Having recently attained my MM: Vocal Pedagogy from ASU, I am now accepting new students at my home studio in Chandler!
With 16 years of experience as a singer and 8 years as a music educator, I am well-trained to safely teach all voices and most genres: including musical theatre, pop, rock, jazz, classical/opera, choral, and folk. Before moving to Chandler in 2016, I was a full-time musician in San Diego for 6 years, where I taught private voice & piano lessons, children’s group classes, and also ran summer camps and several choirs for adults & kids. I am committed to inspiring my students to explore and share their own love of music, regardless of age or prior musical experience.
For the past 8 years, I've been helping my students achieve their musical goals: get cast as lead & supporting roles in musical theatre (MT) shows, prepare choir & solo songs for upcoming concerts, gain entrance into college voice programs, learn how to "belt" properly without strain, or simply ...
I have been studying the singing voice for 18 years, and am highly trained to teach all voices, now including transgender singers! I recently attained my Masters of Music in Vocal Performance/Pedagogy, as well as certification to teach contemporary styles from Shenandoah Conservatory’s CCM Vocal Institute. I have a growing voice studio online and at my home, and I teach most genres, including musical theatre (including belting), pop, rock (including scream/distortion), R&B, jazz, folk, classical/opera, and choral. With 10 years' experience as a music educator, I've taught a wide range of music, including private voice lessons, children’s group classes for voice and piano, directing summer music and Glee! camps, directing youth and adult choirs, directing and accompanying worship music, and vocal directing musical theater shows.
ve to help my students achieve their musical goals; some accomplishments include: get cast in lead and paid roles for musical theater shows, prepare for choir performances and college auditions, qualify for Regional and All-State Choirs, and how to belt out your favorite karaoke song without strain! I truly believe that a strong technical foundation not only makes singing in any genre possible, but ensures healthy singing habits for life. I am committed to helping my students find their unique voice and share that voice with the world.
I only work with singers of ages 12+ in my private voice studio because I believe that younger children receive the most benefit by singing in a choir with their peers, rather than taking private lessons for their young, under-developed voices. Better instrument options for private lessons for younger children are piano, violin, or guitar - which in order to play, require finger coordination and theory comprehension. I assign music theory and ear-training exercises to my voice students during lessons, as being able to read music well is essential to becoming a well-rounded, independent musician.
Jill does a wonderful job with my 8 year old daughter. She has a bubbly personality, and is always encouraging my daughter. My daughter always enjoys her lessons, and has an upbeat personality when she leaves each lesson.
April 21, 2012
Jill Is A wonderful Teacher!
Jill has been a perfect teacher for me. She motivates me with her positive attitude. She works well with adults and helps me with my disability. She comes up with ideas to help me every week. She always has a smile, even when I mess up!
February 4, 2012
Learning piano late in life!
It has been such a pleasant experience to take lessons from Jill. She is very positive and easy to understand in her instruction. I am a beginner in piano, and I feel I have learned a lot after only 3 lessons. She would be a wonderful piano teacher, no matter what your age!
I work with singers of all levels to find their healthy, core singing voice without imposing a particular style. The main thing is to learn healthy habits, including warm-ups, exercises, posture, breathing, etc. We can work on jazz, pop, punk, metal, folk, bluegrass, gospel, or whatever non-classical genre you would like to do.
I love teaching and I love singing! I'm a listener, and love bringing a fun and creative tone to my lessons while teaching the highest level of healthy technique and style. My students are usually focused on a goal: singing for fun or meditative purposes, going for auditions or performances, and recording and touring at a professional level. They've appeared on multiple stages around the world, including as a finalist on The Voice (Ireland). I taught voice and performance for several years at a university in Europe, as well as in workshops with a lot of different community organisations.
I've studied the following voice and movement practices, too: Alexander Technique, Estill Voice Training, Speech Level Singing, Pop Vocals, Experimental Voice, Trigger Point Therapy, Yoga, Pilates, Contemporary Dance.
By taking lessons with me, no
t only are you contributing to your own music-making, but you're essentially becoming a patron for me as I travel around writing music for commissions and doing shows. I love teaching online because I get to share the excitement of all of this with you!
I’ve been taking singing lessons from Rachel for over a year now. All of my sessions have been online, and I’ve been super happy with my progress and her teaching style.
The classes are structured around my own interests (specific songs, breath control, body technique, etc.), and she’s always ready to answer questions. I don’t have any formal background in musical theory, but I’ve been able to still learn so much from her. I should also mention these classes have been a god-send for my public speaking (I don’t lose my voice anymore and can project easily now).
Rachel is easygoing and has been flexible with me and my schedule changes (you just have to give her some notice). I would definitely recommend her to anyone just starting out like I did—she’s experienced, knowledgeable and professional. :)
April 18, 2018
I love that she always gives me an option on what I do or don't want to do at the moment, but still pushes me to challenge myself. I get to sing the songs I like, and learn the things I need. It helps me stay an interested student. It's fun to train with her too, because Miss Austin knows how to lighten the mood but still keep me on track during lessons. I'd say that my voice's improvements in such a short time would have never happened without her.
As a International Recording Artist with over five CD's, and twenty five years experience teaching voice lessons in both private and public settings, I enjoy guiding singers of all levels in their chosen passion of music. I teach beginners to professionals in all styes of music, teaching the art of singing, and stage performance. Many of my students move into song writing as well, and have recorded their own projects.
Music is the window to the soul. Encouraging the gifts and talents of children of all ages is my passion. I have taught music for over 25 years, working with beginners all the way to professionals. I enjoy guiding a student to explore and find their passion in expressing themselves through song. I am also known as the alternative vocal coach, teaching all styes of music. Being a recording artist myself, and having performed for large and small audiences, I am able to teach and guide individuals and bands in stage performance. Many of my students move into songwriting as well, and they can do this on a one on one basis or in a group setting.
Carol is super helpful and full of great knowledge that will get you to you singing goals, no matter what they are!
December 3, 2015
Carol is an amazing creative coach,thoughtful and insightful. I have been a successful artist in the art world for 30 years. I had a roadblock and couldn't seem to move in either direction. Carol gave me life coaching lessons on thinking differently and moving in different directions. She has been,and continues to be a real muse in my life
Students will learn techniques for healthy vocal production and work on improving their skills in their desired styles of music.
As a piano and voice instructor, I have taught individual lessons for the past 13 years to students from 5 to 85, beginners to advanced students. I hold Master of Fine Arts degrees in both Collaborative Piano Performance and Vocal Performance from Notre Dame de Namur University. In addition to my private students, I am the vocal coach and accompanist for the Sacramento City College Music Department, Choral Academy Coordinator and accompanist for the Sacramento Children's Chorus, and accompanist for Light Opera Theatre of Sacramento. I also am co-founder and artistic director of the Empire Arts Collective Pop Choir.
Lessons are taught at the Sacramento Preparatory Music Academy. Please note that while piano lessons are offered for students as young as 5, voice lessons are not offered until students are at least 13.
What makes me special is that I'm young and super in touch with the trends, while being an old soul at heart and being trained in serious vocal technique and pop/jazz voice. I want to genuinely have fun and learn with every student I have!
Hi there! I'm Samira and I would love to be considered as your next teacher! :)
I'm a graduate of the Natomas Charter School Performing and Fine Arts Academy with a focus on pop/jazz voice, and I am currently a music/psychology major at American River College. I've been taking private vocal lessons since I was 10 years old and piano lessons since I was 4, so I've been into music for a while. In my musical career thus far, I have performed in multiple musicals, hosted a jazz gig downtown, traveled and competed in a vocal jazz ensemble, vocal directed a musical, and won awards for my work in the vocal jazz field, including Outstanding Musicianship at multiple jazz festivals. I currently teach at Musictown Studio, a gorgeous facility with private music lesson rooms with tons of resources available. If this sounds like anything you are int
erested in, please let me know! I look forward to hearing from you.
Samira teaches my 11 year old daughter in voice. She is very professional and a pleasure to work with. What's more, my daughter ADORES her. She is sweet and funny and my daughter enjoys each lesson with her. A fantastic teacher.
March 8, 2019
Samira gives our 6 year old daughter piano lessons. She is very fun, enthusiastic, and sweet, as well as being very knowledgeable about piano. Our daughter absolutely loves going to piano lessons and is learning so much.
My teaching curriculum emphasizes on proper breathing and vocal placement to ensure vocal improvement within a few weeks of lessons. All of these terms may sound scary, but I believe that singing should be a joyful experience and one that will be a positive change in your life and those around you. I teach all genres of music and specialize in audition preparation. I want my students to reach their musical potential and aspirations while having a blast.
I am a professional singer, pianist, songwriter, and recording artist. I graduated from Broward College with an Associates Degree in Music Technology and dual -majoring in Vocal Performance. My primary instruments are Voice and Piano, but I also play guitar and trumpet.
All of my students can expect to improve weekly in their technique and skill level. I teach students to release built up tension and apply fundamental techniques by relaxing and enjoying their time practicing or performing. I can help any student to sing or play with freedom, confidence, and expression.
I teach students of all different ages and experience levels. I studied classical piano and voice for 4 years. I can teach students to excel in reading music, sight-reading, ear training, music theory, and performance and technique in not just classical music, but all
genres of music.
As a professional recording artist I frequently take trips to Atlanta and New York for recording and meeting with record labels. I have performed along side bands such as We The Kings, Plaid Brixx, and I have many musical connections such as Jadyn Maria, Katy Perry, Tiyon Christian, D. Smith, and more. I don't only teach my students, I mentor them, create a lasting friendship and help them reach their full potential and level of excellence.
My personal passion is contemporary music but I firmly believe that great technique is essential to any and every style. I look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a better musician!
I am a 60 year old man and so, one can imagine my initial reluctance to take up singing lessons at this age. But after the first 2 sessions with Bebé, I knew I was in the right hands. She is every bit the professional that you can trust to do a great job. I was extremely impressed, not only with her amazing vocal talents, but also with her technical skills, knowledge and experience. Bebé assessed my abilities, and set to work quickly and efficiently, and that's where I feel she truly excels. Bebé was patient, took her time to understand my objectives and capabilities, and pushed me just enough to keep gaining my confidence. I only had 5 lessons at this point, and I can already hear and feel the progress. The classes were fun, but Bebé takes her work very seriously, as any true professional would. I'm looking forward to my next sessions.
April 21, 2019
Very patient and very knowledgeable
April 16, 2019
She was a great instructor! I will work with her again!!
I am a professional vocal coach with 5+ years of experience, as well as an international pop artist, actor, emcee and public speaker. Over the years I have trained under the best vocal coaches in the nation, and studied a range of techniques including classical vocal training, contemporary vocal training, and the SLS (Speech Level Singing) method. This wide range of study combined with years of teaching and performance experience have given me a vast vocal vocabulary to help teach others the "secret sauce" of singing and speaking. I specialize in singers, actors, and public speakers and focus on developing proper technique to protect and enhance your voice while still sounding uniquely "you"!
I am a professional vocal coach with 5+ years of experience, as well as an international pop artist, actor, emcee and public speaker. I've studied a wide range of techniques including classical vocal training, contemporary singing, and the SLS (Speech Level Singing) method.
Over the years I've trained under the best vocal coaches in the nation including Jan Smith (Usher, Justin Bieber, Rob Thomas, etc.), RAab Stevenson (Justin Timberlake, Kelly Clarkson, Kelly Rowland, etc.), Lis Lewis (Maroon 5, Rihanna, etc.), and Renee Grant-Williams (The Dixie Chicks, Carrie Underwood, Christina Aguilera, etc).
This wide range of study combined with years of teaching and performance experience have given me a vast vocal vocabulary to help teach others the "secret sauce" of singing and speaking. I have experience teaching from ages 8+, for those wit
h special needs, in a wide variety of styles and genres. I also teach professional speakers and actors how to use their speaking voice properly. My students say that I am a patient teacher who takes time to explain how the voice works and help them reach their potential.
My goal is to help share the fantastic techniques I've learned from the A-Level coaches with the masses at a fraction of the cost. Students of mine often hear a big improvement in their voice after only two weeks of lessons!
Norwood is extremely humble and easy to work with. He never made me feel like I wasn’t good enough but always made me feel like I could reach a higher level of excellence for my unique range. He embraces each voice as its own and meets the student where they are at. He is extremely knowledgeable on how sounds are created, how space is made in the voice, and he is able to communicate that knowledge effectively to the student. In short, I loved having Norwood as a teacher.
May 30, 2019
My 10-year-old son Lucky started taking lessons with Norwood a few months ago, and it’s like a star has been born! He has seen a big boost in his confidence, his pitch has gotten much better, and he really enjoys the lessons. He has even started performing! The changes have happened very fast.
May 30, 2019
Norwood is an excellent teacher! He is very knowledgeable and is very kind. I was always very shy to sing, but Norwood helped me overcome that!
My lessons are geared towards fostering a healthy, confident singer from beginner to advanced levels. Providing you with the necessary tools in order to adapt to any situation, whether on stage or in studio. Building your instrument to weather adversity comes from a grounded and functional technique that fits your individual voice. Most importantly, singing should be a joy! I want to give you the confidence to have fun, too. Through my over 15 years of experience singing professionally I’ve performed in every venue imaginable. From lead roles in operas to performing at venues like the Forum to singing on Disney soundtracks, I want to pass on the technique which has allowed me a career with longevity and flexibility. A singer’s unique voice is a huge asset. I don’t want you to sound like everyone else. I want you to sound like you. That’s where a healthy foundation can give you the guidance to sound like the best version of you.
I am a professional vocalist in Los Angeles with singing credits ranging from opera to Disney. With over 15 years of professional experience, I practice what I teach to maintain my voice and have been lucky to have had great teachers along the way.
I started my career in opera and choral ensemble work. Formerly I have been a young artist at Opera Tampa and an ensemble recording artist with Oregon Catholic Press. In my three years in LA I have expanded my resume rapidly. In addition to being a member of two choral ensembles (LA Choral Lab and Tonality) and have sung this past season with the Los Angeles Master Chorale under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel.
In session work, I maintain an active career. Most recently I sang for Disney's The Lion King. I have also sung for Game of Thrones Live at the Forum and Assassin's Creed Live for E3. Tw
o years ago I provided vocals for a Nissan national ad campaign. Not only do I sing, but I'm also a Voiceover artist represented by AB2 talent. There's not a day goes by that I don't practice vocal artistry.
Singing with a strong foundation in the classical style has given me many opportunities to perform in some amazingly diverse situations. Although I specialize in classical voice, the bel canto technique I employ encourages flexibility and can prepare you to feel comfortable singing in every genre.
You will love taking lessons from Michael! Not only does he have a lot of real-world experience performing in the music business here in Los Angeles, but he is also incredibly down-to-earth and inviting. You will have no problem feeling comfortable enough to start taking risks and improving your voice under his guidance!
September 9, 2019
Michael rocks! He's a fantastic singer and a wonderful person. He's supportive, encouraging, and an absolute pleasure to work with. He brings tons of solo, choral, and studio experience to lessons, which makes him well equipped to help you reach your singing goals.
September 9, 2019
I had so much fun taking my singing lessons with Michael! It can be somewhat intimidating and daunting to sing in front of someone at first, but Michael was very relaxed and has a very approachable personality.
From just a few of our sessions, I have learned so much about my voice. I have also been noticing a few desireable results while implementing techniques that Michael has introduced to me. I am very exciting to continue my voice lessons with him, and I highly recommend that you do so as well!
"She is so amazing!! I really loved my class today, I'm looking forward for my next lesson."
"We LOVE Jessie!!!! She has really been such a wonderful vocal coach to our teen! So talented!"
"very great teacher and she works with you to get you to the right point for your voice"
"Glenn is really great. We are Skype challenged from our end, but love his enthusiasm, and energy."
"Michele is incredibly kind, talented, and smart! I could not have asked for a better teacher!"
"He's not only a great vocal teacher, but a great friend. Honestly the best teacher I've had and I'm very thankful for him. He's been a lot of help and I'v
e learned so much. Thanks so much Randy!
- Junior H."
"Lothair is an amazing teacher. He is very attentive and quick to gather your strengths and weaknesses. If there is an exercise that is giving you a hard t
ime, he is patient, but actively tries to find tricks and tips to help you better grasp the concept. He is very thorough when teaching breathing and singing techniques. Lothair gives positive feedback, as well as constructive criticism, which is essential when honing in on a skill such as singing. Not only is he a great teacher, he is a wonderful person and brings so much joy to every class. As a naturally shy person, it typically takes a while for me to feel comfortable around someone, so I was pleasantly surprised at how effortlessly he made me feel at ease. I am so grateful to be able to learn from Lothair."
"Rachel taught me some good exercises for improving my singing."
If you’ve ever felt confused by unfamiliar singing terms, you’re not alone. As with every specialized field, vocal professionals tend to throw around a lot of jargon, or terminology that most people aren’t familiar with.
If you’re interested in expanding your musical skills, learning these singing terms will help you better understand instructions from both voice teachers and conductors. Let's get started!
50 Singing Terms & Their Meanings
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