Teaching Background and Approach
As a professional singer, both in opera and as a former band member/studio musician, I have had the opportunity to perform over 30 operatic roles nationwide and sing at venues such as Carnegie Hall and SXSW. I hold a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from The Boston Conservatory and a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance and Bachelors of the Arts in International Studies from Indiana University. My varied background has led me to develop a style of teaching that caters to each student's unique needs and goals with a foundation in solid technique that allows the student to discover and hone their own voice. In addition to my experience teaching private lessons, I have conducted Early Childhood Music classes (Musikgarten) for ages 2-6, have performed in several outreach children's operas, and have taught vocal masterclasses in schools. I love introducing younger children to music and have successfully used the concepts from both Musikgarten and these in-school events in private lessons. For younger vocalists, I focus more on making simple breathing concepts and vocal exercises fun and interactive. I will round out lessons by developing pitch recognition, rhythm and basic music theory: concepts that will serve them well whether they decide to pursue singing, learn an instrument or just foster a long-term love of music. I have also worked for school districts as a Special Education Aide and am comfortable teaching students who may need additional support. I am happy to work with the parents and/or student to find creative solutions to each student's unique needs.
Through extensive classical vocal training, I have become familiar with the physical function of the voice and am able to pull from multiple training standards, historic and modern, to help each student find their most efficient vocal production. Lessons begin with breathing exercises (breathing is the support system for the voice) followed by vocal exercises that I will adjust to your unique voice, needs and goals. As we work on this solid foundation, we will incorporate it into the music you are interested in learning. It has been my experience that the foundation of classical technique can be applied to make you a better singer in whatever genre you choose!
I am also a violinist who has worked professionally in a quartet, band and as a studio musician in Philadelphia and Los Angeles. In addition to performing in orchestras and groups, I took private lessons for more than 10 years and now specialize in teaching beginning violin: focusing on creating a foundation of technique. I often will incorporate music from the Suzuki method into lessons, but expand upon it to include music reading and theory. I believe that learning this "musical language" is vital to becoming a more complete musician.
I look forward to working with you and and helping you reach your goals, whatever they might be!
We love Laura! My daughter (7) has been taking voice lessons for some time and we are so happy to have found Laura. She is professional, energetic and clearly loves sharing her craft. My daughter always looks forward to her lesson and when I told her how she would describe Laura she got a big smile on her face and said without hesitation, "she's fun, kind, nice and patient.
Laura is an amazing teacher! She's incredibly talented herself but also very approachable and warm. She connected so well with my daughter and was consistently affirming and encouraging while also challenging her to push herself and try new things. She is a skilled teacher and vocal coach.
I already hear improvement in my singing after just a couple of lessons. Laura is a tremendously gifted vocalist, but more importantly Laura has a gift for educating others on finding their own voice, with improving their technique and helping connect to their natural style. Not to mention she creates a friendly and relaxing environment throughout the lesson. If I could give higher than 5 stars I would
I would love to hear how I can help you reach your goals!