The Exquisite Voice, Inc.
Christine is a professional vocal coach with an exceptional reputation. She is the owner of The Exquisite Voice, Inc. Currently home in Springfield Va.
As a D.C. native, Christine has taught extensively in the DMV area for 10 years.
She is considered an expert in her field for achieving high quality vocal technique that can be implemented in all legitimate singing styles.
Christine is a fearless, insightful, confident, generous technician in the vocal arts. I love helping others discover more about themselves as artist.
Achievable, straightforward, high quality, professional results that honors a singer’s natural voice, while learning the fullness that their individual instrument has to offer.
There is nothing more compelling than a voice that is natural and confident in their ability and accessing technique consistently is vital to creating this assurance and peace.
I am able to rapidly diagnosis a full range of vocal issues and begin to work towards strengthening deficient elements in relation and respect to the singer’s entire technique.
This will take time, but I make it clear exactly why this is the focus so we can work efficiently and cooperatively together.
It is important to reveal issues in a highly apparent manner, yet to be supportive and respectful of the student’s voice while motivating change to take place. I try to make it extremely clear through the exercises and rep I personally select to highlight a capability that is lacking by giving a student the right challenges where they can see they are not fully demonstrating a vocal element.
It often times is things they have been told in the past, but aren’t able to identify the problem due to lack of clarity clouded by other elements from past instruction or not provided the right tools to overcome their vocal issues in a realistic way that leads to continue success in their process. Meaning I really isolate and get to the heart of issues.
I have a signature method of highlighting issues and making corrections. I am very particular about explaining the process so that it makes sense to each student and can be accessible for them.
Another strength I have is I am able to identify the student’s learning style and am resourceful in the way I teach.
Together we will learn to develop a practical process and routine that works consistently for you based on your own personal needs as an artist.
The goal is that you will be able to instruct yourself successfully every time by thoroughly learning your instrument’s capabilities through care and guidance provided in our lessons.
I expect this from each student in their time, so that they can become confident in the choices they make to direct themselves. It is important to become independent since you are the one in control of your voice alone, and I intend to get you closer to that goal every lesson by making your voice more relatable to you by providing the proper understanding and resources to achieve this.
This is how world class musicians think, that they will be able to lead themselves in their process and trust their choices without too much worry after because the foundation and thoughtfulness to their decisions have already been made over time to where it is now intuitively inspired while performing. You can only access what you have trained (technical) or allowed (emotional).
Not only trust, but enjoy the freedom to do so. It might be a freighting concept to many, it was for me to think I must take full control, but you must eventually be assured about who you are and that you have more than enough to manage.
Something we will discuss a lot from the emotional standpoint, not allowing our fears or need/expectation to be perfect stand in our way of the bigger picture. We will develop a healthy relationship with our voice.
Every necessary element required for excellent singing will be explained. It is not possible in one or two lessons however.
It is real time and work. I do require you trust the process to a reasonable degree and know that I will always have your best intentions at heart. I have worked with many issues and types of people and have a lot of insight to pull from. Mostly people think their issues are unique, when in reality they are common. Nor do I get easily confused. So rest assure that your voice is always inspiring to me and I love to help people find more meaning in their art.
I can confidently say, almost more than any other instructor you have had we will thoroughly go over every element.
It is necessary that a student knows what is already amazing about their technique so they do not expel or replace it while working on their challenges. I cannot emphasis this enough. I have found this to be the biggest issue with passing on good instruction in the last 40 years from all institutes of voice.
Every voice comes in with something to build upon. There is not one voice, even the most challenging that doesn’t have an element right, it just might not be used appropriately while lacking all the other supportive elements, however it is there and that’s where we will start if that’s the case.
That’s why so many students, particularly very talented ones get lost in their training, because they do not realize that this has happened, so their natural abilities they cannot explain if they become teachers or professionals, which you must be able to explain everything or worst, they lose their natural ability and do not understand why.
This is also another fear of people who have natural ability, but if you have an instructor who understands you and these factors, you will be in good hands to find greater success vocally.
We need to identify our technique simply and readily every time in a way that we can articulate to ourselves.
This is a process and hard work (particularly emotional/reasonable expectation) is required on your end. More importantly developing trust for the process because what you do with your voice is up to you in the end alone and to displace that is neither helpful or honest. It is your voice! Always.
We will be doing honest work, look forward to it:D
I am extremely generous as a teacher, you will come to find this is true. I promise to do my end of the deal and give you everything I have got in terms of my knowledge and insight, you just have to give yourself the opportunity to really commit to trying full heartedly. The lesson is for you. If I do not know something I say it.
I am a dramatic soprano and I have continued my vocal studies vigorously with Mrs. Fabian Bravo, a long term principal singer at The Met, who was taught formerly by Mr. Luciano Pavarotti.
I am very confident in the Italian Bel Canto technique and extensively in all popular genres, including jazz, ballads, R&B, Broadway, traditional, etc.
Technique I cover is creating legitimate support via fully integrating the body, while from the body’s relative support, applying highly efficient/directed air that is responsible for the quality of the voice’s capabilities and range of elements. Everything is created from these two fundamental elements.
We will also cover muscle release (throat, spine, tongue, facial, soft palate and accessing resonators directly, releasing the larynx and closing the vocal folds genuinely and appropriate air and relative use to the other elements, accessing legitimate chest and head voice, mixing/centering the voice appropriately with highly disciplined air and body support) legitimate dynamics with muscles released/throat open, accessing internal naturally covered space that can thoroughly release the voice through the skull and centered in which the air pressure/direction determines the dynamics, while not improperly closing the muscles or inappropriately moving the larynx/overly directing and dropping into one register, proper articulation that enhances/does not interrupt or cut off breath support/the body inappropriately/use of compressed air and direction that directly effects head voice, chest, middle mix access that most professionals do not have disciplined and create through other secondary means. This is more all equates to flexibility, strength and freedom to be endlessly expressive. Everything in balance and relation to become competent and proficient. The best part is really being able to enjoy your singing in the moment.
Looking forward to working together!
Teaches students 15 to 55
Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Teaching since 2010
I have been singing opera for 7 years now, and Christine had the most thorough teaching process by far! I found my real voice underneath all the conformity I had been taught through choir and am now moving through singing more powerful and with my "real voice." She is open to workshopping repertoire that you are interested in, and suggests things that will help you grow your voice while not pushing an agenda, so you feel as though you have lots of artistic freedom.
Also just a super warm and authentic person. Overall a great experience!
Christine is extremely talented and provided me with positive yet technical feedback each practice.
Christine is a Godsend! Prior to working with her, I studied classical voice and opera with several instructors. Christine is by far the best teacher and wish I had met her sooner!
As an accomplished singer herself, she is able to identify challenging areas and help improve technique. I’m now attempting pieces with confidence that I never would have attempted previously. And, I find the sessions very relaxing and enjoyable. She inspired me to push myself further and feel like I’m getting great results! Well worth the investment.
I had an exciting, fun, very educational first lesson with Christine. I can’t wait for the next one!
Christine was very thorough and patient! She gave me great direction and reassurance!
I have some musical experience as a hobby (piano, violin, choral arts), so I can be somewhat critical when I meet musicians. I have to say, though, that Christine is an extremely talented vocalist and instructor - I daresay a vocal genius :) The way she describes and encourages understanding of abstract concepts about air direction and body support is very unique. While it remains technical, it also makes you think differently about your body in terms of physical and emotional space. If, like me, you're a technical-minded person in the more general sense, this kind of approach is helpful because you have to engage both sides of your brain. I'm always challenged at Christine's lessons, and there has been great improvement in my voice from 7 months of lessons with her. I'm also having fun in this process, which is why I continue to come back!
I highly recommend Christine. Give it a shot; you won't regret it.
She is incredibly talented. And truly understands how sound is created through voice. I highly recommend her to anyone. I am a beginner, by the way, with zero vocal experience. I'm looking forward to my next lesson!
Lessons were extremely useful for me. Christine is great at explaining the technique of opera singing and helping the student feel and find their own voice. Christine is an amazing vocal coach I would recommend to everyone.
So far so good. Christine has an interesting approach and she is very engaging
Christine is engaging and has a particular way of teaching how to play the piano. I enjoyed the session as Christine was patient yet pushed to make sure I understood her approached. Good so far!
I look forward to our next sesssion
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.Show More
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.
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!)Show More
First lesson was great. I was impressed by her teaching method and eagerness to teach with warmth
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!
Christine is great - she is very patient but a great for an active 7 yr old.
I felt really motivated taking the lessons today
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.
Your are a very great teacher. The most patient teacher ever
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.Show More
- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I teach classical broadway as late as Andrew Lloyd Webber, focusing on the ballad aspects and legit singing.
Technique will be appropriate for this style while not compromising on beauty and finding a much broader range on expression beyond standard belting.
Private vocal coachings based on proper technique, artistry, interpretive skills, diction, acting, mentality, movement and more.
George Mason University
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