Zachary Bruton

Zachary B.

Houston, TX

About Zachary B.

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Zachary teaches: Ages 14 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: 1997
Last sign in: 6 days ago

Overview

I have 20 years experience teaching privately and at the university level. I've worked with classical opera singers, musical theatre, and pop singers. I can help you find the basis of healthy technique and adapt it to the stylistic needs of whatever you want to sing.Because of my conservatory training and performance experience, I can teach you the basis of solid technique which will allow you to sing well, no matter the style, and avoid the vocal injuries which have become so common among popular singers. My training and stage experience in acting will afford you the opportunity to become a complete performer.

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Experience

Professor of Voice

Jan 2013 - Present
Lone Star College

Professor of Voice

Jan 2011 - Present
San Jacinto College

Professor of Voice

Sep 1999 - Jun 2001
Whitman College

Education

Master of Music - Vocal Performance

Aug 1997 - May 1999
Rice University - Shepherd School of Music

Bachelor of Music - Vocal Performance

Aug 1994 - May 1997
Rice University - Shepherd School of Music

Languages Spoken

French

Limited Proficiency

German

Limited Proficiency

Italian

Limited Proficiency

Awards

Full Tuition Scholarship and Stipend - Doctorate

Aug 2003
Louisiana State University

Elva Kalb Dumas Award

Aug 1997
Rice University - Shepherd School of Music

Full Tuition Scholarship - Undergraduate

Aug 1994
Rice University - Shepherd School of Music

Affiliations

National Association of Teachers of Singing

Jan 2000
NATS

Founded in 1944, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members worldwide.

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2 Reviews on Zachary B.

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Raul Sep 28, 2016
Classical Voice · In studio
I started voice lessons with Dr. Bruton in 2014

When I first started my voice was really bad, I had a range of a 6th. I could not sing "legato" and everything was nasally and bright. I could not act nor felt comfortable on stage when I had to in our studio voice labs. As the first year went by, my notes and voice where making a huge difference, I was singing for connected and also with some support. I went to GHNATS and also placed in the final rounds. His technique helped a lot, his technique is very unique and very helpful when it comes to singing on the breath and also support. His style of teaching is very clear and he gives you tips / comments on what to work for during the week prior to the next lessons. He suggests a journal which is pretty standard in every voice studio the professor usually asks to keep a "practice log"

Dr. Bruton is very personal with every single one of his students, and is very caring and passionate for all his studios. His passion really shows in the way he teaches and the way he focuses on every student he works with. I learned a lot from him, not only voice technique but also acting and how to break down an aria / art song. His method of analyzing the dramatic text from the literature is very helpful in performance. By the time I finished my studies and Junior recital al SJCC, I was singing repertoire by Duparc, Respighi, and heavy / dramatic roles for the Tenor voice because his technique allowed me to do so without tiring or hurting my voice which is a crucial thing. He is very pro vocal health and would not make you do anything that would hurt the instrument, which is great in a voice professor.

Dr. Bruton's help and teachings I was able to successfully apply, audition and got accepted to some of the most prestigious music schools in the nation for voice. Because of his technique and help, I was accepted to Cincinnati Conservatory, UNT, UT at Austin and also I was in the top 40 auditioners for admission to The Curtis Institute, which only two out of those 40 receive acceptance every once a year.

If it wasn't for his time and effort, I would have not been able to get to where I am today and probably the future. If you live in an area where he teaches at, I strongly invite any future voice major who is starting to invest time especially if you go to any of the schools Dr. Bruton gives lessons at. You will learn so so much and will be 1000% worth it. He has opened many doors for me and he can do the same for you.

I have nothing but great, amazing, positive things to say about him. I could keep going on and on. His love for his students and job really shine through in every lesson.

He is the most amazing human being, teacher and the best voice teacher I have ever studied with or that I have been around of.
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Raul Sep 28, 2016
Classical Voice · In studio
I started voice lessons with Dr. Bruton in 2014

When I first started my voice was really bad, I had a range of a 6th. I could not sing "legato" and everything was nasally and bright. I could not act nor felt comfortable on stage when I had to in our studio voice labs. As the first year went by, my notes and voice where making a huge difference, I was singing for connected and also with some support. I went to GHNATS and also placed in the final rounds. His technique helped a lot, his technique is very unique and very helpful when it comes to singing on the breath and also support. His style of teaching is very clear and he gives you tips / comments on what to work for during the week prior to the next lessons. He suggests a journal which is pretty standard in every voice studio the professor usually asks to keep a "practice log"

Dr. Bruton is very personal with every single one of his students, and is very caring and passionate for all his studios. His passion really shows in the way he teaches and the way he focuses on every student he works with. I learned a lot from him, not only voice technique but also acting and how to break down an aria / art song. His method of analyzing the dramatic text from the literature is very helpful in performance. By the time I finished my studies and Junior recital al SJCC, I was singing repertoire by Duparc, Respighi, and heavy / dramatic roles for the Tenor voice because his technique allowed me to do so without tiring or hurting my voice which is a crucial thing. He is very pro vocal health and would not make you do anything that would hurt the instrument, which is great in a voice professor.

Dr. Bruton's help and teachings I was able to successfully apply, audition and got accepted to some of the most prestigious music schools in the nation for voice. Because of his technique and help, I was accepted to Cincinnati Conservatory, UNT, UT at Austin and also I was in the top 40 auditioners for admission to The Curtis Institute, which only two out of those 40 receive acceptance every once a year.

If it wasn't for his time and effort, I would have not been able to get to where I am today and probably the future. If you live in an area where he teaches at, I strongly invite any future voice major who is starting to invest time especially if you go to any of the schools Dr. Bruton gives lessons at. You will learn so so much and will be 1000% worth it. He has opened many doors for me and he can do the same for you.

I have nothing but great, amazing, positive things to say about him. I could keep going on and on. His love for his students and job really shine through in every lesson.

He is the most amazing human being, teacher and the best voice teacher I have ever studied with or that I have been around of.
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