Lance Russell
Garland, TX
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Lance Russell

Lance R.

Garland, TX
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Take lessons from a Ph.D in music theory! If you have a passion for really understanding the heart of how music works, these lessons are for you. I have taught music theory for years, and I have given lectures on musical analysis at numerous international conventions. We can start at any level with these lessons, so if you are a high school student looking for a tutor for your music theory course, or a graduate student preparing for an entrance exam, I can help you succeed.

About Lance R.

Dr. Lance R. is a Professor of Music offering private lessons online and in the Dallas area. He received his B.M. and M.M. in Vocal Performance from the University of South Florida, and a Ph. D in Music Theory, with a related field in Vocal Pedagogy from the University of North Texas.

His greatest expertise are as a vocal coach for all styles, and in training general musicianship skills. He also offers lessons and coaching for saxophone, piano, songwriting, and voice therapy.

Lance offers a comfortable learning environment for students of all levels, from those who have never sung, picked up a saxophone, or touched a piano in their lives, to active performers looking to reach that next level.

*** Specialties ***
Musicianship Skills and Ear-Training
Lance has years of experience teaching students how to become fluent music readers and to easily navigate difficult musical passages.

Vocal Technique Development
Lance has specialized training to detect and correct anything that may be getting in the way of a healthy, musical singing sound.

Reschedule requests made within 24hrs may be allowed, subject to availability. Same-day cancellations and no-call/no-shows will result in being charged for the scheduled lesson.

In-Person Lessons: There are three pets (two dogs, one cat) at my in-home studio. The dogs bark at first, but are secured in the opposite side of the house for the duration of all lessons. The cat sometimes roams, but keeps to himself.


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38 Reviews
Troy Simmons
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Great first lesson. Gave a clear explanation of what scientifically is going on, and how to best apply it. Looking forward to many more!

Posted Jul 21, 2021
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We can't say enough about our 16-year-old daughter's Broadway singing lessons with Lance. Her confidence sky rocketed after the very first lesson!! She really looks forward to each and every weekly lesson. Our daughter has a strong background in competition dance and has experience in plays, but the confidence from the singing lessons is over the top! She sounds great!

Posted Jul 20, 2021
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Lance is an amazing teacher. He has been very adaptable to my learning style and pays close attention to the music that I like make sure that I learn efficiently. He provides me with a lot of material that clearly matches my skill level while also challenging me.

Posted Jul 19, 2021
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Lance has been the first vocal instructor I've had and can measurably see progress on my technique and ability. I am now getting much more control in my full range of singing and am no longer straining my throat to reach higher notes.

He is extremely personable, I would highly recommend him.

Posted Jul 19, 2021
Brendon F.
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Great lesson!

Posted Jun 7, 2021
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Lance is awesome. He combines music and teaching perfectly, with having written lessons available as well as being able to adaptively instruct based on where my needs are. Highly recommend.

Posted Jun 3, 2021
Rajesh Puthukunnathu
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Dr. Lance is an excellent piano teacher. My kid was a beginner when joined his class and started learning from him. He likes his teaching and he shows much interest in playing piano after school hours and also he has good progress now.

Posted Apr 8, 2021
Michael L
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I've been taking vocal lessons with Dr. Lance Russell for about 6 months. He's super knowledgeable, as others have said, and is great at making you feel at ease. I've seen a lot of progress in the time I've worked with him and would definitely recommend others to reach out.

Posted Feb 23, 2021
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Lance has a deep understanding of how sound is produced. This covers physical factors, like what each throat muscle is doing, as well as mental factors that can cause a singer to tense up or slip into a bad habit. He's able to take these insights and share them in a way that students can understand, along with tips that can be acted on to start improving right away. While highly professional, he's also easygoing and makes even beginner students feel comfortable.

Posted Jan 30, 2021
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Great first lesson!

Posted Jan 7, 2021
Bill Croughan
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Lance is very well prepared to help a beginner sax player like me to learn the fundamentals. He has plenty of drills, songs to learn, and other resources for any question I have. He's also happy to share his very deep knowledge of singing and music theory. Definitely would recommend!

Posted Dec 14, 2020
Michelle R.
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Lance is very patient and has a beautiful voice; his instruction was quite easy to follow even though I was very nervous.... I am so excited to go on this singing journey and find my voice! Thank you Lance!

Posted Dec 5, 2020
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My personal lessons with Lance have been extremely productive and in 2 months I have already greatly improved my singing. The creative space in my lessons have aloud me to feel more excited and confident about my singing. I have tried my fair share of voice teachers and Lance is by far my favorite and would strongly recommend. Personally I have never had an encouraging experience with voice lessons and Lance has helped me go so far out of my comfort zone and I am very happy with How much my singing has improved.

Posted Oct 13, 2020
Matthew B.
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Lance is an amazing instructor. He extremely patient with beginners and has an amazing capability of teaching at a comfortable but fun speed for the student. I highly recommend Dr. Lance Russell.

Posted Oct 10, 2020
Neel D.
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He is very nice, patient to my 8 years son. The lesson are going very good.

Posted Sep 10, 2020
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Lance is my first voice teacher. I decided to take lessons in preparation for reading poetry and short stories. Lance encouraged me to keep singing because he believes that I have a great voice. After practicing his exercises, reading his simplified approach to music theory and singing a few songs, I heard a marked difference in my voice and feel compelled to continue this journey.

Above all, I've benefited from Lance's pleasant, encouraging approach and am very excited about where this new journey can take me.

Posted Sep 10, 2020
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I see improvement already in my vocal abilities with my first lesson. I enjoyed the lesson much. Now, I have got to do my homework to be my best.

Posted Aug 29, 2020
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Lance gave a great, professional lesson. Awesome advice and a fun atmosphere.

Posted Aug 28, 2020
Sadie I.
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Very patient and kind!! 100% recommend!

Posted Aug 6, 2020
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Lance has the aura of a true teacher. I was able to feel comfortable around him immediately. After only a few lessons he has provided me with numerous tips and tricks to improve my singing voice, and tailored the class to keep it fun and incorporate music that students select personally. Highly recommend!

Posted Aug 1, 2020
Matt G.
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Lance is a master teacher across a range of skills. He's just as good teaching you to sing an interval as he is suggesting chord progressions or analyzing song structure. At every step of the way, he is patient and enthusiastic, and has concrete, useful ideas about how to get you from A to B.

Posted Jul 23, 2020
Wanda S.
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My granddaughter Selita is 8 years old and eally enjoy learning basic piano theory and practices from Dr. Lance. It's been over a month and I see a tremendous difference in Selita's style with playing the piano. Selita knows beginner music practices as harmony. Dr. L.Russell is great with teaching Elementary Children. I look forward to bringing Selita's sister Ariana aboard in the couple of months.
Ms. Small

Posted Jul 22, 2020
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awseomest teacher ever

Posted Jun 22, 2020
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He was very straight forward instruction.

Posted Jun 15, 2020
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he is the best teacher ever

Posted Jun 15, 2020
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Lance was great, very helpful and knowledgable. Can’t wait for next week!

Posted Jun 4, 2020
Olivier F.
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Great first lesson. Looking forward to the next ones.

Posted May 23, 2020
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What I appreciate the most about coach Lance is his ability to explain the science behind our voices and how we can control or manipulate our airway to hit certain notes/pitch. Although I am just a beginner, I am super excited to see how far I can go with Lance as my coach!

Posted Feb 28, 2020
Robert H.
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Helped ease my nerves and was able to play a G scale. Feel much more comfortable about practicing now

Posted Feb 26, 2020
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Lance really opens your eyes to different techniques that you would’ve never thought of that make a HUGE difference. Lesson was amazing and I can’t wait to continue working with him. Very comfortable atmosphere also. Loved it!

Posted Dec 7, 2019
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Lance has been teaching my 8 year old piano for the last few months, and we love having him in our home. He has a wonderful personality, is punctual, communicative, & great with kids. My daughter told me recently that she wanted to be a music teacher- it’s obvious what a positive impact he’s made with her in such a short amount of time. We are all a big fan and I highly recommend his lessons!

Posted Oct 27, 2019
Mihir P.
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Lance is a remarkably effective teacher. I am a beginner at singing and found lessons with him to be very valuable. He does a great job of intently listening to your current abilities and knowing exactly what drills and exercises will be most helpful to you in order to improve quickly. He is very invested in you meeting your goals. I would highly recommend taking lessons with Lance!

Posted Aug 24, 2019
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I came in with no background knowledge of singing, and Lance provided me with a great foundation to get started. He took time to print me off practice sheets, and even would send me videos to help my understanding. I would strongly recommend Lance to anyone that has a desire to improve their singing.

Posted Jul 15, 2019
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I have to say that Michael is the best music teacher I ever had. and I have studied music for a long time. He is patient, thoughtful and his music skills are outstanding I recommended him as the best.

Posted Jun 18, 2019
Peter Le
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I am very pleased taking class of saxophone with Michael. This was my third lesson with him. Guess what! I can play a Happy Birth song by memory. He takes seriously to teach me how to read the music and how to recognize major scales. I look forward to learning more from him. I recommend if someone wants to take saxophone lesson, please pick Mike.

Posted Feb 26, 2019
William W.
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Posted Jan 22, 2021
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Adjuct Faculty
Aug 2019 - Present

Dallas College

Professor of Music at Dallas College

Teaching Fellow
Aug 2013 - May 2016

University of North Texas

As the instructor of record, I managed two undergraduate classes in Aural Skills, courses dealing in sight-singing, ear-training, and musical dictation.


Ph. D in Music Theory
Aug 2012 - Mar 2020

University of North Texas

Masters in Music
Aug 2011 - May 2012

University of South Florida

Bachelors in Music
Aug 2007 - May 2011

University of South Florida



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Society for Music Theory
Aug 2012
The Society for Music Theory promotes the development of and engagement with music theory as a scholarly and pedagogical discipline. We construe this discipline broadly as embracing all approaches, from conceptual to practical, and all perspectives, including those of the scholar, listener, composer, performer, teacher, and student. The Society is committed to fostering diversity, exclusivity, and gender equity in the field.
Barbershop Harmony Society
Aug 2008
It’s music in a very pure form created with nothing but human voices coming together to create a rich and satisfying texture that is pleasing to the ears and invigorating to the soul. Barbershop allows you to find your voice and be a part of creating something that is greater than the sum of its parts.

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