Laura Spaulding

Laura S.

Sarasota, FL

About Laura S.

Laura teaches: Ages 6 to 85
Special needs
Teaching since: December 1983
Last sign in: Yesterday

Overview

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!

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

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 Spoken

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
NATS

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.

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22 Reviews on Laura S.

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David B. Mar 4, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Laura was terrific. She stayed on track and focused on where she was trying to get us.
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Diana P. Feb 26, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
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.
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Sharman L. Feb 23, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Good experience
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Jane C. Feb 18, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
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.
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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.
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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.
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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
Verified Student
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.
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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.
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