I am passionate about teaching on all levels, from the most challenged beginner who needs to learn the basics, to the polished professional who needs to stretch her boundaries. Nothing gives me more happiness than seeing my students attain ever greater levels of confidence, mastery, and love of music.
Working with Cathy has been an encouraging and positive experience for me from the start. Not only does she understand the mechanics and function of the voice in a practical as well as theoretical way, she has a knack for simplifying the complexities of singing and making the whole experience freeing and enjoyable. She is kind, patient, and clearly always puts the best interests of her students first. Whether you are a seasoned professional or beginning performer you can feel confident in entrusting the improvement of your voice with her!
Cathy creates a warm, fun, and excellent environment as a teacher. I have seen her work with both beginners and advanced students, and she knows how to bring out the best in all of us. I feel lucky to have her as a teacher.
Cathy is an amazing teacher. My voice grew and got better in such a short time when we worked together. I developed a strong "mix" and a stronger head voice by learning opera. She also helped me with the acting portion of my performance, how to make it believable which was very helpful. I highly recommend her.
My son took lessons in voice for two years with Cathy during high school. She was careful training a young male voice in transition. The result was a perfect score in his audition for the NYSSMA competition and selction for the All a state Chorus. He was also selected to participate in The Jimmy Awards in 2013.
I ask about previous experience, including with lessons, and what the student hopes to achieve. If she is comfortable singing something, I'll listen to a song to get a sense of where she is vocally and musically. Then we'll do some scales, etc, to find out more about her voice. I'll say what I notice, and how I plan to procede. We'll then work on one or two technical issues- breathing, registration, resonance, body awareness/posture, and finally, we'll return to singing the song to show how the exercises apply, and to see if the singer feels any differences.
I have a Master's in Music from the Mannes College of Music, one of the leading conservatories in the country. I pursue ongoing studies in voice science and pedagogy, which has included Somatic Voice Work, the Lovetri Method (Level 3) and extensive singing-acting studies with the late H. Wesley Balk.
Half Hour- $70
45 Minutes- $100
Singing-Acting Classes (groups of 3 - 8) $35/class
in my twenties when I was studying voice I was so excited about what I was learning that I started teaching my friend, who told a friend, who told a friend, and before long I was making my living teaching voice!
Ages 6 to 85.
Professional opera singers, singer songwriters, pop singers, heavy metal rockers, musical theater professionals, cantors and rabbis, choral singers, nonsingers who want to learn, you name it!
Yesterday, I saw a terrific kids' production of Willy Wonka. One of my students played Varuca Salt, and I was proud of her, of course, but what really made my heart smile was the joy beaming from all those young performers as they discovered how much fun it could be to sing and dance together.
Be picky! The right teacher can make a wonderul difference in your life. The wrong one can set you back- vocally and emotionally. Find someone who makes sense on paper and/or over the phone, and then try a few lessons.
What are your goals as a student? Do you want to improve your vocal technique, become more individual as a singer, develop your expressive capacity, explore new repertoire, improve vocal health, acquire more confidence as a performer, gain experience? You'll want to share this with a prospective teacher to make sure that you're a good match.
You also might like to learn a bit about the teacher's background - education, performing experience, teaching experience, etc.