I teach my students about the anatomy of breathing and tone production, focusing on breath energy and a released sound. I use fixed-Do solfège to teach note-reading and develop the ear. I am careful to assign repertoire that is at my students' level, challenging them musically but not going beyond what is appropriate for their vocal development. This avoids tension and injury and inspires confidence as students study music that they are able to sing well.
I teach classical/opera and Broadway singing styles. I do not teach pop singing. I accept voice students ages fourteen and older. I encourage younger students interested in voice lessons to consider joining a choir and/or taking lessons on another instrument instead. In my professional opinion, the voice is not sufficiently developed before age fourteen and there is a greater risk of injury in private voice lessons. In a choir, children are directed to sing in a healthy way for their age and learn valuable musicianship and aural ...
I grew up in southeast Michigan and have been in love with music for as long as I can remember. My mom tells me that I walked into the kitchen one day when I was about 18 months old and started singing the theme song to her favorite soap opera--in the right key! I started violin lessons when I was three years old and at five I became the youngest student ever accepted into the studio of James Waring, now-retired violinist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Under Mr. Waring, I developed a solid virtuoso technique and worked on chamber music as well as solo and concerto repertoire for the v
iolin. While I was an undergraduate student at Westminster Choir College, I continued my violin study with Dr. Mia Wu.
After six years of violin study, I added piano lessons. I studied with Catherine Rollin, an internationally-known teacher and composer. Ms. Rollin's practical approach to technique and musicianship has been extremely influential in my own teaching, and I use her exercises and compositions with my students. I studied a wide range of repertoire with Ms. Rollin but my very favorite pieces were those by Bach, Chopin, and Debussy.
I sang in choirs throughout my childhood and began taking voice lessons in high school. I eventually decided to study voice performance at Westminster Choir College, where I completed my Bachelor of Music degree in 2004. I then studied for a year at the New England Conservatory with soprano Luretta Bybee, but ultimately returned to Westminster to continue working with my teacher there, Margaret Cusack. I got my Master of Music degree in vocal pedagogy and performance from Westminster Choir College in 2008. While a student at Westminster, I performed the soprano roles of Ifigenia in Handel's Oreste, Amy in Mark Adamo's Little Women, and Janthe in Heinrich Marschner's Der Vampyr. I have coached with Daniel Beckwith, J. J. Penna, and Dalton Baldwin, and was privileged to sing in the Westminster Choir and the Westminster Symphonic Choir under Dr. Joseph Flummerfelt. With the Westminster Choir, I recorded the album Heaven to Earth and performed in Lakmé and I Capuleti e i Montecchi at the Spoleto Festival U.S.A. in Charleston, South Carolina. I also performed Handel's Messiah with Sir Neville Marriner and Nicholas McGegan, Mahler's Symphony No. 3 with Sir Michael Tilson Thomas and Lorin Maazel, Berlioz's Requiem with Charles Dutoit, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with Lorin Maazel.
I have taught in the Princeton area since 2008, maintaining a studio of about twenty voice, piano, and violin students. In addition, I sing as cantor and soprano section leader at Queenship of Mary Catholic Church in Plainsboro and am a member of Princeton Pro Musica. I live with my husband, Jerome, in Lawrenceville and I love to knit when I'm not teaching or performing.
*** Lesson Details *** I offer lessons in my studio. In my studio, I have an upright acoustic piano, a full-size violin which I use for demonstration, a music stand, and a mirror so voice and violin students can check their technique. I also have a comfortable couch where parents can observe their children's lessons.
Violin students MUST bring their own instruments to the first lesson. Piano students must have their own pianos when lessons begin. I strongly recommend an acoustic piano even for beginning students, but a full-size (88 keys) touch-sensitive electronic keyboard is also acceptable. Voice students are encouraged to practice with a piano or electronic keyboard but may use an online keyboard to check pitches if they do not own a piano. TakeLessons can put you in contact with me if you have questions about purchasing or renting instruments.
My goal in teaching is to foster a love of music and a passion for the arts. I focus on developing my students as musicians in general and on a relaxed technique that will allow for the best possible artistic expression.
I have found that my students who practice regularly find their lessons rewarding and enjoyable and tend to make significant progress. That said, not every student decides to take lessons because he or she wants to become a professional musician.
Violin and piano students should practice every day. Voice students should practice six days a week, taking one day to rest their voices both from solo practice and choirs or any other activities that involve significant vocal use.
I encourage parents of younger children to attend lessons and help their children practice. It doesn't matter if you aren't a musician yourself. Just encouraging your child to focus and to remember what he or she worked on at the last lesson will help enormously.
Practice time will vary depending on the student. All students should begin their practice with some stretching to loosen up their muscles, followed by the scales and exercises we worked on during their lessons. Students should try to practice fifteen minutes to one hour each day, depending on age. This time may be broken into two or three shorter sessions depending on the student's stamina. If you have just begun taking lessons, an uninterrupted hour of practice may be quite exhausting. You can still practice for an hour each day, but you may prefer to divide your time into three twenty-minute segments. Voice students especially are encouraged to divide their practice into shorter sessions, even if they have been singing for several years. The more you practice, the faster you will progress, and the sooner you will be able to begin working on more challenging and interesting music.
Even if you already know how to read music, we will probably spend some time talking about music theory. Beginning students especially will have a theory and/or notespeller book with assignments each week. If there is something in your theory assignment that you do not understand, you may skip that part and ask me about it at your next lesson. If you finish your assignment quickly, I encourage you to work ahead. Again, the more theory you learn, the easier it will be to learn new music, and the sooner you will be able to work on more advanced music.
Some students choose to take a break from their lessons during the summer months or the holiday season. While it is good to take a day off once in a while and I encourage students to take a week off after a big recital, you will lose a lot of ground if you spend two or three months without any practicing or lessons. If you are really interested in making a lot of progress during a vacation from school, I am happy to work with you twice a week so you can improve even more quickly. I had two violin lessons a week for a summer when I was younger and two voice lessons a week for a few months during college, and it made a huge difference.
*** Studio Equipment *** I teach in my home studio. I have an upright acoustic piano, a full-size violin which I use for demonstration, a music stand, and a mirror so voice and violin students can check their technique. I also have a comfortable couch where parents can observe their children's lessons.
*** Specialties *** I teach violin, piano, and voice lessons. Please click "Read More" below for more information.
VOICE I teach my students about the anatomy of breathing and tone production, focusing on breath energy and a released sound. I use fixed-Do solfÃ¨ge to teach note-reading and develop the ear. I am careful to assign repertoire that is at my students' level, challenging them musically but not going beyond what is appropriate for their vocal development. This avoids tension and injury and inspires confidence as students study music that they are able to sing well.
I teach classical/opera and Broadway singing styles. I do not teach pop singing. I accept voice students ages fourteen and older. I encourage younger students interested in voice lessons to consider joining a choir and/or taking lessons on another instrument instead. In my professional opinion, the voice is not sufficiently developed before age fourteen and there is a greater risk of injury in private voice lessons. In a choir, children are directed to sing in a healthy way for their age and learn valuable musicianship and aural skills.
I do not accept male voice students. I do not feel that my understanding of the male voice is adequate to provide the level of instruction that I expect from myself. There are many female voice teachers who are comfortable teaching male students, and vice versa. TakeLessons can help you find the teacher who is perfect for you!
PIANO Beginning students work from the Alfred Premier Piano Course, later transitioning to the Pathways to Artistry series by my former teacher, Catherine Rollin. We work on developing a curved hand position with relaxed wrists and strong finger joints. I use technical exercises to teach artistic expression rather than teaching these two elements separately. Beginning students count and sing note-names out-loud to integrate theory and note-reading with their playing. I accept piano students ages five and older. I do not accept piano students younger than five because their hands are often too small to play comfortably.
Blythe is a wonderful teacher,as well as person. She has made taking piano something my dauhter looks forward to every week. She is quite an asset and a great find!
Dingding G. April 24, 2013
Violin Verified Student
It is out of sheer luck that TakeLessons.com introduced me
to Blythe. As an adult student, I started learning the violin
decades too late, and yet with Blythe's patience and her
effective techniques in helping me correct errors, I am
steadily progressing. One day my dream of playing the violin may
actually come true, and I will always be grateful that Blythe has made this possible.
Performing has been a lifelong endeavor for Tanya in every field from chorus, musical theatre to the operatic stage. A veteran of many choral ensembles, Tanya has had the privilege of performing with Steven Sametz, Greg Funfgeld, Steven Lord and many more. Upon earning her Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Performance from Moravian College in Bethlehem, Tanya moved to Boston to complete her Masters in Vocal Performance at The Boston Conservatory.
Tanya has studied with some wonderful teachers such as Monique Phinney (The Boston Conservatory), Ruth Drucker (formerly of The Peabod
y Conservatory) and coaches including Michael Strauss of New England Conservatory. Master class experiences have allowed her the opportunity to sing for opera legend Nico Castel, Sondra Kelly and others.
I believe a key part of learning to sing is being excited by the material and the techniques. I aim to make learning fun and have students feel successful at every lesson.
*** Lesson Details *** Every lesson is approached based on the individual student's needs, goals and desires. Whether you are trying to sound better in a choir, audition for a role or school or just want to see how far you can go - I can help!
In each lesson, I incorporate range expanding warm up exercises, sight reading and vocal selection development. I believe that singing is 99% breathing and in order to be successful, we will also study how breath works and how to make the most of it.
Over time and with consistent practice, I will help each student become a better musician, begin expanding the student's vocal range and flexibility and learn some great new selections of various styles!
*** Studio Equipment *** Yamaha Baby Grand Piano
*** Specialties *** I believe that good singing is rooted in a well rounded understanding of how the vocal mechanism works - whether it is singing opera, fold songs, church hymns or broadway.
Students learn proper vocal technique to help them sing Broadway-style music and build stamina. The techniques for mixing the voice and switching between a head and chest voice is emphasized.
Rachel B. has produced, directed, and performed in numerous productions both in Philly and NJ. She earned her B.M. in Music Theatre from Westminster Choir College in 2010, and went on to intern with the Passage Theatre Company in Trenton, NJ. Recently, she has been delving into the world of opera, producing and directing works by Donizetti and Mozart with Opera MODO. In 2011, she started her own company, Plutonian Productions, which specializes in original works.
Rasharn Medina July 31, 2015
Improv Acting ·
In studio Verified Student
I enjoyed the session, Rachel did a good job of explaining the concept of improv, as well as running through exercises and scenarios.
Chrysti N. July 19, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Rachel is a great instructor. She is very knowledgeable and makes you feel at ease.
Jennifer B. July 15, 2015
In home Verified Student
Experience performing musical theater from a young age to advanced. Able to teach a healthy belt for men and women.
Hello! I'm Shane and I would love to be your voice teacher! I am committed to uncovering the true potential that each singer possesses as well as helping their awareness as a musician.
Regarding my private vocal, I identify the individual needs and create a curriculum based on the the learning style of each student. Vocally, I include the following subjects with every student: relaxation, posture and alignment, breathing, phonation, support, registration, resonance, and articulation. It is extremely important that every student has a sense of achievement and success.
Studio Lessons: I
currently have a studio that enables me to audio or video record each lesson, should you desire it. I also use a fully weighted electric piano for these lessons.
In-Home Lessons: I have the ability to travel for in-home lessons within a certain radius of my home in central New Jersey. My only requirement for these lessons is that a piano/keyboard must be present with a music stand being preferred, but not required.
Within these studio mediums, I am able teach the following vocal styles, techniques, and musicianship skills: -Classical Voice -Opera -Musical Theater -Jazz -Pop -Rock -R&B -Country -Ear Training
My background in voice is extremely diverse with an undergraduate degree in Commercial Music from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Before completing my Masters of Music from Westminster Choir College of Rider University, I worked as a session singer, background vocalist, and voice teacher. I was privileged to work with some of the most talented musicians in the music industry and I decided to pursue graduate work in an effort to share the importance and knowledge of a healthy vocalism.
I am currently living in Princeton, New Jersey where I work as a classical vocalist, opera singer, and teacher. I am able to teach out of my home, travel to your home, or teach online.
I look forward to hearing from you!
David G. July 23, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Excellent teacher - I've only had two lessons but I'm thoroughly looking forward to more in the future!
John Q. July 22, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Very nice Singing lessons!
X H. July 11, 2015
In home Verified Student
Shane is a good teacher knowledgable about vocal mechanism and music expression. He creates a relaxed and enjoyable learning experience.
He is prompt for lessons and creates a schedule that caters for individual attributes. Highly recommend him for singing lessons.
Most of my students are in preparation for a show so we work on their music for that production. Others just have a love for Broadway and want to sing music that they love as well as learn new tunes.
I've been teaching piano and voice to students of all ages for over 22 years. I have been a middle and high school choir director so I relate very well to that age student and their vocal needs. I am a graduate of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ. I have also been a church choir director for 26 years so I certainly have tons of experience with ages 5-99. In teaching piano I only teach beginners. I like them to start with me and my technique rather that moving to me from another teacher. In teaching voice I specialize in Musical Theater and I have a vast library of Broad
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"She has the needed experience to back it up, having sang in all of Seattle's major musical theatre venues- Village Theatre, Seattle Children's a Theatre a
nd 5th Avenue. She has a beautiful voice and loves to help others improve their skills. I highly recommend her!"
Seattle, WA teacher:
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Review by Mike
"Everything you need and more...
One of my biggest issues with voice teachers is that they try to strip you of what makes you, you!
From day one, Peter g
ot to know me and works from the inside out to produce a sound that was not only connected to breath but emotionally invested and honest! So many actor's lack this nowadays. This is so valuable as a musical theatre actor. Also, he allows you to "go there" and provides a safe environment to do so.
Peter is willing to be patient and work with you long term. He was so invested in my work and reaching goals. He gives that extra bump of confidence I need and I always leave feeling great!
What is most profound... as a more classical musical theatre actor in a ever changing pop/rock world, I am able to confidently show up at an audition for a pop musical. He pulls this healthy pop/rock singing technique from the classical technique and it really works!
In terms of availability, he is flexible and worth every penny!"
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Review by Shaotian
"LeAnna is definitely a good teacher to start with!
I have taken singing class with LeAnna for about two months and it was definitely a positive experienc
e. LeAnna is a good teacher to start with and I've learnt lot from her.
LeAnna is a very easy-going and encouraging instructor. She would try to find something good in me every time and appreaciate it. She would also find something I was doing wrong and point it out directly instead of like it vanish in the appreaciation. So I feel energetic and know what to improve at the same time. Moreover, LeAnna's teaching environment is quite comfortable. It is a clean, tidy, and quiet room. I wouldn't feel nervous there. And, there is plenty space where I could move within and sing quite comfortable.
An an instructor, LeAnna has good exercises which would build my technique little by little. She would offer a group of exercises for a specific training area and they are not difficult and seem easy to do. I would not feel practicing those exercises sucking too much of my energy. But, when I came back to sing, I would feel that without noticing, I could done what I couldn't done before, which was pretty amazing.
LeAnna is also reliable and knowledgeable of the industry. She is not only an instructor but also the singer/dancer/actor who do shows. She would tell me how this industry is like, what and how to prepare for the audition, and what details I should focus on (i.e. Don't change schedule after you have been confirmed with the stage manager) and what aspect I don't have to worry (i.e. I could go to another audition if you are wating for another result; just tell them you are waiting.) This helped me a lot to know what the custom is like in this area."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Simone
"Fawn is a refreshing change and one of the best instructors we have ever known
After going through a barrage of music instructors, Fawn was a refreshing
change. Our family has been taking piano, voice, performance and songwriting lessons from Fawn for 3 years now. My husband, myself and our son and daughter are her students and we all adore her. She has a lovely spirit and kind heart. She pushes us each in our own individual ways to be the best we can each be, and she always checks in to see how we are doing on a personal level too. She is such a positive person, her energy could light up an entire city. I donât know any one that works harder. I think hearing her songs on the radio, seeing her perform and work hard at her own successful music career, as well as work hard at helping her students achieve their best is one of the things that motivates me to work harder. Fawnâs attitude is, âanything is possible if you believeâ. Not only do we believe, but we believe in her. She is the best candidate for the job and this household deeply appreciates her."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Lary
"Jeffrey rocks! I'm 59 and after a lifetime of not properly singing, I'm finally learning how to correctly sing and protect my instrument. It has been ab
out three months and I've improved exponentially. Jeffrey accepts you at whatever level you are at and brings you along from there. He is knowledgable, patient, and always positive!"
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Amy
"Jen has been working with my daughter for only 4 months but her growth in that amount of time has been amazing. She absolutely loves Miss Jen! Jen is an
outstanding teacher and makes my daughter feel so comfortable and relaxed. Her favorite time of the week is when she can work with Jen. We are so honored and grateful that she is working with our daughter, we couldn't ask for a better teacher. The best around!"
Pittsburgh, PA teacher:
Review by Shawday
"Excellent Voice Teacher
Mayumi is such an AMAZING Voice teacher, I'm learning so much about my voice , things I didn't even recognize . She makes me feel
so comfortable and I just enjoy coming to lesson every Thursday just so I can learn a new lesson and start practicing when I get home. She is definitely helping me prepare for my upcoming audition for a performing art college called American Musical Dramatics Academy in New York City and I can't Thank her enough for her help. She is the best Voice teacher !!!"
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Dave
"He changed the way I looked at singing and helped me develop techniques to better myself as a performer."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Velynda
"A phenomenal teacher! She's patient, teaches with positive reinforcement, and is a determined teacher. Definitively cares about her students and strives f