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Seattle Vocalists Sing More than Songs

By David M. - Seattle Singing Teacher

The term “song,” according to the Encarta World English Dictionary is “a usually relatively short musical composition consisting of words set to music and the music itself.” Words are the common thread in songs, which differentiates them from “pieces” or “tunes” in music terminology. But what happens when words go out the window?

Seattle has vocalists that explore that realm, and welcome you to come along on the journey. On the first and third Sunday of each month, Studio VOX! presents “Sundays at LUCID,” a vocal improvisation group. This gathering is open to vocalists of all levels of experience who wish to explore group improvisations, and is led by the wonderfully knowledgeable and lighthearted Debby Watt. Singers are guided with exercises in rhythm melody, and spoken word. It is s safe and exciting adventure for any singer I have highly enjoyed several times. If you are taking singing lessons in Seattle, I would highly recommend joining in.

The next artist that stretches the boundaries of what we expect to hear from a vocalist is a solo project by Seattle multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and composer Beth Fleenor. In this project, “Crystal Beth,” she utilizes loop pedals, effects processors, clarinet, and an expansive vocal vocabulary, weaving unique sonic tapestries that break the preconceptions of how much sound can come from one person alone. With influences ranging from contemporary classical, jazz, rock, tribal, Ukrainian, and countless other styles she has under her impressive musical belt, this powerhouse of an artist delivers a sonic experience you will not soon forget.

While we will always love songs, I invite singers to see the powerful things a voice can do without saying a word. Check out some of these talented performers and let them influence your own techniques when you take singing lessons in Seattle.

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Kelly A.

Seattle, WA

Vocal Technique -- basic to advanced (how to use your entire instrument and expand your options as a singer -- and maintain a healthy instrument long-term)
Jazz Singing & Musicianship
Pop Singing & Musicianship
"Singer's Piano" - using the piano as a tool to help expand your singing and musicianship
Ear-trainging and Musicianship for singers -- how to sing in tune, how to improvise/ "riff", how to hear more interesting note options, how to expand colors/ textures in your voice

About Kelly

After years of teaching all levels, and many different styles of voice and piano lessons, I can tell you this-- I LOVE teaching! My students have ranged from 5 to 65, from classical piano, or jazz/ pop piano to pop/ rock/ jazz singing, and no matter what we always have a great time. I guarantee that in our lessons, you will see progress almost immediately... but above all, learning music is FUN! A little extra info....
**In 2012 I finished a Masters degree at NYU in Jazz Studies, and just finished a new album of some jazz, folk, and original music.
**I perform in New York City and Seattle,
and I tour with my band a few times each year
**I taught jazz piano and voice lessons for four years at NYU and also through the New York Jazz Academy and Brooklyn Music Factory, from beginning to advanced, classical, pop or jazz -- and I teach rock bands how to learn music by ear and have fun playing with other people! I have also been teaching privately for six years out of my home.
**I organize and teach vocal workshop classes, where singers can learn how to work with a band.
**I am joining the Cornish College of the Arts adjunct jazz faculty in Spring 2015!

I moved back to Seattle in April 2014 after being in NYC for four years -- completing my Master of Music degree (NYU), living, teaching, and performing in Brooklyn and Manhattan. NYC was amazing, and I'd love to share with you all of the cool things I picked up during my time there. From 2005-2010, I lived in Seattle and taught music lessons. I graduated from Cornish College of the Arts in Jazz Performance (voice) and performed a lot around Seattle-- from jazz clubs to concert halls-- performing pop, rock, soul, jazz and even working in a Steely Dan Tribute Band!! (your parents might appreciate that more than you do)

More than anything, I'm fascinated by the different ways that students learn and always love figuring out what kind of learning works best for YOU.

*** Lesson Details ***
I love watching my students progress and enjoy their music, no matter what style they enjoy or what level they are. I work with students to pick out music that they'll enjoy working on-- it's always more fun to learn songs you love!
I'm a pretty laid back teacher, but I work to inspire my students to try their hardest and do the best that they can do. I will provide you will the exercises, materials, and right level of songs to help you meet your goals, and together we can assess a plan for our lessons.

In our lessons we will cover a variety of topics, including:

--Strong, Healthy TECHNIQUE so that you can gain a command of your instrument and play or sing whatever you choose. Through various EXERCISES you will develop strength, control, musicianship, and good habits.
(Vocalists:)
It is important to develop a healthy technique so that you can sing whatever you want without getting fatigued or injuring your voice. We'll work on developing strong technique and finding your own unique SOUND-- we'll choose music that is right for your vocal style and music that YOU connect with so you can really express yourself.
(Pianists):
No matter whether you want to play classical, pop, or jazz, you'll want your fingers to be strong and agile enough to get the sound that you want out of the instrument. With good technique you can play anything!

--Rhythm, subdivision, and groove

--Ear-training & Music Theory (chord qualities, pitch matching, easy transcription)

--Building your REPERTOIRE so that you have songs to play, and discussing techniques specific to each style of music you study

--Arranging or Communicating with a band (if that is something which interests you)

--Performance considerations.... developing confidence and personal expression!

My goal is to inspire students to play their instruments (or sing!), develop good habits and encourage healthy curiosity..... but most of all to Love Playing Music! 

*** Studio Equipment ***
full music room with 88 f/w keyboard with music stand, amp, microphone (if applicable), seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide lesson plans and corresponding handouts, exercises, examples, etc. If the student is taking piano lessons they should have access to a keyboard or piano at home. Where appropriate I can also bring a vocal microphone to work on microphone technique.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in jazz/ pop piano and voice, and have a strong background in classical and jazz theory and technique. I typically design a curricula which includes technical exercises from my classical background and then focus stylistically on the genre that the student is interested in. I have extensive experience both performing and teaching in many jazz, pop, rock and soul styles-- I try to help the student find their unique voice while establishing a strong foundation of healthy technique.
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Lauren July 17, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Kelly was knowledgable and friendly. I was nervous for my first lesson but she put me at ease.
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Scott S. April 11, 2016
Vocal Training · In studio
Verified Student
After meeting with Kelly and doing some voice exercises, I am certain that she can help me reach my goals. Kelly instils a healthy approach which will surely build confidence in any singer.
Thank You Kelly for your time.
- Scott
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Danielle Hyatt March 21, 2016
Ear Training · In studio
Verified Student
We worked on technical exercises that focused on the intonation areas I wanted to improve. I have a lot to practice.
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Kelly A.

Seattle, WA 98103
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Julia H.

Seattle, WA

Whether you like to sing pop, classical or jazz, pick a few of your favorite songs and we will work together to help you achieve a beautiful singing voice. Lessons includes vocal exercises to practice proper vowel placement, breath support, alignment and intonation. A wide expanse of vocal literature is available, but it is important for the student to practice songs they love.

About Julia

Julia sings with Seattle Women's Choir and hosts 2 annual studio recitals for her students to perform. While attending University Julia was an avid performer of the WSU Atrium Recital Series, the School's Musicals, Operettas, and a member of the Cougar Marching Band.

***Lesson Details***

A personalized plan is made for each student depending on their goals and level of commitment. Intensity varies depending on what the student wants out of lessons. Some students are singing/playing competitively, and some are just singing/playing for fun!

At each lesson the student will play or s
ing the songs they practiced. Julia will congratulate the student on their improvements and then use a variety of methods to help the student become more comfortable with the trouble spots. The next part of the lesson will be used to introduce new material.

"I believe learning the language of music can be a great adventure." ~Julia
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Cindy Vaughn July 8, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
I had a great first experience and I'm excited for my next lesson
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Sherrill Nichols November 8, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Julia is a great instructor and she's fun to work with! I would highly recommend her to anyone!
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Lizzy September 20, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Julia is a fabulous teacher. My daughter took voice lessons from her and had such a fun time. I highly recommend Julia!
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Julia H.

Julia H.

Seattle, WA 98133
(13)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Holly T.

Seattle, WA

I have been teaching voice lessons in the Seattle area for ten years. I teach students how to strengthen and develop their natural gifts to free the voice within. Singing is a skill, just like riding a bicycle and I believe anyone can learn to sing!

I start with warm-ups to target specific technical issues with singers. I teach singers proper breath management, legato, interpretation, tone colors, passion, dramatic truth, etc.

About Holly

I am an enthusiastic musician with a talent for teaching. I have worked as a voice and piano teacher in Seattle for over ten years. Previously employed at The West Side Music Academy in 2003-2006, I realized my passion for individual instruction early in my career. I studied Music Education under Dr. Romana Holmes at Seattle Pacific University and furthered my knowledge in Pedagogy.

I am a huge believer in being a lifelong student! I have continued my music education throughout my adult life and have studied Jazz, Classical, Opera, Pop, Rock, Reggae, Blues, Soul, Gospel, and Folk. As a p
ianist I began individual instruction at age fourteen and have studied Jazz with Darius Willrich, Ryan Burns, Dan Kramlich and Mark Samson.

I began singing and playing piano at age five. I have been involved in school and community choirs including The Total Experience Gospel Choir, Seattle Pacific University Women's Choir, and The Spokane Area Children's Chorus. Musical productions including Grease, Once Upon a Mattress, Chicago, and Les Miserables. I have been a featured soloist in ensembles throughout my life. I also performed in the Jazz Ensemble at Seattle Central Community College for three years as a vocalist and pianist.

I have an extensive background as a performer in small and large bands in the Seattle area. I have played in various venues throughout the area including Key Arena, Benaroya Hall, McCall Hall, Folk Life Festival, Marymoor Park, Highway 99 Blues Club, Tula's Nightclub, and the Nectar Lounge to name a few. I have also worked as a studio musician with various funk, soul, and electronic music producers and bands.

I study African dance and other forms of dance including hip-hop, house, and have traveled to Guinea, Conakry to study dance and music with Les Ballets African a premier African dance ensemble that tours the world. I also spent the summer of 2012 working with a non-profit organization in Chiapas, Mexico teaching music and dance to kids k-12 in the Indigenous Village of Ignacio Allende. More recently I have been studying and performing with Pat Wright and The Total Experience Gospel Choir since 2014.

*** Lesson Details ***
As your teacher I can help you thrive in music. I promise to provide a fun learning experience with lots of laughs and smiles. My number one goal is to help build a love and passion for music and boost student's confidence. I understand and appreciate different levels of experience and make sure to cater the lesson to the individual. Whether my students are young or old; whether they view voice or piano lessons as a just-for-fun hobby; or whether they wish to pursue a serious music career - I am happy to facilitate all of this and more, as we work together to reach their goals.

My musical foundation is one built on proper technique and strong musicianship skills. Students will learn proper posturing, breathing, and vocal production- in addition to reading and music notation, music theory and more. As students master these techniques I will work to help them bring out their own voice and creative expression. We will explore music from a variety of genres including Jazz, Classical, Pop/Rock, and more. Each of my students will be able to perform in ways that are not only healthy and technically sound but unique to them.

*** Studio Equipment ***
In the studio I have an acoustic upright piano, shakers, tambourines, and a library of music books. The studio is also used for dance lessons and has hardwood floors and mirrors. There is also a waiting room area for parents to sit and listen in during lessons.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide books, metronome, and keyboard stand. Students are expected to have a piano or keyboard.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Jazz, Classical, Pop, Rock, RnB, and Broadway style singing. I use an eclectic approach to teaching.
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Paul C. September 10, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Holly turns the frustrations of learning the piano into fun. I highly recommend her as a teacher. Her instruction has greatly enhanced my enjoyment of trying to learn to play the piano as an adult. She is active in instruction, giving an excellent demonstration of the material and sometimes singing along. When she is enjoying herself teaching, I can't help but enjoy learning. She ensures that whatever is being learned, is mastered before proceeding. She gives clear directions as to what I should practice next, and even loaned out a book she though I might enjoy. I did.
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Rachel S. June 1, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Rachel likes it. We practiced last night. Castle in the Clouds. I think she will warm up.

Paul
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Mandy S. April 16, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
We love Holly's enthusiasm and skill as a teacher.
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Holly T.

Seattle, WA 98102
(6)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Morgan H.

Seattle, WA

Experienced voice teacher available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation o vocal skills. I specialize in a classical operatic style and musical theater style. I also recommend bringing a recorder (there is one on most phones) and a pencil. I will also suggest song book based on their level and voice type.

About Morgan

Morgan received her training at Carnegie Mellon University in 2008 where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Voice Performance. She continued her education at the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music and received a Master of Music in Voice Performance in 2010. For the 2012-13 season, Morgan was an Opera Colorado Young Artist introducing children across Colorado and Wyoming to opera by performing in their outreach program and giving master classes at the college level. Morgan looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. Morgan's lessons are always fun yet
constructive with music that both challenges and excites the student.
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Erika W. February 29, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Morgan is awesome! I always have a blast with her during my lessons!
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Morgan H.

Seattle, WA 98107
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starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Christopher M.

Seattle, WA

Lessons are fun and invaluable for all levels of performers, whether you're looking to brush up on your karaoke skills, or enhance your career. We'll work on proper use of shape, space and placement, increasing resonance and range, proper body mechanics, and breathing. Each lesson will be tailored to your needs, and beginning students can work on the basics, while advanced students work on polishing technique, stage presence and performance practice. All lessons are informative!

About Christopher

H, there! My name is Chris, and I love teaching people how to sing! Whether it's brushing up on your karaoke skills or getting ready for the next school contest or professional audition, I'd love to help!

I attended Pacific Lutheran University for Vocal Performance, where I studied voice with Marcia Baldwin of MET Opera fame, and before that with George Peckham - the teacher of Merrilee Rush, and Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart. I've had the great privilege of working with such noted professionals as Marvin Hamlisch, Asher Fisch, and Peter Phllpsand with local Jazz legends such as Frank Dem
iero and Phil Matson.

In addition to teaching and singing, I conduct Illumni Men's Chorale (America's Got Talent, Season 6!), and I was the staff Vocal Coach for the Seattle Choral Company, Seattle SeaChordsmen, and the Seattle Men's Chorus - the largest male choir in the world.

I love teaching all styles of music, and while affectations may vary, the basics are all the same. If you're interested in lessons, please say hello!

Just Sing!

Chris
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Cyntera C. July 20, 2016
Speaking Voice · In studio
Verified Student
Chris is great. His approach is tailored, step by step and practical. His explanations, and even written diagrams, have helped me to grasp and execute techniques I hadn't been able to previously.
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Sabrina July 16, 2016
Singing · In studio
Chris is amazing!!! Wonderful energy and extremely knowledgeable!!! He makes each lesson unique and FUN!!! He can explain complex vocal concepts with ease and makes sure you understand how to sing efficiently. I have been working with him to regain vocal strength and sing past my nodes and he has helped me so much!! He makes sure you leave every lesson with tools to continue your growth. Excellent teacher -- I highly recommend!!! I will be seeing him for a very long time!
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Ali S. May 26, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Had fun working with christopher! Looking forward for my second lesson!
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Christopher M.

Christopher M.

Seattle, WA 98102
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starting at
$35 / 30-min

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