Hi! My name is Ariel. Thank you so much for looking at my profile. Here is some information about my educational background, performance career, and how I believe I benefit students.
I was heralded as an “impressive young…discovery” by the Los Angeles Times in 2010 when I made my operatic debut with Long Beach Opera as Nancy T’ang in Adam’s Nixon in China. I have performed roles such as Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Micaela in Bizet’s Carmen, First Woman in Cherubini’s Medea, Second Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, and Giovanna in Verdi’s Rigoletto. I have been a soloist wit
h the Blackbird Music Project, and I regularly collaborate with composers in the Southern California area. I was a fourth place winner in the Palm Springs Vocal Competition and am an OperaWorks alumna. I have a Masters degree from the University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music and I have a Bachelors degree from Northern Arizona University. I also completed a teaching internship at the California Lutheran University.
My style of teaching is tailor made for each student because everyone has different goals and needs. I focus on making singing fun and painless while setting a strong technical foundation. My goal for the student is to take away technical issues so they can be musically expressive and show the world who they are.
*** Lesson Details *** I am a laid back teacher. My hope is that students will feel improvement in their lessons and it will motivate them to practice. In my opinion, the lessons should be fun, educational, and safe.
My curriculum is based on the needs of the student. In general, I always begin with breathing techniques. Breathing is the foundation of singing and so I tend to spend some time trying to show the student the most efficient and most effortless technique. Then I move on to what I have learned from my own voice teacher, and I will teach the students what are called "vocal function exercises." These are a series of gentle warm ups that teach the student a combination of breath pressure, resonance, and eliminating physical tensions within the neck, chest, and back. Then I move on to incorporating these ideas into repertoire. I like to decide repertoire with the student based on their preferences and their skill level. Generally I like to give the student one classical piece in a foreign language and one musical theater piece, but this is not set in stone. I hope that after a few months the student will have an understanding of breathing, beginning vocal technique, and some repertoire we have been working on.
All of this said, ultimately I do not hold students to my own expectations. I want them to learn at their own pace and not feel they need to be at a certain point after a certain amount of time.
*** Studio Equipment *** Living Room. Keyboard. Seating for parents. Cats.
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide sheet music and I expect the student to provide a keyboard or piano.
*** Specialties *** I teach a method that is very simple and allows the student to express themselves musically and to have fun.
My expertise is Opera but I can teach all styles of singing.
Kate V. October 14, 2015
In studio Verified Student
first lesson went well. lots to learn for my 10 year old granddaughter. she was a bit nervous, but she will get used to the lessons in the future. Ariel was very kind, patient and cordial.
Samantha October 8, 2015
Opera Voice ·
Ariel is a true professional with passion, Very patient and knowledgable in her craft. Great understanding of the body surrounding the voice helping me better improve my sound with more strength and less strain! The awareness I have already is so helpful. Ariel teaches with the individual student in mind at all times.
Charlotte T. July 27, 2015
Broadway Singing ·
In studio Verified Student
The experience was really great. I was comfortable, Ariel's instruction was easy to understand, and I am looking forward to having more lessons.
I begin each voice lesson with a warm-up to prepare the student for their session. Next, we do a series of exercises specially designed to help each individual develop their skill in a way that best fits them. We then work on a piece of their choice for the remainder of the lesson, perfecting their technique and helping them become performance ready. I teach with patience and fun because I feel that this is the key to achieving goals and inspiring a good habit of practice.
If you do not already have an aria or sheet music to bring in I can help you choose one during your first lesson. I also require that my students keep a practice journal to record their daily practice sessions. If possible, please bring a recording device of some sort so you can record your lessons. It is a HUGE help to be able to listen back on your lessons and to use them in your daily practice! No experience is necessary, that is what I'm here for!
Every student is a unique person who deserves a lesson customized to his or her individual needs. Each of my students prospers in an atmosphere of patience and encouragement. While the lessons are fun and enjoyable, the serious student will be supported in the development of skills leading to a rewarding career. And the more casual students will grow in an appreciation of music that will always enrich their lives.
As a music major I developed a deeper understanding of music theory, piano, voice, and theater. I received my A.A. in Music at College of the Desert and my Bachelor of Music degre
e at the University of Redlands- which I attended on a music scholarship. I have played leading roles in several operas and musicals in Southern California, including Gianni Schicchi, Die Fledermaus, La Boheme (DTL nominee), The Impresario, The Grand Duke, Patience (DTL award), Cosi fan tutte, Little Women the Musical, Seussical the Musical, and many more. I have also appeared in several concerts, opera scenes, competitions (winning music scholarships and theater awards), and worked as a singer in churches, restaurants, and in pop bands. I continue to stay active in the performance industry, because performing is a part of who I am and I could never live without it.
With this experience under my belt, I feel a desire to pass on my knowledge to students. I carry a strong passion to help people develop their abilities and make them their own. I truly believe that if someone wants something out of life then they WILL achieve it with dedication, perseverance, confidence, and by having FUN doing it!
Kira D. April 20, 2016
Online Verified Student
My daughter in 3rd grade really enjoyed this lesson! Jessie was very nice and kind and Kira even had the opportunity to sign in the first session. These lessons are super convenient for parents that are tired of traveling in the car to non-stop places during the day. Would definitely recommend Ms. Jessie.
Edna S. April 8, 2016
Vocal Training ·
In studio Verified Student
Very pleasant, and knowledgeable teacher.
John H. April 7, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Learn proper breathing, vocal exercises that strengthen, endurance training, more
"Make one stop at the music shop!" Fawn is not your typical music coach. As a recent Billboard hit recording artist & coaching 21 years, Fawn immediately gets to your goals & together you reach them! What you learn becomes part of you & that's the key to success. Whether you're beginner, advanced, special needs, have a short term issue, long term issue or even damaged vocal chords, whatever your situation, Fawn can handle it all successfully. :) Not just in voice, but also in any difficult musical area including songwriting, performance, recording, piano & more.
In Los Angeles, Fawn is
the music and entertainment industry's coach known as the one who "gets the job done." Clients have included Grammy and Oscar winners as well as vocalists and actors from The Voice, American Idol, Disney, Nickelodeon, X-Factor and many others. She has been producing music and vocals in the recording studio, coaching voice, piano, songwriting, rap writing, performance, studio and artist development for the past 20 years. She was operatically trained by Juilliard instructor Sylvia Bagley, trained as a jazz singer at world re-known Berklee College of Music, where she won several songwriting awards, and was R & B/Pop trained by Vocal Coach To The Stars, Seth Riggs. In 2010 she had a #6 Billboard hit dance song, which she wrote and sang and she has written, recorded and performed songs in several different languages for a variety of films, television shows, and commercials such as Nickelodeon's Hollywood Heights, The Natalee Holloway Story, Spike Lee Productions, Barbie, Ponds, Target, Ford, Mazda, Pontiac, The Guiding Light, The Young and The Restless. MTV and several others.
Fawn is a very fun, yet honest and straight-forward coach. She loves working with adults and children, and considers lessons a 'team effort to reach her students' goals. Being that music and the entertainment business are her career and life, she is current and relevant, yet has plenty of old school training to be well rounded. Music and the entertainment business are her life, and she loves helping people reach their goals and meet their dreams. She has released 3 albums, several singles, won numerous awards and worked with such talents as Grammy winners Lalah Hathaway and Paula Cole, Meredith Brooks, Vampire Diaries Katarina Grahm, BT, Jeff Goldblum, Right Said Fred, Ed Townsend, QD3, Club Nuveau's Val Watson, Robbie Benson and shared the stage with Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Carol Channing, Kevin Sorbo, Pink, Joss Stone, David Guetta, Katy Perry, Moby, Dionne Warwick, James Torme', David Foster, Thelma Houston, David Pomeranz, War and countless others. She has also worked with Kevin Costner, Alexandra Paul, David Marshall Grant, Florence Henderson, Jay Leno, Hulk Hogan, Darryl Hannah, Tommy Lee, Martin Lawrence, Magic Johnson, Pamela Anderson, Jermaine Dupri, Rae Dawn Chong, Eva Longoria, Joan Rivers, Erik Estrada, John Amos, and others appearing with them in film, TV and benefits for worthy causes.
Over the years, Fawn has been known to bring students into her inner circle, so they can gain more experience and exposure, taking them to red carpets, events and even putting them up onstage to perform. She remembers having piano, voice and songwriting coaches, and being frustrated in voice because instructors were not addressing issues that needed to be addressed. This is why she creates a positive and comfortable, safe environment so students can open up and progress quickly. Fawn moves straight to the heart of the matter and gets whatever needs work figured out, so students can move on to what their goals and dreams are. She has coached people from American Idol, Disney, Nickelodeon, The Voice, X Factor and many other shows. She has helped actors be able to sing parts for their TV shows, helped popular bands be able to have good stage performances and presence with precision dancing and singing and has helped vocalists find their true voice. She is able to get piano students as young as 5 to a high-level Concerto level of playing with in 3 years, completely reading the pieces on their own. The youngest person she has ever taught was 3 years old and blind. The oldest person she has ever taught so far taught was 89 years old, after suffering a stroke. She was able to help her get her voice back within 20 minutes of her first lesson. Fawn also does vocal rehabilitation, vocal therapy, and music therapy. She has worked with special needs children with Downs Syndrome, ADHD, ADD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Pit Hopkins Disease and more. As far as being a songwriter, Fawn generally writes words and music at the same time but she has also written lyrics and music separately, as well as composed instrumental pieces. Fawn trained with Pat Pattison and Grammy winning Lyricist Marty Panzer in lyric writing and she is a master at producing, recording and editing vocals, and is happy to help you with your recording projects, as she owns Terrace Recording Studios in Los Angeles, CA.
Brief Synopsis of Professional Experience:
- Platinum and Gold Award Winning Vocal Coach - Began in the Entertainment Industry at age 6 months, starring in several National TV Commercials - Recording Artist and songwriter of Billboard Top 10 Hit song "Wish U Love" - Award Winning Songwriter/Lyricist - Grammy Winning Vocal and Songwriting Clientele - Berklee College Of Music I can get them to Concerto level in 3 years, completely reading music on their own and self sufficient. I teach all of the important fundamentals for a strong foundation, but to the PERSONALITY of the person, because each of us has different styles, different points of view, different things that block us, different things that inspire us. I teach the same, important fundamentals necessary for a strong foundation, but tailor make it to each individual. I teach all styles of music.
I love working with individuals and groups who want to meet their musical dreams, achieve success in their entertainment careers and/or take their abilities and talents to a higher quality level. I have been known to take some of my students on red carpets with me as well as get them performing opportunities and put them in high level networking situations as well.
- Patient - All ages (have taught 3-89 so far!) - Great with kids (of all ages!) - Studio Session Vocal Coaching - I teach children and adults with special needs - Injured Chords/Vocal Therapy/Voice Rehabilitation - Live Performance and Stage Presence - Music Therapy for special needs
SONGWRITING Learn song form, tighten lyrics and melodies, get inspired when you don't "feel" like writing, good prosody, copyright, legalities, how to place songs in film and TV, record your finished song in the studio.
PIANO LESSONS Emphasis on reading music, classical training, music theory, fingering, improv, chords and ear training. All styles of music are taught-Classical/Jazz/Ragtime/Pop/Broadway/R&B-Chord Charts, How to Accompany a Singer, Compose Music, Write songs and Play Piano while Singing. Learn about the origin of music, composers, how styles of music evolved.
VOICE LESSONS "Make A Stop at the Vocal Shop" Learn correct breathing, how to put emotion in your voice, how to connect with your fan base and audience, how to expand your vocal range, style a song, address pitch problems, microphone technique, ear training, how to change your voice for different styles of singing, Opera/R & B/Pop/Jazz/Gospel/Broadway/Jingle singing - Studio singing vs. Live singing, performance, songwriting, lyric writing, stage presence, recording artist packaging, preparation and auditions, recording studio vocal coaching for studio sessions. I have also studied with Seth Riggs and teach his methods. For people who are tone def, or completely off pitch, I can get you on pitch with in 3 lessons.
*** Studio Equipment *** Recording Studio: Complete professional home studio with vocal both. Equipment confidential, but includes piano, guitars, microphones, vocal booth, music stands, step master and much more. Billboard Hit Song, Best Dance Album of the Year and Best Dance Single of The Year Recorded there, as well as many other songs for film and TV.
Kitchen and Bathroom. 400 square feet. Seating for additional guests, parents. Lighting and Disco ball! :)
*** Travel Equipment *** Amp, Microphone, Teaching Materials, Video Camera, iPad, recorder, other
*** Specialties *** *Voice-I specialize in Body Programming, Vocal Rehabilitation, Music Therapy, as well as Seth Riggs's technique. I combine those two techniques, plus my own experience of being in the entertainment industry since the age of 6 months old. Some of the things I cover are range, singing correctly, finding your mix, finding your middle, strengthening your head voice, strengthening your chest voice, vocal placement, correct breathing, singing with feeling, singing in different languages, opera, jazz, pop, Broadway, jingle singing, scat singing, blues, rock, hip hop, r and b, children's, and more. *Piano-all genres are covered with an emphasis on classical, but I also cover-jazz, pop, songwriting, ragtime etc. Theory, technique, ear training and more *Songwriting- good prosody, melody, lyrical meter, chords and more. *I teach what is needed, and tailor the lesson to the personality and individual goals. All students have are given a strong foundation to build on.
EMMANUELLE A. April 15, 2016
Vocal Training ·
Online Verified Student
Truly, Fawn is an amazing woman. Honest but in that natural incessant charm that not only caters to the student’s learning but keeps the student from intense levels of frustration or disappointment with the truth of what she hears and perceives in your presented vocals. Always she is on time for every voice and or singing appointment while this lady is impressively organized. Constantly in tune with her student revealing an intuitive and gracious care to help the learner absorb information to carry home or take to the stage.
Fawn extends her insight with one’s singing lessons in a consistent persuasive manner. Encouraging in a way that she tells you exactly what needs to be addressed with voice, body, expression (presentation) as time evolves with her teaching methods. The lessons Fawn also tailors in an evolving fashion. In the beginning, she calibrates upon first meeting exactly what one’s goals are, where one wants to go, or where one needs to be with vocals for an upcoming rehearsal or theatre production. With each lesson she listens deeply and continually corrects the gamut of voice wrongs to rights. Steadily guiding my voice to the correct breathing method. Persistently raising my flat monotonous sound to a more emotional rounded way of presenting my voice through songs and speech. On and on as time progresses she notes, corrects, addresses and we readily readjust. My confidence has risen and continues to under Fawn’s education and experience as her depth and breadth in the music industry is voluminous.
Undoubtedly, her knowledge is extensive and an all encompassing expertise. Asking her questions provided the greatest joy as this lady has the answer and guides one to look into links, websites, voice references for that extra homework, practice, or interest for the curious aspiring student that provide the perfect example for what is needed in mastery to take one’s voice to another level after her instruction. Over the course of time with her my goals have changed, altered, tiered and with that she has been an incredibly patient instructor. I love every musical second of my time with Fawn and not only treasure her words but the wisdom of her most sensitive voice and the surety of her ears.
P.S. This lady has a fabulous sense of humor that permeates not only her singing soul but the very essence of each inspiring smile. Thank you so very much, Fawn.
I adore you. You are certainly...the very best.
Warmest hugs and kisses,
Megan April 15, 2016
Fawn is an amazing teacher and she is extremely passionate about helping others achieve their goals. Fawn has been helping my 9yr old daughter to sing correctly, she has an amazing ear and knows exactly how to correct the problem. I'm so happy we selected her as my daughters singing coach! I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND Fawn!!!
Jonny S. April 11, 2016
Online Verified Student
Fawn is amazing!!! My voice has improved a lot in a short time and she has corrected some bad habits I had developed. She has a ton of experience and incredible teaching techniques. She is very professional and up to date on all of the best singing excercises. I can't recommend her enough and very glad I chose her. Thanks Fawn
Having years of experience singing opera, I know what my students need to achieve a successfully operatic voice. I focus on specific vocal exercises to strengthen the breath support, expand the range, and open the voice. This allows the voice to become strong, big, and beautiful. I also specialize in acting for singers. I set time aside during lessons to teach my students how to identify with their character and how to bring that process into an aria performance. I am also comfortable coaching Italian, German, and French diction.
I teach to help people find their inner rock star. Everyone can sing! But for many people, fear is an obstacle. I know firsthand how much courage it takes to stand up and sing. I teach to help others experience the same healing I have experienced through music. My approach to singing is informed by my education and years of performance experience. I teach my students how to embrace their fears and move through them to the other side. I also facilitate a supportive student/teacher relationship based upon mutual respect and kindness. Most importantly, I encourage my students to trust themselves
and their innate musical gifts. This develops their self confidence and ultimately leads them to their purest, most authentic sound.
I lived and breathed music and singing throughout my childhood, and I continue to today. I have over fifteen years of classical music training and performance experience. I attended California State University Northridge where I studied classical voice, art song, and opera performance. Since attaining my Bachelor of Music in Vocal Arts I have performed opera and musical theatre professionally across Los Angeles. I have since left opera performance to focus on my true musical passions: pop, R&B, jazz, musical theatre, and teaching.
I tailor my teaching to each student's needs and desires. I teach all levels of singing, child to adult, beginner to advanced. If you are a beginner, I will quickly help you understand and access your instrument. If you are a more experienced singer, I will help you identify your opportunities for growth and we start from there. I focus on releasing tension and building a strong core foundation. You will learn how to develop consistent breath control, expand your range, and grow your voice into a powerful and beautiful sound!
**Studio Equipment** Piano Acoustic guitar Music stand ZoomH2 microphone and recording device Musical theater/classical singer library
**Specialties** I teach the same technique for all styles of singing - pop, musical theatre, and classical. I help my students make minor changes for each style, but the core foundational technique remains the same. I specialize in breath support, vocal chord closure, range expansion, vocal register negotiation, body alignment, relieving tension, healthy belting, emotional support, and acting for singers.
Angie B. March 25, 2016
In studio Verified Student
She is an excellent teacher and she is really lovely
Chris A. February 16, 2016
In studio Verified Student
First off, Emily is awesome and very worthy of these 5 stars. She is a great vocal coach. This is my third lesson coming up this week, and the leaps I have made in the last two are astounding with just a few adjustments she suggested.
One of the great things is that she does teach you to "sing". I didn't know how this was going to mesh well with my style, but it's increased my range, made my dynamics more noticeable, stronger falsetto...I can even do the Dave Grohl grit thing that I've been trying to get so long, but couldn't reach the notes. I highly recommend her. It doesn't matter what genre you want to sing, she will be able to help you get there. She also does have a B.A. in Music, which I think shows her dedication and passion to the craft.
Thanks Emily! So appreciative that you have helped me so much in just two weeks and I look forward to continuing lessons with you!
Alex Lane February 4, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Insightful and precise teacher with a wonderful understanding and communication ability. Look forward to learning the singing craft from her!
The most important aspect of vocal training that I will emphasize is breath support. Connecting to the body when singing will ensure vocal protection and prevent unwanted vocal strain. I will also focus on gaining control through scales and breathing. I would like my students to gain consistency in their lessons each week by providing them with new challenges and helping them to gain new tools when practicing. Applying these fundamental elements of healthy singing into each student's repertoire is the ultimate goal in these lessons.
My name is Christina and I am very passionate about the vocal arts, specifically Opera. Opera was a surprise in my life that I discovered in college. It moved me to a point where I knew it was what I wanted to pursue. Though singing classically takes great patience, discipline, and perseverance, that 5 minutes on stage projecting pure vocal freedom and expression make it well worth it. The classical technique can provide a great foundation to healthy singing, which can ensure a long vocal life. Along side opera, I believe basic knowledge in piano is extremely beneficial in improving musicali
ty and an understanding of each piece. Piano greatly improves sight reading and ones ability to learn music quickly and efficiently. It can allow one to develop an understanding of harmony and context within each unique piece of music. I have recently started teaching and would love to help and guide those interested in music, specifically classical voice, opera, musical theater, and piano. I would love to share the great joy it brings me with others and pass down what I have learned over the years. I have completed courses in music pedagogy and education alongside my degree, and believe in shaping my lessons around each individual's learning style so that each student may continue to grow while having fun. I graduated with high honors from the University of California Santa Barbara in 2014 with a degree in music receiving both music and academic scholarships. I have performed a wide variety of roles with the university's Opera Scenes program, private showcases, and main staged productions. I was also the featured soprano soloist with the Santa Ynez Master Chorale and Orchestra for their Spring concert.
*I will drive to you for lessons being I don't have sufficient studio space. The only requirement I have is that a piano be present for scales and learning music.
Leah April 27, 2016
Online Verified Student
Christina has been a wonderful piano teacher for my eight-year-old daughter, who is just beginning. Christina is efficient, patient, and very encouraging. My daughter says she has learned so much in just a few lessons. Thank you, Christina!
Brock April 25, 2016
Online Verified Student
She got me excited and motivated to try my best with singing.
Nanette K. April 18, 2016
Classical Piano ·
In home Verified Student
Christina is great! We love her. We are so happy that she is teaching us. My six year old and I are both taking lessons from her.
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