I have been singing since I was 11 years old, and recently finished a doctorate of musical arts in vocal performance and pedagogy at the University of Colorado Boulder. Singing and teaching singing have been my career for my entire life, and they are what I absolutely love to do. I have taught singers ranging in genres from opera to musical theater to pop to jazz to North and South Indian classical. I have assisted in rehabilitating singers from vocal injury. I have worked with gender queer singers on testosterone therapy to maintain the singing voice during periods of heavy vocal change. I am passionate about tailoring my teaching to each student's needs in order to accomplish their goals in taking voice lessons.
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I love my job because I learn just as much from each student as they learn from me. It is such a joy to discover what my students are passionate about, and to help them meet their expectations.
Tessa is an absolutely wonderful voice teacher. It is evident that Tessa tailors the lesson experience to each individual voice and the needs of the singer; she really listens to what her students want to learn and makes the lesson experience feel collaborative. When I was studying with her she helped me make massive breakthroughs in areas of my voice that always plagued me such as the break to chest voice and a productive mixed register; and the discovery of the elusive whistle range. She is warm and personable and really makes the lesson into a comfortable space to grow. Tessa helped me to identify the kind of repertoire I am comfortable singing and what best suits my voice. She does privilege one voice type or quality over another and really made me feel like there is a place for my voice and that it deserves to be heard. I would not trade the four semesters I studied with Tessa for anything. If I had the opportunity I would certainly take lessons from her again.
She is the most amazing mentor and role model. She is amazing technically, but also cares about her students so much. I was so embarrassed by my voice before I began studying with her. Since studying with her I am so much more confident in my voice and in myself. She has supported me in EVERYTHING from voice lessons to everything outside of that. She is an incredible person and I am so grateful that I get to study with her.
She helped me refine techniques and helped me notice things about my voice that I hadn't before. She is kind and gracious and patient and is wise beyond her years. I highly recommend her for any kind of voice lessons!
When I first begin working with a student, we discuss their goals and reasons for taking lessons. After making note of these, I then vocalize the student in order to expand their goals to encompass specific ways in which I think that they can improve their singing. I then design a flexible program through which we will accomplish their goals, and work as a team with the student to make sure that they feel comfortable and confident with all that we work on together.
I have been studying voice privately for 16 years. I received a bachelor's degree from Princeton University in Italian music history and a minor in vocal performance. I received my master of music within the University of Michigan's renowned vocal performance program. I finished my doctorate in vocal performance and pedagogy in May of 2018 at the University of Colorado Boulder where I taught a full studio of private voice students and undergraduate group classes in voice. I have been singing professionally since the age of 11.
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I began teaching voice students during my masters under the tutelage of renowned voice teacher and pedagogue Freda Herseth. It was something I knew I wanted to pursue because of all of the amazing guidance I have received from voice teachers in the past, and because of other not as stellar experiences with voice teachers and my own singing.
I have worked with students age 12 to 56 in the opera, musical theater, jazz, pop, and North Indian classical music genres. I have worked with students to assist them in successfully recovering from vocal injuries to gender-queer students looking to maintain their voices during dramatic hormonal changes.
My best advice in finding a teacher is don't be afraid to try more than one. Since voice lessons are conducted one on one, it's important that the singer and their teacher are able to communicate and work well together.
Why are you taking voice lessons?
What are your goals and objectives in taking voice lessons? Are they tangible like an upcoming performance or audition, or are they less tangible like the desire to improve and simply learn more about the voice?
Which genres are you interested in singing and performing?
Are you willing to try new genres, and vocal exercises that make you feel vulnerable because they are strange or silly?