Rebecca Blinder

Rebecca B.

Seattle, WA
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Whether singing is your chosen career or just a treasured hobby, my goal is to help you succeed! I offer voice lessons to students of all backgrounds, ages and a variety of styles. I take a healthy, classical vocal approach to encourage freedom, ease and power in the voice. A student of Bel Canto, Alexander Technique and Yoga, I incorporate a full body approach to singing. My students range from amateurs to Broadway talent. I have prepared students to perform on stage, book agents, and to be featured in television and film. 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.

Lessons are tailored to each individual student but generally begin with a breathing and vocal warm-up, followed by some technical exercises and finishing with a piece of music or several of their choosing. That being said, the lesson can be focused on whatever is important to the student-if he or she just wants to work on songs or just technical exercises-that's fine with me. My technique is based on breath and finding the most easy, efficient way to use your voice in any type of music. Most importantly, lessons take place in a positive environment where you can relax and do what you love to do!

About Rebecca B.

"Whether it is nailing that next key audition, speaking with more confidence at your next big board meeting or just honing a skill that brings you joy, I look forward to working with you to give you the tools, training and support to succeed..."

Praised by Opera News for her “pearly tone,” REBECCA BLINDER is a voice teacher and performer living and working in Seattle. She recently relocated to the West Coast after teaching voice in New York for over 13 years. Additionally she trained at a variety of festivals and young artist programs, and earned a Master’s Degree (and Bachelor's Degree) in Voice Performance from The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance.

Rebecca has taught a wide variety of performers — from professionals to talented children and teenagers. Her students have performed in Film, Television, on National tours, at Regional Theaters and Music Venues including New York City Opera, Radio City Music Hall and recently the Academy Awards. She also enjoys working with beginners and those who want to explore their vocal potential for their own enjoyment.

As a performer herself, Rebecca’s career as an Operatic Soprano as well as a performer of Musical Theatre, New Works and Spiritual Music has taken her all over the United States, Europe and the Middle East. Favorite credits include Rosalinda (Die Fledermaus), Nedda (I Pagliacci), Micaëla (La Tragedie de Carmen) and a world premiere reading of Billy Blythe, a folk opera about the early years of Bill Clinton.

Rebecca’s knowledge of the music business, experience as a performer, and technical, supportive teaching method make her a sought-after voice teacher for students of all levels, backgrounds and vocal styles.

"My TEACHING PHILOSOPHY leads me to work with each student individually to help them find a tailored technique that works for them. No two voices are exactly alike, therefore I believe that there is not one rigid method that works for everyone. My ultimate goal is to help my students find their own unique sound, free of tension and full of confidence. Every student who comes to me started singing for a reason — because it felt good. And it should always feel good, restorative, and empowering!

In lessons I aim to keep this positive energy at the forefront and focus on making singing easier. My students and I work together to eliminate unnecessary effort and complications — those things that take away from the enjoyment that comes from singing. I take a healthy, classical vocal approach to encourage freedom, ease and power in the voice. As a student of such methods as Bel Canto, Alexander Technique and Yoga, I incorporate a full body approach to singing. I also encourage my students to find ways of improving their voices and the use of their bodies in all aspects of their lives, both in and outside the studio. In today’s busy world (and especially here in New York City) maximizing time, while learning to take a beat and focus, is a huge part of vocal technique. The voice reflects what is going on in the mind and body. In addition to their vocal work, I encourage all my students to spend time doing things that keep them happy and feeling good. Yoga, running, dancing, attending that concert or play — these activities help keep us in balance.

In my work with children and teenagers, I take special care to nurture their developing voices, encourage strong practice habits and sing with joy every day. Depending on their level of skill and their individual goals, we incorporate musicianship and music theory into technical work so that each student has the practical skills to pursue music in their life however they choose.

Whether it is nailing that next key audition or speaking with more confidence at your next big board meeting, I look forward to working with you to give you the tools, training and support to succeed!

See you in the studio! —Rebecca"

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Isabel
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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.

Posted Sep 6, 2016
Noa
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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.

Posted Aug 16, 2016
Abby
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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.

Posted Sep 27, 2015
Kate A.
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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!

Posted Sep 24, 2015
Cristina V.
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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.

Posted Aug 24, 2014
Sarah N.
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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.

Posted Aug 16, 2014
KevinFernandez

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.

Posted Mar 6, 2014
JordanaJ

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!

Posted Mar 6, 2014
DichellZ

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

Posted Mar 6, 2014
Kevin H.

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.

Posted Jan 2, 2014
Nechama L.

Rebecca is really great!

Rebecca is a great singing teacher. She is patient, she teaches according to what you need as an individual, she is very informed on the topic that she teaches, and at the same time she is kind and fun to work with! I would recommend her to everyone:)

Posted Feb 9, 2013
KC S.

You won't be disappointed!!!

Rebecca is an amazing teacher has a lot of patients and it well skilled and knowledgeable. You won't be disappointed, I serious. Not just anyone can teach, there many people who the the knowledge but few who can teach it.

Posted Feb 7, 2013
BrittneyM

When I first started voice lessons with Rebecca, I had no confidence or any real training prior to her. She's taught me how to sing in a healthy way and how to get the best possible sound out of each note. Her knowledge is very broad, and I believe that anyone no matter what experience level you have, can learn something from her! I look forward to continuing my Lessons with her, and highly recommend her!!!

Posted Feb 23, 2012
FrankA

Claire says she's a great teacher and she's awesome!

Posted Feb 16, 2012

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Experience

Outreach Performer
Mar 2011 - Present

Concerts in Motion

Rebecca performs a series of outreach concerts throughout New York City

Freelance Opera Singer
Apr 2007 - Present

Self Employed

Voice Teacher
Jan 2003 - Present

Rebecca Blinder Voice Studio

Youth Series Coordinator
Jan 2015 - Feb 2016

Concerts in Motion

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.

Youth Performance Supervisor
Apr 2013 - Feb 2016

Concerts in Motion

Rebecca supervises youth outreach concerts throughout the school year and in the Summer.

Cantorial Soloist
Jan 2012 - May 2015

Shaaray Tefila

Education

Masters of Music in Voice Performance
Sep 2006 - May 2007

University of Michigan School of Music, Theater and Dance

Bachelors of Music in Voice Performance
Sep 2002 - May 2006

University of Michigan School of Music, Theater and Dance

Languages

French

Professional Proficiency

German

Professional Proficiency

Hebrew

Professional Proficiency

Italian

Professional Proficiency

Spanish

Limited Proficiency

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