I believe that each student is an individual, with different learning styles, musical interests and goals. Whether a student is taking their very first lesson in voice, piano or both, or returning to lessons after many years, my instructon is tailored to the student. I don't believe in a cookie-cutter approach. I'm experienced in teaching all ages and levels of voice and piano students and all styles of music.
Students feel very comortable in my studio. Learning music is not always easy, but it should always be enjoyable.
Taking music lessons is for the young and young at heart-you are never too old(or too young:-) to set a new goal for youself.
I enjoy teaching voice and piano because it is my passion. I was a professional musician from an early age and enjoyed those years, opportunities and experences greatly. There came a point in my life when I realized that I was really a teacher at heart.
I enjoy teaching my students that music is so much more than just something you passively listen to and that everyone is capable of making music
Nothing is more exciting to me than when a student plays two hands together for the first time, grasps a new concept, takes responsibility for practicing, realizes that it's ok to make a mistake and that mistakes are part of progressng and growing, learns their first song, passes an audition, gets a part, reaches a goal of playing or singing a piece or song they never thught possible, sings or plays in a competition, gets a solo, joins a choir or chorus,gains more confidence in their singing and/or playing ability, learns how to stay calm under pressure, gets to the point where they are able to play and//or sing for their own enjoyment, for their friends, family or classmates, feels happy or proud of their accomplishments.
I have an M.A. and an M.F.A in vocal performance,voice and piano pedaggy, music education and musical theatre and 40 years of experience as a teacher and director.
I teach students of all ages and musical levels and am experieced in classical, musical theater, pop, rock, jazz and blues. Some study in person in my home studio while others enjoy online lessons
www.ProctorMusicStudo.com is my website. You'll find references, info about my home studio, photos, bio and much more
Don't be shy. Give me a call if you are intersted in lessons.
I’ve been taking voice lessons with Mrs. Laura Proctor for over 6 years. I highly recommend her for being an educated, knowledgeable and talented teacher and also for being my mentor and friend. Her advanced degrees in music, and vast experience performing, teaching and coaching amateur and professional musicians make her very skilled at teaching music. Her qualifications reflect in my constant improvements and I owe my successes to her. Beyond Mrs. Proctor honing my passion and skills in music, she is my friend. She is always there when I need advice about school, family life, boys and everything. She’s a constant in my life and I know that I would be in a very different place without her. She has made herself available to me, whenever I needed her, so I always have a place to go or someone to talk to. I highly recommend Mrs. Proctor as she is not only a great music teacher, but also a positive influence on any person’s life. I'm so lucky to have someone who brings out the best in me”
I’m Mrs. Proctor’s oldest student. All of my life I wanted to learn how to play the piano but it just never came to pass. A few years ago I retired and I decided to take a big step and asked her if she’d teach me. She is the most caring, enthusiastic and positive and patient person I’ve ever met. She convinced me that I was not too old to learn how to play the piano and that I could do it. So I plugged away and 3 years later I am still enjoying my lessons and practicing. Slowly but surely I made progress and can play many pieces that I love. I thought I’d be too embarrassed but I even played in one of the performances and the younger students are my biggest fans.“
have been taking lessons from Mrs. Proctor since I was 3 years old. At first I was in a little group called the “Not Ready for Bedtime Players” with some of my friends in pre-school. We sang, moved, dance, learned about music, the piano and other instruments and acted out stories with songs. I’m 9 now. I take piano lessons and I started taking voice lessons this year. I got a solo in my school show next month because I am learning how to sing better too. In our last recital I sang a duet with one of the big kids. Mrs. Proctor is funny and nice to me and to all of her students but she expects me to practice and I know that when I practice the right way that I get better and better. If I am home practicing and I get stuck on one of my pieces or songs I can Skype or Facetime with her and we can fix it right away! I love Mrs. Proctor”
"I’m proud to say that I was a private student of Laura Proctor’s for 10 years, actually longer because she was also my school music teacher, chorus and musical theatre director for much of that time. She is the one who encouraged and supported me in pursuing my dream of pursuing a career in music. At first my parents thought this was a very bad idea, but nothing would deter me and now, years later, they are thrilled with my choice and my success. Mrs. P knows so much about teaching all kinds of repertoire- classical, Broadway, pop etc. She also knows just the right song to sing when auditioning for a certain part. Never fails. She brought me to many auditions by herself when I was younger. She lobbied for me and got me got me a scholarship to a prestigious summer musical theater program and camp when I was in high school, a college scholarship later and a graduate school grant. I will never forget her and all she taught me, not only about singing but also about life. I’ve appeared on Broadway and in several Broadway tours and I make sure she always gets tickets. I dedicated my first CD to her. She’s a wonder and I know she will be very embarrassed by any testimonial because she is very modest person who is content to let her students shine instead of dwelling on her many achievements and honors in performance and teaching.”
Whether a new student wishes to study voice or piano, is amateur or professional,young or old makes no difference. because music is for the young and young at heart. Learning music should be enjoyable, not painful. With a beginning student it's up to me to figure out their individual learning style and tailon my teaching to how they will best learn, progress and succeed.
When a new student is not a beginner, it's important for me to know what their goals are- and goals of my students vary greatly- Ex. Make it on Broadway, become a professional pianist or singer, do competitions, audition for a solo in a high school chorus or church, audition for a community music theatre company, The Voice, American Idol, as a university music major, to return to singing or playing as an adult after taking lessons as a child and quitting for whatever reason, to sing karaoke, learn a new musical style, sing or play with a band, for their own personal enjoyment, to improve my skill and confidence. There are so many reasons and goals my students have and have had and they are all important.
I was a professional singer from the age of 9 and performed all over the world. As a teacber and coach I focus on pop, musical theatre, classical, jazz and folk. My undergraduate and graduate degrees are in voice, piano, music education and integrated arts. I've taught music courses of all kinds in academic settings from preschool through graduate school, private lessons in my home studio to sudents of all levels, aged 5-85, for many years. I also work with singers and actors to prepare and improve their audition skills- finding and teaching appropriate audition songs, monologues as well as script work and creating performance tracks.
For students, I have a school year plan, based upon the number of lessons given during those 10 months, divided into equal monthly payments.
For adults and special students I charge my hourly rate.