Jan Horvath Vocal Studio

Jan Horvath Vocal Studio

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About

My teaching style reflects the collective lessons learned from 30+ years of professional performance experience, and the wisdom gleaned from all of my many wonderful teachers.

I believe that if you are human, you can learn how to sing! In our daily lives we make all of the sounds that are necessary for singing. Once a student learns to how to elongate those familiar "communicative" sounds on the breath and in the pitch & rhythm patterns that their song requires, their singing voice becomes a rich and colorful extension of their own speaking voice. The sound is uniquely their own - not some imitative distortion. I believe that this authentic singing voice is what moves the audience and gives them goose bumps!

Here is my strategy:

I begin by first assessing each student's individual learning style (visual, aural, conceptual etc.) and then crafting a "game plan" to best suit their thinking patterns.

My method is based on science, anatomy and classical vocal pedagogy, but often times it might feel more like an improv class! We take sounds from real life -Moaning,Whining, Shouting, Hooting, Flirting etc. - and then relate where those sounds naturally occur in the various registers of the singing voice. I encourage students to think of using different "sound recipes." By varying the ingredients of breath pressure, vocal chord "weight", inner space, front/back resonances, and physical engagement of the entire body, students learn to make a variety of stylistic sound qualities. They can adjust these sound recipes to suit each song style - country twang, pop mix, musical theater belt, operatic legit etc. I also help students learn how to articulate without gripping and to identify healthy vocal choices which will enable them to endure the rigors of a demanding performance schedule. I use recording equipment to help students hear how they sound "outside of their heads". Having good quality "on the spot playback" accelerates the learning process because students learn how to listen and correct themselves - much like how a dancer makes use of the mirror. And it's so much fun! Many students then enjoy making demo recordings of their new improved sound!

I love what I do! I feel like my 30+ years of performing as a professional were really just to train me to do my real calling... Teaching!!! It is so gratifying to see a student improve and to be able to pass on all of my tricks and secrets!


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Hired 11 times
1 employee
29 years in business
Serves New York , NY
Offers online services

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lutfia M.

Jan is an INCREDIBLE teacher! Ive been taking vocal lessons for over 10 years and literally have never had a better coach!
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March 11, 2024

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luana C.

Jan is a wonderful, experienced teacher. She has been teaching my daughter for over one year now and my daughter is loving it. Her lessons are very technical and yet fun. She is a warm human being as well as a marvelous teacher.
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December 12, 2023
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Frequently asked questions

Here is my strategy: I begin by first assessing each student's individual learning style (visual, aural, conceptual etc.) and then crafting a "game plan" to best suit their thinking patterns. My method is based on science, anatomy and classical vocal pedagogy, but often times it might feel more like an improv class! We take sounds from real life -Moaning,Whining, Shouting, Hooting, Flirting etc. - and then relate where those sounds naturally occur in the various registers of the singing voice. I encourage students to think of using different "sound recipes." By varying the ingredients of breath pressure, vocal chord "weight", inner space, front/back resonances, and physical engagement of the entire body, students learn to make a variety of stylistic sound qualities. They can adjust these sound recipes to suit each song style - country twang, pop mix, musical theater belt, operatic legit etc. I also help students learn how to articulate without gripping and to identify healthy vocal choices which will enable them to endure the rigors of a demanding performance schedule. I use recording equipment to help students hear how they sound "outside of their heads". Having good quality "on the spot playback" accelerates the learning process because students learn how to listen and correct themselves - much like how a dancer makes use of the mirror. And it's so much fun! Many students then enjoy making demo recordings of their new improved sound!
I was a voice major at the University of Illinois. I have a BFA in Musical Theater from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music (CCM) I taught voice for six years at New York University Tisch School of Drama through CAP21. I have 30+ years of professional experience performing 5 Broadway shows including the original company of "The Phantom of the Opera" , many Off Broadway productions, the National Touring Company of "CATS" playing the role of Grizabella. I have also been a guest solosit with over 130 symphonic orchestras around the world singing the Broadway repertoire.
I charge $125 an hour. ($95 for a forty five minute lesson - although I much prefer the one hour format)
I started teaching while I was still an active performer doing mostly symphony concerts. The concerts would be on the weekends so I had time during the week to teach. I LOVE TEACHING! I feel like the 30+ years of professional performing I've done were really just preparing me to do what I am truly meant to do in this lifetime.... TEACH!
I work with all types of students from Broadway professionals to absolute beginners. I enjoy having a wide range of ages and abilities in my studio. It keeps me on my toes and each type of student helps me to learn more about which approach works best for which type of student! It is an amazing thing to watch people learn how to find their true authentic voice! I feel so privileged to do so.

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