Nora Burgard, Teacher Of Voice

Nora Burgard, Teacher Of Voice

5.0 (3)
Best of 2022
4 hires on Lessons.com
1 employee
7 years in business

About this pro

I teach a variety of vocal styles in a humorous and engaging way to keep things light and easy in such a vulnerable setting. I specialize in new students and students who are perhaps trepidatious when it comes to using their naturally beautiful voice.  Everyone can sing, it's just a matter of positive reinforcement, introspection, and a bit of nudging when appropriate.

I have my Master's and Bachelor's degrees in Vocal Performance from the Boston Conservatory and the University of Michigan, respectively.  I have been a professional opera and choral singer for the last 10 years in varying cities around the US.  I teach a variety of styles, from musical theater to pop rock, and anything in between!

What I love about teaching is the process of guiding people towards a love of expressing themselves in song.  To do so, one must learn not only to love their instrument, but to use it correctly, as well.

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Chapel Hill, NC 27516
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3 Reviews

5.0

  • Sandra Studer

    Nora is upbeat, knowledgeable and knows how to connect with children. She’s great!

  • Elise Hannah

    For the past year Nora Burgard has been my voice teacher. Our task was to help me develop my alto voice, since I sang as a tenor for many years. Nora was organized in her presentation of voice exercises which developed my range and she was thorough in her explanation of what was happening with my voice. Nora was patient with my learning and was always encouraging. I highly recommend Nora as a voice teacher and an accomplished vocalist.

  • Elizabeth Lank

    I have been a member of a local choir for several years but have never had formal training as a singer. Nora has been so helpful in helping me with breathing techniques and understanding how to increase the power and resonance of my voice. She is a great teacher and puts you immediately at ease so you don't feel self-conscious - and she explains things very clearly and simply. And she is very friendly with a great sense of humour. Highly recommended for lessons whether in person or on-line.



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FAQs


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

We'll start with a 15 minute consultation about your goals as a singer. Then, I'll do a 15 minute vocal assessment in order to pinpoint any starting points in terms of techinical development.  After assigning a few pieces of music to work on for the next month or so, we'll have weekly lessons focusing on technique and musicality!


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

My Master's and Bachelor's degrees in Vocal Performance have provided expertise and deep insight into the vocal mechanism, and my time as a professional performer and voice teacher has helped me hone my passion for developing a love of singing in a student of any level.


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

I charge $65 dollars an hour, but am absolutely negotiable!


How did you get started teaching?

I taught children's individual voice through an RSCM church that I work for in Boston.


What types of students have you worked with?

I generally work with children, teens, or adults just starting their singing journeys.  I am well equipped to teach experienced singers, but am no stranger to true beginners!


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

Talk to them first! And talk to a lot of voice teachers. Singing is so vulnerable, if you don't feel comfortable just talking to the teacher, imagine how hard singing will be! Take your time and find a teacher you feel at ease with. Then, after a few trial lessons, see if you are liking your vocal development.


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

I think what is important is mindfulness, rather than specific questions. You don't have to know everything (or anything!) about your body, but it is important to cultivate a sense of observance and non-judgement surrounding it, as it is your instrument. Mindfulness as well is helpful when receiving vocal critique or criticism, because singing is so vulnerable that it can feel like a personal attack- but just know that approaching singing mindfully will not only help the student learn more healthily, it will open you up to more musical avenues!


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