Christine Padua

Christine P.

Alexandria, VA

About Christine P.

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Christine teaches: Ages 5 and up
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Teaching since: January 2010
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Overview

Christine Padua is a professional vocal coach who resides in the Alexandria area.

She has over six years of teaching experience and has taught hundreds of students during that time. She is considered an expert in her field.

Christine's unique approach to voice has allowed her to continue to help beginning to expert level students advance their technique.

She specializes in vocal intonation. Her methods in vocal intonation translate directly and indirectly into all styles of legitimate singing.

She offers voice lessons that are based on the assessment of the student's individual voice type and unique vocal needs.

Christine is also a highly sought out piano instructor for her ability to establish an exceptional foundation in beginning piano students.

She received her music education in classical vocal performance from George Mason University and has continued her studies with Mrs. Fabiana Bravo.

Christine also has an international recording career as an adult contemporary artist.

Please visit www.theexquisitevoice.com (The Exquisite Voice) for further details about Christine as an instructor (including her specializations), lessons and her private studio.

Bio:
First and foremost thank you for taking the time to view my profile and I look forward to helping you work toward your musical aspirations.

Professional recording artist signed with label based in Nashville. Has two U.S. Billboards on the indicators chart (2014 summer/fall release) in the popular adult contemporary genre.

In addition to U.S. charts, she is also playing in the U.K. Most recently releasing her 2nd official single in the U.K. on June 1, 2016 titled "If that's love".

You may find her music on such music distribution sites as iTunes and Spotify. Samples are also available on Reverbnation.com.

Education:
Received music education from George Mason University in classical vocal performance.

I have continued my vocal studies with the incomparable Fabiana Bravo, who studied under the greatest Italian tenor of this past century, Luciano Pavarotti and the legendary Renata Scotto.

From Mrs. Bravo's teachings I have learned the authentic Italian tradition of Bel canto and Verismo in opera. This differs from the American interpretation of the art.

Voice type:
I am a true dramatic soprano. I sit between mezzo and soprano. Having a rare and large instrument has given me invaluable insight and a wider perspective on all other voice types.

Specialization:
I specialize in the intonation of the voice. Students learn specific vocal techniques and how to properly approach the voice in a natural and relaxed manner.

From doing such, students will be able to create appropriate colors for their instrument to then genuinely achieve different styles of music.

Exercises will also encourage range, breath support, placement, dynamics, proper resonance, breath direction, blending of registers and most importantly flexibility in order to sing with freedom.

The technique will never lose sight of the integrity and authenticity of the voice. It in fact enhances and supports this concept. Singers will learn how to hear their true voice in a way that they have yet to experience fully.

We will have very clear and relevant discussions on how the voice works. This is absolutely vital to finding true success in your studies. It should be noted that one cannot learn without comprehension first.

More importantly from our discussions, the voice will no longer feel like such a mystery.

My approach will help solidify things you continue to struggle with. I have had many, many students agree and come to this conclusion.

This especially includes students who have already studied voice seriously, but are struggling to grasp concepts and or technique.

More times than not, it is the instruction you have received that is inaccurate and ineffective for your voice.

For Piano I specialize in reading skills and establishing exceptional foundations in beginning pianist. I explain music from the very root and how concepts are related to one another through music theory.

General vocal styles I teach:
Jazz (any variation such as blues), popular adult contemporary (such as ballades, singer song-writer, R&B) musical theatre, classical, opera (bel canto and verismo) traditional, hymnal, sacred, country, and any variation of these styles.

Listed are the styles I coach. Students will find improvement in all styles across the board, even indirectly because it is not simply about singing exclusively in one style versus another. Instead we are learning to use the voice efficiently and effectively and this will translate into any singing genre.

What to expect during lessons:

Voice:
My teachings are based on first the individual assessment of the student's structure and voice type, much like the true Italian style. Students will develop their technique through clearly directed vocal exercises and put this into practice through their musical rep.

Beyond this objective we will cover other artistic and technical aspects including interpretation, diction, phrasing, timing, and performance.

We will also discuss the mentality of singing. This unique approach that I have developed helps students learn their instrument immensely better than without it.

Voice lessons should be on a weekly basis to gain consistency and to maintain the student's time slot on the schedule.

Piano:
Lessons are highly progressive and structured based on each student's individual learning needs.

I teach piano in the European route.

I specialize in proper reading skills and developing good technique. Students learn to use strategies to sight read music on their own and develop interpretive skills.

I have developed a method of teaching that helps students systematically identify pitches and counting with accuracy.

Music theory is heavily emphasized during lessons and necessary to support the study of piano.

We will also work on interpretive skills based on historical context and artistic development. I teach students how to think about music critically and thus create dialogue with the music.

Piano lessons should be on a weekly basis to gain consistency and to maintain the student's time slot on the schedule.

Mission:
My goal is to help students become increasingly independent as musicians. I have worked with many children with disabilities as well. Please ask me how.

Who I am:
I love music, I love life, I love my family, I love my dogs, I love my coffee and I love to laugh a lot (I'm very Italian in that way). :D

Why take lessons now:
I always say to people considering voice lessons to just come as they are. Leave your worries at the door:) I understand that a person's voice is a very personally extension of who they are and it can be intimidating to sing in front of a professional.

I have taught hundreds of students and am well versed in seeing many different vocal issues.

I want to assure any potential students that the space I provide is professional, safe (background check three times, most recently 11/15) encouraging, friendly and welcoming.

Age and Advancement:
Please note: Voice begins at age 12 (the very youngest) and piano at age 5.

I teach beginner to expert level advancement in voice and beginner to late intermediate advancement in piano.

How I developed my studio:
I started my teaching career at Lorton music full time as a vocal and piano instructor and have over six years experience.

At Lorton Music I was so highly recommended by my clients to potential students that a wait-list became necessary to work with me.

My success in teaching has allowed me to open up my own private studio from home, which has been such a blessing:)

Who makes up my clientele:
I have a diverse range of students in terms of age, background, experience and interest for their musical aspirations.

Reasons range from personal to professional gain. Some of my students study voice to improve individually and others study on a more professional level such as getting into a music program for voice or preparing for auditions.

*I now offer 90 and 120 minute lessons to those interested in combining voice and piano lessons (under singing) or those who are interested in extending their vocal lessons. The rate will be discounted under this option.

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Experience

Private vocal and piano instructor

Jan 2011 - Present
Lorton music

Private vocal coachings based on proper technique, artistry, interpretive skills, diction, acting, mentality, movement and more.

Education

Vocal performance

Sep 2004 - Dec 2009
George Mason University
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10 Reviews on Christine P.

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Charlotte Sep 14, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
We moved to Mt. Vernon area less than a year ago, and we needed a piano instructor for our three children who was affordable, but both my husband and I are from musical backgrounds, which makes finding a teacher a difficult process, as we aren't interested in taking just anyone who happens to have a degree in music. Christine is a rare find. She teaches in what I would describe as an immersion style that keeps the lessons steeped with concepts from theory to technique to artistry. She surrounds the children (mine ages 5, 9, and 11) with explanation, demonstration, analogy, and encourages them to learn at their own pace. "Do you understand?" is her gentle motto, probing for areas where the children need reinforcement. When they admit they aren't getting something, she will circle back to explanation from many different angles, illustrating a deeply empathetic reading of individual learning styles. My 5 year old began lessons 3 months ago and is already reading music. She listens to the children and asks thoughtful questions about their personalities. Christine is exacting in the best way an invested parent could hope for. Masterfully, she challenges the children to perfect themselves as she allows the time for such training and evolution to take place. I have been so pleased and excited over the children's experience, that I am seriously considering taking voice lessons with her, myself. I could not more highly recommend a piano instructor.
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Robyn S. Sep 1, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
It was truly by chance that I found Christine after another instructor didn't work out, and I am so fortunate! Day one, I was impressed with her professionalism, passion for music, and patience with a first time adult piano student.

I've always wished I had played an instrument growing up; now that I'm stable, I decided to go for it! However, I was very nervous, considering I had no musical experience. Christine has been nothing short of encouraging. In addition, my 8 year old son is taking lessons with her. It is evident that she has a gift when it comes to teaching. She has constructed her teaching methods in a way that is suitable for all ages. Although I'm learning to play at an accelerated pace compared to my son, we're able to communicate and play together because of Christine's consistency with her teaching methods.

Christine's goal for all of her students is that they will leave with the confidence and ability to go out and teach others how to play the piano. As a healthcare professional, I love knowing the rationale for things; that's what you're going to get with her. No memorization over here!! With each week, I'm getting better with reading music, understanding the WHY behind what I'm doing, and becoming more familiar with my instrument.
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Danielle Jul 24, 2016
In studio
Christine is undoubtedly an accomplished expert in both piano and voice (she taught my 7 year old daughter both) and has an unique ability to translate this expertise into "laymans" terms for even the youngest student. I watched my daughter grown during our time with Christine, in not only her musical abilities but also as a young lady -- taking responsibility to practice at home, wanting to do her best, and reading her lessons to make sure she was on track. Christine is pleasant and engaging, and yet has a gentle firmness when my daughter needed that extra nudge along the way. I could not give her a higher review, for any student, at any age ... with Christine as your teacher you will learn, grown and achieve your goals. (I say "was." as we moved across the country, otherwise we would have been with Christine until my daughter went to college ... my daughter, and I, think the world of her!)
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Paul May 15, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
First lesson was great. I was impressed by her teaching method and eagerness to teach with warmth
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Domonique S. May 7, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Very knowledgeable and prompt. She is NO amateur of the piano nor at teaching. My daughter enjoys their weekly sessions. We will definitely continue with Christine as long as she's offering the lessons and my daughter is still interested!
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Sydney Apr 9, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Christine is great - she is very patient but a great for an active 7 yr old.
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Israel A. Apr 7, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
I felt really motivated taking the lessons today
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Jean Feb 29, 2016
Piano
Christine is an outstanding piano teacher. My son's skills and love for playing the piano have flourished under her tutelage. She focuses on both theory and practice and listens to her students and their parents to ensure a positive experience.
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Katherine R. Feb 22, 2016
Vocal Training · In home
Verified Student
Your are a very great teacher. The most patient teacher ever
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Carlos C. Feb 9, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Christine kept a very open and fun atmosphere which made for a wonderful learning environment. Her knowledge in her art and ability to tell what I was doing wrong and being able to correct it just by listening was impressive and inspiring. She has mastered the ability to explain the mechanics and fundamentals of singing in a simple and easy way to understand. I look forward to all future lessons with Christine and am excited to see the things that I can learn and accomplish with Christine's guidance. I would recommend Christine for anyone of any age to take lessons with her.
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