- Teaches students:
- Ages 8 to 60 and special needs
- Teaching since:
- June 2007
Can you rely on your voice to always be there for you? After singing, does your throat hurt? Do you want to learn how to belt? Can you let it rip when no one's watching but you choke up when you step in front of a microphone? Do you want to learn a vocal technique that just works?
We welcome all levels of experience and styles of voice. Become the singer you were meant to be!
Justin Pollinger is a vocal coach, singer, performer, and educator based out of Jersey City, NJ.
During his high school years, Justin discovered his passion for music and education. Kenneth Brown, his former choral teacher, and mentor recognized Justin's untapped potential. He taught him the fundamentals of choral conducting, vocal technique, music theory, ear training and repertoire selection. Justin was a member of the award-winning Edison High School Choirs, NJ All State Choir and the NJ Region II Chorus.
Justin has spent 14 years studying under some of the best vocal coaches in New York and New Jersey, including Sarah Bachman Krieger (Manhattan School of Music, The Juilliard School), Steven Schnurman (The Juilliard School) and; Katherine Wessinger (University of Michigan). He currently studies under Melissa Perry (Westminster Choir College, Temple, and post-graduate work included 750 hours with Maestro Vittorio Rosetta of La Scala) While doing studies at Westminster Choir College, he studied with Tenor Eric Rieger (Eastman School of Music).
Justin founded and directed The A Cappella Choir of Middlesex County. After a successful first year and a full-length album, The A Cappella Choir sang at Carnegie Hall for the premiere of Eric Whitacre's electronic opera "Paradise Lost: Shadows and Wings"
Justin was the head of the choral department at the New Dover United Methodist Church in Edison, NJ. He directed and musically directed production's of The Rocky Horror Show at the Villagers Theater in Somerset, which subsequently moved to The Den Nightclub and ran for 2 consecutive years.
Justin has organized, directed and performed in fundraisers for the Edison high school Choral program, the program that first honed his raw talent and a place that to this day he still can call a home.
As a performer, Justin was seen as a backup singer in the Bryan Hansen band. He has participated in theater all over NJ and is frequently hired for studio session work. He recently contributed backing vocals for Mike Wells' upcoming third studio album.
Justin has been teaching privately since 2007 (Justin Pollinger Vocal Studio). His Students have been accepted to some of the top music programs in the country including Westminster Choir College, Boston Conservatory, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, Mason Gross School School of the Arts, The Hart School and AMDA.
"Justin is so much fun to work with and always makes me feel good about performing, even when I get discouraged. He has helped me to discover a side of my voice that I didn't even know I had."
- Debbie Lingel
"Justin has been a miracle worker with my vocal development. I have gone through several instructors for numerous years and no one could tell me how to actually find my own voice. Justin was able to do that immediately and I was sold! Since then it has been a gratifying experience with our weekly lessons. Knowing I have Justin's techniques in my arsenal of tools make me a much more confident artist on stage. I can't thank him enough!
- Raj Singh
Phone: (732) 887-6496
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Equip each individual student with the Performance, Composition and Theoretical Skills that will see them excel in any musical field, as well as prepare them for any working profession
Develop syllabi to achieve the desired goals of each individual Student or Ensemble
Teach Voice and Elemental Piano Performance skills including: Vocal Warm-Ups, Technique, Repertoire Building, Stage Presence and Confidence Building, Sight Reading, Phrasing and Musical Interpretation in context of Style and Genre, Musical Theory and Fundamentals
Developed a unique curriculum tailored to meet the needs of 60+ individuals, including students with Cognitive Disabilities, i.e.: Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD, ODD, ADD
Taught Voice and Elemental Piano Performance skills including: Vocal Warm-Ups, Technique, Repertoire Building, Stage Presence and Confidence Building, Sight Reading, Phrasing and Musical Interpretation in context of Style and Genre, Musical Theory and Fundamentals
Choral Department Chair
Director, Soloist, Event Coordinator
Director, Soloist, Event Coordinator, Advertisement, Fundraiser, Office Manager
*Choir sang at Carnegie Hall in Eric Whitacre's opera "Paradise Lost: Shadows and Wings"
I went to Rutgers: Mason Gross School of the Arts for Vocal Performance as a freshman in Fall 2008; by the Spring of 2009, I was no longer a music student. Singing quickly became a laborious activity instead of an enjoyable past time; I felt as if I became incapable of adequately expressing myself because I was bogged down by a pretentious atmosphere and a teacher who lacked any sort of gravitational pull. Justin is the complete opposite.
I started studying with Justin in September 2013. He's so incredibly realistic. He lacks any form of pretense and his personality is so magnetic. Every time I walk into my lesson, I'm ready to go. He creates an atmosphere that is just so easy to adjust to, and he listens. I'm so grateful to have found him. In a little less than a year, he's helped me restore confidence in my vocal ability and gain back years of lost discipline in such a short time. He will hold you accountable without alienating you and for me that's invaluable. If you're looking for someone warm, but disciplined, Justin is your guy.
Working with Justin has helped me make enormous strides musically! Our lessons have transformed my voice, prepared me for the competitive world of singing, and given me the confidence and knowledge needed to succeed. In just one or two lessons I progressed in ways I never thought I could and opened up to different techniques that I did not even know existed. Justin is fun and easy to work with. His encouragement and spirit will push you to reach new heights and truly refine your vocal technique.+ Read More
Working with Justin has given me utmost confidence in my singing. He has taught me invaluable vocal techniques that previous coaches never taught me. Since I started with Justin, I feel that my voice has become stronger and it still continues to grow! I would recommend Justin to anyone for vocal instruction. Great, effective lessons for a cheap price!+ Read More
My son has been attending lessons for piano and singing with Justin for the past month, and I am extremely satisfied. He is showing great progress in both his piano skills and singing. Justin is proficient in music instruction, sheet music, and vocals. He has much experience in various aspects of musical disciplines. I can't believe how much my son has learned in such a short period of time. Justin is wonderful, patient, and easy to understand as he explains rhythm, pitch, and melody. I highly recommend him for anyone who is looking to take their musical talents to the next level.+ Read More
Hi my name is Michelle and Justin has been working with my 16 year old daughter, Gina, for a few months. In just that short amount of time Gina has shown so much growth in her vocal abilities. Justin's teaching style is easy to understand and apply. He is positive, motivating and supportive. It is a pleasure to see how well my daughter works with him. I highly recommend Justin to anyone who wants to learn how to use there voice properly, avoid injury and have a great time doing it. :) :)+ Read More