Teaching feels like home to me. It's an opportunity to build relationships, share a passion for music, and serve others. I find tremendous joy and satisfaction in collaborating with students, channeling their creativity, and providing them pathways to achievement. In the studio I work with students to develop a healthy and beautiful vocal tone, effective practicing skills, and an understanding of style and interpretation. My approach to teaching is growth oriented: everyone has the potential to connect more deeply with their voice and improve their singing.
I have taught voice lessons for ten years as a private studio teacher and a college instructor. I am currently on the music faculty at Seattle Pacific University. I have a masters in voice performance and pedagogy from Central Washington University and a doctorate in voice performance from the University of Oregon. I also have a Level 1 Certification in the Lovetri Method Somatic Voicework, a method of body-based functional voice training.
Jan is not only brilliant at what she does, but brilliant at connecting with her students. She shows deep respect for who I am as a human being, and how my identity connects and intersects with my instrument and how I use it. She has high standards, but they are uniquely designed for each student, and she will never leave you on your own to reach them. Jan is always happy to work on whatever her students are interested in, no matter how varied your requests are. She pushes me to go outside of my comfort zone, and has helped me to trust myself and my voice so much more than I thought was possible. There's no one I trust more with this work.
$40 per 30 min lesson
$80 per 60 min lesson
I began teaching voice by coaching my friends in the theatre on music for auditions. I continued to teach privately throughout graduate school, where I also taught lessons and group voice courses.
I have worked with a wide variety of students, from teens to seniors, basses to sopranos, and students from a wide ea he of backgrounds, cultures, and abilities. I primarily teach singers between the ages of 15-30.
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