- 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!!!
I direct the Youth Choir at the Austin UU Church.
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!
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.
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.+ Read More
I directed all of the youth programs at the Denver UU for 1 year, before we moved to NYC.
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.
Chantel is awesome. She has a unique way of teaching and it really works for me.
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!+ Read More
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.
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!!+ Read More
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.
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.
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.+ Read More