Using the traditional training I have received, I train my opera students to sing in Italian, German, French and Latin using standard opera repertoire. The unique vocal exercises and foundations of singing that are the operatic sound are developed to their fullest potential with each voice.
With a performance degree from the University of Georgia, teaching certification from Georgia State and over 25 years of professional teaching experience, I am able to offer my students a diverse range of instructional resources.
*** Lesson Details *** My lessons include a warmup, music theory work, vocal or instrumental technique and then a vast selection of song repertoire to support new ideas in both technique and theory. Students are directed to watch or listen to examples of master performances in their field of studies. Clear weekly goals are made between lessons and I am always encouraging! Whatever life throws at you during the week doesn't have to stop your studies cold- we will come up with a plan that fits your lifestyle.
*** Studio Equipment *** I have a small Protools setup with microphones and a Kurzwell keyboard. I
like to be able to go online for some resources.
*** Travel Equipment *** I regularly use the internet in lessons as well as standard published educational texts.
*** Specialties *** I have been told that I am especially good at helping people make the jump from playing by rote to reading from the page. In vocal instruction, I am familiar with three schools of technique: the psycho-imagery school, the "anatomical" school, and the Italian "open throat" approach. My background in acting also contributes basic vocal projection techniques to vocal training. I am comfortable with all genres of music, including pop, rock, soul, R&B, gospel, jazz and opera. In instrumental studies, I am a woodwind doubler, reading fluently and transposing on-the-spot . As a jazz and gospel artist I improvise primarily on the flute and saxophone. My piano skills are equivalent to a second-year college piano major. I can improvise accompaniments as well as read piano scores. In addition to being a certified teacher in Georgia, I attained national certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in 2004.
I have worked with people of all ages and backgrounds and I encourage versatility among all my students. I am an advocate for helping each individual find their own unique voice, and while building fundamentals, slowly challenging each student to think outside the box and reach goals they didn't think were possible!
I have experience teaching all ages and backgrounds for over 11 years. I encourage versatility in all my students and advocate for each individual finding their own voice. While we work to establish fundamentals, I will help challenge you to reach new vocal goals that you didn't think were possible!
She is very talented and a great instructor. She has an excellent ear and is very patient and helpful. I did not think I could ever carry a tune and all the progress I have made is thanks to her.
June 29, 2018
My daughter enjoyed her lessons very much! Lee Ann was very focused on my daughters strengths as a singer and they had a lot of fun developing her talent.
June 29, 2018
Leanne has taken my teenage son from being nearly unable to carry a tune to getting a featured part in a play! He sounded great and got much so praise from his peers! She's a terrific teacher - patient, encouraging, and has a great range of exercises, tools, and tips that really work!!
The mission of my studio is to create well-rounded, educated musicians who will always have a lifelong passion for the art no matter their long-term goals. I strive for my students to be:
(1) Lifelong learners who develop successful learning habits. (2) Creative and critical thinkers who will become effective communicators. (3) Responsible and respectful members of society who respect other cultures. (4) Able to set short-term and long-term goals and be able to see them through to their success.
It is of the utmost importance that my students are well-educated in their chosen instrument; they must know and understand music and music-making. Students who can play are a dime a dozen, but students who understand the music they are playing are often hard to find. I teach students to kno
w music thoroughly, not just to “play.” I desire my students to comprehend elements of the score, to use their bodies effectively to make good sound, and to interpret music creatively and according to historical performance practices across all genres of music. Thus, I give students a purposeful education in technique, quality literature, performance and artistry, music theory, and music history.
Although students differ in ability and development, I maintain high expectations for our students. I expect attention and respect in lessons, faithful and diligent practice, careful adherence to instructions, and an “I’ll-do-my-best” attitude. If students regularly meet these expectations, then they will excel to the level that they are able. It is my joy to help students master their music, to do the best they can, and to strive for and achieve excellence.
Lastly, I want students to enjoy and appreciate their instrument, music, and music-making; and I know as as a teacher, I am very influential in making this happen. Students develop enjoyment of music by understanding music, experiencing success in music, being exposed to good and varied genres of music, and receiving instruction from a teacher who is enthusiastic and encouraging. It is my goal to provide all of these opportunities for students, and as a result their lives will be enriched as they enjoy their instrument.
My daughter takes guitar from Maria and I didn’t realize how much she’s progressed until we went to a friend’s recital. 8 months with Maria and my child is leaps and bounds ahead of kids who’ve been taking for 2-3 years. It’s really motivating for her to see. Maria has standards which are non-negotiable but she’s patient and truly guides the kids to success. I’m so happy with our choice as her as a teacher.
June 6, 2019
Maria has been wonderful with our son. Very motivating and goal based. The recitals blow me away year after year. The progress these kids make with her plus the longevity of her students says a lot.
Including warm-ups, repertoire, vocal technique, performance practice, breathing, phonation, pitch, diction, and musicality.
I am a professional singer and actress with opera and musical theater credits. Singing is my passion! I love to sing, and I LOVE to teach others to sing! The human voice is the most natural instrument of all, and helping others to bring out the beauty of the natural instrument that lies within them is something to which I am very devoted. I like to make students feel comfortable and at ease in lessons, and you will find that I am very warm and friendly!
Every student is unique, with their own strengths, their own areas for improvement, and their own preference for certain styles of singing. I can help you find what style makes your heart sing!
I have a broad range of credits, including the Broadway National Tour of Fiddler On The Roof with Theodore Bikel (Tzeitel understudy), and Off-Broadway in Fiorello (Marie) and The Rose Ta
ttoo (Flora). Among my many regional credits are Oliver at the Chiswick Park Theater in Sudbury, MA (Nancy), Camelot with Noel Harrison at the North Shore Music Theater in Beverly, MA (Nimue/Guinevere understudy), and Is There Life After High School with Desi Arnaz, Jr. and Sharon Lawrence at the Burt Reynolds Theater in Jupiter, FL. I currently hold the post of Soloist at First Church of Christ, Scientist, Needham, and am a Guest Soloist for The Mother Church in Boston. I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, where I had four amazing years working with the head of the Music Theatre program, the brilliant and innovative director, Worth Gardner, and music director, Oscar Kosarin. I have received additional training with many renowned pedagogues, including American actress and theatre director, Suzanne Shepherd, New York City, lyric soprano, Sari Gruber, mezzo-soprano Sondra Kelly, and coaches Arlene Shrut from the Juilliard School, Michelle Alexander with Boston Lyric Opera, conductor Gary Wedow, as well as Roger Malouf with the Metropolitan Opera.
Mia’s experience came through right away and I was glad I found her through this site. We started working on a few things to improve technique and Mia pointed out several major foundational concepts to begin thinking about. The lesson was a lot of fun!
August 16, 2019
Mia is amazing!!
She is a pleasure to learn from and to spend time with!!
July 11, 2019
She is amazing as a teacher and a singer. I was looking for formal training to advance in my singing and understand what I am doing wrong. And Mia have helped me so much in just 3 classes. As a singer I felt stuck and wanted to advance my skills and I was very doubtful of teachers but I can say with confidence Mia is the perfect teacher for me. She makes it so comfortable for me to explore my voice and range. So far everything she has taught me has helped me realize my mistakes that were holding me back from singing at my best. She is also very accommodating in terms of class schedule. I always look forward to my class with her.
I started singing opera with Va Opera when I was a young girl and private operatic training at 13 from the Governor's School for the Arts. I have sung leading roles and solos in several productions including operas and musical theatre. Let’s have fun!
About Cara Isadora
Hi there! My name is Cara. I am an award winning vocalist and experienced performer who loves to teach singing. My goal is to demystify vocal technique for students and help them “find their voice" pretty quickly with patience and care in a safe and friendly environment. In a relaxed, positive, and supportive atmosphere; students will improve their breath control and support, projection, phrase length, range, intonation, quality, comfort, stage performance and presentation skills, as well as other technical and stylistic aspects. I am currently available to teach lessons at my studio and online. Let’s have fun!
My credentials and affiliations include a Bachelor's in Vocal Music from Lamar University, Hurrah Players, Governor's School for the Arts, Opera Breve, and VA Opera. I specialize in opera and musical theater. I also record and p
erform pop, rock, R&B, and jazz. Trained by some of the best artists and teachers in Virginia and Texas, I have gained extensive knowledge in vocal pedagogy that has allowed me to become versed in numerous styles and crossover genres. Contact me and we can discuss in more detail want you are looking for in a voice teacher, your vocal goals and experiences, as well as availability and location details. Do not miss the opportunity to work with someone who is really dedicated to nurturing voices and serving art in a down to earth way and will get you where you want to go fast. Let’s get started! It’s gonna be great!
Alyssa has been performing since 2003. She has a Bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance from Northern Arizona University (2016) and is pursuing her Master of Music degree in Opera Performance at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee (2018).
Skills taught include: vocal technique, repertoire, musicianship, sight reading, audition preparation, role preparation, and an emphasis in an overall healthy style of vocalization in any genre.
Alyssa's most recent operatic roles include: Parpignol (La Femme Boheme), Anna Reich (Die listigen Weiber von Windsor), Lucinda (Dark Sisters), and Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro). Alyssa also performs regularly in private concert events.
Alyssa, soprano, performs regularly in the Boston area, most recently with MassOpera and Boston Conservatory Opera. She will be returning to Miami Music Festival as an Apprentice Artist this July, reprising her role of Susanna in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. This past spring, she was the music director for Brookline Pierce School’s production of The Little Mermaid Jr.
Students of Alyssa have recently performed as: The cast of Thr Music Man Jr. The cast of The Little Mermaid, Jr. Lancelot in Spamalot Charlie Brown in You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown Witch in Ten in a Bed Mrs. Banks in Mary Poppins Leading Player in Pippin
Ms. Click recently completed a Post-Graduate Fellowship in Arts Administration at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee (2019). She holds a Master of Music degree in Opera Performance from the Boston Conservato
ry at Berklee (2018) under the instruction of Dr. Kerry Deal as well as a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Northern Arizona University (2016) under the instruction of Dr. Judith Cloud.
Skills taught include: vocal technique, repertoire, musicianship, sight reading, audition preparation, role preparation, and an emphasis in an overall healthy style of vocalization in any genre. Alyssa teaches mainly musical theatre and classical repertoire.
Alyssa is a wonderful teacher This was my first voice lesson ever. She was understanding, enthusiastic and very helpful in getting me started
June 15, 2017
Alyssa is an upbeat, encouraging, and patient teacher. Her own singing voice is beautiful, and she sings very professionally in a wide range of genres. She is reliable, pleasant, sincere, and capable. She gives each student her full attention and tailors her lessons to each one's particular talent (as well as where they're in need of improvement). I recommend Alyssa very highly... She's delightful!
June 5, 2017
I have known Alyssa now for about a year and she is a true master of her art form. She is knowledgeable and genuine in her teaching and performing, and always seeks the best for her students. I highly recommend her as your teacher.
I am very excited to be able to work with you this year. Voice study is one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my life. There is something special about developing an instrument that is inside you. Each voice is unique to the student and possesses an individual beauty. Teaching voice has become my primary passion and I can’t wait to help you improve. This syllabus will give you an overview of studio requirements and expectations.
COURSE RATIONALE: Singing is a skill, a sophisticated blend of fine-tuned muscular coordination and performing artistry. Concepts presented in lessons, when reinforced by your regular practice, will support skillful singing and compelling performances. Whether this is your first set of lessons as a vocalist or whether you are an experienced performer, these lessons will help you grow as a singer. We will discuss technical ideas as applied to both vocal exercises and repertoire, balancing your development ...
Robin, tenor, holds degrees from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance (D.M. in vocal performance), the University of Arizona (M.M. in vocal performance), and Lawrence University (B.M. in vocal performance).
Robin has recently performed the roles of Nemorino in Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore, Ferrando in Mozart's Cosi fan tutte, Gherardo in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, Fenton in Verdi's Falstaff, and Nanki Poo in Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado. In recital, he has performed Hugo Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch and the composizioni da camera of Rossini, Donizetti, Bellini, and Verdi. In addition to his experience in operatic and art song repertoires, Robin has extensive experience in musical theater.
Robin has sung with the Arizona Opera Chorus, North Star Opera Chorus, and the Arizona Choir. A numbe
r of Robin's students have attended or participated in the the University of North Texas, the Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA), Luther College, Tisch School of the Arts, Minnesota Opera Clinic, and Minnesota All-State Choir. He currently serves as Associate Professor of Voice at Southwestern Oklahoma State University.
In as short as one semester, Dr. Griffeath has helped my voice tremendously. He genuinely cares about his students and works hard to understand how each one learns.
June 21, 2018
Dr. R is a very talented vocalist who has a strong background in Alexander Technique. Combining the two makes a very sympathetic and understanding mentor. He can hear all of your tensions, including the ones you aren’t aware of. His style of teaching is a very natural approach and he will not ask you to do anything that hurts or pushes you too far. What stands out the most is his determination. He is determined to help you grow. I am very lucky to have him as an on staff professor.
June 19, 2018
Dr. Griffeath is very approachable and highly knowledgeable. He has a great, in-depth understanding of voice and helps one to understand the processes behind every action taken in vocal lessons. He cares greatly about students’ progress, well-being, and enjoyment of the instrument. Highly recommended.
Hello! I want my lessons to be fun and enjoyable while focusing on breathe and body movement and diction. I want everyone to enjoy singing, but to also take away valuable insight into classical and pop singing. My specialty is classical repertoire, but I also enjoy teaching musical theater and pop.
Hi! I am a soprano from south of Atlanta. I have sung all over the world and love all types of music. I specialize in classical and opera, but love to work on musical theater and pop. I feel that music helps to heal and is a wonderful aid in helping with emotions and the daily stress of life. Whether you are a young beginner, an older beginner, or intermediate level, I want to help work as a team and guide you to what you are looking for on your musical path.
Kristin is an amazing singer and a great instructor! I was blessed to attend a workshop at my community college where she gave classical singers advice on their singing. She is fantastic and has a fabulous voice!
"Rosita is a gem! She was so prepared to welcome me to her studio and we got right to work. I now have homework and am SO EXCITED to work with her to lea
rn how to sing opera and get ready to audition!"
"Dani is a really special instructor for me! She helped me realize how big my passion for singing was because, since the beginning, she has inspired me wit
h her singing, passion, and knowledge. She was my teacher for 4 years and she prepared me to get into CU Boulder’s School of Music. With her guidance I improved not only my vocal technique, but my musicality, acting skills, languages, and every single aspect that a singer needs to be a professional artist. She was really specific and patient about my growth as an opera singer and she always helped me find the perfect repertoire for me. I can say that I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for her. Dani saw the best in me even when I didn’t, and I am still learning a lot from her."
"Great experience! Jess was very thorough with identifying my voice type and recommended me the proper repertoire for me to practice. I'm excited for my ne
xt lesson with her!"
"Denise is the best!!! She is punctual, she genuinely cares about her student's vocal health, she has very solid techniques and teaches them well, and on t
op of that, she has a great taste for music. I am learning so much from her every single lesson. At least try her class once, it might change your singing life forever <3 Best of luck on your singing journey, dear whoever is reading this review!! Try Denise and you will not be disappointed!"
"Awesome class!! Can't wait to have my next one!"
"Excellent Opera Voice Coach!
I've been having lessons with Asuka since February of this year and it has been a wonderful experience. As a beginner with a
bsolutely no formal training in singing whatsoever, the whole process of learning to sing opera can seem like an extremely daunting task. She is encouraging and friendly, yet treats her art form with the thoroughness and respect it deserves. She really takes the time to explain proper technique throughout the entire process-- from things like maintaining proper support for your voice and more importantly how to sing opera without hurting yourself. Personally, she is helping me to find potential that I didn't think I had before. I feel very fortunate that I am able to have one on one sessions with someone of Asuka's caliber."