Voice Lessons

1/2 hr, 45 min and 1 hr lessons
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
In-Home or at our Fishtown Studio
All ages and skill levels
Classical, Opera,  Musical Theater
Jazz, Pop, Blues, R&B
Theory, Reading and Technique
Schedule a half-priced lesson


 

voiceworkAbout Our Voice Teachers

A trained voice teacher is an invaluable tool for singers of all levels, and we have some amazing teachers who can provide a solid technical basis and bring out your innate musicality. Our voice teachers are all familiar with teaching foundational vocal technique, necessary for healthy production of sound, and can help students at a variety of levels bring their singing to the next level and beyond. We have teachers trained in a variety of styles, including opera/classical, musical theater, jazz, blues, soul, rock, pop and more. They are equipped to help students of all levels develop healthy breathing, solid tone, and accurate intonation, and then to develop musicality and expressivity. We will work with you to determine what your needs and goals are, and use that information to pair you with one of our teachers for lessons in the studio or your home. We offer a half-price trial lesson so that you can see whether or not a teacher is a good fit for you! View our teachers and their bios below to see what we have to offer.

For more information on vocal coaching at beginner to advanced levels, you can read our teacher, Kristen Seikaly’s article:

What Should I Expect at My First Voice Lessons?

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Lessons for Children

Because of the nature of the voice as a growing and changing instrument, we only teach voice lessons to ages 10 and up. For children younger than 10, we suggest beginning with piano with an emphasis on singing. This allows children to develop their understanding of music without putting unnecessary strain on a young voice. Many of the beginner piano songs and books even have words to sing along! A good deal of our piano teachers also have a background in various styles of singing. You can view our piano teachers and their bios here.


Read about our voice teachers below:

Kristen Seikaly

I teach voice. I started singing at a young age, first with school and community choirs, followed by high school concerts and musicals. I received my Bachelor's of Music at the University of Michigan in Vocal Performance, with a minor in French. Then, I earned my Master's of Music at Westminster Choir College in Voice Performance and Pedagogy. After my second degree, I moved to Philadelphia to pursue performance and teaching opportunities. I have performed in various Philadelphia venues including The Kimmel Center, The Academy of Music, and The Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. I have also participated in operatic productions with companies such as Opera Philadelphia, the Delaware Valley Opera Company, and Princeton Opera Alliance. I believe voice lessons should provide a thorough technical, musical, and emotional understanding of one’s voice. Comfortable singing always comes first, which begins with breathing and posture. I balance imagery and fact based on how a student learns and understands. Singing is joyful amongst all else. While I urge all of my students to reach certain technical goals, my main goal is to make sure the student is always achieving their personal goals and enjoying themselves at the same time. -Read More About Kristen

Marcelle McGuirk

I teach voice and piano. I've been singing since a very young age, and loved being part of my church choir growing up. At 18, I recorded my first solo album, Echoes of Ireland. I studied Vocal Performance at Marywood University and then moved to Philadelphia to pursue further studies in opera performance. I am a cantor and section leader at the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter & Paul. I am an active performer and have worked with many companies in the Philadelphia area, including: OperaDelaware, Poor Richard's Opera, Russian Opera Workshop, Delaware Valley Opera Company, and Delaware ChoralArts. The foundation of my teaching is always breath management, body awareness and tension reduction, as well as musicianship. I try to arm my students with a "toolbox," foundational techniques and exercises they can come back to if they're struggling with a note or phrase, whether they're singing Broadway, rock, opera, etc. I make sure students understand the purpose of exercises and how they relate to what they're singing. Overall, I aim to help my students find their "voice" in a healthy, tension-free way. - Read More About Marcelle

Rachel Byrd

I teach voice and piano.  From a young age, I knew that music was my second language.  My desire to sing, act, and dance on stage came to fruition at the age of 4. I spent years of my youth performing piano at local churches,  participating in local choirs and musical theatre, and pursuing classical and jazz percussion through school ensembles. I furthered my studies first at the Boston Conservatory then graduated with a Bachelors degree in Vocal Performance from Temple University.  In my time at Temple, I performed in a variety of operas including Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart), Die Fledermaus (Strauss) Suor Angelica (Puccini) and Die Zauberflote (Mozart).  I have also performed in the operas Don Giovanni (Mozart) and La Straniera (Donezetti).
As a vocalist, our bodies are our instrument.  Every body is built differently and I cater my lessons to each students needs.  I teach students anywhere from beginner to advanced.  My goal as a vocal instructor is to help my students sing freely and healthfully.  Lessons are focused on breathing, technique, music theory, and applying technical knowledge to pieces.  I encourage my students to explore their capabilities and experiment until they find their unique voice.  As a piano instructor, I teach beginner to intermediate students.  I focus on music reading fluency, healthy technique, sight reading, and music theory. - Read More About Rachel
 

Taylor Halpern

I teach Piano, Voice, Guitar, Ukulele and Violin. I am a graduate of Westminster Choir College, where I completed a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Theory and Composition in 2015. While at Westminster, I had the opportunity to sing with several of the world's greatest orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic. I studied voice with world-renowned soprano Faith Esham for my four-year undergraduate training, acquiring a strong technique in the classical vocal style. I have played piano for over 15 years, and received the National Guild of Piano Teachers High School Diploma in 2010. In 2014, I studied in Paris as part of the European American Music Alliance program, which focused on refining keyboard, counterpoint and musicianship skills. I also have experience with more modern music, as I recently released an EP of pop-folk music titled “Beautiful Words,” which can be found on iTunes and Spotify. Songwriting has always been one of my biggest passions, and I love to have my students delve into this while they are learning their instruments. - Read More About Taylor

Bill Townsend

I teach piano and voice. I completed my undergraduate work at Oberlin with a Bachelor’s of Music in Vocal Performance. While there I also studied piano and vocal accompanying. I have performed in musical theater, cabaret, and opera singing roles in works from Sondheim to Mozart. While at Oberlin, I performed in a major operatic role every year, accompanied in the vocal department, and participated in several operatic summer festivals, singing roles in Mozart’s Cosi fan tute and Die Zauberflote. Equally comfortable with pop and musical theater technique, I was given an encouragement award from the Lotte Lenya International Competition’s 2015 judges for my performances there. I currently resides in the Philadelphia area giving recitals, accompanying, and auditioning. - Read more about Bill

Angel Sanchez

I started teaching in 2010 at a Latin Jazz school in North Philly called AMLA. There I developed a technique of teaching where I mix lessons from yoga and meditation with traditional vocal warmups. The voice is the only instrument where your entire body health directly affects your performance. Therefore, I believe being in tune with your body will help you stay in tune with the music. During our lessons we will employ relaxation techniques and tension reducing stretches in the beginning.  Afterwards, we will explore techniques of singing from the “Speech Level Singing” philosophy made famous by Seth Riggs. However, my philosophy is not to employ any specific technique of singing to all my students. I love listening to singers and figuring out what works best for them. I believe the best teachers are ones that empower students with no bias or judgement. In this way, students can grow into their own musician as opposed to musicians in their teacher’s image. - Read More About Angel

Keely Sibilia

I am a professional singer/songwriter originally from Los Angeles currently residing in Philadelphia. I graduated from The University of the Arts in 2012 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Vocal Performance. In addition to songwriting, I also specialize in singing Jazz, Pop, Indie, Classical, Rock, and Musical Theater. I have over 15 years of vocal experience, and over 6 years of teaching private instruction in voice, songwriting, guitar, piano, percussion, and ukulele. I also have experience teaching music in group environments, using collaborative and creative approaches. I have had the pleasure of performing at Carnegie Hall, The Sidney Opera House, Preservation Hall, The Kimmel Center, and various venues throughout Los Angeles, such as House of Blues, The Hotel Cafe, The Viper Room, Molly Malone's and more. I recently won a 3 month long vocal competition in Philadelphia, entitled, Songbird: Search for Philly’s Best Singer. When teaching, my approach is to focus on the student’s needs and reach goals that he or she is focused on. I gear lessons towards broadening the student’s mind, and am open to all forms of creating art. I currently teach group music classes, voice for all levels, and piano and guitar (beginner/intermediate levels). -Read More About Keely

Patrick Mencel

I teach guitar, voice and piano. I studied guitar and vocals at the University of The Arts. Growing up, I played trumpet and when I turned 13, I began taking lessons at Temple University. Playing trumpet gave me a good sense of melody and tone, which I later incorporated into the guitar. I was 15 when I first started taking lessons on guitar at University of the Arts. Since then, guitar has been my primary instrument. - Read More About Patrick


Jennifer Pague

I teach Piano, Guitar and Voice here in the Philadelphia area. I started playing piano in 2nd grade, saxaphone and clarinet in 4th grade, bass clarinet and guitar in 6th grade, and have been singing forever. I was trained by a professional opera singer growing up. By the time I was sixteen years old, I was performing with the School of Rock all stars at major festivals such as Lollapalooza in Chicago and Austin City Limits in Austin Texas. I started my band (Vita and the Woolf) three years ago, and it has been a blast. I write, produce, sing, and play synthesizer and guitar in the band. The band has taken me to some really interesting places, such as singing at Citizens Bank Park for the Philadelphia Phillies game in June of 2015, and SXSW in Austin Texas. I have performed as a multi-instrumentalist for BC Camplight at Union Transfer and the Bonnaroo Music Festival in 2015. Vita and the Woolf plans on releasing the next record in March of 2016. I approach teaching based on how individual people learn. I have spent this past year teaching music and art to people with intellectual disabilities at SpArc Services. I have learned a lot about teaching concepts – Everyone learns differently and I feel it is of utmost importance as a teacher to cater to that. With piano, I start students with the basics, such as knowing chords, names of notes, and scales. Then I branch off into more fancy concepts. I love teaching and want everyone to have the gift of playing, performing, and composing music. Read more about Jennifer

Ellen Tiberio-Shultz

I teach cello, guitar, voice and piano. I grew up taking piano, cello and voice lessons, writing songs and teaching myself to play guitar, which I ended up majoring in at the Berklee College of Music. My passion in music lies in singing and songwriting and I’m very happy to incorporate songwriting into lessons. I’ve taken lessons in traditional classical settings and in much more creative/informal ways. Similarly, I’ve played in a wide variety of styles and settings, from classical music in orchestras to punk music in rock bands. Because my experience with music was partially very traditional and partially self-motivated and based on intuition, I like to make sure I connect with students in the way they learn best. Some people like to learn the theory and see the sheet music, some people prefer to listen, improvise and experiment. There’s no wrong way to learn to play, as long as you’re practicing with the kind of technique that keeps your body healthy!  In addition to teaching, you can find me around Philly playing with several bands, including my original project Ellen Siberian Tiger, Mother Moses, Two Girls and Manic Pixi. - Read More About Ellen

Dana Fiero

I teach voice, beginning/intermediate piano and oboe.  I have been a student of music for my whole life.  I played oboe and piano growing up, but have always been a choir nerd at heart. I received my BA in vocal music from Westminster Choir College in 2007 and and am currently at Temple University working on my MM in Music Education plus teacher certification.  I have a special interest in later elementary and middle school choir.  I have taught small group and private lessons since my undergrad.  My goal as a teacher is to give my students the skills they need to become to become life-long musicians.  I work with each student’s individual interests and needs to help them get the most out of their lessons.  For voice, I start with the basics of learning healthy breathing and posture to help with any style of singing from classical to rock.  For all my students I work on rhythm and tonal exercises to help develop musicianship and listening skills.  In addition to teaching, I direct a youth choir at a local church, sing in two Philadelphia based choirs, and perform original music on guitar, piano and banjo. Schedule a Lesson

Collin Dennen

I teach bass, guitar, piano, drums, and voice. I grew up in a musical household taking piano lessons from my mother, jamming on drums with my father in the basement, and writing songs with my younger sister. At 13 I discovered my love for bass guitar and enrolled in the Uptown Music Collective in Williamsport, PA. I attended Berklee College of Music where I graduated with a BA in bass performance and music education in 2014. Currently, I play bass and sing backup vocals for Philly-based indie rock bands Ellen Siberian Tiger and Mother Moses and for Boston-based Bengali Pop singer Prithwiraj Choudhury. - Learn More About Collin