Zachary Ballard

Zachary B.

Brooklyn, NY
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Lesson Details

Speaking Voice

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
The speaking voice is a powerful tool in essentially any area of work or performance. We sometimes take for granted the need of care and attention to our precious voices. You can treat the voice, regardless of your usage, as an instrument. No matter the demands, I can help you improve your speaking voice!
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About

Zachary delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
October 2003

Dear Students and Parents:

My passion for performing and teaching brought me to TakeLessons as a way to enrich my immediate community (and beyond through Skype lessons!) and help individual students perform at their best. As an operatic performer, I thoroughly understand the importance of building a strong technical background for any level of singing or professional speaking. My other skills, like instrumental instruction, studying skills, accent reduction, and academic preparation are all offered through TakeLessons as well. As a teacher, I love having fun in lessons and building strong connections with my students at absolutely any level. My personal musical performing experiences span opera, musical theater, jazz, pop, and R&B. I am so excited to share my knowledge and passion for singing with you, as well as any other subject we find to explore! As of February 2013, I am also available through TakeLessons' online instruction program! Please find more information below and I hope to hear from you soon!

Thanks!

Zachary B.

A native of Charlotte, NC, Zachary began his musical career as a tuba player and jazz bass guitarist. While attending The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Zachary began singing in various vocal groups on campus and developed his love for the singing voice. With encouragement from the music faculty, Zachary began training as an operatic baritone while at UNC. While attending UNC, Zachary was awarded both the Fischer Scholarship in Voice and the Tony McDowell Voice Scholarship. His singing brought him to Boston in the summer of 2010 to begin study at The Boston Conservatory. While performing various opera roles and attending summer programs, Zachary also opened his private studio and taught at a local music academy.

Baritone Zachary B. is quickly establishing himself as an active operatic performer. Equally at home on the recital stage, his versatile lyric baritone voice fits a wide range of repertoire and styles. A graduate of The Boston Conservatory, Zachary has performed roles like the titular role in Don Giovanni, Ramiro in L'Heure Espagnole, L'horloge comtoise in L'Enfant et les sortileges, Pooh-Bah in The Mikado, and Bob in The Old Maid and the Thief.

Starting in February 2013, Zachary will also be available through TakeLessons for online instruction. Lessons will still focus on energy, breath, and solid technique, so please contact him if you think this venue of instruction will be a good fit!



*** Lesson Details ***
Regardless of your background, I believe in making lessons fun, encouraging, and accessible. This means that my work with you will, by nature, be incredibly personal and always formulated for your specific musical goals. I will constantly strive to make sure you are comfortable in our work together as we explore singing, speaking, and music theory.

I believe every singing or speaking voice can benefit from a foundation in classical vocal technique. Whether you prefer to learn through singing songs or through various exercises, I can customize our lesson plan to fit your needs. Therefore, I provide a fun and engaging lesson atmosphere, but you need to bring your best as well! We will both be happier with the process if we are equally invested in your growth. We will start with something you already know (an aria, vocal exercise, or excerpt from a song) and work toward singing in your preferred vocal style. For example, classical singers will build their knowledge of English, German, Italian, and French diction and song styles. Additionally, I will always respect and include my student's musical interests.

Along the way, I am happy to address basic music theory ideas. If you prefer, we can also spend additional time reviewing and learning those principles to enrich your musical experience. I will always provide different exercises and ideas to keep your brain active in the singing process.

I believe in whole body, whole spirit singing. As a performer, I employ a variety of holistic exercises and theories to develop my own voice, such as basic Alexander Technique principles, voice therapy techniques, a variety of pedagogical palates, and energy work. If these sorts of things interest you, I am more than happy to incorporate them into our lessons. My personal results with those practices have been incredible, so I am always eager to share.

My personality is outgoing and energetic, so I bring that sort of atmosphere to a lesson. I expect preparedness and readiness on your part to maximize our work together. My greatest desire in teaching is to see you grow! So, if a challenging, yet comforting, work environment sounds like something you would like to try, consider scheduling a trial lesson with me. I am always happy to hear from new students!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Open area between the living room and the dining room, seating available, piano to accompany the voice lesson, garage/driveway/street parking.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I prefer for my students to have a keyboard or piano, and if possible, a music stand. We can always make a situation work if the student does not have access to these tools. I provide music, pencils, etc.

*** Specialties ***
I am an opera singer, and specialize in classical singing. However, I apply similar vocal technique to all genres of music, and focus on breathing technique, body and energy awareness, and discuss a holistic approach to singing with all students.

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Experience

Voice Instructor (Sub)
Oct 2016 - Present
Class Act Performing Studio

Chorister
Aug 2016 - Oct 2016
Boston Lyric Opera

Apprentice Artist
Jan 2014 - Jul 2014
Des Moines Metro Opera/OPERA Iowa

Outreach educational ensemble and professional artist training

Education

Performance Studies Certificate
Sep 2012 - May 2013
The Boston Conservatory
Masters of Music
Sep 2010 - May 2012
The Boston Conservatory
Bachelors of Music
Sep 2005 - Dec 2009
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
French
Limited Proficiency
Spanish
Limited Proficiency

Affiliations

American Guild of Musical Artists
Oct 2016

An American labor union that represents 8,000 current and retired opera singers, ballet and other dancers, opera directors, backstage production personnel at opera and dance companies, and figure skaters.

Photos & Videos

Papageno plots his own death because he has been denied the fair maiden, Papagena.  He blames everyone else in the world for his misfortune but the true culprit--himself.
Photo by Zachary B.

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6 Reviews

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Susan Y. Sep 14, 2015
Speaking Voice · In studio

Zachary is a wonderful teacher. He is very patient and really understands what he student want and need. Highly recommend him for a teacher

wynoka J. Aug 8, 2015
Singing · In studio

Knowledgeable patient encouraging and kind! I learned some new things that help! Looking forward to next lesson!

Draaco A. May 19, 2015
Singing · In home

Great instructor, natural gifted at communicating the body mechanics, breathing, and finer points of singing.

Anja J. Mar 9, 2015
Singing · In studio

After only 3 lessons, I feel like I have already made an improvement with my voice. Zachary is extremely patient and encouraging, and his charisma helps me to feel more confident about my progress. I am so glad that I found him, and I will definitely recommend him if I get the chance!

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robert M. Feb 10, 2015
Singing · In home

Brilliant! Enthusiastic and insightful. I highly recommend Zachary.

Jonathan P. Mar 10, 2013
Singing ·

Incredible teacher and singer

Zack is one of the best teacher/performers I know. He understands the voice inside and out, and combines clear practical teaching with a holistic, whole-body approach to performing. I would highly recommend him to anyone serious about becoming a better singer.

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