Emily Works

Emily W.

Los Angeles, CA

Lesson Details

Opera Voice

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Having years of experience singing opera, I know what my students need to achieve a successfully operatic voice. I focus on specific vocal exercises to strengthen the breath support, expand the range, and open the voice. This allows the voice to become strong, big, and beautiful. I also specialize in acting for singers. I set time aside during lessons to teach my students how to identify with their character and how to bring that process into an aria performance. I am also comfortable coaching Italian, German, and French diction.
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Emily delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 8+ and special needs

Teaching since:
September 2010

I teach to help people find their inner rock star. Everyone can sing! But for many people, fear is an obstacle. I know firsthand how much courage it takes to stand up and sing. I teach to help others experience the same healing I have experienced through music. My approach to singing is informed by my education and years of performance experience. I teach my students how to embrace their fears and move through them to the other side. I also facilitate a supportive student/teacher relationship based upon mutual respect and kindness. Most importantly, I encourage my students to trust themselves and their innate musical gifts. This develops their self confidence and ultimately leads them to their purest, most authentic sound.

I also teach the more experienced singer how to fine tune their instrument. Everyone can learn to sing with ease. I understand the frustration that comes from wanting to sing without tension or feeling restricted in range or ability. I spent years feeling unsure about my vocal abilities until I learned how to develop a truly solid vocal foundation. I can teach you the tools that I continue to use for my own singing today.

I lived and breathed music and singing throughout my childhood, and I continue to today. I have over fifteen years of classical music training and performance experience. I attended California State University Northridge where I studied classical voice, art song, and opera performance. Since attaining my Bachelor of Music in Vocal Arts I have performed opera and musical theatre professionally across Los Angeles. I have since left opera performance to focus on my true musical passions: pop, R&B, jazz, musical theatre, and teaching.

**Lesson Details**
I tailor my teaching to each student's needs and desires. I teach all levels of singing, child to adult, beginner to advanced. If you are a beginner, I will quickly help you understand and access your instrument. If you are a more experienced singer, I will help you identify your opportunities for growth and we start from there. I focus on releasing tension and building a strong core foundation. You will learn how to develop consistent breath control, expand your range, and grow your voice into a powerful and beautiful sound! **Please note: I am not a trained pianist or accompanist. I focus on vocal technique, vocal production, and vocal expression. I do not accompany my students on the piano when we work on songs/repertoire.**

**Studio Equipment**
Acoustic guitar
Music stand
ZoomH2 microphone and recording device
Access to a wide selection of popular, classical, and musical theatre sheet music

I teach the same technique for all styles of singing - pop, R&B, jazz, gospel, musical theatre, and classical. I help my students make minor changes for each style, but the core foundational technique remains the same. I specialize in breath support, vocal chord closure, range expansion, vocal register negotiation, body alignment, relieving tension, healthy belting, emotional support, and acting for singers.

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Music Teacher
Jul 2014 - Present
PLAY Los Angeles

Lead music and movement classes for children ages infant to five and their families

Sep 2013 - Present
Christmas Matters Holiday Carolers

Voice Teacher
Jul 2013 - Aug 2015
Melody International Music School

Taught individual voice lessons to adults and children ages 8 to 16

Music Teacher
Oct 2013 - May 2014
A Community of Friends

Lead children ages 4 to 13 in group singing and music theory classes

Jun 2013 - Jun 2013
Vineyard Touring Opera

Maddalena in Rigoletto

Oct 2012 - Oct 2012
Pacific Opera Project

Lucy in Sweeney Todd

Jul 2011 - Jul 2011
Cabrillo Music Theatre

Chorus in The Sound of Music


Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology
Jan 2016 - Present
Antioch University Los Angeles
Bachelor of Music
Aug 2007 - May 2011
California State University Northridge


American Sign Language
Limited Proficiency


Member of Pi Kappa Lambda
May 2011
Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society
Barbera Endowment Scholarship in Voice
May 2009
California State University Northridge
Northridge Achievement Award
May 2008
California State University Northridge

Photos & Videos

I Want You Back by The Jackson 5
Make You Feel My Love by Adele
Journey to the Past from Anastasia the musical
Stay (cover) by Rihanna
Can't Help Falling in Love (Ingrid Michaelson cover)
Photo by Emily W.

Photo by Emily W.

My home studio. And my kitty!

Photo by Emily W.
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27 Reviews

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Emma Aug 10, 2017
Singing · In home

As a college student in a women's chorus, I have already learned how to sing chorus-style at school. This summer I took lessons with Emily in order to gain technique and confidence in more contemporary singing. In addition to providing a flexible schedule and an accommodating environment in her home, Emily worked with my specific needs and taught me a lot in a short amount of time. She does a great job of explaining how sound resonates within your mouth and articulating how to "tune your instrument" so that your voice travels freely and sounds strong. Three months ago I had no idea how to belt, and now I have a pretty solid understanding of how it works. If you are practicing a specific song, Emily can communicate the specific techniques used by the artist, as well as help you decide what works well for your own voice. I couldn't imagine a better experience this summer than learning from Emily.

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Rosa Maria Yoshida Aug 7, 2017
Singing · Online

Kari Jul 15, 2017
Singing · In home

I'd never taken vocal lessons before I met Emily so I had no idea what to expect.
My boyfriend starting working with her on his voice and vocal skills for about a year, and I noticed very significant changes in his voice fairly quickly. He sounded better every week, so I decided to start taking lessons as well.
I've always enjoyed singing, and used to sing socially when I was younger, but my job schedule really didn't allow for that anymore. To invest time and energy into myself, I decided to start singing again, and Emily is ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC! She is very patient, and teaches a great technique - she explains everything is very tangible terms. She is also very intuitive and knows when you need a little push to move past any insecurities or fears that you may not hit a note. To round the experience out, she is a very fun person! After 7 lessons with her, I can very honestly say that I can sing much more freely and always look forward to my next lesson.
I cannot sing her praises enough, and highly recommend you schedule a lesson with her.

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robert Jul 7, 2017
Singing · In home

Emily is very knowledgeable and a good instructor.

Lauren Jun 5, 2017
Singing · Online

I had an awesome singing lesson experience with Emily! She made me feel comfortable, was so encouraging, and I learned a TON. I have so much more to think about and use while I'm singing and am more confident too. Thanks, Emily :-)

alice Mar 20, 2017
Singing · In studio

Emily is the best! She's super friendly, patient and encouraging. I've only been taking lessons with her for a few months and can already hear a difference in my voice. She has helped me correct the mistakes I had been making in posture and muscle engagement. By providing a positive and supportive lesson environment, she has also helped me feel more confident and comfortable with the idea of singing in front of people other than my cat.

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Larry Dec 16, 2016
Singing · Online

Good teacher. She is able to make you feel comfortable singing very quickly.

Larry Dec 16, 2016
Singing · Online

Nomin Dec 3, 2016
Singing · In home

she is great instructor

Billy Nov 14, 2016
Broadway Singing · In home

Wonderful experience. I began learning from the first moment of the class. I look forward to my next class and many more.
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Dave G. Aug 19, 2016
Singing · In studio

I was very impressed by my first lesson with Emily. She is very knowledgeable and pleasant to work with.

Shin Jul 15, 2016
Singing · In studio

She's very thorough and accommodating with your objective and development level. Very encouraging and personable as well!

Nathalie H. Jun 28, 2016
Singing · In studio

Emily made me feel very comfortable, and since I am fairly new to singing, I was pretty nervous for my first lesson. She was very understanding and accompanied me in the exercises so I would feel more comfortable. I've only taken one lesson so far but I'm looking forward to the next one!

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Rosa Maria Yoshida Jun 9, 2016
· In studio

Hi !!!I'm Rosa Maria S.Yoshida from Japan.I took some vocal lessons with Emily when I went to LA in beginning this year and I continue taking lesson from skype untill this time with her.She is a excepcional professional and singer ,Thanks Emily!!

Rosa Maria Yoshida Jun 9, 2016
· In studio

Hi !!!I'm Rosa Maria S.Yoshida from Japan.I took some vocal lessons with Emily when I went to LA in beginning this year and I continue taking lesson from skype untill this time with her.She is a excepcional professional and singer ,Thanks Emily!!

Adina Jun 9, 2016
Singing · In studio

Emily is a fantastic teacher! She is knowledgable, patient and very personable. As a beginner, I appreciate her kind coaching style. She always knows just the right thing to say. In just a few weeks I have learned so much!

Mara Jun 9, 2016
Singing · In studio

Emily is the best teacher I ever had and I had quite a few of them trough the years since I am a professional singer in my country 'Italy' . She is very knowledgable and very calm and up lifting and her singing method is the best I came across through the years.

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Angie B. Mar 25, 2016
Singing · In studio

She is an excellent teacher and she is really lovely

Chris A. Feb 16, 2016
Singing · In studio

First off, Emily is awesome and very worthy of these 5 stars. She is a great vocal coach. This is my third lesson coming up this week, and the leaps I have made in the last two are astounding with just a few adjustments she suggested.
One of the great things is that she does teach you to "sing". I didn't know how this was going to mesh well with my style, but it's increased my range, made my dynamics more noticeable, stronger falsetto...I can even do the Dave Grohl grit thing that I've been trying to get so long, but couldn't reach the notes. I highly recommend her. It doesn't matter what genre you want to sing, she will be able to help you get there. She also does have a B.A. in Music, which I think shows her dedication and passion to the craft.
Thanks Emily! So appreciative that you have helped me so much in just two weeks and I look forward to continuing lessons with you!

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Alex Lane Feb 4, 2016
Singing · In studio

Insightful and precise teacher with a wonderful understanding and communication ability. Look forward to learning the singing craft from her!

Micah Nov 23, 2015
Singing · In studio

A superb teacher!
I didn't know a thing about music or singing, before starting, and Emily was excellent in guiding me through the basics, so far; she has an incredible amount of knowledge, patience, and passion.

Dana C. Aug 18, 2015
Opera Voice · In home

Emily is terrific, knowledgeable and accommodating. I look forward to achieving my goal with her expert guidance.

Natsumi T. Aug 15, 2015
Gospel Singing · In studio

She is a great teacher. My voive has improved every time. Her teaching is clearly. I really understand what should I do. She is the best ever!!!

paul W. Jun 20, 2014
Pop Singing · In home

I have worked with Emily a few times in my recording studio.
She's a total pro. She always arrived on time, was prepared, focused, and ready to work. As a producer of music I'm a stickler for the perfect take. Emily was always right there with me never settling until we got the vocal we needed. She's very patient and her work style is extremely professional but relaxed and loving.
I look forward to future projects with her.

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Korin N. Jun 16, 2014
Singing · In studio

Emily is a wonderful teacher! I was nervous to take singing lessons at first. Emily helped alleviate my stage fright because she teaches with warmth and gentleness. She creates space for feelings that inevitably arise when truly inhabiting the body and being visible. She is a great singer and musician! She is well-versed in the anatomy of singing and uses her knowledge to help me fine-tune my instrument. Her guidance and exercises are helping me develop the physical capacity to sing well and protect my voice; I think this makes her teaching unique. Also, I love Emily’s sunny studio! It’s so peaceful.

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Zeffin Quinn H. Jun 5, 2014

Emily is an exceptional and driven mezzo-soprano performer and teacher. She is a fantastic musician and has a work ethic that I have not seen in others of her generation. She is always prepared far beyond the standards of nearly all of her peers. Check out the videos - she has an original and incredibly beautiful style and sound. She is very comfortable across genres, her voice is a round full lyric and is at the same time brilliant and cutting. Emily and I have been colleagues working together for nearly three years.

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Jeremy G. Jun 5, 2014
Singing · In studio

Emily understands that teaching singing is about more than mere technique — it's about finding your voice as a human being. She is sensitive to the personal fears and inhibitions we face when we begin to use our voices express ourselves. But with both her technical expertise and her nurturing personality, she is perfectly equipped to help us overcome these anxieties, and blossom into confident and expressive vocalists.

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