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Singing Lessons in Saint Louis: What You Need to Know

by Dave B. - Saint Louis Vocal Instructor

Are you from Saint Louis and wondering what’s going on in the Gateway City for singers? There are many opportunities to study voice and show off your vocal skills in the city. Here are a few resources to check out as you’re taking singing lessons in Saint Louis:

1. Perform
One of the best ways to hone your singing style is just to go out and sing whenever possible! Saint Louis is alive with opportunities to stand up in front of an audience, try out new material you’ve been working on at voice lessons, or just sing old favorites
you've been singing for a while. Attending one of the many open mic nights and karaoke nights Saint Louis has to offer is a fun and useful way to practice your singing skills. Check out these useful websites to stay in the know about the Saint Louis music scene:
open mic nights - http://www.openmicstlouis.com/
karaoke nights - http://www.mokaraoke.com/

2. Audition
There are many excellent theater companies around Saint Louis that often have open auditions for both kids and adults. Musical theater is a great way for singers to work on their craft, because within the context of a show, a singer works on vocal technique, as well as performance skills. Any good singer needs to be an actor to some extent; no one wants to watch a singer who looks bored, scared or uncomfortable, even if his or her voice is amazing. Participating in a musical theater production will teach you how to use your singing talent in new ways. My theater company, RockShow Academy, is a perfect starting place for kids who are getting started in theater. Outside of private lessons, there are also opportunities for summer camps and programs at places such as COCA (The Center of Contemporary Arts) & Stages Saint Louis. Kids who are looking for professional experience can try out to be a “MUNY Kid” at The MUNY, Saint Louis’ premier outdoor theater.
http://www.rockshowacademy.com/
http://www.cocastl.org/
http://www.stagesstlouis.org/PerformingArtsAcademy/
http://www.muny.org/eya-main-menu/muny-kids-and-teens

3. Watch
One of the most important things any aspiring singer should be doing is attending as many concerts and shows as they can. Great singers are not made “in a bubble.” Rather, their talent is developed over time from working with their voice teacher, practicing and listening, and watching great singers sing. You do not have to look far to find great concerts or performances to attend in Saint Louis. Fantastic Broadway tours come through The Fabulous Fox Theater and The Peabody Opera House, and national acts often perform at The Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre.
http://www.fabulousfox.com/
http://www.peabodyoperahouse.com/
http://thehollywoodcasinoamphitheatre.com/

So, get out and enjoy the culture and opportunities for singers that the Gateway City has to offer, and best of luck in your singing lessons in Saint Louis!
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Juliet J.

Saint Louis, MO

About Juliet

I have been a teacher in private practice for 20 years. I have a wide range of experience with singers of all styles and age groups with a variety of goals and skills. I sang with a professional jazz octet for a number of years while maintaining my practice, have taught various master classes, musically directed various musicals, have sung background vocals and played piano on various recordings. I studied vocal and piano performance at Murray State University and studied privately through my adult singing and teaching career. *** Lesson Details *** I am a big believer of direct application of core technique to repertoire/style. Generally, lessons are fun, comfortable and laughter is encouraged. I like singers to be working on a wide variety of music from the beginning. It's ...

Reviews

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Phil L. May 12, 2015
Broadway Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Juliet is a great teacher and she's very professional!
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Kenny D. January 14, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I have use Juliet for years, and she always is finding something new to push my voice to it's fullest potential. I know with each lesson, I am getting the best advice and warm ups to be the best vocalist I can be.
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Jennifer W. October 29, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I highly recommend Juliet as a singing instructor. My daughter looks forward each week to her lesson. Juliet is knowledgeable and kind. It is exciting each week to watch my daughter progress under Juliet's direction. She offers a very comfortable atmosphere in which to learn and progress and I think any student would find her to be wonderful.
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Joseph S.

Saint Louis, MO

I am a K-12 a Certified Vocal Music Educator. I've been vocal coaching/teaching voice lessons since 2003. I've directed school and church choirs since 2001.
In my voice lessons, we will work on lots of mechanics and technique regarding posture, breathting, air management, auditing pitch, etc. Equally we will focus on weaving those techniques into the fabric of the hearty, soul, and emotion necessary to truly make excellent, life-changing music.

About Joseph

I've been teaching piano, voice, and guitar lessons since 2003. For the past 3 years I have been a singing member of the Ambassadors of Harmony, 3-time International Gold Medal Champion a Cappella Barbershop Chorus. I am continually challenged to perfect the craft of making beautiful music through the constant dedication to technique and mechanics, as well as heart and soul. I also have over 6 years of experience in the classroom, teaching music in Kindergarten through 12th grade. I've also spent the last 30 years as a Liturgical Music Director here in St. Louis as well as in Ohio. *** Travel Equipment *** Mostly supplemental materials. I would expect my students to have their own instruments, and based on my recommendation any books we may use.... *** Specialties *** I don't ...

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Lauren H.

Saint Louis, MO

About Lauren

Lauren graduated from McNally Smith College of Music magna cum laude in 2011 with a bachelors in vocal performance. She played everywhere from Duluth. Minnesota to Lima, Peru: sharing the stage with artists as diverse as Andres Prado and Judi Donaghy. In addition to her McNally Smith Degree, Lauren received master classes from Bobby McFerrin and the New York Voices. Passionate about giving back to the community, Lauren instructed voice and piano students at the Urban Hub, a community center for inner city youth in Minneapolis MN. She spent the last 6 months of 2011 as an instructor at Jazz Jaus in Lima, Peru. She recently relocated to St. Louis, MO to perform and teach. *** Lesson Details *** Every student has an experience unique to themselves. I am strict about meeting the goals ...

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Tina P.

Saint Louis, MO

About Tina

Tina holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education Pk-12 and Vocal Performance from Concordia College, Bronxville, NY. Her 25+ years of experience in education, teaching, music theater, and vocal performance allows each student to reach goals through very creative methods using music and drama. Tina absolutely enjoys teaching and the amazing journey of helping students develop confidence in their vocal abilities and stage presence. Tina is a two time winner of the Arts for Life Award for Best Actress in a Musical. Some of her favorite roles: Maria in West Side Story, Sally Bowles in Cabaret, Evita in Evita, Liza Doolittle in My Fair Lady and Fosca in Passion. *** Lesson Details *** Lesson are 45 minutes which include proper stance, vocal warm-up, breathing exercises, ...

Reviews

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Julia G. January 27, 2015
Broadway Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Tina is a lot of fun! I am classically trained in choral and opera music, so I chose to work with her to improve my musical theater singing. In just a few lessons I could already feel a difference in my sound and in my confidence! Tina brings a lot of energy to lessons and even more insight and knowledge. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a fun and effective way to improve your voice.
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Rachel P. September 28, 2014
Broadway Singing · In studio
I have a strong music background through instrumental music and choral singing. Tina has taught me to be a soloist singer, and my auditions and performances have greatly improved. Tina is highly professional, no doubt, but her best quality in a teacher is her continued support to bring out my best vocal performance possible. I highly recommend Tina for singers at any level because she clearly communicates her feedback and her commitment to her students' success.
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Will L. September 21, 2014
Singing · In studio
I am a singer songwriter (in training you could say) and had struggled with singing for years, as I knew nothing other than mimicking and singing along with other songs. Tina has been able to remove some unnecessary mysticism around singing, in my own mind, and focus on progressively improving my songs. Her ear is spot on and always can identify what I'm struggling with.

She will take the time to ensure you are hitting the right notes and does not settle for your second best. Great at helping you understand everyone goes through their own process before the songs can sound great. She has helped tremendously!

Thanks,
Will
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Ryan B.

Saint Louis, MO

About Ryan

I am a Music major currently attending UMSL studying composition and performance. I have finished an Associates in Music from STLCC, and have been giving private lessons since 2012. I have performed in multiple STL groups and have performed at many popular venues including Blueberry Hill, Roberts Orpheum Theatre, Off Broadway, The Broadway Oyster Bar, and The Gramophone to name a few. I perform a wide range of styles including Jazz, Classical, Rock, Funk, Reggae, Blues, and Progressive music. I have performed in Concert/Jazz choir, as well as Jazz band at both High school and Collegiate levels. I give students a mix of formal and informal training that involves studies with proper technique and sight-reading along with a curriculum that focuses on the students preferences in musical ...

Reviews

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Neel B. May 7, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Great introductory lesson.
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Ray D. April 24, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
My experience with Ryan as a teacher has been extraordinary. I have been affiliated with music my entire life and I would have to say that all of my previous choir instructors have a passion for music. Ryan's passion for the art of music makes you want to discover your inner passion for the music. He is very enthusiastic about teaching and great at listening for what may help the student excel. The best thing I can say about Ryan is that he is not a hard critic, which makes it that much easier and comfortable to find your voice while working with him. I appreciated his help thus far and hope to continue working with him!
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Lisa O. July 30, 2014
Piano · Online
Verified Student
We have enjoyed working with Ryan. He has been really flexible and worked with what my son was interested in playing!

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