Elena Blyskal

Elena B.

Astoria, NY
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Elena delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 13+

Teaching since:
January 2008

I'm a native New Yorker, and I'm thrilled to return home after getting my DMA (Vocal Pedagogy and Performance) in Miami. I have taught voice for over ten years, and it's my favorite thing to do - so much so, in fact, that for three years I commuted from Boston to NY twice a month just to see my students! If we work together, you’ll have my utmost dedication to your progress and process.

Lessons with me are lively, positive and student-centered; rather than "me teaching you", the process is collaborative. I believe that building self-awareness is paramount. Rather than a lesson consisting of only my instructions, you'll be expected to give own feedback regarding what you're learning. Encouraging such self-reliance not only boosts confidence and musicianship, but also enables her to trust what you know rather than just "do as the teacher says". Just as each personality is individual, every artist is unique. Let's find out what your voice brings to the table!

I’ve served on the faculty of the Franklin School of Performing Arts and the Miami Conservatory of Music, and I’ve taught both classroom and applied voice for the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music. I have completed all three levels of Shenandoah Universtiy’s CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute, which enables me to teach contemporary styles as well as classical and musical theatre. My studio is currently open for lessons in both New York, NY and Long Island, NY. Interested? Let’s talk - I can't wait to hear how I can best help you.

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Experience

Vocal Master Class Clinican
May 2014 - Present
East Islip School District, East Islip, NY

Musically and dramatically coached high school students in a class of 40 on their solos prepared for competition. Provided extra private coachings for interested students.

Piano Accompanist
Sep 2004 - Present
East Islip School District, East Islip, NY

Accompanying school music department’s choir, band, and orchestral concerts and competitions. Accompanying singers and instrumentalists competing in the New York State School Music Association’s solo festival, Levels 4-All-State.

Graduate Teaching Assistant
Aug 2016 - Dec 2017
University of Miami, Frost School of Music

Instructor of record for Lyric Diction for Singers (English, Italian, German, and French). Taught applied voice in multiple styles (classical, musical theatre, pop). Teaching Assistant for Vocal Pedagogy and Musical Theatre Workshop.

Voice Teacher
Sep 2016 - May 2017
Miami Conservatory of Music

Taught weekly private voice lessons to students ages 6-40.
Prepared students for recitals, competitions, and festivals.

Voice Instructor
Sep 2014 - Jun 2015
Franklin School for the Performing Arts

Taught weekly private voice lessons and group classes to students from second grade through postgraduate. Organized and accompanied annual studio recital. Introduced students to healthy technique, musicianship, repertoire in varied languages and genres, and mind-body self-awareness.

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Substitute Voice Teacher
Mar 2014 - Mar 2015
Tufts University Community Programs

Guided beginning singers in pair/”duet” lessons, ages seven through 20, on healthy vocal technique, song interpretation, and release of inhibitions.

Teaching Artist
Sep 2013 - Dec 2013
via Longy School of Music of Bard College

Designed and co-directed a hands-on lesson that explored Messiaen’s use of color in “Pourquoi?”. Successfully implemented in two urban sixth grade classrooms in Cambridge and Dorchester, MA. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xh0Qj0U4AiQ

Education

Doctor of Musical Arts, Vocal Pedagogy and Performance
Aug 2015 - May 2018
University of Miami, Frost School of Music
Masters of Music, Vocal Performance
Sep 2012 - May 2014
Longy School of Music of Bard College

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Affiliations

National Association of Teachers of Singing
Jun 2014

Founded in 1944, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members worldwide.

Photos & Videos

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Teaching Artist Project, Longy School of Music of Bard College.
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Briana S. Nov 7, 2014
Opera Voice · In studio

Elena is a colleague of mine. I am always in awe of her as a singer - she displays fine technique and musical knowledge while creating enjoyable, heartfelt performances. As a teacher, and just in general, she is extremely intelligent, hard working, and kind. I would recommend her highly to anyone looking to improve their singing.

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