Emily Thebaut

Emily T.

Los Angeles, CA
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About

Emily delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 6+

Teaching since:
September 2006

I provide a fun, supportive and creative environment for my students, exploring music with enthusiasm and finding new ways of approaching the voice to facilitate a healthy technique.

I teach students of all ages and levels, and all musical genres. I believe that in order to sing any kind of repertoire (whether it be rock or opera), you first need to understand and work on the fundamental principles of singing; body alignment, breath support and a clear, resonant tone.

Originally from Gainesville, Florida, I started studying piano at the age of 6 and then started voice lessons around the age of 8. I started mainly with musical theater and pop music, and it wasn't until high school that I left Gainesville to pursue a more rigorous arts education at Interlochen Arts Academy. There, I discovered my love for opera and classical music, and then went on to receive my Bachelor of Music from Oberlin Conservatory, and my Master of Music from San Francisco Conservatory. I am currently working on my Doctorate in Music at the University of Southern California.

Studying and performing music has been such an integral part of my life, and I have a lot of enthusiasm and energy to teach aspiring musicians!

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Experience

Artistic Director
Sep 2016 - Present
Opera on the Spot

Voice teacher
Sep 2014 - Present
Private Studio

I teach private and group voice classes

Voice Teacher
Sep 2014 - Nov 2015
Blue Bear School of Music

Administrator
Jun 2013 - Aug 2013
Bay Area Summer Opera Theater

I was in charge of scheduling at Bay Area Summer Opera Theater (BASOTI). I had to organize the faculty and student's schedules during rehearsals, lessons and performances.

Voice teacher
Sep 2008 - May 2012
Oberlin Conservatory

While a student at Oberlin Conservatory, I was assigned to teach students within the College. These were private voice lessons, twice a week for half an hour.

Assistant to the Education Department
Jan 2010 - Feb 2010
Cleveland Opera

I was the assistant to the head of the Education Department at Cleveland Opera. I worked in the Cleveland public schools and created online interactive games and tools for students to learn about opera.

Education

Master of Music
Sep 2012 - May 2014
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Bachelor of Music
Sep 2008 - May 2012
Oberlin Conservatory
High school diploma and Post graduate degree
Sep 2006 - May 2012
Interlochen Arts Academy

Languages

French
Professional Proficiency
German
Limited Proficiency
Italian
Professional Proficiency

Awards

Academic All American
Sep 2008
NCAA
Oberlin Conservatory Dean Talent Award
Sep 2008
Oberlin Conservatory

Photos & Videos

Photo by Emily T.

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Performing the lead role of the Governess from Benjamin Britten's The Turn of the Screw

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Performing in a Lieder Abend recital in Graz, Austria

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Performing the Sandman in Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel

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Performing Bianca in Puccini's La Rondine in Cortona, Italy

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Performing the Rose in Portman's The Little Prince at San Francisco Conservatory.

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42 Reviews

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Mena Alsrogy Feb 19, 2017
Piano ·

I started taking piano lessons from Emily in January without any prior knowledge of how to read music or piano. I am surprised at how far I have come in such a short time and I credit much of this to Emily's teaching style. She's able to build upon previous lessons and go at a pace that feels comfortable but still packs a lot of material in each lesson. She is so friendly, enthusiastic and has a wonderful ability to put you at ease. I find this very important when learning a new skill (especially, learning a new skill as an adult!)

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Jennifer Normoyle Jan 19, 2017
Piano ·

Emily is wonderful! She uses positive reinforcement when I do a good job which helps motivate me to keep trying even when I get frustrated. She is patient and gives me great assignments to practice my skills at home. Even when my schedule changes, we are able to find a time that works for both of us. I highly recommend her.

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Rylee G. Jan 17, 2017
Singing · In studio

Emily is seriously the best, she is so sweet and encouraging, but also pushes you so you can grow as fast as possible vocally!

Frank Jan 16, 2017
Singing · In studio

I had my first lesson with Emily yesterday, and she was great. Very friendly, patient and knowledgeable. I'm looking forward to more lessons!

Bruce Duncan Jan 12, 2017
Vocal Training ·

Easy to work with and does a fine job.

Sean G. Jan 7, 2017
Singing · In studio

Our son enjoyed it very much and found his new teacher wonderful!

Anca Ranta Dec 20, 2016
Vocal Training ·

I LOVE my lessons with Emily, she's super attentive to everything I have to say and really takes into account my vocal range when choosing songs. Can't wait til the next lesson!

Guilherme De Napoli Dec 19, 2016
Vocal Training ·

After five months taking lessons with Emily, I can say that without a doubt that I would never get to the level of technique and confidence I have right now. Emily has a lot of knowledge and experience, is thorough on her lessons, and is extremely encouraging, so much so that I've recently been through my first recital (organized by her) and had a blast performing individually, something I didn't even consider doing before these lessons.

I started with the simple ambition of being able to sing with better technique as a hobby. I now have a newfound admiration for opera and a desire to go deeper and deeper into singing and music in general. And I owe a lot of this to Emily.

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Catherine Olah Nov 20, 2016
Vocal Training ·

I enjoy the encouragement from Emily and the exercises that she gives me to practice. She's very patient, while being present and goal-oriented with me.

Kevin De Nicolo Oct 22, 2016
Vocal Training ·

Fantastic! Had my first lesson a week and a half ago and I already feel improvement. Highly recommended

Ita N. Sep 28, 2016
Singing · In studio

Loved her! Can't wait for the next lesson.

Lauren Ziegler Sep 7, 2016
Piano ·

Emily is so patient and explains everything so well... It's all starting to make sense.

Jiayi Tang Sep 6, 2016
Piano ·

Emily is a really nice and patient teacher. I felt that I've learned a lot about piano from her lessons.

Neha Sharma Aug 22, 2016
Vocal Training ·

Emily is amazing! She takes time to explain techniques and is a very patient teacher. I'm usually very shy when it comes to singing but I feel very comfortable with her. I can already feel myself getting better at singing :) Highly recommend Emily!

Tim Brooks Aug 13, 2016
Vocal Training ·

Emily is a phenomenal voice instructor! She knows the voice very well--not only are her exercises and advice very informative, Emily can explain why the proper technique will produce a better sound. Definitely take lessons with Emily if you are in the Bay Area!

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Rico Xu Aug 11, 2016
Piano ·

Very helpful

Nico Curl Jul 26, 2016
Classical Piano ·

Emily was great - super patient, knew her stuff and was flexible with my skill set. I would highly recommend her!

David Shen Jun 5, 2016
Vocal Training ·

Very knowledgeable and patient.

Qiuyi Pu May 31, 2016
Piano ·

I have been learning piano with Emily for a few months. She's very friendly and patient and gave me a lot of useful guide and tricks on the pieces I'm practicing.

Luke Miner May 29, 2016
Vocal Training ·

She's great. Recommended highly.

Ali T. May 23, 2016
Singing · In studio

She was the nicest teacher ever. She helped me and kept encouraging me even if I was not that good

Afia May 4, 2016
Singing · In home

Very easy and fun to work with, awesome experience. Would definitely recommend!

David Blaker Apr 10, 2016
Piano ·

Emily brings a wealth of knowledge to her teaching and personalizes her lessons to the student's wants and needs. Personally, I've enjoyed the focus on fundamentals and theory in the beginning as I specifically asked her to help me establish a foundation that I could build upon. She clearly enjoys what she does and although I was timid to take lessons, she quickly made me feel comfortable and fields any/all questions - with extreme patience! I highly recommend and look forward to continuing lessons with Emily.

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Mark G. Apr 3, 2016
Singing · In home

Friendly. Relaxed. Emily is very a talented vocal musician. Her female Chihuahua is adorable, too. Parking on the street and secure parking next door. XLNT.

Dahn Levine Mar 30, 2016
Classical Piano ·

Emily is a great teacher. She does a fantastic job explaining the theory and also makes sure that I maintain proper form while playing. I highly recommend her.

Sasha Noues Mar 23, 2016
Vocal Training ·

My daughter is very happy working with Emily. "Daughter" practices and can't wait till her next lesson.

Jonny Mar 15, 2016
Singing · In studio

Great first lesson!

Kelly Gordon Mar 11, 2016
Piano ·

I can't say enough positive things about Emily. She's a total professional, while also having a warm, supportive demeanor. Even though I'm a beginner and need lots of practice, I always leave feeling accomplished.

Bryan Mar 3, 2016
Singing · In home

Extremely capable voice teacher.

Han Zhang Mar 3, 2016
Vocal Training ·

Emily is one of the kindest people I have ever had the pleasure of learning from. She is patient and comprehensive with the way she teaches. It's very evident that she has been doing this for years.

I was new to singing and after few lessons, I could already feel my voice getting stronger. I highly recommend Emily as your voice instructor. Definitely no regrets from my experience.

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Jessica A. Feb 23, 2016
Singing · In home

My daughter loves working with Emily! I asked to see her apt and meet her before starting lessons and she was very accommodating. I highly recommend her.

Sarah Farkas Feb 23, 2016
Piano ·

I love my lessons with Emily. She's super patient and great at working through road blocks in different ways if it doesn't make sense to me the first time. I wasn't an absolute beginner and she did an excellent job of assessing my level during our first lesson and getting us started with material that was just right.

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Paul O'Malley Feb 19, 2016
Piano ·

I have been wanting to learn Piano my whole life but naturally the older you get, the more daunting the prospect of starting becomes. Emily is a fantastic teacher. Very, very patient. Her pace is perfect and my motivation has never been greater! Excited for the next lessons.

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Westin Leavitt Feb 17, 2016
Piano ·

I walked in with a few general goals. Emily was able to help me build upon the goals into a simple plan to build my piano skills. She has high expectations but is always very kind and eager to assist. She clearly has ample teaching experience.

David Ventimiglia Feb 9, 2016
Piano ·

Emily's a fantastic teacher for piano. She's gracious, knowledgeable, and very, very patient. Top marks!

Scott Staton Feb 1, 2016
Piano ·

Emily is an extremely knowledgeable and patient teacher who always makes me feel comfortable despite sometimes having trouble as a brand new student. She excels at breaking down the material into small bites that are easy to understand and learn. I would highly recommend her to anyone who wants to learn to play.

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Doug Lee Jan 21, 2016
Vocal Training ·

Emily has been very focused on getting the right sound using the right techniques. She's very friendly and explains things in easy to understand terms.

Dusty DiMercurio Jan 8, 2016
Piano ·

Emily is great! She has a sunny, friendly personality. She's prompt and responsive. Her teaching moves at just the right pace. Looking forward to learning a lot from Emily.

Michael Cai Dec 6, 2015
Musical Theater ·

I'm so happy that I've found Emily as my voice instructor. She really listens and customizes what we work on to suit my goals, which for me is to prepare for musical theater auditions. And even though I'm a beginner, I feel really comfortable working with Emily on technique and asking her questions. Lessons were a breeze to schedule and are conveniently located close to Civic Center in San Francisco. I highly recommend Emily!

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dylan chambers Oct 15, 2015
Piano ·

Emily is a very knowledgeable, patient, and encouraging teacher. I learned a lot in just my first lesson and looking forward to the next one.

Aleksei Chernikov Oct 2, 2015
Vocal Training ·

Had an amazing time with Emily. She is patient, great at giving encouragement, creates a relaxed and comfortable working environment. We got through what felt like a lot of information at a steady pace; if we encountered any problems, she would have many efficient solutions to overcome them. Would highly recommend!

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Chelsea M. Sep 2, 2014
Classical Voice · In studio

Emily is an amazing teacher. She is super supportive and very knowledgeable. She has helped me open up my voice so much. I love how she structures her lessons--we do exercises in the beginning and then we work on musical and acting details in my songs in the second half. She challenges me but is encouraging all the while. She also has a great way of keeping things simple and straight forward. I would recommend her to anyone who would like to find more ease and enjoyment in singing!

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