Laura Zahn

Laura Z.

North Hollywood, CA

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Laura delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2008

I am a professional opera singer with experience as a studio musician and as a singer/violinist in a HipHop band. I hold a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from The Boston Conservatory and a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance and Bachelors of the Arts in International Studies from Indiana University.

My varied background has led me to develop a style of teaching that caters to each student's unique needs and goals with a foundation in a solid technique that will allow the student to sing healthfully for a long time. My training has given me multiple approaches to each aspect of singing which then allows me to tailor my lessons to each student's learning style and quickly help them progress. Most students see improvement in the first lesson.

In addition to my experience teaching private lessons, I conducted Early Childhood Music classes (Musikgarten) for ages 2-6 and performed in Opera Saratoga's outreach children's opera, which toured elementary schools in upstate New York. I love introducing kids to music and have successfully used the concepts from Musikgarten and the children's opera in private lessons. I use these lessons to begin to develop pitch recognition, rhythm and basic music theory in young kids who may want to get a head start before playing an instrument/singing or to just nurture a love for the art form.

I have also worked for school districts as a Special Education Aide and am comfortable teaching students who may need additional support. I am happy to work with the parents and/or student to find creative solutions to each student's unique needs and have found successful solutions in the past.

I look forward to working with you and and helping you reach your goals, whatever they might be!

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Experience

Voice and Beginning Violin Teacher
Sep 2012 - Jun 2016
Private Studio

I maintained a studio of at least ten students in Philadelphia and then in Boston when I was working towards my Masters degree. My students ranged in age from 3 - 84. I taught everything from early childhood music, to pop, to intermediate classical voice and violin.

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Voice Teacher
Aug 2010 - Sep 2012
The Nelly Berman School of Music

I taught five students voice at the Nelly Berman School of Music in Haverford, PA. I worked with students from ages 8-15 on musical theater and classical voice. Students were prepared to sing in a bi-annual concert and two of my premier students sang in a competition at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia.

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Musikgarten Teacher
Sep 2010 - May 2012
The Nelly Berman School of Music

I taught two Musikgarten Classes each Saturday throughout the school year. Musikgarten uses songs, stories, dance, and orff instruments to introduce young children to musical concepts like pitch recognition, note reading, and rhythm.

Education

Masters of Music in Vocal Performance
Sep 2014 - May 2016
The Boston Conservatory
Bachelors of Music In Vocal Performance and Bachelors of the Arts in International Studies
Sep 2005 - Aug 2010
Indiana University

Languages

German
Limited Proficiency

Certifications

Musikgarten Teacher
May 2010
Musikgarten

Underwent the training program to receive the Musikgarten teaching certification and learn how to properly run a Musikgarten class

Awards

Semi-Finalist
Oct 2016
The Mildred Miller International Voice Competition
Music Scholarship
Aug 2014
The Boston Conservatory
Music Scholarship
Aug 2005
Indiana University

Affiliations

American Guild of Musical Artists
Dec 2016

An American labor union that represents 8,000 current and retired opera singers, ballet and other dancers, opera directors, backstage production personnel at opera and dance companies, and figure skaters.

Photos & Videos

Photo courtesy of Shawn Flint Blair

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Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro

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Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro

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Flora Bervoix in La Traviata

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Mother Goose in the Rake's Progress

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La Frugola in Il Tabarro
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1 Review

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Matthew Jan 25, 2018
Singing · In studio

I really only need lessons so I can do scratch vocals for my writing, but Laura gets me sounding like a legit singer. Easy to work with, super knowledgeable, will definitely be back for more.

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