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Carolyn R.
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Learn all the different opera voice types and get ready to be a star!
All Voice Types, and corresponding repertoire: Soprano, Mezzo, Contralto, Tenor, Baritone, Bass;
About Carolyn R.

I am an experienced voice and piano teacher with 25 + years of teaching experience. I am passionate about teaching, and my experience includes teaching voice and piano to elementary through college students, in academic settings and in my home. I love working with people of all ages. As a soprano, I have performed as soloist in recitals and concerts throughout the US, and have sung professionally with many choral ensembles. I have appeared in musical theater and opera productions in leading roles. I have also been a college choir director and voice teacher. In addition, I have performed as piano soloist in various settings, and piano accompanist for choirs, singers and instrumentalists in church, contest and concerts. Recently, I earned my Doctorate in Music from Arizona State University. My studio is where I share my expertise and passion for music with private voice and piano students. My approach is that music should be fun and satisfying. I want students to have the enjoyment of accomplishing great things, and build on their natural abilities and love of music. I look forward to meeting you, and seeing where your musical talents can take you! *** Lesson Details *** Each voice lesson begins with a warm up: movement, stretches, relaxation and breathing exercises while focusing on good posture and support. Following that we continue warming up the voice with appropriate vocal exercises. If desired, we can spend time sight singing (reading music). Then we will turn to your chosen piece(s) of music. You could bring in a song or aria of your interest, or I could suggest pieces that I feel suit your voice. Some areas that I like to focus on in are relaxation, posture, breathing, support, use of registers, placement, growing your voice in size and range, intonation (pitch), tone color, clarity and consistency. My ultimate goal is to help students sing with musicality and expressiveness. For piano, we may begin by working on things like hand position, posture, relaxation of the body and then exercises, including scales and chords. We may also incorporate music theory. After a warm-up, we will focus on chosen music. I like to use music literature that is appropriate to the student's level, which gives enjoyment, and also increases breadth of knowledge and expertise. For beginning students, there are many good series available that I like to use, such as Bastian or Alfred. Its very important that students feel comfortable in their lessons. I am sensitive, flexible and open to individual likes and dislikes, and any thoughts or concerns you have. These are your lessons and I am committed to helping you get the most out of them! *** Studio Equipment *** lessons in large living room with upright or grand piano, mirrors; space for parents to sit/wait; repertoire *** Specialties *** Opera, classical, musical theater

Levels taught

Teaches all skill levels

Teaching since

Teaching since 1988

Education

Doctor of Musical Arts, Choral Conducting

Teaches ages +

Teaches ages 5+

Speaks

Speaks English

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Carolyn R.
Teaches Online
Learn all the different opera voice types and get ready to be a star!
All Voice Types, and corresponding repertoire: Soprano, Mezzo, Contralto, Tenor, Baritone, Bass;
About Carolyn R.

I am an experienced voice and piano teacher with 25 + years of teaching experience. I am passionate about teaching, and my experience includes teaching voice and piano to elementary through college students, in academic settings and in my home. I love working with people of all ages. As a soprano, I have performed as soloist in recitals and concerts throughout the US, and have sung professionally with many choral ensembles. I have appeared in musical theater and opera productions in leading roles. I have also been a college choir director and voice teacher. In addition, I have performed as piano soloist in various settings, and piano accompanist for choirs, singers and instrumentalists in church, contest and concerts. Recently, I earned my Doctorate in Music from Arizona State University. My studio is where I share my expertise and passion for music with private voice and piano students. My approach is that music should be fun and satisfying. I want students to have the enjoyment of accomplishing great things, and build on their natural abilities and love of music. I look forward to meeting you, and seeing where your musical talents can take you! *** Lesson Details *** Each voice lesson begins with a warm up: movement, stretches, relaxation and breathing exercises while focusing on good posture and support. Following that we continue warming up the voice with appropriate vocal exercises. If desired, we can spend time sight singing (reading music). Then we will turn to your chosen piece(s) of music. You could bring in a song or aria of your interest, or I could suggest pieces that I feel suit your voice. Some areas that I like to focus on in are relaxation, posture, breathing, support, use of registers, placement, growing your voice in size and range, intonation (pitch), tone color, clarity and consistency. My ultimate goal is to help students sing with musicality and expressiveness. For piano, we may begin by working on things like hand position, posture, relaxation of the body and then exercises, including scales and chords. We may also incorporate music theory. After a warm-up, we will focus on chosen music. I like to use music literature that is appropriate to the student's level, which gives enjoyment, and also increases breadth of knowledge and expertise. For beginning students, there are many good series available that I like to use, such as Bastian or Alfred. Its very important that students feel comfortable in their lessons. I am sensitive, flexible and open to individual likes and dislikes, and any thoughts or concerns you have. These are your lessons and I am committed to helping you get the most out of them! *** Studio Equipment *** lessons in large living room with upright or grand piano, mirrors; space for parents to sit/wait; repertoire *** Specialties *** Opera, classical, musical theater

Levels taught

Teaches all skill levels

Teaching since

Teaching since 1988

Education

Doctor of Musical Arts, Choral Conducting

Teaches ages +

Teaches ages 5+

Speaks

Speaks English

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Carolyn is right on track with what I need to work on. I will enjoy my lessons with her.

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Always an enjoyable experience. Carolyn continues to make me want to do better. Thank you.

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Great job of encouragement and patience.

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Staff Singer/Soloist
Sep 2010 - Present
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
Soloist and Soprano Section Leader
Private Music Teacher
Jan 2010 - Present
Take Lessons
Teach Private Voice and Piano lessons to all ages and levels, 5 and up, beginner through advanced.
Teaching Assistant/Faculty Associate
Sep 2011 - May 2014
Arizona State University
Taught Choir and Conducting Classes
Voice and Piano Instructor
Sep 2006 - May 2009
Lake Superior College
Taught private Voice, Piano, and other music classes
Graduate Teaching Assistant/ Faculty Associate
Sep 2005 - May 2006
University of Minnesota
Taught private Voice lessons
Voice Instructor
Jan 1992 - May 2003
College of Lake County
Taught Private Voice and Coached Musical Theater Productions
Elementary Music Teacher
Sep 1984 - Jun 1987
North Chicago Schools
Taught Vocal Music to kids Kindergarten through 8th grade.
Doctor of Musical Arts, Choral Conducting
Sep 2011 - May 2016
Arizona State University
Master of Music, Vocal Performance
Jan 2004 - Sep 2006
University of Minnesota
English
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
Music K-12
Oct 1982
Illinois Board of Education
Certified music teacher for Kindergarten through 12th grade.
Co-Winner, Herford Dissertation Award, 2016
Sep 2017
American Choral Directors Association
National Association of Teachers of Singing
Jan 2016
Founded in 1944, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members worldwide.
American Choral Directors Association
Feb 2012
Founded in 1959, the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) is a nonprofit music-education organization whose expressed purposes outline the associations dedication to the advancement of choral music. The mission of ACDA is to inspire excellence in choral music through education, performance, composition, and advocacy.

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Instructor details
Opera Voice
Teaches Online
Teaches Online
Work hours
M
T
W
T
F
S
S
Times are shown in your local timezone (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Pricing
30 minutes
$36
45 minutes
$48
60 minutes
$59
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30