Elaina Robbins

Elaina R.

Fort Wayne, IN
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About

Elaina delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 7+ and special needs

Teaching since:
May 2009

Whether you like Mozart or Carrie Underwood, good singing is good singing. The fundamentals I teach support healthy, sustainable vocal production that you can use in choir AND at karaoke night.

My teaching experience is considerable--I've addressed hundreds of high school students in choir coachings, led workshops at the Indiana Music Educators Conference, guided groups of children with disabilities through reading rhythm, and encouraged undergraduate music students through final performances. All of this has honed my ability to assist singers of all experience levels as they find joy through comfortable, beautiful vocal production.

Unlike many classically-trained singers (I have Master of Music from the University of Michigan), I consider myself a crossover artists and perform music of all genres, including pop, jazz, celtic, folk, and musical theater. I believe singers should be flexible, and I love teaching all kinds of music. As an active performer, I am well-versed in the emotional aspects of singing (including stage fright) and am happy to assist students through those challenges as well as the mechanics of the voice.

Whether you are considering a career in music or just want to brush up your shower singing, I'm game! To find out more about me and my teaching style, search for me on the TakeLessons blog, for which I've written extensively.

*** Lesson Details ***
30, 45, and 60-minute lessons available; 30-minute lessons recommended for children below the age of 14. Lessons begin with vocalization with specialized warm-ups targeting technique (proper breath control, vowel clarity, and relaxed singing), while the second half of lessons is spent on music. You may choose your own music or ask for suggestions.

Three items to bring to lessons:

A three-ring binder with loose leaf paper OR an electronic tablet for notes and music
A pencil
Water

*** Travel Equipment ***
A keyboard or piano must be available for in-home lessons. Students should also keep a lesson binder, notebook, or tablet for music and note-taking. Some music may have to be purchased, but I can supply some, especially in classical/musical theater genres.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical singing, musical theater, jazz, and pop genres.

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Experience

Associate Professor of Voice
Aug 2018 - Present
Purdue School of Music

Educating college-level students in one-on-one voice lessons, in addition to teaching subjects such as song literature.

Freelance Voice Teacher
Sep 2010 - Present
N/A

Principal Vocal Artist
Sep 2015 - Dec 2018
Heartland Sings

Performing a wide variety of genres all over the Midwest, in addition to educating students ages 4-adult in classrooms, summer programs, masterclasses, and private studios.

Education

Master of Music in Voice Performance
Sep 2013 - May 2015
University of Michigan
Bachelor of Music in Vocal Arts
Aug 2007 - May 2011
University of Southern California

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
German
Limited Proficiency
Italian
Limited Proficiency
Japanese
Professional Proficiency

Certifications

Intermediate Italian Certification
Oct 2011
Scuola Leonardo da Vinci

Awards

USC Presidential Scholar
Sep 2007
University of Southern California

Photos & Videos

The Silver Swan by Ned Rorem. Recorded at Elaina's Masters Recital in April 2014 at the University of Michigan.
Etta James' At Last. Ryan DeMillner, bass; Evan DeMillner, keyboard; Jerry Haagsma, drums.
Photo by Elaina R.
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9 Reviews

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Pierre L. Jul 27, 2015
Singing · In studio

Elaina is incredibly talented yet she remains accessible to her students. If you’re looking for a patient teacher that can improve your singing, then you cannot do better than her.

Charles B. Jul 6, 2015
Singing · In studio

Very helpful and informative.

Gabby J. Jun 25, 2015
Singing · In home

Very professional, engaging and knowledgeable

Sinan G. Mar 31, 2015
Singing · In studio

I could repeat what the others have said, but there's no need. Others did a pretty good job explaining why. ^^

Keith F. Dec 2, 2014
Singing · In studio

Elaina is a great teacher! She has a very strong understanding of proper singing and is capable of tailoring that knowledge to meet individual needs. I highly recommend her!

Yumeng L. Oct 29, 2014
Singing · In studio

Great voice instructor for adult beginner. Elaina is careful and creative, and in a professional way.

Hanshi S. Jul 14, 2014
Opera Voice · In studio

Elaina has been a wonderful and effective and enthusiastic instructor for my daughter. My daughter has enjoyed every lesson. Elaina has been always on time for each lesson and communicated well with me. My daughter and I highly recommend Elaina.

Hanshi S. Jul 14, 2014
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Elaina has been a wonderful and effective and enthusiastic instructor for my daughter. My daughter has enjoyed every lesson. Elaina is always on time for each lesson and communicated well with me. My daughter and I highly recommend Elaina.

Elin W. Jun 23, 2014
Singing · In studio

Elaina has been the perfect instructor for our 11-year-old daughter. She is young enough to relate to a pre-teen but mature enough to have many years under her belt of professional instruction. Our daughter has enjoyed working on the pop songs she likes to sing around the house, and as a mother I'm pleased that Elaina is teaching her the classic building blocks to mastering a healthy voice.

We highly recommend Elaina. She is professional, on time, organized, easy-going and fun.

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