Lessons

 

General Information

My mission as a voice teacher is to help a student explore their potential, sing in a healthy way to prolong longevity of the voice, expand their musical knowledge and most importantly find the joy in singing.
It is my goal to make sure that a student becomes fully versed in all the necessary tools to become a well-rounded singer and musician.
About Me

I have been studying voice for over 20 years having started at the age of 10.  I earned a Bachelor of Music from The Eastman School of Music, and a Master of Music and a Professional Studies Diploma from The Manhattan School of Music.  I have also trained as an apprentice with The Castleton Festival under the direction of the late Maestro Lorin Maazel, The Caramoor International Music Festival, Ash Lawn Opera and OperaWorks in Los Angeles.  I have been teaching privately for the past 6 years and am skilled in breath technique and posture, the diction and elocution of five languages, music theory and ear training, and most importantly having a blast while studying.  I also have the added benefit of being a working performer and can give a student insight into the schooling/career path of music if that is something they might be interested in pursuing.

 

 

Lesson Procedures and Studio Policies

In my studio, a lesson is a safe space for a student to explore, make sounds, ask questions, learn about the physiology of the vocal mechanism and most importantly have fun!  A typical lesson will consist of warmups and technical exercises, ear training and sight singing work and repertoire/song work. I will guide the student through many different styles of repertoire in order to give them the most well-rounded musical education possible but I also encourage the students to do their own research of songs they want to work on as well.  It is very important to me that a student is exposed to the full breadth of vocal music from classical to contemporary while also maintaining a focus on the particular style of music that appeals to them, this keeps a student motivated and focused.  I ask that a student come to the lesson on time, prepared to work, having practiced the concepts and repertoire covered in the previous lesson and to be honest with their level of preparation for the lesson.  It is also very important for the student to bring a recording device to every lesson and listen back to it between lessons in order to hear and study their progress.
Please note, there is a strict 24 hour cancellation policy enforced.  Any lessons cancelled within 24 hours of the scheduled time will still be charged in full.
Please email BlakeFriedmanTenor@gmail.com to setup a time!

 

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