Laura Coale

Laura C.

Houston, TX
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Lesson Details

Singing

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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About

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

Teaching since:
April 2010

I am a mezzo soprano with a bachelor and masters of music degree in vocal performance from the University of Houston. I am pursuing a career in opera while teaching private voice and piano lessons,
During my voice lessons I like to focus on developing the student's voice through a classical approach. By forming a strong foundation in healthy singing the student will be able to sing in various genres without strain to his/her voice.
In my piano lessons I use the series of method books, Piano Adventures, developed by Nancy and Randall Faber. Through these instructions the student will learn to read music as well as establish a proficiency for playing the piano.

*** Lesson Details ***
If you take lessons from me we will have fun while working hard. I develop my lessons around what I feel the student needs on that particular day.
In a voice lesson we might spend the entire time on technique exercises to strengthen the voice. We might also work on several songs with an emphasis on interpretation.
In regards my piano lessons, I generally stick to the curriculum, but will take the time to focus on the individual needs of the student.
I expect my students to practice at least 30 minutes a day for 5 days a week. Everyone learns at a different rate, but if the student practices regularly, he/she will see progress within a few months.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have an upright piano in my studio as well as several music books. I expect my students to bring their music as well as their assignment book to every lesson.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in a classical technique when it comes to teaching voice. I focus on proper breath support and a relaxed open larynx to produce a free, beautiful sound. I believe a classical foundation can be applied to any musical genre, with the result that you are singing in a healthy manner that will not damage your vocal chords, thus allowing for a longer singing career.

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Experience

Staff SInger
Jun 2016 - Present
Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church

I am a staff singer in the alto section for the MDPC Sanctuary Choir. Along with two other mezzo sopranos, we help to lead the section in rehearsal and performance. Also, from time to time I am asked to sing solo pieces.

Singer
Sep 2011 - Present
Opera in the Heights

I frequently sing with this local opera company, either in the chorus, supporting, or leading roles.

Private Voice Teacher
Sep 2010 - Apr 2016
Nolan Ryan Junior High, and Manvel High School

I worked individually with students ages 11-18. We focused on establishing a healthy vocal production, as well as solo repertoire.

Alto Section Leader and Cantor
Aug 2004 - Aug 2015
St. Michael Catholic Church

I was in charge the alto section during sectional rehearsals. As a cantor, I led the congregation in hymns and sung mass parts.

Education

Master of Music, Vocal Performance
Aug 2008 - May 2010
University of Houston
Master of Music, Bachelor of Music
Aug 2004 - May 2010
University of Houston

Languages

Spanish, French, Italian, German
Limited Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Singing the role of Orfeo in Orfeo ed Euridice with in Opera in the Heights, April 2016.

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Photo by Shannon Langman-Smith

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Singing the role of the Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos with the Kingwood Summer Opera, July 2014

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6 Reviews

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stephen J. Oct 17, 2017
Piano · In studio

Laura is a very good piano teacher. My son loves her class. My son has improved an lot after her class. Will recommend her for piano classes.

Abbey Oct 21, 2016
Piano · In studio

Very good at making lesson and you feel comfortable and capable. Extremely patient and encouraging

Abbey Oct 21, 2016
Piano · In studio

Very good at making lesson and you feel comfortable and capable. Extremely patient and encouraging

Pauline May 2, 2016
Piano · In home

She is very calm, which is something I need.

Larry P. Apr 10, 2015
Singing · In studio

Laura was good at explaining the basics and that is what I need and patient as we worked together on it.

Melanie R. May 13, 2013
Piano ·

Great teacher

As a beginner, I appreciate Laura’s patience and thoroughness in teaching and explaining techniques. I really enjoy my lessons with her.

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