Jennifer Vanella

Jennifer V.

Pittsburgh, PA
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Hi there! My name is Jen V. to many Ms. Jen) and I am a Artist and Vocal Coach who loves to teach. A couple unique things about your experience with me:
1. I teach based on your needs and the way you learn
2. I teach people how to read music using colors
3. We always learn but we always have a blast
4. With permission I teach Music theory using video games and different teaching tools.
5. I am one of the most patient people you'll ever meet.

So if you love to sing... I love to teach! Let's have a lesson soon.

About Jennifer V.

Hi there I’m Jen, I am a vocal coach, Pianist, Voice specialist and recently published audio book writer Who specializes in learning disabilities, ASD, singers with anxiety, and much much more. My certifications include: WVU BA of MDS 2010
Duquesne University A.D Masters Level of Opera, Jazz Performance 2013
CCM Pop, Contemporary Music Certification Shenandoah 2014
MTNA Certified Music Teaching National Association 2015
NAT National Association of Teaching Vocal Coach 2016
# Vocal Coach for Thumbtack 2016 Pittsburgh PA 2016
Certificate of Vocal Pedagogy NYU 2015
Certified in Alexander Technique 2015


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24 Reviews
Amanda S.
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We were very happy with the content and style of the first lesson, and Jen is delightful. Looking forward to seeing where this goes!

Posted Nov 5, 2016

Jen is really nice and patient. She could quickly find out my strength and weakness. I've made great improvement in the past month and enjoy the course very much. Thanks Jen! And I'll definitely recommend Jen to anyone who wants to learn singing.

Posted Aug 6, 2016
Barry S.
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Jen is awesome in her technique and her teachings! Looking forward to working with her every Sunday! It's a pleasure to work with her!😀

Posted Jul 17, 2016
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My 11 year old daughter loves working with Miss Jen. She's great with kids and so supportive.

Posted Jun 11, 2016
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Jen is very easy to get along with. Alongside making her teachings fun and easy to understand, she has taught me a lot in the years I've been going to her. I highly recommend her to anyone looking the expand their voice.

Posted Sep 29, 2015
Roger B.
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Having no acting experience by the end of the first session Jennifer had a framework to move forward. Very pleasant experience in comfortable surroundings.
Recommended - yes ! :)

Posted Jun 13, 2015
Lea Anne M.
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Jennifer is a very easy teacher to deal with. Jennifer was a very responsive to my daughters needs for both scheduling and material and made things very easy on us.
Jennifer helps you feel very comfortable while learning and she's not even afraid to try new things or look at something from a different angle. I highly recommend Jennifer!

Posted Mar 3, 2015
Amy W.

Jen has been working with my daughter for only 4 months but her growth in that amount of time has been amazing. She absolutely loves Miss Jen! Jen is an outstanding teacher and makes my daughter feel so comfortable and relaxed. Her favorite time of the week is when she can work with Jen. We are so honored and grateful that she is working with our daughter, we couldn't ask for a better teacher. The best around!

Posted Dec 15, 2014
Olyvia D.
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I started working with Jen a little over two months ago, and in those two months I have learned more about the music business than I have in my entire life. Ms. Jen works hard to make sure her students get the most out of every lesson. She is a genuine person with a huge heart and dedication to the music field. In every lesson, Ms. Jen warms us up well by working on breathing techniques. We are always laughing and having a ball, there is never a dull moment with Ms. Jen! I would recommend Jen to anyone interested in taking lessons. She is an inspiration to all of her students, and the best teacher I have ever had!

Posted Nov 1, 2014
Anna I.
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Jen is a great teacher who really cares about her students and whether they are learning. I came to her studio to learn how to sing for fun, and it was very helpful! She lets the student's goals guide the instruction, rather than sticking to a rigid curriculum. Jen also considers the student's needs and understanding carefully, making sure to explain things in a different way if needed.

Posted Oct 7, 2014
Kiera S.
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I worked with Jen for just over a year and I have to say, not only did I learn a lot about music theory and breathing, but I gained such a great mentor and friend. I left Pittsburgh when I graduated and Jen is still there willing to answer questions about anything related to singing. In the year that I worked with her I: performed in three studio performances, auditioned and got the part of Mary Sunshine in my college's production of Chicago, and made it to the semi-finals of the Classical Singer's Competition. Without Jen, I wouldn't have been able to do any of that. I am more confident than ever and I'm still singing!

Posted Aug 23, 2014
Lara R.

I am so impressed by Jen and her passion to truly help others. Her patience and ability to work through any challenges are inspiring. Jen is an incredibly talented individual with an amazing ability to help anyone learn and grow, regardless of their beginning skill level. You can see just how much she cares and goes above and beyond to make her lessons fun and meaningful. She is just wonderful and I would and do recommend her to anyone who will listen.

Posted May 29, 2014
Kayla V.

Jen is simply the best-better than all the rest!!!

My grandaughter Kayla has been taking singing lessons with Jen for almost a year now. Prior to Jen, Kayla had one lesson with another teacher but it was not a good match. Kayla needed someone who would critique her in a positive way and make her strive to do better in all aspects of what she learns. Jen has this capability of taking something negative the student is doing and make the student feel positive about it. I know sounds impossible, but I witnessed it myself. My grandaughter loves going to her lessons and she is learning so much more than just singing techniques. Jen has opened a whole new world to my grandaughter. She talks about now writing her own music, learning Italian,etc. She even tried out for a school play and got a part; something I know she would not have been comfortable doing if not for Jen. So, if you want an atmosphere of learning in kindness, an enthusiastic teacher that makes you feel special as you learn your craft, never makes you feel self conscious of yourself as you learn and most of all the ability to let the student know they truely are special she's the one. She's a teacher you'll remember with a warm smile everytime you open your mouth to sing.

Posted Mar 7, 2014
Ella S.

Amazing Person

I love to going to my voice classes with Jen! She is funny, kind, and a wonderful person to be around. My favorite part of my week is going to my voice class. She has a unique way of teaching that is helpful but fun. I have a fun time when I arrive there to when I leave. He personality makes you feel welcomed and in a relaxed environment. I would recommend Jen to everyone that what's a voice lesson! She is an amazing person to be around!

Posted Jan 28, 2014
Imani W.

I recommend Jennifer Vanella wholeheartedly!

I started working with Ms.Vanella in July or 2013. I originally came into her studio not knowing what to expect. I can honestly say I was presently surprised. Jen creates an atmosphere that is fun and comforting for all who enter it. she is patient, kind, and dedicated to ensuring that her students are the best singers they can possibly be. I am forever grateful that I found her when I did. I have grown immensely since working with Jen and I recommend her to anyone who is in search of a professional,talented, and experienced vocal coach!

Posted Dec 12, 2013
Lea Anne M.

Excellent and fun teacher!!!!!!!!

Jen is an amazing teacher. In the time we have been together I have noticed lots of improvement not just with singing but with my confidence. I always was very scared to singing in public which was a problem with doing theater. Even from the first lesson I was welcome with her energetic personality. She teaches you the way that you learn the best and makes each lesson fun and interesting. All of my lesson have been colorful and interactive. She approach them with new techniques I have never even heard of and make everything easy and simple to understand. She gives you her honest opinion and helps you improve on your weaknesses to make sure you will succeed.

Posted Nov 9, 2013
deanna B.

Awesome instructor

Jen is an amazing teacher hands down!! She is down to earth, honest, and patient with my daughter which is not always an easy task. My daughter is passionate about singing but has ADHD, Jen has found what works for Breanna and keeps her focused and motivated. Just in the few months we have had lessons I can definitely tell how much her voice and breathing has improved. We are so lucky to have found Jen and HIGHLY recommend her to anyone looking for singing lessons.

Posted Oct 16, 2013
Erin W.

Amazing teacher

She takes an individual approach to teaching, and really tries to find out how each of her students learns best. She makes even the very first time beginners feel like they are making progress, and puts a positive spin on everything. The atmosphere is most relaxed and I do not feel like she puts on any airs. I plan to stay with her for a long while, and learn as much as I can!!

Posted Jul 28, 2013
Megan R.

Amazing Teacher with Outstanding Results

My Daughter has been taking lessons with Jen for only a couple of months but her quality and range have improved dramatically. She can't wait to attend her lesson and after the first lesson my 10 year old was so comfortable with Jen's warm welcoming personality and high energy atmosphere that she attends her lessons alone with no distractions. I am so pleased with everything and could not imagine lessons with anyone else. Not to mention that she takes my child back to me and makes sure that I am present for the safety of my daughter.

Give her a try. You won't regret it but may ask why you waited so long to begin with.

Posted Jun 25, 2013
Charleen G.

Amazing instructor to work with!

I think this instructor is incredible. She always has a way to help you understand what she's teaching.

Posted May 25, 2013
Libby H.

Extremely pleased

My daughter has had three lessons. In that short time, she's already come so far in her understanding of music, singing and sound. Her ability to hear notes has improved 100% and I've noticed her attention to breathing and phrasing. We couldn't be more impressed with Jen's teaching. Looking forward to seeing our daughter grow even more.

Posted Feb 7, 2013
Nigel B.

Awesome Teacher

I am a first-time singing student and am just trying to increase my proficiency so that I might sing with my friends occasionally (non-professionally). Jennifer is wonderful and very understanding of my limited musical vocabulary and ability, and I find myself looking forward to my lessons every week. I would highly recommend this teacher for beginners as well as those who already have some experience (I may not have much myself, but by the way she teaches, I can tell she has much more to offer than I am able to understand at the moment).

Posted Feb 6, 2013
Amie H.

Great teacher!

Excellent techniques , I'm learning so much from her, she's turkey a good teacher an a blessing to have, I prefer anyone who wants to sing to go to her she's great you'll learn something new everyday, I'm so excited for my next lesson

Posted Nov 15, 2012
Jason S.

Jennifer is a superb voice instructor.

The moment I walked into my voice lesson last month, she immediately made me feel at home. She welcomed me with warmth and positive energy. Throughout our lesson, she truly listened to my concerns about an upcoming audition in school. She guided me with ease and expertise about how to connect to my breath and use healthy techniques in my performance. I wouldn't want anyone else as a teacher. Truly an inspiration.

Posted Oct 12, 2012

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Executive Director
Apr 2011 - Present

Sing and Relax Studios

International Level Vocal Coaching, Marketing, PR, Music Video Production and much more.

Executive Director
Apr 2011 - Present

Private Studio

I am a private vocal coach who contracts for takelessons and runs her own business


Certification in Alexander Technique
Dec 2016 - Mar 2017


NYU Vocal Pedagy Summer Certification
Jun 2015 - Jul 2015

NYU Langone Medical Center

Certificate of Contemporary Vocal Pedagogy
Jun 2013 - Aug 2013

Shenandoah University

A.D MM of Opera and Jazz Performance
May 2010 - May 2012

Duquesne University

Duquesne University, Artists MM Performance Degree, MDS BAA WVU. CCM Certificate, NATS Teaching of Singing Certified
Aug 2003 - May 2012

Duquesene, West Virginia University, Shenandoah University

BAA Multidisciplinary Studies
Sep 2006 - May 2009

West Virginia University



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IPA for singing: Italian

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MTNA Vocal coach
Oct 2015

Music Teachers National Association

Sep 2015

National Association of Teaching

CCM Somatic Voice Level 3, and certified Vocal Coach National Association of Teaching
Jul 2013

Shenandoah University

The understanding of teaching contemporary commercial voice. So I teach how to approach those Pop ballads and top 40s without hurting your voice.


" Teaching Music with Colors Magazine Feature AOL.COM
Aug 2016


Follw the Mentor International Feature
Jul 2016

Follow the Mentor

#1 Coach Thumbtack Gold Award
Jun 2016


MTNA Cetification Professional Artists
May 2016


Pop Dust AOL National Feature
Nov 2015


My first National Article.
Mar 2014

Examiner Magazine


Music Teachers National Association
May 2015
The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.
National Association of Teachers of Singing
Mar 2014
Founded in 1944, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members worldwide.

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