The Philosophy

You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself." - Galielo Galilei

Rebecca at OperaKids!

Rebecca teaching young students at the Lyric Opera's OperaKids! program

Teaching people to sing is about setting up a structure for each person to discover, understand, use, master and hopefully love his or her own unique and authentic voice. I use a dynamic approach based on the simple principles of how the body works as an instrument to establish a clear, understandable and repeatable technical system for each singer. You should leave every lesson understanding more than you did before with clear and achievable goals in mind for your next week’s practice. Regardless of the style of music being sung, the basic principles of healthy singing are the same. I shine a light on each student's unique and natural voice and help employ a method of singing with a unified instrument in a healthy way. If you can understand the real power and dynamism of breath control and acoustic resonance and sing with your whole voice, you can learn to sing in any style!

Photo of Rebecca and Students at a UNVI Master Class in 2013

UNVI Master Class, 2013

It is easy in the study of a musical instrument to focus on what is "wrong”. I believe every student has several things they are doing “right” in their singing and help the singer discover that and build upon it. Discipline, practice routines, and personal wellbeing are essential for improvement as a singer, but so is creativity in exploration. Lessons are a time for safe, guided discovery to understand the voice and they should be a productive, enjoyable hour. Whether you are preparing for an audition or a role, reworking your book, applying to college, finding your natural and genuine singing voice or rebuilding your technique from years of unhealthy vocal habits, I work to create an environment of trust and clear, direct and honest communication so improvement can happen quickly, reliably and healthily!

Read some of Rebecca's tips for singing Musical Theater styles.