Mezzo-soprano, Voice And Piano Teacher

Mezzo-soprano, Voice And Piano Teacher

5.0 (3)
1 hire on Lessons.com
1 employee
26 years in business

About this pro

Degrees in both voice and piano performance and music education.  Over 25 years Manhattan-based performing experience.  25 years private teaching experience of students of all ages.  Five years university teaching experience.  Extensive knowledge of technique and level-appropriate repertoire for both singers and pianists.  For singers, experience teaching college-level foreign language lyric diction, sight singing, and opera workshop give added dimension to lessons.  For pianists, music theory/keyboard harmony and improvisation are included.  See my site at www.robinlynnefrye.com for more information on my background.

Helping people to express themselves through music!  My students get to share what they have learned with my other students and with their family and friends during our annual student recitals.  See my site at www.robinlynnefrye.com for more information on my teaching philosophy.

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Credentials

New Rochelle, NY 10801
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3 Reviews

5.0

  • Merle

    Robin is a highly accomplished performer and teacher. For beginning students she is very thorough with the basics, ensuring that only good habits are formed from the start. When teaching more advanced students, Robin's extensive and varied performing experience guides students of all levels to greatly expand their skills and repertoire.

  • Kathleen Burke

    I have studied voice with Robin for about a year and a half. I am an experienced choral singer, but it wasn't until I started studying with Robin that I realized how much more I was capable of. I have noticed a tremendous difference in my vocal production in this short time. Robin will apply her knowledge of vocal anatomy, her listening and diagnosing skills- and her own vast vocal experience to help you be the best singer you can be no matter what style of music you sing.

  • Nancy Little

    Robin Frye was an exceptional teacher focusing on my personal needs and interests in the piano. As a retired art school director I was a piano student in my early years 9-17 years and decided to start again after retiring at 65. She was thoughtful, brilliant in theory and always patient with me. She had a vast musical library so was able to get copies f scores easily. If I mentioned a work I had heard and wanted to play, she availed me of the sheet music to try. Her year of lessons always culminatesin a recital of all her students which is a good exercise in coping with fear and stress. All in all I would recommend her highly to anyone starting out or coming back to the piano after some years away. She focuses I think on beginning students, which I wasn’t and intermediate students, which I am.



FAQs


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

Talk with student about his or her background, goals, type of music he or she likes.  Explain my background and my approach.  Establish goals and discuss how we will work toward them.


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

Degrees in voice and piano performance and in music education.  Ongoing professional development study to stay current in my field.  See my site at www.robinlynnefrye.com for more details.


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

I accept voice students from age 15 and up, earlier by audition.  I accept piano students of all ages.  For students younger than 10, lessons are one-half hour per week.  For students 10 and older, lessons are one hour per week.  Students are charged a standard hourly rate.  Please contact me for more details.


How did you get started teaching?

My voice teacher is a well-known vocal pedagogue and teaching mentor based in New York City.  He also makes frequent trips to Europe to give master classes, and students come from all over the world to study with him.  The positive, supportive, and highly effective teaching atmosphere he creates in his studio and the solid understanding of the function of the voice which I learned from him inspired me to share my knowledge with others.  As I have played the piano all my life as well as singing, it was natural for me to teach piano as well, especially when asked to do so by one of my voice students.  (I accompany my voice students in their lessons, thereby saving them the additional cost of an accompanist.)  My studio has continued to thrive with students studying both voice and piano since 1992.


What types of students have you worked with?

Piano students - ages 3 to nearly 80.  Voice students - ages 11 to nearly 80.  Professional, actively performing musicians and devoted amateurs who study for the love of music. 


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

For many years, I have sung duo-recitals with my baritone husband, Robert Mobsby (see his site at www.robertmobsby.com), and these are the highlight of my musical experiences.  They stretch me as an artist, and we make a point of always learning repertoire that is new to us and polishing it with our pianist, Douglas Drake, until we have explored all its musical nuances.  It is so gratifying to present these concerts to our audiences and to connect with them through the music and through spoken program notes.

It is in turn so rewarding to hear my students perform at our studio recitals, sharing what they have learned with the other students and with their family and friends.  This is the culminating annual event toward which we work all year, and the students always experience a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment from performing.


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

Research your prospective teacher's background.  Find someone who seems like a good fit in terms of experience, style of music, and teaching philosophy.  There is no one teacher who is right for everyone, but you should know in a relatively short time if you have found someone who is right for you.


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

What do you want to accomplish through your lessons?  What are your musical goals?  Are you willing to put in the practice time required to progress with your lessons?  An hour a week with your teacher is meant to teach you the information you need to apply during your practice time, which is where your learning really takes off.  At each lesson, we refine what you did on your own since your last lesson, answer any questions you may have, and teach you the next steps to prepare you for another week of practice.