I have performed at multiple venues in New York City, including Carnegie Hall and Off-Broadway. I studied opera performance and musical theater at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and acting at Primary Stages. Along with these qualifications, my positive spirit and belief in my students has yielded outstanding results in their musical accomplishments.
I've been teaching voice, guitar, and piano lessons for the past four years, as well as coaching students for specific auditions (school plays, national tours, honors choir auditions). Let me aid you in achieving your dreams!
Lesson Details *** As a performer, I have learned that "learning" is never done in this field. Even as a professional, I still take private voice lessons, dance classes, and acting classes. As well as the occasional piano, guitar, and dialect coaching.
My teaching style is based off of my many years of being a student to some of the finest performers in the world. I am direct and focused, but like to keep my students relaxed. My key to teaching success is adapting to each student's specific needs.
*** Studio Equipment *** At my home studio in Jersey City, NJ and at my studio in midtown Manhattan I have a: Keyboard (piano at studio in Manhattan); Guitar; Pitch Pipe; Laptop with speakers; Mirror
*** Travel Equipment *** If travelling to your home, I would require you have a keyboard. I can bring my guitar and pitch pipe.
*** Specialties *** Classical Music (art songs, opera) Traditional Broadway (Rodgers and Hammerstein...) Contemporary Broadway (Stephen Schwartz...) Disney Music Pop Music Country Music Beginner Piano Beginner Guitar Music Theory Public Speaking Audition Technique
Nikki R. May 12, 2013
My first vocal teacher and the best!
Ms. Rachel was an amazing vocal teacher! We would always start off with simple and fun warm-ups, breathing techniques, and would practice singing songs from musicals. My first couple lessons she taught me how to sing I Feel Pretty from West Side Story and we both had so much fun with it! After a little while we learned Cups from Pitch Perfect and then we got into the Vaccai book and I learned a couple songs from there. Overall Ms. Rachel was the best! She even offered to Skype a lesson with me since she moved. She cared about me and always helped me improve my voice in every way she could. I love her!
As an Opera Singer; this is my strongest asset - teaching others to do what I do. My experience will help you in your journey through classical music.
After graduating from Ithaca College with degrees in Vocal Performance and Music Education I spent three years teaching music in public schools. During that time I taught Kindergarten - 4th grade, as a long term substitute, and then 6th - 8th Grade Chorus to 430 students. During my time teaching my program grew at a rate of 30% annually compared to the band and orchestra who struggled to gain 5%. I attribute this success to my style of teaching which is accessible to everyone.
No matter the age, I will find out about what you are interested in besides music and use that as a hook to he
lp you understand what's going on in our lessons. Although I am tough, because I want you to get the most out of your time, I am positive and love to laugh.
Besides teaching in the public schools, I have also taught members of my own private studio from ages 10 - 60, and worked as an Associate Director of Music for a church in North Carolina.
I recently graduated from the Manhattan School of Music and am pursuing my dream of becoming a professional singer. While auditioning, I work as a Real Estate Broker in NYC.
*** Lesson Details *** During the first lesson we will talk about why you are coming and what you want to learn. Once I have a sense of what direction you'd like to go, I'll come up with a plan to take us to your goal. We will work on basic fundamentals both by themselves and through the music that we choose for you to work on.
I encourage all of my students to be actively picking music that they would like to sing and I will supplement that with pieces I think you should have in your repertoire. We will work hard to reach your goals while enjoying the process. No matter the venue, you will see success as long as you are present in our lesson time and put forth effort outside of the lesson as well.
*** Studio Equipment *** Living Room with piano
*** Specialties *** I am most at home with Classical Vocal music but have also sung as a lead Cantor at a church, in musicals, and operas. I also play piano.
LuigieN February 22, 2012
Guides me through everything step by step. Wouldn't want a different teacher.
KamilahB January 25, 2012
Andrew is an extraordinary teacher. In the first couple of weeks, he immediately identified my strengths and weaknesses and crafted individualized lessons to strengthen my piano skills. I can see an enormous difference already; he's taught me skills I could never have learned on my own. He's personable, has a good sense of humor, and holds me accountable for weekly lessons without being a taskmaster. I recommend him highly and I'm incredibly grateful for his patience, high energy, and commitment to his students.
KarimS May 26, 2011
Andrew is patient friendly and knows his technique. I was able to feel and hear growth within a few lessons.
The goal I have for my students is I want my students to really understand why they are doing a particular thing with music, where it being why do we play scales, why is it this key signature, vocal technique, warm ups, etc. I feel what my student is doing internally,and can quickly help them with fixing or adjusting their technique. I want the best for them. Always!
*** Lesson Details *** Bring your music books, a pencil, and a something to record your lessons with.
I am a very fun person, really energetic, and nice. If my students do what I ask them too, they will see that side of
me. If they don't, I tend to be a little strict and firm, mostly because when I was learning piano as a kid, I used every excuse in the book...I was an excellent pianist but bad student, and so now I understand what my teacher went through when my students don't behave or do what I ask. If you do things on time, it will benefit you!!! I am there to help :) Theory is very important to master, because it is the fundamentals of learning music. If you are learning how to sing a piece or play a piece but don't know why you are doing something in the music, then what is the point? Theory will help you understand all of that. I have been a music theory tutor at my university for the past 3 years and am very patient with my students and they all get A's! I once gave my sister a 4 hour crash course on theory for the Certificate of Merit Exam, and she literally didn't know anything because she put it off for the last minute. After the crash course, she got an 88 percent!! I am very good at what I do and love doing it.
*** Studio Equipment *** Piano
*** Travel Equipment *** Piano, staff paper I expect my students to have a notebook for me to write their homework in, music, and a piano or keyboard (if they can, but for sure piano students).
*** Specialties *** Opera, musical theater, music theory, audition prep, audition techniques. I specialize in vocal pedagogue, and my goal for my students is to have them learn and sing any genre of music they would like, as long as they do it in a healthy way. You only have one voice, one unique voice that is yours, so like they always say...treat your body...(voice) like a temple!
**TESTIMONIALS FROM PARENTS** To prospective parents looking for a voice teacher:
I would highly recommend Neda Lahidji as a voice teacher for children. Neda is a gifted singer with an amazing voice and she carries this special gift into her vocal lessons.
I first met Neda in 2013 when she was the Vocal Director for the Children's Musical Theater's Wizard of Oz. Neda was very friendly, positive, and passionate about the vocal rehearsals. She showed the kids respect, was patient when she needed to be, firm when necessary and provided the kids with the necessary tools for them to succeed in their singing. Neda's passion for singing and her excellent teaching skills made the show fun and a huge success.
My daughter was then extremely fortunate to have had Neda as her vocal teacher following the end of the show. Neda's passion for music and for teaching kids is evident in every lesson she has given my daughter. She is enthusiastic, energetic and uses many positive teaching techniques. Neda's lessons also address performance techniques, which are particularly helpful to my daughter.
I would highly recommend Neda as a vocal teacher. I am tremendously grateful to her for everything she has taught my daughter.
Both of my daughters are already missing Neda Lahidji, their vocal coach from San Jose, CA, although they feel incredibly fortunate to have worked so closely with her. And, as a mother who sat and listened on the sidelines, I wholeheartedly agree. From the start, we found Neda to be patient, encouraging, and extremely knowledgeable.
Neda always made herself available when my girls called her with a new challenge. When one of my daughters needed to find and perfect an audition song in only four weeks, Neda provided a variety of choices, helping her hone in on the best selection and work on it note-by-note. With her in-depth understanding of and experience in musical theater, Neda quickly assessed my daughter’s situation and skills, guiding her toward her audition and the lead in her school’s upcoming musical.
Neda has also worked extensively with my other daughter to expand her range, gently teasing her out of her comfort zone. An extraordinary teacher, Neda excels at providing guidance and practical exercises to help her students find the all-important mix between head and chest voice. Most importantly, Neda’s passion for music and musical theater is contagious. Both of my girls always left their lessons feeling more confident and positive about whatever challenges they faced.
I recommend Neda without reservation to any parent looking for a voice coach who can help his or her child soar!
I highly recommend Neda Lahidji as a voice teacher for any child wanting to improve their singing/voice. My daughter (14 years old), took lessons with Neda for over 6 months (2014) and we were very impressed with her talents as a voice teacher. The only reason we stopped was because Neda left San Jose to continue her education in New York. During the time that Neda instructed our daughter she helped her decide on an audition song (for Children's Musical theater), and practiced with her. She worked on different voice technics and used visual examples which were helpful in developing my daughters voice. We were able to see an improvement in my daughters ability to carry notes. Overall, Neda is a responsible, caring, teacher that thinks about the whole child and what's the best way to bring out the talent in the child. On a more personal note, Neda is a great roll model for my daughter. Neda has taken the time to talk to my daughter about school and her career in musical theater. My daughter would also like to continue her education in theater.
Advanced Training: Summer 2010: Operafestival di Roma. Performed in the opera production of Die FledermausÂ and Suor Angelica. Summer 2009: Intense one week training with the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Summer 2008: Attended the Boston University's Tanglewood Institute young artist vocal program. Summer 2007: Vocal Academy for High School Students at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Summer 2006: Participated in ÃÂAmerican Musical Theater ConservatoryÃÂ for 5 weeks for acting, singing and different styles of dancing. Experience 2011: Musical Director for Chapman University's all women acapella group Simply Vocale. 2011: Founding member of Chapman University's musical theater club Chapman On Broadway 2008: Wrote an adaptation of Cinderella for my independent drama study senior year which was performed a year later by Notre Dame Students 2007: Choreographed an opera production of Hansel and GretelÃÂ at Bay Shore Lyric Opera 2007: Assistant Director/ Stage Manager for the musical ÂOOPS: the family musicalÃÂ with BeThatKid Productions 2004: Choreographed an opera production of ÃÂmahl and the Night Visitors ÃÂat Bay Shore Lyric Opera Theatre- Participated in total of 26 shows at Roberta Jones Junior Theater, Children'Âs Musical Theater of San Jose, Notre Dame High School, Saratoga Theater Arts Repertory, and at Chapman University Opera Chapman, with many lead roles. Training Acting- Commercial, Voice Diction, Improv Acting, Soap Sitcom, Cold Read, Monologue, Runway, and Auditioning Skills Dance- Ballet, Jazz, Tap, and Hip-hop- 2 years at Dance Academy Music and Voice- Piano (16 years), Violin (7 years), Voice-(11 years), Choir (6 years) Special Skills- organizational skills, people skills, leadership, sings in 4 different languages (French, German, Italian, Spanish), fluent in speaking Farsi Awards- VOICE: Spring 2010: Finalist for Y.E.S. Foundation for the Arts in San Francisco Spring 2009: won 2nd place in Aria division and 3rd place in Musical Theater division at the National Association of Teachers of Singing Spring 2008: 1st place in Musical Theater division and 2nd place in Art Song division at the National Association of Teachers of Singing Spring 2007: 3rd place at the ÂOlympiad Competition. Fall 2006: Finalist for vocal competition and winner for Top Teen Actor in Las Vegas Spring 2004: 2nd place at Western Regional/California State Talent and Performing Arts Competition PIANO: Spring 2008: Graduated from the Certificate of Merit in Piano at Dr. Daniel Harrison Music Studio (President of Certificate of Merit) Spring 2004: Grand Champion at ÃÂWestern Regional/California State Talent and Performing Arts Competition Spring 2001, 2000: 4th place consecutively at U.S. Open Music Competition 1994-2004: studied at Thomsen Studio, gave numerous recitals
Janel M. January 5, 2015
I got to experience the joy of working with Neda last fall when I did a production of The Wizard of Oz in San Jose. As the vocal director, Neda took on the responsibility of teaching kids ages 8 to 14 the songs from the timeless classic. Not only did she succeed, but she did so wonderfully! The show turned out really really well! Behind the scenes though, Neda was able to teach the songs to everyone in a fun and unique way. She was able to relate to each and everyone of us, and she made the rehearsals so enjoyable. She was very patient, very kind, and very funny! She works very well with kids, and is a joy to be around.
Bella D. January 2, 2015
I had the pleasure of working with Neda in a youth production of The Wizard of Oz in San Jose. As the vocal directer, she carried the big responsibility of bringing the lovely music in this classic to life, which she certainly succeeded at doing. At every rehearsal, she was kind and patient, and she knew exactly how to uniquely communicate ways to improve the song in a way that everyone from 8-year-old to high-schoolers could understand. Her voice is beautiful and extremely versatile. Neda is a passionate, fun, understanding person with so much to offer to a young singer or actor/actress. :)
Lisa W. May 3, 2014
A blessing for my daughter
I put off looking for voice teachers fro my daughter until her voice matured a bit. About the time I felt she was ready, we met Neda, who was the vocal director for my daughter's show. Ashley immediately took to Neda, and began weekly vocal lessons.
Not only are her fees fairly priced, we wholly trust her. She is professional, kind, patient and honest. She has helped pick out appropriate songs for my daughter to use for auditions and to help train her voice for further growth.
I have seen such an improvement in my daughter's vocal abilities. Neda has been a blessing for us and I would highly recommend her for all ages.
Classical and Operatic singing are the pillars of good vocal technique. From my own personal experience, I've learned any voice can benefit from learning Operatic music.
Justin P is a vocal coach, singer, performer & educator based out of Jersey City, NJ.
During his high school years Justin discovered his passion for music and education. Kenneth Brown, his former choral teacher and mentor, recognized Justin’s untapped potential. He taught him the fundamentals of choral conducting, vocal technique, music theory, ear training and repertoire selection. Justin was a member of the award winning Edison High School Choirs, NJ All State Choir and the NJ Region II Chorus.
Justin has spent 11 years studying under some of the best vocal coaches in New York and New
Jersey, including Sarah BachmanKrieger (Manhattan School of Music, The Juilliard School), Steven Schnurman (The Juilliard School) & Katherine Wessinger (University of Michigan). He currently studies under Melissa Perry (Westminster Choir College, Temple, and post graduate work included 750 hours with Maestro Vittorio Rosetta of La Scala) While doing studies at Westminster Choir College, he studied with Tenor Eric Rieger (Eastman School of Music).
While attending Middlesex County College, Justin founded and directed The A Cappella Choir of Middlesex County. After a wonderfully successful first year and a full length album, The A Cappella Choir sang at Carnegie Hall for the premiere of Eric Whitacre’s electronic opera “Paradise Lost: Shadows and Wings” Justin was the head of the choral department at the New Dover United Methodist Church in Edison, NJ. He directed & musically directed a production of The Rocky Horror Show at the Villagers Theater in Somerset, which subsequently moved to The Den Nightclub and ran for 5 consecutive months.
Justin has organized, directed and performed in two fundraisers for the Edison high school Choral program, the program that first honed his raw talent and a place that to this day he still can call a home.
As a performer, Justin was seen as a backup singer in the Bryan Hansen band. He has participated in community theater all over NJ and is frequently hired for studio session work. He recently contributed backing vocals for Mike Wells’ upcoming third studio album.
Justin has been teaching privately since 2007 (Justin Pollinger Vocal Studio). His Students have been accepted to some of the top music programs in the country including Westminster Choir College, Boston Conservatory, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, Mason Gross School School of the Arts, The Hart School & AMDA.
“Justin is so much fun to work with and always makes me feel good about performing, even when I get discouraged. He has helped me to discover a side of my voice that I didn't even know I had.” - Debbie Lingel
“For the last 5 years, I've experienced pain and major vocal fatigue, which lead me to stop singing almost completely… After just a few weeks, I noticed a vast difference. I found Justin to be very knowledgeable, easy to work with and free with encouragement and honesty. It was refreshing to find a young vocal coach like him; I would highly recommend him to anyone: young, old, experienced or beginner.” - Toni Dalessandro
“Working with Justin allowed me to improve upon things in a short time that for years I had tried to correct myself. I always left lessons feeling like I’d learned or become stronger in some area. He is patient when mistakes are made and creative in finding solutions. It was a pleasure to be his student.” - Melanie Beaumier
Joshua S. August 9, 2014
Classical Voice ·
I went to Rutgers: Mason Gross School of the Arts for Vocal Performance as a freshman in Fall 2008; by the Spring of 2009, I was no longer a music student. Singing quickly became a laborious activity instead of an enjoyable past time; I felt as if I became incapable of adequately expressing myself because I was bogged down by a pretentious atmosphere and a teacher who lacked any sort of gravitational pull. Justin is the complete opposite.
I started studying with Justin in September 2013. He's so incredibly realistic. He lacks any form of pretense and his personality is so magnetic. Every time I walk into my lesson, I'm ready to go. He creates an atmosphere that is just so easy to adjust to, and he listens. I'm so grateful to have found him. In a little less than a year, he's helped me restore confidence in my vocal ability and gain back years of lost discipline in such a short time. He will hold you accountable without alienating you and for me that's invaluable. If you're looking for someone warm, but disciplined, Justin is your guy.
Alison G. July 31, 2014
Working with Justin has helped me make enormous strides musically! Our lessons have transformed my voice, prepared me for the competitive world of singing, and given me the confidence and knowledge needed to succeed. In just one or two lessons I progressed in ways I never thought I could and opened up to different techniques that I did not even know existed. Justin is fun and easy to work with. His encouragement and spirit will push you to reach new heights and truly refine your vocal technique.
Jessica M. July 17, 2014
Musical Theater ·
Working with Justin has given me utmost confidence in my singing. He has taught me invaluable vocal techniques that previous coaches never taught me. Since I started with Justin, I feel that my voice has become stronger and it still continues to grow! I would recommend Justin to anyone for vocal instruction. Great, effective lessons for a cheap price!
I am confident in my ability to teach beginners through advanced singers as I have actively taught private voice lessons for over 30 years.
I bring 30 years performing and coaching experience to my students. I have performed as featured soloist at events ranging from Miss Texas Pageant and cruise ships to guest artist with several symphony orchestras. I have enjoyed singing with the Fort worth and Dallas operas as well as traveling with national Broadway touring shows.. I obtained my Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of North Texas and have studied with former Metropolitan Opera stars and Maestro for the Dallas Opera.
Each student is different, therefore I adjust my teaching technique accordingly. I want all o
f my students to be successful, so we begin where this can happen and then work up from there. I am classically trained and believe that a classical basis should be the foundation for all styles of singing.
Many of my students have always scored top in contests, and some have merited full scholarships to prestigious university's opera programs. I've even had two former students selected for reality television singing competitions.
I will be moving to Jersey City mid October when I plan on starting voice lessons there. I look forward to meeting you and moving forward as we find and develop your best voice.
Kaytie N. October 14, 2014
Classical Voice ·
I had taken voice lessons from Laurie for seven years before I moved away for college. During that time, my vocal ability grew in ways I could not have imagined.
Laurie has an amazing ability in helping you reach your greatest potential. She is intuitive, perceptive, and meticulous in discovering your weaknesses and helping you overcome them. Like an athletic trainer, she has an intricate knowledge of the muscles required for your performance, and she is excellent in helping you strengthen them.
Being a performer herself, Laurie is constantly evolving and honing her craft, which in turn is very beneficial for her students. Throughout my time with Laurie, she was always excited to share a new technique if she found it successful.
However, Laurie is not only an amazing teacher, she is also a wonderful person to be around. I always loved coming to her lessons, not only because I learned so much, but also because she became a great friend.
Evana F. October 12, 2014
Classical Voice ·
Hi I am Evana Flores. I am Soprano 2, soon to be 18, and a senior at Coppell Highschool where I am in the A Cappella Choir and a few show choirs. Laurie and I have known each other for many years now. I started taking group class lessons with her when I was in the fourth grade for musical theatre, and then soon after began taking solo lessons for fun. She was super friendly and she is great with children and taught me good songs for auditions, how to breathe with my diaphragm, and most importantly confidence. I was in a Musical Theatre company and she was one of the directors where she was able to adapt and teach a bunch of voices from kids of varying ages. Going into middle school I signed up for school choir in 7th grade and they allowed us to take Voice at school, so I only saw Laurie sporadically. It wasn't until the summer before my junior year of high school that I sought out Laurie’s help once again. I was kind of in the rut vocally and with my confidence level because I was good, but I wasn’t improving… specifically with the All State Competition. I was doing well for my age, but I wasn’t advancing as far as I had wanted to and it was frustrating. Transitioning from a 30-minute weekly school lesson to Mrs. Lauries 1 hour+ lessons was kind of overwhelming at first because these lessons were so concentrated on technique. But by the end of that summer I had already learned how to project my sound and raise my soft pallet.
If that is not convincing enough, let me tell you how I did in my standings in the All State Process before and after her lessons. My freshman year I made the district choir (17th chair) and did not advance to the Region choir at the next round because I got 31st chair; I had to make top ten. The next year as a sophomore I made 11th chair at district and made 15th chair at the next round of Regionals so I was cut once again. That summer I went to Mrs. Laurie, and after having lessons for only a few months with her I was a million times better and I think my results from my junior year are quite telling. I made 6th chair at District, 3rd chair of the Region Choir, 6th chair at Pre-Are, and was 2nd Alternate to the All State Choir. I didn’t actually get to sing with the choir, or neither can I technically call myself an “All Stater” but now I know that I have the potential to be one if I work even harder this year, and Laurie saw that potential in me from the beginning, My junior year Laurie helped me make audition tapes for SWACDA and I made their Honor Choir. I also received a 1st Division rating on my solo at State Solo & Ensemble, where I had gotten a 2nd division rating the year before. But Laurie’s knowledge surpasses classical singing and she also helped me tremendously with show choir auditions and what not. In my show choir, Vivace, I auditioned for solos and a filler singing “Heart of Life” and was given the featured solo in Jai Ho and my John Mayer filler was put in the show.
But beyond my accomplishments, Mrs. Laurie has been a very special influence in my life. She cares for her students as their own mother would and her encouraging personality never made lessons intimidating. In my lessons I have learned how to raise my soft pallet, proper breath control, how to lift my check bones, relax my tongue, use my lips, stand, drop my jaw, and be free in my singing (which was very hard to do with choral training). But most pertinent to my voice, she found my voice as a soloist and not as a choir member. She uncovered so much of my range as a soprano and helped me feel at ease singing there. Mrs. Laurie is a wonderful person and teacher whose expertise is rare to come about these days. She always has the best in mind for her students and her passion for teaching and voice and performing are so evident. To her potential students, take from her! I highly recommend it.
Thanks for everything Mrs. Laurie. Love, Evana
Alexa W. October 9, 2014
To Whom it May Concern:
It is with the utmost pleasure that I recommend Laurie as a private vocal instructor. Having known Mrs. Laurie G. since 2006, at which point I was only 12 years old, I can honestly say that she is one of the few people who had such an impact on my life as to shape it musically and otherwise. When we first met, she recognized a vocal talent that I had not yet realized and she encouraged me to pursue it. Thus, I joined the middle school choir (which was, at that point, under her instruction) and became one of her private students.
In the nearly 4 years that I took voice lessons from Mrs. Laurie G., I received a solid classical training experience that prepared me for a multitude of accomplishments. While under her instruction, I earned the Lewisville Independent School District Outstanding Soloist Award three years in a row, performed soloist roles in the musicals Once Upon a Mattress, Annie, and Aladdin, sang at a few private gigs, and gained admission to the vocal department at the esteemed Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in downtown Dallas. After starting high school there, I went on to become a member of the 2011 All-State Choir, represent Booker T. Washington HSPVA at two SWACDA conventions, and perform in and direct Abbondanza, the school’s annual musical production. Additionally, I became a member of the Booker T. Washington HSPVA Opera Workshop, performing as one of the Three Ladies in a production of Die Zauberfl�te and in the role of Adele in Die Fledermaus, as well as gaining behind-the-scenes access to numerous events at the Dallas Opera. Lastly, I became a member of the Booker T. Washington Jazz Singers, a contemporary jazz group, which won the 2013 Monterey Jazz Competition and became one of two high school groups in the nation to be featured at the 2013 Monterey Jazz Festival.
Laurie gave me the foundation I needed to succeed in classical and contemporary vocal environments and helped me build the personal confidence I needed to put myself out there and strive for success. She always goes above and beyond the call of duty, endeavoring to assist her students in their pursuits in any way that she can. She is an individual that I will always hold near and dear and I know that, if given the chance, she will be the same for you.
Students are raving about their Opera Voice instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Galeano
"I've been looking for a teacher for quite some time now and finally found her. I have extensive experience singing operatic repertoire so it's tough to fi
nd the right help on this. Monica has greatly helped my singing with her understanding of the voice. She has a fine ear and a great teaching style that builds on what is already right without reinventing the technique all together. She's so energetic and fun to work with. I'd recommend her to anyone looking to improve their singing in any way."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Mireya
"The teacher is funny and my daughter liked the techniques that she was giving her. She likes her a lot."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Yen Yen
"Anna-Lisa is the best voice teacher I ever had.I'm able to increase my head voice range and chest voice range without tension now. Anna-Lisa is able to di
agnose my problems, gives me different techniques to relax and reach higher or lower notes with ease. She also teaches all genre of music and not just concentrate on opera voice.I like to sing pop music,find her lessons very fun, enjoyable,very helpful. I highly recommend anyone who like to learn how to sing to take lesson with her."
Phoenix, AZ teacher:
Review by Tracy
"My high notes are so much better now!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Julianna
"Tom is a most excellent vocal instructor
Tom is a wonderful teacher. He is always cheerful and encouraging and positive. He searches for the best selecti
ons to match my voice. He helps me work toward the best I can be and doesn't let me "settle" for anything less. Best of all, he is so fun to be with."
Kansas City, MO 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 Jennifer
"Here you will find an ally in your search for excellence.
I've had five private voice coaches in my life and Jessica is the finest. As one might expect a
fter viewing her resume, she is an excellent musician with a rarefied degree of training. What her resume doesn't tell you is that she is a gifted educator who not only understands vocal production but also is able to think of several different ways to communicate a single concept.
I recall a couple of my (otherwise talented) voice teachers as frustrated performers whose cynicism informed my lesson time. This is not an issue you need to worry about with Jessica. She has performance gigs and is happily active in her professional community. One may secure her time safe in the knowledge that the lesson will be about the pupil.
Possibly the most distinguishing aspect of studying with Jessica is her facility for problem-solving. Whenever tell her about a physical sensation or an emotional reaction I am having while vocalizing, she not only listens and is supportive but she also takes the extra step of formulating a plan to address the issue. It is this extra step that sets her apart as a teacher. There are not many instructors in the performing arts whom upon hearing, "Wow, I feel really weird when I do 'X'," will subsequently diagnose the physical source of the reported weirdness and then have both the patience and focus to suggest and implement techniques to overcome it.
While I am an adult student, I would not hesitate to recommend Jessica as a teacher for children and teenagers new to training in the arts. I have talked with her enough in the few minutes before and after lessons to know that she genuinely likes young people and has purposely and enthusiastically taken jobs teaching them in the past. Did my nephew live locally I would undoubtedly have him studying voice and piano with her."
San Francisco, CA teacher:
Review by Alex
"I trained with Joel in Arizona for a year. I gained confidence as a singer as I started to understand and apply the technique. You know that he is knowl
edgeable because of the degrees he carries but I would add that he is knowledgeable in the operatic technique and the voice overall because of his own application that he demonstrates in the studio to get his point across. He has a great voice and you can hear him utilizing the technique that he teaches. He makes it a point to get to know you and how you learn so that he can better explain things. He is serious about his profession, owns his own opera start-up, and is also a performer. If you are willing to work, you will not be disappointed by the results you will hear. I can confidently recommend him to anyone who is looking to learn how to sing and/or improve their voice!"
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Alexandra
"Rachel is not only amazingly talented, she also knows exactly how to free the voice into a beautiful, fluid way. She has so much information to share and
you will leave feeling fulfilled and strong. Thank you so much for all your help, Ms. S.! You make singing easy, passionate, and delightful!"