Jane Shivick, Vocal Instructor

Jane Shivick, Vocal Instructor

5.0 (14)
2 hires on Lessons.com
1 employee
26 years in business

About this pro

Over 25 years of experience teaching voice to students in the New England region. Students come from various musical backgrounds and look to achieve several types of goals with their singing: professional, semi-professional, church work, college audition prep, beginners looking for expertise, etc. 

I am a National Winner of the Metropolitan Opera Auditions, a consummate guest soloist with various orchestras throughout the New England region, a consistent performer with The Boston Pops Orchestra, a student of some of the finest vocal instructors and vocal coaches in the U.S., and a Masterclass Instructor. In addition, I love to share my love for choral directing, with semi-professional, college and high school choirs alike, as well as my credentials as a Minister of Music with various churches and denominations in the area.

I enjoy helping singers of all ages and levels to achieve their goals. Goals are set during the first couple of lessons and we will absolutely achieve them if they are realistic.

Find me on LinkedIn and Facebook along with my personal website: www.janeshivick.com.

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Credentials

Worcester, MA 01602
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14 Reviews

5.0

  • Colleen Jennings

    She is so warm, friendly, and caring! Really knows vocal technique!

  • Lee Ann Hedberg

    Jane Shivick is an extraordinary voice teacher. What is especially remarkable about her is how excellent she is at diagnosing and then solving problems in vocal technique. I first started with Jane when a friend told me ,”I used to have a lot of problems with tension in my jaw and now I don’t anymore.” I can say ditto to that. She knows a lot about the physiology of singing and is able to communicate that so effectively. I continue to grow in feeling how to sing physically and in understanding good vocal technique in an intellectual way. It makes all my singing, even at the extremes of my range, easier, more fun, and makes studying with Jane exciting! I have learned so much that it astounds me when I think about it. She is also a master at carefully layering her teaching to deal with just one or two key issues at a time and then building to more sophisticated layers of study. She is an excellent role model, a consummate professional about how she studies music herself, and her expectations as a teacher are ambitious, even for those of us who study as a hobby rather than a vocation. She is sensitive to the individual needs and personalities of the students she teaches and seems to know when to push and when to praise. In addition, she is a really nice person.

  • Claudia Holbert

    Jane Shivick came to me as a recommendation from an acquaintance. At the time, my son had an interest in musicals and improving his singing abilities. After 3 years of vocal lessons with Jane, my so was accepted to one of the most prestigious music colleges in the United States Carnegie Mellon School of Music in Pittsburgh. When I look back there were times I questioned the process, not truly understanding the arts. But he loved every lesson and I let the process happen. Jane is the real deal if you or your child wants to have a future in vocal performance. Many people can teach you how to sing, Jane is the coach you want if you truly want to know your potential as a vocal performer.

  • Paris Jensen

    I have studied classical voice with Jane Shivick for five years now, and can say with absolute confidence that she is a true musician – a formidable vocalist and thoughtful performer with a colorful career to her credit. In my view, that makes her obvious love of teaching and deep commitment to the success and well-being of her students all the more impressive. Jane is the rare person who takes joy in helping others find their voice. I have watched her work with countless students of all abilities with enthusiasm, expertise, and simple good-heartedness and good-humor. Jane ingrains good technique and healthy vocal habit in her students from early on, and seems to take joy in helping students shape their performances through expression and interpretation. She has a seemingly bottomless stack of repertoire books from which to choose new and daring pieces, but is also very reasonable about assignments and open to student input. She has given me a love for classical voice as a form. If you love to sing and want to learn, I could not recommend Jane Shivick more highly.


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FAQs


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

Always schedule a consultation with a potential voice teacher before making any permanent decisions. I love to work and talk with a potential student firstly to see if we are a good fit for one another.

if a student enjoys their time and feels we are a good fit, then I suggest finding a suitable lesson time given our schedules.


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

I have been fortunate to have studied with many of the elite vocal instructors, coaches, and conductors in our country. I have also traveled to Europe to work with prestigious vocal coaches in Germany. I majored in vocal performance in college and was accepted to the Aspen Music Festival as a member of the voice program and Opera Theatre Center for two summers. The faculty in Aspen are mostly Juilliard faculty and staff in addition to other highly sought-after artists and instructors. I continue to network with these people to this day.


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

I charge one price for a 30 minute lesson. The price is doubled for a 60 minute lesson.


How did you get started teaching?

I began teaching during my last couple of years as an undergraduate college student. I was eager to teach and learn about how to help others who loved to share the gift of singing. I began teaching by offering private lessons through my church.


What types of students have you worked with?

I continue to work with students who've never had a voice lesson, students in need of a teacher who is an expert technician, students who seek professional and semi-professional singing careers, church soloists, students who sing to better themselves, and students who seek acceptance to prestigious undergraduate and master's degree programs in vocal performance, musical theatre, and opera.


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

If you are serious, then I am the instructor for you! I am a skilled technician with an excellent ear.


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

1. What type of teacher am I seeking?

2. What are my needs as a singer?

3. What kind of teaching personality do I need in order to be my best self?

4. Does this teacher have connections to the music world?

5. What have this teacher's student's done? Are they successful?

6. Does this teacher still sing/perform?

7. Who has this teacher studied with and does he/she still take lessons?