- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I am classically trained and have performed under the baton of world renowned conductor Lorin Maazel, and have attended the prestigious Aspen Opera Theatre as a Fellowship Opera Coach. However, this does not mean I only teach opera! In fact, most of my students are too young for opera or are more interested in musical theatre. I bring my knowledge of vocal health and healthy ways of singing, such as mixed voice, placement, and release of bad tension in addition to good breath support to ALL genres. No matter what genre you like to sing, healthy singing will help you sound better and sing for a longer period of time without getting tired or hoarse.
- Teaches students:
- Ages 4+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
I am a professional opera coach and have subbed as a coach at the Kansas City Lyric Opera House. I have my Master's in Vocal Performance from the Conservatory at UMKC, and my Bachelor's of Music from Luther College. I have performed under the baton of Maestro Lorin Maazel and sung on stage with The Rolling Stones and Barry Manilow in addition to serving on faculty at summer opera programs after my fellowship as an opera coach at Aspen Opera Theatre.
Voice students can expect to improve their tone from week to week by learning healthy vocal technique. I have taught all ages and skill levels, and specialize in teaching younger children to sing in a vocally healthy way. Students learn about releasing tension, good breath support, placement, head/chest voice and mix, as well as solfege and ear training.
I have also been playing piano for over 20 years and did competitive piano as a child, and won statewide and midwest regional competitions. Because of my piano background, I can record helpful tracks for each student, such as warm up tracks, as well as practice tracks.
My passion is teaching kids to sing in a vocally healthy way by building on basic foundational techniques such as good posture, good breath support, ear training and release of tension. As a child, I was told often that singers were born, not taught, and I am here to tell you that I learned how to sing well during my college and grad school years, and was not a "born" singer! I learned so much about healthy singing in school that I wish I had known when I was younger, so my personal goal is to install good vocally healthy habits in all of my students.
I have taught piano since 2010, and voice since 2012.
While at the Kansas City School of Music, my girls, ages 7 and 10, received piano and vocal lessons from Miss Sophia. Sophia is a wonderfully talented musician and pianist with very effective teaching methods. She is very patient with her students and always provides a positive nurturing learning environment. She was able to tailor each lesson to fit each of my girls needs, which I appreciate. I highly recommend Sophia to anyone looking to receive top notch instruction.+ Read More
Mrs. Zey is incredibly knowledgeable in voice and piano as well as in teaching them. She's familiar with a wide variety of vocal styles and techniques and will find one that works for you, as well as be kind and patient while teaching it. Five stars; a round of applause; and a standing ovation. She knows what she's talking about and is the best at what she does.+ Read More
After taking lessons from Sophia for around a year at the Kansas City School of Music, I feel privileged to have learnt under such a wonderful player, and person. Sophia adjusted her curriculum to fit my needs and made certain I was enjoying my material. While taking lessons from Sophia we explored many composers and styles and my technique grew tremendously. Due to her lifetime of experience in piano I felt comfortable knowing my time and money were being well used to benefit my playing. While learning from Sophia i received a I rating at the Kansas state piano competition; an acheivement that previously seemed out of my reach. Sophia not only went out of her way to build lessons tailored to my needs, but showed true interest in my life. To have such strong communication skills both in lessons and out is rare to come by, but I felt Sophia to excel in this area. A great understanding, supportive teacher to nourish any musician’s needs!+ Read More