The inexperienced opera singer requires the appropriate selection of repertoire that does not negatively impact the voice and encourages continued success. Students are taught appropriate language diction, body control and tone placement.
About Dr. Philip
“The essence of healthy vocal production resides in the breath and a relaxed body.” - William. Miller, Professor of Vocal Health - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
“The aim of education is not knowledge, but action.” –Dale Carnegie The purpose of this studio is to accommodate the practical needs of serious singers by equipping them for effective performance stamina and longevity.
We teach tension-free vocal production from the body core for effective use of the breath.
After vocal study and performance throughout undergraduate school through doctoral study at the Univer
sity of Illinois with renown professor William Miller I have established an effective practice as a vocal instructor and coach.
We teach those who are passionate about developing their vocal gift – those who desire to intelligently use their voice with passion and commitment to communicate what composers have imagined their songs to convey. Those who utilize the voice for performance are responsible to invest time and energy into the proper maintenance of their instrument. For effective vocal production, it is essential to acquire and nurture knowledge of healthy vocal practices in order to sustain the vitality and inherent resonance of the voice.
Vocal Health is fundamental for the vocal performer since “the human body is the instrument.” Therefore, the development of physical stamina in the “body core” is essential for longevity of the vocal instrument.
*** Lesson Details *** Most singers have issues with tension while performing. We specialize in awakening students to effectively maintaining a relaxed body and "body core" while performing.
Voice lessons are therefore initiated to diagnose and correct unnatural body tension while singing. My motto is "if you don't do it when you speak, don't do it while you sing!" Singing must be natural to be effective. "Singing is speaking on pitch."
Lessons consist of: 1. Evaluation of body tension and elimination thereof. 2. Learning how to maintain a relaxed body and "body core" so breath is effective and controlled. 3. Establishing a relaxed open throat so tones are clear and unfettered. 4. Recognition of how to use the air and "body core" energize all vocal registers. 5. Recognition of how to modify principle vowels while performing in various vocal registers. 6. Study how to breathe effectively for various phrases and in different vocal registers.
After 3 months students will be adept at navigating through the various multitasks of singing. Student confidence will be elevated and their performance level will have increased.
*** Studio Equipment *** Piano
*** Specialties *** Teach tension-free vocal production from the body core Classical singers, Choral Singers; Popular Music singers Establishing Vocal Stamina, Establish Body Core Breath Control,
I have played piano for 20 years and sang almost as long. I had professional voice lessons from Daniela Opravialova, retired opera singer, for 6 years and have performed on local stages in several leading roles. I am a proficient sight reader who participated in All State Chorus for 6 years and was awarded the music departmental plaque for the class of 2004. I have a focus on opera, musical theater, folk, and intermediate piano.
*** Lesson Details *** I am a fairly laid back instructor who will focus on your improvements and showcase your talents through performances. I will use a variety
of curriculum varying from theory (to teach you how to read your music) to vocal techniques and performance pieces. In a few months I will have your vocal range strengthened and you will play piano with more confidence. I will start with your lowest ability and work up to more difficult pieces whether in piano, voice, or both.
*** Studio Equipment *** Piano
*** Travel Equipment *** n/a
*** Specialties *** I studied music with a focus on opera and musical theater but am also fond of folk and pop.
Lan B. March 8, 2015
Hi there Ms. Anna, I am hoping to have you as a teacher for singing lessons, but I have one request. My dad doesn't want to pay using his credit card, so is there any way we can pay using checks or cash? I would really like for you to be my singing instructor. Please email me at email@example.com as soon as you make up your mind, thank you very much! Hopefully you read this review, as I didn't know any other way to reach you.
Alexus A. August 14, 2014
In studio Verified Student
I had my first lesson singing lesson ever as well as my first lesson with Ms. Anna yesterday. Ms. Anna is a great instructor who makes her students feel comfortable to learn, make mistakes and grow without any pressure to be perfect. She listens to what her students want from their experience and sets goals to better help you achieve them. Overall Ms.Anna is a great instructor who I would recommend to anyone wishing to learn or better themselves as a singer.
Christine S. December 10, 2013
Singing Verified Student
Wonderful voice teacher for my daughter
Anna has a beautiful voice and works with my daughter on the music she wants to sing, but also encourages her work with many other different types of music as well to broaden her experience. My daughter's voice has gotten stronger, her range has increased and she has become much more confident since she has been working with Anna. She looks forward to her voice lessons every week.
Using the traditional training I have received, I train my opera students to sing in Italian, German, French and Latin using standard opera repertoire. The unique vocal exercises and foundations of singing that are the operatic sound are developed to their fullest potential with each voice.
With a performance degree from the University of Georgia, teaching certification from Georgia State and over 25 years of professional teaching experience, I am able to offer my students a diverse range of instructional resources.
*** Lesson Details *** My lessons include a warmup, music theory work, vocal or instrumental technique and then a vast selection of song repertoire to support new ideas in both technique and theory. Students are directed to watch or listen to examples of master performances in their field of studies. Clear weekly goals are made between lessons and I am always enco
uraging! Whatever life throws at you during the week doesn't have to stop your studies cold- we will come up with a plan that fits your lifestyle.
*** Studio Equipment *** I have a small Protools setup with microphones and a Kurzwell keyboard. I like to be able to go online for some resources.
*** Travel Equipment *** I regularly use the internet in lessons as well as standard published educational texts.
*** Specialties *** I have been told that I am especially good at helping people make the jump from playing by rote to reading from the page. In vocal instruction, I am familiar with three schools of technique: the psycho-imagery school, the "anatomical" school, and the Italian "open throat" approach. My background in acting also contributes basic vocal projection techniques to vocal training. I am comfortable with all genres of music, including pop, rock, soul, R&B, gospel, jazz and opera. In instrumental studies, I am a woodwind doubler, reading fluently and transposing on-the-spot . As a jazz and gospel artist I improvise primarily on the flute and saxophone. My piano skills are equivalent to a second-year college piano major. I can improvise accompaniments as well as read piano scores. In addition to being a certified teacher in Georgia, I attained national certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in 2004.
Lacy H. January 22, 2014
Piano Verified Student
My daughter loved her first lesson with Letha! After Letha left, she wanted to continue to practice, practice, practice! Thank you, Letha, for making piano lessons fun!
Breathing for singing and speaking; vowel and tone production and resonance; relaxation ; interpretation and dramatic aspects of literature for performance and auditions. Opportunities for participation in MTNA and NATS festivals and auditions and studio recitals.
About Mary Frances
Biography - Mary Frances K. has been teaching voice since 1991. She works with youth and adults, beginner and advanced. She helps voice students develop a healthy, beautiful sound, proper placement and projection of the voice for singing and speaking. Her goal is to help singers gain fulfillment and joy while improving their art.
Voice students of hers have won university voice scholarships and have been accepted into Allstate Chorus for High School in Georgia and other voice programs at the college level. She has taught in her home, and for Music Life Studio.
She also teac
hes piano. She has taught piano for about 8 years. She studied piano privately for 10 years and had further study at Indiana University. She accompanies herself in her own vocal study and rehearsals for synagogue choir practice. She believes music should be fun and rewarding.
Students wishing to have any combination of piano, music theory and/or vocal development can receive a program of study that meets their individual needs.
Mary Frances has performed with the Southeastern Savoyards Light Opera Company, the Atlanta Opera Chorus and Studio, the Atlanta Symphony Chorus, Marietta Theater in the Square, and Neighborhood Playhouse. She has sung title roles in Patience, Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel and Gretel. Other roles include Josephine in HMS Pinafore, the Princess in The Student Prince, and Connie in The 1940's Radio Hour.
She has performed many roles with Capitol City Opera Company (CCOC) including Annina in The Saint of Bleecker Street, Bastienne in Mozart's Bastien and Bastienne, Nora in Vaughan WilliamsÂ RiderÂs to the Sea, and Gilda in Milton GrangerÂs Talk Opera. She sang for many years in CCOC'Âs school outreach program. She has sung many concerts for CCOC as well.
Mary Frances was a soloist in Handel'Âs Messiah for Peachtree Presbyterian Church. She has worked as the soloist at The First Church of Christ Scientist in Roswell, Georgia and continues as a soloist at The Second Church of Christ Scientist in Sandy Springs, Georgia. She has occasionally directed the choir at Congregation Dor Tamid in Alpharetta, Georgia.
She holds a bachelors degree from Indiana University School of Music in both Voice and Theater. Mary Frances continues her education as a long time student of Elizabeth Colson of Atlanta, Georgia. She has attended Brevard Music Center, The Georgia State Opera Workshop and the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. While in Graz, Mary Frances was a finalist in the Meistersinger competition.
*** Lesson Details ***
Recommendations for Lesson Length - Voice students: 30 minutes for young students up to 5th grade. 45 minutes for young students in Middle School and some 5th graders. 45 or 60 minutes preferred for high school students and adults. Piano students: 30 minutes for most beginners of any age. 45 minutes for young intermediate level and adult students.
Teaching Style and Curriculum - My teaching style is relaxed yet progressive. I use positive reinforcement to encourage progress with adults and children. Students are allowed to progress at their own pace which varies with age, coordination, processing speed and previous exposure to musical education.
I prefer the Alfred's Basic Piano Library series for my piano students. I find that my students learn more music theory and music reading with this series. If the student has started lessons in a different series, I can work with that as well. I have a large music library that provides a wide selection of music in addition to the Alfred books. I expect most beginning students to learn basic music reading and theory in 3 to 6 months. They should also to be able to play simple tunes in that time. I am an active professional singer, so I have a large library of vocal material at my disposal.
I begin my voice lessons with breathing techniques and vocal placement using widely accepted exercises coming from a large body of sources such as: Vaccai, professional level vocal teachers, coaches and directors that I have worked with and learned from over the last 30 years, and the writings of highly acclaimed authors in the vocal field. I also have a wide selection of art song books, oratorio, musical theatre, and opera. My background is classical and musical theatre, but I believe all styles of singing need the basic skills of breathing and vocal placement. I strive to keep voices healthy as well as find each student's most beautiful sound. Most students will see progress in breath control, range, projection and diction in 3 to 6 months.
Repertoire is chosen on an individual basis depending both physical and musical ability. Younger students and beginners will be encouraged to not push their voices with material that is too difficult for their individual abilities because singing requires a certain amount of physical endurance. My goal is to find each student's natural sound without strain for whatever style he or she sings.
*** Studio Equipment *** Piano, Computer with Internet Access, Library of Music and Reference Materials (Sample Listing):Alfred's Basic Piano Library Books Twenty-Four Italian Songs and Arias, Medium High and Medium Low Voice; Schirmer Sing at First Sight; Alfred Basics of Singing by Jan Schmidt; Schirmer Many Soprano Collections of Arias, Oratorio, Sacred, and Art Songs from Schirmer Several Broadway Music Collections from Hal Leonard Discover Your Voice by Oren Brown Training the Speaking Voice by Virgil Anderson International Phonetic Alphabet for Singers by Wall Dynamics of the Singing Voice by Meribeth Bunch Classical Singer Magazine Subscription Journal of Singing, The Official Journal of the National Association of Teachers of Singing,Inc.Subscription
*** Specialties *** I am classically trained bel canto voice teacher, but I can work with broadway and pop styles. I teach sight singing for students pursuing auditions for All State Chorus and College entrance, etc. I use the Alfred Basic Piano Series for Piano students
David D. June 5, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Hi--Mary Frances suggested that we go with 45-minute sessions, and I agree. We ran over about 15 minutes yesterday, so could you change my 30-minute charge to a 45-minute charge starting with yesterday's session? Then could you let me know once this change has been made so I can let her know? She will then change the schedule accordingly. Thanks, David
Saundra W. April 19, 2015
In home Verified Student
Love her. Makes me feel so comfortable
Jennifer L. April 6, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Mary is a great teacher! She's really nice, made the lessons fun for my daughter. Mary explained the information in a way that was easy for my daughter to understand and apply.
The mission of my studio is to create well-rounded, educated musicians who will always have a lifelong passion for the art no matter their long-term goals. I strive for my students to be:
(1) Lifelong learners who develop successful learning habits. (2) Creative and critical thinkers who will become effective communicators. (3) Responsible and respectful members of society who respect other cultures. (4) Able to set short-term and long-term goals and be able to see them through to their success.
It is of the utmost importance that my stude
nts are well-educated in their chosen instrument; they must know and understand music and music-making. Students who can play are a dime a dozen, but students who understand the music they are playing are often hard to find. I teach students to know music thoroughly, not just to “play.” I desire my students to comprehend elements of the score, to use their bodies effectively to make good sound, and to interpret music creatively and according to historical performance practices across all genres of music. Thus, I give students a purposeful education in technique, quality literature, performance and artistry, music theory, and music history.
Although students differ in ability and development, I maintain high expectations for our students. I expect attention and respect in lessons, faithful and diligent practice, careful adherence to instructions, and an “I’ll-do-my-best” attitude. If students regularly meet these expectations, then they will excel to the level that they are able. It is my joy to help students master their music, to do the best they can, and to strive for and achieve excellence.
Lastly, I want students to enjoy and appreciate their instrument, music, and music-making; and we know as teachers, we are very influential in making this happen. Students develop enjoyment of music by understanding music, experiencing success in music, being exposed to good and varied genres of music, and receiving instruction from a teacher who is enthusiastic and encouraging. It is our goal to provide all of these opportunities for students, and as a result their lives will be enriched as they enjoy their instrument.
Jacob L. May 8, 2015
Maria has been an absolute blessing for our family. Piano is something both my wife and I wanted for our children to learn, but having 4 boys where their interests are only video games and football, it can be difficult. Also since my wife and I are from from musical, we had absolutely no clue what to expect. We had gone through 3 other teachers where our kids didn't advance at all. Maria was our last try and we are so thankful for the referral.
Maria really connects with the boys and they absolutely love her. To top it off, she's very motivating, organized, and for the first time with any teacher, she had an action plan. We knew where are kids were with progress regularly. We also we informed how to keep them motivated at home and how to get them to practice. My oldest son (14) has gone through 3 levels in 1.5 years and has actually been asking about joining the jazz band at his school. My 3 other sons (6,8,9) have been steadily going through the levels and most importantly are able to apply what they are learning to music Maria doesn't teach them. My 8 year old was actually describing what a chord progression was the other day to his grandfather and used the word cadence. I had to google what that meant on my phone!
Her location is also perfect. As long as they have something to do, Maria doesn't mind them sitting in the living room while she teaches a lesson so it enables me to run to the grocery store or bank which are less than 2 miles from her home while the kids are in lessons.
We are extremely pleased with Maria and I would recommend her to anyone. She is worth every single penny. Our family will be moving to John's Creek this October and we will be making the drive once a week through Atlanta traffic happily.
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Review by Karyn
"Helped me find my passion
In middle school, I really didn't have very much direction and I was afraid of going to high school. To make friends, I decided
to go out for one of the high school's audition choirs, and though I didn't make it into the elite choir, I made the women's choir. I was happy, but I was afraid to sing out even in front of the other girls in the choir. I didn't have any confidence in my voice and most of them knew how to read music and sight-sing. I didn't. I started taking lessons with Ms. Jenni in the fall of my freshman year in the hopes of catching up with the other girls and eventually auditioning into the elite choir before my senior year.
That was three years ago. I now read music and sight sing and have much more confidence in my voice. I made the elite choir at my school in the spring of my sophomore year-- and in my junior year we performed at the White House! Jenni has encouraged me to participate in competitions and summer music programs that have helped me grow even more. I am seriously considering majoring in music in college after I graduate in 2014.
Jenni has been such a wonderful teacher. She really "gets me" and her encouragement has helped me find my passion. She's always positive and helpful and treats each student like they are her only one. I just love her and I will miss her when I go to college--because without her I really don't know where I would have ended up."
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Dr. Daniel
"Monica is a phenomenal teacher! She is incredibly affable and brings both joy and grace to each lesson. Her vocal knowledge and credentials are astounding
! Monica has an incredible voice and her ability to demonstrate is immensely beneficial. I would highly encourage any singer, from beginner to advanced, to consider lessons with Monica!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Julianna
"Tom is a most excellent vocal instructor
Tom is a wonderful teacher. He is always cheerful and encouraging and positive. He searches for the best selecti
ons to match my voice. He helps me work toward the best I can be and doesn't let me "settle" for anything less. Best of all, he is so fun to be with."
Kansas City, MO teacher:
Review by Catherine
"Valerie is the best voice lesson coach!
I started to take voice lessons when I was 53 years old. I hadn't sang since my childhood except humming songs in
the bath tub, and was a total beginnerï¼Valerie taught me not only how to sing but how to read music and basic music theory, and gave me practical exercises to develop muscles which are required for singing also. 1 year later, I joined a choir. Choir music is in Latin, Italian, French, German, Spanish, old English and so forth and I have trouble pronouncing those words. Valerie checks each of my pronunciations carefully and gives me accurate sounds and meanings of words as well. She is a skilled teacher with a great deal of knowledge and patience. When I faced a very fast, up-tempo, tongue twisting difficult Bach piece in German last winter, I was desperate and almost gave up the music, but she broke it down into small sections and made it easier for my practice. It was a big challenge but with her help I mastered the music and sang in front of people which gave me confidence and a great deal of pleasure. I am a soprano and my mid-voice range is weak. She picked out some exercises to develop this weakness and I have definitely improved. She knows all sorts of techniques for particular problems. Now I am focusing on the resonate sound of my voice. Of course she gave me special exercises to develop the quality of my voice and I have started to hear the improvement. She is a great teacher and I respect and appreciate her very much."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Lachlan
"Patti is a phenomenal musician and teacher
Patti is the most effective music teacher I have worked with. She has an intimate and readily communicated kno
wledge of vocal technique, and crucially, where problems can arise. She has an intuitive awareness of the voice in a way that can only come from extensive professional experience in performance and education. In a relatively short space of time I have learnt a great deal and grown vocally beyond what I thought I would be capable of.
I cannot recommend Patti highly enough."
Phoenix, AZ teacher:
Review by George
"I had 3 lessons from her. She is a very patient teacher; her instruction is progressive and methodical. I really enjoy learning things I had no idea befor
e. Her instruction really has widen my breath of knowledge in voice."
Portland, OR teacher:
Review by camille
"Marko is one of these professors who transmits all their knowledge with passion, kindness and generosity. A teacher who loves each of his students by giv
ing to all of them something really important: confidence! The lessons are moments of pleasures, of well-being and are almost ended by opera's or life's conversations.... Marko and his wife are a "dream team"for every singers. ;-D Highly recommended!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Camille C- Paris"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Silfredo
"Excellent Teacher for Tenors
Great singing is something all singers strive for. However, tenors have challenges other voices don't have. Klaus is a reall
y great teacher for tenors. He has an excellent ear and can detect incorrect technique even when you sound OK. He is great at the fundamentals of singing, but always striving to experiment a bit if the student is not quite getting what he is saying. This has resulted in many great "discoveries" for me. Like most great teachers, he gets you to enjoy the process, while steering you away from negative thinking. I highly recommend Klaus Georg as a first rate voice teacher!"
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Laurie
"The reason anyone takes singing lessons is to improve, to free the potential of your whole voice. Taylor can help you to do that. He has a depth of know
ledge combined with a creative array of exercises to relieve your limiting vocal habits. Taylor's approach is different from teachers who treat all voice difficulties with the same method. He seems to intuitively key into your problem areas and varies his exercises to specifically address them. His lessons are focused, lively and fun. And personally, Taylor is very kind, energetic, and open. I always leave my lessons in a more positive frame of mind. Frankly, if you're serious about fixing those vocal faults and want steady improvement in your singing, you can't do better than Taylor."