DoRayMi Lessons

DoRayMi Lessons

5.0 (5)
Best of 2019
1 employee
8 years in business

About this pro

See my website, takelessons.com, thumbtack, and my Facebook page for reviews!!! Just joined lessons.com on 8/29/17 so still asking students for reviews for this page!

My service stands out because I go the extra mile for your students. I attend their performances, record their lessons, host twice a year recitals, host monthly community performance opportunities for advanced students, keep up a music blog, video tutorials, student newsletter and more.

I use playful games, hands on activities and visual tools for kids. I also teach them about composers, and music history, as well as providing sight reading and ear training instruction. 

In voice lessons we learn about the anatomy of the voice, the basics of vocal health and the purpose of the exercises. I record and send warmups out to students. I focus on creating independent singers who can help themselves achieve the best sound.

I work with all ages from4-89 and I have a master's degree in music therapy. My undergraduate is in voice performance from west minster choir college, one of the best music schools in the country. I graduated there summa cum lauded from their honors program. I have been teaching for 5 years and currently have over 80 students. I am a certifies music therapist, a thumb tack top pro (in the top 3 percent of selected teachers in Chester county) and a member of the national association for singing teachers. I have helped my students get into college music programs, pursue their dreams of performance in new York city, and achieve roles in school and community theater programs.

Please consider visiting my website doraymilessons.com for more information. I also have a Facebook page: doraymi lessons

My work is very enjoyable to be because I help people find self expression through music.  I give them the tools they need to play the songs they want to play, learn to match pitch and even write music.  Music really is a means for creative expression and self development and no matter where a student starts, whether they can play songs by ear or can't sing a tune, we as teachers need to be encouraging them and giving them the means to grow.  No one is unteachable!

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West Bradford Township, PA 19335
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5 Reviews

5.0

  • Jenn Smith

    Our daughter's started piano lessons with Rosalind, January 2018 at five years old. I am amazed at how much they learned in almost a year. As with most 5 and 6-year-olds, some days are a challenge when it comes to holding their attention, but Rosalind is great at keeping things interesting for them and will change paths if she sees their focus fading. We are grateful for Rosalind's time and dedication to her students.

  • Domenica Castro

    Rosalind is very attentive to individual needs and is also very knowledgable about her craft.

  • Colleen Yodis

    My daughter (11 yrs. old) has been taking vocal lessons for 1 1/2 years. My daughter loves to sing and enjoys her lessons each week with Rosalind. Rosalind is a knowledgeable instructor with an excellent ear for music. Rosalind takes my daughter’s progress very seriously, and is committed to expanding my daughter’s understanding of music.

  • Richard Bryant

    Rosalind is one of the best teachers I have ever had for vocal training. After only a few lessons my friends noticed an improvement in my singing. I would strongly recommend her if you are interested in becoming a much better singer.


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

Voice-We have an orientation period which lasts for a couple lessons to determine the students unique vocal strengths and challenges.  During this time I give them an overview of the voice and how it works, and I give them warmups tailored to help them meet their initial goals.  If the student needs it, we begin work on ear training to help with pitch matching problems.  We also select repetoire (songs to sing).  After this inital orientation period the student's lessons will become focused around a theme every week, such as the jaw, tongue, breathing, ect.  All of these muscles interact to impact the student's sound so it is important to address each one in detail and provide the student with warmups and at home resources that he or she can use to master full control over his or her voice.

With kids under 10 or so I do not go in to in depth analysis of the voice.  Much of that will not be understood.  Instead we use playful movement and imagery exercises while singing to encourage the voice to achieve these same goals unconciously.  For example, we might use colorful scarves to help a student who has a overly strained voice learn to relax the muscles and release the sound more gently.

Piano

With adults, we will focus on theory, repertoire, and sightreading.  Most adults are fairly self motivated so I try to help them move as quickly as I can towards their goals.

With kids I keep the lessons very playful, but we learn a lot!  We use games, visual tools, listening exercises and more to teach theory, sightreading, playing technique.  We also learn about composers and spend some time interpreting and appreciating historic musical compositions.  It really is a multimedia experience.

Songwriting/Theory

Theory is always taught alongside, if not before songwriting.  It is important that students have the tools to be3 able to articulate and record the music they imagine. We also will learn improvisational skills and solfege to help the studetn uncover and notate melodies that he or she may have in her head. We will learn the rules of harmony and arrangment, and enter into frank discussions about how the song can be improved upon, once the foundations are created.

Guitar

Tab, staff and chords will be taught in guitar.  With kids, the same playful approach used to teach piano will be used to teach staff reading and notation.  

I also teach crash courses in audition prep, harmonization, self-accompaniment and master's classes.  Please visit my website for more information. doraymilessons.com


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

I graduated summa cum laude with a voice performance degree from westminster choir college in 2011.  After that I went on to achieve my master's from drexel university in music therapy.  I have been teaching for 5 years and have grown my studio to teaching around 80-90 students a week.  Most of those have come to me by word of mouth.


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

There are two pricing systems.  Pay as you go and monthly payment plans.  Monthly payment plans are a flat monthly rate but reserve a weekly spot for the student (often neccessary because I am very busy!).  Pay as you go requires the student to select a new time for a lesson every week depending upon the availability.

Monthly

129 a month for half hour

194 a month for 45 min

258 a month for 60 min

these would be for once a week lessons.  Missed lessons can be made up at any point

Pay as You Go

30 for 30min

45 for 45min

60 for 60min

payment is due at the time of the lesson.  24 hours notice must be given in the event of a cancellation


How did you get started teaching?

I started teaching through AIM academy in Conshohocken as a teacher's aide and music therapist.  I enjoyed working with the kids so much I decided to continue and start my own private lessons business after I completed my master's.


What types of students have you worked with?

All kinds!  Seriously.  I have taught everyone ages 4-89. I have taught students with special needs, I have taught students who have sung professionally and those who couldn't match a single pitch when they started.  I have taught those looking for lessons as a hobby and those who want to perform as a living.  Everyone!


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

My favorite thing is helping a student who really struggles to sing in the beginning.  Helping them learn to match pitch and then polishing up their voice into something beautiful is a very special thing for me.  I had one student who started this way and had a very raspy singing voice and after a year she was selected to perform in her school's audition only talent show.  Out of hundreds of kids. That was a really awesome moment for her, and for me as a teacher.


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

Absolutely ask about the teacher's education.  For voice definitely ask if they have an understanding of vocal anatomy because so many teachers do not, and their students do not improve very quickly because they do not have an understanding of the exercises they are doing, and sometimes this even causes harm!!

Ask what they will do to help you get performance experience, if that is what you want. Ask how they help kids stay interested in lessons.


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

I would certainly voice your needs very clearly and upfront to your teacher.  You need to have a relationship based on trust and mutual understanding for lessons to work. Also don't be afraid to ask your teacher to do things differently if you don't understand something or if there is an area you would like to focus on more.  If they aren't able to teach you in that area, they aren't the right teacher for you!