Rachel Austin

Rachel A.

Mount Sidney, VA

Lesson Details

Songwriting

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Together, we'll get you writing songs! At a beginners level, we look at how songs are constructed both musically and lyrically and work on chord progressions and lyric production. At intermediate and advanced levels, we can work on honing your musical practice and creativity. I will give feedback on works in progress.
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About

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Rachel delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 12+ and special needs

Teaching since:
October 2004

I love teaching and I love singing! I'm a listener, and love bringing a fun and creative tone to my lessons while teaching the highest level of healthy technique and style. My students are usually focused on a goal: singing for fun or meditative purposes, going for auditions or performances, and recording and touring at a professional level. They've appeared on multiple stages around the world, including as a finalist on The Voice (Ireland). I taught voice and performance for several years at a university in Europe, as well as in workshops with a lot of different community organisations.

I've studied the following voice and movement practices, too: Alexander Technique, Estill Voice Training, Speech Level Singing, Pop Vocals, Experimental Voice, Trigger Point Therapy, Yoga, Pilates, Contemporary Dance.

By taking lessons with me, not only are you contributing to your own music-making, but you're essentially becoming a patron for me as I travel around writing music for commissions and doing shows. I love teaching online because I get to share the excitement of all of this with you!

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Experience

Vocal Coach & Singing Teacher
Jan 2006 - Present
Rachel A. // Freelance

Originally based in Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK, I've worked with hundreds of student individually and in groups. I also did a lot of work with community groups, including youth from troubled zones of the city.

Voice and Performance Instructor
Sep 2009 - Jun 2013
Queen's University

I provided instruction on voice technique, performance skills, band dynamics, and songwriting for a performance class based on jazz, rock, folk, and free improv styles.

Singing Teacher, Vocal Coach, Songwriting Teacher
Oct 2004 - May 2010
Institute of Contemporary Music

Education

Music, Electronic Composition (Honors)
Jan 2014 - May 2016
Mills College
Associate's Degree in Music
Feb 2005 - Oct 2009
The Open University, UK

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Spanish
Limited Proficiency

Certifications

Science in Changing Voices
Jun 2012
Ulster University

Grade 8 vocals
Jun 2005
Trinity College of Music, UK

Awards

Special Recognition Award
Mar 2016
Isadora Duncan Dance Awards, San Francisco
Maurthea Freidberger Cup
Apr 2015
Mills College
Support for the Individual Artist Grant
Nov 2011
Arts Council of Northern Ireland
Support for the Individual Artist Grant
Jun 2007
Arts Council of Northern Ireland

Photos & Videos

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Clearly a Brady Bunch inspired video... enjoy!
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Don't Go from Age of Reason, released 2013
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4 Reviews

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Maggie May 26, 2018
Singing · Online

I’ve been taking singing lessons from Rachel for over a year now. All of my sessions have been online, and I’ve been super happy with my progress and her teaching style.

The classes are structured around my own interests (specific songs, breath control, body technique, etc.), and she’s always ready to answer questions. I don’t have any formal background in musical theory, but I’ve been able to still learn so much from her. I should also mention these classes have been a god-send for my public speaking (I don’t lose my voice anymore and can project easily now).

Rachel is easygoing and has been flexible with me and my schedule changes (you just have to give her some notice). I would definitely recommend her to anyone just starting out like I did—she’s experienced, knowledgeable and professional. :)

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Jade Apr 18, 2018
Singing · Online

I love that she always gives me an option on what I do or don't want to do at the moment, but still pushes me to challenge myself. I get to sing the songs I like, and learn the things I need. It helps me stay an interested student. It's fun to train with her too, because Miss Austin knows how to lighten the mood but still keep me on track during lessons. I'd say that my voice's improvements in such a short time would have never happened without her.

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Chanteé Apr 18, 2018
Vocal Training · Online

I signed my 12yo up for voice lessons online with Rachel because a) I couldn't tolerate my child's 'singing' and b) our schedule is pretty crowded and we needed something flexible. My child has high functioning ASD and I honestly wasn't sure how well it would work as, up to this point, in-school/in-person music classes had failed to give her a sense of rhythm or even the ability to clap/chant/recite with a crowd. I am SO glad we went with Rachel's lessons!

I no longer cringe when my child offers to sing for me - in fact, it's enjoyable to listen to her now! My child now claps and sings in beat and with a crowd - something they weren't working towards but has clearly come from this work. It's worked really well for our crazy schedule too - Rachel is awesome about working with us and often sees our needs in advance (for instance just last week she asked to change the schedule so she could get another lesson in before my child auditioned for a musical theater slot - an audition she aced thanks to Rachel's work). We have gotten what we hoped for and more from Rachel's instruction!

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Taylor Aug 23, 2016
Vocal Training · Online

Rachel is beyond words. She has transformed my voice and continues to do so even though we are on opposite sides of the world. Do yourself a favor and occupy her schedule. No one compares. She really creates a comfortable environment for experiment and play (even for the most beginner); I could not recommend her enough.

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