Sara Jackson

Sara J.

Watertown, MA

About Sara J.

Sara teaches: Ages 10 and up
Teaching since: August 2013
Last sign in: 6 days ago

Overview

Hello, and welcome to my page! My personal philosophy is that a truly great singer is versatile, and that the ideal voice is flexible and can handle different genres and styles. Because of this, I encourage students to explore different genres of music, and I teach them to create a great variety of sounds with their unique instrument.

My personal training is primarily in classical, and I have a Master's degree in classical voice/opera from Boston Conservatory at Berklee. However, I also actively sing pop, musical theater, and even heavy metal!

Singing can be extremely challenging, and while I work with the student intensely to diagnose and fix vocal issues, it is very important to me that the student feels happy and confident. I encourage students to express their creativity by singing in styles that they feel comfortable with, choosing their own songs, and even adding their own riffs/runs/ornamentations.

I also place a heavy focus on music theory and sight-singing (I offer private lessons in these subjects separately as well); It is extremely important for young singers to be able to read the notes on the staff, to understand rhythm and key, and to find pitches on the piano.

I accept beginning-intermediate singers of all ages. I additionally offer music theory, sight-singing, diction, and acting lessons.

Photos and Videos

Columbia Children's Theater

Experience

Music Instructor
Oct 2016 - May 2017
Chelmsford Community Education

Taught private voice, music theory, and piano lessons at Chelmsford High School through the Community Education program for the 2016-2017 school year.

Voice Instructor
Sep 2014 - May 2015
The Arts and Learning Conservatory

Voice Instructor
Aug 2013 - May 2015
Community School for Music and the Arts

Glee Club Director
Sep 2014 - Dec 2014
Eastwood Elementary School

Instructed a semester-long after-school glee club program for grades 3-4.

Actor
Sep 2011 - May 2013
Columbia Children's Theatre

Education

Master of Music in Voice Performance
Sep 2015 - May 2017
The Boston Conservatory at Berklee
Graduate Studies in Voice and Opera
Sep 2013 - May 2014
University of Redlands
Bachelor of Arts in Music with Performance Certificate, Minor in Theatre
Aug 2010 - May 2013
University of South Carolina

Languages Spoken

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Certificate of Completion for Sessions I, II, and III
Jul 2016
Contemporary Commercial Music Vocal Pedagogy Institute

The Contemporary Commercial Music Vocal Pedagogy Institute at Shenandoah Conservatory is a three-session program for the training of commercial music vocal instructors. The program focuses on anatomy, vocal health and pathology, stylistic traits of various CCM genres (including pop, R&B, musical theatre, rock, and country), and information on the music industry.

Awards

Voice Scholarship
Mar 2015
The Boston Conservatory at Berklee
Schubert Fellowship
May 2014
Songfest 2014
Choral Scholarship
Aug 2010
University of South Carolina

18 Reviews on Sara J.

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Anna Mar 14, 2017
· Singing · In home Sara is an engaged and knowledgeable instructor. Her assessments and suggestions are always right on point. I am learning so much from her and having a blast doing so! I would recommend her to anyone looking for a fantastic singing coach!
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Michael Jan 14, 2017
· Singing · In studio Sara is patient, positive, fun and customized the lesson to my specific interests (Beatles!). Looking forward to returning and exploring what my admittedly limited skill set can develop into.
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Tayana A. Dec 14, 2016
· Singing · In studio It was good and well informed
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Richard Oct 25, 2016
· Singing · In home My daughter loves the lessons. We will come back for more lessons when our schedule opens up.
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Victoria Sep 20, 2016
· Singing · Online Amazing
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Nataly F. Sep 12, 2016
· Singing · Online My daughter liked it!
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Nataly F. Sep 12, 2016
· Singing · Online My daughter liked it!
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Bree Feb 6, 2016
· Musical Theater · Online Sara was very thorough and fostered a comfortable environment for my 9 year old daughter. The first lesson was wonderful and we're excited to continue next week. :-)
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Denise F. Sep 20, 2015
· Acting · Online Sara was well-prepared and gave me some excellent lessons to complete in preparation for the next class. Very professional.
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Zachary N. Jul 23, 2015
· Singing · In home Two lessons in and I've already seen a dramatic change in quality. I've been with vocal coaches who seem to change their teaching styles almost every other week, and that can be detrimental to any student. I can tell Sara is confident in her abilities and techniques, and I recommend her to any singer, beginner or veteran.
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