Erin Roberts

Erin R.

San Diego, CA

About Erin R.

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Erin teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: January 2007
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Express yourself, with jazz, classical, pop, broadway, sacred, or folk singing! Learn to use your voice as a natural, comfortable instrument to express your creativity and have fun. Students will learn how to expand their vocal range, increase vocal projection, power and agility, how to read notation and phrasing, access the power of breathing, read and sing in foreign languages, stage presence and acting a song's message, audition techniques, and how to stay calm under performance pressure.

My teaching philosophy falls between technique, structure, and creative freedom, a delicate balance which is a key to successful instruction in the performing arts. Students are encouraged to use music as an outlet for personal expression, healing, and channeling creative energies.

A typical lesson consists of:
--Physical and vocal warm ups
--Exercises targeted to building vocal technique
--Ear training
--Developing a portfolio of performance-ready songs that vary in genre, style and difficulty.

I hold a B.A. in Vocal Performance from University of Minnesota in Vocal Performance and have been teaching since 2007. I'm an active performer, educator and entrepreneur with a side span of participation in the vocal arts and theatre community. Solo and ensemble performances include "Le Nozze di Figaro," "Rent," "The Mikado," "Heidi," "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," choral performances with the San Diego Symphony, Sacra Profana, private events and jazz/cabaret shows. I've taught in private, community, and K-12 settings, including Gymboree, Young Audiences of San Diego, Junior Theatre of Balboa Park, San Diego Unified School District, and Cajon Valley School District. In 2007 I founded Prodigy School of Arts, a school for the visual and performing arts in La Jolla, CA, which she sold to new ownership in 2013. In my spare time I enjoy surfing, yoga, travel, languages, and dance.

Photos and Videos

"In a Sentimental Mood" with Pat Setzer on guitar.


Vocal instructor
Oct 2016 - Present
A Dawn of Music Studios

Private instruction for beginning through advanced vocal students of all ages and styles.

Musical director
Sep 2015 - Present
San Diego Unified School District

Associate director for high school musical theatre productions Point Loma High School, Clairemont High School, and Thurgood Marshall Middle School. Responsibilities include music direction of all solo and ensemble numbers, accompaniment, orchestral and/or choral integration, digital track alignment, foundational vocal training, scene study and character development.

May 2013 - Present
Sacra/Profana Professional Chorus

Soprano singer and core substitute singer for Sacra/Profana, one of San Diego's premier vocal ensembles. Performances with the San Diego Symphony.

May 2015 - Jun 2016
Onstage Playhouse

Musical theatre actress for productions of "RENT" and "Evita".

Lead vocal instructor
Jan 2007 - Nov 2013
Prodigy School of Arts

Group and private instructor for piano, vocals, speaking and acting.

Classroom music instructor
Sep 2007 - Jun 2012
San Diego Unified School District, Cajon Valley School District

Instrumental, vocal, and acting instruction for public school settings, including music history, theory, instrumental technique, scene and song study, and cross-curriculum lessons.

Music and art instructor
Feb 2009 - Aug 2009
Gymboree of Solana Beach

Classroom instructor for ages 6 months to 4 years, in music and art classes designed for Mommy-and-Me.

Music and acting instructor
Jun 2008 - Aug 2008
Junior Theatre of Balboa Park

Curriculum design and classroom instruction for musical theatre summer camps, ages 5-17. Vocal training, music theory, scene study, character development, choreography, staging, and final presentation.


Bachelor of Arts, Vocal Performance
Sep 2003 - Jun 2006
University of Minnesota

Languages Spoken

Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Professional Proficiency


Certificate in the New Science of Singing
Feb 2017
John Henney Vocal Program

Testing and certification in the science and technique behind how the voice works, including anatomy, breath support, resonance, break areas, harmonics, vowel modification.

Certificate of Expressive Arts Therapy (Level 1)
Jan 2013
Expressive Arts Institute of San Diego

Preschool Music Teaching Certification
Jan 2010
Music Together

Preschool classroom music instruction certification.


Teacher of the Year Award
Jan 2010
Prodigy School of Arts


Association for Theatre in Higher Education
Jan 2015

The Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) is a comprehensive non-profit professional membership organization. Founded in 1986, ATHE serves the interests of its diverse individual and organizational members, including college and university theatre departments and administrators, educators, graduate students, and theatre practitioners

National Association of Teachers of Singing
Jan 2010

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.

Music Teachers National Association
Jan 2007

The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

6 Reviews on Erin R.

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Matt C. May 28, 2017
· Speaking Voice · In home Erin has been an amazing instructor so far! I bought a package of 5 classes and will most definitely be buying more asap!

To say I had some work to do in improving my speaking voice and tonality would be a huge understatement, but I have seen awesome progress in only 3 classes with Erin! I look forward to these lessons every week because Erin keeps the classes fun and relaxed! She also makes you feel comfortable to try new things with your voice and really pushes your limits (in the best way possible).

She has already helped me tremendously with my breath, tonality and just generally being aware of how I use my voice. If you are in sales (like me) and want to sound better on the phone or in front of clients --- TAKE HER CLASSES! She will absolutely help you achieve your goals
Lyvonne May 25, 2017
· Singing · In studio Erin is fantastic. We were visiting San Diego and my daughter wanted to continue singing lessons while here. My daughter loved her lessons! Next time we are back in town we will definitely schedule more lessons!
Beau Apr 3, 2017
· Singing · In home Erin is fantastic. She's incredibly knowledgeable in vocal technique and makes the lessons fun and enjoyable. She has a very laid back style but gets the job done!
Dave B. Oct 9, 2015
· Speaking Voice · In home Maximum Kudos. Greatly exceeded expectations. Erin knowledgeably explains complex concepts thoroughly and in terms I could easily understand--and put to use. She diligently follows up each lesson with a complete recap of topics as well as helpful exercises to prepare for the next lesson. At the initial lesson Erin immediately discerned several basic voice characteristics on which I could work. I have complete trust in her and unreservedly recommend Erin to anyone wishing to improve their speaking voice.
Gina Jul 22, 2015
· Vocal Training · In studio Erin was our daughter's first vocal teacher. She not only gained a great foundation in singing, but also learned to greatly increase her vocal range! Erin was always personable, patient, knowledgeable and encouraging! We recommend her highly!!
Timothy Jul 18, 2015
· Singing · In studio Erin taught piano and singing to our two daughters for 4 years. She cultivated and inspired their love of music, piano, singing. Erin delivered excellent results. She made it fun for our children, but also pushed them to their full potential. Erin is extremely personable, extremely smart, extremely inspiring.
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