Christine is a professional vocal coach and piano instructor who resides in the Alexandria area.
She has over six years of teaching experience and has taught hundreds of students during that time (both vocal and piano throughout the dmv area). She is considered an expert in her field and maintains a very active studio.
Christine's unique approach to voice has allowed her to continue to help beginning to expert level students advance their technique with incredible results.
She specializes in vocal intonation. Her methodology in intonation is unmatched by any other approach. Her methods in vocal intonation translate directly and indirectly into all styles of legitimate singing. Students will learn the full potential of their instrument under her guidance.
She offers voice lessons that are based on the continuous assessment of the student's individual voice type and unique vocal needs. Her style of teaching is a total immersion manner of teaching.
Her goal is for her vocal students to discover their authentic voice and find freedom in their technique as vocalist and most importantly their expression as artist.
Christine is also a highly sought out piano instructor for her ability to establish an exceptional foundation in beginning piano students. She teaches Russian technique, which allows for flexibility, strength, and beauty of musical lines on piano. This technique can be applied to all styles of music for piano and is not limited to the classical style.
Her goal is for all of her music students to become increasingly independent as musicians to where they feel confident to teach themselves and others and to ultimately find enjoyment in the process of learning music.
Her approach helps students advance their technique, reading proficiency, including music theory and expand their artistic capabilities.
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.
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".
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 Christine'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.
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.
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 that maintains a relaxed and low larynx, placement, dynamics, proper resonance, breath direction, blending of registers and most importantly flexibility in order to sing with freedom and in your authentic voice.
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.
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:
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.
Lessons are highly progressive and structured based on each student's individual learning needs.
I teach piano in the European (Russian) route.
I specialize in proper reading skills and developing healthy efficient 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.
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 a music studio full time as a vocal and piano instructor and have over six years experience.
At the music studio 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.
Private vocal coachings based on proper technique, artistry, interpretive skills, diction, acting, mentality, movement and more.