- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
Hello! My name is Taj Jegaraj, and I am a classically trained singer and voice teacher based in Los Angeles. I received my BA in Vocal Performance from UCLA in 2014 while studying under internationally renowned opera star, Vladimir Chernov. I continued my graduate studies at École Normale de Musique de Paris under Maestro Chernov's wife and personal voice teacher, Olga Toporkova.
I believe in establishing a solid technical foundation based in classical singing technique. The technique I teach comes from the Russian school of Bel Canto (beautiful singing in Italian). From gaining control of your voice through breath control and precise vocal placement, anything is possible! A solid technical foundation will assure the longevity of your voice and its application crosses over into any genre of music you sing.
As a singer, I have performed in a wide variety of contexts ranging from opera, choral, musical theater, jazz, and rock/pop. I have over 15 years of experience performing, and over 4 years of experience teaching voice. My diverse array of artistic experiences allows me to be flexible and sensitive to the specific needs of my students.
Singing is ultimately a form of artistic expression and release. The end goal of all the technical training is to create an artistic moment for both you and the audience. When you begin the journey of discovering your own unique voice, you will also begin a deeper journey with yourself. Singing has brought me so much joy in my own life and I look forward to sharing that joy with you!
Having studied under Taj for the past year I have found a significant improvement in the size and strength of my voice. He focuses on the essentials of the voice and is great at figuring out how my voice works best and he then creates exercises tailored specifically to me. I never feel vocally tired after lessons because he properly warms me up and keeps me from pushing my voice.
He is also an incredible coach in languages. His strongest are German and French, but his Italian is not far behind.
I feel like I can bring any style of music to Taj and he has the knowledge and musicality to coach me on it. I am focused in opera, but I love to sing Broadway as well. Many of our lessons start with opera repertoire, but then if we have time at the end we break out the musical rep.