- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate
- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+
- Teaching since:
- January 2006
As a vocal teacher I focus on the correct method to singing that helps keep your voice beautiful and healthy.
I earned my bachelors degree in music education with an emphasis in vocals. I learned music appreciation, theory, history, choral singing and classical voice training.
I love music and cannot picture life without it. Music is an expression of life! I also love to teach music to others as I feel I'm passing on a great gift.
*** Lesson Details ***
As a teacher I fall somewhere in between strict and laid back. For instance, if you don't practice I won't scold you, but I will remind you that you can only be as good as you work to be. If you don't want to put in the effort you will waste your time and money, as well as not receive the results that you were desiring.
Our lessons will consist of many vocal exercises, good posture, and breathing techniques. One rule that I have is that I don't move you on to another song until you have successfully learned all you can from the first one you try. There is no point in learning another song when you have only learned the first one at a mediocre level.
If you are serious about becoming a better singer/musician you will enjoy our lessons.
I encourage my students to strive for excellence and will do all I can to draw that out of you.
*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide the tools to learn theory, songs to choose from and I do have my own portable keyboard. Students would need to have a tape or digital recorder to record their lessons and a positive attitude.
*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical voice, and vocal training, (learning how to use your voice properly).
I have worked for takelesson's for 8 years now. I love working for them and have enjoyed all the students I have gotten to know over the years. I really do love teaching. :-)
The Lesson House was a place for students to learn singing, guitar, piano, and even acting. I would give group lessons at their school or private lessons in our studio or the student's house. That was where I started teaching voice!
Very patient and understanding. Great tips. My daughter likes Vanessa.
She is great teacher. My daughter likes her and enjoyed her classes.
Very helpful patient
Vanessa is a lively and vivacious person with a lovely singing voice. She is also an amazing voice teacher. She is very supportive, fun, funny and professional, and is a highly suitable mentor for a budding singer - no matter your age, walk of life or gender.+ Read More
Vanessa deserves more than I could describe:
She is such a sweet teacher who feels easy to teach you at the right level. With great understanding, warm passion, and sufficient knowledge, she’s just made me more and more confident!
I enjoyed every lesson she gave. Time went by without knowing since I was absolutely attracted by her every instruction and demonstration! I’m probably the oldest student, over 70, a total beginner,. Yet, this is no problem to her at all!
Vanessa makes me think of the popular saying: “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. “
Dear teacher Vanessa has certainly inspired me a great deal!
Felt very comfortable from the start and learned so much in first visit. Enjoyable class.
Great experience! Very good energy. Able to give helpful feedback in a positive and gentle manner.
I signed my 2 daughters up for a set of 5 singing lessons to prepare for an upcoming musical theater production. Not only did Vanessa work well with my 9 and 12 year old, but she sent them home with a weekly digital voice exercise to practice during the week, which I thought was very beneficial. My 12 year old went into the musical theater production with greater confidence, and my 9 year old was chosen for the role she had been hoping for.+ Read More
Vanessa knows how to sing and how to teach singing lessons. Classes with Vanessa are simply delicious, full of learning and laughters.
2 sessions/lessons in, and so far it has been great! In the span of a few weeks I've really noticed a difference in my singing when I applied the lessons and techniques I've learned from Vanessa. She is an effective teacher and highly motivating. I'm excited for the next lessons to come!+ Read More
Vanessa has helped me tremendously learning voice control and range. She took the time to understand my needs and made sure I understood all her instruction. I highly recommend Vanessa as a voice instructor.
really nice, knows her stuff :)
"Best lesson ever" -Ray
Very good with my daughter keeping her focused & making the lesson fun.
Amelie loves Vanessa, We started Amelie taking lessons online due to not being able to find a local Voice teacher. We have since been contacted by locals to teach Amelie and each time she has chose to stay on-line learning from Vanessa. Amelie does not get much time to practice singing, but absolutely loves to sing with Vanessa. Amelie has came a very long way in her voice ranges, also her breathing while singing. We will stay with Vanessa until Amelie can sing as well as she wishes! Amelie has Aspergers and is a quiet soul, Vanessa brings out the best in her.+ Read More
Vanessa is very patient and understanding. I enjoy our lessons.
Vanessa was a great teacher. She gave me valuable tips and resources which would help me accomplish my mission. She is very amicable and pleasant to work with.
Great First Lesson.
Vanessa is very strong on technique and is very flexible and encouraging. My daughter is slowly moving into a more confident singing place thanks to her. If my daughter were ever to have more lessons we'd return to her without hesitation. From my daughter :"she's kind, fun and a good instructor". Thank you,Vanessa!+ Read More
Very accommodating and easy to work with. Had a great time working with her.
I enjoyed every single class with Vanessa. She made it so much easier for me and made me feel more confident about my voice.
The teacher is funny and my daughter liked the techniques that she was giving her. She likes her a lot.
Very professional, kind instructor with straightforward advice and feedback.
My daughter (age 12) really enjoyed lessons with Vanessa. She was very encouraging! She progressed quickly in a short amount of time. We really liked the availability of having lessons via Skype. It was just as good as a one on one lesson and more convenient without the drive! Highly recommend Vanessa if interested.+ Read More
I honestly had a wonderful time. Vanessa is a GREAT teacher and is patient with her students. She gave me various exercises that improved my singing. If I trouble performing an exercise, she would give me another that targeted the same area she was teaching me. Some exercises were easier than other, but in the end, improvement comes from practice. Awesome singing teacher!+ Read More
Fun and engaging! She challenges my daughter with vocal drills and positive feedback. She also motivates my daughter to perfect classic Academy Award-winning ballad music like EY Harburg 'Over the Rainbow'. Great use of technology to keep my child practicing with in-home (in real time) singing lesson sent directly to my email for my daughter to listen during her practice. She has always been on time, willing to accommodate date change and extremely friendly. Highly recommend.+ Read More
My Growth with Vanessa
Vanessa is honestly a very talented singer as well as a great teacher. Her experience is seen the way she teaches. She gives you just the right amount of push that you need to succeed. Her teaching has helped me discover new avenues of my voice I never would have thought to develop. Through the way she explains every little detail, I was able to feel like I truly knew what I was doing in each and every song we perfected. If you're looking to seriously commit yourself to discovering the full capacity of your voice, Vanessa would be a great teacher for you.
She's like a mother to me who is patient and loving! I can't look for any other teacher like her! I've improved so much when she taught me! I HIGHLY recommend hr as a teacher :D
Vanessa is a very good teacher!
Vanessa is a very good voice teacher. She is talented, fun, patient, and encouraging. Her classes are interesting - we do a mixture of technique/skills and fun songs. I look forward to her class every week, and my singing has improved a lot since I started my lessons with her. I really like Vanessa as my voice teacher.
A whole new world has opened for me
I wholeheartedly agree with all of the glowing reviews. Vanessa is a wonderful teacher. I so appreciate her spot-on ear and her excellent training, performance and vocal teaching experience to help me express myself and become the best singer I can be. I am a relative newbie to singing, and I feel so fortunate to have found Vanessa who is so genuine and is passionate about helping me learn proper technique. Consequently, a whole new world has been opened to me, and Iâve been achieving a depth with my singing voice that truly astonishes me. When you have a desire to creatively express yourself but have no concept or clue as to how to get there, or perhaps have hit a wall, it is a true gift to find a kind and generous teacher like Vanessa who has such an amazing ability to assess your needs, to help you learn proper technique, and to help you discover (and strengthen) the voice you never knew existed.
I'm on my way because of Vanessa
When I started training with Vanessa I had not had any formal education on singing since middle school. I needed to re-learn my fundamentals of singing. Her warm and encouraging teaching style made me comfortable immediately. She quickly found out where I was lacking and taught me I can be in control if I learn how to Breath while singing. Sounds easy right? Well no Vanessa really had to break my bad singing techniques because I wasn't using breath control. Well now my breathing and my tone has developed all due to Vanessa giving me the tools to sing properly. I highly recommend her if you are a serious student wanting to achieve your own sound properly and save your vocal chords from burning out due to bad form.
An inspiring vocal teacher
Vanessa gave quality instruction while making it fun. She went over and beyond expectations with her scheduling flexibility. She also included a wide variety of music to sing. Her mannerism was kind and encouraging to the student. She is an amazing vocal teacher who is patient with her students.
Vanessa is an amazing teacher. She is so sweet and encouraging! Whenever I'm having trouble with an exercise she is able to pin point what I'm doing wrong and correct me, which I really appreciate. I've only had a few lessons with her but I can already hear the progress! I highly recommend taking lessons with her. She's great!!
Excellent music teacher, especially for a beginner like me!
Vanessa is a considerate and knowledgable instructor. She encourages and teaches to maximize one's potential. I recommend her highly.
sweet, and very talent teacher
An Amazing Instructor
Before my lessons with Vanessa I never knew or had faith that anyone could ever truly teach someone how to sing. I thought either you were born with a natural ability or you weren't.. I was wrong!After a few lessons with Vanessa I couldn't believe my ears! I actually stopped in the middle of one of my notes saying "Is that me??!" :)
I love my lessons!
My lessons are awesome! Vanessa is really a phenonmenal instructor. She has an upbeat personality and she is very passionate about teaching. With previous instructors I felt like I was just sitting there listening to the instructor. But, Vanessa gets you involved. As she is teaching you are singing along with her. Its awesome! Thank you Take Lessons for providing such a great teacher.
MK has learned a lot. She's gained some insight and likes her teacher very much. We greatly appreciate all that Vanessa has done for us.
Vanessa is AWESOME-Love her!!!
Vanessa is totally awesome! My son and I love her. She is so full of energy and is always smiling. My son is very shy when he first meets a person, but with her beautiful personality, he started opening up by his second lesson. He is going into his 2nd month now and making much progress. Venessa makes his lessons very enjoyable. She is constantly complimenting my son when he does well and is totally patient when there are challenges. That is very important in building self confidence. She is by far, 5 stars!!!! Highly recommend her.