I have been inspiring singers and students of the vocal art for over 30 years. Many of my students have been accepted into major music schools in the United States such as The Juilliard School, Eastman School of Music, New England Conservatory of Music, and Westminster Choir College. I have been a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) since 1992, and recently joined the Rhode Island chapter of NATS. In addition to my voice studio in Providence, I have had a voice studio in Philadelphia for 25 years, and held positions of voice faculty and vocal artist in residence at the Hotchkiss Summer Portals Vocal Chamber Music Program in Lakeville, CT, Voice Instructor at Westminster Choir College, and Artist Faculty of Voice at the Westminster Conservatory of Music in Princeton, New Jersey, as well as Haverford College, in Haverford, PA, just outside Philadelphia. As a Brazilian Portuguese Diction Specialist I have coached talented singers at The Curtis Institute of Music, Festival dei Due Mondi (Spoleto, Italy), Westminster Choir College, and at The New York Festival of Song (NYFOS). He have also taught vocal technique and master classes in choral conducting at the Sacred Music Society of São Paulo, Brazil, and have been an invited judge at the Westminster Vocal Scholarship Competition at Westminster Choir College. I hold a Master of Music in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy with distinction and a Bachelor of Music in Church Music and Voice from Westminster Choir College, School of Music of Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey.
"I teach from the singer's perspective, from the one who produces the tone, who is in the arena of daring greatly to open his or herself physically, mentally, musically, and emotionally to be the very best singing musician they are able to be, in whatever singing situation they find themselves."
- Paulo Faustini
"Paulo is a skilled voice teacher and wonderful human. After moving to the USA in 2009 having completed my BMUS, Paulo helped guide me through auditions, concerts and operas. Paulo taught me to appreciate my voice and gave me confidence in my vocal technique. I went on to complete my MA in vocal performance with Paulo as my main voice teacher. I am so thankful for all I have learned from Paulo over the years and I can not recommend him enough to anyone who wishes to pursue singing with him. Whether you are just beginning or have many years of lessons behind you, Paulo has a unique ability to tailor his lessons to the student and work with you as you embark on your vocal journey."
“I’ve studied with Paulo for 7 years. He’s a great teacher to really hone your vocal technique and he truly cares about his students. His teaching method puts your experience singing front and center. I have grown immensely under his tutelage. Highly recommend!”
“Paulo has been one of the best teachers I have ever had! He is a gracious and attentive teacher, and his love for music is infectious. I studied with him for several years, and his help in preparing me for undergraduate conservatory auditions was excellent! I got into Juilliard, so there is the proof right there that he is the best. I would not be the singer I am today without him!”
I am thrilled to have found Paulo!! He takes the time to learn about you as an individual singer. And then, with great care, he designs a very personalized plan for your growth. And grow you will!! I especially appreciate his patience, persistence and honesty!! I highly recommend him! He is also tons of fun and very kind!! I am proud to call him my friend!
VOICE CONSULTATION: A full studio hour consultation is scheduled so both you and I can meet online, get to know each other, and see if we click and feel good about working together, under no obligation to commit to lessons. I explain my teaching philosophy of working from your perspective of singing, and vocalize and work with you so that you can get a feel for how we work in our studio. I ask a lot of questions to learn about what it is like to be you when you sing. I give you feedback on what I hear and you leave with a full professional vocal assesstment. You also share your goals and ask any questions you may have about our work together. If we both feel good about working together you may sign up for lessons or think more about it.
I hold a Master of Music in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy, with distinction, and a Bachelor of Music in Church Music and Voice from Westminster Choir College, School of Music of Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey. I have over 30 years of private voice teaching experience. I have been teaching online since 2018 and have been accompanying all the technological updates for online voice training. I have been a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing since 1992. I have performed in concerts, Operatic productions, taught masterclasses in Itay, Spain, the USA, and in South America. I have taught at Westminster Choir College, in Princeton, NJ, as well as Haverford School, in Philadelphia.
Pricing for online lessons varies by location the student lives in. Please contact me so we can discuss your options. Providence area students are charged $80 per hour lesson.
First as an undergraduate student in vocal pedagogy I was asked to teach someone in front of our class for about 15 minutes. At the end of class my professor told me I was a natural teacher and encouraged me to consider teaching. While a graduate student in Vocal Pedagogy I taught voice students in front of our vocal pedagogy professor and classmates. In addition, I was given the opportunity to teach current undergraduate music majors as a graduate associate in voice, and then was hired as an adjunct after I completed my masters degree.
I have worked with people from all walks of life, from talented high school students who are in preparation for college auditions, to undergraduate non-music majors, music majors, graduate students, young professionals looking to prepare for graduate voice auditions, young professionals, semi-professionals looking to become a professional, young ensemble singers, adult (middle aged and seniors) amateur choral singers who want to develop their overall musicianship, develop their ensemble voice, learn French, German, Italian, Latin, English, Spanish, Portuguese diction for singing.
I am very proud of my summer choral and vocal program I founded in 2006 in Italy, that now takes place in Spain, for choral singers, both amateurs and professionals. To learn more about it visit umbrianserenades.com
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