Alexandra Porter

Alexandra P.

Princeton, NJ

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Alexandra delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 12 to 75

Teaching since:
September 2007

I am interested in teaching private lessons to each individual student - taking into account your goals, strengths, weaknesses, and background. I will never teach by a method that does not account for the unique qualities of each student. I use what I have learned through many years of musical study to teach you in the most efficient and beneficial way, based on YOUR needs.

As a voice student, I will ask you about your taste in music, what your goals are as a singer, and encourage you to suggest repertoire you'd like to learn. In addition, I will do an assessment of your entire voice - from posture and breathing to articulation and expression - and introduce repertoire that will help you become a better singer. I am comfortable teaching pieces written in English, Latin, French, German, and Italian.

I am a classically trained singer with a background in classical piano. I have performed in musicals, operettas, operas, and recitals in soprano repertoire. I received bachelor's degrees in voice performance and music education at The Pennsylvania State University. I recently completed a master's degree in voice performance and pedagogy at Westminster Choir College. Over the past 7 years, I've gained experience teaching private piano, private voice, group voice, traditional choirs, pop styles, musical theater, classical repertoire, and have worked with students of all ages.

I am happy to report that in addition to offering in studio lessons, I am now available as an Online Instructor via Skype.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a teacher that will help you realize your full potential. In the lesson, we will spend time doing physical warm ups (light stretching) and breathing warm ups, vocalizing in all parts of your range, and working on repertoire. I am very open to helping students with music outside of the lessons, such as music for a school choir or an upcoming audition or call-back. My goal as a voice teacher is to help you in whatever way you need - whether you want to audition for a choir or a musical, learn how to sing classically, start your own band, or just become a better singer. I am understanding and flexible, and only ask that you do what you can outside of the lesson. A little bit of practice each week is better than none at all, and I will teach you ways to practice.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Studio, practice rooms, or classrooms, all have pianos, and seating for parents

*** Specialties ***
Classical voice (opera and art song), Legit musical theater

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Experience

Voice Teacher
Jan 2009 - Present
Self-Employed

I teach private voice lessons to a variety of age levels in many different styles of music.

Education

Master of Music - Voice Pedagogy and Performance
Sep 2009 - May 2011
Westminster Choir College
Bachelor of Music - Voice Performance
Sep 2004 - Dec 2008
The Pennsylvania State University
Bachelor of Science - Music Education
Sep 2004 - Dec 2008
The Pennsylvania State University

Languages

French
Limited Proficiency
German
Limited Proficiency

Awards

Graduate Vocal Scholarship
Sep 2009
Westminster Choir College
Willa C Taylor Vocal Endowment
Sep 2004
The Pennsylvania State University

Photos & Videos

Photo by Alexandra P.

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March 15, 2013

Songs for Insomniacs
Performance of a new composition by Tina Tallon
Accompanied by JJ Penna, piano
The Charge of the Light Brigade

June 2012
Premiere of composition by Wes Devore
Chris Otto, violin
Kevin McFarland, cello
Il pleure dans mon coeur - Claude Debussy (Ariettes oubliees)

March 2011
Accompanied by Andrea Dickinson, piano
Photo by Alexandra P.

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The Medium - Gian Carlo Menotti

Alexandra Porter as Monica
Danielle Wright as Baba

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16 Reviews

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Adam sanders Nov 4, 2016
Singing · In studio

Allie is an excellent teacher. Before i started lessons, people would say, "woooooowwww, you're realllllllly good." now they say, "wow, you're really good!" I finally understand sarcasm....Thanks Allie!

Florence K. Jul 14, 2016
Singing · In studio

I had the best time ever. It was so much fun. Alexandra gave me some exercises to strength my voice and we sang some songs from the 40's and 50's. Thank you so, so much!!!

Delmost W. Mar 8, 2016
Opera Voice · In studio

She's really good. Very helpful and professional. Most appreciated her listening ear and feedback.

Mara A. May 5, 2015
Singing · In studio

We love her! Great experience so far : )

Lisa H. Jun 17, 2014
Singing · In studio

Allie is a very professional and inspiring teacher. She accommodates my son's interests and encourages him to take risks. He loves going to his lessons!

Mallika V. Feb 6, 2014
Singing ·

great teacher

I've never taken voice lessons before, so I didn't know what to expect. But Allie is great, very likeable. She really takes your preferences into considerations. We do breathing exercises, vocal warmups, and work on several songs at a time. I love the range of songs Allie has me work on: an Italian classical piece, a French pop song, a Broadway piece, a jazz piece, etc.

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Chuck M. Jan 30, 2014
Singing ·

Singing Lessons

Alexandra is an excellent teacher, I have no background or experience with singing and she has patiently helpd me improve as a singer. She is very professional and friendly and makes the lessons enjoyable.

Stephanie M. Feb 21, 2013
Singing ·

You see results with Allie. She's a phenomenal teacher.

I have two children who take piano lessons with Allie. Here are what they have to say:

Kylie: Allie puts a lot of energy and focus in her teaching.
Austin: Allie is a good teacher. She explains in detail.

I do see progress in my children's piano playing, thanks to Allie. She's very professional. We love having her as the piano teacher.

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Michel B. Feb 6, 2013
Singing ·

Best-in-Class Experience

My daughter has been delighted with her voice lessons. Alexandra has been a great coach; working hard to help her learn music theory and providing her with very customized feedback on her singing. Alexandra is clearly passionate about her work and while she holds high standards, she's also very patient with my daughter. Alexandra has a great sense of humour and knows how to keep the learning fun for my daughter. I originally was planning on having my daughter take lessons for a couple of months but my daughter is having so much fun and making so much progress that I will continue working with Alexandra.

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Judy W. Feb 4, 2013
Broadway Singing ·

Allie is a great teacher.

Allie and I work with everything from music theory to tone quality. She helps me with preparing for music tests in school and upcoming auditions for my local and school musicals.
In the first part of class, we review notes, rhythms, etc. Then, we do stretches and vocal warm-ups. And thirdly, we sing, any song I like in my range, while Allie plays piano.

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VictorM May 25, 2012
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Alexandra is an excellent teacher

Our lessons really help to improve my singing.

RunpuZ May 5, 2012
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Feedback

She is great~I enjoy the lesson a lot

RandyH May 1, 2012
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excellent learning experince, helps me reach my full potential

thanks so much Allie! I have realized that each week I am getting better than I was before, you have showed me tall mouth and not to tense my lip(: i appreciate you helping me with my singing, I want to be amazing at singing just like you! Maybe I'll even get a lead in my school musical next year!(:

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MollyP Apr 24, 2012
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I am very happy with my lessons so far. Alexandra is a pleasure to learn from.

MelissaP2 Mar 24, 2012
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A Great Teacher!

Allie is a great vocal instructor! She truly knows her stuff. I am always so impressed by her extensive knowledge of vocal training and music. Her techniques have really improved the quality of my voice. She's a wonderful teacher and makes our lessons lots of fun.

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TanyaD1 Jan 19, 2012
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Highly Recommended!

Alexandra is great for beginner piano students of all ages. She's very encouraging and correct mistakes in a positive way.

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