For details on my bio and experience check out my website https://www.emilierobertshannon.com/
Communicating ideas and emotions through music is my passion. In our lessons we will work together to develop a strong healthy voice that you can then use in whatever style you choose. A great performance is about more than just a pretty voice, and we will explore ways for you to express yourself fully, in your own individual way., and to free you to find the joy of making music.
Teaching 12 + years
Currently Adjunct Professor of Voice and Theatre University of Bridgeport
Education: Juilliard School of Music (BM)
Carnegie-Mellon University – Drama
Voice – Eleanor Steber, Rose Bampton, Brenda Lewis
Acting – Robert Lewis, Phoebe Brand, H.B. Studio, Lembeck Comedy Workshop
Member: NATS, AEA, SAG
Member & past President Theatre Artist’s Workshop
I love the challenge of tailoring lessons to each individual student. I never get tired of watching students get better, whether it's finding new freedom in their voice, expanding their range, or connecting more deeply to a song. It's a joyous thing.
My lessons were always focused on me and how to better improve my voice. In times when I was frustrated or felt unconfident in what I was doing time was taken out to process on how to best move forward. In each lesson, we focused on what needed to be accomplished but made sure to have fun with what we were doing. It was truly a pleasure to work with Emilie she helped me tremendously with my voice.
Professor Emilie Hannon is a an excellent voice teacher. I came to her not believing that I could ever sing again after many years and a surgery that affected my voice. Students get personal attention from her as she tailors vocal warm ups and exercises to the individual. I got my voice back better than ever thanks to Professor Hannon. She shares her own experiences and is just awesome! I highly recommend her.
I was a voice student for two years and Ms. Hannon is definitely the one to go to for lessons! She has so much experience to learn from and will always push for your best work every time. Feeling comfortable with your voice teacher is one of the most important parts of singing and even though I have stage fright singing for new people, she always made it so easy to go for it- helping my confidence and technique as a vocalist in many ways.
My studies with Emilie Roberts Hannon have been life-changing. She has the rare ability to instruct with kindness and humor, while not lowering her (and my)expectations. I have been struggling with my higher range as I have approached 50, and her exercises, techniques, and mental images have given me so much to work with. There's no question that she knows her repertoire, although we have spent much more time on developing the voice. I highly recommend Emilie as a professional voice teacher!
To some extent it depends on the students age. For adults and teens I typically begin by asking questions to determine the students goals, as well as their past experience. Once I've established what they want to get out of our lessons, I usually begin by giving the basics of breathing. Then we will do some vocal excercises, to help me assess their status and to begin to develope or refine their voice. Finally I look for music that they will enjoy working on, that will enhance their work in the areas I want to focus on. With younger chldren I do the same, but place more emphasis on the fun parts of singing. Exercises are tailored to younger voices and minds. I try to have fun with all ages.
I have a degree in music from the Juilliard school. I have had both good teachers and bad, and I learned a great deal from that. I am deepluy gounded in theatre, and understand both the importance of text and different approaches to communicating with an audience.
I did a musical at Summer Theatre of New Canaan, which is attached to the Performing Arts Conservatory of New Canaan, and they asked me to teach. I was reluctant at first because of my own bad experiences, but finally I gave in and the progress my students made soon convinced me that this was my new calling. I continue to be delighted by watching my students progress.