Tracey Holland

Tracey H.

New Orleans, LA
Teaching Locations:
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Teaching Locations:
Profile-location-online Online
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio
Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I've been singing for 24 years and have taught a wide range of students. I'm confident we can build a custom-fit program for your voice to address your unique strengths, challenges, and areas of growth.

About Tracey H.

I've been singing, performing, songwriting, and studying voice for 20+ years. I'm alumnus of both Berklee College of Music, where I studied Voice/Vocal Performance, and Musician's Institute, where I earned a degree in Voice / Vocal Performance. I've been teaching since 2006, and work with a wide range of contemporary genres with a focus on rock, pop, country, folk, Americana, R&B, blues, and soul. I like to take a "back-to-basics" approach to voice by helping students develop the core aspects of breathing/breath control, correct vowel placement/vowel tuning, and a focus on muscle memory as it relates to stretching the cords. I've been told my approach is simple yet effective, and a unique blend of classic concepts with a practical/modern approach to getting in tune with one's own unique voice. Currently a gigging musician, artist, and songwriter, I am in the trenches alongside many of my students, which gives me a unique perspective and empathy for the many stages of personal and career development as a musician. I have a lot of first-hand experience with the music business and what it means to manage a band and a DIY-career. Another area I specialize in (and which is probably the nearest to my heart!), is performance anxiety. Having overcome performance anxiety myself and gone on to be a bandleader and gigging musician, I have a close relationship to this and take a special interest in helping students overcome their own fears and anxieties, identify their own voice and identity as a singer, and taking the steps to develop that.

Mostly, I aim to debunk the mystery that the voice can be shrouded in, and change it from being elusive and temperamental to something that students can feel in control-of and at-ease with. I've taught a wide range of students, from young kids to a Marine (true story!), so am comfortable dealing with an equally-wide range of goals and voices.

Lesson Details
I have the unique advantage of being both a professionally-trained vocalist and a working musician. I like to pull from all the different facets of my experience and background to inform me as an instructor: formal education and training, as well as my first-hand experience as a working vocalist, with my own bands and original projects, as well as extensive experience as background vocalist for other bands and artists.

What that means for you is that rather than focus on a rigid set of rules, we'll focus on your voice and custom-fit a program that is built from solid vocal technique coupled with specific tools to help you develop your own voice and style. I do truly believe in building a solid foundation for you to build your voice upon, but am unconventional in that I believe the best way to learn to sing is by breaking down what is actually going on in there- in a way that students can understand and interpret themselves. Nerd alert: Vocal technique can actually quite liberating and fun! Yes, we will teach you how to breathe correctly; yes, you will be singing scales. But the key is that you'll know why you're singing each note, and what is going to get you to sing those notes more effectively. I believe in hard work because the voice is a musical instrument; but I also believe in making it easily digestible and fun.

In our lessons, you'll build a solid vocal foundation to start to use your voice in the way you want. You'll learn how your voice works, what proper breath support really entails, proper vocal placement, how to sing throughout your range & registers, how to bridge & blend your registers in your Mixed Voice, how to belt, runs, ornamentation, how to find your unique sound & style, performance technique, mic technique, tapping into your creativity as a singer, and mostly: what your specific sources of tension might be that are getting in the way of you singing and expressing yourself vocally in the way you want.

I have experience with a wide range of styles, but my main genres of focus are rock, pop, Americana, country, blues, soul, and R&B.
I specialize in vowel tuning/correct vowel placement as a way to strengthen the muscles of the voice, in order to correct pitch/tone and solidify muscle memory as it relates to the voice as instrument. I teach from a "ground-up" approach, meaning I feel it's crucial for my students to understand how their voice works, why it works in certain ways, and how they can use vocal technique to their advantage as singers and performers. Building upon that strong foundation, I customize a program for each of my students to address their own set of strengths and challenges.


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7 Reviews
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Tracy is an expert and has taken me to places in singing that I was ‘scared’ of. I have seen improvements even after 4 lessons. Tracey is a caring and practical tutor. I highly recommend her!

Posted May 9, 2019
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I had my first lesson with Tracey today and I can't wait to take more! I'm a person who likes knowing how stuff works, why we may do something a certain way, what I should be paying attention to etc etc, and I love that she is willing to break everything down and explain in a very relatable way. She's very patient, easy-going, and despite how uncomfortable it is for me to sing in front of others, she made me feel like she's truly there to go along the journey with me, to improve and discover my voice with no judgments. Tracey is the best!

Posted Jan 5, 2017
Elizabeth N.
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Tracey is super nice. I was not with them in the sdudio when she was teaching my daughter . She said I could definitely stay there though. My daughter was very happy with her.

Posted Aug 4, 2016
Elizabeth N.
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Tracey is super nice. I was not with them in the sdudio when she was teaching my daughter . She said I could definitely stay there though. My daughter was very happy with her. This was the first lesson she he

Posted Aug 4, 2016
Richard Baker
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Posted Sep 5, 2015
Niki I.
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Tracey is so good at making you feel comfortable. Obviously singing in front of someone, especially while they are critiquing you, is something that scares a lot of people and might make them shy away from taking lessons, but Tracey is the coolest person ever and in the handful of lessons I've had so far she makes me feel more comfortable and confident each time. I highly recommend her!!

Posted Jun 13, 2015
Julia J.

One amazing teacher!

Tracey is a phenomenal voice teacher and I highly recommend her! She's organized, professional and very musically talented. But more than that, Tracey is extremely adept at communicating the subtle and hard to grasp vocal techniques that are so difficult to put into words. In addition to using analogies, she's great at using visual cues (drawings, arrows, notation# and relating vocal movements to colors, physical movements and sensations. She was more than willing to adapt her lessons for me so that I can gain the best understanding.

I have had other teachers in the past, and while they were all talented and very nice, only Tracey has been able to help me improve my singing voice. I improved more in 3 lessons with her than I did in 8 months of lessons with a previous teacher.

Tracey is also very kind and patient #very necessary with beginners!) and very good at correcting without criticizing. She went way out of her way to accomodate my schedule and even comes to my house for the lessons. I think she's the best and I'm sure you will too!

Posted May 6, 2014

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Background Vocalist
Feb 2017 - Present

Stone Foxes / Surf Bored / Matt Hopper / M. Lockwood Porter / Suzanimal

I sing background vocals and harmonies for a wide range of bands and artists - both live + recording session work.

Jan 2017 - Present

Rubber Tramp

Garage-indie-rock band - I sing co-lead vocals and harmonies.

Apr 2015 - Present

The Gram Parsons Hand Traverse

Co-lead vocals in a Gram Parsons + Emmylou Harris tribute duo.

Jan 2015 - Present

The Old Grey Whistle Test

Original project - indie-rock-noir.

Vocalist / Songwriter / Frontwoman
Aug 2008 - Present


Original project - lead singer and songwriter. Indie-rock / soul / 70's rock.


Voice / Vocal Performance
Oct 2004 - Jun 2006

Musician's Institute

Sep 2003 - Sep 2004

Berklee College of Music

Voice / Vocal Performance
Sep 2003 - Sep 2004

Berklee College of Music



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Associate of Arts Degree
Apr 2006

Musician's Institute


Apr 2009
Broadcast Music Inc. was founded in 1939 by forward-thinkers who wanted to represent songwriters in emerging genres, like jazz, blues and country, and protect the public performances of their music. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and is still nurturing new talent and new music.

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