- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate
As a voice instructor with over 20 years experience in the private studio, college environment, church ministry, high school chorus master teacher, and as a free-lance performer, I understand that each student requires tools and techniques unique to their needs to grow and improve. Focusing on the basics of breath control, efficient support, and healthy vocal production, my gift of hearing and assessing each student's strengths and weaknesses allows me to create lessons catered to each singer's specific needs.
With a Master of Music in vocal performance from Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, an appreciation of various styles of music, and my personal investment in each individual singer, I am able to successfully share my knowledge of the vocal instrument and my love of music with my students. I am proud of my student success rate with many singers pursuing degrees in music at the collegiate level, winning competitions, earning roles in local and community theater, and participating in All-State Honors Chorus and the Governor's Honor Program.
- Teaches students:
- Ages 9+
- Teaching since:
As a professional performer, teacher and master teacher with a Master's degree from Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor's degree from California State University, Chico, I have performed with orchestras, chambers groups and choirs throughout the United States and Europe.
Comfortable in both classical and musical theater genres, my knowledge of vocal production and the musical skills needed to succeed in music make me an excellent teacher. I pride myself in having a great ear and instinctual understanding of each student's individual instructional needs.
Before relocating to Houston, I owned and operated a successful full-time private teaching studio in the Atlanta area with voice students succeeding in All-State Chorus, the Governor's Honors Program, college auditions, local competitions, community theater, and school chorus auditions. As a successful soloist and vocal instructor, I pride myself in teaching proper technique, nurturing each student's vocal development, helping singers develop a true love of music, and gaining an appreciation of their unique vocal gifts. Many of my vocalists learn the skills of reading music by learning keyboard and basic theory through piano lessons, which I am also able to teach.
With a creative and personable teaching style, I am able to connect with each student where they need to be met. My students of all ages see an immediate improvement when applying the techniques that I share with them. Focusing on healthy vocal production, good breath support, and proper techniques of support and vowel placement, I am able to help students reach their musical goals through vocal exercises and drills, direct application to selected music, and assigned home practice between lessons. After learning the basics of vocal production, we can further focus on interpretive elements of the songs and students will feel the rewards of making beautiful music with their own free and unique sound.
Teaching private lessons, encouraging proper vocal technique through vocal exercises and drills, selecting level appropriate music for students, preparing students for auditions and competitions, encouraging and offering performance opportunities through semester recitals, requiring participation in master classes and studio repertoire classes, expecting and encouraging home practice through assignment books checked on a weekly basis.
Also as a Master Teacher working with various church choirs, high school and middle school choruses on musical elements that encourage good vocal habits, implementing good technique through vocal exercises, breath training, and good physical posturing. Working on selected pieces to apply the vocal principles learned to better production, performance, and interpretive elements.
Directed the children's chorus, youth chorus, and assisted with the adult choir in music ministry. Worked with chorus and individual soloist to improve vocal techniques and create a beautiful interpretation of music for the worship services.
Teaching private lessons to vocal majors in the undergraduate program. Teaching voice classes to non-voice majors in the music education track.
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.
Had a great experience with Holly..
My son just had his first session with Holly and she was remarkable. We are very happy with the lesson and look forward to many more!
She is a great teacher..
Very pleasant and friendly. Focused on helping me to achieve my goals.
Holly is simply magnificent! She's incredibly talented and a wonderful teacher. My daughter took lessons from Holly for six years and had much success. She placed in All State, Governor's Honors and Honor Choirs. The best part was when she received a scholarship for vocal performance, all four years of college (undergrad)! Now, she's studying for her master’s degree in vocal pedagogy and performance. Holly's influence went beyond vocal performance skills, she's a mentor and role model to her students. We have so much respect, admiration and love for Holly. I enthusiastically recommend her!Show More
Fantastic with children. We are very happy with our choice and would highly recommend Holly!
My children took voice and piano with Holly and learned so much. She taught to each of their specific needs and strengths and worked patiently with different learning styles. They each grew remarkably with their music training in skill and technique. The DiClaudio family is a warm loving family that not only give great teaching, but true love for the students and their art!Show More
I had the opportunity to study classical voice with Holly for 3 years in high school. She was not only a phenomenal teacher, but also a wonderful life mentor and friend. Once a part of many voice groups as a child, I grew to love instrumental music and sacrificed my singing career for the flute. When I decided I wanted to come back to the world of vocal music, Holly helped me find my voice again and gave me confidence not only in my talent, but also in myself. She taught me great techniques on how to open up my voice and adapted her teaching style as my voice continued to grow. An overall incredibly understanding and patient person, Holly is the reason I was such a successful soprano. She genuinely cares for all her students and is solely interested in furthering their vocal careers. If I had the opportunity, I would gladly be a student of hers again, any day.Show More
My daughter was Holly's student in Atlanta for few years before she moved to Texas. My daughter loved her teaching style and gained a lot of confidence to sing in public.
I had the pleasure of taking lessons from Holly during my senior year of high school. She was always so warm and patient! It was evident that her knowledge and expertise in voice combined with her passion made her an excellent teacher. Specifically, Holly helped me accomplish getting a dream lead role in my school's spring musical, which I know I could not have achieved without her guidance and support throughout the auditions and play process. I truly learned so much from her in a short amount of time!Show More
Excellent! My son took lessons for two years with Ms. Holly and improved a lot!He got into GHP Singing and GHP Sight Reading every year, the latter only has about 50 students that can pass each year in the whole GA state.
Holly is an amazing instructor. She has really helped my 10 year old develop his voice and prepped him for auditions. I can't believe the difference her instruction has made!
Holly DiClaudio is a wonderful teacher who not only cares to further your vocal career in a healthy manner, but cares about you as a student and friend. Holly pushed me to improve my skills on a fast-paced track to study music in college, as I will begin this fall, while also being easygoing, nurturing, and a fantastic mentor. She is a knowledgeable teacher who knows how to quickly and thoroughly fix vocal issues. Anyone who studies with Holly is sure to not only learn more about the voice, but also develop a pure love for music!Show More
Studied under her instruction while in Alpharetta GA, because of her I got into Georgia's GHP program for voice. Patient, adapts teaching to each student's level, and understands when you're just not having a good voice day. Would recommend for any genre ranging from classical to Broadway.Show More
Holly can recommended from my 14 yr. old daughter who took lessons from her for 2 yrs. Holly was an incredible voice teacher, and I have worked with a number of different teachers. I have been signing in choruses, bands, and solo since grammar school, I am now in my fifties and play out at local clubs solo or with another musician. She really helped me with the areas I identified as needing improvement but was also very focused on identifying other areas which could help me that I had not identified. I was very sad to see her move as over the 4 months we worked together, I was really starting to make great progress on some very technical areas of my singing. I would highly recommend her for her vast knowledge and gentle, warm style of imparting her lessons.Show More
As an adult who loved to sing, especially in choirs, I knew there were things about my voice I wanted to change such as being able to seamlessly transition from chest voice to head voice, improve my breathing techniques and find a way to project my sound better. Holly knew exactly how to address each concern! She is a wonderful teacher and I recommend her highly.Show More
I had the best years with Holly as my voice teacher. She showed me ways to expand my voice and be confident in ways I didn't even know we're pissible, and overall transformed me into a better singer. I can confidently say that she is the reason I was selected into all of my high honor achievements in chorus! In addition to being an extraordinary voice teacher, she was a friend to me and helped me through many tough times. She is so understanding and patient and any student of hers is really lucky!Show More