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Jessica P.

Somerville, MA

With my extensive solo performance and teaching experience, I believe all singers can find their unique sound through solid technique and creativity.

After several sessions (at least 10), students should have a basic understanding and awareness of the following characteristics with their voices:

*healthy breath control (understanding the differences between under and over supporting)
*healthy vowel shape: a, e, i, o, u
*awareness of their vocal registers and the differences between head, mixed, and chest voice
*an ability to descend from head voice into a healthy mixed register without flipping into chest voice
*3-5 new musical selections (give or take as needed)
*8-10 new technical exercises to use on student's own time
*an outline for personal practice
*developed musical instincts with rhythm, melody, harmony, intonation, and singing with accompaniment
*healthy posture
*performance etiquette

About Jessica

Hello! I am a soprano and I remain both an active performer of various concert repertoire and a teacher to students of all ages and levels. After receiving my masters in early music voice at the Yale School of Music and my undergraduate in voice/ music ed at the University of Michigan, I now make my living full-time as a musician. My biggest goal for teaching is to help inspire my students to find their own unique voices through the guidance of healthy vocal technique, proper breath control, awareness of the body, and sensitive musicianship.

Whether you are looking to continue on your v
ocal musical journey as a longtime vocalist, or beginning to explore your own musical voice, I am excited to meet you at your level and help you work toward your specific musical goals. My own performance background includes music genres from the medieval, renaissance, baroque, contemporary, folk, jazz, rock and musical theatre. As evidenced by my own versatile musical background, I appreciate and welcome a breadth of musical styles. No matter what genre, I believe in helping students sing authentically and healthily, and most importantly, have fun!

**As I am also a regularly performing musician, please note that weekly availability for lessons will fluctuate due to changing rehearsal and performance schedules. For this reason, I strongly recommend students sign up for Unscheduled Lessons, which we can then schedule on a week-to-week basis.

*** Lesson Details ***
Voice lessons may vary, depending on the needs and interests of the students, however a general outline remains consistent. Students can expect to be working on both a combination of isolated technical exercises as well as relevant repertoire in each lesson. An exercise usually precedes the repertoire to help focus on a specific technical issue (like breath, or legato, for example). It is recommended for more moderate to advanced students to consider 60 minute sessions as it is helpful to have more time to work on specific exercises and then implement them into repertoire. Beginning students may start with 30 minutes, and as time goes on, may wish to progress to longer sessions as desired.

After several sessions (at least 10), students should have a basic understanding and awareness of the following characteristics with their voices:

*healthy breath control (understanding the differences between under and over supporting)
*healthy vowel shape: a, e, i, o, u
*awareness of their vocal registers and the differences between head, mixed, and chest voice
*an ability to descend from head voice into a healthy mixed register without flipping into chest voice
*3-5 new musical selections (give or take as needed)
*8-10 new technical exercises to use on student's own time
*an outline for personal practice
*developed musical instincts with rhythm, melody, harmony, intonation, and singing with accompaniment
*healthy posture
*performance etiquette

There are other goals to seek out during lessons, yet ideally, these core values are largely focused on and understood by the student within the first set of sessions. While none of these concepts may be mastered immediately, it is important that the student gain an awareness of these traits and always strive to work towards them.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in home studio with keyboard

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have a portable piano and music books. I ask students to have a 3 hole binder with room for music, and sometimes students may be expected to purchase scores for long term study.

*** Specialties ***
Early Music: medieval, renaissance, baroque (producing a focused, clear sound, improvisation with ornaments)
New Music: current compositions (straight tone, theatrical interpretation)
Jazz: Performed in combos, familiar with harmonic improvisation, reading chords, and jazz standards
Opera: Soubrette repertoire
French Art Song
Folk songs
Vocal Chamber Music

Piano: Beginner-moderate level, technique, music reading, songs by rote, harmonization, musical terminology.
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Audrey July 6, 2015
Singing · In studio
I had my first voice lessons with Jess, and she has helped me improve immensely in just a few short months! Not only is Jess incredibly encouraging, she also was very patient and was able to explain how to control my voice to produce a whole different sound than before - she also helped me become more aware of my body and how to place my sound. Many, many thanks!!
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Deniz O. April 6, 2013
Opera Voice
Verified Student
Jessica is a real professional and a great teacher!

Jessica impressed me from my first lesson with her professionalism and also her niceness. She is an active performer and really knows what younger singers are going through. She's not judgmental but she lets you know how you can improve. We get a lot done in every lesson. The hour just flies by! I really look forward to it every week.
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Jessica P.

Jessica P.

Somerville, MA 02144
(2)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Daniel R.

Somerville, MA

About Daniel

I love to sing, and I love to teach. Private lessons are a great place for both. Whether you're already passionate about music, or just dipping your feet in the water, I can personalize lessons to meet your needs. For me, seeing a student grow as a musician is a reward in itself. But the biggest rewards should be yours: a stronger voice, a deeper understanding of music, a whole body involved in making music, an enjoyable effort, and a growing independence to handle musical and technical difficulties over time.

My background:
I am an experienced tenor vocalist, with over 11 years of pri
vate vocal study, a BA in music from Williams College, and further study in vocal pedagogy (how to teach voice) with a Longy professor. I sing currently with the Cantata Singers, Labyrinth Choir, Stämbandet, MetroWest Choral Artists, Terpsichore, . I have taught voice on faculty at Camp Encore/Coda, music composition with Classroom Cantatas, and private voice lessons out of my home studio, currently in Somerville. I've also taught for 2 after school programs and 3 summer camps. I've studied piano, both classical and jazz, for a total of 15 years. I have studied a variety of musical topics at college, from theory and composition to singing and conducting, to music technology, recording and engineering. I've performed and directed in diverse styles ranging from early music to broadway musicals, jazz to classic rock, American to Swedish.

*** Lesson Details ***
Your voice is simultaneously the most natural, intuitive instrument we know, and among the most complex. Every person's voice is unique, so lessons are not about fitting your voice to some imagined ideal. Rather, lessons are an opportunity to learn how to utilize your strengths, minimize your weaknesses, while maintaining your own unique sound.

You'll learn how to:
- Use your breath effectively to support your voice.
- Reduce tension, to keep your voice healthy and help your voice last longer.
- Make more sound with less muscle work, through resonance.
- Involve your whole body, to produce a fuller sound.
- Make good artistic choices, which reflect your own unique perspective.
...and much more, according to your goals.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Studio room with full weighted keyboard and seating for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can reliably reach students 5 miles away, traveling by bike or public transit depending on the student's location.

I prefer students to have a piano or keyboard, though we can work without one if necessary. My keyboard is too bulky to be carried around for each lesson. If a keyboard is not available, we can work without one, and I will bring a tuning fork for starting pitches.

*** Specialties ***
I sing in a variety of styles, including classical, broadway, and jazz, both sacred and secular, from around the world. I have extensive knowledge of music theory, and 15 years experience as a pianist. Although I do not currently teach piano, my ability to accompany vocalists during lessons is very helpful for students.
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DavidF3 March 5, 2012
Voice Lessons

Daniel R is absolutely a terrific instructor. He provides clear, concise instructions. His use of voice exercises are extremely helpful and if not correctly done, he changes them for comfort. He does reuse the exercises the next visit so you, the student, are eventually able to grasp them comfortably. His skillful playing is terrific also, when improvising music. He is highly knowledgeable and very helpful.
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Daniel R.

Daniel R.

Somerville, MA 02144
(1)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Lori L.

Somerville, MA

About Lori

Lori has been teaching private lessons since 2004 and is currently available to teach lessons at her studios in Somerville and Newton

Lori holds a Bachelor Degree in Music Education from University of Maine, a Master in Music in Opera Performance from Longy School of Music. She is currently enrolled in Boston Conservatory where she is pursuing an MFA in Musical Theatre.

Lori is in high-demand as both a teacher and performer and can be seen performing all over the Boston region. Her lessons focus on building: Technique, Presentation, and Confidence in a fun atmosphere.
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JeanO June 22, 2012
Made a Beginner Comfortable

I am an adult beginner and Lori has made me feel comfortable and confident from the start.
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DomenicR March 15, 2012
Lori is an excellent teacher. Organized, clear communicator, patient, fun. An easy 5 star rating for me.
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JohnathanC January 23, 2012
Great work

My daughter is continuing to enjoy playing the piano, and each week she is improving. Lori, you are doing a wonderful job, as the most difficult part of teaching children is keeping them engaged, and you are doing just that.
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Lori L.

Auburndale, MA 02466
(13)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Emily T.

Somerville, MA

Whether it is your first voice lesson or you have been studying for years, I am dedicated to helping you meet your specific musical goals in a vocally healthy way. In addition to numerous vocal pedagogy classes, I am also well versed in the world of voice therapy. I strongly believe anyone can sing!

SUMMER SPECIAL- $10 off all lessons until Sep 1!

About Emily

I teach voice lessons for ages 12 and older in the Greater Boston area. Whether it is your first voice lesson or you have been studying for years, I am dedicated to helping you meet your specific musical goals in a vocally healthy way. In addition to numerous vocal pedagogy classes, I am also well versed in the world of voice therapy. I strongly believe anyone can sing!

If you:
-Want greater breath control in your singing
-Want to extend your range
-Want to increase your confidence
-Want to be able to sing without getting tired?
-Want to ace your next audition?
-Want to know how to si
ng your favorite song?

I can help you get there.
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Kathleen A. March 4, 2015
Classical Voice · Online
Emily was my voice student from her high school years through college (Plymouth State University). I am able to attest to her undergraduate training in classical voice and to her dedication to the art of singing. Her undergraduate course work included Voice Pedagogy (the art & science of teaching singing), Lyric Diction (Italian, French, German, English), and Voice Repertory. She performed in musicals and operetta at the undergraduate level, and then went on to graduate voice work at Florida State University, from which she earned a Master of Music degree in Voice Performance. Her experiences there included main-stage operas and opera outreach. Emily began teaching, because she loved to help other singers, when she was still in high school. She continued teaching while an undergraduate and also while at Florida State. She is highly qualified and has much to share with her students that will help them to grow as singers and also keep their voices healthy..
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Samantha C. February 21, 2015
Singing · In studio
I am so glad to have taken lessons with Emily. I was really nervous to start singing lessons since I've never been proud of my voice. It was like singing in front of a good friend with her, although she still knew when to push me forward. After a few months with her my breathing greatly improved and I can hit notes I couldn't before! I'm no longer so scared to sing in front of people and I never thought I would say that. She also showed me how even little adjustments can make a big change, such as fixing my posture. In addition, I always felt comfortable going to her for all singing advice in between lessons.
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Craig D. February 20, 2015
Classical Voice · In studio
Emily is a very knowledgeable and intelligent voice teacher. She was good at diagnosing problems with my vocal technique and appropriately flexible in seeking out methods for improving those problems. Singers of all voice types would definitely benefit from her instruction.
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Emily T.

Emily T.

Somerville, MA 02145
(3)
starting at
$55 / 45-min
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Sarah E.

Allston, MA

I emphasize healthy vocal production, phrasing, diction, characterization, body alignment, and breath.

About Sarah

Music should be a fun and rewarding activity for all ages to enjoy. In my studio the student will get personal and individualized attention where they can learn in a manner that best suits them. First and foremost, my goal is to allow the student to experience the joy of singing. I have an emphasis in vocal health, so my students will learn a healthy vocal technique, appropriate body alignment, performance techniques, fundamentals of music, and confidence. While my training is in classical voice and opera, I am also comfortable teaching musical theater, light jazz, and popular music. I have w
orked with children and adults alike, ranging from beginner to more advanced.

*Students must have a keyboard/piano available for in-home lessons
**Must be accessible via public transportation for in-home lessons

Bio:
Sarah E, soprano, is a recent 2013 graduate of Towson University where she earned her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, studying under Professor Theresa Bickham. Sarah’s roles at Towson include an ensemble member in The Goose of Cairo and Die Fledermaus, Jack’s Mom in Into the Woods, Witch/Shepherdess in Pasticcio Furioso, and Geraldine in A Hand of Bridge. Additionally, she performed as Jodi Juggler and Clown in Towson University Resident Children’s Opera Company’s Sid the Serpent who Wanted to Sing. In 2012 Ms. E. participated in Little Patuxent Opera Institute, performing as the Sandman in Hansel and Gretel. Additionally, she was a member of the 2013 Hawaii Performing Arts Festival where she performed in the ensemble of Dido and Aeneas, as the Cercatrice in Suor Angelica, and was the Despina cover for CosÌ fan tutte. During the summer of 2015, she was one of 32 in the nation selected to participate in OperaWorks Emerging Artist Program in Los Angeles, CA. Ms. E. is also an emerging solo artist in the Baltimore/Annapolis area as well as in Boston . She sang locally with Shrine of the Little Flower parish and also is reputable as a soloist for weddings, funerals, and community/sporting music events. Recently, Ms. E was the National Anthem soloist for the USA Olympic Track and Field Qualifying Championships in Roxbury, MA.

Ms. E. has also had experience teaching and conducting as the Assistant Youth Choir Director at Our Lady of the Chesapeake parish in Pasadena, MD. This past year she was also an Assistant Teacher with Boston City Singers. She is proficient in Italian language with her minor from Towson, while also having limited experience in French, German, and Latin. Ms. E.has a passion for vocal health, mechanisms of the voice, and diction. Recently, she has begun taking Alexander Technique lessons as well to further her understanding of the relationship of body to voice. Ms. E. currently lives in Boston, MA and is pursuing her M.M. in Voice Pedagogy from The Boston Conservatory.
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Gisele E. June 28, 2015
Vocal Training · In home
Verified Student
Sarah has been working with our daughter for more than 6 months. She is a great vocal teacher. Our daughter loves working with her. Sarah is organized and professional. We highly recommend her.
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Donna P. June 24, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
It was a great first lesson. Sarah is super friendly and extremely knowledgable! I have already taken away so much from just one lesson. I cannot wait to continue!!!
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Sarah E.

Sarah E.

Allston, MA 02134
(2)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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