Opera and Musical theatre are my areas of most expertise, but I also have dabbled in vocal jazz and pop. I believe that music should be a part of everyone's life, and that someone in any career path and line of work can benefit greatly from an education in music and the arts. I have been teaching private voice lessons for four years, and have previously been a beginning piano teacher for children as well as an academic tutor and camp counselor. I love teaching and sharing the knowledge and love for music I have with others!
Piano: I teach beginning piano to kids and adults of all ages
Voice: I teach ages 12+ (if a child is under 12 and is interested in singing, I am willing to teach them some piano and music theory and incorporate singing, but full voice lessons under 12 is unhealthy for their developing voices). I am particularly interested in teaching late middle school and high school aged students who are motivated about developing their singing skills. I am happy to teach beginning adults, however keep the genres I am most comfortable with in mind!
Here's a little more about myself:
Becky is an accomplished and well rounded musician. She holds a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Rice University's prestigious Shepherd School of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from DePaul University where she studied with Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano, Jane Bunnell. She has a background in not only classical voice and opera, but also in musical theatre, piano, and flute. She is originally from Chicago.
Her diverse recent operatic engagements include:
Lauretta in Puccini's "Gianni Schicchi"
Dalinda in Handel's "Ariodante"
Castrato in John Musto's "Volpone"
Adele in Johann Strauss's 'Die Fledermaus'
Minerva in Monteverdi's 'Il ritorno d'Ulise in Patria'
Yum-Yum in Gilbert & Sullivan's ' The Mikado'
She has appeared in Musical Theatre productions as:
Julie in 'Carousel'
Marian in 'The Music Man'
Glinda in 'The Wizard of Oz'
*** Lesson Details ***
In my own life as a musician, I strive for structure in my lessons and practicing, and therefore I want to instill that into my students. I find that routine is extremely important in gaining the most from your lesson and practicing time, and within that structure is where you find the wiggle room to explore new paths to your goals, and ways of thinking about how you produce your sound.
Your lesson with me is a safe environment. Singing is a VERY personal thing and you should never being afraid of making a weird or "ugly" sound. It's part of the process! I am completely open to any thoughts, suggestions, and concerns you may have. The relationship you have with your teacher is a very important one, and you need to be able to trust one another and work together in order to achieve your success!
After you've had a few lessons with me, you should have a structure and plan with which you practice and we conduct our lessons, while feeling free to improvise, and explore new ideas and rep.
*** Studio Equipment ***
High-end full keyboard with weighted keys and three pedals, piano bench, music stand, mirrors and sofa.
*** Travel Equipment ***
Students need to have a piano or a keyboard of fairly good quality. If they have music they would like to work on, that's great. I will provide some music, but I might ask them to purchase or find their own music occasionally. If they want to provide a pianist, that is fine, otherwise I can play at an intermediate level.
*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical/opera singing but also have acting and musical theatre in my background.
· Musical Theater · Online
Becky is kind, patient, and structured in her teaching and is very clear about her expectations. She is a very positive influence on my daughter and gives her confidence in her singing (she used to be very shy but has come out of her shell). I am thrilled to highly recommend her as a teacher and mentor!
· Piano · In home
· Singing ·
I was Becky's voice student for three weeks over the summer of 2013 at the music camp that I went to (I went for cello, but I realized that singing was something I had always loved to do and I knew it would help me develop my skills as a musician.) I had never taken a voice lesson before, and I was in the middle of a camp which included some very advanced singers, but Becky made me feel so comfortable with myself that I wasn't afraid to approach her with any problems I had with my voice. She taught me so much in 6 lessons especially about natural human breathing, and about how to express myself with my voice, in a way that only let me feel more and more comfortable with myself and with any sounds I made (and there were a lot of ugly ones!). Becky is an absolutely incredible singer and didn't only teach me about how to sing, but also about the history of vocal performance in a way that showed me how influential it is to the rest of music in general. Becky was also my camp counselor, and outside of the voice lessons she is an incredible person-- she's hilarious and veerrrry spunky and great to be around as a friend and a person to look up to. She really motivates her students to reach their full potential by nurturing their passion for singing and providing an incredible amount of love and support to all her students, regardless of level.
I am only on my second week of vocal lessons with Rebecca Sorensen, but in this short amount of time she has seriously made such a positive impact on my love for music and singing. I used to never believe that it would be possible for me to sing in public in front of anyone without hyperventilating, but she has been extremely supportive and helpful and I am gaining confidence. When I say that I never believed I could sing in front of people I am serious because I have taken prior singing lessons that were useless because I would tense up and not really sing. If I did sing because I was physically forced to, I would pretty much just whisper. Rebecca has been so encouraging and I couldn't thank her enough because I truly am obsessed with music and I adore singingjust in private or at a karaoke bar. Her visualizations and little tricks have worked wonders! I am starting to understand everything better. They really help and I absolutely trust Rebecca. I am finally learning how to sing properly and not just mimic my favorite singers and Broadway stars. I was worried about having messed up my vocal chords in the past and she was honestly concerned and helpful. She gave me one of her tea bags that she uses to help make her throat feel better, which was really sweet. She went above and beyond and also did a little research on the symptoms and told me what I could do if it was really bothering me. Now that probably isn't necessary since I am a tad bit of a hypochondriac, and I know this story seems a little random, but to me it really reinforces her amazing character and dedication to what she does. She is a great teacher with an amazing voice and I am so excited for her career as well as the rest of my singing lessons! I have a few months left and I am confident that she will help me. I'm ecstatic since I thought I was a lost cause! This is the best Christmas present ever! Thank you so much Rebecca, from the bottom of my heart!