Are you considering online singing lessons with a professional music tutor? Maybe thinking about singing lessons for adults? No matter who you work with, voice lessons should set you up to have an ideal singing voice. Our voice teachers are experienced in working with singers of many genres, and many of the elements of a good singing voice are the same for all! During online voice lessons, our instructors will work with you on the following elements:
Releasing body tension to improve posture and breathing
Unnecessary body tension causes fatigue and strain in the voice, and prevent your singing voice from being all that it can be. This is the first thing you will learn in online voice lessons. You can expect to benefit from a better posture with increased projection, range, and stamina. We use Alexander Technique in our lessons – you can read more here.
Find and optimize your vocal range
Your vocal range includes the high and low extremes of the voice. However, this also includes the range that is most comfortable (AKA tessitura), and the different registers of your voice. Identifying these key qualities of your voice and how to negotiate them is very important when working with a music instructor. This is the most important element when choosing songs that are appropriate for your voice.
Breathing technique is very different for singing lessons than day to day life, and can take a lot of work to develop. Singers learn to breathe so that their belly and ribs expand, instead of expanding into the belly and chest. This allows the upper body to stay relaxed, while allowing the diaphragm to control your air use.
Breath support is using the diaphragm and other abdominal muscles to control how quickly you use your air, which give you more voice control. This control will allow you to sing longer phrases, higher notes, and for longer periods of time with ease.
Diction in online voice lessons
The way you pronounce words and sounds may have to change when singing, especially when singing in certain vocal ranges. For example, “I can’t stop” may be sang as “ah can’t stahp” when singing higher, because an “ah” sound is easier to sing when higher in your range. Our instructors can help you learn how to modify how you pronounce things for times like these.
Alexis Korbe is a Lyric Mezzo Soprano, Flutist, and Collaborative Pianist.
Originally from Hays, Kansas, she holds a Bachelor of Music in Flute
Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in French from Fort Hays State University.
There, she won the Lyle Dilley Outstanding Band Musician Award. In Wichita,
she received a Koch Cultural Trust Grant, the Frances Shelly Fellowship, and the Michael P. Tilford Fellowship. She held a Graduate Administrative Assistantship as well as a Graduate Staff Assistantship while attending Wichita State University.
Alexis finished a Master of Music in Flute Performance with Dr.
Frances Shelly in 2014 as well as a Master of Music in Opera Performance with
Dr. Pina Mozzani in 2016. She accompanied for WSU’s choirs, was a
Concerto/Aria Competition Finalist, and played keyboard and flute for
numerous shows with several companies. In 2018, she earned an Artist Diploma in Voice at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While at UIUC, she was a Graduate Teaching Assistant, earned a Graduate Teaching Certificate, and was rated ‘excellent’ by her students.
Alexis also performed as the alto soloist for the Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana’s Gala Recital featuring Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass. Most recently, she has performed with the Opera San Antonio chorus in several operas and freelanced as an accompanist/vocal coach.
Some of Alexis’s favorite roles have been Prince Orlovsky in Strauss’s Die
Fledermaus, Miss Effie Belle Tate in Floyd’s Cold Sassy Tree, and the Witch in
Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. She also played the role of Maddalena in the
Rigoletto quartet for Lyric Theatre-Illinois’s production of Viva Verdi!. As a
skilled accompanist, Alexis has enjoyed performing for multiple stage
productions including You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Chicago, The Music Man, and many others.
In her spare time, Alexis enjoys cooking/baking, video gaming, and playing with her adorable cats and bunnies.
Jackie Marchioro, mezzo soprano, is a lifelong accomplished musician born in Seattle, WA. She is a recent graduate from Pacific University, OR, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Music Education and Vocal Performance. While in undergrad, Jackie taught private lessons and group classes to students ages 7-18 with an emphasis in singing and music theory. She was a section leader in the university Chamber Choir and has traveled to 11 different countries for performances. Jackie has experience singing in a wide variety of genres and styles including opera, musical theatre, cabaret, contemporary commercial music, and art song. She is continuing her education at Oregon State University with an MAT in Music Education.
Mia holds a Masters Degree in Vocal performance from DePaul University, and over 5 years of experience teaching voice. She has performed in many classical performances around the US and Europe. As a teacher, Mia has worked with students of all ages and levels. She is versatile in teaching wide variety of genres including: opera, musical theatre, pop, art song, contemporary and more. Her students always meet their goals in a healthy and efficient manner. She considers herself to be a positive, kind and enthusiastic teacher. She can’t wait to start working with you in meeting your voice goals.
Maggie Wolfe recently graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with an MM in Voice Performance and Pedagogy. She also holds a BM in Voice Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Maggie has appeared onstage as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Despina in Così fan tutte, and Amore in L’incoronazione di Poppea, among other opera and musical theatre credits. Her graduate research has been featured in the Voice Foundation’s 2021 annual symposium. Maggie has taught voice across a variety of styles and experience levels, and enjoys helping students connect to their innate desire for expression through sound. She is well-versed in voice science and pedagogy, which informs her ability to meet each student’s specific needs and goals. Maggie also has extensive experience working with students on music theory and ear training basics.
Kate is a professional voice coach living in Boston, MA with her partner and sweet dog. She will be relocating to Winchester, VA this Fall to attend Shenandoah Conservatory Masters of Vocal Pedagogy.
Kate is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, where she studied Music Education. While studying at Berklee she traveled all over the United States performing, competing, and singing with various vocal groups, in notable venues such as Carnegie Hall and Boston Symphony Hall.
Kate has also directed, performed, and produced multiple Berklee Musical Theater Productions and stood as President of Berklee’s student-run Musical Theater Club (the first of its kind at Berklee).
Kate is currently a part of the Boston-based vocal group “Sound Off” as part of their Music team and Social Media team. She has also judged, produced, and led masterclasses for various vocal festivals around the country including Haunted Harmonies (Salem, MA), Varsity Vocals ICCA/ICSHA, NE Voices, and the Betsy A Cappella Festival.
“My goal for my students is to light a fire in you. I want to help you find yourself within your singing and within yourself. Let’s explore the good moments, the bad moments, and everything in between that takes us through life.” – Kate
Soprano and Los Angeles native Veronica Robinson earned her Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance from Loyola Marymount University in 2015, and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach. Through her academic experience, she has performed as both a chorister and soloist in cities such as Vienna, Salzburg, and Paris. Veronica continues to build her career both on the stage and in the recording studio and has been hired as a vocalist for a wide range of genres, including children’s programs, operas, musicals, movie soundtracks, and liturgical albums.
Through discovering and learning about her own vocal technique, Veronica grew a keen interest in vocal pedagogy. She discovered her love for teaching when she began directing a children’s choir and enjoys working with students of all walks of life.
Yaira F. Barbosa is a kind, friendly, and energetic
singer/songwriter, musician, recording artist, and vocal teacher.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in World Languages and Cultures
from the University of South Florida, with a concentration in
Spanish. Some of her hobbies include: reading, writing, dancing,
and video gaming. At the age of 13, Yaira joined the band
“Portadores de Luz” with whom she performed in over 70 venues
around Puerto Rico and Texas, and recorded 3 musical
For over 15 years, Yaira has been involved in several choirs,
musical performances, music summer camps, music schools, and
plays; these brought to light her love and passion for teaching,
music, speech, and languages. Recognizing the impact and
importance of music and languages, Yaira wants to help,
motivate, and teach people how to sing and now, how to discover
their true voice. In the classroom, she cares for her students to
feel welcome, safe, and encouraged in a fun environment where
they will learn and grow together.
Anne Rego (she/her) is a 2020 graduate from Indiana Wesleyan University with her BMus in Vocal Performance. During college she enjoyed being the lead in multiple musical productions like Guys and Dolls; although her dream role would be playing Veronica in Heathers.
She’s a pretty big anime fan, some of her favorites include Kamisama Kiss, Bofuri, and The Devil is a Part Timer. Because of that you’ll typically find her snuggled in bed with her cat Kobe, along with a bag of Flaming Hot Cheetos and salsa. It’s also a pretty big dream of hers to do English dubbing for anime as well.
Although Anne loves to teach singing lessons, she has found a new passion in teaching trans masculine, feminine, and androgynous lessons. Even though she is an energetic extravert at heart, she bases her teaching style and attitude on the students so that they feel comfortable during the lesson.
Bryn Colodny is a senior vocal principle at Berklee College of Music and is earning her Bachelors of Music in Songwriting. Bryn also attended the reputable, LaGuardia High School in New York City as a vocal principle with a secondary instrument of piano.
Bryn is excited to help students become comfortable within themselves. She is excited to share her passion for voice, piano and songwriting with her students. Her goal is to create a safe and open environment for all!
With over 12 years of formal voice and piano training, Tracy Clark has taught voice, piano and bassoon privately. She is enthusiastic about working with all kinds of students and is excited to help students accomplish their goals support.
Tracy’s ultimate goal is to make her students feel as safe and welcome as possible in their lessons while they work with her to achieve their highest potential.
Donny Christison is a classically trained vocalist and educator with a wide range of experience. They received their BA in psychology with a minor in music from Oregon State University where they were a founding member of acapella group Power Chord, performed in the OSU Opera, and toured the world with award-winning Bella Voce and OSU Chamber choirs, all while keeping up in the research lab as they studied how music affects the way humans feel and think.
During their research Donny became fascinated by the ways we grow and the physical, social, spiritual, and psychological benefits we gain by training our voices. Moving to Portland, Oregon to receive their Masters in Pastoral Ministry provided Donny with many new opportunities including leading worship bands for summer camps and conferences, singing and acting in independent film, and immersing themselves in every corner of the vibrant music scene the city has to offer.
Donny started teaching private voice lessons in 2011 and has loved every minute of it. They employ their technical knowledge of the voice and music theory while blending it with their passion for the transformative properties of singing from the heart. Donny’s students most enjoy their ability to support them as they find the unique and powerful voice that lies within and let it shine through.
My name is Rowanne, and I have recently graduated in Voice – Performance from Berklee College of Music. Coming from the struggling yet revolutionary country of Lebanon, I have found healing in expression and performance.
Finding my voice constituted the foundation of my artistic journey as a singer, dancer and actor. That is why my aim in life is to help others liberate themselves and truly realize their true potential.
Anson Brown started his musical career at Fresno City College where he studied with David Schramm and Dr. Kevin Cooper where he studied classical guitar and started to develop a fondness for historical music. At the University of California, Irvine, he studied the lute and historically informed guitar performance under John Schneiderman. At Irvine, he earned both his Bachelors of Music and his Masters of Fine Arts degrees in 2013 and 2015.
He specializes in performance on the guitar and the lute. He also specializes in basso continuo and historical accompaniment from the 16th-17th century. He has extensive knowledge of music theory in modal counterpoint, tonal music, and 20th century music.
He also believes that music should be used as a form of communication and outreach to the community. He has performed for charities, group homes, scholarship fundraisers, taught after school programs for underserved communities in Saint Louis. Anson has always thrived in any and all musical communities and strides to help others do the same.
Christian Emmanuelle Scott was born in Oakland, CA. After her family moved to Mississippi to homeschool her and her siblings, she completed her undergraduate degree in Music Education at Mississippi College. She subsequently completed her Masters of Music in Choral Conducting at Mississippi College during her first year of teaching at Provine High School in Jackson, MS.
As a graduate assistant, she toured the United States with the premier choral ensemble, The Mississippi College Singers, and was a featured soloist at ACDA. During a choral/service-learning trip to South Africa, she taught music and performed with The Singers. Most recently she was the Director of Choral Activities at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Mississippi.
Christian enjoys making music from all representative genres and helping her vocal/piano students embrace their love of music.
Denise Brown, mezzo soprano, has been teaching private voice and piano for 10 years. Denise completed her Master of Music in Pedagogy and Performance at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and is currently a certified EC-12 music instructor.
Known for her large vocal range, Denise has been praised for her work with beginning male and female voices of all ages (child to senior), as she is able to model in their own octaves, helping to bring their true voices forward. Her favorite student is anyone who wants to sing, and has worked with many “tone deaf” beginners, who all have learned to sing in tune and give their first performances within several months.
Denise has experience with helping students with diagnosed vocal faults, and helping bringing, tired, stressed voices back into vocal health. Her piano students learn to be functional musicians and bold sight readers, whether their goal is to move on to classical works, or just learn to play along with their favorite pop song. Her students are also active in the musical theater community and on the classical stage.
Denise Brown performs regularly with the Opera San Antonio chorus, in solo recital, and is music director for her local Episcopal church. Denise Brown is a current member of Texas Music Educators Association and the National Association for Teachers of Singing. She is currently and adjunct college instructor with Alamo Community College District in San Antonio, Tx.
Ty Napierskie (they/them) is a middle school music teacher whose love for music, which started early in their life, blossomed into teaching . They have a BM in Music Education and have years of experience teaching private piano, voice, and guitar lessons. Ty currently teaches choir and guitar at a middle school in Virginia and LOVES learning new instruments.
Ty has been involved in many different ensembles including: playing piano in musicals, singing soprano in select and jazz choirs, playing piano in jazz bands, playing flute in marching bands, playing flute and euphonium in concert bands, and playing piano for solo and accompanied performances.
They also love watching anime and the K-pop group BTS. They saw BTS live in 2019 and hope to see them live again soon. Their other interests include going on hikes, painting, making earrings, and playing with their pet dog and pet rats.
One passion of theirs is personalizing lessons to suit each individual student’s need, and they are dedicated to helping their students begin and continue their lifelong musical journey. Currently Ty is based in Northern Virginia, USA.
Melodi Alper is a voice, piano, guitar, and flute teacher from Izmir, Turkey. Her classical music education started at age 5 with solfege training, continued with playing the piano at age 6, and began guitar training at age 10.
From an early age her dream was to be a professional pianist! She has studied piano with many great pianists such as Basarcan Kivrak and Basak Goren Han at Armoni School of music. She has also had the honor of playing flute in many formal ceremonies!
Since 2015, Melodi has been teaching private lessons with a passion for both music and LGBT acceptance.
Levels: all for voice, beginner and intermediate for piano and harp
David Tafone is a voice, piano, and Celtic harp teacher based in the Portland Oregon area. He has studied at SUNY Purchase and the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music for both his Bachelors and Masters degrees respectively. At the New England Conservatory of Music he studied with the world renown distinguished professor of voice Ms. Carole Haber.
He still sings today using the bel canto technique passed down to him from generations of excellent vocal technicians who served and still serve at NEC today. While at SUNY Purchase, he performed in three operas and studied with the head of the department, internationally renown tenor, Jacque Trussel as well as Baritone Thomas Goodheart who is currently the chair of voice at SUNY Binghamton.
He began his masters at the Jacobs school of music at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. He studied there under the tutelage of internationally renown pedagogue Dr. Dale Moore. At the New England Conservatory of Music he sang five operas in two years – all leading baritone roles. he has studied basic grammar of Italian, German, French and Spanish. He speaks French and Spanish at an intermediate level. He has also studied years of diction in the languages of French, Spanish, German, and Italian.
He is a classically trained pianist as well and is a teacher of the Celtic harp. During his education he accompanied many voice lessons of various singers with various voice types and styles.
Mari Esabel Valverde is an award-winning composer in steady demand across the United States and Canada. Based in North Texas, she sings in multiple professional ensembles and maintains a voice studio.
She holds degrees from St. Olaf College, the European American Musical Alliance in Paris, France, and San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Levels: all for voice, beginner and intermediate for piano and guitar
Genres: any but classical/opera
Brandon Tuzio is a music instructor based in New Jersey. He began his music education at a young age and eventually graduated from Berklee College of Music as a Voice Principal with a Professional Music Bachelor’s Degree.
He writes and produces his own music, as well as composing music for film and video games. Brandon also has an extensive performance background in Musical Theater, performing keyboards and vocals in numerous wedding bands, and being a part of many bands performing original music.
As a music teacher, he has had years of experience teaching voice, guitar, piano, bass, and music theory. He truly enjoys getting to know students and what their individual goals are, and works hard to help achieve them.
Adrian Soliz is a recent graduate from UTSA (Bachelor of Arts in Music) who has been teaching in the San Antonio area for 3 years now. He has taught all levels of singers, from 6 years old to adults, and many different genres of music.
His students have gone out to receive roles in the community theaters and have also won various choral competitions at the regional level. He is an advocate for using science to better understand how the voice works to allow for artists to have much more artistic freedom and expression. Adrian himself has performed with local opera and musical theater companies in the area.
His biggest project right now is being the president of the Young Professional Opera Guild. This nonprofit works bring opera to the community through various popup performances and recitals. “My goal as a voice teacher is to create an environment where my students feel safe and secure enough that they can allow themselves to unleash the artist that is in everyone.”
Alexander Michael Reeves (They/He), a former foster kid, who is trans* masculine and disabled (autistic, type one diabetic, ADHD and dyspraxia) is an Actor, Singer, Public Speaker, Advocate, and Playwright. Reeves graduated Cum Laude with a BA in Theatre and a minor in Musical Theatre from Western Kentucky University (2018).
During his undergraduate studies he graduated with over 220 credit hours in different areas, including some masters coursework in special education. Reeves studied acting, dance and movement, musical theatre, music theory, vocal and instrumental lessons, autism and inclusion at Western Kentucky University. During his time at Western, Alexander Michael was a member of the honors theatre fraternity, Alpha Psi Omega. Alexander Michael also worked directly with the Kelly Autism Program at Western Kentucky University as an advocate, mentor and consultant for and with the autistic community.
Alexander Michael has taken part in several acting and industry intensives including; The Gaiety School of Acting (Summer 2016), Dublin, Ireland; West End On Demand (Summer 2016), London, England; Rock the Audition w/ Sheri Sanders (2018-2019), Online; and Lights! Camera! Access! Hollywood online Summit (2020). Some of Alexander Michael’s favorite acting roles include; Tigger (House at Pooh Corner), Duke (The Great American Trailer Park Musical), and The Emperor (The Emperor’s New Clothes).
Alexander Michael has spoken at several collegiate conferences (Transgender Singing Voice Conference, 2017 and 2019 at Earlham College, College Inclusion Summit, 2019 at Vanderbilt) to advocate for both the Autistic and Transgender communities.