Gina Polite – Voice Teacher

B.M., University of The Arts- Vocal Performance
Beginner to Advanced Vocal Coaching
Beginner Piano Lessons
Early Childhood Music Lessons/Classes
In-Home and Studio Lessons

Gina PicI teach all levels of voice, beginner piano and Early Childhood Music Education. I began singing at an early age with my schools choirs from Elementary up through High school. I received my Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance from The University of The Arts in 2007. While I was there I studied both Opera and Jazz. I love to sing in multiple genres, and I feel that good technique is important in any style you choose to sing. I have performed with Peter Nero and The Philly Pops, The Philadelphia Singers, Mendelssohn Club and The Andrea Bocelli Winter Chorus for his tours in 2015 and 2017 in various Philadelphia venues including The Kimmel Center, The Mann Center and The Wells Fargo Center. I love performing and working with adults and I have also found a particular joy and talent working with young children. I have 10 years of early childhood music education experience both inside and outside the classroom using the basic fundamentals of music and general music exploration. I love to teach students of all ages, and I believe music lessons should be both educational and fun. In my lessons, I cater to each student’s different learning style and individual needs to help them reach their personal goals and become the best musician they can be.

 

When did you begin singing, and why?
I began singing in Elementary School with choir and then moved onto solo performance in my early teens.

What other instruments do you play, and what is your experience with them?
I play piano and most recently ukulele. I started playing piano for educational/practice purposes in college but then I used it daily for teaching early childhood music education. I started playing ukulele as another means of accompanying and exploring music. Because of my expertise in early childhood musical exploration, I am also adept and finding ways to keep children excited about music through exploring a number of different instruments and styles of all kinds.

What are your personal goals as a musician?
I want to continue to grow and hone my craft as a vocalist and an educator.

Do you have a memory of a time when a musical concept or technique really clicked?  Something you’ll remember forever?
I remember when I first started training, I mainly stayed in the Jazz or R&B vein. I was progressing vocally but I shied away from classical repertoire; I felt I couldn’t do it. When I began studying with a mainly classical teacher, my voice grew exponentially and it in return helped my non-classical repertoire as well!

What is your favorite piece of advice from one of your past (or current) teachers?
Get out of your head and into the moment.

What was your most challenging moment learning an instrument?
I was struggling with accessing a certain part of my voice, I just could not get the placement correct, I practiced and practiced until it just finally clicked.

What is your biggest musical achievement?
In my freshman year of college at The University Of The Arts, I wanted to perform in a concert “A Night Of Opera Scenes” where certain scenes from operas were staged. This was my first time performing at college and in a fully staged scene… I was the only underclassman in the whole program and I nailed it!

Favorite thing about teaching?
Watching my students grow and progress in their musical ventures!

What is a piece of advice you would like to share with anyone learning music?
Practice and Patience.

Personal music projects:
I currently sing with The Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia and I have my own Jazz group called The Polite Orchestra.