathing to me. First and foremost, I thank God for this unimaginable gift that I can carry with me wherever I go. I grew up singing in church and that is my most important service but I have also done musical theatre, barbershop, and formal classical singing. I give back to my God, what He has given and try to do it with excellence! I have done solo work and have sung in a 200 voice traveling choir - all to the glory of God. The genres that I have covered in my time of singing have been numerous. From classical to country and just about everywhere in between.
I have sat under the direction of some excellent teachers and thank God for them in my life. I minored in music in college, but have gleaned so much more knowledge outside of the classroom. In previous vocal
lessons my most favorite part is when the student finally understands and their gift is what it was meant to be. I love people and will always do my best to encourage positively. I look forward to meeting with you and discussing your goals.
For male students, lessons are offered online only
Joanne is the first and only vocal teacher who has actually l listened to me sing. She was very perceptive and recognized one of my most need singing skills has not yet been mastered: controlled breathing. She gave me lots of activities to practice to develop this requisite skill, as well as a few others to direct me on the right path for a beginner singer. Joanne has excellent interpersonal skills which allowed me to feel comfortable through out my entire lesson.
January 28, 2019
Joanne was so professional, and yet she made me feel at ease right away. It was a nice balance. What a great teacher!
Hello everyone! I am Kaitlyn! I am a new vocal coach, but I have plenty of experience. I've been a Music Education student for 2 years, with a continuing education next fall at Berklee Online Music School! Below are the types of music I will be teaching. If you are interested give me a try! I am very passionate about sharing my love of music with others. I will listen to your wants and needs and be your friend through out this process. Genres I teach : Musical Theatre, Opera, Classical, Recording Artist (Pop, Country, Rock etc...) Languages I teach (for Opera and Classical) : Latin, Italian, French, German, and more!
*If you are in the Morgantown/Fairmont area, I also do lessons via home visit or the Rhapsody Arts Studio*
Hey guys! To get to know me better, I have been a music nerd my whole entire life! I sang in advanced choirs since I was 9 years old. At 12 years old I learned how to play guitar, and became a performer! At the age of 17, I self taught myself piano, as well as 3 professional classes in piano. I am a songwriter as well. I studied Music Education at a University for 2 years, and have had professional lessons to prepare for this opportunity to be a vocal coach myself! I am currently in my gap year, and will be continuing my education in music at the online school of Berklee Music! Attending online will give me the opportunity to continue teaching my students. I am a very down to earth person and I will be your best bud. I will liste
n to what your goals are and give you the proper lessons to succeed. I hope you'll consider me! Genres I teach : Musical Theatre, Opera, Classical, Recording Artist (Pop, Country, Rock, Oldies, Folk, etc..!!) Languages I teach : Latin, Italian, German, French, and any others you want to test me on!
My name is Anastasiia Sidorova and I am a Russian mezzo-soprano pursuing a masters degree at the Curtis Institute of Music. I believe that everyone has the ability to discover the full potential of their voice. I will teach you the foundations of vocal technique to achieve full freedom of your sound to get the most natural vibration and color of your personal voice. We will focus on exercises that will prioritize and preserve the health of your voice through core training, breath exercises and vowel placement.Let’s build you a healthy instrument so you can enjoy singing as much as I do! With beginners I will also focus on ear training and ways to learn music more efficiently.
My name is Anastasiia Sidorova and I am a professional opera singer, currently finishing my masters degree at Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. I recently performed at Opera Philadelphia in their production of Magic Flute, Tancredi and Carmen. I've been a studio artist at Wolf Trap Opera for 2018 and 2019 summer, and I made my European debut at Verbier Festival in Switzerland in 2017 singing Olga in Eugene Onegin. I am passionate about teaching because I love helping people to discover their voices. I believe that singing is one of the most natural and enjoyable ways of expressing yourself. Regardless of age I want to make sure my students achieve freedom and joy in singing!
"Tony has renewed in me a love of music that had been soured by previous experience. He has an uncanny ability to unlock the sounds I have in my head and
bring them to life. Again, reality imitates art."
"Keith is a wonderful voice teacher. Very professional. So happy I found him. Could not have food a better teacher."
"Paige is awesome! She helped me find my range and use my voice without straining. I highly recommend Paige Patrick whether you are a professional singer,
trying out for a school audition, or just want to feel much more confident in kareoke"
"Rachel was extremely patient and could figure out how to help a new singer like me navigate their body and find a true sound. Her positive feedback encour
aged me to do better along with her comforting wit and humorous exercises that really made me open up. I believe she was the absolute best person to help me along and open up more than I had ever before and I think if she continues educating that she will do amazing things, and have fun all the while!"
"Marti is a talented voice instructor with years of personal, professional, and teaching experience. She also has educational background in vocal education
. She rarely cancels lessons, and usually tells you in advance if she will be out of town. When possible, she is also flexible if you are running late or need to reschedule. Since starting voice lessons with Marti over two years ago, my voice has dramatically improved because of her diligent and patient instruction."
"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 v
oice, 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."
"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."
"Dr. M. sets high standards, but knows and is willing to work with you to obtain them. Also, she’s a lot of fun to learn under and is very knowledgeable ab
out her craft."
"Since working with Jen, I feel as though my musicianship skills have improved, and my sightsinging ability has gotten stronger. We work on technique and f
undamentals every class and try to start a new piece every few weeks. Five stars do not give her justice!"