Chantel Mead

Chantel M.

Austin, TX

Lesson Details



Chantel delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 7+ and special needs

Teaching since:

Hello, and thank you so much for checking out my profile! I've been teaching private voice lessons for 14 years, starting in Boulder, CO, then NYC for several years, and now here in Austin, TX!

I perform and record, BUT my true passion lies in creating exciting, empowering and uplifting experiences in singing and the performing arts! While I'm skilled and experienced in teaching all levels, I particularly enjoy working with children and novice singers, supporting them in developing the confidence and technique they need to fully sing the songs they love, audition for that part in the school or community play - or even take it further, really making music and voice their life!

My ultimate goal as a teacher is to create an environment where you feel safe to explore and grow your singing voice. I believe the voice is an extremely intimate instrument, in that it is within us... and it's my job to help you learn to fully use, and fall in love with your own, unique and amazing instrument!!!

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Youth Choir Director
Feb 2016 - Present
Austin First Unitarian Universalist Church

I direct the Youth Choir at the Austin UU Church.

Owner and Director
Aug 2006 - Present
Stars Alive Music

Stars Alive Music is the name of my own teaching studio. I have been teaching private voice lessons, and directing show choirs and musicals for young people under this company for 10 years!

K-8 Music Teacher, Performing Arts Director
Oct 2013 - Jun 2016
Austin Jewish Academy

I was the part time K-8 General Music teacher at AJA for 2 years, and directed the after school performing arts program (musicals and show choirs) for 3 years.

Music Teacher, Performing Arts Director
Aug 2010 - Jun 2013
Stephen Gaynor School, NYC

I was the full time General Music teacher at a wonderful private school for children with language based learning challenges in Manhattan called Stephen Gaynor School. I also co-directed the after school Musicals with the Drama teachers, and taught an after school Show Choir.

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Children & Youth Choir Director
Aug 2009 - Jun 2010
Denver First Unitarian Universalist Church

I directed all of the youth programs at the Denver UU for 1 year, before we moved to NYC.

Children's Choir Director, Cantor
Oct 2003 - Jul 2009
Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Boulder CO

I was the Children's choir director, VBS music director, and one of the cantors at this lovely church in Boulder, CO for over 5yrs.


Graduate work in Vocal Pedagogy
Aug 2002 - Jun 2003
University of Colorado, Boulder
BFA in Musical Theater, Voice Minor
Aug 1994 - May 1998
Sam Houston State


Fluent / Native Proficiency

Photos & Videos

On stage at the Fox Theater, Boulder CO

Voice and keys!

My show choir in CO this summer, and my lovely assistants!

My daughter, joining in the fun when she was 2!

Passionate, joyful singing!!!!!

Renee singing her heart out at a recital!

Jackson, lighting up the stage in that way of his!

Annette at one of our student recitals!

Local concert with my husband (who's on here as well: Derek VanScoten!)
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7 Reviews

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Mariah Oct 17, 2016
Singing · In home

Chantel is awesome. She has a unique way of teaching and it really works for me.


Debra Aug 29, 2016
Vocal Training · In studio

My daughter is a high school actress who was bitten by the musical theater bug, plus she wanted voice lessons to increase her confidence—and pleasure—in singing. She had no previous training. There is no other word but "uncanny" for Chantel's ability to connect with an individual student, intuit her strengths and unique interests and musical aims, and yet also inspire her to stretch and move outside her comfort zone. My daughter also took guitar lessons with Derek and I would say exactly the same thing about his teaching. (Plus he was ever patient with her sometimes haphazard approach to practice as she struggled to balance school, work, etc. Chantel and Derek always got this, and were great about tailoring lessons to my daughter’s current situation and capacities.) I believe the training is as rigorous as you'll find anywhere. Just as important, it is loving, supportive, spirited, *fun*. Chantel and Derek's home studio is warm and intimate, plus I had the pleasure of hanging out with their delightful three-year-old while my daughter was in lessons!

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Nika Garcia Aug 14, 2016
Singing · In studio

Chantel is wonderful!!!!
We first worked together as back up singers for a professional theater show years ago and she was knowledgeable, talented, accurate, kind, and fun!!!!

I am also I professional vocalist and teacher based in Miami Florida, and Boulder Colorado and recently I was lucky enough to shadow Chantel through one of her choir camps learning from her experience.
I was moved and totally impressed by the VERY IMPORTANT work she does supporting the self esteem of young women she works with!!!! As well creating a very entertaining and beautiful performance.

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Emily Aug 8, 2016
Vocal Training · In home

My twin girls love Chantel. They have had private lessons and she helped them prep for school talent show three years in a row. She is always positive with a smile on her face and makes the most of every situation. I highly recommend her for your children!!

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Ari Aug 7, 2016
Singing · In studio

Chantel has the perfect combination of enthusiasm, love of music, teaching ability, and innate ability to connect with kids that works great for my daughter, who has been taking voice lessons from her for several months now. My daughter is inspired to practice at home, and she looks forward to every lesson with great anticipation. I highly recommend Chantel to any parent looking for a great voice teacher for their kids.

While we don't have direct experience with her husband Derek's instrument lessons, we know several parents whose kids take guitar, ukulele, etc from Derek and love him as well.

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Mike Aug 6, 2016
Singing · In studio

Chantel is such an amazing teacher! Whether with one student or a whole group, her ability to connect to their students, and find and bring out their potentials is legendary. Her love of music, theater and all arts is infectious! My children are so different from each other - and she inspires them all and meets them where they are. That's why they love and look forward to their lessons every week.

For my oldest (12), singing is his biggest passion, and working with Chantel has helped him immensely! With her help and encouragement, he was selected as one of a few in his class to join the young men's choir in his middle school, and was voted "biggest choir nerd" by his classmates this past year. For someone who has at times struggled with low self-esteem and anxiety, singing has been a huge lifeline for him, and Chantel has literally helped him find his voice.

We're so lucky to have her teaching our children.

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Michael Aug 6, 2016
Vocal Training · In studio

My 15 yo daughter has been taking voice/singing lesson from Chantel for a little over a year now and I can't say enough in praise of Chantel and her instruction. In this time my daughter has gone from someone with a cautious wobbly voice which no one ever heard to belting out solos on stage before an unknown audience and getting praise for her performances from people other than her family! Knowledgeable people, in fact. This comes not only from Chantel's teaching of voice and singing but from her careful nurturing and encouraging relationship with her students and a positive and effusive outlook on life. Highly, highly recommended.

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