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Max R.
Allston, Massachusetts
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Healthy singing is a multifaceted endeavor. It requires synergistic engagement not only between the vocal folds and vocal tract but also between the entirety of the body and the perceptive mind, regardless of genre or style. My teaching addresses and fuses each component of this pivotal trio comprising mind, body, and voice. The result will allow your instrument to find a newfound freedom of expression, progressively giving you the increased power and the agility to emote in a multitude of styles across the vocal spectrum. Recognizing singing as a deeply individual experience, I am a fervent advocate of student empowerment. My job is to bestow you and guide you with the fundamental technical tools that you can then use to earn the gratification of becoming your own best teacher for whatever you desire to sing. Although I specialize in classical technique and employ it as a foundational anchor, my holistic approach is adaptable across the range of age, level, and style and can be tailored to your particular needs and wishes. I strongly believe any motivated person bears singing potential. I therefore welcome all who seek to explore their love for singing and possess a passion to grow both intellectually and emotionally as artists. It is my ultimate hope that the emotional rewards and confidence gleaned from honing the link between your mind, body, and voice will benefit you, not only as a singing musician, but also, more broadly, as a person.
About Max R.

I have had a lifelong fondness for music, science, and the aesthetic expression of emotion through sound. My Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Boston University serves as a hallmark of my enduring performance background in opera, art song, chamber music, church services, choral repertoire, and musical theatre. Recently, I have also increasingly discovered the brilliant educational tools that contemporary voice science has to offer the human instrument. My resultant engagements with vocal pedagogy in graduate school, through independent study, and at professional events – including the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Summer Conference and the Boston Conservatory Vocal Pedagogy Workshop (where I received a Certificate of Distinction in Vocal Pedagogy) – has garnered a comprehension not only over the relevant anatomy, physiology, and acoustics of the voice but also of the psychology of singing and the essentials of complex motor learning. My additional experience with the Alexander Technique further helps supplement my practical understanding over the basic musculoskeletal functions of the human body. I have had the fortune of putting all my learning into pedagogic practice by providing critical analysis and constructive feedback for student singers both in group studio classes as well as in the teacher’s studio and along with fellow colleagues throughout many years of my singing career. These experiences have cumulatively helped me identify and rectify errors in my own singing, enriched my performing and, thus, augmented my ability to empathize with colleagues and with the needs of aspiring singers. I am dedicated to helping each individual find this same vocal independence, which will allow their technique, self-confidence, and unique artistry to blossom. I strive accordingly to draw on these various facets of knowledge and direct personal experiences in my teaching. Amalgamating music and science as reinforcing rather than disparate arenas of knowledge, it will include a holistic package of practices spanning beyond vocalism, from basic Alexander Technique to vocal athleticism to bodymapping to diction (using the acclaimed IPA) to some fundamental music theory and ear training. The ultimate purpose is to directly benefit you and your particular ambitions as an enthusiastic singer. I very much look forward to working with you. *I am fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and open to both in-person and online lessons.*

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Max started from the beginning and taught me about the fundamentals of singing (often from a scientific and holistic perspective), helped me to improve my technique, and gave me the tools to continue practicing and improving my singing. I'd happily schedule more lessons with Max when I have the time and space in my life for lessons.

Posted Nov 4, 2021
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Max is an excellent instructor. I appreciate how we started from the very basics, working on the fundamentals of my posture and breathing before we launched into singing. Max is also a very thoughtful and patient teacher. I thoroughly enjoyed my lesson.

Posted Sep 2, 2021
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Experience
Voice and Music Theory Tutor
May 2021 - Present
Wyzant
Vocal Chamber Singer
Dec 2019 - Present
Cantata Singers
Cantata Singers is a prestigious Boston based professional chorus. I perform both in the ensemble with the choir's concert series division and as an a capella ensemble singer and soloist with the choir's chamber series division.
Bass/Baritone Section Leader and Soloist
Sep 2018 - Present
Church on the Hill
My work includes sight-reading hymns and short sacred pieces, larger ensemble pieces, and solo arias with piano and chamber orchestras. I sing in an ensemble with eleven other professional singers.
Featured Performer
Oct 2018 - May 2020
Opera on Tap
I was a member of the Boston branch of Opera on Tap, a professional organization dedicated to featuring opera as a progressive artform by pushing its influences beyond traditional cultural boundaries.
Cantor
Sep 2009 - May 2016
Temple Concord
Education
Master of Music in Voice Performance
Sep 2016 - May 2018
Boston University
Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance
Aug 2013 - May 2016
State University of New York at Binghamton
Languages
English
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
German
Limited Proficiency
Norwegian
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
Swedish
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
Awards
Certificate of Distinction in Vocal Pedagogy
Jul 2020
Boston Conservatory at Berklee
Pi kappa lambda
May 2018
Boston University
Affiliations
National Association of Teachers of Singing
Jun 2020
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.
Pi Kappa Lambda
May 2018
An American honor society for undergraduate students, graduate students, and professors of music. There are currently 205 active chapters and approximately 64,500 individual members.

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