Frances Tenney

Frances T.

Mesa, AZ
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I am excited to offer piano lessons now! Beginner lessons (all ages welcome) will focus on music theory coupled with playing the instrument. It won't just be about pounding out the notes but learning all the different ways to understand the language that is music so that as the student gains proficiency they will be able to enjoy the experience rather than hating the drudgery of note-note-note practicing. I've taught out of the Alfred series - including the Adult All-In-One course, and the Faber series and am comfortable with either.
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Frances delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Females 6 to 30 and males 6 to 18

Teaching since:
January 2004

Hullo! I'm Frances and I've been teaching private voice lessons since 2008. In the past my students have been cast in roles in high school and community theater, they have participated in Regional Choir, and auditioned successfully for collegiate music programs.

I received my training at Belmont University, graduating in 2008 with a degree in Classical Vocal Performance. After teaching privately and auditioning for a few years I realized I wanted to return to school so I could be better equipped to teach. I spent two years at ASU refining my own voice while experiencing new teaching techniques. I finished my advanced degree in May, 2016 and now have a Master of Music: Vocal Performance and Pedagogy.

I believe in a relaxed atmosphere for lessons and that if you're not having fun overall then something needs to change. Strengthening the voice through proper, healthy technique will be challenging but should also be enjoyable.

I am also now offering private piano lessons which I've taught off and on since 2004. My own lessons spanned the four years between eight and twelve and then a year at Belmont University, where I passed piano proficiency as an entering freshman and was able to take privately with a professor trained at Julliard. My theory work from both my undergrad and graduate schooling will allow me to more adequately teach that side of piano performance and I am excited to add piano lessons to what I offer.

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Voice/Piano Instructor
Aug 2017 - Present
Music Maker Workshops LLC

I teach voice and piano to a wide variety of students in a private to semi-private lesson environment.

Mezzo Soprano
Mar 2017 - Present
Killarney Fair

I sing mezzo soprano in Killarney Fair, a women's quartet based in Tempe.

Voice/Piano Instructor
Aug 2017 - Jan 2018
Phoenix Conservatory of Music

I teach voice and piano to a wide variety of students and am involved in a college prep mentorship program in a private lesson environment.

Cast Member
Feb 2016 - Apr 2016
ASU Lyric Opera Theater

Played the Drowsy Chaperone in "The Drowsy Chaperone"

Cast Member
Dec 2015 - Mar 2016
ASU Lyric Opera Theater

Played Kate Julian in Benjamin Britten's "Owen Wingrave"

Cast Member
Mar 2013 - May 2013
Arizona Broadway Theater

I played Mrs. Shelley for ABT's production of "Secret Garden"

Sep 2009 - Feb 2010
Phoenix Metropolitan Opera

My first professional opera job. As a chorus member I was able to work with other professionals and experience live theater in the opera world: an opportunity not to be missed!


Master of Music: Vocal Performance & Pedagogy
Aug 2014 - May 2016
Arizona State University
Bachelor of Music: Classical Vocal Performance
Aug 2004 - May 2008
Belmont University


Italian - Pronunciation
Limited Proficiency
Spanish - Pronunciation
Limited Proficiency


Nominee: Actress in a Major Role – Non-Contracted Musical
Aug 2016
AriZoni Award of Excellence
May 2016
Classical Singer Musical Theater Competition
Classical Singer Recital
Oct 2007
Belmont University

Photos & Videos

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"Owen Wingrave" ASU Lyric Opera Theatre - Spring 2015
Frances Tenney as "Kate Julian" and Katherine Thilakaratne as "Mrs. Coyle"

"Owen Wingrave" ASU Lyric Opera Theatre - Spring 2015
Full Cast - Act 1 Scene 7

"The Drowsy Chaperone" ASU Lyric Opera Theatre - Spring 2016
Frances Tenney as "The Drowsy Chaperone" Enrique Guevara
as "Aldolpho"
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5 Reviews

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Lauri May 12, 2018
Singing · In studio

Great first lesson. I was a bundle of nerves, Frances put me at ease. I look forward to our next lesson.

Jean Y. Mar 23, 2017
Singing · In home

Frances trained me for 5 years in both Broadway voice and Classical voice. She adapted her teaching to work with my strengths and weaknesses and knew exactly what I needed whether I was singing a piece for church or a production that I was in. In addition to adapting her teaching style she also always knew which songs were appropriate for my voice style and which songs I should learn in order to push myself and grow. Not only does she know her stuff but lessons are full of laughter and they are one of the most enjoyable parts of learning to sing.

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Emily Nov 10, 2016
Singing · In studio

I was preparing to audition for ASU's Music Therapy program. After working with Francis for a semester, having had no prior private voice instruction, I passed my audition! She's great to work with, pushes you to be the best that you can be,and knows her stuff! I absolutely recommend her to anyone looking for a voice teacher.

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Julie Nov 10, 2016
Singing · In studio

Frances is one of the most qualified voice teachers in the greater Phoenix valley. You can stop considering any other voice teacher options right now. In addition to being an impressive and award-winning singer in both operatic and musical theatre genres, she is an excellent pedagogue who has studied the anatomy and physiology of the human voice with qualified professors at ASU. Her application of both her experience and knowledge is immensely helpful and her teaching is clear, direct, friendly, and focused. As someone who has worked with vocal professors at numerous universities on the east coast, vocal coaches on touring Broadway shows, as a choir director, and as a chorus master of operas, believe me when I say that Frances is one of the best and most qualified voice teachers I've encountered. It can be unhealthy to study with someone less qualified and experienced as Frances is. She's also wonderfully grounded, non-pretentious, and has a great sense of humor. She has my highest recommendation as a voice teacher (not something I've said before in my 17+ years of being a professional musician.) Choosing to study voice with her will be one of the best and healthiest choices you can make for your voice.

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Bailey Nov 10, 2016
Singing · In studio

Frances knew my voice way better than I did. She is trained to know how to build your vocals and is always looking for your techniques to be refined. A solid singing technique enables you to sing through your entire range in an easy and relaxed manner, with power, flexibility and a consistent tone. She knows just how to make that happen! She stresses your breathing and support constantly and explains the anatomy of your voice clearly. She can help you place your voice correctly by helping you individually understand exactly what to do. She is truly the most amazing teacher and I am honored to be her student.

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