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Jaime S.

Reading, MA

$60/hour

Voice Teacher and Tutor for Music Theory, Music History, Ear Training

In-person lessons

$60/Hour


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McGill University
Voice Performance

Education

McGill University (Voice Performance)

About Jaime

I am a McGill University graduate with a Bachelors in Music and a major in Voice Performance. My training was intensive and I am comfortable singing and instructing students in many classical styles of music and multiple languages including English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Russian, Hebrew and Latin. I have also sung legit musical theater repertoire and am versed in belting techniques. I encourage healthy singing with proper technique and diction. My studies allowed me to focus on German Romantic Music as well as 20th century opera, however, I am comfortable with providing a general overview of the history of western music. I have also had training in music theory ranging from modal counterpoint to 12-tone rows, and I am comfortable incorporating these skills in practice (musicianship) as well.

I am aware of the many challenges that theory and musicianship may pose for students, and I am very patient during the learning process. There are many ways students can learn to master these subjects and I will try to create lessons that will most effectively give students the skills they are trying to master. I look forward to working with you!!!

Voice Lesson Curriculum

Mission Statement

To provide students of all levels with the musical tools and techniques to feel comfortable, capable, and independent in both their study and enjoyment of music. Students will develop a strong musical and technical foundation that will allow them the freedom to explore all things music as well as build a deeper appreciation and love for their art.

Skills Taught

•Reading music, sight singing with solfege, basic music theory
•Proper breathing technique and relaxation in the body
•Effective exercises and warm-ups for the voice and body
•Song study and techniques to learn new repertoire quickly and healthily
•Performance polish: How to own all aspects of your repertoire so it can come alive on the stage or in the audition room.

Lesson Format

•Students will begin lessons with warm up exercises to help them connect their body and voice. All of the exercises will be tailored to the needs of each student and will incorporate many skills together such as proper breathing and posture, ear training and singing on pitch, agility, flexibility etc.
•Students will work on sight singing and musicianship skills so they can become musically literate. This will empower them to become better musicians and will give them the freedom to learn new music with ease. When students learn to understand the language of Music, a world of possibilities awaits them!
•Students will work on songs where they can learn to apply their musical and technical skills. They will also have the opportunity to break down the text and interpret songs for themselves. Here is where students will develop their storytelling and artistry and bring the music to life!

Teaching Materials Used*
•Solfege des Solfeges (Dannhauser)
•Vaccai
•Concone
•Twenty Six Italian Songs and Arias
•Joan Frey Boytim Solo Books
•Schirmer Classics
•Hal Leonard Broadway Anthologies
•Write, Play, and Hear Your Theory Everyday (The FJH Pianist’s Curriculum)
•Complete Essentials of Music Theory (Alfred’s)
I am a McGill University graduate with a Bachelors in Music and a major in Voice Performance. My training was intensive and I am comfortable singing and instructing students in many classical styles of music and multiple languages including English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Russian, Hebrew and Latin. I have also sung legit musical theater Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required

$30/half hour $45/forty-five minutes

Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Reading, MA 01867
In-person lessons
History:
Music History

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Ear Training

My musical studies at New England Conservatory Preparatory School, Boston University Tanglewood Institute and McGill University have given me the opportunity to greatly develop my ear. I have participated in many courses that focused on basic skills such as recognizing intervals, chords (in their inversions), as well as chord progressions. I am also comfortable with rhythmic, atonal, melodic, and harmonic dictations and I have many tools that students could find useful in developing their ear. I strive to link these skills to their theoretical usages as well.

General Music

I have had a very complete music education which included study of music theory and musicianship, as well as music history, voice lessons, diction (English, French, and Italian), score reading, keyboard proficiency, sight singing, and solo and group performances. I am comfortable and able to teach any one of these subjects to a willing student. I would be happy to work with a student on any one of these subjects at a beginning or intermediate level. I look forward to creating a curriculum that will help you enhance your skills and improve your overall musicianship.

Music History

I have received a comprehensive education in music history from McGill University, and I am always researching composers and repertoire to broaden my knowledge. I completed coursework which provided and overview of western music from Gregorian chant to 20th Century music and included works as small as madrigals to large symphonic works and even Opera. I was able to complete coursework that allowed me to focus on German Lieder as well as 20th Century Operatic works. I also participated in a unique course taught by Sandy Pearlman (producer of Blue Oyster Cult, the Clash; former manager of Black Sabbath) that focused on comparisons between heavy metal music and Bruckner Symphonies.

Voice (Music)

I am a classically trained singer and have been studying voice for 10 years. I began singing at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School in Boston, and I have a Bachelors of Music with a Major in Voice Performance from McGill University. I am currently applying to graduate programs to obtain a Masters in Music. While at McGill, I was fortunate enough to sing with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Kent Nagano, and I performed in numerous requiems and large scale performances (some of them were premieres of new works). I participated in Early Music ensembles as well as a soloist and also in small ensemble groups. I sang three recitals as well (in six languages), and I even participated in performing and recording new music with young composers. During this time, I was also a soloist at a local church. I am currently studying in New York City with Bill Neill and my past teachers include Therese Boudreau Sevadjian, Barbara Winchester, and Gerald Gray.

McGill University
Voice Performance

Education

McGill University (Voice Performance)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $60.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

$30/half hour $45/forty-five minutes

Travel policy

Jaime will travel within 20 miles of Reading, MA 01867.