Laura Spaulding

Laura S.

Sarasota, FL
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About

Laura delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 6 to 85 and special needs

Teaching since:
December 1983

Of course you want an experienced, passionate, patient and compassionate teacher! Teaching is not my job; it is my calling and I am very good at it.

I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education (1987, Ball State University) and a Master of Music degree in Voice (1994, University of South Florida). I've taught in public schools in Sarasota. Currently I am adjunct staff for State College of Florida (formerly Manatee Community College) teaching private voice and piano lessons and music appreciation classes.

My music studio has been serving music students in the Sarasota area since 1991.

All are welcome! Lessons are for students of all abilities. Some students come with just the desire to sing or play better for their own pleasure, others come with prior training, some are preparing for an audition and some even wish to make a career in music. Some people have come seeking help with their speaking voice for public speaking. My goal is to help my students meet and exceed their goals and have more life through the joy of music, to help them gain greater appreciation of music and increase their confidence both in music and in life!

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When a student and I first meet I ask the student what her/his hopes, goals, tastes and prior experience are. Then we talk about plans for achieving those hopes and goals.

Most of my students are studying music just because they love music and want to improve for their own benefit. Because of that, while I want students to progress, I am very patient. I understand that some weeks it's harder to find time for practice. I provide instruction and tools for growth, and show how to practice, then the students go home, use them and discover what works best for them.

Vocal lessons are tailored to each individual. Exercises include posture, breathing, diction, projection of the voice, unification of the voice, improvement of tone, range and flexibility. Healthy, beautiful singing is the goal. The confidence that goes along with that is amazing!

CDs with exercises and accompaniments are provided. And students can make CDs of their own performances!

Piano instruction is also tailored to the needs of each individual student. With young beginners I often use the "Faber" method. It has books for music theory, technique, lessons and performance. And students enjoy playing along with the Cd that goes with their pieces.

For older beginners, including adults, I often use the "Bastien, Older Beginner" or "Alfred, Adult Beginner". Both quickly teach melody and chord reading so that students can play more interesting pieces within a month. The lesson materials are supplemented by simple classical pieces or other music the student is interested in.

When a student comes in with prior training I continue with what she/he has been working on and adjust it as necessary. Literature for more advanced students is chosen with their abilities, technical and expressive needs.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The studio area is closed off from the rest of the house. There is a small seating area for parents which is separated by a screen from the lesson area. I have a Yamaha CVP-103 digital keyboard with weighted and touch sensitive keys, plus lots of different instrument sounds and beats to make playing and singing more fun. I can also adjust the pitch of songs so that they fit the student's voice. The keyboard is plugged into a Super Scope Cd recorder; a microphone is plugged in as well. This allows me to make recordings of accompaniments and practice exercises, as well as recording students' performances. (See below for photos.)

*** Specialties ***
I have been teaching professionally since 1987; I have Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Music. I discover the goals a student has and give them the tools to reach those goals. My teaching style is structured yet highly personalized for the individual. I teach music ranging from Classical to Popular always using the best techniques.

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Experience

Adjunct Voice, Piano and Music Appreciation Instructor
Jan 2000 - Present
State College of Florida

Private Piano & Voice Instructor
Oct 1983 - Present
S. Music Studio

Education

Master of Music
Aug 1992 - Dec 1994
University of South Florida
Bachelor of Arts
Sep 1983 - Jun 1987
Ball State University

Languages

French
Limited Proficiency
French
Limited Proficiency

Certifications

Professional Educator
Jul 2008
State of Florida

Awards

Summa cum laude
Jun 1987
Ball State University

Affiliations

National Association of Teachers of Singing
Aug 2009

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.

Photos & Videos

Hi!  I'd like to be your new voice or piano teacher!  Let's get started today!

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I'm Dandi, the house Chihuahua.

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Maia - the friendly cat.

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My nifty keyboard which can do all kinds of things!

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This is my studio. It has a Super Scope CD recorder, speakers, Yamaha keyboard,microphone, headphones, music stand, music books.

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You and anyone who comes with you can relax here as you wait for your exciting lesson to begin. (Parents can take a nap in the comfy chair.)

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Young men enjoy singing!

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Concentration!

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Happy singer!
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32 Reviews

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FRANCIS Aug 13, 2017
Vocal Training · In home

Laura Spalding and I have worked together for 3 + years HELPING me to improve my public speaking voice. I continually make valuable progress. Public speaking is like singing. Quality sound and projection count. Laura gets that and I get that.

Vinh Aug 13, 2017
Piano · In studio

Great instructor and very knowledgeable in piano. Ms. Laura is very patient with me and gave me the notes and routine needed to help me become the pianist I want to be. Highly recommended!

Nawal E. May 27, 2017
Singing · In studio

She's is providing exactly what I need to take my voice to the next level, including healthy vocal care, music theory, some science and history of music, and everything it takes to make me a stronger and better vocalist. I like that fact that even though she is a very serious teacher, she is also very nice. It's just the right balance for me.

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Shari A. Mar 10, 2017
Piano · In studio

Laura is very pleasant and knowledgeable. Hope I can grasp the technical aspect rather quickly - and hope I don't lose patience,
Good experience.

Jeff B. Jan 30, 2017
Piano · In studio

I found Laura to be an excellent piano teacher. I had never taken a lesson before, and she was patient, experienced, and extremely knowledgeable. Her explanations were clear and concise. I fully recommend her!

Joshua Jan 1, 2017
Classical Voice · In home

I first started taking voice lessons from Laura Spaulding in 1998 when I was a freshman in high school. She did an excellent job at teaching me proper vocal technique through vocal exercises and breathing exercises. I learned to take proper care of my singing voice while I was growing up and my voice was still developing. I learned the importance of not belting and not doing anything to damage my voice and impair and even possibly lose my ability to sing in the future. She is very good at teaching her students to take proper care of their natural instrument so they can share it with the world their whole lives. Because of how she trained my voice I am a classically trained singer with ability to sing musical theater as well. I currently sing in my church choir and do local community theater plays. Those are just two examples of what I'm able to do as a result of Laura Spaulding's voice training. I highly recommend her to anyone who is looking to learn how to sing and have opportunities open up as a result.

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Kathy Jan 1, 2017
Singing · In studio

I was an abject beginner, over 65, who couldn't sing Happy Birthday in tune before I worked with Laura. I looked forward to my lessons. She has a method that works and will move you up quickly and surely from whatever level you start with. She is very personable and professional to deal with.

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diana Jan 1, 2017
Piano · In studio

As a beginning adult piano student, I was a little apprehensive to start lessons.
But Laura made me feel comfortable and is very patient with my slow progress.

Laura has also been extremely patient when I have had to cancel or change lessons. She has done everything possible to work around my schedule changes and fit me in at another time.

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Bobby A. Jan 1, 2017
Singing · In home

An incredible woman who pushed me towards getting outside of my uncomfortableness with my own voice while also being gentle enough to not send me flying. If I still lived in Sarasota I'd be going to her every week still.

Courtney Dec 12, 2016
Singing · In studio

She was awesome! Very sweet and knows her stuff. I felt very comfortable working with her and look forward to taking more lessons!

David B. Mar 4, 2016
Singing · In studio

Laura was terrific. She stayed on track and focused on where she was trying to get us.

Diana P. Feb 26, 2016
Piano · In studio

I've only had one lesson, but as an absolute beginner I was a little intimidated by piano lessons at my age. Laura made me very comfortable and confident that I could do this and succeed.

Sharman L. Feb 23, 2016
Piano · In studio

Good experience

Jane C. Feb 18, 2016
Singing · In studio

It was my first day meeting my teacher Laura. However, it was getting to know her and yes I had the chance to know her and hopefully I look forward to achieving my goals in voice training. She is wonderful and I am glad to have stared this class.

Jewel Dec 14, 2015
Singing · In studio

Laura is a great voice coach for me. She is patient, knowledgeable, very helpful, does what is best for you, and is a great accompanist too.

Samantha Dec 8, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio

My voice is really improving since I started taking lessons with Laura. She is a nice person and I enjoy working with her.

Kent Dec 8, 2015
Piano · In studio

I've been able to learn basic piano as well as music reading is the past 18 months from Laura. At 70 years old, that's not a easy feat but she has great patience and a sound approach to keeping me on target. I highly recommend Laura and also encourage beginners in my age group to give it and Laura a try.

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Marcelo Dec 8, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio

Laura really knows what she is doing! I've had problems singing for a long time and I've had many teachers but Laura was the first one to pinpoint and address my weaknesses. There is some serious science behind her methodology. Worth every penny and more!

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willistine Dec 7, 2015
Singing · In home

Laura is perfect to help me with what I want to get out of the classes. Laura is very pleasant and I look forward to our next session.

Rachel M. Jun 19, 2015
Piano · In home

I like that Ms. Laura finds pieces for me in the styles that I love to play, and her cat is pretty sweet.

Ivana P. Jun 17, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio

I had a great vocal training sessions with Laura, she is very knowledgeable and fun to work with. I am not a beginner, I got some music education as a child, but never vocal training one on one. Since I have no experience with other vocal instructors, I have no comparison, but it was very good experience for me. Give a try, you won't regret it!

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Kent S. Jun 17, 2015
Piano · In studio

Laura has been the perfect instructor for me. I'm a senior with no musical background since 12 years old. She's kept me interested in learning not only some songs but in reading music and some theory. I highly recommend Laura.

Attila N. Jun 16, 2015
Singing · In studio

First I was extremely nervous, but as I got to know Ms. Laura, my fear went away. She gave me a lot of confidence, which proved to be really helpful in my high school's spring musical. Due to her excellent teaching ability, I got a supporting lead in Beauty and the Beast. Indubitably, she is a fabulous teacher. I love her lessons!

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Karen B. Mar 27, 2015
Piano · In studio

Laura is exactly the kind of teacher I was looking for. She customizes our lessons to my goals and current abilities. She has an amazing ability to make one feel good about progress at the same time she pushes you toward higher levels of performance. I thoroughly enjoy the lessons and practice I have. I highly recommend her for anyone who wants to explore piano or who wants to become a serious performer.

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Walter C. Sep 10, 2014
Piano · In studio

I took piano twice as a youth, and never really got it. I am doing it again at age 60, and am absolutely loving the approach that Laura uses. I find myself totally excited about the process and enthused that I will actually get it this time. I cannot recommend Laura highly enough.

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Walter C. Sep 10, 2014
Singing · In studio

I have done voice lessons twice before, first in Seattle, and second in Phoenix. Laura is BY FAR the best voice instructor of the three. I feel that I am finally "getting my voice". She is incredibly helpful in coaching me to get the proper tone, and to really learn the art of singing.

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Natalie N. Feb 10, 2014
Singing ·

Laura is awesome!

I've always loved to sing.. in the privacy of my own home. I was a bit terrified about starting singing lessons, but Laura is really good at taking that into account and making me feel comfortable through each class. I've learned quite a lot already, and I've only had 4 sessions with her so far. She's super sweet, organized, and has an amazing voice herself! And, on a side note, if you're an animal lover you'll really enjoy heading over to her house (she has an adorable little pup and kitty!)

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Rosanne C. Jan 16, 2014
Singing ·

Wonderful teacher

I've dreamed of singing for years but been very nervous about it. Laura is so kind and patient--I was amazed by how quickly I could see results. She clearly has a deep knowledge of music and she teaches very well. I made so much progress so quickly! I highly recommend Laura as a singing teacher.

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Beverly B. Jan 14, 2014
Piano ·

Outstanding educator!

For more than a year, I have been taking piano lessons for personal enrichment and to help stimulate my brain after brain surgery which left me disabled. Laura has designed the lessons so I am successful and progressing nicely in a positive atmosphere.

The lessons have improved my memory, attention, and concentration in all areas of my life as well as giving me joy in new successes. My neurologist endorses my lessons as a very holistic therapy. I just find them joyful.

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Amanda L. Dec 19, 2013
Music Theory ·

Excellent teacher!

I studied with Laura in high school and most of what I have retained and strongly benefited from in my musical education was learned in her class.

carmen C. May 6, 2013
Piano ·

Very professional and dedicated !!!

I will recommend miss Laura to all my friends an clients. She loves her profession and puts passion in her work. cant wait to go back next week.

Savanna T. Apr 18, 2013
Singing ·

Wonderful instructor!

She is a wonderful vocal instructor, that gives me a lot of freedom in what I want to do! She is a great teacher and she's good at figuring out the way she should teach me in order to do so efficiently, while keeping it interesting for me!

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