I teach students how to belt in a healthy way, and also work on "the mix" used to successfully belt throughout your range, in order to avoid the break between "chest" and "head" voice. I have a lot of experience singing and teaching Musical Theater, I was a member of Studio East in Bellevue, Wa, as well as part of the Musical Theater department at The San Francisco Conservatory of Music. I have played Rapunzel in Into the Woods, Beth in Little Women, Golde in Fiddler on the Roof, and Various characters in the musical Quilters.
Over time my goal is to work toward auditioning for local theaters in the Seattle area, building repertoire as well as the working on the "audition package". If you are a student in school, I will also prepare and encourage auditions for the school musicals, and plays.
Mezzo-Soprano Jordan M., will be making her Tacoma Opera role debut of Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia in February 2014. In the summer of 2013, she was accepted by Maestro Alberto Zedda for his Accademia Rossiniana program in Pesaro, Italy, and participated in Cincinnati Conservatory’s Realizing Rossini program as Berta in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Ms. M. is a recent graduate of San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and studies with Mezzo-Soprano Catherine Cook. While at the Conservatory she had the opportunity to sing Dorabella in Cosi Fan Tutte, Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro, Virtu in L
’incoronazione di Poppea, and Beth in Little Women during her undergraduate and graduate studies.
Jordan made her professional debut with Kitsap opera in the role of Suzuki in Madama Butterfly in the Fall of 2011; shortly thereafter she sang the role of Hansel in Hansel and Gretel for a three-month tour for Portland Opera (Oregon). In the summer of 2012 Ms. M.attended Si Parla, si canta, a six week language intensive program in Urbania, Italy where she had the opportunity to study with Meastro Zedda, and Baritone Hakan Hagegard. She also participated in Stephen Stubbs’ baroque program Accademia d’amore where she delved into baroque rhetoric, dance, and collaborated with baroque instruments. In the Spring of 2013 she completed her residency at Tacoma Opera, where she covered Dorabella in Cosi Fan Tutte, Carmen in La Tradegie de Carmen, and performed the role of Annina in La Traviata. Equally at home in Lieder, and recital she was a participant in San Francisco’s Lieder Alive!, with Master teacher Hakan Hagegard, and has given two solo recitals in Seattle, and Tacoma with Second City Chamber Series, and Music Northwest.
Her upcoming engagements include, singing Rosina with Tacoma Opera’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, with Tacoma Opera. Singing as principal soloist with Bremerton Symphony, in February 2014, and Singing the role of Junon in Charpentier’s Acteon with Queen City Musicians sponsored by the Early Music Guild of Seattle, in the spring of 2014.
*** Lesson Details *** Lessons begin with stretching, vocal warm ups, scales, and extensive breath work, as well as resolving any tensions that may be hindering your vocal production. I then through collaboration with the student, work on beginning repertoire that is suited for the voice, and challenging at the same time. I record all lessons, and email them to the student so that one has the opportunity to review the warm ups, and hear the improvement in the voice, I also write a review of every lesson, with notated warm-ups and a list of "To Do's" for the week so that the student will have a structured practice week. I provide music, and if needed recordings of the pieces so that the student can take the materials back to their homes and practice them on their own.
I track the range of the voice, and usually within a month it will have improved by at least 4 notes either higher or lower.
For some students learning music is just as much a part of the lesson as learning to sing. I love teaching people of all ages how to read music, so that the student can be an independent teacher for themselves and learn music on their own at home, this I think is very important in order to improve skills for singing, the faster the student can learn music, the more time can be spent working on technique and improving the sound of the voice.
It is important to note that learning voice is a highly individualized journey, each person will have their own set of strengths and weaknesses, as a teacher it is my job to asses this in a person and craft a curriculum, and style that will fit those individual needs.
There is no feeling in the world than the freedom and beauty of singing, it is a joy to hear in my students, and very fulfilling to teach this kind of wonderfully positive experience to people of all ages!
I received my B.A. in vocal performance from San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2009. I am a classically trained singer, however I enjoy all genre’s of music and firmly believe having a classical base in a singing technique will enrich any style of music you wish to work toward. I am devoted to healthy singing, and unlocking your true timbre and voice with extensive breath, and vowel work. As a graduate from a highly competitive music institution I can help in guiding students along the right path of pursuing this art form at a collegiate level.
*** Studio Equipment *** I have a recording device, a piano and keyboard, a music stand, lots of music of all genres, a copier/printer, as well as access to making recordings of pieces so that the student can take it home (whether that is CD's or Mp3's).
*** Travel Equipment *** I provide a recording device, piano, keyboard, piano accompaniment (usually a recording), as well as copies of music.
If I travel to a lesson they would have to have a piano or keyboard.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in unlocking an individuals true singing voice,
I do have a 48 hour cancellation policy, I will allow one missed lesson to be reschedule but after that I will have to charge you if you continually miss lessons without letting me know.
Owen November 16, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Jordan has done a great job helping me transition to falsettos and show how to use correct breathing. She has given great tips and helped me extend my range overall.
Andrew S. October 25, 2015
In studio Verified Student
As someone with no singing experience, I was a bit nervous and feeling a bit self-conscious about taking lessons. Jordan is very professional, bright, and patient. I really appreciate her insight and her guidance. There is quite a bit to learn, but Jordan helps you realize it is attainable. Thank you.
Jaimie W. September 30, 2015
Jordan has let me reach a higher range and has helped me improve a lot from when I started.
For me, having parents of different ethnicity and siblings that were much older than me, I was heavily impacted by the wide variety of music to which my family members listened. The force of this crayon box of rhythms and sounds captivated and affected me so much that it is the key experience that I draw from in making my own music today.
I grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska (a small town in the center of the state) so my only option for entertainment and fun was getting involved in the arts! I start
ed performing at a very young age as both a dancer and a musician. I studied classical ballet, modern dance, hip hop and street dance, and world dance traditions throughout my formative years, which helped me to gain rhythmical fluency. I started my formal music training when I began to play the cello. From then on, I was hooked on the sound and I immersed myself in music as much as I could; performing, competing, working in as many musical groups and productions as possible (as both a vocalist and cellist), and even teaching.
I moved to Seattle in 2003 to study opera at Cornish College of the arts, only to later change my major to Jazz, and then again to Latin music studies. Since graduating from Cornish in 2007, with my Bachelor of Music degree, I have been actively and diligently working in the local music scene; performing and recording with artists and groups of many different styles. Everything from various Latin genres, to Rock, to R&B/Soul, to Hip Hop, and Jazz. Through my music, I aim to reach out to people of all cultures. I also aim to teach my own students with the hope that they too can discover the same continuous love of music that I have grown to feel (and still am growing to feel) over the years. :)
*** Studio Equipment *** 88 key piano, (Yamaha keyboard), cello, various percussion instruments, guitars, library, computer, lessons are given in the living room.
*** Specialties *** As far as voice goes, I teach all genres and styles but I personally specialize in the Latin genres. I teach all aspects of the music; rhythm, harmony, theory. I even teach performance; how to work with a band in real-time communication, song communication (or story telling as I like to call it), and developing ones own personal style. I believe that there is much more to singing than just vocal technique alone, so I believe in teaching musical fundamentals and functions so that my students will not only be considered vocalists, but competent musicians.
Jaaziq April 12, 2016
Makala is very seasoned at teaching music. I love that fact that she's patient but at the same time persistent. My daughter has grown tremendously from being under Makala's structured music teachings. Makala is very versatile and has a really open of mind with music. She can sing like an angel and her personality is warm and friendly. You can't go wrong with choosing her to help you with your music.
Rebecca April 10, 2016
Music Theory ·
Makala is easy to work with. She makes music so easy to understand and she approaches lessons in funny and focused way that keeps them enjoyable while staying on-track. She also has an encyclopedic knowledge of music across a surprisingly extensive range of styles. Every time I see her I learn of a new artist that I love. Highly recommend Makala!
Derek April 5, 2016
Makala's knowledge of music and vocal training really helped me to discover my own voice. She is incredibly positive, patient, knowledgeable, and sincerely cares about her craft and students. I would recommend her to anyone who is beginning or advanced.
Students will learn how to sing all genres of musical theatre with healthy technique and appropriate stylizing. Breath management, resonance, and gentle/healthy glottal onset and closure
*all lessons are always taylored to be appropriate vocally for age, voice type, and ability
Hello! My name is Serena!
Music shapes my life and has made me the person I am today. My experience in training in opera, musical theatre, jazz, and pop has expanded my musical skills and knowledge. Not only have I been trained in performance, but I have also studied music history, music theory, conducting, movement training, ballet, Alexander Technique, acting, yoga, stage craft, improvisation, other languages, diction and the International Phonetic Alphabet, voice science and anatomy, and vocal pedagogy. I have completed my Bachelor of Music in Operatic Vocal Performance from the prestig
ious Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University under the tutelage of the legendary Carol Vaness. I have also studied with acclaimed teachers and coaches around the world including Dr. Kari Ragan and Maestro Dean Williamson.
I am very excited to announce that I made my Seattle Opera debut singing ALITSA and RACCOON in their touring production of "OUR EARTH", as well as performing on the mainstage in Verdi's NABUCCO and Donizetti's MARIA STUARDA. My upcoming performances include singing ALKANDRE in "PENELOPE" with Vespertine Opera in Seattle, WA; FRASQUITA in "Carmen" with OperaBend in Bend, Oregon; and SUSANNA in "LE NOZZE DI FIGARO" with the Seattle Opera Guild. I also made my international debut in December 2014 singing GRETEL in "HANSEL UND GRETEL" with Opera Mariposa in Vancouver, BC. Recent performances include THE QUEEN OF THE NIGHT with Portland Summer Opera's "THE MAGIC FLUTE" by Mozart, a Soloist World Premiere of "In Nocte Plena" by Tommaso Traetta with Ensign Symphony at Benaroya Hall, Seattle, both Adele and Ida in Skagit Opera's production of Johann Strauss's "Die Fledermaus", and both Queen of the Night and First Lady with NOISE's production of "The Magic Flute". I have also been the featured soloist as "Christine" in Ten Grand's Phantom of the Opera at Benaroya Hall in Seattle, WA, and many lead roles in both opera and musical theatre: such as Semele (Semele), Marie (La Fille du Regiment), Gretel (Hansel und Gretel), Countess Ceprano and Gilda (Rigoletto), Blondchen (Die Entfuehrung aus dem Serail), Maria (West Side Story), La Fee (Cendrillon), Sarah Brown (Guys and Dolls), Cathy (The Last 5 Years), Rosina (Barber of Seville), and more! I have also been part of jazz ensembles, and won the Battle of the Bands at Indiana University with a rock group! I am proud to have won the Seattle Opera Guild/Opera Plus Young Artist Scholarship Award for the 2015/2016 season, the Encouragement Award in the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions, First Place in the National Classical Singers Competition, the C.M. Gerber Scholarship, Music Dean's Scholarship, Music Faculty Award, First Place at Washington State Solo and Ensemble Competitions, First Place in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) National Competitions, and many more!
Teaching brings me such joy! To share the love of music and to educate the musicians of tomorrow is both gratifying and inspiring. I have been teaching since 2005 and provide a fun and focused learning experience where there are no "wrong" questions, and everybody's unique voice is celebrated! Many of my students have gone on to study music in college, and have landed lead roles in musical theatre, choir solos, All State and All Northwest choirs, and won awards in Classical competitions.
In my spare time, I like to practice yoga, dance, and have recently taken up aerial silk acrobatics as a hobby!
*** Lesson Details *** My studio provides musical knowledge through private lessons including healthy vocal technique, basic understanding of music theory, and basic piano skills. I encourage a fun and focused environment. Come ready to learn, and let's make music!
A typical lesson will include vocalises that detail proper technique, some ear training work, some music theory training, and will be followed by repertoire. During this time, students will learn how to produce clear and authentic diction (English and other languages), breath management, phrase shaping, smooth transitions between higher and lower pitches, stylistic ornamentation, as well as dramatic involvement of the piece.
Students will learn the importance of the foundations of breath support, and how to create a healthy sound for any genre while keeping the unique qualities of their own voice-- no cookie-cutter singers here! Students will also learn how to read music, practice effectively, perform authentically, and take care of their delicate instrument for a lifetime of singing!
While Skype is a marvelous tool that has revolutionized the world of teaching, nothing can replicate natural acoustics. In-studio lessons are suggested for a clearer and more personable lesson. **Skype lessons are reserved for long distance students only**
STUDIO ABSENCE and CANCELLATION POLICIES: Regularly scheduled and attended lessons are the best way to see positive changes in your voice! The smooth running of the Studio Schedule helps make that happen. Therefore, missing lessons is discouraged and make up lessons/cancellations are not given in the Studio unless: - I have had a performance or rehearsal that conflicts with our lesson time and cannot have the lesson as scheduled. If this occurs, I will inform you of the event as soon as possible and give you the option of a make up lesson or cancelling the lesson. - Notices of foreseen cancellations (family vacations, religious holidays, school functions, special occasions etc.) are eligible for rescheduling or cancellation if given before the first lesson of the month. - Of course, life can throw us for a loop! Illness, emergencies, and unforeseen events may possibly be given make ups or cancellations and will be determined at the Studio's discretion. (In the matter of illness: standard procedure is that if the student can attend work/school, they should come to their lesson. A cold can easily be worked around. If the voice is affected (for singing students), Studio time can still be used to work on ear training, music theory, music history, etc.)
All other absences will result in the lesson being marked as "missed". A hard copy of the Studio Policies and further details will be given to the student at the first lesson. Please feel free to ask any questions or clarifications.
*** Studio Equipment *** The studio lessons take place in a separate studio room of the house. The room includes seating for parents to observe lessons as well as a weighted keyboard (88 keys), music stand, desk, and materials. No pets. Lots of street parking is available.
You can find more information about me and about the studio at: www.serenaeduljee.com
*** Specialties *** Specialties: Classical/Opera Other styles and genres: Musical Theatre, Jazz, Pop, and Rock.
Narcisa K. January 20, 2016
Opera Voice ·
In studio Verified Student
10 stars! She's very strict but in a good way. Keeps the students motivated! Recommend!
Iris S. December 1, 2015
In studio Verified Student
I enjoy Serana's teaching very much. She is a talented teacher. I love to take her lessons.
Nancy C. April 12, 2013
Singing Verified Student
Voice Teacher with a lot of knowledge
Is competent at teaching. She has a goal and is clear about helping each child reach his/her potential. She is personable and conscientious about the small details that make a performer effective. She is supportive and encouraging.
If you dream of singing Broadway there's no end to the wonderful repertoire that we can develop! The music of Broadway encompasses a vast variety of singing styles, and requires a robust and flexible vocal sound AND a solid understanding of the proper vocal technique...for singing as well as speaking. And all that while playing the part of the particular character!! Easy!!!, or so we make it look! We'll gain a thorough understanding of how the vocal apparatus actually works, and develop supportive breathing and athletic techniques that will release the full range of your voice and increase the beauty and flexibility of your tone production. And, since its Broadway, we'll do that for both the singing and speaking Voice. Your range will dramatically increase, projection will magnify, you'll learn to protect and preserve your Natural innate voice, and set it free to express the emotions of the song. Your confidence will soar as you refine your sounds and learn to apply them to ...
Become the masterful Singer that you really ARE! Learn to bring out the natural beauty and power of your Voice, and to match your own unique personality and vocal qualities to complementing repertoire in order to show your voice and talents in their best light. We'll develop the repertoire that fits YOU. You'll learn how the Voice works and where it really comes from, and probably be amazed at the almost immediate widening of your vocal range.
Trained by one of the Metropolitan Opera's most beloved Voice Coaches, Vanessa brings to the world of music a wonderfully varied Performing and
Teaching career ranging from Opera to Broadway. She holds a BA degree in Music Performance from the School of Fine and Applied Arts of Boston University, and is an award winning Poet. Vanessa has produced, hosted, sung, and broadcast over 2,500 television programs, concertized and spoken in the US and abroad, recorded nine albums in various languages, co-authored an Early Childhood Education book which included training in the use of music for the young, authored three poetry books and accompanying cd's, and teaches Voice to her private and group students.
*** Lesson Details *** The atmosphere is relaxed in our comfortable professional studio. We work hard, and enjoy the journey as we develop your voice and repertoire with a focus on whatever style of singing you choose. It won't be long until you will see that songs that were previously too high or too low are now comfortably within your grasp. And, you will be able to sing for longer periods of time without getting tired or injuring your voice. You might also want the experience of practicing stage presence, working with trax, learning how to relate to an audience, and learning microphone technique, all of which will add to the professionalism of your most excellent and enjoyable career.
*** Studio Equipment *** Music studio room w/ piano and seating for parents
*** Specialties *** I specialize in finding the student's unique voice, and helping them to understand its natural operation in order to set it free to be used in any style they choose to sing. The Italian Bel Canto method describes the basic singing technique, and is the foundation from which a healthy and versatile voice can be developed. My upcoming book, "All God's Chillun' Got A Voice" How To Find It, and Release It As A Creative Toolâ, discusses both the technical and esoteric sides of the singing voice, its operation and purposes.
Rebecca M. April 25, 2015
In home Verified Student
Vast amount of experience...kind ....patient....inspirational...super encouraging.
My daughter has grown musically and personally by leaps and bounds.
Maxim A. October 20, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Seriously, best instructor ever!
Courteous, friendly, knowledgeable professional.
Pleasure to work with and to learn from.
Curt H. March 6, 2014 Verified Student
Superior Teacher, Outstanding Vocal/Music Lessons
Vanessa is an exceptional vocal instructor with an amazing ability to connect with my daughter Cameron and elevate her skill level as a vocalist. Her commitment to supporting the needs and requests from the student is fantastic and I appreciate her dedication to the Arts and her ability to communicate the language of music with such vigor and clarity. Thank you so much Vanessa!
Hello! Thanks for checking out my page! My name is Krista, and I'm a musical theatre actress and teacher. I grew up in Renton and attended the University of Washington, where I earned my BA in Theatre and a minor in Education. Since then, I have gone on to perform in many of Seattle's best theatres, including Seattle Musical Theatre, Lyric Light Opera, At the Ridge Theatre, Second Story Repertory, and The 5th Avenue. I love performing and believe that there is nothing like being onstage and making an audience feel something through your performance!
I have been teaching for many years
at various theatre intensives and summer camps and currently teach dance, acting, and voice at two schools in the Renton area. I love people and love interacting with all ages! It is a joy to be able to pass on skills that bring me so much happiness to those who are younger or just entering the exciting world of performance! I especially enjoy doing one-on-one audition prep to make sure that that monologue or song you are going to try out with is in solid shape!
Please contact me to let me know what kind of training you are looking for (whether it be a focus on dance, audition prep, voice, etc.), and we can talk about what our lessons would entail and how I could help to best meet your interests. Looking forward to hearing from you!
Axel S. January 8, 2016
In home Verified Student
Krista is very sweet and easy to work with. My child liked her very much.
Han N. December 14, 2015
In studio Verified Student
We recommend to others friends and students looking for a singing teacher for their child. Krista was always on time to all lessons, very accommodating to changes in schedule and very personable with my daughter!
Hayley S. May 15, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Krista is very positive, helpful and encouraging. I only had one lesson so far but I feel she is a great fit.
Students are raving about their Broadway Singing instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Vanessa
"Ms. Alayne is a very professional, and great mentor. She recognizes a student's strengths and weaknesses. I admire her for her passion towards music. You
can actually feel it through her teachings. I would most definitely recommend her to everyone.
I am currently studying Broadway under her, and so far it's been an awesome experience."
Orlando, FL teacher:
Review by Joseph
"Dan has been the best experience I've yet to have singing. I come from a background where I always sang a lot, but never properly. In only a few lessons I
feel like I've progressed so far from where I initially was, and it shows no signs of slowing down.
Along with this, there's a wonderful low-stress environment when working together. I never feel like screwing up is a bad thing, it's all part of the learning experience and he is extremely motivating and positive throughout.
Can't recommend enough!"
New York, NY teacher:
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Review by Katherine
"My husband has taken my daughter to her voice lessons these first three times, and I have heard great reviews from both my husband and daughter! I am so
pleased with what I've heard, I can't wait to meet Melissa myself!"
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Don
"Melissa has been the most perfect fit for our daughter!! My daughter had gotten into theater, and is now taking voice lessons to help her with choir at h
er school next year. We are extremely delighted with the results we've seen!! :) My husband says she is a perfect match for our daughter, as Melissa has performed on Broadway, herself!"
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Stephanie
"Shannon makes learning, growing and performing lots of fun
I see Shannon primarily for voice lessons, but she really helps me prepare for every aspect of
auditioning. From vocal technique, to song selection, cuttings for auditions, getting out of my head and into the character, Shannon has been my guide every step of the way, and all with enthusiasm, laughter, encouragement, and wisdom. She's helped with my acting on songs, but she's also helped me to choose and prepare monologues and sides. She challenges me in every lesson so I'm always improving, and she's guided my first steps in this business. I am so grateful to have found her! Whether you want to pursue acting and singing as a career or a hobby, I highly recommend Shannon. She really makes it fun!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Anuja
"A Wonderful Teacher!
Jessie is an incredible person to work with. I went in looking to work on my range and songs for musical theatre and came out with a
better understanding of technique and intonation. She is always patient and understanding of her students and is always willing to help them any way she can. She helped me pick songs for my auditions and also informed me about other auditions in the area. I also learned basic piano from her awesome piano worksheet tutorials! Jessie not only is a great instructor, but a great performer as well . Although her voice is beautiful, she doesn't make me feel inadequate or intimidated. Her lessons are always fun to me because of her sense of humour and kindness. Overall, I've had a great experience with Jessie and can't wait to see her again!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Kaitlee
There are so many good things I could say about Arlys. I came to her with only a few weeks to prepare for an audition and with no previou
s lesson experience. In only the four and a half hours she taught me, I feel like it made a huge difference. She has wonderful teaching techniques that she learned professionally, but she's also wonderful at learning along the way. She work with you and suddenly there's a whole new way she finds to teach you. She seems to learn from every lesson she teaches and is so obviously enthusiastic about what she does. Even outside of our lessons, she did a bit of research into my audition song to try and find a way to make it easier to learn. She even called me after my audition to see how it went. Her wonderful teaching skills aside, she's also great at making you feel comfortable. I went to her full of anxiety and within the first few minutes I was immediately comfortable around her. She also was able to teach me an amazing meditation technique that's not only calming but also makes you more alert, something none of my therapists for my anxiety were able to do.
In short: She knows what she's doing, she learns along the way, she's so easy to relax around, and she shows a great deal of care for her students."
Minneapolis, MN teacher:
Review by Jennifer
"Hey all, I met through a friend of a friend. He's definitely a lot cheaper here = /
Any ways, I think he's worth every penny hehe
I'm an actress and
I was really weak in the singing department until a close friend of mine referred his singing coach.
I am pursuing my dream in New York right now. I don't think I would be able to compete out here without Varin. XOXOXOXOXOO"
San Bernardino, CA teacher:
Review by Tabetha
"Awesome teacher! Has really helped me improve so far."
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