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Orla C.
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⭐️Relaxation Based, Wholistic Voice Lessons ⭐️Using my therapeutic Relaxation-First Method, you will learn proper vocal technique alongside guided relaxation to insure not only sing beautiful, but healthily as well! My therapeutic Relaxation-First Method uses guided relaxation to insure that students learn proper vocal technique without using tension and discomfort to do so. I am dedicated to nurturing the differences in each students voice, and through my tension-releasing approach my students learn to use their instrument effortlessly. This means that the student will be able to sing any style of music they want! Since no style is actually harder or easier than another, we can master them all when the malleability of the human voice is fully understood and used as a tool. ~ ~ Understand Your Instrument Completely, Express Yourself Effortlessly ~ ~ Together we will eliminate tension, strain and pain from the singing experience. The comfort and ease gained through Relaxation-First singing is key to healthily mastering these core skills which will be the main focus of our first 4-8 lessons : * Breath Control * Singing on Pitch (correcting “tone deaf” singing) * Expanding the Vocal Range (singing higher & lower notes) * Understanding and Mastering Rhythm * Projecting * Belting * Singing and Understanding Harmonies * Stage fright * Mastering the Formula for Any Audition * Confident Performance Technique Applying my Relaxation-First methodology to these professional foundations of strong vocal technique make it easy and natural for students to find their voice and transition out of stage fright so that they can feel confident on any stage: from karaoke bars, to local and professional musical theater productions. From open mic nights to performing with their very own band. These are not only vocal coaching sessions, but complete performance-ready-workshops. Once we have mastered the students' preliminary vocal technique goals and conquered some of their favorite songs, I always encourage my students to expand their creative horizons with these bonus areas of study: * Song Writing * Music Production Using Electronic Software such as Garage Band, Ableton, Logic, or even SoundTrap (a free, online music production software). * Beginner Level Piano Playing * Beginner and Intermediate Level Sight Reading * Understanding Music Theory from the Singer's Perspective (Using Solfeggio) * Developing Content for YouTube and Social Media * Forming a Band of Live Musicians to Play Originals and Cover Songs * Writing Lead Sheets for the Band to Easily Communicate Musical Ideas and Simplify the Rehearsal Process * How to Use a Microphone During a Live Performance * How to Sing in a Recording Studio * How to Use a Microphone in a Recording Studio All of these core skills and bonus areas of study go from completely mystifying and intimidating, to comfortable and natural when approached with the wholistic, positive reenforcement based, Relaxation-First Method. We embrace the notion that singing is not pass/fail. It's a gradual and open minded exploration of all the amazing things our vocal cords can do. My vocal lessons are safe and inclusive for all people. I work regularly with trans and nonbinary folks looking to sing in their true voice, young learners lacking access to educational creative outlets, trauma survivors looking to heal blockages and unlock their voice, religious singers looking to sing with a worship group or participate more in their local place of worship, and elders bravely beginning a new journey towards a life long curiosity. Please feel free to message me with any questions. It’s my pleasure to make this process as seamless and comfortable for you as possible. Let’s get singing!
About Orla C.

Hi again, I’m Orla :) Welcome to your completely stress-free creative space! Here exploration is highly encouraged, and positive reinforcement is the main method of guidance. There is no wrong way to the right answer in my classroom! : : My Background : : ~ Berklee College of Music, Bachelor of Music - Magna Cum Laude 2015 ~ Voiceover Actress and Singer for digital media such as: theme song for computer game Necken in original score composed by Paul Zimmermann in 2019, and Tilly Turtle in Tilly Turtle's Friendship Gift, a Read Aloud Adventure composed by Matthew Boerner and sponsored by Annie's Mac and Cheese in 2021. ~ Original writer, composer, producer, vocalist, band leader, and performer of ORLA. Have toured through the Boston, New York City, and Washington DC live music circuit since 2015. Performed as ORLA in the Gradient Perspective's Twitch stream Covid fundraiser in 2020. ~ Professional acting career began age 12 with Ford's Theater's annual production of A Christmas Carol 2005, continued with the national touring production of Les Miserables 2007, and concluded with 2020 Production's original Web Series: Orange Juice in Bishop's Garden in 2010 : : Singing Lessons : : • The most important thing to me when working with singers of any age or ability is: Helping them learn the correct techniques to keep their voices safe and healthy while singing. A Beginner Lesson Plan begins by covering the main foundations of healthy, happy singing: 1. Breathing 2. Placement (head voice, mask voice, chest voice) 3. Locating Muscle Tension and Releasing it After covering these techniques, my students will be able to achieve any style and level of singing they desire. My Relaxation-First Method makes stretching your vocal range, learning a new genre/style, or incorporating movement into your songs much more natural and accessible. • I also make sure to focus a lot on confidence and stage presence, so as to help my students achieve their goal of public or internet performance. I use my Stage Fright Survival Guide to give my students a step-by-step plan for dealing with going on stage. I also make sure to deconstruct societal misconceptions about singing in public, so that students can graduate from viewing singing as "pass vs fail" to viewing it as a gift every singer gives to themselves and to their audience. : : Meditation Lessons : : • The most important thing to me when working with students of any age or ability is: Learning that the success of meditation is not based on what happens during it, but simply sitting down to do it in the first place. Once my students see that meditation is not a complex nor strenuous exercise, that it is all based in simple mindfulness and relaxation techniques, and that ones mind does not need to be made "blank", they may realize how capable of meditating they have been all along. They may feel brave enough to try meditating all on their own. • I begin with brand new meditation students by teaching them about basic mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness meditation does not center a certain goal, but rather encourages the meditator to passively notice what is happening in their external environment, and eventually their internal environment. This gentle and judgement-free practice is very accessible and requires no stillness of mind or even patience of any kind. I find that beginning with mindfulness meditation helps to demystify meditation in general. And this demystification is key to building a gradual path towards independence and curiosity as to what ones mindfulness practice can be, even outside of class. • I also specialize in guided, full body relaxation. This is an excellent practice for beginners as well. Full body relaxation aids in insomnia, healing from trauma, releasing chronically tensed muscles and blockages, managing carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic stress, and decreasing anxiety and depression. This practice tends to be so relaxing that when my students are already tired, they will fall asleep! This is totally natural and welcomed, as you are here with me to be comfortable and supported, in whatever way your body and mind tell us they need. • I like to make it clear to all my student that I am not a licensed therapist or medical professional. I have been meditating with teachers, pre-recorded audio, and completely on my own since age 14. I have explored Mindfulness Meditation, Full Body Relaxation, Transcendental Meditation, and Hypnosis. Meditation helps me manage anxiety and depression, has helped me heal from trauma, and has been an absolutely integral part of my self care routine for over 14 years. I have come to learn that meditation is something we can learn, practice, and then take with us into our daily lives. We do not need to become Monks or dedicate every moment of our day to Mindfulness just to be able to meditate regularly, on our own. I want to be a resource to anyone looking to incorporate practical, easily accessible meditation into their lives. I am here to be a comrade and mentor to anyone interested in re-prioritizing or even just balancing their contemporary and fast-paced lives. I am excited to help you slow down and chill out, and I can't wait to meet you on this particular step in your journey 🤍 Please feel free to message me with any questions. It’s my job to make this process as seamless and comfortable for you as possible 🤗 My classroom is safe and welcoming to folks from all walks of life. At any age and any stage of your life, we can commune and share together, without risk, judgement, or retraumatization. My classroom maintains a zero tolerance policy towards bigotry.

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Teaches all skill levels

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Teaching since 2014

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Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, Magna Cum Laude

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Teaches ages 8+

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Orla C.
Teaches Online
Student Favorite
Student Favorite
Learn to sing like a pro with a professional music instructor with 15+ years of experience
Student Favorite
Student Favorite
⭐️Relaxation Based, Wholistic Voice Lessons ⭐️Using my therapeutic Relaxation-First Method, you will learn proper vocal technique alongside guided relaxation to insure not only sing beautiful, but healthily as well! My therapeutic Relaxation-First Method uses guided relaxation to insure that students learn proper vocal technique without using tension and discomfort to do so. I am dedicated to nurturing the differences in each students voice, and through my tension-releasing approach my students learn to use their instrument effortlessly. This means that the student will be able to sing any style of music they want! Since no style is actually harder or easier than another, we can master them all when the malleability of the human voice is fully understood and used as a tool. ~ ~ Understand Your Instrument Completely, Express Yourself Effortlessly ~ ~ Together we will eliminate tension, strain and pain from the singing experience. The comfort and ease gained through Relaxation-First singing is key to healthily mastering these core skills which will be the main focus of our first 4-8 lessons : * Breath Control * Singing on Pitch (correcting “tone deaf” singing) * Expanding the Vocal Range (singing higher & lower notes) * Understanding and Mastering Rhythm * Projecting * Belting * Singing and Understanding Harmonies * Stage fright * Mastering the Formula for Any Audition * Confident Performance Technique Applying my Relaxation-First methodology to these professional foundations of strong vocal technique make it easy and natural for students to find their voice and transition out of stage fright so that they can feel confident on any stage: from karaoke bars, to local and professional musical theater productions. From open mic nights to performing with their very own band. These are not only vocal coaching sessions, but complete performance-ready-workshops. Once we have mastered the students' preliminary vocal technique goals and conquered some of their favorite songs, I always encourage my students to expand their creative horizons with these bonus areas of study: * Song Writing * Music Production Using Electronic Software such as Garage Band, Ableton, Logic, or even SoundTrap (a free, online music production software). * Beginner Level Piano Playing * Beginner and Intermediate Level Sight Reading * Understanding Music Theory from the Singer's Perspective (Using Solfeggio) * Developing Content for YouTube and Social Media * Forming a Band of Live Musicians to Play Originals and Cover Songs * Writing Lead Sheets for the Band to Easily Communicate Musical Ideas and Simplify the Rehearsal Process * How to Use a Microphone During a Live Performance * How to Sing in a Recording Studio * How to Use a Microphone in a Recording Studio All of these core skills and bonus areas of study go from completely mystifying and intimidating, to comfortable and natural when approached with the wholistic, positive reenforcement based, Relaxation-First Method. We embrace the notion that singing is not pass/fail. It's a gradual and open minded exploration of all the amazing things our vocal cords can do. My vocal lessons are safe and inclusive for all people. I work regularly with trans and nonbinary folks looking to sing in their true voice, young learners lacking access to educational creative outlets, trauma survivors looking to heal blockages and unlock their voice, religious singers looking to sing with a worship group or participate more in their local place of worship, and elders bravely beginning a new journey towards a life long curiosity. Please feel free to message me with any questions. It’s my pleasure to make this process as seamless and comfortable for you as possible. Let’s get singing!
About Orla C.

Hi again, I’m Orla :) Welcome to your completely stress-free creative space! Here exploration is highly encouraged, and positive reinforcement is the main method of guidance. There is no wrong way to the right answer in my classroom! : : My Background : : ~ Berklee College of Music, Bachelor of Music - Magna Cum Laude 2015 ~ Voiceover Actress and Singer for digital media such as: theme song for computer game Necken in original score composed by Paul Zimmermann in 2019, and Tilly Turtle in Tilly Turtle's Friendship Gift, a Read Aloud Adventure composed by Matthew Boerner and sponsored by Annie's Mac and Cheese in 2021. ~ Original writer, composer, producer, vocalist, band leader, and performer of ORLA. Have toured through the Boston, New York City, and Washington DC live music circuit since 2015. Performed as ORLA in the Gradient Perspective's Twitch stream Covid fundraiser in 2020. ~ Professional acting career began age 12 with Ford's Theater's annual production of A Christmas Carol 2005, continued with the national touring production of Les Miserables 2007, and concluded with 2020 Production's original Web Series: Orange Juice in Bishop's Garden in 2010 : : Singing Lessons : : • The most important thing to me when working with singers of any age or ability is: Helping them learn the correct techniques to keep their voices safe and healthy while singing. A Beginner Lesson Plan begins by covering the main foundations of healthy, happy singing: 1. Breathing 2. Placement (head voice, mask voice, chest voice) 3. Locating Muscle Tension and Releasing it After covering these techniques, my students will be able to achieve any style and level of singing they desire. My Relaxation-First Method makes stretching your vocal range, learning a new genre/style, or incorporating movement into your songs much more natural and accessible. • I also make sure to focus a lot on confidence and stage presence, so as to help my students achieve their goal of public or internet performance. I use my Stage Fright Survival Guide to give my students a step-by-step plan for dealing with going on stage. I also make sure to deconstruct societal misconceptions about singing in public, so that students can graduate from viewing singing as "pass vs fail" to viewing it as a gift every singer gives to themselves and to their audience. : : Meditation Lessons : : • The most important thing to me when working with students of any age or ability is: Learning that the success of meditation is not based on what happens during it, but simply sitting down to do it in the first place. Once my students see that meditation is not a complex nor strenuous exercise, that it is all based in simple mindfulness and relaxation techniques, and that ones mind does not need to be made "blank", they may realize how capable of meditating they have been all along. They may feel brave enough to try meditating all on their own. • I begin with brand new meditation students by teaching them about basic mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness meditation does not center a certain goal, but rather encourages the meditator to passively notice what is happening in their external environment, and eventually their internal environment. This gentle and judgement-free practice is very accessible and requires no stillness of mind or even patience of any kind. I find that beginning with mindfulness meditation helps to demystify meditation in general. And this demystification is key to building a gradual path towards independence and curiosity as to what ones mindfulness practice can be, even outside of class. • I also specialize in guided, full body relaxation. This is an excellent practice for beginners as well. Full body relaxation aids in insomnia, healing from trauma, releasing chronically tensed muscles and blockages, managing carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic stress, and decreasing anxiety and depression. This practice tends to be so relaxing that when my students are already tired, they will fall asleep! This is totally natural and welcomed, as you are here with me to be comfortable and supported, in whatever way your body and mind tell us they need. • I like to make it clear to all my student that I am not a licensed therapist or medical professional. I have been meditating with teachers, pre-recorded audio, and completely on my own since age 14. I have explored Mindfulness Meditation, Full Body Relaxation, Transcendental Meditation, and Hypnosis. Meditation helps me manage anxiety and depression, has helped me heal from trauma, and has been an absolutely integral part of my self care routine for over 14 years. I have come to learn that meditation is something we can learn, practice, and then take with us into our daily lives. We do not need to become Monks or dedicate every moment of our day to Mindfulness just to be able to meditate regularly, on our own. I want to be a resource to anyone looking to incorporate practical, easily accessible meditation into their lives. I am here to be a comrade and mentor to anyone interested in re-prioritizing or even just balancing their contemporary and fast-paced lives. I am excited to help you slow down and chill out, and I can't wait to meet you on this particular step in your journey 🤍 Please feel free to message me with any questions. It’s my job to make this process as seamless and comfortable for you as possible 🤗 My classroom is safe and welcoming to folks from all walks of life. At any age and any stage of your life, we can commune and share together, without risk, judgement, or retraumatization. My classroom maintains a zero tolerance policy towards bigotry.

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Teaches all skill levels

Teaching since

Teaching since 2014

Education

Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, Magna Cum Laude

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Teaches ages 8+

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Speaks English, Spanish

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I absolutely love my lesson time with Orla. I look forward to it every week. She is encouraging, clear with instructions and just has a genuine passion you can feel even over the computer. You can tell she loves what she does and it makes instruction that much better!

Posted Jan 19, 2022
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She’s so helpful and I am so happy I found her!

Posted Dec 16, 2021
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Orla has been amazing for my daughter (8). Not only are the lessons organized and friendly, Orla easily adapts to find personalized teaching moments. My daughter is always excited for class and even for the homework she gets.

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Band Leader, Song Writer, Producer, Lead Singer
Oct 2014 - Present
ORLA
Orla is the lead singer, songwriter, producer, manager, booker, and promoter of her ambient electronic band, ORLA. ---- ORLA has been playing since 2014 in the Boston, New York, and Washington D.C. area. They have been compared to Aurora, Imogen Heap, Enya, Vaults, Fever Ray, Phantogram, Grimes, London Grammar, and Florence and the Machine. ---- Orla has worked with backup singers, dancers, digitally projected visual teams, and videography crews to put together her live shows. Orla writes lead sheets, arranges harmonies, and plays keyboards and midi percussion pads live. ---- ORLA's most recent EP, called Transformation can be heard on Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, Pandora, YouTube and anywhere else you may stream or purchase music. ---- Since 2020, ORLA has been featured in Internet Live Stream festivals with other electronic artists and DJs. As an electronic artist, ORLA will continue to participate in new versions of digital concerts, creating digital media for YouTube and social media, and exploring virtual reality platforms within which music can be enjoyed. ---- Check out ORLA at www.OrlaTone.com
Vocal Coach
May 2014 - Present
Voice Lessons with Orla
Over the years, Orla has coached neighbors and friends in vocal technique, musical theater audition prep, musical theater technique, rock technique, and contemporary concert/recital prep. She used to do this as a fun favor for friends and neighbors but is now extending her specialized teaching abilities to you so that you can achieve all of your wildest singing and vocal performance goals.
Voice Actor
Apr 2021 - Apr 2021
Novel Effect
Acted and Sang as the voice of Tilly Turtle in the Read Aloud Adventure of Tilly Turtle's Friendship Gift, sponsored by Annie's Mac & Cheese
Voice Actor
Jan 2019 - Jan 2019
Paul Zimmermann - Composer , Joccish - Game Creator
Sang vocal arrangement of theme song for Necken the computer game made by Joccish and playable on Steam, GameJolt, and Itch
Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, Magna Cum Laude
Sep 2011 - May 2015
Berklee College of Music
Lead Singer
Jan 2008 - Nov 2010
School of Rock
English
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
Spanish
Limited Proficiency
Magna Cum Laude Bachelor of Science
May 2015
Berklee College of Music
Partial Scholarship
Dec 2010
Berklee College of Music

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Instructor details
Singing
Teaches Online
Teaches Online
Work hours
M
T
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S
Times are shown in your local timezone (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Pricing
30 minutes
$45
40 minutes
$55
45 minutes
$60
60 minutes
$75
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30