A wide variety of repertoire choices including new releases. I teach a variety of genres including: Broadway, Jazz, Rock, Classical, Popular, Folk, and more!
My name is Kristen B. I am a private voice instructor in the San Diego area. I work from my home studio with students of all ages. I am a graduate of Westminster Choir College, which has a world-renowned music program. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Music, Voice Primary, Piano Secondary. I also have obtained my Masters in Music Education from Boston University. I have extensively studied vocal technique, music theory, and music teaching, and have been trained in Classical, Musical Theater, and Popular music styles.
I was previously a member of the Westminster Symphonic Choir (2008-2010). I h
ave sung in many professional venues in New York including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. In Philadelphia I have sung at the Kimmel Center. In California I have sung at Copley Symphony Hall.
I am a member of the San Diego Master Chorale, which performs frequently with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra. I also cantor at St. Therese of Carmel Catholic church and perform weekly with the choir.
I teach students not only how to sing, but also how to perform. This will benefit all students who are looking to audition for a musical, or are interested in performing in front of an audience.
I also teach students how to read music and understand basic music theory. This will benefit students who want to further their musical knowledge.
I believe that it is important for music students to learn how to be true musicians. For this reason I have created a student centered curriculum that includes a variety of learning objectives including: vocal and breathing technique, improvisation, listening and interpreting, student song selection, performance, music theory, and community musical involvement.
*** Lesson Details *** All students who work with me have their own personalized lesson plans. Together we work towards achieving the student's individual goals. I teach my students the skills to become successful musicians. Students then use these skills in practice at home.
I believe that healthy singing is the most important thing for students to learn. I teach students proper breathing techniques along with healthy vocal practices. Each lesson will start with a warm up. These warm ups will help strengthen the voice so it does not become injured or strained.
I also believe that it is important for singers to know how to read sheet music and to know a bit about musical theory. For students who do not know how to read music, part of the lesson will be devoted to learning musical theory. This is important for home practice, and for furthering musical knowledge.
Andrew B. July 22, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Kristen is SO helpful. I've only taken a few classes so far and my vocal abilities and confidence behind a microphone have improved drastically. I started singing late -- at age 27 -- and without much instruction so it has been a difficult process on a steep learning curve so far (the past two years). Kristen punts me farther up that curve every time we meet :).
She is structured but not rigid, super knowledgeable and very professional. Highly recommend her!
Jill E. June 1, 2014
Opera Voice ·
In studio Verified Student
Emily has made great strides in singing! Thanks Kristen!
MarikoH January 5, 2012
My son was nervous before he get lesson,but after the lesson he said he had fun, and he can't wait for the next lesson.
An international performing artist, Rebecca has most recently performed in 2015 with the Etruria Opera Festival in Viterbo, Italy as the title role in Suor Angelica of Puccini. She was also the soprano soloist on the Stabat Mater of Pergolesi with the Festival Barocco in Viterbo and Nepi Italy in 2014, under the direction of Maestro Stefano Vignati. She has been a featured artist at the Tuscia Opera Festival in Italy from 2009 to 2014 as well as performing recitals and concerts in the Southern California area. In November of 2014 Rebecca organized and performed in the Suor Angelica Project,
a fundrasier for the San Diego Opera. This collaboration with the San Diego Symphony and members of the San Diego Opera Chorus raised over $7500 for the Opera.
Since 2009. Rebecca is on the faculty of the Tuscia Opera Festival Lyric Academy, teaching voice and Italian lessons to the American students who come over to participate with the International Lyric Academy of Rome and Viterbo. She has also sung concerts and recitals in New York City, London, Edinburgh, and various cities in Italy as well as locally here in California and Florida. Rebecca received her Bachelor in Music degree from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. She is completing her Masters studies at the University of California, San Diego. She has also studied at the Universita per Stranieri in Perugia, the International Lyric Academy of Rome, and the International Institute of Vocal Arts in Chiari, Italy. She is currently the Director of Music Ministries at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Carlsbad, California, and teaches voice and piano privately.
Rebecca is a regular performer with the San Diego Opera and is a former member of the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay. She is featured on their 1996 release Christmas with the Master Chorale. Other recordings include Mahler VIII - Symphony of 1000 in the chorus with the late Robert Shaw. Other conductors and coaches Rebecca has worked with include Sir David Willcocks, Julius Rudel, Stefano Vignati, Dr. Robert Summer, Cesare Rufini, Annetta Monroe, Dianna Ruggiero, and Cecilia Valdenassi.
*** Lesson Details *** Lessons are tailored to the individual student's initial abilities. In all genres of music it is important to breathe well, have breath support, communicate the emotion and character of the song, and eliminate vocal bad habits. These issues are different for everyone.
I teach a classical Italian technique of breath support and beautiful tone, and these techniques can be applied to all musical styles.
The student will be assigned and choose songs to learn and work on as we incorporate the techniques into the songs and vocal exercises.
Piano lessons and Italian lessons are also available from ages 5 and up.
*** Studio Equipment *** CD player, 7' Boston grand piano, digital recorder
*** Travel Equipment *** Yamaha keyboard.
*** Specialties *** Voice, classical, pop, Broadway, opera, Italian, piano, music theory, audition preparation. I specialize in opera but sing many styles, including pop, classical, and musical theatre; I teach all styles in piano.
Mary G. May 13, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Rebecca is a great teacher! My daughter is really enjoying working with her...and she's very picky about who she likes. Rebecca is friendly, easy going and very easy to work with!
Rachel G. April 29, 2015
In studio Verified Student
We have completed one month thus far and Rebecca has done a marvelous job:)
Rachel is really enjoying her lessons!
Jordan S. June 12, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Lessons are fun. My philosophy is that students should have music in their lives and benefit from the lessons they take now for years to come. Learning music will help students with math skills, study habits, and develop a skill that will last for a lifetime.
After 3 months students will understand the fundamentals of their voice, warm up properly, be able to read and sing introductory passages. After 6 months the student will have learned basic music theory, how to read music, and have advanced through singing multiple songs.
Music is the biggest passion in my life. I love being able to share that gift with my students, and look forward to their progress as much as my own. I continue to grow and develop as a musician, and love connecting with people through music. My students all learn to love and appreciate music, theory and performing as I share my knowledge and expertise.
I have degrees in Violin, Viola and Vocal Performance, that I earned while on full scholarship for music. I started violin as a young child with the Suzuki Method and later added viola. I began singing professional gigs while still i
n high school, and was the youngest member ever with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Chorus at 17. I also have extensive experience singing in non-classical groups and bands and am comfortable performing and teaching musical theater, pop, country, opera, operetta, and church music. With solid vocal technique my students are able to cross genres with ease, and sing whatever inspires them musically.
I currently sing with the San Diego Master Chorale and the San Diego Symphony. I was concertmaster in several symphony orchestras and have played as section leader for viola in numerous groups. I also play in and manage a string quartet and am also currently coaching small group string ensembles. My siblings and I have played in our family string quartet for over 20 years, and still perform together. Most recently I was chosen to record a new song Glow for Disneyland's California Adventure World of Color Winter Dreams.
I am comfortable teaching with various different methods, and cater lesson plans to the individual student. With over 14 years of teaching experience, I have taught students that vary in age from 3 to 75 years old, and am very comfortable with teaching children.
*** Lesson Details *** Lessons are fun. My philosophy is that students should have music in their lives and benefit from the lessons they take now for years to come. Learning to play a musical instrument will help students with math skills, study habits, and develop a skill that will last for a lifetime.
After 3 months students will understand the fundamentals of their string instrument or voice, know how to care for their instrument, warm up properly, be able to read and play/sing introductory passages. After 6 months the student will have learned basic music theory, how to read music, and have advanced through playing/singing multiple songs.
*** Travel Equipment *** I have a violin and viola that I bring to assist in teaching lessons. I expect that the students provide an instrument and their books. A keyboard or piano is essential for voice students for vocalization. A student need not know how to play piano in order to take voice lessons.
*** Specialties *** Vocal students are encouraged to pick songs from whatever genre sparks their interest. With violin and viola I use the suzuki method of training and follow the books and lessons, I use other books to supplement scales/technique.
Emma April 30, 2015
In studio Verified Student
First day went very well.
Regina B. May 22, 2014
In home Verified Student
Betsy has been my daughters coach for about a year now, and she is wonderful. My daughter has learned so much in the past year, and now she's interested in singing, thanks to Betsy. Betsy has a wonderful spirit, she knows how to communicate on their level, and she makes them feel as though they can do anything. I also like her because she encourages kids to follow their dreams, and to do the right things, and we all know that it takes a village to raise a child. I would highly recommend Betsy!
Ivana May 14, 2014
I have an audition tonight. I was very grateful that Betsy was able to help me with last minute suggestions. Betsy was available immediately which made the lesson possible. She is a wonderful voice teacher and helped me polish up my song. Thanks so much for making this format available. Linda
Classical voice training from the ground up. You can learn how to hone your skills as an opera singer through breath training, vocal technique, classical repertoire and performance techniques
Tasha is a classically trained soprano who enjoys singing and teaching all styles of music. As her student, you can expect lessons to be fun and stress-free. Tasha loves nothing more then helping people sing better and form a new love of music through singing. She will teach you fundamental singing techniques as well as how to blend drama and performance into your singing to create a rich creative experience. Tasha holds her M.M. in Voice Performance from Indiana University and her B.M. from Northwestern University.
*** Lesson Details *** Tasha tailors her lessons to suit the needs of each
individual student. Open communication is a key part of being in her studio. Ask questions! Tasha also believes that singing should always be fun. In fact, the better you get at singing, the more fun it becomes. Students will be able to see progress on a weekly basis provided that they are practicing what they have learned in lessons on their own time. Tasha will give you the tools you need to be able to approach music and singing with ease. Along with singing, Tasha can also teach you basic music theory and foreign language diction.
*** Studio Equipment *** Students will have the benefit of my vast music library as well as a Roland digital piano for use during lessons.
*** Travel Equipment *** I will bring the required materials (sheet music, flashcards, etc) each lesson. I expect students to have a piano/keyboard available at their location
*** Specialties *** Classical voice, music theatre, pop music
Katie P. June 9, 2015
In home Verified Student
Tasha is a great teacher. She is very positive and enthusiastic. She made a great connection with my 12 year old daughter. She has a beautiful voice and seemed to bring out the best in my daughter's voice. (I know nothing about singing technique, so really can't evaluate that.) She was always on top of scheduling and make-ups if she or my daughter had lesson conflicts. Tasha has a wonderful energy and puts a lot of effort into engaging her students. We will miss her.
Cairon J. June 5, 2015
Classical Voice ·
Tasha is wonderful and truly one of the best instructors we've ever come across in our 10 years of having private vocal lessons. What she brings out in her students is amazing. Improvement is seen in each and every session. On top of her abilities to teach and inspire, she's very personable and respectful with her students which allows for a comfortable learning environment and puts her students at ease. My daughters absolutely love her!
Michele S. June 5, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Tasha was amazing !! Olivia learned so much from her about voice control, reading music, a very comprehensive music lesson every time. She and Olivia had a great connection and it showed in Olivia's weekly progress. Highly recommend Tasha to anyone looking for a voice coach.
I have a good sense on how to teach. I've been teaching little kids beginner piano and people basic vocal fundamentals for a few years now. It is something I enjoy and will always love doing.
EDUCATION Canyon Crest Academy, San Diego, CA 3.5 GPA Graduation date 06/14/2013 Mira Costa Community College, San Diego, CA 3.0 GPA Completed FALL 2012 3 credits Music Theory 1 Completed FALL 2013 4 units English 100 Completed FALL 2013 3 units Psychology 101 Honors Completed FALL 2013 1.5 units Modern Dance Completed SPRING 2014 3 units Astronomy / 1 unit Astronomy Lab Completed SPRING 201
4 0.5 units Education Planning/ Assess Completed FALL 2014 4.0 units Algebra I Completed FALL 2014 4.0 English 201 Children's Literature CURRENT SPRING 2015 4.0 Psychology 101 I am an Honors Scholar Student at MiraCosta and will be attending in order to learn my general education. Fall 2013-Current Vocal Instruction 2000 - 2013 Private and choral music instruction with Anne Whattoff and Renea Woodring. Emphasis on performance of classical, musical theater and choral music.
TECHNICAL SKILLS Technologically Savvy - Microsoft Word - Microsoft PowerPoint - Networking - *Willing to learn anything required.*
LANGUAGE SKILLS I speak, read, and write English. I can speak and read *basic* American Sign Language as well as finger spelling. I speak, and read *basic* Spanish. - English - ASL - Spanish
INTERESTS - Community Service - Making other people happy (smile, laugh, etc.) - Singing - Reading - Writing - Piano - Hot Tea - Movies - Smiling/Laughing - Horseback Riding - Camping - Climbing Trees - Interacting with people, especially children. - Animals of all sorts. - Dancing - Family - Friends - Music - Learning
EMPLOYMENT 2009 to CURRENT Music Teacher Privately -Beginner Piano -Vocals -Both piano and vocals at the same time I have nine students, currently, and will have 8 students over the Summer, privately.
December 2013 to February 2014 Kidville -Music -Supervising -Singing -Helping -Assisting
July 2013 to January 2014 Starbucks Carlsbad, CA Monday â Friday anywhere between 4:30am 12pm (Will be adjusted every 6 months) -Cleaning -Cashier -Making hot and cold beverages *Uses espresso machine and blender, etc. -Organizing
VOLUNTEER Experience Jun 2011 to Nov 2011 Spiritual Counseling and Astrology Encinitas, CA Saturdays, and occasional various weekdays various amount of work time. - Paper Filing - Organization - Electronic Filing - Information Input
Jun 2010 to Aug 2010 Assistant/Receptionist Live Scan Solutions Hillcrest, CA - Answered Phones - Handled Money Transactions - QuickBooks - Filing
2009 to Present Occasional Babysitting -Newborn -3 month-years-old -Ages 1-14
MUSIC Experience (Soprano I and II and Alto Vocalist)
Vocal Music Conservatory, Canyon Crest Academy, San Diego, CA 2010-Present Over 1000 hours total, 6 hours/week As a selected member of the Canyon Crest Academy Vocal Conservatory Program, I received private vocal instruction in a variety of musical genres including classical, musical theatre, contemporary, and jazz. I participated in ensemble work and collaborations with conservatories in other artistic disciplines. Canyon Crest Academy Choir 2009-2013 I was a soprano in a 45-person choir that performs a very diverse array of music.
Masterworks Chichester Psalms (Leonard Bernstein) Canyon Crest Academy Choir and Orchestra at St. Paul's Cathedral San Diego. Soprano soloist. Spring 2010. Faure's Requiem (Gabriel Faure) Canyon Crest Academy Choir and Orchestra. Spring 2010. A Ceremony of Carols (Benjamin Britten) Vocal Music Conservatory. Fall 2010. 5 Mystical Songs (Ralph Vaughan Williams) Canyon Crest Academy Choir and Orchestra. Fall 2010. Messiah (George Frederic Handel) Canyon Crest Academy Choir and Orchestra. Fall 2011. Two Love Songs (Robert Young. Texts from the Songs of Solomon and William Shakespeare.) Canyon Crest Academy. Spring 2013
Operas/ Operettas Dido and Aeneas (Henry Purcell) Vocal Music Conservatory. Witch 2. Spring 2012. A Gallery of Gilbert and Sullivan (W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, arranged by Kellie Evans O'Connor) Vocal Music Conservatory. Chorus member in 'Pirates of Penzance' and Gianetta in 'The Gondoliers'. Spring 2013.
Envision Collaborations Chess (Benny Andersson) Spring 2010 PLAY (Canyon Crest Academy Students) Spring 2011 Serenada Schizophrana (Danny Elfman) Fall 2011 The Wall (Pink Floyd) Spring 2013 The Moby Dick Performance (Charles Dickenson) Spring 2013
Solo Performances Vocal Conservatory Recital Level One Fall 2010 Vocal Conservatory Recital Level Two Fall 2011 Vocal Conservatory Senior Recital Fall 2012 Vocal Juries Fall 2010- 2013 I had adjudicated juries every term while in Conservatory to track my progress.
Repertoire Italian: Non posso disperar, Sergio De Luca French/ Catalan: Bonne Nuit, Jules Massenet Apres un reve, Gabriel Faure German: Sensucht Kennt, Franz Schubert O Kewler Wald, Johannes Brahus English: Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again, Phantom of the Opera Before I Gaze at You Again, Camelot Climb Every Mountain, Sound of Music It's All I Have to Bring Today, Ernst Bacon Orpheus with his Lute, Ralph Vaughan Williams When Daisies Pied, Thomas Arne Music for a While, Henry Purcell Take Me To The World, Stephan Sondheim My Johann, Edvard Grieg
RECORDING Experience: I have experience with ProTools 11 and Avid, as well as setting up and taking down sets to record.
WRITING Experience: I have been writing for most of my life and am looking to get published soon.
*** Lesson Details *** Vocals
Basic Music Theory
*** Studio Equipment *** Bongo Drums Cheap Ukulele YAMAHA Digital Piano (with pedals) Condenser Mic
*** Travel Equipment *** Bongo Drums Avid on my laptop Condenser Mic
*** Specialties *** Pop Modern Jazz *Classical* Country *Opera* Basic Theory
**MUST HAVE: Passion for Music**
Micah K. August 31, 2015
Within minutes of working with Sarah, she will help you find your vocal range, pinpoint the exact area you need to improve in, and walk you through the exercises necessary to improve. This method is highly cost effective in comparison to some instructors who don't get straight to the heart of the matter and simply stick to their standard curriculum.
Sarah W. January 2, 2014
Young and inspirational. "You learn something new everyday" is most definitely true with Sarah and how she teaches. She was slow at first, but one she got to know me and what I desired to learn from her, she was able to envision and teach me well. :)
Students are raving about their Opera Voice instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Olivia
"Daniel is a wonderful instructor. I had not sung opera for over 10 years, and felt very unsure about trying it again. In just 8 weeks of lessons with Dani
el, my voice has gotten stronger and richer through his guidance. As an instructor, he is very patient and understanding, while still pushing to get the best possible sound. When describing vocal techniques, he can explain them in many different ways in case it’s not clear on the first try. Daniel has also always been a reliable communicator and is flexible with his schedule. I have left every lesson with Daniel feeling more confident and I am always looking forward to the next one!"
New York, NY teacher:
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Review by Deniz
"Jessica is a real professional and a great teacher!
Jessica impressed me from my first lesson with her professionalism and also her niceness. She is an a
ctive performer and really knows what younger singers are going through. She's not judgmental but she lets you know how you can improve. We get a lot done in every lesson. The hour just flies by! I really look forward to it every week."
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by Beverly
"Joshua is great at his craft. I spent a lot of time since I moved to the East Coast looking for an voice coach who understand what my voice needed. Josh
ua stepped right in and put into words what I have been trying to tell other for a long time. He's truthful and I know I can trust what he say. That was important to me. I want to say you Joshua. I now have something to look forward to."
Washington, DC teacher:
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Review by marjie
"I have improved a lot thanks to Kathleen
To date, 3 lessons, but still have improved enormously. High notes once scary are beginning to float. She, in fe
w words, but vivid gesture has shown me well-grounded use of my body."
San Francisco, CA teacher:
Review by Charlene
"Rosita is a gem! She was so prepared to welcome me to her studio and we got right to work. I now have homework and am SO EXCITED to work with her to lea
rn how to sing opera and get ready to audition!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Barbara
"Elliot was an awesome teacher! From someone taking voice lessons for the first time he made the approach easy, accessible, and fearless. He really emphasi
zes finding the joy in singing. He's affordable, too! You'd be lucky to work with him!!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by david
"I'm an Italian cantor for already a few years, I had other voice lessons before from other teachers and stopped working with them. When i started with Ch
arles, besides being a very nice guy and patient, something I realized right away is that he is a real voice teacher that learnt properly how to teach from lots of real professionals.
After only 3 lessons He helped me discover ways to use my breath and voice that i never new before. Now By practicing with this methods I truly believe I can get better results from my voice.
Phoenix, AZ teacher:
Review by Marcus
I've been taking lessons with Jule for about 2 months now, and both myself and others are already seeing a very positive improvement
in my singing voice. Julie is helping me to deconstruct the bad habits that I've developed prior to formal instruction, and build strength in the muscles that should be doing the vocal work. She is also helping with musical artistry in general, to the point where my singing lessons have had a positive impact on my work on other instruments.
Julie is a consummate artist, teacher and musical mentor. And by the way, wow- what a voice she has!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Claire
"The first time I had a lesson with Gregory, when I got in my car and drove home, I cried. Not because it was awful, but because I was so overjoyed that in
that hour, I felt more connected to my voice than I ever had, and I had hope that with his help I could grow into singer that was trapped inside. Five years later, I have certainly found that to be the case. Gregory has this wonderful ability to identify what you're doing "wrong" with your voice, or what is causing discomfort, and then helps you free your voice in a way that is easy to understand, and FUN. When Gregory asks me to do something, the majority of the time his way of explaining it clicks immediately and voila! — there is my voice! When I first went to Gregory, my voice was tied up; I was strangling myself, and the different parts of my voice were not unified. I was absolutely terrified of singing "high." In my work with him, he's overhauled my voice and given me the tools to access my true voice. Pieces that I wouldn't have even attempted to sing, I was then able to explore, and now they flow easily and in many cases are spectacular and brilliant. It is also extremely important to note Gregory's approach to the psychological woes of singing. As someone who suffers some performance anxiety, panic attacks, and occasionally a lack of confidence in my abilities, Gregory has been a wonderful support. He is patient, kind, and he doesn't let me beat myself up. With that support I have been able to respect and care for myself more as a singer and a person. Do you want to blossom? Go with Gregory."