- Teaches students:
- and Ages 7+
- Teaching since:
- January 2009
Hello! My name is Charlea Lyn G. and I want to begin by thanking you for taking a look at my profile. It has always been one of my firm beliefs that anyone can sing as singing can be defined by “uttering words or sounds in succession with musical modulations of the voice.” Therefore, with this mentality in mind I feel as though it is not a job, but more a privilege to be able to teach people to sing.
My parents say I started singing before I could talk, however, I seriously started taking lessons when I was 14. Over the course of my lessons, I fell in love with opera, and decided that was what I wanted to pursue as a career path. That decision led me to SUNY Fredonia, where I received my BM in Music Education and Vocal Performance. When I finished at Fredonia, I decided to attend the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where I received my MM in Vocal Performance in May '13 under the tutelage of Catherine Cook.
One of the most important things that I have learned thus far, is that singing is a truly expressive art form that requires hard work, diligence, and commitment. The process is not one that is fast, but the journey is truly rewarding because while learning to sing, it is often the case that you also learn something about yourself. This is because when you sing, you use yourself to express and convey certain emotions. A perfect performance, in my eyes, is not one that is technically perfect, but one that has made the audience connect to and embrace the story that you are telling. This is the reason we sing and what makes it so exciting.
Although I have stressed the importance of art form, correct singing technique is also imperative. It is my goal to bring each of my students the farthest I can in developing their technique, but in the healthiest way possible. Therefore, the way that I teach each student will be specific to his or her individual needs. The things that will stay consistent however are that I will establish a comfortable and safe environment for the student, provide my undivided attention and all the information that I have to share with others, and most importantly I want the student to have fun. When a person continues to sing when it is not fun or something that they are doing for themselves then part of the magic and sincerity in this art form becomes lost.
Although it was my personal decision to pursue opera and classical music, I have experience in musical theatre and am comfortable teaching a variety of genres. I truly believe that although each genre is different, the foundation and principles of healthy singing are the same.
Not every teacher is right for every student. However, I will do my best to give all my students lessons in a comfortable and productive learning environment. I hope that you will take the next step of your path towards healthy and beautiful vocal production with me. Thank you for your time and consideration and I hope to hear from you soon!
Five years ago, my daughter at the age of 12 showed interest in classical singing. We were so lucky to find Charlea to hold her hand, give her introduction to classical singing, and through out the next 3 years, my daughter took weekly lessons with Charlea. With Charlea's help and guidance, my daughter was able to shine in her classes and secured many solo performances throughout high school.
Charlea is a wonderful educator, beautiful singer and she has a gentle soul.