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NOTE: I prefer to teach students ages 11 & up. I will accommodate younger students, but as vocal development is a direct reflection of physical development (the instrument is the body), we will be unable to delve deeply into technique. Instead, the curriculum for younger students will include musicianship and piano skills; they will be more of music lessons that incorporate singing rather than "vocal" lessons. My current studio consists of all sorts of singers including classical, musical theater, R&B, and pop. In classical voice lessons, we will be learning songs not only in English, but also Italian, German, and French. Classical voice lessons may not be for everyone, however, and we will learn repertoire that suits the interests of each student.
I emphasize a basic knowledge of music theory, because it's important for a singer to not only know how to sing, but to also understand the music he or she is singing. I will incorporate music theory into the lessons, starting with basics such as learning how to read notes.
I believe in making sure the singer is comfortable and confident. The environment you will be learning in is open and non-threatening because a singer needs a place to explore his or her voice. I encourage my students to make mistakes and to keep the lines of communication as open as possible. Singers are perfectionists, and we're constantly telling ourselves what we do wrong- we don't need someone else enforcing that negativity.
I concentrate on a classical vocal technique, with proper posture, efficient breathing, lack of facial and body tension, and healthy vocal production. I believe that it is important to have a strong foundation of healthy technique no matter what style of singing. My teaching style and lesson focus will be different for each individual person, and I'm very flexible in adapting to each singer's needs and personality.
I am a very understanding teacher, and very patient, but I will push you to work to your potential! What you put into these lessons and your practicing is what you will get out of it. I am not strict, but I do expect dedication, passion, and respect. I am a very enthusiastic and energetic teacher, and lessons with me will be fun, productive, and encouraging.
If I sound like the right teacher for you, please arrange a trial lesson to see how well we work together!
*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room, piano, full-length mirror, comfortable seating for parents
*** Specialties ***
*Teachers classified as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students. I specialize in classical singing- applicable to any style of singing!
Soprano Belinda L. is quickly emerging as a sought-after performer both in opera and as a recitalist. Her performances have been described as “mesmerizing” and her crystal clear voice full of a “beauty and sensitivity that makes her an immediate stand out.”
Past roles include leads from Gluck's Orfeo (2012), Cosi fan tutte (2010), Die Zauberflote (2010), Rigoletto (2010), Gilbert &Sullivan's Trial by Jury (2009), Le nozze di Figaro (2009), and Don Giovanni (2008). Equally in demand on the concert stage, Belinda has sung the soprano solos in Faure's Requiem and Handel's Messiah. Prior to her studies at the Peabody Institute, Belinda attended the University of California, Irvine, studying voice under the tutelage of Dr. Darryl Taylor. During her undergraduate work, she received numerous honors and recognitions including The Bette and Steven Warner Scholarship, The Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation Music Scholarship, Artsbridge Scholarship, and UROP and SURP fellowships. As an advocate for teaching arts, Belinda worked with the Creative Connections outreach program at the Claire Trevor School of Arts, bringing music curricula to underfunded K-8 classrooms. Additionally, she was a founding member and leader of Clair de Lune A Cappella, an all treble-voice performing group at UCI.
A Los Angeles native, Belinda began her vocal studies at a young age, singing with San Marino's award-winning Chamber Choir and participating in musicals such as Bye Bye Birdie and Little Shop of Horrors. Her extensive vocal education includes training with the Intimate Opera Company, Songfest Young Artist Program, Barcelona Festival of Song, Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, The Amalfi Coast Music Festival and Institute, OperaWorks and, most recently, Music Theater Bavaria. She is currently studying with Peabody's Phyllis Bryn-Julson and Ah Young Hong. Future engagements include Carmen and various recitals.
I have been teaching private voice lessons since 2005, and minored in Education during my undergraduate studies. My teaching experience encompasses both one-on-one teaching and a classroom presence. I worked in conjunction with the University of California, Irvine, Claire Trevor School of the Arts, Creative Connections Outreach Program to bring a music curriculum to K-8 classrooms that had cut such programs due to budget limitations. Furthermore, I was a Co-founder and the director of UCI's all-treble a cappella group, Clair de Lune. My vocal teaching education was furthered during my graduate studies at the Peabody Conservatory by Vocal Pedagogy instruction. I currently have a studio of roughly 15 students, ages 10 to 60+.
· Singing · In studio Belinda is a wonderful teacher. She has been very patient with me and taught the lesson in a step by step way, helping & directing me to know what I should be looking for. I enjoyed very much to have her as my instructor.
· Singing · In home Belinda is an amazing teacher I have been doing lessons with her since January,and she is amazing fun,she will help you with anything your having a problem with, and I so Recommend her :)
· Singing · In studio I have been working with Belinda for a little over 2 years. Every lesson, she challenges me to be better than before. What I love most about her style, is she customizes her style of teaching for the student. I am a very imagery oriented person, and she always helps me to visualize things in ways that makes sense to me. My singing has dramatically improved during my time with Belinda, and I would recommend her to anyone in a heart beat. Every lesson is different, every lesson is challenging in a new way, and every time I walk away feeling like that was the best lesson I've ever had. Thank you Belinda!!
· Singing · Excellent teacher!
From the very first lesson, my daughter felt that she was learning a great deal from Belinda. Belinda cares about her students and is good with different styles of singing. She's always very professional, but fun at the same time.
· Acting · Acting
She is very good Teacher I will Keep on going back to her.I would recommend This Teacher to any one!
· · Sa'Nya Simms
Belinda is very patient with my daughter and I appreciate that.
· · Fabulous experience
The talent she has developed and the poise, passion and confidence she has developed is extraordinary. She has been thoughtful, deliberate and knowledgeable at all turns. She works her students hard and expects a lot but gives more. She is kind but firm and a real credit to teaching her passion to others. BRAVO!!
· · Belinda is great!
Belinda is great she knows what she is doing. my little girl loves her and she is always good with acting lessons for her. we will always go back to her agine.
· · I love singing with Belinda! She is informative, fun & patient! I always look forward to our sessions and I'm sad I can't take her with me when I move.
· · Very Knowledgeable and Adaptable to Different Learning Styles
If you're looking for beginner voice lessons, I'd highly recommend Belinda. She has a very warm, supportive, and fun personality that keeps you motivated to improve before and after lessons. What I really admire about Belinda is that she's able to adapt her teaching style based on the goals and learning style. In other words, whether you learn best through visual, audio, or kinesthetic aids (or a hybrid like me!), Belinda is very effective in all forms of teaching. She's helped me see results after only one month. Thanks, Belinda!