New England Vocal Arts

New England Vocal Arts

4.9 (9)
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About this pro

With over 30 years of voice teaching experience, I have the knowledge and expertise to help students resolve long-standing technical problems.  I am comfortable working with beginners to advanced singers and have had many success stories over the years.  My students become masterful singers with a thorough understanding of how their voice works, and how to create meaningful and heartfelt performances.  I am currently teaching online during the Covid19 pandemic.  Under normal circumstances, I teach in several locations; at my home studio in Central Massachusetts, at Indian Hill Music in Littleton, Ma, where I am Chair of the voice Department, and in the  Mendon-Upton Regional School District, where I am the After-School voice teacher for the District.  I also regularly teach remote lessons online via Skype, FaceTime and Zoom to students outside of my geographical area.  For more information, please visit my website at www.susanbonito.com.

I enjoy teaching the whole person. I especially enjoy seeing the lessons learned through singing (confidence, poise, a focused mind, and excellent work ethic) spill over into other areas of one's life.  The process of self-discovery and growth is very exciting to me, as there is a deep sharing of one's self in both teaching and learning.  That heart to heart connection is sacred to me. 

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Mendon, MA 01756
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9 Reviews

4.9

  • Yasmine Thomas

    Susan Bonito has been extremely helpful in bringing our daughter's music skills alive. She has been instrumental in helping our daughter enhance capabilities and enjoy her music, but at the same time learn better and newer ways of maximizing her potential. Susan has a fantastic way going about working with kids.

  • Beth Norton

    Susan is a master teacher. She has amazing sensitivity to technique and what is happening in a singers' body. She is a perceptive diagnostician and can pinpoint things that aren't quite working for me as a singer. More importantly, she has provided me with tools to diagnose my own challenges and work through them. Susan's "toolbox" includes a deep understanding of vocal anatomy and physiology as well as a wide variety of images and metaphors to help conceptualize technique and musicality. Susan is good at giving direct feedback with kindness and compassion. And she is a wonderful artist herself. As a mature singer, I feel so lucky to have found her at this time in my singing life!

  • Alexandra Kelly

    Over the past three years, I have had the incredible opportunity to work with Mrs. Bonito in the summer and during the school year. Mrs. Bonito has not only helped me to improve my voice tremendously, but has also helped me try new songs and styles. While working with her, I have hit notes I never knew were possible for me to reach, and I can now sing without putting any strain on my vocal cords. She has also given me numerous exercises to improve my voice, which have and will continue to give me a leg up. I have absolutely loved working with Mrs. Bonito and am looking forward to continuing to work with her. If you are hoping to expand your vocal range, learn to sing without straining your voice, and expand your repertoire, Mrs. Bonito is the perfect match.

  • Kyra Genoter

    Working with Mrs. Bonito has been a pleasure. She brings a positive attitude to every lesson. Mrs. Bonito encourages me to try all different styles and genres of singing, even ones I would not typically be interested in. She always has something new to share at every lesson and she makes sure to teach in a style that fits the individual student. Her honestly allows me to set realistic goals for myself that she always pushes me to achieve.


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

The first lesson usually includes taking a history of musical training and experiences, if any; a discussion of goals, musical preferences, interests, and singing some easy scales and patterns over the student's full vocal range.

Once I assess the student's needs and goals, we work on vocal techniques and strategies for improvement.  I teach students how and what to practice and expect them to practice regularly and often.  The first phase of lessons are focused on technique with vocal exercises,  and songs the student likes.

As the technique improves, I transition slowly to more repertoire-based learning with more emphasis on performance and interpretative skills.


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

I have a B.A. in Music with an emphasis in Vocal Performance.  I have post-graduate studies in Contemporary Commercial Music (Somatic VoiceWorks, The Lovetri Method, Levels I and II, and The Estill Voice Training Method, Levels I and II.  


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

My lessons are based on $60 per hour, pro-rated for 30, 45 and 60-minute lessons.


How did you get started teaching?

I was a leading soprano with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus for over 10 years.  I started by teaching other adult choristers from that group, as well as choristers from the San Francisco Opera Chorus and church choirs that I was associated with.

When I relocated to Massachusetts, I trained in Kindermusik, and began teaching children, youths and teens, as well as adults.


What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked successfully with all ages of students, from children to Seniors and all levels, from beginner to professional. I have taught music in many styles, including opera, classical art song, folksongs, singer-songwriter, gospel, pop, rock, jazz, cabaret and musical theater.


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I have led music in Worship for 20 years, and have produced and directed over 25 musicals and operas.  I have hosted countless student recitals and soirées and still perform in Concerts and Recitals.  Last spring, I sang the soprano solos in the Beethoven 9th Symphony with the Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra and the New World Chorale.


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

A teacher who is positive and encouraging, with whom you feel confortable is essential.  The teacher must also have a well trained ear, a thorough grasp of teaching strategies, a working knowledge of healthy vocal technique, and excellent musicianship.  They must also have enough experience to be able to properly troubleshoot vocal problems and be able to help the student resolve those issues.  


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

Am I willing to do the daily practice and work required to make the desired changes in my singing?

What is it about singing that excites you? Is that something that is very important to you?

Are you willing to engage in the process for several years, or do you see this as a short-term activity, just to try it out?

What do you want to be able to do with your voice, that you can't do now?

How does singing fit into your life now, and in the future?


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