Vandermeer Music Studio

Vandermeer Music Studio

5.0 (3)
4 hires on Lessons.com
23 years in business

About this pro

I am dedicated to providing the highest level of training for beginners to advanced levels, ages 7 to adult, and I tailor the lessons to meet the individual needs of the student for transformation and success.

I teach voice, harp, and music theory.

I am a member of the New York Singing Teachers Association and the American Harp Society.

*Prize-winning graduate, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland; 2014 Carnegie Hall Debut; 2011 Roster CT Commission on Culture and Tourism; National and International Performer; Recipient MTNA Foundation Grant, Dame Joan Sutherland Fund, Emerging Artists Fund, CT Office of the Arts Grant.

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I love teaching and seeing the transformation in my students!

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Credentials

Hartford, CT 06119
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3 Reviews

5.0

  • Jacob Martin

    When I came to Zoe a couple of months ago after a long hiatus from formal singing, my throat felt very tight--my range had gone down to just over an octave. A couple of months later, I can sing nearly three octaves, and my voice is more relaxed than ever. I've found my falsetto, and every week my voice is more resonant and free. Zoe is incredibly knowledgeable about the voice both from a technical and a practical perspective. In lessons, she is careful to differentiate among the things she tells me what is actually (physically) going on with my voice organs and what is merely a feeling or a metaphor she is using as a didactic tool. And that is just a small testament to her technical knowledge and the way she uses it with her students. She also has a wealth of personal experience and anecdotes from her years teaching students. It seems every hiccup I've encountered, she has either personally dealt with it (such as unlearning certain common but unhealthy vocal techniques) or has had students with the exact problem. In addition to her impressive resume and evident teaching ability, she has been very considerate and understanding with me, while maintaining high and professional standards for the quality and work she expects out of me. I cannot recommend Zoe highly enough.

  • Andrea Cordova

    I would highly recommend Zoe as a teacher. Every lesson I have had has been approached with care and has been FULL of helpful information regarding technique, musicality, history and so much more. This has lead me to establish healthy habits and has facilitated more growth than I thought was possible in the months I have spent with her as my teacher. As someone with a degree in music who has had many instructors teach me various instruments I can say with confidence that the value of Zoe’s lessons is exceptional. She creates an environment that challenges you without judgement allowing you to move at a pace you are comfortable with without the risk of you ever getting bored. I look forward to my lesson every week and I am excited to see how much I will grow and improve going forward with Zoe as my teacher.

  • M. Little

    I have studied voice with Zoe for just six months, and in that time, the techniques of breathing and vocal production she has patiently taught me have led to a much more consistent and beautiful tone. Her coaching on diction, languages and expression is impeccable. I look forward to each lesson and each practice session, knowing that certain and rewarding progress will result.



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FAQs


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

In the first lesson, we assess the specific needs of the student, and begin right away implementing the training.  If the student is studying voice, for example, we will initially explore the vocal range, flexibility, tone, and balance of the registers to get an idea of vocal function and vocal health, especially as it applies to the student's repertoire; then we will discuss a plan, answer questions, and immediately begin the training - all in the first one hour lesson.

I teach singing (all styles), harp, music theory, and audition preparation.


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Prize-winning graduate, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Extensive vocal training with renowned voice teachers in London, New York, and California.

Voice coaching with conductors from the Met.

Acting studies at ACT, and with Siti Theatre Company.

Baroque Dance Training in California and England.

Scientific and historical research in vocal pedagogy.

Extensive professional performing experience with performances in the US, UK, Spain, Canada and Brasil.

More than two decades of experience teaching children and adults of all levels and abilities.

Presenter/Key Note Speaker on topics such as Vocal Health, Vocal Pedagogy for Children, the Aging Voice, and more.

Music Director of choirs, musical theatre productions and opera productions.

Keynote speaker on vocal health, voice for speech, voice for singing, and more.

Audio Engineer and and Video Producer (NYC, CT) for musicians, arts organizations, and businesses.


Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Music students who enroll in ongoing weekly lessons can choose half hour lessons or one hour lessons.  

Speech coaching schedule and rates vary, depending on the scope of the project.

Training is provided online via Skype or Zoom.

Please enquire for details.


How did you get started teaching?

Education is the key that opens many doors to both personal and career success.  I have been fortunate to have had some great teachers who were extremely knowledgeable, kind, and had the ability to communicate the information in ways that I was able to understand, and as a result, this is an approach I also take - to present the material in ways that the student can understand, which requires flexibility in communication skills.  


What types of students have you worked with?

Singing Students: ages 7 - adult, beginner to professional, classical, musical theatre, pop, gospel, R&B, jazz, blues, opera.

Speech clients: adults in speech improvement for business, presentation skills, media training, and accent reduction.

Vocal Rehabilitation Clients: children and adults who have suffered vocal trauma.

Piano Students:  ages 6 - adult, beginner to advanced.

Harp: ages 9 - adult, beginner to intermediate, lever harp.

Musicianship Skills/Music Theory: ages 9 - adult, beginner to advanced.


What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Ask the teacher any questions you may have.  


What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Discuss any questions with the teacher.