- Teaches students:
- Ages 8+
- Teaching since:
- December 2008
There are lots of reasons people take singing lessons...a dream of performing for crowds, wanting to melt faces at karaoke, not being embarrassed when singing in the shower... But the common goal is finding your voice and creating a sound you love. My studio is designed to create a space where that process is comfortable and fun! Lessons will start wherever you’re at and go at your own pace towards your specific goals.
I was trained at the School of Creative Arts in Sydney, Australia and specialize in pop, rock and R&B vocal technique. I work with a lot of beginners as well as people in bands and songwriters.
I'm from an extremely musical family and have always loved singing. (I almost pushed my parents over the edge as a kid because I would hum CONSTANTLY...) I lived in Haiti, the Dominican Republic and the US of A growing up and then moved to Sydney, Australia after high school to study music. I've run vocal studios in San Diego and NYC, I'm now located in LA.
I currently teach online.
If you don't see a time available in my schedule that works for you please feel free to contact me. Things are always moving and changing!
(PS: If you read reviews and notice every one was calling me Rachel, don't be confused! That is my middle name, I now go by my first name, Luca.)
Luca is awesome! She’s very knowledgable and super nice. She knew exactly what to do with my voice and made each part easy to get. Cannot wait for our next seasion.
Luca Chesney is a remarkable teacher, one of the best I’ve ever had. She’s amazing at finding the best and most effective methods, exercises, and tools to help you become the musician you dream of being. She has an incredible ability to understand both the technical and emotional sides of learning and creating music. In addition to being an accomplished musician, Luca is great at understanding the difficulties that her students may encounter and she knows exactly how to aid in fixing them. After my first few lessons with Luca, it became clear that she was more than a teacher; I learned that she is a person with great influence who has gone through everything the rest of us have gone through in our own journeys, so she is able to supply knowledge through an understanding that is rare in most teachers.+ Read More
Luca is a wealth of knowledge and an excellent teacher. I’m extremely satisfied with my voice lessons.
My 11 year old has loved working with Luca! She has done a great job connecting to her and helping her get to the next level with her voice.
I was really impressed with Luca! She listened to and encouraged my daughter and got her onto ‘homework ‘ exercises on her very first lesson. She really balanced getting to know my daughter with getting right into teaching. I recommend Luca absolutely!+ Read More
My daughter was thrilled with her first lesson and is already off practicing and has made some clear improvements already.
Luca was outstanding. Her educational framework was thoughtful and nuanced, she approaches the subject matter in a welcoming and demystifying way, and she has an a knack for making the learning process feel engaging and empowering.
Based on her bio and reviews I had high expectations, and she wildly exceeded them in our first session.
Luca is an amazing teacher that makes learning fun and effortless! First lesson was great, look forward to learning more.
Luca was fantastic. Even though I couldn't continue with my lessons because of health problems, the few lessons I had with her made all the difference. She was compassionate, gifted and skilled. I just loved her.
Luca makes it very simple to work on skills without feeling intimidated or self conscience. I had zero idea what I was doing going into my first lesson but I definitely feel like I’ve improved and can’t wait to see twhat happens as I continue my lessons. Also a nice perk is the beautiful studio space!+ Read More
Luca is an amazing instructor who is very knowledgeable on techniques and has been very helpful in finding my singing voice and in making me feel more confident in my singing. She is great at catching the small things I can use improvement on and gives me a few things to work on in between lessons. I definitely have seen progress in my singing and I'm excited to see what more my voice is capable of!+ Read More
I love Luca! She is amazingly supportive and understands both me and my voice. We've made tremendous progress in two lessons, and I have real hope that I will soon be able to sing freely and well.
Luca is by far one of the best teachers I've ever had, over the past two years she has worked with me on developing not only my technique but also my unique voice and artistic process. She is kind, patient, funny and incredibly passionate about her music and her students.+ Read More
Amazing, talented, encouraging, intuitive and very supportive teacher!!! Rachel is a true professional and very interesting person with unique background!!! If your goal is not only to learn how to sing but to find your own way/style and enjoy every moment of the this journey, Rachel is the best choice!!!+ Read More
Luca is an outstanding teacher and mentor. She helped me build tone, clarity and consistency with my voice and has given me the confidence to perform songs I would have never dreamed of singing well. If you're looking to take your singing to the next level I would highly recommend Luca.+ Read More
I've been working with Rachel for over a year and have LOVED every second of it. I'm a twenty-something professional who has always wanted to take voice lessons as a hobby and never in a million years would have thought I could make the improvements in my voice that I have with her. She's improved my range, and I'm now tackling songs that I would have always classified as "too hard" for me to sing. The way she breaks things down to learn is truly unprecedented (having taken lessons in other instruments, I know this to be true). I would recommend her to anyone apprehensive of taking the leap into voice lessons or those just looking to enhance the skills they already have!+ Read More
I worked with Rachel for six months to help me perfect "Waiting for a girl like you" by Foreigner. I am not a singer and have no experience doing so. I am so proud to say that I was able to sing this song at my wedding in front of almost 400 people. 100% of the credit goes to Rachel for her dedication, encouragement, and exceptional expertise. I was on key, in tune, in sync with the song, and enjoyed every moment of it. My wife was thrilled, and the rest of the audience was just stunned. THANK YOU RACHEL!!+ Read More
Amazing instructor and the immediate knowledge that I had chosen the right coach.
I've had three lessons with Rachel so far. I have to say that the last time I sang a song, I was 8 years old. I didn't think I had it in me, but I am getting to the point where I actually have some confidence. The improvement I've seen is 100% because of Rachel. She is amazingly patient, and an excellent teacher. I would recommend her to anyone - beginner or pro - who wants to improve their voice. A++ Read More
Rachel definitely knows what she is doing. She is a real professional who knows how to work with what you have to make it even better. She is upbeat, uses your strengths to improve your overall ability, and is a terrific teacher. Highly recommended!
Rachel has been great at helping me improve my voice by giving specific instruction and exercises that focus on the key areas where I need to work. She really gets what I am trying to accomplish and directs our lessons to that end. She is really great!
It was very nice, very cute puppy, very cool penthouse, very cool tattoos.
And about singing part: I was pushing myself to sing without any technics and making my throat bleed every time after karaoke. Now I sing with more confidence and no blood. Definitely worth the price and time... what else... oh yeah and really good taste in furniture.
Rachel seems to know exactly the right exercises to try based on our discussions, watching and listening to my singing, to zero in on my difficulties and achieve my vocal goals. Really happy that I've made nice progress in a few lessons already.
Amazing! Made me feel very comfortable, all my fears vanished when we started talking. Great at coaching beginners and finding out what I needed to learn, and great at teaching fun exercises!
Rachel is a gifted and intuitive teacher, one who inspires confidence and courage. Because of her, I am finding my voice. As for Rachel's voice, it is that of an angel's...with a provocative and soulful edge.
Great teacher who really knows her stuff. I look forward to lessons every week and learn something new each time. I would definitely recommend to anyone looking to improve their singing technique.
I loved lessons with Rachel because even in the first 5 lessons I feel much more confident in my ability and she's so great at making you feel comfortable! If anyone is on the fence about taking singing lessons please do yourself a favor and book lessons with Rachel!+ Read More
She's awesome! She's great!
She is super good!! I am honored to be working with her =)
Rachel is a great teacher who is patient, knowledgeable and most of all gives me confidence to sing in front of others...Thank you Rachel!!!
I've never taken singing lessons so I can't say "best instructor ever" but I did love the lesson and I think Rachel is terrific as a teacher. She's knowledgeable, she listens intently to what her client wants and needs and provides a program to suit those. As it says above, "great experience."+ Read More
Believe the Hype! Rachel is knowledgable and encouraging, a great instructor who has vastly improved the performance of an amateur like me.
Rachel is great - patient, supportive - knows her craft and is able to tailor each session to meet my needs as a novice...much appreciated...
Rachel seemed like the obvious choice after reading the other reviews, and now I know why. Not only does she know her stuff, but she also has a natural ability of making you feel comfortable singing in front of a stranger. She is extremely encouraging and a lot of fun to work with. After only 8 lessons, you can already hear a drastic improvement in my voice. I highly recommend Rachel to anyone interested in improving their singing ability.+ Read More
Rachel is an amazing teacher. Very easy to work with and a great communicator. Started noticing major improvements immediately. Couldn't recommend her more highly.
Rachel has a great attitude and is great at teaching concepts. She comes up with a plan that works for your skill level and goals, which makes the lessons both fun and effective. Would definitely recommend taking lessons with her.
Great teacher, she was really good at analyzing my voice and picking out where and how to improve. Also very nice and encouraging!
She is inspirational
I walk out of each lesson feeling inspired. Not just to go on singing, but to be a better person in life. There is no musical question she has not been able to answer. I also feel uplifted in her presence.
She is wonderful!
Great experience. Cannot recommend Luca enough. She is astute, articulate, patient and fun!
Rachel is the most amazingly wonderful instructor! Other people in the group I sing with have even commented on the good advice she has given me (such as not over-singing when many would). She has helped me grow from someone who had never sung in public to a singer who just got invited to sing in a real gig with a real band! She is a great listener and really focuses in on the specific things I need to work on. And, she keeps me going when I've had a bad performance and my confidence is down. We use FaceTime for our lessons - and it works great. I would never want any other instructor! Thank you, Rachel!
I've been taking classes with Rachel for about six months now with no prior singing experience and she's done a great job! Working with Rachel I find her very professional, very personable, and I appreciate how encouraging and patient she is. I would highly recommend her and and very satisfied with her as my teacher.
Rachel is a fantastic instructor that really makes the difficult process of training your voice a fun and enjoyable experience. She really has tailored our lessons to my interests while still focusing on important fundamental skills. Would definitely recommend taking lessons with her.
In short, Rachel is a wonderful, attentive and expert vocal teacher!
I have studied jazz vocal ten years ago and always struggled with confidence issues when singing. They have gotten so bad that I've stopped singing for long enough to let my voice get out of shape. But if you are reading this, you probably feel what I've felt - life without singing is a little gray. Fortunately, I've found Rachel, who has a gorgeous voice and whose music tastes and sensibilities are very similar to mine. Rachel makes me feel at ease, she listens carefully to my goals and identifies actual (vs. my own imaginary) issues with my voice/technique. Mostly importantly she was able to explain to me the processes and techniques of singing that other teachers couldn't. Rachel is an optimistic, massively encouraging presence, she is precise and like a doctor will hear what is happening in your voice and observe/correct your technique. She will guide you and prescribe you the exercises and songs you will need to progress. I highly recommend Rachel as a teacher.
Stop whispering, start singing!
I am a beginner and I've never had singing lessons before. There are many teachers in NYC, and I am glad I chose Rachel. Why? Because I think the most important is to find someone who really cares about your goals, and helps you improve your voice while being respectful of your 'artistic identity'. Rachel does all of this very naturally, in a relaxed yet very professional way. She will give you technical tips and exercises to better understand, improve and eventually enjoy your voice. And it works! I've learned a lot and I've made progress in a short period of time, thanks to her! So, if you are looking for an excellent vocal teacher who is also a great artistic coach, stop searching and start taking lessons with Rachel.
Simply an Outstanding Teacher
Rachel is an outstanding and inspirational teacher. I have taken other music lessons before and spend a lot of time around educators. Rachel is able to quickly understand how you learn and what you want to learn and translate that into concrete objectives. She is technical when appropriate, always encouraging, and perhaps most importantly, she is able to put you at ease from the first minute. Highly recommended.
Rachel is a fantastic teacher and really understands the kind of music I am into and want to emulate vocally. She is super cool, very encouraging and just overall awesome on every level. Couldn't ask for more.
I highly recommend taking lessons with her!
She is a phenomenal teacher!
I decided to take singing lessons despite years of being told that I should just mouth the words. In part, I wanted to see if I was actually tone-deaf. It turns out I'm not. Rachel was so patient and supportive that I lost some of the anxiety about singing and now actually enjoy it! She taught me pitch and ways to strengthen my voice. My goal was to be able to do karaoke without feeling like I was assaulting other listeners and I now can. I cannot recommend her highly enough.
Rachel is fun, professional and very easy going. She is very supportive and gets genuine joy and pride from seeing my improvements each week. I would highly recommend her!
Amazing patience and understanding
I am so happy I found Rachel! I had put off taking singing lessons for decades (yes, decades) because I feared nobody would understand my fears of being "tone deaf." But Rachel swept my fears aside. She has so much patience and is so encouraging. Makes me feel great. I am now on my way to doing something I thought was impossible: Singing!
happy to have Rachel as teacher.
so far we are happy with Rachel, she likes my daugther and she also is happy to have Rachel as teacher, she is very nice and polite.
Being a 24 year old guy, I had a lot of hesitations about signing up for vocal lessons. However, when I finally got curious enough to give it a try, Rachel was great setting out goals in reasonable sizes and making sure that I walked away with notable improvement from each lesson. Just signed up to get more lessons for the next month!
Rachel is awesome! Very good tips!
Thank you Rachel. Davin looks forward to her lessons every week. This is the first time she hasn't asked me if she can quit her lessons! Thank goodnes we found you, Rachel B.!
F.A.B Teacher...Fantastic, Amazing & Brilliant
I am thrilled to have found a vocal teacher that has a background in the same musical style that am into. I feel confident that I'm on my way in my goal of singing my own songs!Rachel is a Treasure to discover for those who desire to sing!
Highly Recomend Rachel!
I was very nervous about taking singing lessons, but Rachel made me feel very comfortable. She has all the qualities of a great teacher...I've learned so much in 4 sessions and plan to continue :)
Avery is loving her lessons! She'll be going back to school in a week so we can fit in one more lesson. How do I pay for just one more lesson?Thx, Erik
Rachel is an awesome teacher!
We instantly connected with the same interests in music. Within only a couple lessons my mom noticed that I was getting better. She is very easy to talk to, and a really chill person.
My daughter is having fun!
My daughter is loving it. Thanks Rachel. She is motivated inspired and overcoming her shyness.
My daughter has been taking lessons with Rachel for about at month now, and is loving her lessons! Rachel has already helped my daughter expand her vocal range more, teaches healthy singing techniques, and is always up-to-date on the latest pop/indie/soul/folk hits to sing in the lessons. Rachel is also helping my daughter develop a more defined musical style, and sound of her own. ~Susan & Lainey
Rachel B is the BEST!!!! I look forward to every lesson because i always leave feeling confident and motivated!! Rachel makes everything comfortale and easy to understand!! I feel so lucky to have found her as my vocal teacher!!!
I finally found a way to leave a feedback,It's been gr8 working with Rachel,she gets me n understands wat I'm talking abt,considering me not knowing the technical jargons,provides good material to work on, n I see progress in myself , looking fwd to all the things I plan to learn , she makes it fun too
Out of Sight!
Rachel is great! Huge progress in only 3 weeks! I can only imagine what I will sound like in 3 months!
mom of marley who takes lessons
There is no question that Rachel totally rocks! She is an excellent teacher and is able to connect with my 15 yr. old daughter in a way that just makes Marley want to sing AND practice!
Rachel is great with my daughter, she's only four and loves to go to singing lessons and learn new songs with Rachel>
I am absolutly thrilled to have you as a voice teacher. I am also glade to have such an amazing person in my life now. You are seriously my favorite teacher of any sort ive ever had. I have a hard time leaving my lesson :))
Rachel is an excellent instructor. She always has great feedback and is very encouraging. Singing lessons with her are so much fun!!
Rachel is really great and very patient with my daughter, especially as my girl is so young. Rachel is very good about providing lessons at her level and is very friendly. I highly recommend her!
3 Lessons in and loving it!
My 11 year old daughter looks forward to seeing Rachel. She's friendly, kind, encouraging and patient. She takes time to explain how the singing exercises work and even does them with her. She lets my daughter pick out songs she's interested in and they practice and learn from them. My daughter loves to sing and loves learning from Rachel.