Elizabeth Holmes

Elizabeth H.

Conshohocken, PA

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Elizabeth teaches: Ages 4 and up
Teaching since: July 2005
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Elizabeth Holmes is an established and respected voice and piano teacher, and also an active, versatile performer in musical theatre, operetta, and opera in the Philadelphia region.

***Teaching Philosophy***
I am a fun, enthusiastic teacher who cares deeply about her students and their growth as musicians and people. I believe teaching works best when students are relaxed, having fun, and are actively engaged in the learning process. It is also important that you practice what we work on during lessons at home if you wish to see real progress. I will work hard along with you and ask for your input during lessons; we are partners in the learning process.

I also believe each student is unique, and take differences in learning style, interests, goals, and personality into account when I teach. Whichever you choose to study (voice, piano, or both), I tailor lessons to suit each student's needs. I would like to enable you to meet your musical goals, whatever they may be.

***Lesson Details and Recommendations***

Singing voice: I teach classical vocal technique with an emphasis on the body-mind connection. Through the course of my training, I have studied the Alexander Technique, which is a method that has been used by actors, musicians, and athletes to find optimal body-mind coordination to achieve better results. The voice is the only instrument that is literally your body, so we will be using these tools to improve posture, breathing, and resonance. By learning a healthy vocal technique, you can expect improved tone quality, an expanded vocal and dynamic range, greater resonance, increased agility, improved diction, and more. Healthy vocal technique can be applied to any genre, and I teach students who are studying a wide variety of music, but classical and musical theater repertoire is my area of expertise.

Speaking voice: I have had great success helping students who come to me for help with their speaking voices. As the speaking voice and singing voice use the same set of muscles, the same set of functional principles apply. I work with students to improve their posture, breathing, and breath support when speaking, as well as clear diction, better pacing, and conveying emotion and meaning. These tools also lead to increased confidence when speaking.

Piano: I am also an established piano teacher and have had much success teaching beginning and intermediate students from ages 4 to 91 in various styles of music. I believe it is important for students to learn how to read and interpret written music as well as understand the structure behind it, so in addition to learning musical basics, I incorporate music theory into lessons. I encourage my piano students to learn how to read lead sheets and create chord accompaniments as well, which opens the door for comfortably playing in all sorts of styles sooner than would be possible by classical approaches alone. I also work on improvisation and songwriting with my piano students, if desired.

***Lesson Recommendations***
I offer lessons in 30, 45, and 60 minute increments. These are the *minimum* lesson lengths recommended. Longer lessons are more beneficial, except in the case of children with smaller attention spans. A 60 minute lesson is the best choice for serious students (teenagers or adults).

Ages <12 years: 30 minutes
Ages 12 and up: 45 minutes

Ages <7 years: 30 minutes
Ages 7 and up: 45 minutes

Combination Lesson:
Ages <12 years: 45 minutes
Ages 12 and up: 60 minutes

*Please note: I do not reserve regular lesson times in my schedule for students who cannot commit to weekly lessons. With students who wish to take less frequent lessons, I recommend the flex plan, with lessons to be scheduled as we go at our mutual convenience.

***Educational Background***
Elizabeth holds an M.M. in vocal performance from West Virginia University, where she was featured in numerous WVU Opera Theatre productions and was the soprano soloist with WVU Choirs in Faure's Requiem and Handel's Lord Nelson Mass. While at WVU, Elizabeth resumed taking lessons at the piano, which she had previously studied for many years, and exceeded the piano proficiency level required by the university. She also holds a B.A. in music and international studies from Emory University. Elizabeth has studied and performed internationally, both at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, where she was the recipient of the Lemmonds Scholarship, and at the Bel Canto program in conjunction with L'Arena di Verona opera company in Verona, Italy.

As a graduate assistant at WVU, Elizabeth taught voice lessons to music education and performance majors as well as a course on vocal pedagogy. After graduating, she served as adjunct faculty, in which capacity she taught vocal repertoire and opera theater. She has maintained a private studio since 2005, in which she instructs students in voice and piano. She has also held past teaching positions with the Meridee Winters School of Music and Woodland Country Day School.

***Active, Professional Singer/ Actress***
Elizabeth was most recently seen as Joanie in The Full Monty at Candlelight Theatre in Delaware. Other recent performances include June in Musical of Musicals: The Musical and Peaches/ Baby Jane in Jerry Springer: The Opera with Bootless Stageworks in Wilmington, DE, solo performances with the New Voices Cabaret at the Society Hill Playhouse in Center City, and Woman 2 in My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra with Mainstage Center for the Arts in Blackwood, NJ. She has performed numerous leading roles with Philadelphia area Gilbert and Sullivan companies, most notably appearing as Angelina in Trial by Jury with The Savoy Company, winning Best American Production at the 2011 International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival. Her G &S performance credits include the roles of Patience (Patience), Yum-Yum (The Mikado), Rose Maybud (Ruddigore), Phyllis (Iolanthe), and Fiammetta (Gondoliers). Additionally, she has pioneered roles in new operas, including Gwendolyn in The Crowded House at the 2010 Philly Fringe Festival and Zelda in Black Horses with OperaDelaware at the 2009 Wilmington Fringe Festival.

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Voice and Piano Teacher

Sep 2014 - Present
Woodland Country Day School

Teach private voice and piano lessons to students K-8.

Voice and Piano Teacher

Aug 2005 - Present
Private Studio

Teach private voice and piano lessons.

Voice and Piano Teacher

Jul 2010 - Aug 2013
Meridee Winters School of Music

Taught private voice and piano lessons.

Adjunct Faculty

Aug 2007 - Dec 2007
West Virginia University

Taught vocal repertoire and opera theatre classes.

Graduate Assistant, Voice

Aug 2005 - May 2007
West Virginia University

Taught private voice lessons and vocal pedagogy.


Master of Music, voice

Aug 2005 - May 2007
West Virginia University

Bachelor of Arts, music & international studies

Aug 2003 - May 2005
Emory University
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22 Reviews on Elizabeth H.

Henry T. Oct 6, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
We love her = great lessons and very kind teacher.
Willow D. Sep 28, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Elizabeth and my daughter hit it off from the start. It seems like a good fit.
Bih-Shya G. Sep 5, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Elizabeth is amazing!!! I very much enjoyed the lesson, her lesson makes me feel good about myself & I look forward to it all the time!!!
Aurora M. Apr 15, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Elizabeth is the best teacher I could ever have! She has helped me gaining confidence when I started singing in a middle school play and now that I have a main role in a high school play, her coaching and support have been priceless! She is my compass, guiding me in the right direction! I highly recommend her!
Gloria S. Jul 23, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Elizabeth is wonderful with couching to improve voice quality and singing technique. Her sensitivity and professionalism is definitely plus. Getting valuable advise to correct and to improve singing habit is very important to me.

Thank you so much for recording the lessons as I could review and practice along with you.

I am happy with the three lessons which I took; and, hope to continue my voice lessons with her. Keep up the excellent work ~

Best wishes,

Claudia C. Mar 6, 2014
Verified Student
A gem

Elizabeth, is a wonderful teacher. She is very professional, knowledgeable and encouraging. My 12 year old loves her, and in the few months that she has been seeing her, has made big steps in her performing arts goals. I am really glad that Elizabeth is there for my daughter, and I know we will be taking lessons from her for a very long time .
Ross D. Oct 29, 2013
Verified Student
Phenomenal teacher

Elizabeth is a great teacher who is willing to use different approaches to help a student reach there goals. She has a great deal of experience and is very people friendly. It's easy to trust her when she's walking you through a suggestion of hers.
Nick R. May 3, 2013
Verified Student
Why go to anyone else?

When I first walked in to Elizabeth's door I thought I was going to hone the skills I already had...What I instead learned was, I didn't have much prior skills! The amount of knowledge she has shared with me in just a few short months has made a dramatic difference in my singing abilities and has helped me to find my own singing voice, and be the best me I can be. That being said, I'm still learning, but I leave every lesson with Elizabeth confident in what I learned and a better singer than when I arrived. Combine her knowledge and skills with her welcoming personality and you have a recipe for vocal success.
Nick M. Jan 7, 2013
Verified Student
2 lessons in and I'm looking forward to the future!

She's been wonderful to work with and in just 2 short lessons I can already feel a difference!
Kevin B. Sep 28, 2012
Verified Student
A fantastic teacher, mentor, and person.

Elizabeth does a great job at helping me sing the songs I want to sing, not just singing songs/techniques/styles with which she is comfortable.
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