Greenwich Voice Studio

Greenwich Voice Studio

5.0 (15)
3 hires on Lessons.com

About this pro

I have studied a great variety of vocal techniques, which  has greatly informed my teaching in that I have been the "experiment" for what works and what doesn't. 

I teach a healthy, efficient technique that a student can apply to any genre.  I have taught singers of classical, jazz, music theater, rock so that they can have a better tone, more ease and longevity, and a greater range. I learned this technique from the international basso Dimitri Kavrakos.  

I love seeing/hearing the revelation students discover in making a better sound, in making better music.  

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Hope, RI 02831
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15 Reviews

5.0

  • AMATEURS, COMPLETE BEGINNERS ! THOMAS K.

    CLAIRE IS AN OUTSTANDING AND EXTRAORDINARY TEACHER. I AM A COMPLETE BEGINNER, BUT THROUGH HER DEPTH OF EXPERIENCE AS A PROFESSIONAL OPERA SINGER AND VOCAL COACH, SHE QUICKLY WALKED ME THROUGH VOCAL EXERCISES AND SINGING ON PITCH WITHIN JUST A FEW LESSONS. HER VERBAL CUES AND ADJUSTMENTS WERE SO CLEAR AND SPECIFIC TO ME THAT I HAVE LEARNED MORE IN A MONTH THAT I THOUGHT I WOULD LEARN IN A ENTIRE YEAR OF LESSONS. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND CLAIRE TO EVERYONE, PROFESSIONALS,

  • STEPHAN H.

    OVERALL, CLAIRE IS AN AMAZING TEACHER AND SINGER/PERFORMER. I LOVED THAT MY DAUGHTER'S SINGING IMPROVED AFTER JUST ONE LESSON, AND THAT SHE WAS TAUGHT THE PROPER TECHNIQUE FOR SINGING. MY DAUGHTER SURPRISED OUR FAMILY WITH SONGS ( CLAIRE HELPED HER PREPARE THEM) DURING THE HOLIDAYS, WHICH SOUNDED BEAUTIFUL. WE COULD NOT BELIEVE HOW MUCH HER VOICE HAS IMPROVED SINCE WE FIRST STARTED WITH CLAIRE! IN ADDITION, CLAIRE IS ALSO A VERY BEAUTIFUL AND LOVING PERSON, AND SHE MAKES ALL OF HER STUDENTS FEEL LIKE FAMILY

  • JEFFERY M.

    I HAVE KNOWN CLAIRE OVER THE YEARS AND AS AN INTERNATIONALLY TRAINED OPERA COACH I HAD SOUGHT OUT HER EXPERIENCE TO AMELIORATE MY VOICE FATIGUE. I AM THE SALES DEVELOPMENT MANAGER FOR A GLOBAL COMPANY, AND SPEND THE MAJORITY OF MY DAY TALKING. THROUGH HER TUTELAGE BOTH MY VOICE FATIGUE AND TONALITY HAVE BEEN GREATLY IMPROVED, FACILITATING A MORE ADVANTAGEOUS OUTCOME WITH MY BUSINESS PROSPECTS.

  • CEO OF PRESENTING EVENT

    THANK YOU FOR CREATING A MOST BEAUTIFUL VIGIL LAST EVENING WITH YOUR RECITATION OF YOUR POEM. YOU HAVE A PHENOMENAL VOICE AND YOUR DELIVERY WAS EXCELLENT.


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

The first lesson requires more explanation than future lessons, as the student needs to learn body parts like soft palate (and how to raise it), diaphraghm, jaw, tongue...

We do breathing exercises, and then move to vocal exercises.  As the student is more adept at technique, we spend the first half of the lesson on exercises, in in the second half-hour, apply the technical knowledge to whatever songs the student is working on.

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

New England Conservatory of Music, Bachelor of Music.           University of Rhode Island, Master of Music.

Much experience on the stages of Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall (Lincoln Center); Tosca in NYC's Central Park.  Studies with a number of renowned teachers; Dimitri Kavrakos, international basso who was at the Met for 34 years.


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

$75/hour.   $40/half hour.  Group lessons also available.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-YszrcYgJg   Bach

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IyvenHrWuc   Tosca

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVnf0jZM-8w   Norma


How did you get started teaching?

I was hired to teach at Assumption College by a conductor with whom I had sung a concert. She was impressed with my singing, so hired me to teach at her college.


What types of students have you worked with?

I have taught students ranging from the very gifted (one has a highly successful opera career in Germany) to the very challenged who couldn't match pitch at first, but he persevered and became a soloist at his school's performances!  Ages have ranged from 8 to 80.  The important thing is that a student feels his/her voice is freer, that the range is expanding.  My rock students have prevented largyngitis.  


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

A student whose intention was to improve so that she could more enjoy singing in the church choir was after a few months of study asked by the choir director to sing a solo, as he noticed her improvement.

While at William Paterson University, my student who was a piano major but required to take 4 semesters of voice lessons beat out ALL the voice majors to be chosen as the BACH soloist of a very challenging piece.


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

Singing is based on a technique as much as an instrument like violin or piano.  Many have gotten the idea that it is about having a voice and then just expressing a lot of emotion. (I am amazed at how many Facebook ads I see for 'singing lessons' where the singers neck and face are in odd positions.)  


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

A beginner should never think that it is ok to go to a 'beginner' level teacher, and then 'advance' later to an 'advanced' teacher.  A little knowledge is a dangerous thing, and any time spent with a teacher who doesn't have an excellent technique (have you heard this teacher SING?? Has this teacher ever sung on important stages??) is wasted time and money.