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**Whether you are seasoned performer or a an absolute beginner I want to help you reach your vocal potential!**
I have been running my own private studio for over a decade. Watching my students improve and make strides in their musical careers and reaching their personal goals is so fulfilling. I fell in love with teaching music while a student myself at the University of Michigan, where I received Masters of Music and a Bachelors of Music degrees with honors in voice performance. While there, I began my private vocal studio and study of vocal pedagogy. Since graduation, I have maintained a professional private studio in New York, while pursuing a performing career in classical, musical theater and new music. My younger students have gone on to programs such as the Professional Performing Arts School, the Interlochen Arts Academy and various conservatory and college programs. My professional students have performed at such venues as New York City Opera, Radio City, in Film and Television and on National Tours. I love what I do and find it fulfilling to give my students the tools that they need to succeed and watch them achieve their goals.
I have performed in both the US and internationally on a professional level. As a performer I am comfortable in a range of repertoire: Musical Theater, Jazz, Opera, Pop, Folk and other genres. As a teacher, I find that my own experiences in performing inform and help guide my teaching style. In addition to teaching and performing in operas, concerts and musicals, I perform on behalf of an outreach organization called Concerts Motion, bringing live performances to audiences who are hospitalized, isolated or in need. I have also served as a Cantorial Soloist at Shaaray Tefila of Bedford, New York and the New York Area.
In addition to my more advanced and adult students, I have a passion for teaching children. I began working with younger students as an instructor at the Cranbrook Theater School. While there I taught lessons and group workshops on singing, acting and general performance to students ages 5 through high school. Since then I have worked with young students on a regular basis in both private lessons and working with music outreach programs in New York schools. In addition to building musical skills, I find that performing and studying music gives children a sense of accomplishment and confidence in their lives.
*Healthy Vocal Technique
*Wide dynamic and vocal range
*Lessons to Improve Public Speaking and Speech
My approach to vocal instruction encourages a healthy technique bringing freedom throughout the entire body. I teach a variety of ages and singing levels. I look forward to working with you!
*** Lesson Details ***
The style and pace of my lessons are tailored to each individual student. I bring structure to the lessons, but work at the speed that is comfortable for you. It is my ultimate goal to give you the tools and the confidence to learn and perform music on your own. Most importantly we make the most of our time together for whichever length of lesson you choose.
Each lesson generally starts with a physical and vocal warm up. This is followed by vocal exercises (arpeggios, scales, and various other exercises that will develop flexibility and also breath control in the voice, as well as expanding the vocal range). The last part of the lesson will most often focus on a song or piece of music as we incorporate the technical and artistic elements we have worked on thus far.
Depending on the level of the student we will begin with the basics: pitch matching, simple vocal exercises, and standard songs. After a few months of lessons students should expect to have the skills to move on to more difficult vocalizes and advanced songs. All that we do in our lessons will have an emphasis on singing in the most healthy way for your voice.
We will work on intonation, rhythm, style, diction and projection. We will also do audition and performance preparation. I will give the you exercises to take home and work on between lessons.
We will have fun and learn a lot in the comfortable and energetic setting that I create!
*** Studio Equipment ***
Private in-home studio: Separate studio with electric piano, music stand, several chairs, music books, mirrors, speakers and open space for us to work in!
There is a separate living room/waiting room where parents/caretakers are welcomed to wait while their student is in their lesson. Parents/caretakers are also welcomed to sit in on all or part of lesson in the studio.
*** Travel Equipment ***
I will bring music repertoire books that we might be using. I would expect them to have a keyboard or piano.
*** Specialties ***
I am classically trained, but have studied pedagogy pertaining to many different types of singing. I work with many singers of Opera and Musical Theater. I also have a lot of experience working with singers who are in bands and play instruments (guitar, bass, drums, ukulele, keyboards) while they are singing. I find this provides an entirely new set of challenges for the singer and feel that I have found efficient and successful ways of negotiating this. I also teach students of jazz and folk music and work with singer-songwriters on getting the best of themselves on their original pieces.
Rebecca performs a series of outreach concerts throughout New York City
While continuing to perform for CiM's professional roster and supervising youth concerts, Rebecca also books and coordinates over 100 Talented Youth, School Group, and Intergenerational, and At-Home concerts per year, fostering a connection between young musicians and those in need in their communities.
Rebecca supervises youth outreach concerts throughout the school year and in the Summer.
· Singing · In studio Rebecca was very warm and friendly which helped my teenager feel comfortable and confident. She focused on technique. My daughter felt she learned a lot and is looking forward to her next lesson.
· Singing · In studio Rebecca is the most caring person I have ever seen. She wants her students to get better and find the voice that fits them. My experience with her was unforgettable and it will help me as I proceed with an intention of pursuing a career in singing.
· Singing · In studio Rebecca is a wonderful vocal teacher with an incredibly warm personality that puts me at ease at encourages me to enjoy the practice of singing. During lessons, she explains each exercise very clearly and always knows the right advice to give when I am having trouble grasping a concept. She always inspires me to work hard to reach my own goals and her dedication to our lessons together has already led to amazing leaps in progress in my voice. I would absolutely recommend her for students of any level of training; you will very quickly notice the progress in your own voice while enjoying the art of singing.
· Singing · In studio Rebecca is an amazing teacher. A year ago, I wanted to learn how to sing better but was very self-conscious whenever I sang. Rebecca has a very non-judgmental teaching style and demeanor, which really helped in the first few months of our lessons and ever since. She's always very patient and encouraging, and explains concepts and exercises clearly. My singing ability and confidence have both improved over the 1 1/2 years I've been her student. Each lesson is productive and focused, while still being relaxed. At the end of every lesson, I feel like I've learned useful, interesting information.
She's a genuinely nice, fun person and lessons are never boring. Highly recommended!
· Singing · In studio I have been taking lessons with Rebecca for a little over a year. During this time her high energy level and enthusiasm for teaching has made each lesson an absolute pleasure to attend.
She is a teacher who enjoys thinking during each lesson and providing her students with the right tools to improve their singing.
Rebecca’s unique teaching style also blends the technical and mental aspect of singing.
If you are a beginner or a more advanced singer looking to improve your technique, she is a great choice.
· Singing · In studio I've loved music and dance my whole life, and always wished that I could carry a tune. About a year ago I decided to see what I could do about it, and found my way to Rebecca.
I was nervous that a singing teacher would not want to deal with an absolute beginner like me. Rebecca immediately set my mind at ease. She has been so patient and supportive, and encourages me to push myself while keeping things fun. I've been surprised and gratified with how much I've been able to progress in less than a year, and consider Rebecca both a teacher and a friend.
Rebecca is a skilled practitioner (I love to listen to her sing) but has a gift for teaching and takes a professional approach to her work. She thoughtfully tailors her approach based on my skill level and interests, and remembers where we are lesson to lesson.
I've progressed in my singing, but the lessons have also had a positive impact on my life in other ways, such as my speaking voice when presenting at work, how stress manifests in my face, even my "oms" in yoga class are better. :)
I look forward to my lessons as an opportunity to explore my own creativity and vocal capabilities, and can wholeheartedly recommend Rebecca to other non-professionals.
· · Great!
She helped me so much in such a short amount of time, shes incredibly talented and such a nice person. It was a pleasure working with her.
· · Great Singing Teacher for Kids
My daughter, Z, who is 7, has been taking singing lessons from Rebecca for a year now. The lessons are great and my daughter loves them and loves Rebecca. Rebecca is a fun and patient coach. She teaches Z about singing and so much more. They start out with vocal warm ups that are simple enough that Z can master them if she concentrates and focuses in what she is doing. Z and Rebecca also work on songs each week. Rebecca's goal in her lessons for Z is for Z to gain confidence in herself as she notices her own improvement from lesson to lesson. And she always takes a fun and positive approach to music making. I would highly recommend Rebecca as a singing teacher for any young child interested in having fun and improving their vocal skills!
· · She's the Greatest!
The moment that Rebecca and I started working together, I knew that we would get along very well and that i would have so much to learn and so much to gain. She is very patient, professional, and kind, and makes you feel like you can be yourself. When singing during our lessons, she gives me wonderful constructive criticism where it is needed and she gives me signs of approval when i do something right/ great. I've only been working with her for a couple of months and i already see a vast improvement in my singing and i know that she will help me go above and beyond. She's one of the people you'd want to keep in your life because not only is she an amazing teacher, but a wonderful person and friend
· Singing · So glad I decided to take lessons with Rebecca
I had never taken a singing lesson before, so was nervous about what I was getting myself into. From the first minute of the first lesson, Rebecca had already put me at ease, and now my lesson is the favorite part of my week. Rebecca is a gifted singer and a natural teacher. She works with students as individuals, helping them achieve their specific goals in a way that works best for them--no matter what their age or experience/ability level. I am probably one of her older students (41 years) and I have seen her interact with students as young as 6 or 7, and she is great with everyone. A real pro. She is smart, insightful, patient (very!), and has a knack for communicating ideas and helping me make the connections that lead to progress. I have been able to do things with my voice and improve my singing in a way I never thought I could. I have continued to make breakthroughs after 10 months of lessons, and the reason is Rebecca's ability to create a structured but relaxed environment in which I feel comfortable and focused, and inspired to improve. If you are thinking about taking singing lessons--whether for the first time or to hone your professional skills--I would highly, highly recommend Rebecca.