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.*
Teaches all skill levels
Teaching since 2021
Master of Music in Voice Performance
Teaches ages 10+
Has background check
I took a few lessons with Max to try out learning singing. Even at the first lesson, I was surprised by how prepared and meticulous Max is. He has all the foundational notes prepared, went through them with me one by one, and answering all my questions along the way. What's more is that Max also goes through all the scientific backing of the knowledge and the practices. I would recommend Max to anyone who wants to start learning to sing with a strong foundation.
I just finished my last lesson today with Max. I really enjoyed my time and had foundational skills built over the past few months. I became much more aware of myself, my posture, and my voice. I developed a much better vibrato and really built my confidence along the way. As a speech therapist, I truly appreciate the strong scientific knowledge that Max provides, which really makes singing more tangible and accessible to everyone! Max believes that everyone can sing if they learned the techniques properly, and that really pushed me forward. He is very committed, responsive, and respects time. He provides extensive written feedback and instructions. Thank you so much for the knowledge and enjoyable experience!