Speaking well all starts with proper breath coordination. As a voice major I understand the inner workings of how the voice works, and the proper way in which to speak without strain. Often people speak on a "vocal fry" this is the gargly sound that is very low in the speaking register, not only is this bad for your voice it also doesn't make a good impression to employers or during an interview process or public speaking event. I encourage even my voice students to recognize that habit and break it in order for their singing voices to grow.
If you are interested in improving your public speaking skills, or feel strain when you speak for extended periods of time, it is worth considering taking vocal lessons because without this proper technique severe damage can occur to your voice.
Singing/Audition and Resume Coach:
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.
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.
I am also adept at navigating local opportunities for students in the Seattle Theater world. I have had students receive callbacks at 5th avenue, perform for Seattle Childrens Theater. Young Actors Institute, Driftwood Players, win multiple pageants and score high in talent as well as acting opportunities in movies and modeling. I am a performer as well and had to navigate through the college system as well as the Seattle theater system and can provide much guidance to those interested with resume, repertoire and audition coaching.
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.
Theory/Song Writing techniques:
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.
I graduated from a prestigious Conservatory and had to take very advanced theory classes in order to receive my degree. I also played flute and oboe in orchestra for 10 years, and taught myself how to play piano. I have assisted some of my students interested in writing their own music on chord progressions, and have offered my musical expertise on their compositions. There is nothing like being involved in the creative process of composing and I love supporting my students that decide to explore this art form.
I have a studio in Bellevue where I work closely with the transgender community as a vocal coach to feminize my clients voices transitioning from male to female. It is a wonderful process and anyone interested please do contact me!
I also teach language diction classes. I am fluent in IPA (international phonetics alphabet) in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. I can help with accent reduction in English or pronunciation in any of the above languages.
A little bit about me:
“Playing alongside Drumheller were a number of young performers like Jordan M., who appeared as Cousin Hebe. A past member of Tacoma Opera's Young Artist Program, she is an emerging artist with a beautiful voice and very appealing stage presence who is slated to appear in several shows in the region this year.” whereissandy.com, Sandy McDade Chair of the ArtsFund Board, 2015
Soprano Jordan M. kicked off 2015 with a role debut of Nancy In Albert Herring with Vashon Opera. She was thrilled to make her 5th Avenue Main Stage debut in The Sound of Music, and to sing in Cry To Heaven part of 5th Avenue's New Works Department, which was a collaboration with writer Anne Rice and academy award nominated composer Matthew Wilder (whose credits include the music of Mulan). She joined Tyrolean Opera this last summer on a full Scholarship in Maurach, Austria on Lake Achen (Achensee), in a role debut of Gretel in Humperdincks Hansel und Gretel.
In 2014 she was excited to be in the world premiere of Yoshinaka, by Garrett Fisher with the Fisher Ensemble as Tomoe. It was an adaptation of the traditional Japanese Tales of Ise, which made it’s world premiere at Seattle’s ACT Theater “Central Heating Lab Series”. It was a noteworthy collaboration with Munenori Takeda, and The Takeda Noh troupe which consists of members who are Living National Treasures in Japan for their Noh artistry, this collaboration was featured on the front page of The Arts section of the Seattle Times.
Other notable credits from 2014 include 2nd Lady in The Magic Flute, Rosina, in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Tacoma Opera and a recording for Kakitsubata, with The Garrett Fisher Ensemble for Jack Straw Production Studios. In spring of 2014 Ms. McClellan sang Papagena and 2nd Lady with Skagit Opera, and N.O.I.S.E. (Northwest opera in schools) for their Washington tour, as well as various Rossini arias with Bremerton Symphony, and two solo recitals with Second-City Chamber Series, and Music Northwest. She also continues to be involved in recording sessions for Hollywood’s top video game soundtracks, including Starcraft and World of Warcraft.
Jordan is equally at home singing song repertoire as well as early music. She was chosen to participate in Lieder Alive! Singers Studio with Håkan Hagegård in San Francisco, CA where she delved deeper into lieder classics, culminating in a public masterclass. Ms. McClellan has since been invited to sing several recitals with, Second City Chamber Series, in Lakewood, WA, Music Northwest, in Seattle, Wa, Hearthstone Chapel Recital Series, in Seattle, WA, Skagit Opera, at Lairmont Manor, as well as with Tacoma Opera. Her recital repertoire varies from Italian Art Song, to Fauré Chanson, Lieder, American Songbook Classics, as well as Irish Folk Songs. She has particpiated in Accademia D’amore, a summer program lead by Grammy Award winner Stephen Stubbs who is devoted to educating singers about early music, baroque dance and rhetoric. Most recently she participated in Bach Meisterkurs, in Leipzig Germany (Bach’s hometown) to learn the art of stylistically singing Bach’s passions.
Past credits include a 3 month tour with Portland opera singing Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, Phylo in the West Coast premier of Pénélope by Fauré with Vespertine Opera, and her Italian concert debut in Urbania, Italy at the Teatro Bramante.
Her upcoming engagements include, starring in a local independent film as an opera singer, a role debut of Adalgisa in Skagit Opera’s Norma, singing a solo recital with Music Northwest, a performance with the Fisher Ensemble at Folklife Festival, as well as a performer at the Sankt Goar International Music Festival in Germany.
*** 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.
Kane June 28, 2016
In home Verified Student
Jordan was an awesome teacher. Very supportive and helpful, I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a voice teacher.
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.
I have worked with actors, court attorneys, and musicians helping to develop and reach full command of students unique voices. I focus on concepts of linguistics and teach IPA to singers wanting to learn foreign language. I also help students to understand vocal control and how it relates to diction, enunciation, and breathing.
I am an enthusiastic musician with a talent for teaching. I have worked as a voice and piano teacher in Seattle for over ten years. Previously employed at The West Side Music Academy in 2003-2006, I realized my passion for individual instruction early in my career. I studied Music Education under Dr. Romana Holmes at Seattle Pacific University and furthered my knowledge in Pedagogy.
I am a huge believer in being a lifelong student! I have continued my music education throughout my adult life and have studied Jazz, Classical, Opera, Pop, Rock, Reggae, Blues, Soul, Gospel, and Folk. As a p
ianist I began individual instruction at age fourteen and have studied Jazz with Darius Willrich, Ryan Burns, Dan Kramlich and Mark Samson.
I began singing and playing piano at age five. I have been involved in school and community choirs including The Total Experience Gospel Choir, Seattle Pacific University Women's Choir, and The Spokane Area Children's Chorus. Musical productions including Grease, Once Upon a Mattress, Chicago, and Les Miserables. I have been a featured soloist in ensembles throughout my life. I also performed in the Jazz Ensemble at Seattle Central Community College for three years as a vocalist and pianist.
I have an extensive background as a performer in small and large bands in the Seattle area. I have played in various venues throughout the area including Key Arena, Benaroya Hall, McCall Hall, Folk Life Festival, Marymoor Park, Highway 99 Blues Club, Tula's Nightclub, and the Nectar Lounge to name a few. I have also worked as a studio musician with various funk, soul, and electronic music producers and bands.
I study African dance and other forms of dance including hip-hop, house, and have traveled to Guinea, Conakry to study dance and music with Les Ballets African a premier African dance ensemble that tours the world. I also spent the summer of 2012 working with a non-profit organization in Chiapas, Mexico teaching music and dance to kids k-12 in the Indigenous Village of Ignacio Allende. More recently I have been studying and performing with Pat Wright and The Total Experience Gospel Choir since 2014.
*** Lesson Details *** As your teacher I can help you thrive in music. I promise to provide a fun learning experience with lots of laughs and smiles. My number one goal is to help build a love and passion for music and boost student's confidence. I understand and appreciate different levels of experience and make sure to cater the lesson to the individual. Whether my students are young or old; whether they view voice or piano lessons as a just-for-fun hobby; or whether they wish to pursue a serious music career - I am happy to facilitate all of this and more, as we work together to reach their goals.
My musical foundation is one built on proper technique and strong musicianship skills. Students will learn proper posturing, breathing, and vocal production- in addition to reading and music notation, music theory and more. As students master these techniques I will work to help them bring out their own voice and creative expression. We will explore music from a variety of genres including Jazz, Classical, Pop/Rock, and more. Each of my students will be able to perform in ways that are not only healthy and technically sound but unique to them.
*** Studio Equipment *** In the studio I have an acoustic upright piano, shakers, tambourines, and a library of music books. The studio is also used for dance lessons and has hardwood floors and mirrors. There is also a waiting room area for parents to sit and listen in during lessons.
*** Travel Equipment *** I provide books, metronome, and keyboard stand. Students are expected to have a piano or keyboard.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in Jazz, Classical, Pop, Rock, RnB, and Broadway style singing. I use an eclectic approach to teaching.
Paul C. September 10, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Holly turns the frustrations of learning the piano into fun. I highly recommend her as a teacher. Her instruction has greatly enhanced my enjoyment of trying to learn to play the piano as an adult. She is active in instruction, giving an excellent demonstration of the material and sometimes singing along. When she is enjoying herself teaching, I can't help but enjoy learning. She ensures that whatever is being learned, is mastered before proceeding. She gives clear directions as to what I should practice next, and even loaned out a book she though I might enjoy. I did.
Rachel S. June 1, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Rachel likes it. We practiced last night. Castle in the Clouds. I think she will warm up.
Mandy S. April 16, 2015
In home Verified Student
We love Holly's enthusiasm and skill as a teacher.
It's true. Your speaking voice can make or break your success. I come from a radio DJ background, so am excellent at teaching what's effective in jump-starting and achieving your goals.
Hi.. My name is Matt. I'm a very energetic, friendly, understanding & passionate music coach who has worked with students & clientele throughout the US. Possessing more than 25 years of music training & music industry experience, I've been able to take people's Playing to amazing levels.
In my musical travels I've networked or shared the stage with many famous NW music legends: 1.) Roger Fisher- Heart-2013 Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame Inductee 2.) Lynn Sorensen- Paul Rogers/Bad Co/KZOK's Spike & Impalers 3.) Donny Evola - Geoff Tate/Former Queensryche/Foghat 4.) Jeff Kathan- Paul Rogers/B
ad Company/Montrose 5.) Doug Mcgrew- Geoff Tate/Former Queensryche Singer/Operation Mindcrime 6.) Update - 12/21/2016 For the last 4 months I have been playing off and on with Rudy Parris from NBC TV's "The Voice". Season 3 - Team Blake. He is an incredible musician and I'm proud to call him and his manager my friends. His new album coming out is nothing short of amazing.
In fact everyone I've mentioned above are pro all the way and great guys as well. I"m honored to have played with them.
I challenge my students to view music more than just as a "skill", but also a tool to communicate effectively and to combat life's obstacles.
I have had many guitar teachers myself including one true Famous Rock Star legend here in Pacific NW. Congrats Rog. U Earned It, & inspire myself, & others everyday.
You got to know the rules 1st, before you can then break the rules. This is how you develop your own unique style. And it's what separates the Pro Players from the rest of the pack.
But even if you don't want to play professionally, maybe you just want to learn a few chords, licks, songs, for yourself, or to impress friends. That's okay too!
I welcome every level and style. I always learn something from my students. That's what music is all about. Learning & trading tips and licks from other musicians.
Bottom Line Is... I can help you learn and progress on your instrument faster...
Let me be the Music Coach to get you there!
*** Lesson Details *** The most important thing in a lesson with me is to learn while having FUN! I am a very laid-back teacher who wants to focus on music making you smile. We will choose material and a pace of learning that will keep you excited to rehearse and return the following lesson improved!
PERSONALIZE your guitar lessons by learning techniques used by your favorite artists in "their" songs. FEEL FREE learning in a comfortable atmosphere where you can excel successfully as a musician! CONQUER shyness and insecurities by unleashing the dynamic performer in you!
Most All Styles/Genres/Experience Levels Taught - We go over everything systematically. Music Theory, Songwriting, Chords, Scales, Determining Key Of Songs, Performance, etc
After 3 to 6 months, you should expect to be playing some of your favorite songs and artists accurately
Be sure to check out some of my you tube demos. Let me be the Music Coach to get you there!
*** Studio Equipment *** I have a Sound Proof Pro Recording Studio, PA System, guitars, basses, amps, drums, recording gear, mics, mic stands, strobe & lights, fog machine, seating for parents.
Sorry No Disco Ball Yet.. You Can Bring Your Own If You Want Though. I've Got Some Bell Bottoms Somewhere Around The Studio Here.
*** Travel Equipment *** *** Brand New*** Now Offering Music Lessons Online (From My Recording Studio To Your Home via Skype) I'm really excited to add that to offer lessons online through TakeLessons! It's a great thing to get to work with students all over this country and I'm looking forward to help pioneer the future of music lessons!
*** Specialties *** *Teachers classified as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.
My Unique Specialty - is teaching students the rudimental basics 1st, & then how to copy your favorite artists off the CD, radio or iPod, almost note for note. Believe me, it can be done. You just have to know what to listen for..
Brand New - MEASURE your success by recording your music progress along the way. I do own a recording studio, so we can record students progress via audio or video and then post to my YouTube channel.
Samantha July 6, 2016
Matt is extremely patient with new singers. He effectively critiques while providing honest and encouraging feedback. He is a goof ball in the best way. I like how he makes sure I understand everything he teaches me so that I don't get confused. He is very calming when I make a mistake and he always reminds me that everyone will make one and that the show must go on!
Kevin July 2, 2016
This Guy knows his stuff I take private lessons with him and I must say I am very impressed with what he brings to the table I am progressing quickly and owe it all to Matt
Reilly / Bonny C. June 23, 2016
In studio Verified Student
I purchased lessons for my son Reilly and he is really enjoying them. Matthew is working out great! I would recommend him as a guitar teacher to others.
Your speaking voice is your calling card to the world. It sums up your entire personality and sends it forth into the atmosphere for all to experience. It quite literally creates your world! Its uniqueness clearly identifies the one-and-only YOU! So, it is important to polish it up so that we put our best foot forward in all of our business, professional, and personal relationships by cultivating a strong, healthy, expressive speaking voice. Together we will help you learn to release your Natural Voice with ease and power, improve your pronunciation and vocal color, and develop good habits of speaking, enunciation, and breathing techniques. Fortunately, good voice quality can be learned, so let's start uncovering that wonderful vocal instrument within you. Improved communications skills can help you express your ideas and creative abilities, and open up new worlds in your personal, business, and professional lives! Let's start today!
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!
In addition to being a full-time professiinal singer and voice teacher, I previously spent 10 years as a Speech & Debate Coach, sending students to national tournaments, and judging the state finals for Student Congress, Lincoln/Douglas Debate, Cross Examination Debate, and multiple types of speech categories. I have experience speaking before thousands of people, and have been interviewed on local and national television, and local radio.
H, there! My name is Chris, and I love teaching people how to sing! Whether it's brushing up on your karaoke skills or getting ready for the next school contest or professional audition, I'd love to help!
I attended Pacific Lutheran University for Vocal Performance, where I studied voice with Marcia Baldwin of MET Opera fame, and before that with George Peckham - the teacher of Merrilee Rush, and Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart. I've had the great privilege of working with such noted professionals as Marvin Hamlisch, Asher Fisch, and Peter Phllpsand with local Jazz legends such as Frank Dem
iero and Phil Matson.
In addition to teaching and singing, I conduct Illumni Men's Chorale (America's Got Talent, Season 6!), and I was the staff Vocal Coach for the Seattle Choral Company, Seattle SeaChordsmen, and the Seattle Men's Chorus - the largest male choir in the world.
I love teaching all styles of music, and while affectations may vary, the basics are all the same. If you're interested in lessons, please say hello!
Cyntera C. July 20, 2016
Speaking Voice ·
In studio Verified Student
Chris is great. His approach is tailored, step by step and practical. His explanations, and even written diagrams, have helped me to grasp and execute techniques I hadn't been able to previously.
Sabrina July 16, 2016
Chris is amazing!!! Wonderful energy and extremely knowledgeable!!! He makes each lesson unique and FUN!!! He can explain complex vocal concepts with ease and makes sure you understand how to sing efficiently. I have been working with him to regain vocal strength and sing past my nodes and he has helped me so much!! He makes sure you leave every lesson with tools to continue your growth. Excellent teacher -- I highly recommend!!! I will be seeing him for a very long time!
Ali S. May 26, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Had fun working with christopher! Looking forward for my second lesson!
Students are raving about their Speaking Voice instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Gary
"Very talented, skilled and effective instructor. Taught through demonstration and coaching. Very effective."
Cincinnati, OH teacher:
Review by Kelli
"Explanations of complicated things were made simple and easy to understnd."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Pratibha
"I have had great experience learning from Cyndi!"
Seattle, WA teacher:
Review by Ann Marie
"My husband has been seeing Gabriel for help to rebuild his speaking voice damaged by injury. Gabriel's knowledge of the mechanics of voice, together with
his patience, his sincerity and focus have really helped in the recovery process.
Gabriel is a joy to work with, professional, down to earth, and a very nice person."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Peter
"Eulis is a great teacher.He is able to fix little problems you don't notice that makes a huge difference. I strongly recommend him to anybody that is look
ing forward to improving their voice ."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Bob
"Susan helped me with my speaking voice and we focused on a wedding speech I had planned to give as the father of the bride. Her feedback was invaluable a
nd the speech was a resounding success. Not sure I could have pulled it off as well as I did without her help."
San Jose, CA teacher:
Review by Lynne
"I felt comfortable and optimistic almost immediately. Kim's warmth and encouragement and her professional background have me already believing that anyth
ing is possible with my voice! Thank you Kim!"
Sarasota, FL teacher:
Review by Andre
"Had a great first lesson and I am looking forward to working with Christopher!!"
Seattle, WA teacher:
Review by Greg
"Alexandra is excellent! She is a true professional with a real passion for teaching. I began seeing Alexandra for vocal lessons a few months ago and I h
ave learned so much more then just the basics of speech.
She not only gave me a solid foundation to build upon, but also provided me with a deep understanding about how powerful and personal voice work really is. Together we have worked on both the inner and outer aspects of my voice. After only a short time, I have seen a huge improvement in my vocal projection, breathing, presence and confidence.
She has a wealth of knowledge which has continued to give me new insights every lesson. If it isn't obvious- I highly recommend Alexandra."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
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