Jordan McClellan

Jordan M.

Seattle, WA

About Jordan M.

Jordan teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: February 2006
Last sign in: 5 days ago

Overview

Lesson Details/Services:

Singing/Audition and Resume Coach:

Lessons begin with stretching, vocal warm ups, scales, and extensive breath work, as well as resolving any tensions that may be hindering your vocal production. I then through collaboration with the student, work on beginning repertoire that is suited for the voice, and challenging at the same time. I record all lessons, and email them to the student so that one has the opportunity to review the warm ups, and hear the improvement in the voice, I also write a review of every lesson, with notated warm-ups and a list of "To Do's" for the week so that the student will have a structured practice week. I provide music, and if needed recordings of the pieces so that the student can take the materials back to their homes and practice them on their own.

I track the range of the voice, and usually within a month it will have improved by at least 4 notes either higher or lower.

It is important to note that learning voice is a highly individualized journey, each person will have their own set of strengths and weaknesses, as a teacher it is my job to asses this in a person and craft a curriculum, and style that will fit those individual needs.

I am also adept at navigating local opportunities for students in the Seattle Theater world. I have had students receive callbacks at 5th avenue, perform for Seattle Childrens Theater. Young Actors Institute, Driftwood Players, win multiple pageants and score high in talent as well as acting opportunities in movies and modeling. I am a performer as well and had to navigate through the college system as well as the Seattle theater system and can provide much guidance to those interested with resume, repertoire and audition coaching.

There is no feeling in the world than the freedom and beauty of singing, it is a joy to hear in my students, and very fulfilling to teach this kind of wonderfully positive experience to people of all ages!

I received my B.A. in vocal performance from San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2009. I am a classically trained singer, however I enjoy all genre’s of music and firmly believe having a classical base in a singing technique will enrich any style of music you wish to work toward. I am devoted to healthy singing, and unlocking your true timbre and voice with extensive breath, and vowel work. As a graduate from a highly competitive music institution I can help in guiding students along the right path of pursuing this art form at a collegiate level.

Theory/Song Writing techniques:

For some students learning music is just as much a part of the lesson as learning to sing. I love teaching people of all ages how to read music, so that the student can be an independent teacher for themselves and learn music on their own at home, this I think is very important in order to improve skills for singing, the faster the student can learn music, the more time can be spent working on technique and improving the sound of the voice.

I graduated from a prestigious Conservatory and had to take very advanced theory classes in order to receive my degree. I also played flute and oboe in orchestra for 10 years, and taught myself how to play piano. I have assisted some of my students interested in writing their own music on chord progressions, and have offered my musical expertise on their compositions. There is nothing like being involved in the creative process of composing and I love supporting my students that decide to explore this art form.

Speaking Lessons:

I have a studio in Bellevue where I work closely with the transgender community as a vocal coach to feminize my clients voices transitioning from male to female. It is a wonderful process and anyone interested please do contact me!

I also teach language diction classes. I am fluent in IPA (international phonetics alphabet) in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. I can help with accent reduction in English or pronunciation in any of the above languages.

A little bit about me:

“Playing alongside Drumheller were a number of young performers like Jordan M., who appeared as Cousin Hebe. A past member of Tacoma Opera's Young Artist Program, she is an emerging artist with a beautiful voice and very appealing stage presence who is slated to appear in several shows in the region this year.” whereissandy.com, Sandy McDade Chair of the ArtsFund Board, 2015

Soprano Jordan M. kicked off 2015 with a role debut of Nancy In Albert Herring with Vashon Opera. She was thrilled to make her 5th Avenue Main Stage debut in The Sound of Music, and to sing in Cry To Heaven part of 5th Avenue's New Works Department, which was a collaboration with writer Anne Rice and academy award nominated composer Matthew Wilder (whose credits include the music of Mulan).  She joined Tyrolean Opera this last summer on a full Scholarship in Maurach, Austria on Lake Achen (Achensee), in a role debut of Gretel in Humperdincks Hansel und Gretel. 

In 2014 she was excited to be in the world premiere of Yoshinaka, by Garrett Fisher with the Fisher Ensemble as Tomoe.  It was an adaptation of the traditional Japanese Tales of Ise, which made it’s world premiere at Seattle’s ACT Theater “Central Heating Lab Series”.  It was a noteworthy collaboration with Munenori Takeda, and The Takeda Noh troupe which consists of members who are Living National Treasures in Japan for their Noh artistry, this collaboration was featured on the front page of The Arts section of the Seattle Times.  

Other notable credits from 2014 include 2nd Lady in The Magic Flute,  Rosina, in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Tacoma Opera and a recording for Kakitsubata, with The Garrett Fisher Ensemble for Jack Straw Production Studios.  In spring of 2014 Ms. McClellan sang Papagena and 2nd Lady with Skagit Opera, and  N.O.I.S.E. (Northwest opera in schools) for their Washington tour, as well as various Rossini arias with Bremerton Symphony, and two solo recitals with Second-City Chamber Series, and Music Northwest.  She also continues to be involved in recording sessions for Hollywood’s top video game soundtracks, including Starcraft and World of Warcraft.

Jordan is equally at home singing song repertoire as well as early music. She was chosen to participate in Lieder Alive! Singers Studio with Håkan Hagegård in San Francisco, CA where she delved deeper into lieder classics, culminating in a public masterclass.  Ms. McClellan has since been invited to sing several recitals with, Second City Chamber Series, in Lakewood, WA, Music Northwest, in Seattle, Wa, Hearthstone Chapel Recital Series, in Seattle, WA, Skagit Opera, at Lairmont Manor, as well as with Tacoma Opera.  Her recital repertoire varies from Italian Art Song, to Fauré Chanson, Lieder, American Songbook Classics, as well as Irish Folk Songs.  She has particpiated in Accademia D’amore, a summer program lead by Grammy Award winner Stephen Stubbs who is  devoted to educating singers about early music, baroque dance and rhetoric.  Most recently she participated in Bach Meisterkurs, in Leipzig Germany (Bach’s hometown) to learn the art of stylistically singing Bach’s passions.  

Past credits include a 3 month tour with Portland opera singing Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, Phylo in the West Coast premier of Pénélope by Fauré with Vespertine Opera, and her Italian concert debut in Urbania, Italy at the Teatro Bramante.  

Her upcoming engagements include, starring in a local independent film as an opera singer, a role debut of Adalgisa in Skagit Opera’s Norma, singing a solo recital with Music Northwest, a performance with the Fisher Ensemble at Folklife Festival, as well as a performer at the Sankt Goar International Music Festival in Germany.


*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a recording device, a piano and keyboard, a music stand, lots of music of all genres, a copier/printer, as well as access to making recordings of pieces so that the student can take it home (whether that is CD's or Mp3's).

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide a recording device, piano, keyboard, piano accompaniment (usually a recording), as well as copies of music.

If I travel to a lesson they would have to have a piano or keyboard.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in unlocking an individuals true singing voice,

I do have a 48 hour cancellation policy, I will allow one missed lesson to be reschedule but after that I will have to charge you if you continually miss lessons without letting me know.

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Experience

Cantor

Mar 2015 - Present
St. Marks Catholic Church

I lead the Alto and sometimes Soprano section at St.Marks Catholic Church.

Principle Artist

Nov 2014 - Present
Skagit Opera

I performed 2nd Lady in the Magic Flute, as well as Adalgisa in Norma with Skagit Opera.

Recitalist

Jul 2013 - Present
Music Northwest, Second City Chamber Series

Singing Solo Recitals of various classical repertoire.

Principal Artist

Sep 2012 - Present
Tacoma Opera

Principal Opera Singer
Performed supporting roles for Tacoma Opera’s 2012-2013 season.
Sang for Tacoma Opera’s Annual Auction, as well as Masterclasses.
Covered leading roles in Carmen as Carmen, and Dorabella in Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte.
Performed Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, in February of 2014.
Performed 2nd Lady in The Magic Flute, by Mozart in November 2014
Performed Cousin Hebe in H.M.S. Pinafore in Feb. 2015

Private Voice Instructor

Mar 2012 - Present
Self-Employed

Singer/Actor/Dancer

Oct 2015 - Jan 2016
5th Avenue

I sang for "Cry to Heaven" a new work for 5th Avenue, as well as Ensemble or (Nunsemble), of 5th Avenue's The Sound of Music.

Voice Instructor

Jan 2013 - Apr 2013
Main Stem Music Academy

Group Voice Instructor, Taught voice, and songs to children ages 5-13 in a group style class.

Principal Artist

Jan 2012 - Mar 2012
Portland Opera

Performed in a tour of Hansel and Gretel as Hansel in Oregon, Southern Washington, and Idaho, to over 70 schools, and 20,000 children in order to bring classical music and opera to children of all backgrounds.
Taught voice for a week at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande Oregon to undergraduate students.
lectured students of all ages throughout all 3 states during their classroom time about opera, and music appreciation.

Education

M.M. Music

Sep 2009 - Mar 2010
The San Francisco Conservatory of Music

B.A. Music

Sep 2005 - May 2009
The San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Languages Spoken

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

French

Limited Proficiency

German

Limited Proficiency

Italian

Professional Proficiency

Awards

First Place in Art Song Division

Apr 2005
Performing Arts Festival Eastside

Affiliations

Americana Music Association

Aug 2015
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The Americana Music Association is a professional trade organization whose mission is to advocate for the authentic voice of American Roots Music around the world.

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18 Reviews on Jordan M.

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Evelyn Sep 4, 2016
Singing · In studio
Each lesson gets better every time I go there :)
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Evelyn Aug 21, 2016
Singing · In studio
Meeting Jordan for the first time was awesome! She's very professional and was so patient with me during my first singing lesson. I can't wait to see her for more lessons!
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Kane Jun 28, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Jordan was an awesome teacher. Very supportive and helpful, I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a voice teacher.
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Owen Nov 16, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Jordan has done a great job helping me transition to falsettos and show how to use correct breathing. She has given great tips and helped me extend my range overall.
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Andrew S. Oct 25, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
As someone with no singing experience, I was a bit nervous and feeling a bit self-conscious about taking lessons. Jordan is very professional, bright, and patient. I really appreciate her insight and her guidance. There is quite a bit to learn, but Jordan helps you realize it is attainable. Thank you.
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Jaimie W. Sep 30, 2015
Online
Jordan has let me reach a higher range and has helped me improve a lot from when I started.
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Hermona G. Jun 29, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
She was very helpful and polite
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Emma E. Apr 7, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I had a lot of fun.
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Jayde H. Apr 1, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Jordan has given me nothing but positive experiences. I came in with enormous apprehensions and insecurities about singing; in only a few lessons, she made me feel comfortable and confident. I noticed remarkable improvements from the very first day. Any time I hit a wall, she knew exactly how to bypass them and keep me encouraged. Most importantly, she is exceptionally flexible and devoted to you as the student. Lessons feel catered to your own development and she is always willing to work with you on scheduling. As well, she is quite amiable and pleasant to work with. I distinctly recommend her to any student of any style.
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Ty W. Apr 1, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
When I first started taking singing lessons with Jordan a year ago, I was an absolute novice whose singing experience was limited to my car and the shower. I've learned so much from her in that time. With her help, my vocal range has expanded, my tone and control have improved, and my understanding of music has deepened. Jordan does an amazing job of learning her student's voices and tailoring her lessons to each individual. In our lessons, she goes beyond teaching the mere mechanics, and has really helped me interpret songs and find meaning in what I'm singing. I come out of each lesson newly inspired to continue working. Her instruction and guidance have truly helped me discover my newfound passion in life.