I am a college Music Professor with over 18 years teaching in Higher Education. I have a background in BOTH Musical Theatre and Classical singing and vocal technique. In addtion, I have extensive experience with recording and live music performance. I focus much of my teaching in the area of science-based vocal pedagogy and encourage excellence in both performance and musicianship. The majority of my students are professional or pre-professional. I specialize in training singers and preparing them for professional work. I also coach students through the college audition process for Musical Theatre, Pop and Classical programs. I have a solid record of success with students gainings admission to some of the most prestigious programs in the country including NYU, USC, Berklee College of Music, Westminster Choir College, and Bard.
She is an amazing vocal coach! She helped my daughter perfect her vocal auditions for college.
Heidi is an amazing teacher in many ways. Coming from a parent's perspective, Heidi is very professional, her calendar is set a year in advance, she is always kind yet challenges her students in a very appropriate manner. Heidi is a tremendous singer and performer herself. She is skilled and knowledgeable and connected well with my daughter on a musical and personal level. My daughter always looked forward to her lessons. My daughter continued her studies in music in college and double majored...one of which was classical voice.
She was always so encouraging and inspiring to me in our lessons. Her positivity and encouraging words gave me confidence in my singing which motivated me to go for my goals. Aside from teaching me proper singing technique, her caring learning environment allowed me to get to where I am in my musical journey. Because of Heidi Vass, I am studying classical vocal performance and apart of the opera program at Chapman University .
We talk over the phone to establish whether it is a good fit. If I have space in my studio and it seems like a match, we schedule a consultation and go from there. If I am not a good fit for a client, I offer referrals to other REPUTABLE instructors in the area who could better suit the needs of the student. The goal for me is always to offer the best fit for each student/situation and that is not always in my studio.
B.M. in Vocal Performance (and pedagogy training) from Westminster Chour College
M.M. in Vocal Arts from USC
Member National Association of Teachers of Singing, ASCAP, The Recording Academy, Pi Kappa Lambda
Acting training at the Stella Adler Conservatroy of Acting through NYU.
Studies with Seth Riggs (Speech Level Singing pop and Musical Theatre Technique)
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I started teaching voice while in Graduate School at USC and continued teaching in Higher Ed post grad. I have held facutly posts at USC, Pepperdine and currently at California Lutheran University.
Professional, Pre-professional, College, College-Prep (High School). Musical Theatre, Classical, Pop and Contemporary styles.
Do your homework and make sure your perspective teachers are qualified. They should AT MINIMUM have a bachelors degree in Music with specific training in Vocal Pedagogy (this is the scientific study of voice including anatomy and physiology).
Know your goals going in and be sure that you are comfortable with the teacher that you choose. You want to be confident that your chosen teacher can help you meet your goals.