My specialty is in classical voice technique, whether that be for opera or art song. My formal training encompasses over 13 years.
*** Lesson Details *** NOTE: I prefer to teach students ages 11 & up. I will accommodate younger students, but as vocal development is a direct reflection of physical development (the instrument is the body), we will be unable to delve deeply into technique. Instead, the curriculum for younger students will include musicianship and piano skills; they will be more of music lessons that incorporate singing rather than "vocal" lessons. My current studio consists of all sorts of singers including classical, musical theater, R&B, and pop. In classical voice lessons, we will be learning songs n
ot only in English, but also Italian, German, and French. Classical voice lessons may not be for everyone, however, and we will learn repertoire that suits the interests of each student.
I emphasize a basic knowledge of music theory, because it's important for a singer to not only know how to sing, but to also understand the music he or she is singing. I will incorporate music theory into the lessons, starting with basics such as learning how to read notes.
I believe in making sure the singer is comfortable and confident. The environment you will be learning in is open and non-threatening because a singer needs a place to explore his or her voice. I encourage my students to make mistakes and to keep the lines of communication as open as possible. Singers are perfectionists, and we're constantly telling ourselves what we do wrong- we don't need someone else enforcing that negativity.
I concentrate on a classical vocal technique, with proper posture, efficient breathing, lack of facial and body tension, and healthy vocal production. I believe that it is important to have a strong foundation of healthy technique no matter what style of singing. My teaching style and lesson focus will be different for each individual person, and I'm very flexible in adapting to each singer's needs and personality.
I am a very understanding teacher, and very patient, but I will push you to work to your potential! What you put into these lessons and your practicing is what you will get out of it. I am not strict, but I do expect dedication, passion, and respect. I am a very enthusiastic and energetic teacher, and lessons with me will be fun, productive, and encouraging.
If I sound like the right teacher for you, please arrange a trial lesson to see how well we work together!
*** Studio Equipment *** Living room, piano, full-length mirror, comfortable seating for parents
*** Specialties *** *Teachers classified as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students. I specialize in classical singing- applicable to any style of singing!
Mercedes M. March 15, 2015
In home Verified Student
Belinda is an amazing teacher I have been doing lessons with her since January,and she is amazing fun,she will help you with anything your having a problem with, and I so Recommend her :)
Kerry H. February 12, 2015
In studio Verified Student
I have been working with Belinda for a little over 2 years. Every lesson, she challenges me to be better than before. What I love most about her style, is she customizes her style of teaching for the student. I am a very imagery oriented person, and she always helps me to visualize things in ways that makes sense to me. My singing has dramatically improved during my time with Belinda, and I would recommend her to anyone in a heart beat. Every lesson is different, every lesson is challenging in a new way, and every time I walk away feeling like that was the best lesson I've ever had. Thank you Belinda!!
Karin A. February 12, 2014
Singing Verified Student
From the very first lesson, my daughter felt that she was learning a great deal from Belinda. Belinda cares about her students and is good with different styles of singing. She's always very professional, but fun at the same time.
Opera is my career path and personal passion. I love teaching opera singers and opera enthusiasts or beginners. Please contact me to begin studying operatic style and singing.
Dear Students and Parents:
My passion for performing and teaching brought me to TakeLessons as a way to enrich the Baltimore community (and beyond through Skype lessons!) and help individual students perform at their best. As an operatic performer, I thoroughly understand the importance of building a strong technical background for any level of singing or professional speaking. My other skills, like instrumental instruction, studying skills, accent reduction, and academic preparation are all offered through TakeLessons as well. As a teacher, I love having fun in lessons and building stro
ng connections with my students at absolutely any level. My personal musical performing experiences span opera, musical theater, jazz, pop, and R&B. I am so excited to share my knowledge and passion for singing with you, as well as any other subject we find to explore! As of February 2013, I am also available through TakeLessons' online instruction program! Please find more information below and I hope to hear from you soon!
A native of Charlotte, NC, Zachary began his musical career as a tuba player and jazz bass guitarist. While attending The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Zachary began singing in various vocal groups on campus and developed his love for the singing voice. With encouragement from the music faculty, Zachary began training as an operatic baritone while at UNC. While attending UNC, Zachary was awarded both the Fischer Scholarship in Voice and the Tony McDowell Voice Scholarship. His singing brought him to Boston in the summer of 2010 to begin study at The Boston Conservatory. While performing various opera roles and attending summer programs, Zachary also opened his private studio and taught at a local music academy. He will sing the role of Marcello in The Boston Conservatory's production of La Boheme in April 2013, as well as a February opera scenes program which will include Cosi fan tutte and The Pearl Fishers. Baritone Zachary B. is quickly establishing himself as an active operatic performer. Equally at home on the recital stage, his versatile lyric baritone voice fits a wide range of repertoire and styles. A graduate of The Boston Conservatory, Zachary has performed roles like the titular role in Don Giovanni (2012), Ramiro in L'Heure Espagnole (2012), L'horloge comtoise in L'Enfant et les sortileges (2012), Pooh-Bah in The Mikado (2011), and Bob in The Old Maid and the Thief (2011). Most recently, Zachary performed Character #7 in the ensemble chamber opera Transformations (Conrad Susa).
Starting in February 2013, Zachary will also be available through TakeLessons for online instruction. Lessons will still focus on energy, breath, and solid technique, so please contact him if you think this venue of instruction will be a good fit!
*** Lesson Details *** Regardless of your background, I believe in making lessons fun, encouraging, and accessible. This means that my work with you will, by nature, be incredibly personal and always formulated for your specific musical goals. I will constantly strive to make sure you are comfortable in our work together as we explore singing, speaking, and music theory.
I believe every singing or speaking voice can benefit from a foundation in classical vocal technique. Whether you prefer to learn through singing songs or through various exercises, I can customize our lesson plan to fit your needs. Therefore, I provide a fun and engaging lesson atmosphere, but you need to bring your best as well! We will both be happier with the process if we are equally invested in your growth. We will start with something you already know (an aria, vocal exercise, or excerpt from a song) and work toward singing in your preferred vocal style. For example, classical singers will build their knowledge of English, German, Italian, and French diction and song styles. Additionally, I will always respect and include my student's musical interests.
Along the way, I am happy to address basic music theory ideas. If you prefer, we can also spend additional time reviewing and learning those principles to enrich your musical experience. I will always provide different exercises and ideas to keep your brain active in the singing process.
I believe in whole body, whole spirit singing. As a performer, I employ a variety of holistic exercises and theories to develop my own voice, such as basic Alexander Technique principles, voice therapy techniques, a variety of pedagogical palates, and energy work. If these sorts of things interest you, I am more than happy to incorporate them into our lessons. My personal results with those practices have been incredible, so I am always eager to share.
My personality is outgoing and energetic, so I bring that sort of atmosphere to a lesson. I expect preparedness and readiness on your part to maximize our work together. My greatest desire in teaching is to see you grow! So, if a challenging, yet comforting, work environment sounds like something you would like to try, consider scheduling a trial lesson with me. I am always happy to hear from new students!
*** Studio Equipment *** Open area between the living room and the dining room, seating available, piano to accompany the voice lesson, garage/driveway/street parking.
*** Travel Equipment *** I prefer for my students to have a keyboard or piano, and if possible, a music stand. We can always make a situation work if the student does not have access to these tools. I provide music, pencils, etc.
*** Specialties *** I am an opera singer, and specialize in classical singing. However, I apply similar vocal technique to all genres of music, and focus on breathing technique, body and energy awareness, and discuss a holistic approach to singing with all students.
wynoka J. August 8, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Knowledgeable patient encouraging and kind! I learned some new things that help! Looking forward to next lesson!
Draaco A. May 19, 2015
In home Verified Student
Great instructor, natural gifted at communicating the body mechanics, breathing, and finer points of singing.
Anja J. March 9, 2015
In studio Verified Student
After only 3 lessons, I feel like I have already made an improvement with my voice. Zachary is extremely patient and encouraging, and his charisma helps me to feel more confident about my progress. I am so glad that I found him, and I will definitely recommend him if I get the chance!
Robyn S., DMA. Mezzo -Soprano, Dr. Steven’s multifaceted musical career began as a church soloist at the age of nine. Her talents as a singer over the years have lead to venues in the United States and abroad. A Metropolitan Opera District Finalist in 1982, she appeared in concert at Sarasota’s Van Wezel Hall, and coached with soprano Eleanor Steber. She has appeared locally with Washington National Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Baltimore Opera, and Peabody Opera Theatre, and nationally with Florida Lyric Opera, Tampa Oratorio Society, Sarasota Opera and Santa Fe Young Artists Programs, Queens Oper
a and with Opera Lewanee, Michigan as a Finalist in the Freiderich Schorr Vocal Competition. She has performed in solo venues at Wolf Trap, Kennedy Center, Washington National Cathedral, National Presbyterian Church, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Florida and Merkin Hall, New York City, among others. In concert and oratorio, she most recently appeared with the Capella Cantorum, in Connecticut in Antonin Dvorak‘s Stabat Mater, with the Florence Symphony in Handel’s Messiah, and with the University of North Carolina at Pembroke Concert Artists in Dvorak’s Te Deum. Internationally she has sung with Operafestival di Roma, and toured under the management of Heissler-Remy Agenturs in Germany and Austria, receiving critical acclaim for her portrayal of Nedda in Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci, the Countess in Mozart’s Nozze di Figaro and for solo work in Verdi’s Requiem. She will be appearingas the Mother in a concert performance of Menotti’s Amahl and The Night Visitors at Germano’s Trattoria in December, a work she became closely acquainted with s through her studies with mezzo soprano, Martha King, who performed the role of the Mother in NBC’s televised broadcast of the opera in 1963. In the academic field, Dr. Stevens has served on the music faculties of the Community Colleges of Baltimore at the Catonsville Campus, Morgan State University, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian College and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke where she was Coordinator of Vocal Studies. She is currently Adjunct Music Faculty at Baltimore City Community College and Music Director and organist at Chestnut Grove Presbyterian Church where she maintains a private voice and piano studio. She holds degrees in voice from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Maryland at College Park.
Hello! I've been singing since before I can remember and playing instruments for almost as long. I have a passion for music. Whether it's being onstage at York Little Theatre, singing with the church choir in Red Lion, or paying with one of several local and regional bands, I love music and performing. There's no rush like sharing your passion with an audience, and I believe that with practice comes confidence and with confidence comes a great performer. I'll make my schedule/rates as flexible as possible to accommodate anyone who wants to learn! Let's get started!
Nicole R. November 25, 2014
Joe is a great teacher and a fun person to be around. I have worked with him on several projects and he is very patient, positive, and energetic.
Rhonda R. November 17, 2014
In home Verified Student
Joe works very well with my 7 year old son. He has tailored his lessons to my son's interests and abilities, wonderfully!
No matter what kind of singing style you prefer, you need a classical technique foundation! With over 15 years experience, my instructional method can help you attain your goals, teach you how to use the diaphragm, show you how to release your vocal potential with the correct breathing and expression, and help with Italian and Russian diction. Adults and children are welcome. I teach in Rockville, MD, but have flexibility to work in alternate locations or online. Visit my website to know more about me: www.yuliapetrachuk.com
Born in Russia, I studied at Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory (Master of Arts/Voice) and am a graduate of Bern Opera Studio in Bern, Switzerland (Master of arts/Opera). For 3 years I worked in a children music school as a voice teacher and have taught privately. I am active performer. Mostly I am performing in New York City but also in Dc area and other countries. My performed roles include: Nedda (Leoncavallo's Pagliacci) and Iolanta (Tchaikovsky's Iolanta) with Vocal Productions NYC 2014; Fiordiligi (Cosi Fan Tutte) with Bethesda Summer Opera Festival 2014; Mimi (La Boheme), Adina (Elixir of
Love) and Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi) with Dicapo Opera NYC 2013-2014. First Lady (The Magic Flute) with Ash Lawn Opera; Nicolette with State Theatre Bern, Switzerland (Love for Three Oranges); Elisa (The Shepherd King) and Pergolesi's Flaminio (Il Flaminio) with State Theatre Biel, Switzerland; Kupava (The Snow Maiden) at Philharmonic Concert Hall, Lithuania; Mimi (La Boheme) with Opera Ischia, Italy; Euridice (Orfeo ed Euridice) in Moscow.In January 2014 I had my debut in The Carnegie Weill Recital Hall.
Misha L. January 28, 2015
Opera Voice ·
Yulia is a very professional, capable, and patient teacher, who produces results. She has a deep knowledge of the fundamentals of singing and what is takes to build a solid foundation of a vocal technique. Furthermore, she is able to demonstrate and reinforce important points with her own voice and that helps a lot. I definitely recommend Yulia as a voice teacher!!
Students are raving about their Opera Voice instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Simon Phillip
"Lesley is an awesome teacher and she know what she is doing, If your going to get an opera teacher there is no better option then her!!!"
Bloomington, IN teacher:
Review by Sakura
"Nina is fun and professional. She is also very patient and encouraging. She continuously pushes for the best results. The lessons are productive and I mad
e great improvement in a few months. She is an excellent teacher."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Carol
Tim is an excellent teacher. We were very impressed with his knowledge and my daughter showed tons of improvement in the past few months. T
his helped her confidence level and she sings more often. We highly recommend Tim as a voice teacher."
San Antonio, TX teacher:
Review by Hali
"Juliana was great! She focuses on where the sound is being produced and helps you to isolate the sound and focus on your body and face.
She is very enc
ouraging and gets the job done!"
Miami, FL teacher:
Review by Jordan
"Stacey is a talented teacher
Stacey is a very talented teacher with a great knowledge of repertoire, languages and musicality. She is a fine teacher for
any student who is serious about improving their vocal technique and musical skills. Stacey also understands the world of singing at the college level and beyond. She is prepared to help a student succeed and successfully prepare themselves for the demands of college auditions or a professional career."
Cincinnati, OH teacher:
Review by Courtney
"Extremely talented and personable
I took lessons with Stacey during my senior year of high school. Studying voice with her improved not only my overall m
usicianship, but my confidence in what I specifically had to offer as a musician. Stacey helped prepare me for my college voice auditions. So, if you're looking for a teacher who is extremely talented, personable, and will push you to succeed, I highly recommend studying with Stacey."
Cincinnati, OH teacher:
Review by Barbara
"Elliot was an awesome teacher! From someone taking voice lessons for the first time he made the approach easy, accessible, and fearless. He really emphasi
zes finding the joy in singing. He's affordable, too! You'd be lucky to work with him!!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Dena
I have been taking lessons with Jordan for about 5 months, and she is really wonderful. She has helped me with my confidence and the growt
h of my range, and projection. I highly recommend!"
Seattle, WA teacher:
Review by Ryan
"Kristin Jensen is an effective communicator and she is passionate about teaching. I studied with Kristin for about two years while preparing for college a
uditions. Her advice, knowledge, and assistance helped me tremendously as I began to study classical singing. She has the practical and educational experience to help any student to be their best!"