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Jocelyn M.

Brooklyn, NY

$70/hr

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About me and my background... I studied opera and classical voice for a few years at Stanford University in C.A., but transferred out to finish my undergraduate degree at Berklee College of Music in Boston when I decided to pursue more vocal jazz. After Berklee, I taught music at a Boston public school before moving to Madrid, Spain, where I taught privately and sang professionally for four years. I moved back to the US in summer of '05 (here in NYC) where I recently finished my masters in vocal jazz performance at Manhattan School of Music. I've taught students of all ages and levels (from 5 to 65--kids to professionals), and a variety of styles (everything from broadway to opera to pop, rock, soul, blues, and vocal jazz, which is my specialty). I've also sung in numerous classical, pop and jazz a cappella groups and choirs, and have experience as a professional composer, lyricist, and vocal arranger, and play regularly with my own trio and quartet around NY, in Europe and South America.

My lessons usually encorporate some technique work (breathing, placement, warm-ups and exercises, ear training, etc.) in addition to repetoire, style and interpretation, phrasing and so forth. However, as each voice and human instrument is unique, my classes are pretty varied and flexible, adapting to the needs and direction of each particular singer. I suggest my students record all lessons in order to listen back to their progress and have something to reference and practice with at home. That way, the singing we work on together in our classes may continue to enrich the musical pursuits of my students outside of our lessons and into the future.

References to past and current students of mine are also available to hear what their experiences have been like with me.

Homeschool:
Piano

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Composition (Music)

While working towards my BM from Berklee College of Music and MM from Manhattan School of Music, I studied with some of the best composers and songwriters in the country (Pat Pattison, Jon Stevens, Peter Eldridge, etc.).. I currently work as a professional vocalist, composer and lyricist myself, and have released two full albums of original compositions.

Ear Training

With a BM from Berklee College of Music and a MM from Manhattan School of Music, I'm highly educated and experienced in ear training. I have worked with students of all ages and levels, training their ears as singers, instrumentalists and composers.

Guitar

In addition to my specialization in voice and composition, I also give lessons in beginning and intermediate guitar, with a focus on students who also sing and are interested in self-accompaniment. I have a BA from Berklee College of Music and an MM from Manhattan School of Music, in addition to 2 years of classical vocal and guitar studies at Stanford University. I have over 14 years of experience teaching music, voice, guitar, piano and percussion to students of all ages and levels in a variety of contemporary styles.

Piano

In addition to my specialization in voice and composition, I also give lessons in beginning and intermediate piano, with a focus on students who also sing and are interested in self-accompaniment. I have a BA from Berklee College of Music and an MM from Manhattan School of Music, in addition to 2 years of classical vocal and piano studies at Stanford University. I have over 14 years of experience teaching music, voice, guitar, piano and percussion to students of all ages and levels in a variety of contemporary styles.

Sight Singing

With a BM from Berklee College of Music and a MM from Manhattan School of Music, I'm highly educated and experienced in sight singing. I have worked with students of all ages and levels, combining the necessary music theory and ear training they need as singers, instrumentalists and composers.

Songwriting

While working towards my BM from Berklee College of Music and MM from Manhattan School of Music, I studied with some of the best composers and songwriters in the country (Pat Pattison, Jon Stevens, Peter Eldridge, etc.).. I currently work as a professional vocalist, songwriter and lyricist myself, and have released two full albums of original compositions.

Voice (Music)

I studied opera and classical voice for a few years at Stanford University in C.A., but transferred out to finish my undergraduate degree at Berklee College of Music in Boston when I decided to pursue more vocal jazz. After Berklee, I taught music at a Boston public school before moving to Madrid, Spain, where I taught privately and sang professionally for four years. I moved back to the US in summer of '05 (here in NYC) where I completed my master's in vocal jazz performance at Manhattan School of Music. I am also fully certified in all levels of master vocal pedagogue Jeannette LoVetri's Somatic Voicework. The LoVetri Method is a functional, body-based method of vocal training that draws from many disciplines and whose techniques have been adapted by a number of my previous and most influential instructors. There is no specific license required for someone to teach voice, so my training in Jeanie's methodology is one of the most valuable assets I believe I have as a teacher.

Most recently, I returned from six months living in Mumbai, India, where I was teaching voice at the True School of Music, a new school of contemporary music affiliated with MSM (quite an experience, I must say!). In addition to 15 years of teaching private voice, I've given numerous master classes in vocal health and technique, jazz and world styles, and directed choruses ranging from 10 to 150 singers at private and public schools throughout New England. I've taught students of all ages and levels (from 5 to 65--kids to professionals), and a variety of styles (everything from broadway to opera to pop, rock, soul, blues, and vocal jazz, which is my specialty). Recent accomplishments of my current private students include admission into the New School’s Vocal Jazz program and Berklee College of Music, and acceptance into Talent Unlimited Highschool of the Arts. As a performer, I've sung in numerous classical and a cappella groups, pop, reggae and rock bands, and jazz ensembles of varying size, and have experience as a professional composer, lyricist, and vocal arranger. I currently play regularly with my own trio and quartet around NY, and in festivals throughout the US, Europe, South America, and Asia.

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $70.00

Travel policy

Jocelyn will travel within 30 miles of Brooklyn, NY 11225.


About Jocelyn

About me and my background... I studied opera and classical voice for a few years at Stanford University in C.A., but transferred out to finish my undergraduate degree at Berklee College of Music in Boston when I decided to pursue more vocal jazz. After Berklee, I taught music at a Boston public school before moving to Madrid, Spain, where I taught privately and sang professionally for four years. I moved back to the US in summer of '05 (here in NYC) where I recently finished my masters in vocal jazz performance at Manhattan School of Music. I've taught students of all ages and levels (from 5 to 65--kids to professionals), and a variety of styles (everything from broadway to opera to pop, rock, soul, blues, and vocal jazz, which is my specialty). I've also sung in numerous classical, pop and jazz a cappella groups and choirs, and have experience as a professional composer, lyricist, and vocal arranger, and play regularly with my own trio and quartet around NY, in Europe and South America.

My lessons usually encorporate some technique work (breathing, placement, warm-ups and exercises, ear training, etc.) in addition to repetoire, style and interpretation, phrasing and so forth. However, as each voice and human instrument is unique, my classes are pretty varied and flexible, adapting to the needs and direction of each particular singer. I suggest my students record all lessons in order to listen back to their progress and have something to reference and practice with at home. That way, the singing we work on together in our classes may continue to enrich the musical pursuits of my students outside of our lessons and into the future.

References to past and current students of mine are also available to hear what their experiences have been like with me.

Tutor Policies

Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Brooklyn, NY 11225

Jocelyn’s Subjects

Homeschool:
Piano

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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