JoAnn Ross

JoAnn R.

Carmichael, CA

About JoAnn R.

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JoAnn teaches: Ages 9 and 80
Teaching since: April 2008
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Your lessons are designed to help you develop the skills and confidence you need to successfully perform in public. I work hard to prepare your lessons and I ask my students to invest daily time working on skills studied at their lessons. Performing music requires the patient integration of multiple skills over time, however, the rewards are BIG.

I continually update my teaching methods by attending workshops and master classes and I incorporate my knowledge of human anatomy and function, to help you perform with minimal strain. Also, I incorporate internet resources in your lessons to keep them interesting and up to date.

What will your lessons be like?
At your first lesson we will explore and name the parts of your instrument (voice or cello). We'll talk about what you would like to learn, set attainable goals and select songs that you will be successful learning.

In subsequent lessons you will warm up with scales and exercises, using common intervals with basic rhythms to improve your technical abilities and gain musical skills and knowledge, such as hearing pitches and intervals and keeping with the beat. This will also help you learn to read music.

Singers will learn to use breathing to coordinate with your vocal folds to make a beautiful tone and sing on pitch, relax your throat and tongue to create resonant chambers, shape your mouth and tongue to color the tone, and use your tongue and lips to form the words.

Cellists will learn to transfer your body weight into your cello to produce a mellow tone, placing your hands and arms on the cello and bow in a relaxed and balanced manner to allow you to play smoothly and in tune and to prepare you to produce a lovely vibrato. Since cellos don'™t have frets, you will also learn to locate each note on the cello but just a few notes at a time - until you know them all.

You will learn to use your technical skills and knowledge to create musical phrases that sound beautiful and authentic and are fun to perform and listen to. You will need to practice simple skills and phrases repeatedly until they become habit. I will lend you my kind and patient support to help you through the bumps in the road.

Not sure how to practice at home?
To support your practice at home you will: Receive a recording of each lesson to practice with; Learn simple exercises you can do at home; Learn to create and use simple backup tracks of your songs to learn to hear rhythm and harmony; Learn how to use your computer at home to get feedback for pitch, and tone quality.

Nervous about performing?
When you are comfortable you will have three opportunities per year to perform in student programs performing for friends and families.

You will have opportunities to participate and perform in workshops which include performance opportunities, lectures, demonstrations and Master Classes with nationally recognized teachers and performers. And students can earn Certificate of Merit which are recognized by universities.

Photos and Videos

Performance at Kennedy Gallery Sacramento, CA


Choir - Professional Section Leader/Soloist

Sep 2003 - Present
Wilshire United Methodist Church, Glendale 7th Day Adventist Church, First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, and others in Los Angeles area, and University Choir, Capella Antiqua and St Marks Methodist Church in Sacramento

Soloist and choir member:
50 member University Choir Sept 2003-June 2006, Sept 2012-May 2013
16 member Capella Antiqua Feb 2014-Present
Church Choirs 1967-Present

Participated in weekly choir rehearsal with Sunday service, bi-monthly solo/duets
bi-yearly performances of choral works with profession orchestra - section leader and soloist, including works by Bach, Brahms, Saint-Saens, Mendelssohn, Haydn, Handel, Faure, Mozart

Soloist at Bellflower, La Canada and San Mateo Christian Science Churchs. Sang a contemplative solo at weekly services, led congregational hymns

Private Singing and Cello Instructor

Oct 1976 - Present
Private Studio and East Los Angeles Settlement House

Sacramento May, 2009-Present
Private singing instruction ages 11-60+
Opera, Broadway, Jazz, Rock, Pop
Private cello instruction ages 16-60+

San Francisco Oct 1966-June 1972
Private singing instruction ages 14-20
Choir, Broadway, Classical singing lessons

East Los Angeles Settlement House Oct 1976-June 1972
Private singing and cello instruction ages 10-18
Classical, Opera and Broadway

Opera singer

Sep 1966 - Present
Pacific Opera, CSULA, Citrus College, Euterpe Opera, Pasadena Opera

Performed leading roles in operas including Gianni Schicchi, Magic Flute, Sir John in Love, Orpheus in the Underworld, Hansel and Gretel, La Boheme, Romeo and Julliette with Pacific Opera, CSULA, Citrus College, Euterpe Opera

Sang in Pasadena Opera chorus in productions with international stars including Placido Domingo and Richard Tucker.

Currently performing in private venues in Sacramento area


Feb 1960 - Present
American River Orchestra, Beethoven and Friends Chamber Music Group, Sacramento Chamber Music Group, CSULA Orchestra, Whittier Youth Symphony, Whitter Elks Cavaliers Bands

Play cello in orchestras and in small mixed chamber music groups

Played string bass and baritone horn in dance, concert and marching bands in high school

Singing Teacher and Coach

Mar 2013 - Oct 2013
Miss Cynthia's Dance Studio

Taught singing and prepared students for roles in Annie and Wizard of Oz - ages 7-18

Podiatrist/Anatomy Instructor

Jan 1993 - Aug 2013
Monrovia Podiatry Center, Mt.Sac Community College, ITT Tech

Podiatry services - including evaluation and treatment of chronic and acute injury

Taught anatomy and physiology to pre-med and nursing students


Doctor of Podiatric Medicine

Feb 1977 - May 1980
California College of Podiatric Medicine

Bachelor of Arts Music

Sep 1964 - Jun 1970
California State University, Los Angeles

Languages Spoken

English, German, French, Italian, Spanish

Professional Proficiency


Community College Teaching Credential Anatomy and Physiology

Sep 1984
State of California

Teaching Credential for Anatomy and Physiology


Winner ARC Annual Aria/Concerto Competition

May 2012
American River College

Outstanding Singer of the Year

Jun 1968
California State University, Los Angeles

Outstanding Madrigal Singer

Jun 1968
California State University, Los Angeles


National Association of Teachers of Singing

Apr 2012

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' Association of California

Mar 2012

MTAC aspires to be the recognized leader in (1) Student Programs, which make a positive impact in the quality of music education and in the lives of music students; (2) Member Programs, which inspire quality teaching, the pursuit of ongoing teacher education and member involvement with community outreach; (3) a thriving Foundation, which funds Student Programs and member needs through its investments, donations, and grants.

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26 Reviews on JoAnn R.

Kiana V. Nov 19, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Disciplined & organized but accommodating and relaxed. Just right for my 14 yo G'daughter
Cindy Minoli Oct 8, 2015
Cello · In home
Verified Student
JoAnn is a wonderful teacher. She is very patient and encouraging. She is thorough in making sure proper form is achieved so that you are playing without discomfort. I would highly recommend her as she is great at confidence building and a truly sweet person!
Richard C. Oct 7, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
She’s a terrific teacher! She’s scholarly and intellectual herself, years of research and study on her own, knows the fundamental mechanics, physiological and mental, to learning to sing properly and conveys it in a very clear fashion. She builds a singer; she doesn’t just do superficial pitch coaching.
Katie Sep 20, 2015
Cello · In studio
Very good first experience for my 11 yr old
Cindy Minoli Aug 4, 2015
Cello · In home
Verified Student
I really appreciate that she took time to emphasize good form to avoid muscle strain on my first lesson. Looking forward to many more lessons!
Adam A. Jul 8, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio
Verified Student
We here at Timin Music Entertainment are very happy to have JoAnn working with our pop artist Adam Aldama aka Sizzle. Thanks for all you do.

Adam Jun 28, 2015
Vocal Training
My first lesson was great, and I look forward to more sessions. Thank you JoAnn.
Adam Aldama aka Sizzle, from
Leanna F. Jun 11, 2015
Cello · In studio
Verified Student
Very professional! Very Kind! Supportive with your learning. She builds a relationship with you. Completely recommend !
Mark C. Jul 5, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I am a brand new singing student, although, at 59, I am not brand new. After my first three lessons I am completely satisfied that I chose the right instructor. JoAnn is warm and friendly and makes me feel welcome and comfortable. It is clear she has a deep knowledge and love of music and singing, has a lot to offer her students, and enjoys the teaching interaction. I am thoroughly enjoying the experience and look forward to every lesson. Although my development is in the very early stages, I'm already noticing progress and certainly a more educated awareness of my voice.
Emily G. Apr 25, 2014
Great Voice Teacher!

I really enjoy my voice lessons with JoAnn. She is a great teacher! I've been taking voice lessons with JoAnn for a few years now and am so happy with how I sound and feel while singing. I started out as a complete beginner with quite a bit of tension in my body and have progressed along nicely these past few years.

JoAnn is extremely knowledgeable about music and really enjoys sharing that knowledge with her students. She is passionate about music and teaching. JoAnn is patient and really makes an effort communicate effectively with her students. I’ve always appreciate her enthusiasm and the effort she puts into planning my lessons.

JoAnn also has a lovely music studio. It is comfortable, private, light, and airy with a nice view of her backyard. Her music studio is quiet and I never have trouble hearing her, myself, or the keyboard.